Archive for the 'Minipost' Category

MoMA Hires Top SFMoMA Curator

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Clément Chéroux, senior curator of the photography center at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is heading to MoMA’s to serve as the museum’s chief curator of photography. “It was a pleasure to work at SFMOMA for three years and to have the support of a fantastic Bay Area photo community,” Chéroux said in a statement. “I am very excited to be part of the energy of the new MoMA and to work with the team and collection to develop great projects.” (more…)

James Turrell’s Roden Crater Gets $3 million Pledge from Online Gaming Billionaire

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Billionaire Mark Pincus, founder of online gaming firm Zynga, has pledged $3 million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater project. “The project itself feels, to me, like modern-day pyramids,” he says. “The ambition and scale and scope of it is something that has the potential to be something that people, many generations from now, will be able to experience and get something amazing from—maybe something beyond what we can imagine today.” (more…)

Private Museum Closings Explored in Art Newspaper Piece

Friday, February 14th, 2020

A piece in Art Newspaper asks why so many private museums are already shuttering. “It’s more fun building a museum and a collection and opening it than running it,” says Adrian Ellis, the founding director of AEA Consulting. (more…)

Heiress and Art Benefactor Anne Marion Has Passed Away at Age 81

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion, founder of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has passed away at the age of 81. “Anne Marion was one of the most generous, admirable, and inspirational people I have ever known,” says Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, where Marion was an active benefactor. “Her great leadership and generosity to the museum has continued until the present, and her loss is heartbreaking for everyone involved with the Modern.” (more…)

Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Wades in Parisian Mayoral Elections, Causing Candidate’s Resignation Over Explicit Video

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Russian provocateur and artist Pyotr Pavlensky, whose prior stunts involved setting the doors of a Russian security organization aflame, has taken reportedly taken responsibility for interfering in the Parisian mayoral elections, leaking compromising sexually graphic videos of candidate Benjamin Griveaux online. “He is someone who is always playing up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor of families and always cites as examples his wife and children. But he does the opposite,” Pavlensky is quoted. (more…)

Yayoi Kusama to Show Infinity Rooms in London

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Yayoi Kusama will stage another major show of her Infinity Rooms at the Tate Modern this May, the museum has announced.  The show will feature two such works as well as documentation of early performance pieces by the artist.  (more…)

Fast Company Previews Rothko Chapel Reopening

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Fast Company has a piece on the renovation of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and a look at the space’s improvements. “The Chapel was built with a vision that brought together modern art and a sacred space to promote human unity, solidarity, justice and peace,” says Christopher Rothko, Opening Spaces chairman and the artist’s son. “The universality of this vision is very relevant for us today and I believe will remain so for generations to come.” (more…)

MoMA Acquires 56 Photographs from Gordon Parks’s “The Atmosphere of Crime”

Friday, February 14th, 2020

MoMA has acquired 56 prints from Gordon Parks’s series of color photographs for a Life magazine photo essay titled “The Atmosphere of Crime.”  The works will go on view this May as part of the museum’s first seasonal rotation of its collection.

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Artist Blasts Stefan Simchowitz for Flipping His Work

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Artist Amoako Boafo criticizes Stefan Simchowitz over the collector’s attempt at flipping one of his works at auction tonight at Phillips. “Now he wants to make profit from it,” he says. “It’s only sad. The painting is so recent.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Charts Legal Challenges Around Breaks Between Artist and Gallery

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A piece in the Art Newspaper this week documents a series of court cases around gallery-artist splits, noting the various ways and legal issues around the break of a business relationship in the art world. (more…)

Luchita Hurtado Profiled in WSJ

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Artist Luchita Hurtado gets a profile in the WSJ this week, as she finds a more responsive market for her work. (more…)

Luxury Tower Residents Lose Appeal Case Against Tate Over Viewing Platform Proximity to Homes

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Residents of the luxury flat next to the Tate Modern, who sued over the the museum overlook’s vantage point into their apartments, have lost their court appeal.  “These properties are impressive, and no doubt there are great advantages to be enjoyed in such extensive glassed views, but that in effect comes at a price in terms of privacy,” the ruling judge stated. (more…)

MoMA to Show Automobiles in Outdoor Sculpture Garden This Summer

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

As part of its summer show Automania, MoMA will park a series of cars in its outdoor sculpture park.  The exhibition will include a series of automobiles in the museum collection never shown before. (more…)

The Guardian Interviews Barbara Kruger

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Barbara Kruger is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing her work and the contemporary moment. ”There are moments of recognition and significant changes but we’re living at a time where global white grievance is rampant,” she says, “and there is also a reaction against those symbolic changes. In these brutal and threatening times, I believe it necessary to vote strategically – to push back against the emboldened tide of white grievance and vengeance-driven populism.” (more…)

Collector Pamela Joyner Featured in Art Newspaper

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Collector Pamela Joyner is interviewed in Art Newspaper this week, discussing her collection and her passion for the works she owns. “My favorite part of the response is when I go to the museum and encounter really young people interacting with the art,” she says. “So in the first venue where we opened, I will never forget a school group of about 40 kindergarteners sitting on the floor looking up at my Mark Bradford waterfall painting. They were not squirming–it was like their mouths were dropping. It was just adorable: They were very orderly, asking questions. (more…)

Blain Southern to Close

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Blain Southern is closing all of its current spaces, after several high profile departures.  “Despite the support of dedicated gallery staff, I deeply regret that I have been unable to secure the gallery’s future long term,” says Harry Blain. “I want to thank all the artists, collectors, institutions, museums, staff and everyone who has worked with the gallery over the last decade.” (more…)

Art in America Documents Museum Efforts to Make Collections Accessible to the Blind

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A piece in Art in America this week looks at how museums are working to make their collections more accessible to the blind.  The piece details various naming strategies and techniques for describing and representing works. (more…)

Anselm Kiefer Interviewed in NYT

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

The NYT has a powerful interview with Anselm Kiefer this week, as the artist takes Karl Ove Knaussgard to his studio, and his childhood home of Donaueschingen, as he reflects on his life and the evolution of his work. “What we see is a picture constructed with workmanlike clarity,” he says. “And yet we are moved, overwhelmed even. Despite the simplicity of the composition, the picture speaks to us. And we feel that our own uncertain approach to the world has been laid bare.” (more…)

New Info Sees Police Questioning Gallerist’s Widow in Case Surrounding Klimt Discovered in Gallery Wall

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

In the latest twist behind the case of the Gustav Klimt work discovered in the walls of the the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in Piacenza, prosecutors in Piacenza are questioning Rossella Tiadina, the widow of former gallery manager Stefano Fugazza. “The decision to question his widow was prompted by a diary entry discovered by police in which Fugazza contemplates a fake robbery to gin up controversy around the show. “I wondered what could be done to give the exhibition some notoriety, to ensure an audience success like never before,” he writes. “And the idea that came to me was to organise, from the inside, a theft of the Klimt, just before the show (exactly, my God, what happened), for the work to then be rediscovered after the show began.” (more…)

Desert X AlUla Prepares to Open Amid Criticism

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

As Desert X AlUla prepares to open, the NYT profiles the festival and the fraught politics behind its operation, as Saudi Arabia faces continued criticism and looks to open its culture to the West.  “Engaging people to people, being able to start that dialogue, was something we were brave enough to take on, and I do think brave is the word,” says Desert X head Susan Davis. (more…)

Mat Collishaw Leaves Blain Southern “Immediately”

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Mat Collishaw becomes the latest artist to depart Blain Southern Gallery, as announced on his Instagram today.  No comment was offered on his reason for departure. (more…)

Sonia Boyce to Represent Britain Next Year in Venice

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Sonia Boyce has been tapped to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, making her the first black woman to show for Britain at the event. “There is this question about nations and nationality and that is how [the biennale] was set up; to promote the so-called best of what was happening any given country or nation,” she says. “I don’t know if it is anachronistic but I still think it is important in the time we are in to think about what nation means.” (more…)

Adam Pendleton Readies Project for MoMA Atrium

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Artist Adam Pendleton is readying a new work, Who is Queen? for the atrium of MoMA this summer “It’s looking at blackness as an open-ended idea, not just related to race but in relationship to politics, to art, specifically to the avant-garde,” he says. (more…)

Uniqlo Launches New Line Featuring Range of Japanese Artists

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Uniqlo is launching a new series honoring the works of Japanese artists, among them Keiichi Tanaami and Hajime Sorayama. The works will include a range of images from each artist’s oeuvre.  (more…)