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Mexico City Museums Assess Damage After Massive Earthquake

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Museo Jumex, via Art NewsMexico City’s art world is assessing the damage after a massive earthquake struck the city yesterday, leaving over 200 dead and damage across the city. A group of museums have faced varied structural damage, with some institutions remaining closed to examine their grounds. (more…)

Florence Derieux Joins Hauser & Wirth as Director of Exhibitions

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Florence Derieux, via ArtforumFlorence Derieux has been named the director of exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth New York, leaving her position as curator of American art at the Centre Pompidou Foundation to join the international gallery. (more…)

Theaster Gates Wins Nasher Prize for Sculpture

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Theaster Gates, via LA TimesTheaster Gates has won the $100K Nasher Prize for Sculpture, the Dallas News reports. “He’s an exceptional artist,” says Jeremy Strick, director of the Nasher Sculpture Center. “He’s an artist who, like the previous two laureates, continues to push the boundaries and the understanding of sculpture.” (more…)

Thomas Ruff Profiled in FT

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Thomas Ruff, via FTThomas Ruff gets a profile in the Financial Times this week, as the artist prepares his mid-career retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery. “He’s got this huge thinking space — I find it quite thrilling,” says Iwona Blazwick, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery. “Really, there is very little photography going on there. But a lot of thinking, a lot of figuring out, and a lot of models, bits of this and that. It’s like he’s sitting there thinking about it all, shuffling it around and figuring how to absorb it into his own repertoire.”   (more…)

Documenta 14 Posts Record Attendance as Exhibition Closes

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Zafos Xagoraris, via Art NewsDocumenta 14 has reported record attendance for this year’s edition, tallying 891,500 visitors over the course of its run. “Any demands for further growth spring from a dream of Documenta to be yet another cog in the tourist and cultural industry—a generic yet profitable spectacle,” the exhibition noted in a press release announcing the event’s attendance.  (more…)

New Plans for Public Art Emerge from Ashes of Barry Diller’s Hudson Island Proposal

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Whitney, via NYTArchitect Barry Diller has scrapped plans for a floating island on the Hudson just a few feet from the doors of the Whitney, opening the door for new projects and proposals, including an installation by David Hammons. “David Hammons’s concept for a public art installation at the edge of Gansevoort Peninsula is something that we’re very excited about,” Whitney president Adam Weinberg says. “Our proposal is only in its earliest stages and for us it’s really important to start with our community board. (more…)

Richard Prince Profiled in New York Post

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Richard Prince, via NYPRichard Prince gets a profile in the New York Post, cataloguing his often controversial practice, and the impact it has left on the world of contemporary art. “For Richard, the lawsuits are also the artwork,” says his friend and fellow artist Harmony Korine. (more…)

Mexico’s Artists and Art Institutions Lend a Hand After Major Earthquake

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Juchitan recovery, via Art NewspaperArtists are teaming up to assist in the fallout from a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the country and left 90 dead, as many cultural centers, museums and galleries send resources to help deal with the damage caused. “This is a good opportunity to invite all the cultural centers, all the spaces, museums, artists that want to come,” says artist Demian Flores. “Reconstruction in Juchitan is going to be a long road.” (more…)

Francis Bacon’s Last “Pope” Painting to Sell Next Month at Christie’s in London

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Francis Bacon pope painting, via BBCThe last of Francis Bacon’s Pope paintings will hit the auction block this fall at Christie’s in London, estimated to sell for over £60 million, the BBC reports. “It is a tragic premonition which unites Bacon’s two greatest muses, the Pope and George Dyer, for the first and only time,” Francis Outred, Christie’s head of post-war and contemporary art says of the work. (more…)

Marianne Boesky’s Aspen Gallery Gets Architectural Digest Spotlight

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Boesky West, via Architectural DigestMarianne Boesky’s Aspen location gets a spotlight in Architectural Digest this month, an Annabelle Selldorf-designed exhibition space that has been a major project for Boesky since 2007. “If you don’t have unlimited funds to buy an existing turnkey dream space,” the gallerist says, “you have to get creative with whatever circumstances you’re given. Here, the location worked and more importantly the price was right.” (more…)

Stuart Shave’s Modern Art to Open Second London Location

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Josh Kline, via Art. NewsStuart Shave’s Modern Art Gallery is set to open a second London location, the Art News reports. “For some time, I have been looking for a second space that would allow the gallery to program multiple shows at one time, to give scope to bring new artists into the gallery, as well as to work more spontaneously when the opportunity arises,” Shave says. (more…)

Documenta Running Deficit of Over $8 Million

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Documenta, via Art NewspaperDocumenta is facing an operating deficit of over $8 million, the Art Newspaper reports, with city and state governments taking on loans to keep the exhibition running. “Documenta is inextricably linked with Kassel,” Christian Geselle, the mayor of Kassel said. “We want Documenta to continue in Kassel as a world-ranking exhibition of contemporary art.” (more…)

Cornell Tech Campus to Open with Major Art Installations Spread Throughout Building

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Michael Riedel at Cornell Tech, via NYTThe new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island features a range of art installations by artists including  Michael RiedelMatthew Day Jackson and Alison Elizabeth Taylor, among others, the New York Times reports. “The entire building is designed to spur imagination and innovation and sometimes unintentional interactions,” said Patricia Harris, chief executive of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which helped in the building commissions. (more…)

Miami Arts Institutions Emerge from Hurricane Irma with Little Damage

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Damien Hirst in Miami, via NYTThe New York Times profiles the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma, and notes how well many Miami arts institutions handled the storm. “It’s an existential question,” says collector Mera Rubell. “Ultimately, how can we predict what’s going to happen anywhere?” (more…)

Ann Freedman Settles Final Knoedler Gallery Lawsuit

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Ann Freedman, via Art NewspaperAnn Freedman has settled her final of several lawsuits against her in the Knoedler Gallery court cases, bringing its long narrative to a conclusion. “Neither the government nor these individuals ever accused Ann of wrongdoing,” Freedman’s lawyer, Luke Nikas says. (more…)

Art Market Monitor Notes Growing Investigation into Dmitriy Rybolovlev’s Close Connections to Monaco’s Legal System

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Dmitriy Rybolovlev, via BloombergThe Art Market Monitor has a piece on the increasingly complex connections between collector Dmitriy Rybolovlev and various officials in the Monaco government, indicating that the Russian billionaire may have wielded undue influence on the small country’s justice system.  I have always said that Mr. Rybolovlev had privatized the justice system in Monaco its profit. There is now evidence that the police, the prosecutor’s office and the equivalent of the Minister of Justice have done everything possible to constitute an association of criminals in order to carry out a scam in the judgment,” says Paris based lawyer Francis Szpiner, who is pushing for a broader investigation of this situation.  (more…)

Walker Center Deals with Fallout Over Sam Durant Controversy

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Olga Viso, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on the fallout over Sam Durant’s controversial Scaffold work at the Walker Center in Minnesota, and and a number of staff departures at the institution, pointing to demanding working conditions under director Olga Viso. “Obviously the Walker has a slight cloud over it right now,” says Tom Eccles, executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. “It’s a cloud; not a downpour, but it needs to get out of it quickly.” (more…)

Budi Tek Pressing Chinese Government on Museum Restrictions

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Budi Tek awarded Legion d'Honneur, via Art NewspaperIndonesian-Chinese Collector Budi Tek is pressing the Chinese government to overhaul its restrictions on private museums, even as he battles pancreatic cancer. “I am still full of ambition. That’s what’s keeping me alive—and thinking positively,” he says. (more…)

Hirshhorn Museum Acquires Works by Ragnar Kjartansson, Shirin Neshat

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Ragnar Kjartansson, via Art NewsThe Hirshhorn has acquired artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s long-running Me and My Mother series, which includes footage of the artist being spit on repeatedly by his mother. The museum also acquired pieces by Shirin Neshat, Deb Sokolow, and Mika Tajima, among others. (more…)

As Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Miami, a Rush to Preserve and Protect the City’s Art Collections

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Workers prep the Damien Hirst sculpture at the Faena, via BoombergBloomberg has a piece this week on preparations underway in Miami to preserve and save art in the face of the powerful Hurricane Irma currently bearing down on the coastal city. “It’s always scary and dangerous. You can’t take any chances,” says developer Craig Robins. “At this point there isn’t much you can do. You’ve secured everything and now you can only pray. You pray it goes out to sea or gets weaker.” (more…)

Luxembourg to Move Venice Biennale Pavilion to Arsenale

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Central Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, via Art ObservedThe nation of Luxembourg is completing negotiations to move its national pavilion at the Venice Biennale to a space in the Arsenale. “This is a focal point of the Biennale and I am convinced that, thanks to this decision, the Grand-Duchy will have an increased visibility from the Biennale of Architecture in 2018,” says prime minister Xavier Bettel. (more…)

NADA Adds Thirteen New Galleries to Membership Roster

Monday, September 11th, 2017

NADA Miami Beach, via Art NewsThe New Art Dealers Alliance has added a group of thirteen new members, as it continues to grow and evolve. New galleries include Mexico City’s Lulu, London’s Arcadia Missa, and New York’s Signal. The organization will celebrate its new members this December at NADA Miami Beach. (more…)

La Paris Biennale Adjusts to Modern Art Fair Calendar

Monday, September 11th, 2017

grand-palais-via-art-newspaperLa Biennale Paris art fair is preparing to open its doors, as the New York Times charts the adjustments and tweaks to its programming made to make it more competitive in the current art market. “In order to compete as a major fair, you have to be part of the annual calendar or someone will take that slot,” says fair president Christopher Forbes. (more…)

Financial Times Charts Current Challenges Facing Gallery System

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Gerhard Richter, Split (Rubble) (1989) final price£3,983,750 via SothebysThe Financial Times analyzes the current state of the contemporary art market, examining how demands placed on galleries by the international fair circuit and other situations have made it increasingly difficult to compete with mega-galleries. “If you add everything up on a booth for emerging artists, it’s difficult to see how galleries can make the costs back,” says gallerist Laura Bartlett, who recently closed her London exhibition space. “I gained so much profile through international fairs; they just need to be as flexible as possible now and adapt to the market.”  (more…)