Archive for the 'Minipost' Category

Art Basel Hong Kong Reveals Online Viewing Rooms

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Art Basel Hong Kong’s online viewing room program has been announced, a consolation for exhibitors left unable to attend the fair due to coronavirus.  (more…)

Germany Promises Financial Assistance to Arts Orgs Hurt by Coronavirus

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Germany has promised financial assistance to arts institutions affected by coronavirus. “It’s clear to me that the situation is a massive burden for the cultural and creative sectors and that small institutions and freelance artists could face considerable distress,” says culture minister Monika Grütters. “I won’t leave you in the lurch!” (more…)

Maya Lin to Install Work in Madison Square Park this Summer

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Maya Lin has been tapped for the next Madison Square Park Conservancy installation, where she will erect a series of desiccated trees as a response to climate change. “Climate change has been a significant aspect of Lin’s practice through sculpture and installations, and also through her projects documenting mass extinction due to the loss of species and habitat degradation,” says Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the deputy director and Martin Friedman chief curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “She is working on solutions for this global dilemma. This will be her legacy.” (more…)

LA Art Book Fair Cancelled

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

A few hours after the WHO has declared a coronavirus a global pandemic, The L.A. Art Book Fair, has been cancelled. “Our annual L.A. Art Book Fair is both a celebration and a critical platform for artists’ books and publishing activity from across the globe,” a statement reads. “We are grateful for the understanding of our participating artists and publishers, and want to acknowledge the time and effort they have dedicated to developing creative publishing projects for the fair. We encourage everyone to continue to support their work.” (more…)

UK Budget Released, Features £250 Million Culture Fund

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The new proposed UK budget features a £250 million fund to support local museums and neighborhood libraries, and clears the way to build freeports on British soil. The plan earned some criticism for not doing enough to combat the economic effects of coronavirus.  “The impact on cultural and sporting institutions will be severe,” says Tracy Brabin, the shadow secretary of state for culture. “I’m disappointed that the government has not announced specific measures in today’s budget to support DCMS sectors.” (more…)

David Nahmad Raffles Picasso Off for Charity

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

David Nahmad gives a tour of his home to ABC News this week, as he prepares to raffle off a Picasso painting for charity. “We bought so many Picassos now, I don’t remember the specific reason,” Nahmad says. “It’s the smallest painting that I have.” (more…)

Gonzalo Casals Named NYC’s Next Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Gonzalo Casals,  executive director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, has been named New York’s next commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. (more…)

Fourth Plinth Artist Heather Phillipson Interviewed in The Guardian

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Artist Heather Phillipson is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as her sculpture for London’s Fourth Plinth goes on view.  “I’m really interested in how we give ourselves away in language, how we can’t stop dribbling out stuff in our words and through our bodies,” she says. (more…)

LA Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Forged Basquiat, Warhol Works

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

An LA man will plead guilty to art fraud for attempts to sell $6m in forged paintings attributed to artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Philip Bennet Righter would buy fake works on eBay then forge certificates of attribution, ultimately selling the works at a substantial markup. (more…)

Marron Collection Show Postponed Over Coronavirus

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

A major show scheduled around the sale of the Marron family collection at Pace and Gagosian will be postponed due to coronavirus. “Given the current climate of uncertainty, it seems that it will no longer be possible to secure the loans from international private lenders and institutions that would be required to present the true scope and influence of Don Marron’s collection,” a Pace spokesperson says. “Our priority is on creating an exhibition that will honor Don to the fullest, and that will celebrate his legacy for local and global audiences.” (more…)

Artists Take Over Performance Space NY, The NYT Asks, What’s Next?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

A piece in the NYT this week charts the new project at Performance Space NY, where a cohort of artists have been given free reign over the institution. “It’s so much giving up of control,” says director Jenny Schlenzka. “Like, I’m sitting here with The New York Times, and I don’t even know what’s going on in my place for the next year.” (more…)

Coronavirus Sees Berlin Shuttering State-Owned Venues

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

The city of Berlin is shuttering all state-owned arts venues for a month in response to coronavirus.  The decision comes as cases of the virus explode in the German capital. (more…)

Small Galleries and Nonprofits Look For Emergency Coronavirus Funds

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Art News notes that NYC’s smaller museums and galleries may be eligible for relief under any coronavirus relief packages. “We are facing an existential crisis,” says Jane Stephenson, executive director of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA). “People should be aware that arts organizations are going to face difficulties if we don’t get some relief.” (more…)

Ana Mendieta Work Set to Sell at Sotheby’s Sees Conflict Over Ownership

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

A recently rediscovered Ana Mendieta work is set to sell at Sotheby’s, but her family claims its owner has no right to sell it, claiming the work was never returned following a loan. “If an auction house accepts works without doing due diligence and says, ‘You guys fight it out,’ then you put a burden on the original owner that perhaps is not justified,” says Barbara Hoffman, the family’s lawyer. (more…)

Warhol Fright Wigs to Show in Tate Modern Retrospective

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

The soon to open Tate Modern Andy Warhol show will feature a selection of the artist’s rarely seen, custom fright wigs. “They are incredible objects, which he would have had a say in, in terms of their design … the way they are dark at the back and blonde at the front,” says co-curator Gregor Muir. “The wigs are part of Warhol’s persona, and Warhol himself was an artwork.” (more…)

UK Government Blasted Over Withdrawal Plans from Creative Europe

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The UK government is under fire for attempting to withdraw from the European-Union-funded Creative Europe project, depriving the nation of millions in EU funds for the arts.  “By ending our participation, the UK government is erecting barriers to continued cultural exchange. Moreover, this decision makes no financial sense.” an open letter reads. “It is well established that Creative Europe grants have delivered a net benefit back to the UK creative economy on both soft and hard measures (worth €74m since 2014, benefitting 334 organizations), leveraging additional funding, helping to create employment.” (more…)

French Culture Minister Franck Riester Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

French Culture Minister Franck Riester has tested positive for coronavirus, shortly after visiting parliament where several ministers had fell ill.  (more…)

Raphael Show in Rome Shuttered Over Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

A major Raphael exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale has been closed as a result of coronavirus quarantines.  Museums around the country are also closed as a result of the disease.  (more…)

Public Art Fund Launches Project at LaGuardia Airport

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The Public Art Fund will launch a new project at LaGuardia airport featuring art by Jeppe Hein, Laura Owens, and Sarah Sze. “New Yorkers will soon have a major terminal at LaGuardia Airport that reflects the energy, vitality, and innovation of New York City,” said Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund. “Great art and artists are fundamental to New York’s DNA, and we are excited to collaborate with several of the world’s most visionary artists, LaGuardia Gateway Partners and the Port Authority to create a unique new terminal that brilliantly expresses the creative spirit of New York.” (more…)

Shell Drops Support of London’s Southbank Centre

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Shell has dropped its support of London’s Southbank Centre, Art Newspaper reports, as pressure over the fossil fuel company’s support of institutions continues to mount.  “Until it commits to leaving fossil fuels in the ground this decade, Shell will be standing in the way of zero carbon transition we urgently need and should not be welcomed into our arts institutions,” says Chris Garrard, the director of the protest group Culture Unstained. (more…)

Trevor Paglen Joins Pace

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Trevor Paglen has joined Pace Gallery, working with the artist’s other galleries to create a global network for his work.  “We are thrilled to announce our representation of Trevor,” says Simon Preston, Senior Director at Pace. “Trevor’s complex research-driven work will expand the vocabulary of the artists represented by the gallery and have the potential to create many exciting dialogues with existing and future artists of the program.” (more…)

Art News Explores Tate’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

A piece in Art News looks at the Tate’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, and how it allows the museum to respond. “Large public buildings, attracting millions of visitors from the U.K. and overseas, require energy,” reads a statement. “We see caring for and sharing a national art collection as a public good, but it also consumes resources. . . . That’s why we pledge to make our long-term commitment ambitious in scope. We will interrogate our systems, our values, and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible.” (more…)

Hikaru Fujii and Chikako Yamashiro Win Tokyo Contemporary Art Award

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Hikaru Fujii and Chikako Yamashiro have won the second Tokyo Contemporary Art Award, a $30,000 prize that also includes an exhibition of the artists’ work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2022. (more…)

Sotheby’s Sale of from Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz Estate Achieves $17.2 M. Total

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Sotheby’s auction of work from the estates of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz has resulted in a $17.2 million result, easily topping its $13.3 million estimate. The sale featured a range of paintings and photos as well as personal items and clothing. (more…)