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Max Hollein Gets NYT Profile

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Max Hollein,via NYTMax Hollein gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to take the helm at The Met. “Max Hollein set benchmarks in terms of mobilizing citizens for culture and museums,” says Felix Semmelroth, San Francsico’s former cultural affairs director. “He left deep, deep traces in the city.” (more…)

NYT Spotlights Continued Growth for Private Sales

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Private sales, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the continued growth of private sales at auction houses, noting Sotheby’s private sales growth by 28 percent last year, up to $744.6 million. “It was something that was kept under wraps at most of the houses for some time,” says David Schrader, who joined Sotheby’s last year as its head of private sales for contemporary art. “Now we’re being very vocal about it and putting more energy into it.” (more…)

Online Sales See Challenges Over Transparency

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

christies-via-ny-magA recent report notes that online sales could stagnate if market transparency does not improve, the Art Newspaper says. “In a world where online consumers can easily compare prices for most goods, and where ‘value’ is more universally understood, the online art market has a real challenge… when it comes to educating and creating confidence among new online buyers,” says Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic. (more…)

Jerry Saltz Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Jerry Saltz, via NYTCongratulations to Jerry Saltz, who has won the Pulitzer this year for criticism, recognizing “a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane.”  (more…)

David Hockney Profiled in New Yorker

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

David Hockney, via New YorkerDavid Hockney is profiled in the New Yorker this week, as the artist opens a show of new work at Pace Gallery, and his recent interest in reverse perspectives.  “If you’re going through a tunnel, when you get out, everything opens up. That’s reverse perspective,” he says. “The problem with perspective is this: you’re an immobile point, here, outside the picture. But, with reverse perspective, you can be a moving person—you can see all sides of things from a single point. And we’re always in movement. The eye is always in movement. It’s never still. Cubism, for example, was really an attack on perspective.” (more…)

Amanda Hicks Joins MoMA as Director of Communications

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Amanda Hicks, via Art NewsAmanda Hicks has joined the Museum of Modern Art in New York as director of communications and public affairs, arriving from the Art Institute of Chicago. “It’s an honor to join MoMA and a privilege to help tell the stories of extraordinary art and artists that inspire, provoke, and connect with millions of people inside and outside the museum,” Hicks said in a statement. “This moment at MoMA—with the visionary renovation and expansion underway—sparks new and exciting conversations about its unparalleled collection, exhibitions, and programs.” (more…)

Marc Chagall Painting Lost for 30 Years Recovered by FBI

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Marc Chagall, via ArtforumMarc Chagall painting, Othello and Desdemona, 1911, has been recovered by the FBI almost thirty years after it was reported missing, Artforum reports.  “Gallery owners are our first line of defense in identifying pieces of art that do not have the appropriate documentation and should be brought to the attention of law enforcement,” says supervisory special agent Tim Carpenter of the FBI’s Art Crime Team. (more…)

ICA Miami Director to Step Down

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Ellen Salpeter, via Art NewsEllen Salpeter will step down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami after joining the institution in late 2015, Art News reports.  “With the new building launched, the museum’s program for the coming seasons set, and the institution on stable financial footing, the timing is right for me to pursue new projects,” she said in a statement. (more…)

Chris Dercon Steps Down from Volksbühne Theatre Leardership in Berlin

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Haus der Kunst, 02.03.2009 Portrait Chris Dercon Foto: Marion VogelFormer director of the Tate Modern Chris Dercon is leaving his position as director of the Volksbühne Theatre in Berlin after rampant protests and concerns over his leadership.  “Both parties have agreed that the concept of Chris Dercon did not work out as hoped, and the Volksbühne needs a fresh start immediately. [Following] the amicable agreement between the culture senator [Klaus] Lederer and Dercon, there is now a chance to initiate this necessary reboot,” a joint statement reads. (more…)

Thaddaeus Ropac to Represent Joseph Beuys Estate

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art ObservedGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac now represents the estate of Joseph Beuys, Art News reports. “Joseph Beuys is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, a groundbreaking radical thinker in contemporary art whose profound influence endures today,” a statement from the gallery said. “It is a great privilege and honor to represent the works of this visionary artist on behalf of his estate and to work closely with his family.” (more…)

Francis Bacon Dyer Portrait Estimated at $30 Million for Christie’s New York Sale

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Francis Bacon, via Art NewsFrancis Bacon’s Study for Portrait (1977) will hit the block at Christie’s next month in New York, estimated to sell in the region of $30 million.  The work is a portrait of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. “I find this work is so powerful—for me it is probably one of the best paintings of their mystical love affair, and that’s what drew me to it,” says collector Magnus Konow, who is selling the work. (more…)

Smithsonian Confirms London Expansion

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Smithsonian London, via Art NewspaperThe Smithsonian Institution has confirmed that it will work with the Victoria and Albert Museum to set up a joint gallery and exhibition site in East London, on the site of the former Olympic games.  The site will be the first for the Smithsonian outside the U.S. (more…)

Economist Notes Challenges to Art Fair Business Model

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

TEFAF, via Art NewspaperThe Economist charts the challenges to the continually expanding art fair circuit, and the possible limits such an economic model may face for dealers. The piece charts challenges included the sheer scale of work needed to show at each event, and the high costs to attend so many showings. (more…)

Mike Kelley Foundation Announces 2018 Artist Funding Recipients

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Mike Kelley, City 5 (2007-09), via Art ObservedThe Mike Kelley Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of its Artist Project Grants, including projects by Andrea Fraser at the Hammer Museum and a presentation of work by Rodney McMillian at the Underground Museum. “The grantees this year reflect Los Angeles’s energized and diverse art scene, and underscore the foundation’s commitment to support risk-taking, underseen, and hard-to-fund work,” says Mary Clare Stevens, the foundation’s executive director. (more…)

New Yorker Profiles New Met Director Max Hollein

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Max Hollein, via New YorkerThe New Yorker embarks on a profile of new Met Director Max Hollein, and his string of past appointments in San Francisco and Frankfurt. The piece focuses on Hollein’s experience in both large-scale renovation projects and updating programming to appeal to digital natives.  (more…)

Christo to Install “Mastaba” in London

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Christo's London Mastaba, via The GuardianArtist Christo is planning to open a version of his Mastaba sculpture in London, the Guardian reports, featuring an interview with the artist as part of the announcement. “I have no reason to justify myself as an artist. I cannot explain my art. Everything I do professionally is irrational and useless,” he says. “I make things that have no function – except maybe to make pleasure.” (more…)

Max Hollein to Become Next Director of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Max Hollein, via NYTMax Hollein, currently the director and chief executive of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will become the 10th director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Times reports. “The museum has the opportunity to be not just an art destination,” Mr. Hollein says, but also “a major provider of understanding and different narratives to a global audience.” (more…)

Cathy Wilkes to Represent Great Britain in 2019 Venice Biennale

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Cathy Wilkes, via Art NewsCathy Wilkes will represent Great Britain at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Art News reports. Wilkes joins a group of recent exhibitors including Phyllida Barlow (2017), Sarah Lucas (2015) and Jeremy Deller (2013). (more…)

Helen Molesworth to Give Commencement Address at UCLA Art School

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Helen Molesworth, via LA TimesOusted MOCA curator Helen Molesworth will give the commencement address for UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture this year, the LA Times reports. “It is in the times that are most challenging that we, as artists, must engage the world with our greatest passion, clarity and forward-thinking vision,” says Dean Brett Steele. “To be an artist in an uncertain future, you must be brave, you must be bold, and you must strive for excellence.” (more…)

Peter Paul Rubens Sketch Subject to Export Ban

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Rubens via The GuardianA rare Peter Paul Rubens oil sketch on paper, Head of an African Man Wearing a Turban, has had an export ban placed upon it by the UK Government, after being offered for sale for upwards of £7.7 million.  “This powerful sketch is not only a stunning example of his work but hugely important as a rare representation of an African man in Europe at this time. I hope that a buyer can be found so that this outstanding item can be kept in the UK for future generations to enjoy,” says arts minister, Michael Ellis.  (more…)

$17,500 Stone Lifted from Yoko Ono Show in Toronto

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Yoko Ono, via GuardianToronto police are on the hunt for a woman spotting stealing a stone from a Yoko Ono installation at the Gardiner museum.  According to police, the suspect “just picked it up and walked away with” the stone, valued at $17,500. (more…)

Public Art Fund Announces Summer Season Led by Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus”

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Erwin Wurm Curry Bus, via NYTThe Public Art Fund’s summer season has been announced, including a public project by Erwin Wurm that will feature a bloated bus serving free hot dogs to hungry New Yorkers. Other projects from Tauba Auerbach and B. Wurtz are also slated for the summer months. (more…)

Sonel Breslav Joins Printed Matter as Head of Fairs and Editions

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Sonel Breslav, via ArtforumPrinted Matter has appointed Sonel Breslav as its new director of fairs and editions, Artforum reports. “We are thrilled to have Sonel taking up the fair leadership—her long commitment to artists’ publishing and experience working closely with artists makes her remarkably well-suited for the role,” Printed Matter’s executive director Max Schumann says. (more…)

Documenta Institute Looks to Research History of Show in Kassel

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Documenta, via Art NewspaperDocumenta’s newly founded Documenta Institute is looking to hire a group of professors to research the past editions of the fair in Kassel. “This expertise will keep alive the history and success of this global art exhibition outside the actual five-yearly exhibitions themselves,” says Boris Rhein, the Hesse minister for culture and science. “Together with the Documenta archive, the Documenta Institute and its research will turn the 60-year history of the exhibition into a slice of art history.” (more…)