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Venice Biennale Curator Ralph Rugoff Profiled in NYT

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Venice Biennale curator Ralph Rugoff gets the profile treatment in the NYT this week, as the opening days of the event draw close. “Bigger isn’t always better,” he says. “The exhibition format doesn’t always lend itself to gargantuan scale, in general. Do you want to see movies that are 20 hours long? Compared to a normal exhibition, that’s what a Biennale is like.” (more…)

Venice Biennale Names Awards Jury

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

The Venice Biennale has named its five members international jury for awards and recognition, with Stephanie Rosenthal of the Gropius Bau serving as jury president.  (more…)

Mike Kelley Foundation Gives $400,000 to LA Arts Groups

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

The Mike Kelley Foundation in Los Angeles has named 10 recipients of its 2019 Artist Project Grants, totaling $400,000 going to local groups. “This year’s recipients of the Artist Project Grants exemplify the innovation, rigor, and daring that the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts supports,” says Mary Clare Stevens, executive director of the Mike Kelley Foundation. “There is such depth and breadth to Los Angeles’s artistic and curatorial practices, and it’s an honor to help realize these adventurous projects.”

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Performa Announces First Round of Commissions

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

This year’s edition of Performa has announced its first rounnd of commissions, featuring work by Ed Atkins, Nairy Baghramian and Korakrit Arunanondchai, and will focus on the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. “I’ve always found it fascinating that most exhibitions [about the Bauhaus] are from an architecture point of view,” says Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg. “At Performa, we go at it from the perspective that it was the first art school to have a performance workshop at its heart.” (more…)

UK Art Markets See Signs of Improvement

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The UK art market is showing signs of recovery as exports of art increased last year by  5.5% to £5.1bn, while global imports rose by more than 20% to £2.1bn. The sales also note a decline in sales to Switzerland, as the country sheds its anonymous banking laws.  “Switzerland has dropped its banking secrecy laws and that means an end to anonymity, so companies can no longer conceal their ultimate beneficiaries,” says an anonymous Swiss dealer. (more…)

Nicole Eisenman Sculpture to be Installed in Boston

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

A version of Nicole Eisenman’s Founttain will be installed in Boston’s Fens, Art News reports, following the work’s popularity during its previous install at Skulptur Projekte Munster.  “I’m happy to know the fountain will be situated in a place where people are likely to hang out and enjoy some leisure time,” Eisenman said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing kids climbing on the sculptures and this piece integrating into the fabric of life in the Fens.” (more…)

LACMA Wins Unanimous Approval for Building Project

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

LACMA won unanimous approval Tuesday from the county Board of Supervisors for its $650-million design. “This is a milestone moment, this is the big green light to go forward,” museum Director Michael Govan said.

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Whitney Museum Has Added 300 Works to Collection Over Last Six Months

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The Whitney Museum of American Art  has acquired 300 artworks over the past six months, including work by Barbara Hammer, Simone Leigh, and Ed Clark, many of whom enter the collection for the first time. “We’re thrilled that many of our recent acquisitions, particularly by artists new to the collection, arose through our reenergized emerging artist program,” says Scott Rothkopf, the senior deputy director and chief curator of the Whitney. “This continues our historical commitment to acquiring works by contemporary artists directly from our groundbreaking exhibitions and allows us to extend our dialogue with these artists as stewards of their work.” (more…)

Michael Govan Defends LACMA Plans in LA Times

Monday, April 8th, 2019

LACMA Director Michael Govan is in the LA Times this week, defending his decision to embraced reduced exhibition space in the museum’s expansion.  “We were aware that this building project would be not as big as the current space it was replacing because that was a jumbled mess of galleries,” he says. “We were trying to replace the space; it was a replacement project. We already added on 100,000 square feet between [the recent permanent additions] BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion, so we’ve already grown pretty dramatically. What’s happening in this whole conversation is that no one’s seeing the big picture of the 20-year plan.” (more…)

Yinka Shonibare Work Acquired by The Tate

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Yinka Shonibare’s piece The British Library has been acquired by Tate, a work that features thousands of batik-bound books celebrating the diversity of the British population.  Shonibare praised the acquisition and the museum’s commitment to “tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. The British Library is an exploration of the diversity of British identity through a conceptually poetic lens. I look forward to the public engagement with the work.” (more…)

The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland Renew Ties with Anthony d’Offay After Sexual Harrassment Allegations

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Trustees at The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) have renewed links with dealer Anthony d’Offay after accusations of sexual harassment.  “Over a year ago we were made aware of allegations against Anthony d’Offay,” a spokesperson said. “The trustees of Tate and National Galleries of Scotland took appropriate time to consider these, remaining in discussion with the Artist Rooms Foundation. No formal investigation ensued and trustees have since resumed contact with Mr D’Offay, and informed relevant stakeholders accordingly.” (more…)

Marfa Invitational Spotlighted in Art News

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Art News has a piece on the newly opened Marfa Invitational, a fair in the sleepy Texas arts enclave.  “When you’re in Marfa, it’s really this kind of immersive experience where you have time to look at the works,” says artist and organizer Michael Phelan. “What I wanted to create with the fair is a similar model.” (more…)

Public Art Fund to Show Felix-Gonzalez Torres Work to Commemorate Stonewall Rebellion

Monday, April 8th, 2019

For the entire month of June, the Public Art Fund will exhibit artist Félix González-Torres’s first billboard, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. “While the work has been installed in many locations around the world, there is not a time I go by that corner that I don’t imagine the billboard being there,” says Andrea Rosen, the president of the artist’s foundation.  (more…)

Julian Schnabel Interviewed in The Guardian

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Artist Julian Schnabel gives a frank interview in The Guardian this week, as the artist promotes his new directorial effort dedicated to the life of Van Gogh.  “Do you need to know that Caravaggio killed a guy at a tennis match to appreciate his paintings,” he asks at on point. “Have you ever seen a Caravaggio painting? Did it speak to you?  Does knowing he killed someone at a tennis match change what you think about it?” Not really. “Exactly!” he says, triumphantly. (more…)

Artists Stage Alternative Event to Havana Biennial

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Cuban artist­-activists will present alternative event during the run of the official Havana Biennial, protesting the recently passed Decree 349, which requires artists to receive approval from the Cuban government before their projects are presented. “It’s evident that Decree 349 is oppressive,” says organizer Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. (more…)

Academics Publish Open Letter Calling for Ouster of Whitney’s Board Vice-Chair Warren Kanders

Friday, April 5th, 2019

A group of academics and theorists have demanded that the Whitney Museum remove Warren B. Kanders from his position as vice chairman of its board, part of an ongoing campaign against Kanders and his ownership of a defense manufacturing company. “The stakes of the demand to remove Kanders are high and extend far beyond the art world,” the letter reads. “Alongside universities, cultural institutions like the Whitney are among the few spaces in public life today that claim to be devoted to ideals of education, creativity, and dissent beyond the dictates of the market.” (more…)

European Parliament Calls for Closure of EU Freeports

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The European Parliament has called for EU freeports to be closed across the continent following a highly-critical report on tax evasion and money laundering this past week.  The report notes that freeports have become popular “for the storage of substitute assets, including art, precious stones, antiques, gold and wine collections–often on a permanent basis–and financed from unknown sources.” (more…)

Gagosian Now Represents Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Gagosian now represents artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Art News reports.  “It’s such a dream come true,” the artist says. “I mean, just having an art career—period—is a dream come true as far as I’m concerned.” (more…)

Berlin’s Jewish Museum No Longer Accepting Donations from Sackler Family

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The Jewish Museum in Berlin, will no longer accept donations from the Sackler family, Art Newspaper reports, growing an increasingly large list of institutions not accepting funds from the institution.  “In 2002 we were not aware that OxyContin is subject to misuse,” a museum spokesperson says, referring to the last time the museum received funds from the Sacklers. “Returning the donation would also not be an option because we would have to use public funds to do that. We also feel that renaming would be an inappropriate attempt to disguise what happened. It would contradict the fact that we acted in good faith in 2002.” (more…)

Watercolors by WIlliam Blake Sold by Bookstore to Go On View at Tate

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Watercolors by William Blake that were sold by a Glasgow bookshop for £50 each and resold at Sotheby’s for over $6m will be shown in a Tate exhibition this autumn, Art Newspaper reports. The watercolors had been thought lost for 165 years before being found in a portfolio at the shop.  (more…)

The Shed Set to Open in NYC

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The Shed is set to open in New York, a $500-million arts center designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with the Rockwell Group and focused around championing young and experimental artists. “There are many cultural institutions that are truly world-class in our town, but some of them tend to be about the past,” says Jonathan Tisch, the Shed’s vice chair. “The Shed is about, once again, the future.” (more…)

Lari Pittman Joins Lehmann Maupin

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Artist Lari Pittman is now represented by Lehmann Maupin, Art News reports. “Lari has developed a wholly unique mode of painting and mark-making that is in perfect company with artists in our program,” says David Maupin, one of the gallery’s founders. “Pittman’s embrace of pattern and design through a socio-political lens makes him stand out as a significant painter.” (more…)

Anish Kapoor Unveils Brexit Art Commission for The Guardian

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Anish Kapoor has created a special artwork for The Guardian commenting on Brexit, rendering a massive gash cutting through the British Isles. “We’ve allowed ourselves as a nation to enter a space of unknowing,” he says. “I can’t help but see it in terms of a depressive self.”  (more…)

Drawing Center Adds 4 Board Members

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The Drawing Center has added dealers Valentina Castellani and Almine Ruiz-Picasso, filmmaker and collector Harry Tappan Heher, and financier and collector Jean-Edouard van Praet d’Amerloo as board members.   “All four of our new board members are revered and active participants in the international art community, and bring their precious expertise to an already exceptional and dedicated board,” says executive director Laura Hoptman. (more…)