Archive for the 'News' Category

Swiss Farmer Wins Contest to Show Picasso on His Barn

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

A Swiss farmer, Hanspeter Benz has won a competition by the Fondation Beyeler to hang a Picasso in his barn for 24 hours. The work was shown in Benz’s barn on April 16th. (more…)

Chicago Artists Coalition Releases List of Micro-Grant Recipients

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Chicago Artists Coalition has unveiled its list of 15 Chicago-based artists who will receive its first-ever round of micro-grants, which come with unrestricted purses of $2,000 each.  “We have truly visionary artists living and working in every neighborhood across the city. We hope that this new line of support will help bring some of their visions to life, for their individual benefit and that of their broader communities,” says Tracie D. Hall, director of the Joyce Foundation’s culture program. (more…)

Anne Pasternak Gives Tour of Her BK Museum Office

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Brooklyn Museum head Anne Pasternak gives NY Magazine a tour of her office, showcasing her art collection, which includes work by Kiki Smith and Kara Walker, and shares a story about a graffiti artist showing up to paint part of her wall.  “So one day he shows up in a clown outfit, complete clown outfit, doesn’t say a word, has a bucket with spray paint in it, puts down a tarp, paints for twenty minutes and leaves, never said a word,” she says. (more…)

Phillips To Sell Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter II in May Sales

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Following Phillips’s $12m success with the sale of Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter I in London last Winter, the auction house will sell the second part of the work this spring, carrying an $8m low estimate and a third party guarantee. “We are thrilled to offer Mark Bradford’s masterpiece, Helter Skelter II, in our May Evening Sale after realizing a world-record price for its companion work last year,” says Jean-Paul Engelen, Worldwide Co-Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art. (more…)

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces Latest Round of Grants Totalling $3 Million

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has announced 111 grants to artists and 13 to nonprofit organizations, with $3.17 million distributed in total. “At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018–19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy,” says Ronald D. Spencer, the foundation’s chairman and CEO. (more…)

NYT Spotlights Artworks Removed from Notre Dame Days Before Fire

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

A piece in the NYT spotlights the works removed from Notre Dame just days before its massive fire.  “Reconstruction and renovation of Notre-Dame could take between 10 and 20 years, probably for a cost of several hundred million euros,” says Patrick Palem, a veteran restoration expert with SOCRA. (more…)

Gagosian to Stage Fundraiser for Notre Dame

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Gagosian Gallery will stage an exhibition this June in Paris, from which all proceeds from sales will go to initiatives to rebuild the cathedral after its massive fire this week. Full details for the show have yet to be announced. “Notre-Dame is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris and the French nation,” Larry Gagosian, the gallery’s founder, said in a statement. “I wish to contribute to the reconstruction of this iconic cathedral after watching, with devastation, as it was engulfed in flames.” (more…)

UK Arts Mark Higher Contributions to UK Economy Than Agriculture

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Arts and culture now have a higher contribution to the UK economy than agriculture, The Guardian notes  “It tells you about their commitment and determination in spite of the cuts. It also tells you if they had a bit more money they would do something rather wonderful with it,” says Sir Nicholas Serota. (more…)

Prix International d’Art Contemporain Shortlist Announced

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco has announced the shortlist of works for the 47th edition of its Prix International d’Art Contemporain (PIAC), featuring work by Yto Barrada, Arthur Jafa, and Rayyane Tabet. “As an organization, we are determined to continuously broaden our perspective and are deeply committed to offer a platform to a plurality of diverse voices in the field of contemporary art and visual culture,” says PIAC’s artistic director, Lorenzo Fusi. (more…)

Noguchi Museum to Allow Visitors Into Artist’s Studio

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Noguchi Museum will allow the public to visit the artist’s studio for the first time after restoration is complete.  “What I really admire about Noguchi was that he was one of the great 20th-century polymaths,” says director Brett Littman. “He worked across so many disciplines.” (more…)

Van Gogh’s Time in London Profiled in NY Review of Books

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The NY Review of Books has a piece on Vincent Van Gogh this week, charting the artist’s time in London and his fascination with the city, documented in many of his letters. “He was a writer before he was a painter,” says author Carol Jacobi.  (more…)

France Gives Broad Rights to New Nazi Loot Task Force

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

A new French task force for recovering Nazi look has received a broad mandate to search for and return artwork that had been looted or sold under duress, the NYT reports.  “We are not starting from nothing, but we are amplifying the work,” says David Zivie, a Culture Ministry official.  (more…)

Paintings from Notre Dame Transferred to Louvre

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

A selection of paintings from inside Notre Dame have been transferred to the Louvre for restoration after suffering smoke damage yesterday during the Cathedral’s fire.  The paintings are largely still intact.   (more…)

Arnault and Pinault Pledge $300 Million to Notre Dame Restoration

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

The French nation launched a major campaign to restore Notre Dame after its tragic blaze yesterday, with collectors Bernard Arnault and François Pinault both pledging $226 million and $113 respectively.  “The Arnault family and the LVMH Group, in solidarity with this national tragedy, are committed to assist with the reconstruction of this extraordinary cathedral, symbol of France, its heritage, and its unity,” a press release from LVMH, Arnault’s company read. (more…)

Oil Heiress’s Collection Heads to Christie’s

Monday, April 15th, 2019

30 pieces from the collection of Texas oil heiress Cecil Amelia Blaffer will go to auction at Christie’s New York next month, with works by Picasso, Rothko and more expected to earn more than $40 million. “What we are seeing more and more is the interesting collections that were put together 40, 50 years ago,” says Adrien Meyer, Christie’s co-chairman of Impressionist and modern art. “They precisely represent moments of collecting history” and people who were “buying at the moment of pivotal art innovations,” he said.

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Independent Curators International Gives Award to Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Monday, April 15th, 2019

New York’s Independent Curators International will give its Leo Award (named after Leo Castelli) to collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.  “Since the beginning, the passion and daily work of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has been to contribute to an opening up of contemporary art to a wider audience,” she says of her work . “Investing in young curators and artists has been an exciting, rewarding and vital part of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s program, which we are seeking always to develop.” (more…)

EU Commission Approves New Copyright Laws

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The European Commission has approved new laws concerning an overhaul of copyright law, making online platforms liable for copyright infringement on their sites and forcing companies like Google and Facebook to pay publishers for the information they repost.  “It was a long road and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the discussion,” says IMPALA executive chair Helen Smith. “As a result, we now have a balanced text that sets a precedent for the rest of the world to follow, by putting citizens and creators at the heart of the reform and introducing clear rules for online platforms, “By adopting this landmark text, the EU has proved itself a leader in terms of delivering a fair, open and sustainable internet. This text clarifies the position of platforms, building on European case law. It is a first of its kind, and sets an example for other countries across the globe.” (more…)

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris has caught fire, with much of the building engulfed in flames and its main spire partially collapsing. “These cathedrals and houses of worship are built to burn,” says Vincent Dunn, a fire consultant and former New York City fire chief. “If they weren’t houses of worship, they’d be condemned.” (more…)

Underpainting Discovered in Artemisia Gentileschi Canvas

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Research into a Baroque painting by Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence has revealed an underpainting that is almost identical to a canvas recently purchased by London’s National Gallery(more…)

Kamel Mennour to Show Controversially Attributed Carvaggio Alongside Daniel Buren Work

Friday, April 12th, 2019

The painting of Judith beheading Holofernes, recently (and controversially) attributed to Caravaggio, will go on show at Galerie Kamel Mennour next week, alongside work by Daniel Buren’s site-specific work, Pyramidal, haut-relief – A5, travail (2017).  “I think giving audiences the opportunity to view these two works together [Buren and Caravaggio] is fantastic. It is about the parcours [journey] of 400 years between the avant-garde then and now,” the Kamel Mennour says. (more…)

Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded 168 Scholars and Artists

Friday, April 12th, 2019

The next round of Guggenheim Fellowships have been awarded to 168 scholars, artists, and writers, Art News reports. “Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group,” says Edward Hirsch, the foundation’s president. “It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.” (more…)

Cuban-American Artist Coco Fusco Detained by Cuban Customs and Sent Back to USA

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco was detained by customs officials and turned away from Havana this week, as she traveled to the city’s Biennial.  “I heard one of the immigration officials refer to me as an ‘inadmissible,’ ” Fusco said in a statement. “I’m not a live plant, cheese, a narcotic, or a pornographic publication, but expressing critical views of repressive measures carried out against artists constitutes grounds for barring my entry to Cuba.” (more…)

EU Passes New Rules on Import of Cultural Objects

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

The European Council has passed new rules to prevent trafficking in cultural goods, including a requirement for import licenses on artifacts more than 250 years old. The new regulations are designed for “the effective protection against illicit trade in cultural goods and against their loss or destruction” and “the prevention of terrorist financing and money laundering through the sale of pillaged cultural goods to buyers in the union.” (more…)

Art Basel Plans Special Projects for 50th Anniversary

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Art Basel will commission artists for a series “interventions around the topic of the fair as a marketplace and as a historical site for exchange, trade, and competition, addressing the production, circulation, mediation, and consumption of contemporary art in a global world,” Art News reports. The project celebrates the fair’s 50th anniversary and will be curated by Kasper König(more…)