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Madrid’s Prado to Rehang Collection in Focus on More Female and Foreign Artists

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

The Prado in Madrid will rehang its collection to focus more on non-Spanish artists and women. “There are artistic phenomena and artists who have been totally excluded until now – not just women but aspects as important as social painting, which hadn’t found a place in the 19th-century collection,” says director Miguel Falomir, “or painting from different parts of the world, such as the Philippines, whose art is finding itself more and more appreciated.” (more…)

Architectural Digest Tours Home of Sarah Sze

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

A piece in the Architectural Digest this week takes a tour of artist Sarah Sze’s home with her husband, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, who writes on the experience of viewing their personal art collection during the pandemic. “We learned to look afresh at Rauschenberg’s Hoarfrost—of a man caught in mid-dive, not knowing where he might land or fall;” he writes. (more…)

Art Newspaper Asks if Biden Presidency May Galvanize Climate Activism in Art World

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper asks if Biden’s inauguration will finally galvanize the US art world to take action on climate change. “The arts sector is going to have to contribute and institutions are where you are going to start to see that more,” says Ellen Langan of the New York-based climate change and arts org Art to Zero. (more…)

$80 Million Botticelli Sale at Sotheby’s Mystifies Experts

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

The sale of a Botticelli estimated at $80 million this month at Sotheby’s has drawn speculation and questions over the attribution and origin of the work, Art Newspaper reports. “It is surprising how often scholars have questioned its attribution to the master,” says author David Alan Brown. (more…)

Critic Antwaun Sargent Joins Gagosian as Director and Curator

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Critic Antwaun Sargent has joined Gagosian as a Director and Curator, the New York Times reports. “It’s a wonderful platform,” Sargent says. “It’s a place where you come and view art, but it’s also a place where discussion happens.” (more…)

Art Basel Postponed Until September

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Art Basel has once again been postponed from June to 23 to 26 September as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose threats this year. “The decision was made after extensive discussions and analysis in consultation with gallerists and collectors, as well as external experts, putting foremost the health and safety of all concerned while aiming to achieve the broadest possible international attendance for the show,” a statement reads. (more…)

NYT Details Museums Opened by Financier Roberto Polo

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

A piece in the NYT details the recent efforts of financier Roberto Polo to open a pair of museums, the Center for Modern and Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha, in the Spanish city of Cuenca. “Spain has a particular talent to create public museums for private collections,” Polo says. (more…)

Peter Doig Tapped by Dior for Men’s Fall Collaboration

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Dior and Peter Doig will collaborate for the brand’s AW21 Men’s line. “Paintings with fascinating colors condense and reflect powerful meaning with a singular, poignant vision, in particular in terms of the relationship between mankind and nature,” the brand said of his work. (more…)

Helly Nahmad Pardoned by President Trump

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Helly Nahmad is among those pardoned by President Trump in the last hours of his administration.  Nahmad was imprisoned for his part in an illegal gambling ring. “Since his conviction, he has lived an exemplary life and has been dedicated to the well-being of his community,” the White House says. (more…)

NEA Head Steps Down

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has resigned as the Biden administration takes over, the Washington Post reports. “Understanding that the arts play such a crucial role in everyday life. That’s how you expand the arts, broaden the support for arts funding,” she says of her time in the position. (more…)

Tony Oursler Interviewed by Hong Kong Tatler

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Tony Oursler speaks with the Hong Kong Tatler this week, as he opens a show in Taiwan.  Television was really a drug, but it was never controlled like a drug. People are realizing the same thing about smartphones,” he says. (more…)

Sotheby’s to Auction Collection of Pierre Le-Tan

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Sotheby’s will auction off the collection of the late French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, which includes a portrait by David Hockney.  “We’re trying to stay true to his spirit. It’s not one of these collections where you’re going to have a $20 million Picasso. It’s a universe we want to re-create, one we hope will appeal to all kinds of collectors around the world. There’s something for everybody,” says Etienne Hellman, the auction house’s senior director of modern art. (more…)

UK Considers New Laws to Protect Statues from Removal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

The UK is considering laws to protect statues from being removed from public spaces.  “Our view will be set out in law, that such monuments are almost always best explained and contextualized, not taken and hidden away,” says Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick. (more…)

NYT Profiles a Frans Hals Painting Stolen Three Times from Museum in Netherlands

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times looks at the work Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer by Frans Hals, and looks into why the work has been stolen three times from its place of exhibition.  “It’s really that painting for some reason, and I don’t know why,” says Christa Hendriksen, an alderman in charge of culture in Leerdam, the Netherlands. (more…)

Police Recover Stolen Copy of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

A 16th-century copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi  stolen from a museum in Naples has been recovered by Italian police, the Art Newspaper reports. (more…)

NYT Charts Trump’s Attempts to Cut Arts Funding During His Tenure

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The NYT has a piece this week on Donald Trump’s attempts to defund the NEA, and the resultant push by both parties to keep the organization funded. “The years and years of work that we had done to create a pro-arts Congress, whether Republican or Democrat, really came through,” says Nina Ozlu Tunceli, executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. “Congress became a firewall to prevent that termination from happening.” (more…)

Castello di Rivoli Will Become a Covid-19 Vaccination Site

Monday, January 18th, 2021

The Castello di Rivoli will become the first museum in Italy to function as a Covid-19 vaccination site. “Art has always helped, healed, and cured—indeed, some of the first museums in the world were hospitals,” said Castello di Rivoli director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in a statement. “Now we are repaying the favor, so to speak, and opening Castello di Rivoli’s galleries for the vaccine effort.” (more…)

Controversial Nick Cave Installation Heads to Brooklyn Museum

Friday, January 15th, 2021

The Brooklyn Museum will install Nick Cave’s piece Truth Be Told outside the museum, which generated controversy last during its installation at the Jack Shainman space in Kinderhook, NY.  “Museums are being called on to tell the truth, from the painful to the celebratory,” says museum director Anne Pasternak. “We can invite a constructive conversation.” (more…)

Guggenheim Names Naomi Beckwith as Deputy Director and Chief Curator

Friday, January 15th, 2021

The Guggenheim has appointed Naomi Beckwith, formerly senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as deputy director and chief curator. “If you look out over the cultural landscape — particularly in the U.S. — she is quite obviously one of the outstanding leaders of today with a huge potential as well,” says museum director Richard Armstrong. “She’s very adept at issues of identity and, particularly, multidisciplinary art. We have to think about the Guggenheim’s growth over the next few years, so it needs to be a person with enormous capacity.” (more…)

Bloomberg Charts Rush of Galleries Moving Works Out of UK Before Brexit

Friday, January 15th, 2021

A piece in Bloomberg charts the rush by galleries to move works out of the UK before Brexit goes into effect. “The higher up the market, the more global it is,” says Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation, regarding the challenges posed by shipping more works outside of the UK borders. “It’s the smaller galleries and dealers and mid-market ones that have buyers in the EU that will be mostly affected.” (more…)

Hank Willis Thomas Memorial to Go on View in Boston Commons

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Hank Willis Thomas’s 22-foot-high bronze memorial honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s commitment to racial equity will go on view in Boston Commons. “At this moment in 2021 we are asking: What would it be for Boston to be the epicenter of civil rights? And of economic and racial justice?” says Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of King Boston. “We want to imagine that and do that.” (more…)

Curator Chris Sharp Opens Gallery in LA

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Curator Chris Sharp, part of the team behind Mexico City’s Lulu has opened his own space in Los Angeles. The space opens Jan. 23rd with a show of work by Emma McIntyre. (more…)

Kunstmuseum Basel to Host Show of Drawings from Kara Walker’s Never Before Seen Archives

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

A collection of drawings, collages and studies held for years in Kara Walker’s personal archives will go on view thus summer at Kunstmuseum Basel.  “I invited Kara Walker to do an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel and proposed a focus on her drawings rather than her cutouts,” says curator Anita Haldemann. “She has hidden these drawings from the public and sometimes also from herself because they were either too intimate and too painful or too shocking to face them herself or to confront the audience with them.” (more…)

NYT Calls for New Deal for the Arts

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

A piece by Jason Farago in the New York Times this week calls for a New Deal for the Arts as a way to rehabilitate the currently struggling arts sector during the pandemic. “Not since 1945 has the United States required catharsis like it does in 2021,” he writes. (more…)