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Aspen Art Museum Closing Kusama Infinity Room Show Over Building Code Violation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

The Aspen Art Museum will close its Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room show 11 weeks early due to an unresolved building code violation.  “The AAM and the City of Aspen have reviewed the museum’s [Kusama] installation to ensure its compliance with municipal building codes,” the museum says. “It is the determination of both parties that fulfilling the artwork’s need for natural light and appropriate space and code requirements cannot be achieved equitably within the museum’s layout at this time.” (more…)

Christopher Knight Wins Rabkin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

LA Times critic Christopher Knight has won the $50,000 Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation’s lifetime achievement award.  “He was always the one who chose the important things and wrote in detail and beautifully,” says Executive Director Susan C. Larsen. “The most outstanding thing about his career, that lifts him and distinguishes him across the country, is his fearlessness. He’s not afraid to tackle the issues everyone talks about.” (more…)

David Geffen Named as Buyer of Hockney’s ‘Splash’

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Bloomberg reports that David Geffen was the buyer of David Hockney‘s The Splash at Sotheby’s last week. “Everyone was thinking about Brexit,” says gallerist and former auctioneer Brett Gorvy. “No one wanted to consign unless there was a financial situation that guaranteed security.” (more…)

6 Board Members Resign from Cooper Hewitt Over Removal of Director

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Six trustees have resigned from the Cooper Hewitt board in  protest over the dismissal of director Caroline Baumann. “Caroline’s treatment violates every principle of decency, and I feel that remaining on the board tacitly condones this behavior,” says board secretary Judy Francis Zankel.

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NYT Looks into Ouster of Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The Cooper Hewitt’s ouster of director Caroline Baumann is profiled in the NYT this week, as some point to controversy behind her wedding and a perceived conflict of interest in her work with a wedding dress designer. “I know the circumstances of the investigation that led to Caroline’s dismissal and I must say I am appalled that this was its conclusion,” says philanthropist and Cooper Hewitt Board Secretary Judy Francis Zankel. “I have been working with her long enough to know without a doubt that she has been unfairly accused and unjustly judged.” (more…)

Dawoud Bey Interviewed in The Guardian

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Artist Dawoud Bey gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens a retrospective at SFMoMA. “What I hope to create is work that makes it apparent that black people exist not only in a social world,” Beys says at the press preview for the SF Moma opening, “but they also have rich interior lives as human beings.” (more…)

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Arrested in Paris

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky is once again facing possible imprisonment over his recent stunt leaking a politician’s sex tape. “[Candidate Benjamin Griveaux] despises his constituents,” the artist says in a statement. “He was the only candidate to use his family to promote a political image. He told a big lie; he began his campaign with a big lie.” (more…)

LA Times Charts Demise of Marciano Foundation

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The LA Times has a piece this week on the closure of the Marciano Foundation, noting issues with unionizing labor alongside organizational breakdowns and a lack of internal structure. “[Maurice Marciano] didn’t really know how expensive it is to run his own private museum,” says an unnamed source. “He did it in a very generous, very first-class generous way.” (more…)

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…)

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…)