Archive for the 'News' Category

Economist Explores Implications on Restoration and Appraisal Technology

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Rijksmuseum, via ArchdailyA piece in The Economist looks at recent technologies in art appraisal and conservation, and questions how these developments may challenge the authority and stability of work in the field. “In the pursuit of knowledge about works of art, the language of science and that of the humanities both have to be spoken,” claims Robert van Langh, the Rijksmuseum’s head of conservation.  (more…)

Andreas Gursky Speaks on His Early Work for The Guardian

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Andreas Gursky, via GuardianThe Guardian has an interview with Andreas Gursky this week, detailing the artist’s early experimentations in a photo of Salermo harbor that brought him to realize his most iconic works. “My teachers, the conceptual artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, had told me to avoid photographing with sunlight, blue sky or strong shadows, he says. “But I thought the warm sunlight here made for something quite kitsch. Also, up until this point, human beings had been the focus of my work – but here there were none in sight. Yet I was overwhelmed by what I saw: the complexity of the image, the accumulation of goods, the cars, the containers. I hadn’t been sure the photograph would work. I just felt compelled. It was pure intuition.” (more…)

Tate Britain Director Alex Farquharson Interviewed in Art Newspaper

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Tate Britain, via ArtforumTate Britain director Alex Farquharson is interviewed in the Art Newspaper this week, detailing his vision for a major rehang at the museum. “Tate Britain has an exciting role in presenting art in a societal context, both past and present, so it is a question of the stories that we tell,” he says. “I have set out three pillars that inform our curatorial choices and how we communicate them. These are a trio of relationships: art and society, history and the present, and Britain and the world.” (more…)

Ghent Museum Embroiled in Controversy Over Fake Russian Avant-Garde Works

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Museum Fine Arts Ghent, via Art NewspaperA major controversy is boiling over in Ghent over an exhibition that featured over 25 works attributed to Russian avant-garde artists like Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, which are being labeled as fake by a group of curators and museum professionals.  The news broke thanks to an open letter published by the group of professionals which is printed in full today at the Art Newspaper. (more…)

Moscow Embarking on Building Project to Recreate itself as “Cultural Capital”

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Rendering of GES2, via Art NewspaperMoscow is set to embark on a project to build its own “Museum Mile,” part of a project by the Russian city to make it a “cultural capital of the world.” “The idea arrived after understanding the level of cultural segregation in which Moscow has been for so long,” says Teresa Mavica of the V-A-C Foundation. “It’s time for the Russian capital to become more open, for institutions to work together and themselves become an important actor of the social movement—that is what I mean by an art revolution.” (more…)

Renovations at Corcoran Lead to Criticism from Current Students

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Corcoran, via City PaperWashington City Paper spotlights the current construction underway at the Corcoran Gallery and George Washington University Art School, and the issues it has caused for current students, some of whom accuse the institution of endangering their health.  “In terms of this being an environmentally safe place to be, it is, and if it were not, I would shut it down,” said Darell Darnell, senior associate vice president for safety and security at the George Washington University. (more…)

SSENSE Publishes Profile in New Artforum Editor David Velasco

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Dvid Velasco, via SSENSEArtforum’s new editor David Velasco is profiled in a piece at SSENSE today, spotlighting his vision for the magazine and his path forward following the resignation of Knight Landesman. “I can’t disappear anymore,” he jokes. “I used to love disappearing. Now I have to walk through the whole office to get to my corner. It’s more of a display.” (more…)

Global Auction Sales Up 25%

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Christie's, via NY postGlobal auction sales grew 25% last year, reaching $11.21 billion, according to a new report by ArtTactic. New York continued its domination of the global market, with its market seeing 41.7% jump in overall sales, boosting market share to 48.7%.  (more…)

Dis Relaunches as Video-Based Site

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

DisArt, via DisDis Magazine has relaunched its website after a pivot to video, and features new work by Darren Bader, Casey Jane Ellison and more. “People want information and knowledge, but the way it needs to be delivered is changing. We saw a real gap in the market — creating new languages, culture, talking about the most recent thing hasn’t been translated to video,” Dis co-founder Lauren Boyle says. (more…)

Freedman Fitzpatrick Opening Paris Location

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Freedman Fitzpatrick, via Art NewsLos Angeles gallery Freedman Fitzpatrick is opening a new location in Paris, Art News reports. “Paris is really similar to L.A. in that way,” Robbie Fitzpatrick says. “A lot of artists are moving there from all over. It’s manifesting itself as a dynamic city that has a lot of possibility to explore, on top of already being an incredibly important city for culture, historically.” (more…)

NYT Looks at Current Art Projects Using Cryptocurrency Technologies

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Richard Prince's ready made token, via NYTThe New York Times takes a look at recent blockchain authorization technology, and fine art projects that have explored the blockchain as both a performative space and a place for authenticating ownership for work. “It’s early days, but this could happen in the blossoming art space as well. The blockchain is an entirely new medium for art,” Mack Flavelle, a developer and artist behind one project called CryptoKitties.  (more…)

Artists, Curators and Directors Pen Open Letter Over Documenta Controversy

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Documenta, via Art NewspaperA group of art world professionals have penned an open letter over Kassel’s plans for the future of Documenta, expressing concern over the resignation of director Annette Kulenkampff.  The letter challenges the assertion that there “has been no proof whatsoever of (Kulenkampff’s) culpability” for the program’s budget deficits “which arose through a program concept for which all parties shared responsibility.” (more…)

Tate Museum and National Galleries Scotland Break Relationships with Anthony d’Offay Over Claims of Sexual Harassment

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Art dealer Anthony d’Offay, via GuardianThe Tate and the National Galleries Scotland have suspended their relationships with dealer Anthony d’Offay over accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. “In light of these allegations, Tate and NGS have decided that it is appropriate to suspend any further contact with Mr D’Offay until these matters have been clarified,” the organizations said in a joint statement. (more…)

Fake Modigliani Works Lead to Lawsuits from Museum-Goers

Monday, January 15th, 2018

fake Modigliani, via GuardianThe fallout of the disputed Modiglianis from a show at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa has led to visitors filing lawsuits demanding their admission tickets be refunded. “If the court report is reliable, we are victims of fraud,” Pietro Da Passano, director of the Palazzo Ducale, said.  (more…)

Basel Art Museum Reconsiders Case of Potential Nazi Loot

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Basel, via ReutersThe Basel Art Museum is currently reconsidering demands it return a art historian Curt Glaser’s collection to his descendants, works which are believed to be Nazi loot. “On the outcome, it’s really an open process,” says Felix Uhlmann, president of the Basel museum’s art commission. “Otherwise, we would not do this.” (more…)

David Kordansky Now Representing Michael Williams

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Michael Williams, via Art NewsDavid Kordansky Gallery is now representing painter Michael Williams, Art News reports. The artist will continue to show with his other galleries, including Gladstone. “Each work is an existential conundrum,” Kordansky says of the artist’s work, “situated not only between abstraction and representation, oil paint and digital printing, but also skepticism and belief. You see and feel him thinking through each painting, dissecting it, taking it apart—by its basic tenets—and putting it back together again.” (more…)

Pace Gallery Opening a Second Hong Kong Location

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

H Queens Building, via Art NewsPace Gallery is preparing to open a second gallery in Hong Kong, Art News reports. “The arts renaissance that has been underway in Asia for the last 30 years or so has triggered a global shift and brought new energy to artists, collectors, and institutions across the art world. It has been a privilege to play a role in that evolution for the last decade,” President Marc Glimcher says, “particularly to work with many of the artists who have shaped that renaissance, and our engagement with the Asian market continues to inform the way we see and work around the world.” (more…)

Record-Setting Basquiat to Get One Painting Show at Brooklyn Museum

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Basquiat, via Art NewsThe Jean-Michel Basquiat work that smashed records for the artist’s work at auction will get a one-painting show at the Brooklyn Museum, suitably titled One Basquiat. “I am thrilled to be sending Basquiat’s masterpiece home to Brooklyn,” owner Yusaku Maezawa said in a press release. “It is my hope that through the exhibition and extensive programming accompanying it, the young people of the borough will be inspired by their local hero, just as he has inspired so many of us around the world.” (more…)

Collection of Modigliani Works Previously Shown in Genoa Declared Fake

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Fake Modigliani, via Art NewspaperA collection of works thought to be by Amedeo Modigliani, which were previously shown at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale, have been declared fake. “Finally it’s come out into the open,” says expert Carlo Pepi. “I’ve been fighting against fake Modiglianis for years. The situation is grotesque – it sometimes seems that he painted more when he was dead than when he was alive. This is just the tip of the iceberg.” (more…)

Artists Respond to Trump Presidency

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Fred Tomaselli, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper has a piece on how various artists are responding to a Trump presidency, including how they see their work responding to the current state of the U.S.  “I have no illusions that the power of ridicule in the halls of the coastal elites will have any real-world impact, but it seems that it’s the least I can do,” says artist Jim Shaw. (more…)

Kynaston McShine, Influential Curator of Contemporary Art, Passes Away at 82

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Kynaston McShine, via Art NewsInfluential curator Kynaston McShine, the organizer behind landmark conceptual shows like Information and Primary Structures, as well as a number of major exhibitions at MoMA, has passed away at the age of 82. (more…)

Sanford Biggers Profiled in New Yorker

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Sanford Biggers, via New YorkerArtist Sanford Biggers gets a profile in the New Yorker this week, as the artist reflects on his recent work, and his challenges to the racist undertones of American culture. “Some of this might be my own historical sense of restriction, but the work has to do so many things when it comes from a person of color,” he says. “And comedy can be misread, and misinterpreted, and become problematic. But that’s what art does: it problematizes things. So I think I’m finding more comfort in that.” (more…)

David Zwirner Plans New Flagship in Chelsea

Monday, January 8th, 2018

David Zwirner, via NYTAs he celebrates his gallery’s 25th year of operation, David Zwirner is planning a $50 million, five floor gallery in Chelsea. “As fortune favors the brave, we are looking back exactly when we’re opening in Hong Kong and looking forward,” Mr. Zwirner said. (more…)

Damien Hirst to Show New Spot Paintings in Norfolk

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Damien hirst, via GuardianDamien Hirst is preparing a new show of his spot paintings at at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. “They are literally going to replace Old Master paintings [at Houghton] and will be displayed like they are Old Master paintings, in a very different way than if it was a classic white cube gallery,” says curator Mario Codognato. (more…)