Archive for the 'News' Category

Three Deaccessioned Georgia O’Keefe Works Head to Sothby’s

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Georgia O'Keefe, via Art NewspaperThree Georgia O’Keeffe paintings deaccessioned by her namesake Museum in Santa Fe will head to Sotheby’s in New York this November, Art Newspaper reports. “Removing an artwork from the collection is never an easy thing for any museum to do, but it is an integral part of good collections management to continually build and refine our holdings,” Museum Director Robert A. Krets says. (more…)

1964 Mark Rothko Estimated to Sell at $35 million at Christie’s Next Month

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Mark Rothko, via Art NewsFive pieces from the collection of filmmaker and architect François de Menil will join the Christie’s New York postwar and contemporary art evening sale in November, including a 1964 Mark Rothko painting that is estimated to sell for between $35 million and $45 million. (more…)

e-flux’s Bar Laika to Open in Clinton Hill

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Anri Sala, via Art NewsAfter many years of rumor and preparation, e-flux is opening Bar Laika, a restaurant and bar that will host readings, screenings and more alongside food by chef and artist Hsiao Chen.  The space will open for the first time with a screening by Anri Sala. (more…)

RIP: Microsoft Co-Founder and Avid Collector Paul Allen

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Paul Allen, via Art NewsPaul Allen, the relentless art collector and a cofounder of Microsoft, has died at 65, due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen poured parts of his fortune into his personal art holdings, and was instrumental in trying to build a deeper infrastructure for the arts in Seattle. “As time goes by, you start to understand the history of the progression of art and how art evolved, and your tastes and your eye develop over that period of time,” he said of collecting. “Some of these works are so amazing . . . so you do feel a real responsibility to keep them safe. You are the custodian. It is a serious responsibility, and I take it as such.” (more…)

Bruce Nauman Profiled in NYT

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Bruce Nauman, via NYTBruce Nauman gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to open an expansive retrospective at MoMA PS1 this month. “I’m not sure how you develop as an artist outside of a major cultural center,” he says, looking back on his life outside New York. (more…)

Sotheby’s Tad Smith Cancels Saudi Conference Appearance

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

tad-smith-via-cnbcSotheby’s CEO Tad Smith has canceled an appearance at an investment conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Bloomberg reports.  The news comes as Saudi Arabia faces mounting pressure over the journalist’s disappearance.  (more…)

Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” to Undergo Public Restoration

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Rembrandt the Night Watch, via The GuardianThe Night Watch by Rembrandt will undergo public restoration at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Guardian reports. “It will be carried out under the eyes of the world, and people will be able to follow the conservation wherever they are, whenever they want,” says director Taco Dibbets. (more…)

British Museum Launches Educational Initiative Over Collection Origins

Monday, October 15th, 2018

British Museum, via The GuardianThe British Museum is launching a new initiative designed to push back against perceptions that the expanse of its collection is looted works. “There are a lot of partial histories and they tend to focus on the colonial aspect of the collecting so you have a bunch of people who tend to be quite angry and upset,” Dr Sushma Jansari, the curator of the Asian ethnographic and South Asia collections says. (more…)

Judd Foundation’s Renovation Plans Profiled in NYT

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Donald Judd, via NYTThe NYT has a piece on the ambitious renovation plans of the Judd Foundation, including a makeover of its Marfa headquarters.  “We were left with a lot of direction, and it’s just taking a long time to extend and finish it all,” his daughter Rainer Judd says. (more…)

Carnegie Museum of Art Prizes Go to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Postcommodity

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Postcommodity, via Art NewsThe Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has awarded the Carnegie International Prizes to both Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who received the Carnegie Prize, and Postcommodity, who was awarded the Fine Prize.   (more…)

Jeff Koons Paris Tulips to Go On View at Petit Palais

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Jeff Koons, via Art NewspaperJeff Koons’s monumental public sculpture Bouquet of Tulips will officially be installed in the gardens of the Petit Palais, Art News reports. The work will be privately financed, but “public money will be used for the maintenance of the work,” according to Paris’s deputy mayor, Chirstophe Girard. (more…)

Roya Sachs Gets a Profile in NYT

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Roya Sachs, via NYTRoya Sachs, the new curator of Lever House, gets a profile in the NYT this week, and speaks on her vision for immersive, challenging works in the iconic space. “All the exhibitions I do I try to create that emotional-physical-mental reaction,” she says, referring particularly to her early exposure to artist Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project piece at The Tate. (more…)

Richard Prince Defends Instagram Works in Court

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Richard Prince, via Art NewspaperArt Newspaper reviews the recent defense of a body of Instagram works by Richard Prince, including quotes and testimony from art world professionals like New Museum director Lisa Phillips. “An image need not be altered to be transformed into a new work of art” she said of Prince’s long practice of appropriation. (more…)

Banksy Work Destroyed at Sotheby’s Sold as New Piece

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Banksy, via Art NewsBanksy’s Girl with Balloon, which destroyed  itself London last week during the Sotheby’s auction, has officially been sold under a new name and identitication: Love is in the Bin (2018).  The work has reportedly been authenticated by Banksy’s authentication body, Pest Control.  (more…)

Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is Authentic, Leading Scholar Says

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sLeonardo da Vinci’s disputed Salvator Mundi is authentic, according to a leading expert on the artist. “I am convinced, for reasons I won’t go in to, that when people said it was because of doubts about the attribution, that’s not right,” says Martin Kemp. (more…)

Storm King to Add Commission by Sarah Sze to Permanent Collection

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Sarah Sze, via NYTStorm King Art Center is adding a new permanent work to its collection, a piece by Sarah Sze. “I wanted to do something potentially radical in form,” she says of her work, Fallen Sky. “Something that was much more interwoven, intertwined — that imitates nature rather than marks it.” (more…)

For Freedoms Profiled in Art Newspaper

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Carrie Mae Weems X for Freedoms, via Art NewspaperThe For Freedoms project gets a profile in Art Newspaper this week, as it launches its large-scale installation of billboard-based artworks around the U.S. “The 21st-century museum is a place for dialogue, and it can be perhaps a place where, mediated through art, some of the tensions around that dialogue might fall away more easily,” says Matthew McLendon, the director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. (more…)

Ai Weiwei Profiled in The Guardian

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Ai Weiwei, via The GuardianAi Weiwei is profiled in The Guardian this week, as he opens a trio of exhibitions in Los Angeles. “I cannot accept anything which is not precise, or I feel ashamed,” he says. (more…)

Project Uncovers 170 Works Looted by Nazis in Dutch Museums

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Joris van der Haagen, via GuardianAn investigation project has uncovered 170 works in Dutch museums stolen from Jewish families by the Nazi regime, including a painting in the royal collection, The Guardian reports. “This research is important to do justice to history. A museum can only show an piece of art properly if the story and history behind the object is clear, says Chris Janssen, a spokesman for Museale Verwervingen. (more…)

Francis Bacon Portrait Estimated at $14 million to Head to Christie’s NY

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Francis Bacon, via Art NewsFrancis Bacon’s Study of Henrietta Moraes Laughing (1969) previously in the collection of S.I. Newhouse will go to Christie’s New York on November 15 for its postwar and contemporary art evening sale. The piece is estimated at $14 million to $18 million. “It is an honor for Christie’s to present Francis Bacon’s remarkable Study of Henrietta Moraes Laughing from the Collection of S.I. Newhouse,” says Christie’s CEO Guillaume Cerutti. “This consummate canvas by Bacon is a wonderful representation of Mr. Newhouse’s extraordinary eye for quality, that has been constantly reflected throughout his entire art collection.” (more…)

Art Dubai Names Chloe Vaitsou as International Director

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

chloe_vaitsou, via Art NewspaperArt Dubai has named its new international director, Chloe Vaitsou, formerly the head of audience development for Frieze Fairs. “Art Dubai has been the catalyst for the growth of the region’s art scene over the past decade. I’m excited by Art Dubai’s plans to grow the brand internationally and I hope my international experience will support these ambitions,” Vaitsou says.  (more…)

Studio Museum in Harlem Launches New Initiative Placing Reproduced Works in Public Schools

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Jordan Casteel, Kevin the Kiteman, 2016, via Art NewsThe Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a new initiative, “Find Art Here,” which places reproductions of works from its collection at public schools, libraries, and service centers in Harlem. “‘Find Art Here’ renews and deepens our relationships in one of the best ways possible, by bringing our collection into the lives of our neighbors, right where they are,” says Studio Museum director Thelma Golden. “We have always been a point of contact between extraordinary artists of African descent and the Harlem communities that we’re proud to serve.” (more…)

Maria Seferian Taking Chair of MOCA LA Board

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Maria Seferian, via Art NewsMaria Seferian will take the helm of the MOCA Board in LA, taking the place of Maurice Marciano and Lilly Tartikoff Karatz.  She previously  served as interim director of the museum from the fall of 2013 into the spring 2014. (more…)

Collector Cooper Cafritz’s Collection Goes to Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Studio Museum

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, via Washington PostLate collect Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s holdings of African American art will be donated to Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. and the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Washington Post reports. “She was always very clear that her collection was not only important to her, but it had to live beyond her,” says artist and Duke Ellington alum Hank Willis Thomas. (more…)