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Met Museum Receives $80 Million Gift

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Irvings, via Art NewsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports.  “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.” (more…)

Laura Owens Makes Statement on Protests Against 356 S. Mission Rd

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

356 MissionArtist Laura Owens has penned a public statement on the current pressure her project space, 356 S. Mission, is facing from anti-gentrification activists. “Alongside the protesters’ demands to close, we have also heard the voices of artists, community groups, families, and individuals in the area who want 356 to remain open,” she writes. “In addition to urgent basic needs and facilities, people in all neighborhoods, of all ethnicities and classes, benefit from quality education and art. We do not believe that access to one should sacrifice the other in a healthy and thriving society. I have always been and remain committed to engaging in productive dialogue that results in effective actions to battle the issues facing our communities.” (more…)

Darsie Alexander Appointed Chief Curator at Jewish Museum

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Darsie Alexander, via ArtforumDarsie Alexander has been appointed the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, Artforum reports. “The Jewish Museum has a remarkable collection that includes contemporary art, historical objects, material culture, and Jewish ceremonial art,” she says. “This combination allows for a lively dialogue between culturally diverse works related to Jewish identity and the groundbreaking work of artists who have shaped art history in profound ways.” (more…)

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Announces First Round of Grants

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Agnes Gund, via ArtforumAgnes Gund’s recently announced Art for Justice organization has announced $22 million in its first round of grants to arts and criminal justice organizations to fight mass incarceration in the United States. “My hope is that the work supported by the Art for Justice Fund will help create a groundswell that drives reforms well beyond these specific programs,” she says. “The problem of mass incarceration touches every community across the country, and we need to work together to find creative solutions to build a better, safer future for all our children.” (more…)

Forbes 30 Under 30 List Features Martine Syms, Bunny Rogers

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Martine Syms, via ForbesThis year’s edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 has been released, with artists Martine Syms, Chloe Wise and Bunny Rogers featured among the list.   (more…)

Documenta Not Facing Threats from Budget Deficit This Year

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Adam Szymczyk, via Art NewspaperThe next Documenta, set for 2022, will not face any budget threats after this year’s massive deficit, its team has said in a statement. . “Documenta is a great stroke of fortune and a cultural treasure for the state of Hesse, and we must preserve it,” Boris Rhein, the state’s culture minister, said of continuing the event. (more…)

LACMA Changes Admission Structure, Eliminating Special Tickets

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

LACMA, via LA TimesLACMA has changed its pricing structure, charging $20 for Los Angeles County Residents, and $25 for everyone else, a flat price covering special exhibitions. “I’ve never liked the extra price for special exhibitions. We put some of the biggest efforts into the ticketed exhibitions and ironically, they’re the ones that are the most inaccessible, price wise,” LACMA Director Michael Govan. (more…)

New York Magazine Spotlights Artist’s Favorite Holiday Art Gift Books

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Pantone Solid Guide, via New YorkA piece in New York Magazine this week sees a series of artists, curators and gallerists naming their favorite art books and most desired books for the holiday season.  Topping the list is Rob Pruitt, who shows off his copy of the Pantone Solid Color Guide. “When I was a kid, about 7 years old, my dad who was in the printing industry gave me his loop and his used Pantone book. I loved, obsessed over, and treated it as a sacred object. I continue to love the Pantone books and it’s an essential tool in my studio,” he says. (more…)

Visitors Crowd Christie’s to View da Vinci Piece on Sale this Week

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), via Christie'sThe New York Times reports on the long lines outside Christie’s this week, as visitors crowd to get one look at the Leonardo da Vinci piece set to go on sale at Christie’s this Wednesday. “Standing in front of that painting was a spiritual experience,” says visitor Nina Doede. “It was breathtaking. It brought tears to my eyes,” she added, as she left the sepulchral chamber where the painting is displayed. (more…)

New Jeremy Deller Work Commemorates Martin Luther King in Newcastle

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Martin Luther King, via BBCJeremy Deller is launching a new project in Newcastle this week, commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s honorary degree from Newcastle University with a project in which citizens of the Northern city recite bits of his speeches to those passing by. “Everybody else seems a bit worried. There was a lady with a pram who hustled away, frightened that I was some loony in the library,” says one participant. “But I think when they understand what it’s all about, and what it means to Newcastle, they’ll understand what a special event this is.” (more…)

Cranach the Elder Painting in British Royal Collection Authenticated

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Cranach painting, via The GuardianRenewed research into a painting long thought to be a fake Cranach the Elder painting in the British Royal Collection has proven the work is authentic, the Guardian reports. “It is an absolute thrill,” says Nicola Christie, the head of paintings conservation at the Royal Collection Trust. “It doesn’t happen very often and it is such a pleasure to know that it has been reattributed.” (more…)

Olga Viso to Leave Walker Art Center

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Olga Viso, via Art NewsOlga Viso will leave her position as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Art News reports. “We are grateful for Olga’s leadership and celebrate her significant contributions to the Walker Art Center during the past 10 years,” says Monica Nassif, the board’s president. “We wish her well for her next career opportunity.” (more…)

Mark Bradford Interviewed in The Guardian

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Mark Bradford, via GuardianMark Bradford gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as the painter wraps up his installation for the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and prepares for an installation reflecting on the Civil War at the Hirshhorn. “I became really fascinated by the romanticism around the civil war,” he says. “I’d never really investigated it. I’m black, the civil war was a good thing, the north won – that’s all I knew. I thought it was going to be textbook, ‘OK, this was bad and let’s move on.’ But it wasn’t cut and dried.” (more…)

Laura Copelin Promoted as Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Laura Copelin, via Art NewsLaura Copelin, associate curator at Ballroom Marfa, will take over the West Texas center’s leadership as executive director. “Marfa really seems to be a beacon,” Copelin told ARTnews. “It’s been a transformative experience, being on the edge of these centers of the art world of New York and Los Angeles.”  (more…)

Mary Boone Settles Lawsuit with Alec Baldwin

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

alec-baldwin-via-new-york-postGallerist Mary Boone has settled her lawsuit with actor Alec Baldwin over a Ross Bleckner painting, the New Yorker reports. The piece features an interview with Baldwin in which he outlines his doubts over a work he thought was a copy of the piece he originally wanted.  “When I called up Mary and asked, ‘Why do these paintings look so different?’ she said the owner was a heavy smoker, so Ross had taken the painting off the stretcher and cleaned and repaired it for me, as a courtesy, before delivering it,” he says. “At first, I was not prepared to tell myself it was a fake. I was inclined to believe them, partly because it was Ross, who I respect and whose work I love.” (more…)

Woman Mails Stolen Carolee Schneeman Photos Back to MoMA PS1

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Woman Returning Carolee Schneeman works, via CBSAn unidentified woman has been caught on film mailing back a series of Carolee Schneeman works stolen from an exhibition at MoMA PS1, CBS New York reports. “Maybe they were really just in love with her artwork that they wanted it for herself, and that maybe they had a change of heart and decided to mail back,” said museum patron Kelvi Diaz. (more…)

New Museum Reveals Artist List for 2018 Triennial

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Hardeep Pandhal, via Art NewsThe New Museum has announced the list of exhibiting artists for next year’s New Museum Triennial, culled together under the title Songs for Sabotage.  “The exhibition amounts to a call for action, an active engagement, and an interference in political and social structures urgently requiring them,” the museum said in a statement.  (more…)

Mana Contemporary to Turn Over Mugrabi Art Collection from Storage

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Mugrabi Family, via Art NewspaperA judge has ordered the Mana Contemporary Art Storage facility to turn over all art from the collection of the Mugrabi family, after a judge ruled for the family. “The warehouse has to deliver all the art that they have to the Mugrabis now,” says the family’s lawyer, Aaron Richard Golub. (more…)

RIP Shannon Michael Cane, Printed Matter’s Fairs and Editions Curator

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Shannon Michael Cane, via ArtforumCurator and editor Shannon Michael Cane, who curated Printed Matter’s fairs and editions, has passed away.  He was a central figure in the non-profit bookstore and exhibition space’s vibrant engagement with art publications and printed art. “Shelley and I join with the Printed Matter family and the entire artist publications community in mourning the sudden and devastating loss of our friend and colleague Shannon Michael Cane,” says Phil Aarons, Printed Matter board chair. “His unparalleled passionate commitment to helping artists bring their printed materials to the public was crucial to Printed Matter and so many others. Vibrant, fearless, and larger than life, he will be profoundly missed.” (more…)

Gilbert and George Opening Exhibition Space in Spitalfieds

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Gilbert and George, via Evening StandardGilbert & George are profiled in the Evening Standard this week, as the pair continue work on 3,000 square-foot exhibition space in a former brewery off Brick Lane in London’s East End. “Why? Because the Tate never shows our work and they will never, because nothing is good enough for them,” says Gilbert Proesch. (more…)

Lawsuit Over Nahmad Family Modigliani to Go Forward

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Amedeo Modigliani, via ArtforumAnother lawsuit over Seated Man with a Cane, the 1918 Amedeo Modigliani work claimed as Nazi loot by Phillip Maestracci, the grandson of Parisian art dealer Oscar Stettiner, will go forward in New York.  Maestracci is suing the Nahmad family to reclaim the work.  (more…)

Hong Kong Arts Scene Profiled in NYT

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A performance in Hong Kong, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on the Hong Kong arts scene this week, spotlighting the city’s location and role as a central piece in the international art circuit, particularly as more Western galleries seek to engage with the city’s wealthy elite. “Hong Kong is a big art market, but there’s a huge gap between the art market and practices in the community,” said Vivienne Chow, an art critic and founder of the Hong Kong-based Cultural Journalism Campus. (more…)

Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch to Join Forces Again in Miami

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Sterling Ruby, via Art NewsLarry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch will once again join forces at Miami’s Moore building to present an exhibition during Miami Art Week.  This year’s edition will be titled Abstract / Not Abstract, and feature works exploring the lines defining abstract painting. “The theme and title of ‘Abstract / Not Abstract’ was Larry Gagosian’s suggestion,” Deitch says. “Millions of abstract paintings have been made since 1910, but the concept of abstraction continues to be expanded and reinvented by each generation of artists. There is an especially strong and diverse generation of painters working today in a mode that opens the definition of abstraction.” (more…)

LA’s Underground Museum Profiled in W

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Underground Museum, via WLos Angeles’s Underground Museum gets a profile in W this week, spotlighting its contributions to the arts communities of underserved Central LA. “There’s something coming out of that place that is so radical in its potential that you can feel it,” says sculptor Thomas Houseago. “And it draws a mix of people that I don’t find anywhere else in the world.” (more…)