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El Anatsui to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

April 24th, 2015

Read more at Venice Biennale

Christo Announces Major Project in Italy

April 24th, 2015

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Institut Giacometti to Open to Public Next Year

April 24th, 2015

Read more at New York Times

New York – Piotr Uklanski: “Fatal Attraction” at The Met Through August 16th, 2015

April 24th, 2015

Uklanski’s aesthetic project makes for an interesting conceptual fold in a period of photography already fascinated with the potentials for the repositioning and reappropriation as challenges to photographic integrity and history.  Cultural signifiers are afforded their own conceptual space, independent of the image itself, often lending a certain distance between the final product and the act of creation.  The skull itself is taken from a classic Dali image, but is altered with the presence of a male body, notably in a central position of dominance that reinserts a certain instability to the work.  Placing gender power structures in the work itself, Uklanski makes a subtle mockery of Dali’s sexualization of death, while underlining the Spanish artist’s presence in the generation of the work.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (GTXa) (2001), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (GTXa) (2001), via Art Observed

Elsewhere, Uklanski shows a more material fascination with the composition and capturing of the photographic image.  In one particularly compelling work, notable despite its small size, the artist renders a speed blur on a palm tree blowing in the wind.  The introduction of a violent forward motion to the work surface bears striking resemblance to the imagery of a scorched photograph, underlining a sense of destruction tied to the work’s execution.  In another, Uklanski creates a dizzying swirl from the act of exposure during film development.  Presenting a iridescent pool of colors, the work places the act of creation as image itself, the alluring material elements that enable the image’s existence.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP II Karol Wojtyla) (2004), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP II Karol Wojtyla) (2004), via Art Observed

The exhibition also features some of Uklanski’s exercises in accumulated images as a photographic archive, including a massive wall covered with photographs of various cultural depictions of Nazi’s, from press images to cartoons and propaganda posters.  The piece, exploring the variation in context and implication present in media depictions of “evil” forces, is a strange, yet occasionally chilling work, especially when examining characters that very nearly carry a cartoonish appeal.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Vesuvius) (2000), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Vesuvius) (2000), via Art Observed

The exhibition is also accompanied by another exhibition at the museum, showcasing a range of figurative selections from across the Met’s broad collection of holdings, curated by Uklanski himself.  Ranging from early Egyptian jasper carvings to contemporary photographs, the artist’s work here investigates the continued presence of both the erotic and the deadly throughout the range of artistic history.

Piotr Uklanski: Fatal Attraction, is on view through August 16th.  His exhibition of works from the museum collection closes on June 14th.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Coconut Tree) (1998), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Coconut Tree) (1998), via Art Observed

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Story of the Eye) (2013), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Story of the Eye) (2013), via Art Observed

— D. Creahan

Read more:
Piotr Uklanski: Fatal Attraction [Exhibition Site]
“Review: In ‘Fatal Attraction,’ Piotr Uklanski’s Unblinking Gaze” [NYT]

The Telegraph Goes Inside the Trends towards Art Collection and Exhibition as Status Symbols

April 23rd, 2015

Read more at The Telegraph

Armenian Pavilion to Commemorate 100 Years Since WWI Massacre

April 23rd, 2015

Read more at Art Newspaper

New York Times Looks at the Soon to be Completed Prada Foundation Complex in Milan

April 23rd, 2015

Read more at New York Times

 

Art Institute of Chicago Receives Landmark $400 Million Gift

April 22nd, 2015

Read more at Chicago Tribune

 

Early Reviews Praise New Whitney Museum

April 22nd, 2015

Read the articles below:
“New York Odyssey” [New Yorker]
“The New New Museum: How the Whitney might just solve the impossible problem of contemporary art” [New York Magazine]

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation No Longer Represented by Gagosian

April 22nd, 2015

Read more at Artforum

LACMA Announces $200 Million in Donations for 50th Anniversary Exhibition

April 22nd, 2015

Read more at New York Times

Alfred Taubman, Former Sotheby’s Owner and Philanthropist, Passes Away at 91

April 21st, 2015

Alfred Taubman, Mayor Coleman Young and Max Fisher, via Detroit Free Press

Taubman is also remembered for his generous philanthropy, including multimillion dollar donations to the University of Michigan.  “Aside from his support, which was substantial, I never stopped marveling at his energy and his concern that others might live a better life,” said Paul Anger, editor of the Detroit Free Press. “He never stopped looking for ways to make the community better, to make lives better, to give back.”

Taubman is survived by his wife, Judith Mazor Rounick.

Read more at Detroit Free Press

 

Michael Ovitz Sues for $2.5 Million Over Richard Prince Work

April 21st, 2015

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

 

More Collectors Purchasing Online Doing so for Investment

April 21st, 2015

Buying art online, via Art NewspaperA new report released by fine art insurance company Hiscox finds that an increasing number of collectors, at least 75% of those surveyed, are viewing online art sales as an investment opportunity.  “I wonder whether this change in attitude is genuine,” says Robert Read, the head of fine art at Hiscox, “or whether it is a dot.com moment where people feel they are missing out if they don’t.”

Forensic Research Leads to Chronological Show of Goya’s “Witches and Old Women” Show for First Time

April 21st, 2015

Read more at Art Newspaper

Laurence D. Fink Says Contemporary Art has Surpassed Gold as Investment Vehicle

April 21st, 2015

Read more at Bloomberg

 

Inside the Rebuilding Process at Glasgow School of Art

April 21st, 2015

Read more at The Guardian

 

Rikrit Tiravanija Collaborating with Chef and Architects for New Project at Art Basel

April 21st, 2015

Read more at Art Basel

Anri Sala Named Leading French Artist by Annual Report

April 21st, 2015

Read more at Art Newspaper

Sonnabend Collection Offered at Christie’s Next Month in New York

April 17th, 2015

Read more at Art Daily

Dark Web Commerce Robot Returned to Artists Following Illicit Purchases

April 17th, 2015

Read more at The Independent

Democrats in Congress Push for Artist Resale Rights, New Tax Laws

April 17th, 2015

Read more at Art Newspaper

Documenta Director Wants to Show Full Gurlitt Collection

April 17th, 2015

Read more at Art Newspaper

Colin Bailey Named Director of Morgan Library

April 17th, 2015

Read more at New York Times

 

El Anatsui to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

El Anatsui, via Venice BiennaleThe Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Venice Biennale will go to Ghanian artist El Anatsui.  “The Golden Lion Award acknowledges not just his recent successes internationally, but also his artistic influence amongst two generations of artists working in West Africa,” says Biennale Director Paolo Baratta. “It is also an acknowledgment of the sustained, crucial work he has done as an artist, mentor and teacher for the past forty-five years.”

Read more at Venice Biennale

Christo Announces Major Project in Italy

Christo's sketch for the project, via Art NewspaperChristo has announced a new project aiming to create long immense, yellow fabric walkways spanning Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy.  The work will be the artist’s largest since his 2005 piece in New York’s Central Park, and the first since the death of his wife Jeanne-Claude.

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Institut Giacometti to Open to Public Next Year

Giacometti in his studio, via NYTThe Institut Giacometti, the foundation museum dedicated to the life and work of Alberto Giacometti, is set to open next year in Paris, featuring a meticulous recreation of the artist’s small, 270 square-foot studio.  The opening of the museum is the result of settled disputes over the estate of the artist, as brokered by Institut head Catherine Grenier, former deputy director of the Centre Pompidou.  “When I got here a year ago,” Grenier says, “this foundation was not at all well known, for one essential reason: It was closed to the public. My priority is to make its activities and its extraordinary collection accessible.”Read more at New York Times

New York – Piotr Uklanski: “Fatal Attraction” at The Met Through August 16th, 2015

Piotr Uklanski, The Nazis (1998), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, The Nazis (1998), via Art Observed

Currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a retrospective focusing on the work of Polish-born artist Piotr Uklanski, many of which are pulled from the rarely seen Joy of Photography series that the artist executed in the years following his move to the United States following the fall of Communism.Uklanski’s aesthetic project makes for an interesting conceptual fold in a period of photography already fascinated with the potentials for the repositioning and reappropriation as challenges to photographic integrity and history.  Cultural signifiers are afforded their own conceptual space, independent of the image itself, often lending a certain distance between the final product and the act of creation.  The skull itself is taken from a classic Dali image, but is altered with the presence of a male body, notably in a central position of dominance that reinserts a certain instability to the work.  Placing gender power structures in the work itself, Uklanski makes a subtle mockery of Dali’s sexualization of death, while underlining the Spanish artist’s presence in the generation of the work.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (GTXa) (2001), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (GTXa) (2001), via Art Observed

Elsewhere, Uklanski shows a more material fascination with the composition and capturing of the photographic image.  In one particularly compelling work, notable despite its small size, the artist renders a speed blur on a palm tree blowing in the wind.  The introduction of a violent forward motion to the work surface bears striking resemblance to the imagery of a scorched photograph, underlining a sense of destruction tied to the work’s execution.  In another, Uklanski creates a dizzying swirl from the act of exposure during film development.  Presenting a iridescent pool of colors, the work places the act of creation as image itself, the alluring material elements that enable the image’s existence.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP II Karol Wojtyla) (2004), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP II Karol Wojtyla) (2004), via Art Observed

The exhibition also features some of Uklanski’s exercises in accumulated images as a photographic archive, including a massive wall covered with photographs of various cultural depictions of Nazi’s, from press images to cartoons and propaganda posters.  The piece, exploring the variation in context and implication present in media depictions of “evil” forces, is a strange, yet occasionally chilling work, especially when examining characters that very nearly carry a cartoonish appeal.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Vesuvius) (2000), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Vesuvius) (2000), via Art Observed

The exhibition is also accompanied by another exhibition at the museum, showcasing a range of figurative selections from across the Met’s broad collection of holdings, curated by Uklanski himself.  Ranging from early Egyptian jasper carvings to contemporary photographs, the artist’s work here investigates the continued presence of both the erotic and the deadly throughout the range of artistic history.

Piotr Uklanski: Fatal Attraction, is on view through August 16th.  His exhibition of works from the museum collection closes on June 14th.

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Coconut Tree) (1998), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Coconut Tree) (1998), via Art Observed

Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Story of the Eye) (2013), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, Untitled (Story of the Eye) (2013), via Art Observed

— D. Creahan

Read more:
Piotr Uklanski: Fatal Attraction [Exhibition Site]
“Review: In ‘Fatal Attraction,’ Piotr Uklanski’s Unblinking Gaze” [NYT]

The Telegraph Goes Inside the Trends towards Art Collection and Exhibition as Status Symbols

Preview of Christie's spring sales in New York of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War And Contemporary Art, London, Britain - 10 Apr 2015The Telegraph looks at the growing competition among the world’s wealthiest for high-priced art trophies as status symbols, and notes the growing trend towards the establishment of non-profit foundations and museums as an even more appealing demonstration of wealth.  “Making your collection available to the public, understanding the journey you have been on, your taste,” says Celine Fressart, head of special projects at 1858 Ltd.  “That, really, is the ultimate in bragging rights.”Read more at The Telegraph

Armenian Pavilion to Commemorate 100 Years Since WWI Massacre

The Armenian pavilion on the San Lazzaro degli Armeni island, via Art NewspaperThis year’s Armenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre of more than one million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during the First World War.  The exhibition, titled Armenity and held on San Lazzaro degli Armeni island (home to the Armenian Catholic Monastery), will feature works by artist Sarkis, and is curated by Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, who has often worked with the artist.  “It is very important for me to keep the production going, for culture but also to keep the dialogue open,” Sarkis  says.  “We are the link between two pavilions. We are the breath. Whoever thinks otherwise is free to think so, of course.”

Read more at Art Newspaper

New York Times Looks at the Soon to be Completed Prada Foundation Complex in Milan

Prada Foundation, via NYTThe New York Times profiles Prada Foundation’s new Milan arts complex, designed by Rem Koolhaas and serving as the arts foundation’s permanent location.  “After more than 20 years of staging exhibitions around the world, my husband said he thought it was about time we do something permanent in Milan,” Miuccia Prada says.

Read more at New York Times

 

Art Institute of Chicago Receives Landmark $400 Million Gift

Andy Warhol, Mona Lisa Four Times, via Chicago TribuneThe Art Institute of Chicago has received a major donation of contemporary works this week, totaling 42 works valued at over $400 million, including iconic pieces from Andy Warhol, including an Elizabeth Taylor portrait and Mona Lisa Four Times, as well as several “Film Stills” from Cindy Sherman.  “It’s a powerful statement to have a collection of this international stature staying here in Chicago,” says Robert Levy, chairman of the Art Institute’s board. “It’s unbelievably exciting for the Art Institute, for the City of Chicago, for the entire art community of Chicago. It’s all good.”

Read more at Chicago Tribune

 

Early Reviews Praise New Whitney Museum

Whitney Museum, via Art NewspaperThe completed Whitney Museum is set to open in a matter of days, and articles in both New York Magazine and the New Yorker are already praising the space for its massive exhibition spaces and intriguing design by architect Renzo Piano.  “The audacity of the building shows that, yes, the Whitney will survive the new era,” writes Jerry Saltz.  “But the better question is whether it has found a way to thrive in it. And, believe it or not, I am in love with what this building represents.”

Read the articles below:
“New York Odyssey” [New Yorker]
“The New New Museum: How the Whitney might just solve the impossible problem of contemporary art” [New York Magazine]

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation No Longer Represented by Gagosian

Rauschenberg Foundation, via RhizomeThe Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is no longer represented by Gagosian Gallery, Artforum reports, a move which ends a partnership first started in 2008.  The organization will now look to Pace Gallery (which represented Rauschenberg later in his career), Thaddaeus Ropac, and São Paulo’s Luisa Strina for worldwide representation.  

Read more at Artforum

LACMA Announces $200 Million in Donations for 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Calder and Abstraction - From Avant-Garde to Iconic_Alexander Calder_LACMA_installation view1As the Los Angeles County Museum of Art continues its 50th-anniversary acquisitions campaign, the museum announced over $200 million in new art received as “anniversary gifts” to the institution.  A number of the works go on view this week as part of the museum’s “50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary” exhibition.

Read more at New York Times

Alfred Taubman, Former Sotheby’s Owner and Philanthropist, Passes Away at 91

Alfred Taubman, via Detroit Free Press
Alfred Taubman, via Detroit Free Press

Alfred Taubman, the shopping mall developer and business mastermind who turned Sotheby’s from a private auction house to the publicly traded art market power it is today, has passed away at the age of 91.

Taubman earned his fortune during the years following World War II, re-engineering the American retail experience through his design and development of the modern shopping mall, and used his earnings to purchase Sotheby Parke Bernet for $130 million in 1983.  Within five years, Taubman had retooled its customer experience and sales strategies before taking the company public in 1988.  

Alfred Taubman, Mayor Coleman Young and Max Fisher, via Detroit Free Press

Taubman is also remembered for his generous philanthropy, including multimillion dollar donations to the University of Michigan.  “Aside from his support, which was substantial, I never stopped marveling at his energy and his concern that others might live a better life,” said Paul Anger, editor of the Detroit Free Press. “He never stopped looking for ways to make the community better, to make lives better, to give back.”

Taubman is survived by his wife, Judith Mazor Rounick.

Read more at Detroit Free Press

 

Michael Ovitz Sues for $2.5 Million Over Richard Prince Work

Michael Ovitz, via Hollywood ReporterFormer Walt Disney President Michael Ovitz has filed a $2.5 Million bad faith breach of contract lawsuit against insurance company American International Group (AIG) and Chartis Property Casualty Co. for allegedly failing to reimburse Ovitz for a lost Richard Prince work.  “While Defendants ultimately acknowledged coverage and full insurance benefits for another loss under almost identical circumstances, Defendants steadfastly, unreasonably, and without probable cause, refused to provide coverage for the loss at issue herein,” and thus represented bad faith, the suit says.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

 

More Collectors Purchasing Online Doing so for Investment

Buying art online, via Art NewspaperA new report released by fine art insurance company Hiscox finds that an increasing number of collectors, at least 75% of those surveyed, are viewing online art sales as an investment opportunity.  “I wonder whether this change in attitude is genuine,” says Robert Read, the head of fine art at Hiscox, “or whether it is a dot.com moment where people feel they are missing out if they don’t.”

Forensic Research Leads to Chronological Show of Goya’s “Witches and Old Women” Show for First Time

Goya’s Dream of the Good Witch, via Art NewspaperA thorough forensic study dating Francisco Goya’s private series “Witches and Old Women” has resulted in an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London, showing the works in chronological order for the first time.  “His work is all about capturing that human spark,” says Goya scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau.  “From his youth onwards, he observed everything that life had to offer. He was utterly fascinated by the human animal form from the word go.”

Read more at Art Newspaper

Laurence D. Fink Says Contemporary Art has Surpassed Gold as Investment Vehicle

UCLA Anderson Center For Finance & Investments Presents R.O.I. '07An article in Bloomberg this week notes the statement of Laurence D. Fink, head of the world’s biggest asset manager, BlackRock Inc., that contemporary art has surpassed gold as a more secure investment.  “Historically gold was a great instrument for storing of Fink said at a conference in Singapore. “Gold has lost its luster and there’s other mechanisms in which you can store wealth that are inflation-adjusted.”Read more at Bloomberg

 

Inside the Rebuilding Process at Glasgow School of Art

Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art, via The GuardianThe Guardian reviews the ongoing rebuilding efforts at the Glasgow School of Art, after the school’s Mackintosh library was destroyed in last year’s massive blaze.  A fundraising campaign has already launched to help finance a new building, but a debate over rebuilding the space or starting over is currently drawing considerable attention.  “[Mackintosh] was driven by a lifelong search for new forms in architecture and technology and was never a copyist,” architecture professor Alan Dunlop says. “I have no doubt that he would reject the approach of building a replica.”

Read more at The Guardian

 

Rikrit Tiravanija Collaborating with Chef and Architects for New Project at Art Basel

Art Basel, via ArtnetThis year’s edition of Art Basel in Switzerland will feature a specially commissioned collaborative sculpture and performative work by Rirkrit Tiravanija, architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, and chef Antto Melasniemi, titled DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY.   “Creating a place of hospitality, visitors can engage through the activities on offer, such as the drinking of herbal tea plucked fresh from the on-site garden, the preparation and eating of food,” the organization said in a statement. “The food will be rooted in Thai tradition and will be available with no fixed schedule, menu or price list: compensation is self-determined, by self-serving, serving others, donations or even participating in the cooking or washing up.”Read more at Art Basel

Anri Sala Named Leading French Artist by Annual Report

Anri Sala, via Art NewspaperThe 2015 Artindex France report, annually released by Art Newspaper sister publication Journal des Arts has been released this week, with Berlin-based, French-Albanian artist Anri Sala topping the list, followed by François Morellet and Christian Boltanski, respectively.  The survey bases its findings on the number of solo exhibitions worldwide, compounded by each venue’s level of recognition and prominence.Read more at Art Newspaper

Sonnabend Collection Offered at Christie’s Next Month in New York

Andy Warhol, The Kiss, via Art DailyContinuing a week of announcements regarding next month’s auctions, Christie’s has revealed that it has acquired the Sonnabend Collection for its May sales in New York, valued at $50 million.  The Collection has never before been offered on the secondary market.  “Many of Sonnabend’s exhibitions helped determine the course of art history in the late 20th Century,” says Laura Paulson, Christie’s chairman for post-war and contemporary art. “She discovered and promoted some of the most significant artists of her time.”Read more at Art Daily

Dark Web Commerce Robot Returned to Artists Following Illicit Purchases

The MDMA ordered by Random Darknet Shopper on display, via IndependentRandom Darknet Shopper, a robot-based art project designed to randomly shop on Deep Web and black market websites, has been returned to the !Mediengruppe Bitnik collective after being confiscated in Janurary for purchasing MDMA during the piece’s performance.  Any potential prosecution over the work has also been withdrawn.  “The public prosecutor states that the possession of Ecstasy was indeed a reasonable means for the purpose of sparking public debate about questions related to the exhibition,” prosecuting attorneys state.  “The public prosecution also asserts that the overweighing interest in the questions raised by the art work Random Darknet Shopper justify the exhibition of the drugs as artifacts, even if the exhibition does hold a small risk of endangerment of third parties through the drugs exhibited”

Read more at The Independent

Democrats in Congress Push for Artist Resale Rights, New Tax Laws

US CapitolA pair of bills introduced in Congress this week will look to improve artist rights and benefits regarding their works, The Art Newspaper reports.  One bill will look to push for an artist’s resale royalty in the US, bringing the country up to par with current measures being undertaken in Europe, while the second offers a tax deduction of fair market value for artists donating works to museums. Both bills have been proposed before, but have yet to be passed.

Read more at Art Newspaper

Documenta Director Wants to Show Full Gurlitt Collection

Adam Szymczyk, via Art NewspaperAdam Szymczyk, the director for Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens has stated his interest in exhibited the full collection of works from the Cornelius Gurlitt trove at the exhibition in 2017.  “I am not interested in an exclusive or first spectacular presentation but I would like to show the entire Gurlitt estate in the political and aesthetic context of Documenta 14,” he says.  “Our exhibition provides a unique and timely public platform for such a presentation.” 

Read more at Art Newspaper

Colin Bailey Named Director of Morgan Library

Colin Bailey, via NYTThe Morgan Library has named Colin Bailey as its new director, who has previously served as the chief curator of the Frick Collection.  “We should be able to do a little better,” says Morgan President Lawrence R. Ricciardi. “The programming is there. It’s just a question of getting the word out and getting people in the door.”Read more at New York Times