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Met Director Max Hollein Profiled in Vogue

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Max Hollein, via VogueNew Met Museum Head Max Hollein gets a profile in Vogue, exploring his leadership style and vision for the storied institution. “Max likes to run things,” Dede Wilsey, the main patron of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco says. “He’s always way ahead of everybody in his thinking. So if he’s decided this is going to work at the Met, he’s figured out how it’s going to work.” (more…)

Gagosian Hires Former Richard Gray Dealer Andrew Fabricant

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Andrew Fabricant, via BloombergGagosian Gallery has hired dealer Andrew Fabricant after his departure from rival Richard Gray Gallery. “Gagosian’s global platform and broad embrace of both historical and contemporary artists was inspirational and important to me in this decision,” Fabricant said in the statement. “The gallery’s international profile has influenced and informed the tastes and interests of both a seasoned and new generation of collectors.” (more…)

Berlin Artists Facing Challenges in Art Hub

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Gallery Weekend Berlin, via Art NewspaperResearch into the current state of the arts in Berlin shows that the city’s artists face frequent challenges of poverty, gender pay gaps and minuscule pensions.  “Most of the numbers were expected, but I was alarmed by how low the pension expectancy of artists actually is,” says researcher Hergen Wöbken. (more…)

Peter Paul Rubens Work to Return to Antwerp for Research and Exhibition

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Peter Paul Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents, via Art NewspaperPeter Paul Rubens’s The Massacre of the Innocents will travel to the Rubenshuis museum in Antwerp this fall from the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Newspaper reports.  The painting, last sold in 2002 for £49.5 million, will be a part of research projects during its loan. “We can imagine with disbelief that he painted as much as he did within that relatively small space over a relatively short period of time… He establishes what is arguably the most productive artistic studio of all time to date in that space,” says Sasha Suda, the AGO’s curator of European art. (more…)

Münster Draws Closer to Purchasing Nicole Eisenman Sculpture

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain (2017). Photo: Henning RoggeNicole Eisenman and Anton Kern, have agreed to significantly reduce the price for the fountain sculpture requested by the City of Münster, putting the city’s fundraising efforts much closer to completion. “We wanted the bulk of the funding to come from Münster citizens,” says dealer Maria Galen, who has led the push for the sculpture. “But we have also applied to some foundations, and we don’t yet know what we will get. We are very confident.” (more…)

Artist Withdraws Work from Anton Kern Show Following Criticism

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Ajay Kurian, via Art NewspaperArtist Jamie Isenstein has withdrawn her work from a summer group exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery following criticism of what some deem inadequate critique of racist subject matter.  The show, which aimed to address Peter Sellers’s film The Party (in which the lead actor wears brown face), drew criticism from artists Ajay Kurian and Vijay Masharani for failing to fully address the racist framework of the film.  “I realized that if I expect the show to address racism, I also have to address it. I should have thought longer about my assumption that other artists would do it for me,” Isenstein said. (more…)

Martin Puryear Confirmed as US Rep for 2019 Venice Biennale

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Martin Puryear, via Art NewsMartin Puryear has been confirmed as the representative for the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Madison Square Park Conservancy announced today. “Martin Puryear confronts contemporary issues as a maker of objects in the studio,” says exhibition curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport, the deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “For more than five decades, Puryear has created a body of work distinguished by a complex visual vocabulary and deeply-considered meaning.” (more…)

Tate Liverpool Profiled in BBC

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Tate Liverpool, via BBCThe BBC profiles Tate Liverpool this week, and the impact that the institution has had on the city. “Coming from the Left, my idea of economic regeneration was to do with factories and shipyards – the idea that art could be an economic driver didn’t figure for me. But, looking back, that was out of date,” says comedian Alexei Sayle of the museum’s birth. “I would never have guessed that tourism, looking at things and shopping could have become economic drivers, but they have. (more…)

Kassel Prosecutor Drops Investigation of Documenta

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Documenta, via Art NewspaperThe Kassel state prosecutor’s office has dropped an investigation into misuse of funds by the management of the 2017 edition of Documenta, Art Newspaper reports. “The mere fact that some projects don’t comply with the tastes of some observers or—in their view—are not suited to the goal of promoting the event, doesn’t meet the conditions for criminal breach of trust,” the prosecutor said. (more…)

Pussy Riot Member Smuggles Self Across Russian Border

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Maria Alyokhina, via The GuardianMaria Alyokhina, one of three founding members of Pussy Riot, has snuck across the border to reach the UK, following her prevention of leaving Russia by border guards. “Pussy Riot founder Maria refused to be captive and silenced,” the group said in a statement. “She was absolutely determined to perform the show and will be there in person to join her band mates to share her story.” (more…)

The List Project in Liverpool Placed Back on View After Being Defaced

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

The List Liverpool, via Art NewspaperThe List project has been put back up on view in Liverpool after it was torn down last month.  The work documents the 34,361 names of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have died trying to get to Europe since 1993.  “The site continues to be a target but we are doing everything we can to ensure that The List is presented for the remainder of Liverpool Biennial 2018, so that more people have the opportunity to come into contact with it,” a spokesperson says. (more…)

Hirshhorn Acquires Tino Seghal Performance Piece

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

tino-seghal-via-artforumThe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired its first-ever performance artwork: Tino Sehgal’s This You. “For more than a decade the Hirshhorn has demonstrated a unique commitment to the acquisition and presentation of experimental and new media works,” says director Melissa Chiu. “Tino enters the collection at a significant moment, providing fresh insight and further strengthening the museum’s dialogue around contemporary performance.” (more…)

LA Times Charts Ongoing Challenges for Boyle Heights Residents

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Los Angeles, via LA TimesAs a string of galleries in Los Angeles leave the Boyle Heights area, the LA Times spotlights the upcoming challenges the area will face from redevelopment plans and rezoning that will bring new market-rate developments in the area. “It’s all market-rate development,”Isela Gracian, president of the East L.A. Community Corp. (ELACC), a nonprofit advocacy group and housing developer based in Boyle Heights. “It’s going through without any affordable housing.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei’s Studio Demolished by Chinese Authorities

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Ai Weiwei, via NPRAi Weiwei has accused Chinese authorities of demolishing his studio with no prior warning, leaving many works damaged.  “Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio,” he said in a statement. “There was no caution taken. However, compared to the memories which have been lost, compared to a society which has never established trust in the social order, a trust in the rule of law, or a trust in any kind of unity in defending the rights of its people, what has been lost at my studio is insignificant, and I don’t even care. There are profoundly deeper and wider ruins in this deteriorating society where the human condition has never been respected.” (more…)

Darren Bader Featured in NYT

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Darren Bader, via NYTDarren Bader is featured in the New York Times this week, spotlighting his unique artistic practice and his investigation of the lines of just where art lies.  “Contemporary art is by its very nature kind of a tenuous proposition and category,” he says. “I always sense these fault lines, and perhaps I’m overly sensitive to it — perhaps paranoid, I don’t know.”  (more…)

British Museum Returns Selection of Items to Iraq

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Items reurned to Iraq from British Museum, via NYTThe British Museum is returning a selection of items to Iraq, items taken from the country following the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. “It’s a real historic event that happened this morning,” says archaeologist Sebastien Rey.  (more…)

MoMA Employees Demonstrate in Lobby Over Contract Negotiations

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Moma Protest, via Art NewsThe continued negotiations between the MoMA Employees Union and the museum boiled over into a demonstration today, as many gathered in the museum lobby to call for better work standards and pay. “MoMA’s extraordinary staff are the best in the world,” the museum has previously said in a statement. “We are committed to working with the Local 2110 to reach an agreement that will keep our community of dedicated staff and the museum on a path of financial stability and future growth.” (more…)

Georg Baselitz Profiled by CBS

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Georg Baselitz at Skarstedt, via Art ObservedCBS profiles painter Georg Baselitz this week, as the artist opens his show at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. “There’s some sort of irritation, the view of them, and that’s intentional,” he says of his work. “When you’re irritated, you pay closer attention.” (more…)

Martin Puryear to Represent US at Venice Biennale

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Artist Martin Puryear has been picked to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, a reliable source has told ARTnews. The news was echoed publically by Jerry Saltz, who wrote on Twitter: “I glean in the tea-leaves for the next American Pavilion at next Spring’s Venice Biennale: American sculptor Martin Puryear will represent the United States. An abundant bloom.” (more…)

Albright-Knox Makes Efforts to Expand Public Arts Program into City

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

albright-knox-via-art-newspaperThe Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo gets a profile this week in CityLab, as the museum’s continued focus on public art projects has spread throughout the city. “The Albright-Knox, it’s such a big part of Buffalo. We’re the sixth-oldest museum in the country. Period. We’re the oldest museum dedicated to modern and contemporary work. We’re essentially the oldest museum in America that’s not encyclopedic, so people are really familiar with us as a cultural beacon,” says Aaron Ott, the museum’s Public Art curator. “But the public art initiative is now only on its fourth year. In the long history of the institution, we’ve started something that’s only taken up a wee little bit of it, but people have responded well to it so far.” (more…)

Trump’s Trade War Threatens Chinese Art Dealers

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Donald Trump, via Art NewspaperBloomberg profiles the challenges facing Chinese art dealers and importers of Chinese art and artifacts as President Trump’s trade war with China heats up, noting the cost of tariffs on importing and selling work. “If everything is slapped with a 25 percent tariff, it’s actually going to do a disservice to people here in the U.S.,” says Daniel Chen, director of Chambers Fine Art gallery in New York. “Who are they trying to punish?” (more…)

NYT Profiles Institutions’ Focus on Diversity

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Akili Tommasino, curatorial assistant at MoMA, via NYTThe NYT looks at recent efforts by institutions to focus increasingly on diversity, pushing for additional funds to increase the number of professional curators and museum administrators of color. “American museums need to do a better job of hiring, cultivating, retaining and promoting curators of color,” says Akili Tommasino, curatorial assistant at MoMA. “People of color don’t have exposure to arts as viable careers.” (more…)

David Zwirner Hires Elena Soboleva as Online Sales Director

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Elena SobolevaDavid Zwirner has appointed curator and instagram-influencer Elena Soboleva as the gallery’s first online sales director. “Understandably, it took some time to find someone both experienced in online sales and sensitive to the priorities of our gallery, programming, and artists,” Zwirner said in a statement. (more…)

Han-I Wang Named Senior Director of Gagosian Hong Kong

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Han-I Wang, via Art NewsHan-I Wang has been named a senior director of Gagosian in Hong Kong, Art News reports, leaving Christie’s to take the post. “I felt the stars aligned,” Wang says, “but I could not have gotten here if it weren’t for Christie’s.” (more…)