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MEXICO CITY: ZONA MACO 2024

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Zona Maco 2024

Anahuacalli Museum Mexico City

AO was on-site at ZONAMACO Arte Contemporáneo, the largest art fair in Latin America, which celebrated its 20th anniversary from February 7-11th, 2024. Initially launched in 2002 by Zélika García, the fair soon relocated from Monterrey to Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City where it holds four events annually. Since its inception, ZONAMACO has expanded to feature 208 exhibitors from 25 countries, displaying a diverse range of artworks, from modern and contemporary, to design, to an estate section.

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AO ON-SITE – MIAMI BEACH: UNTITLED ART FAIR, DECEMBER 6TH-10TH, 2023

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

Untitled Art Miami 2023

Photo from Untitled website

Untitled Art Fair revisited its Miami Beach location, again on the beach just off Ocean Drive.  The fair opened on Wednesday the 6th of December and concluded on Sunday the 10th. The fair featured curated presentations, live events, artist performances, and more. This edition hosted 160 exhibitors from 38 countries, showcasing works by nearly 600 artists. The programming encompassed artist projects, performances, and panel discussions as part of the Untitled Art Podcast, with an emphasis on digital innovation and inclusivity.

Annie Duncan, Johansson Projects, Untitled Miami 2023

Annie Duncan, Johansson Projects, Untitled Miami 2023  (more…)

NADA Miami 2023

Monday, December 11th, 2023

NADA Miami 2023

AO on site at NADA Miami 2023, here with Harkawik

NADA Miami 2023, the 21st edition of the art fair presented by the New Art Dealers Alliance, showcased a diverse array of galleries from over 50 cities globally, including more than 85 NADA members and 34 first-time exhibitors. The fair was held at Ice Palace Studios and featured a variety of art forms, from traditional to mixed media, reflecting on contemporary societal themes, identity, and the human condition.  (more…)

Hernan Bas’s ‘The Conceptualists’ at The Bass Miami

Friday, December 8th, 2023

Hernan Bas's 'The Conceptualists' at The Bas

Hernan Bas’s “The Conceptualists” series at the Bass Museum in Miami Beach presents a unique exploration into themes of queerness, desire, the occult, and the absurd. The series, inspired by the unusual hobbies and activities people took up during the pandemic, features fictitious conceptual artists performing eccentric behaviors. This approach offers a perspective on the boundaries and perceptions of conceptual art, questioning the very definition of artistic expression.
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Art Basel Miami Preview 2023

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2023 is currently taking place from December 8 to December 10, 2023, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This edition features 277 international galleries, with a notable presence from North and Latin America, including 25 galleries participating for the first time. The event includes different sectors such as the Meridians, dedicated to large-scale artworks, and the Kabinett, with curated installations. Additionally, the Conversations program offers live debates on art and culture, with a focus on Latin America. The fair also collaborates with various institutions and collections for events across Miami Beach.  (more…)

British Museum to Digitize Collection

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Following a string of controversial thefts, the British Museum has announced ambitious plans to digitize its collection. “Following the discovery that objects have been stolen from the collection, we have taken steps to improve security and are now confident that a theft of this kind can never happen again,” says interim director Mark Jones. “It is my belief that the single most important response to the thefts is to increase access, because the better a collection is known – and the more it is used – the sooner any absences are noticed.” (more…)

Ann Philbin, Hammer Museum Head, To Retire

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Ann Philbin, director of UCLA’s Hammer Museum, has announced plans to retire. She will step down from the post in fall of 2024. (more…)

Arthur Brand Recovers Series of Works Stolen from Dutch Town of Medemblik

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Art sleuth Arthur Brand has recovered a bundle of six paintings, stolen from the Dutch town of Medemblik this month. The works were delivered to Brand’s home after a statement that the thieves would have a hard time selling the pieces. “I’m very thankful that they decided to do the right thing. Stealing is wrong, but if you return it, at least you do something right,” he said.  (more…)

Alicja Kwade Joins Pace

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Alicja Kwade has joined Pace, Art News reports. “Alicja is an artist who reveals the unknowable,” says CEO Marc Glimcher. “In her practice, Alicja transforms our sense of perception and draws attention to nature’s relationship to human existence. There is deep affinity with our program in the philosophical and spiritual nature of Kwade’s work, and I’m honored to welcome her to our program.” (more…)

Qatar Museums Postpone Opening of Landmark Minimalism Show

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

Qatar Museums have postpooned the opening for an exhibition of work by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd this month, shortly after the beginning of Israel’s bombing of Gaza. “This turbulent and painful time is not a moment to celebrate,” a spokesperson for the Qatar Museums said in a statement. (more…)

Pussy Riot wins Court Case Over Attack During 2014 Olympics

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Moscow must pay more than $100,000 in damages to the collective Pussy Riot over a violent attack during the 2014 Olympics. “The attack has been established ‘beyond reasonable doubt,’ and that the situation in which the applicants found themselves during the attack was not compatible with respect for their human dignity,” the court ruled. (more…)

Ace Gallery Works Liquidated to Cover Debts

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

Hundreds of works from the collection of the Ace Gallery are to be auctioned off, Art News reports, and used to pay debts run up by its founder since closing. (more…)

NYT Covers Controversies Around Work of Hilma af Klint

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

A NYT article looks at the rise in popularity of Hilma af Klint and some surrounding controversies, including an IP battle and questions over the artist’s sole authorship of some works. “I have to shift my mind-set on how these are collaborative works and not Hilma works,” says Guggenheim curator Tracey Bashkoff. (more…)

China State Media Demands Return of British Museum Artifacts

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

A Chinese Media Outlet has demanded the British Museum return all artifacts held in its collection. “The huge loopholes in the management and security of cultural objects in the British Museum exposed by [a recent] scandal have led to the collapse of a long-standing and widely circulated claim that ‘foreign cultural objects are better protected in the British Museum’,” the piece reads.  (more…)

Gagosian Hires Jiyoung Lee for South Korea Operations

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Gagosian has hired Jiyoung Lee to run operations in South Korea, as the gallery looks to expand its foothold there.  (more…)

UK Police Near “Breakthrough” in Hunt for Maurizio Cattelan’s Gold Toilet

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

UK Police are on the verge of a major breakthrough in the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s Gold toilet from Blenheim Palace. (more…)

Three Men Convicted in London Over Theft of £2m Vase

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

Three men have been convicted in London after the recovery of a £2m vase stolen from a Geneva museum. “The organized crime group involved in this offending believed they could commit significant offenses internationally and that there would be no comeback,” says Detective Chief Inspector Matt Webb. “They were mistaken – highlighting the strength of our relations with international law enforcement partners and our ability to work across international boundaries. (more…)

Christie’s Data Vulnerability Exposed Location Data of Thousands of Artworks

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

A data breach at Christie’s exposed the location data of thousands of artworks uploaded to the site, a cybersecurity firm has found. Thousands of clients uploading images of their works for sale had their data exposed through a vulnerability in the company software.  (more…)

Items Stolen from British Museum Placed on eBay for Fractions of Estimated Value

Monday, August 21st, 2023

A work stolen from the British Museum and valued at $63,800 was placed on eBay for £49, the Telegraph reports.  (more…)

U.S. Federal Judge Upholds Ruling that AI-Generated Works Are not Copyrightable

Monday, August 21st, 2023

A federal judge has ruled that AI-generated art is not copyrightable. “In the absence of any human involvement in the creation of the work, the clear and straightforward answer is the one given by the Register: No,” says U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell. (more…)

Portrait by Gustav Klimt Expected to Fetch £65m in London Auction

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

The last portrait by Gustav Klimt goes to auction next month, anticipated to fetch upwards of £65 million. “Many of those works, certainly the portraits for which he is best known, were commissions,” says Helena Newman, Sotheby’s worldwide head of impressionist and modern art.”This, though, is something completely different – a technical tour de force, full of boundary-pushing experimentation, as well as a heartfelt ode to absolute beauty.” (more…)

Brett Littman Out at Noguchi Museum

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

Brett Littman is leaving his post as head of the Noguchi Museum, Artforum reports. “On behalf of the board of Trustees, we would like to extend our gratitude to Brett for his contributions to the museum,” said board cochairs Spencer Bailey and Susan Kessler. “Brett leaves the Museum in a strong position. We wish him great success in his future endeavors.” (more…)

Maurizio Cattelan Wins Case Over Duct-Taped Banana

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

Maurizio Cattelan won his  copyright infringement lawsuit this week after accusations by another artist claiming Cattelan plagiarized his work involving a taped-up banana. “To find otherwise would further limit the already finite number of ways in which a banana may be legally taped to a wall without infringing on Morford’s work,” said U.S. District Judge Robert Scola. (more…)

US to Rejoin UNESCO

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

The U.S. will rejoin UNESCO and pay back dues, the Associated Press reports. “It’s a historic moment for UNESCO,” says UNESCO director general, Audrey Azoulay. “It’s also an important day for multilateralism.″ (more…)