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Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery Profiled by LA Times

February 8th, 2016

Iwan Wirth and partner Manuela Wirth, via LA TimesThe LA Times takes a tour of the soon to open Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery in the former downtown Los Angeles Pillsbury flour mill complex.  “I would say that the model is in some way the Kunsthalle — the noncollecting art museum,” says partner Paul Schimmel. “But also foundations, who are really at the boundaries of what they do: commissioning works, creating group shows, doing education work.”
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Maya Widmaier Picasso Speaks Out on Disputed Sale of Her Father’s Sculpture

February 8th, 2016

Bust of a Woman, via WSJMaya Widmaier Picasso has spoken out on the dispute over the sale of a bust created by her father, Pablo Picasso, saying she sold the work herself to Larry Gagosian and dismissing other claims to the piece as “baseless.”  The dispute seems to stem from a disagreement between Widmaier Picasso’s daughter and son, who respectively sought to sell the work to Gagosian and the Qatari Royal Family.  Widmaier Picasso says she decided to side with her daughter, who she said  “cannot be faulted for reminding her mother of the sculpture’s true value.”
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Miami Herald Spotlights Challenges at MoCA North Miami

February 8th, 2016

Bill Viola at MoCANoMi, via Miami HeraldThe Miami Herald takes a look at the last several years at The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, which has seen a turbulent past few years, and which is currently trying to chart its path in the city’s changing art scene.  “We’ve been through hell with it and we recognize the important role the museum plays in the community,” says North Miami council member Scott Galvin. “From a reputation standpoint and an economic standpoint, MoCA is what North Miami is known for.”
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Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci image via The Brooklyn Rail

b. 1940
Lives and works in:

Brooklyn, New York

Represented by:

Acconci Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Education includes:

College of the Holy Cross BA, Worcester, MA

University of Iowa MFA, Iowa City

Acconci, a New York born and based artist, began his career in the mid-60s as a poet and co-editor (with poet and author Bernadette Mayer) of the journal 0 to 9. The journal published works by important contemporaneous artists and writers such as Robert Barry, Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Yvonne Rainer, and Robert Smithson.By the late 60s Acconci drifted from writing and, influenced by the readings he participated in, started exploring performance-based work, video, film, and photography. Much of this work was highly conceptual and focused on the artist’s body within space (Following, an early piece, consisted of the artist being led around New York City by strangers). Another prominent feature of this work was the element of total physicality as pronounced through his engagement with his own body, which at times was quite grotesque and bordered on violent. Perhaps his most notorious piece, Seedbed (1971), consisted of Acconci lying under a wooden ramp in Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating, while his concurrent fantasies were being broadcast through speakers in the gallery. This piece, which employed performance, language, and a direct relationship between the viewer and the artist, would establish the vein in which Acconci worked for years to come.
crash by vito acconci

Crash by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

By the 1980s, Acconci explored more proto-architectural constructions, moving out of the traditional gallery space into more open, dialogical, public space. In 1988 he formed Acconci Studio, an architecture and landscaping firm, with a group of other architects. Acconci Studio, based in Brooklyn, continues to design public buildings.

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

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