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Swiss Prosecutor Drops Investigation of Dealer Yves Bouvier

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The Geneva public prosecutor has dropped a criminal investigation into the operations of Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier, the NYT reports. “Although there are still some gray areas as to the legal nature of the relationship between the parties, even on the assumption that Yves Bouvier was the agent of the complainants, the objective constituent elements of the offense have not been met,” the ruling reads. (more…)

Met Museum to Sell Off Set of Prints and Photos to Cover Budget Shortfall

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

The Met will sell off more than 200 prints and photos from its collection to raise funds amid a budget shortfall caused by the pandemic. “The Museum approaches deaccessioning with the same degree of strategy and deliberation as we apply to acquisitions “It will take years until we can expect the full return of tourism revenue,” says director Max Hollien. (more…)

John Booth Takes Chair at National Gallery London

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

John Booth, the venture capitalist and major donor to the Tory party is the new chair of the National Gallery. “I’m delighted to take up this role as the National Gallery prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024,” Booth says. “The gallery’s amazing collection, including so many of the world’s greatest paintings, belongs to the whole nation and we look forward to sharing it afresh with visitors as we emerge from the pandemic, and as we continue to grow our international digital presence.” (more…)

Fondation Louis Vuitton Prepares for Ambitious Show of Russian Collection

Monday, September 20th, 2021

As the Fondation Louis Vuitton prepares to show the collection of Russian brothers Ivan andMikhail Morozov. “Without this collaboration and huge program of restoration, it was impossible to organize the exhibition,” says advisor Jean-Paul Claverie. (more…)

Faith Ringgold to Open New Museum Retrospective Next Year

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Faith Ringgold will have her first New York retrospective at the New Museum in 2022.  (more…)

MOCA Names Johanna Burton as Sole Director as Klaus Biesenbach Departs

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

The Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that Johanna Burton will now serve as the sole and first female director of the museum, as Klaus Biesenbach heads to Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. “We congratulate Klaus on the honor of being appointed as the director of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin,” reads a MOCA statement. “We wish him the best and thank him for his contributions to MOCA.” (more…)

Amsterdam Will Return Kandinsky to Heirs of Jewish Owner Who Sold During Holocaust

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

After a sit-down between the mayor of Amsterdam and the heirs of a Jewish owner of a Kandinsky work hanging in the the Stedelijk, the city has announced it will return the work to the family. “This is a historic injustice that is being put right,” says the family’s lawyer, Simon van der Sluijs. (more…)

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art to Open Chengdu Location

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art will open a new location in the Sichuan province of Chengdu, the Art Newspaper reports.  “Chengdu is one of the most exciting and rapidly growing cities in China and we have been closely following its development and accomplishments in the arts in recent years,” says UCCA director and chief executive Philip Tinari.  (more…)

Johanna Burton Joins MOCA as Executive Director

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Johanna Burton has been named the new executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. “MOCA’s artist-centered mission dovetails with my own commitment to creating platforms that foster artistic innovation and emphasize deep connections to audiences,” she says in a statement. “By pursuing these goals and supporting the efforts of MOCA’s team, I’m looking forward to extending the museum’s legacy while strengthening bonds both within the institution and with the public.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Charts Restrictions, Pressure for Art Basel’s 2021 Edition

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The Art Newspaper reports on the increasingly strict restrictions on travel into Switzerland for Art Basel this year, and the increasing pressure to postpone or cancel the event.  (more…)

Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Join Forces on New Dealership Project LGDR

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Gallerists Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy, Amalia Dayan and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn will join forces to create LGDR, a project working as a consortium to organize shows and represent artists. “We’ve been looking at ourselves in the mirror and trying to understand who we are and what is the best way to address our clients,” says Gorvy. “What is the business model that is appropriate? We don’t have to do everything, but we can do anything.” (more…)

“Self-Destructed” Banksy Piece Goes Back Under Hammer

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

The Banksy piece that shredded itself shortly after sale in 2018 will go back under the hammer at Sotheby’s, The Guardian reports, offered with a  £4-6m estimate.  (more…)

Gallerist David Kordansky and artist Mindy Shapero Show Los Feliz Home in W

Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

Gallerist David Kordansky and artist Mindy Shapero give W Magazine a tour of their Los Feliz home, showcasing their collection of art and furniture. “I think Dave would be happy if all the walls were white,” Shapero says. “He wants the art to sing, right? I want the art to sing too, but along with everything else.” (more…)

Mayor of Amsterdam in Talks Over Claim to Kandinsky Painting

Friday, August 27th, 2021

The Mayor of Amsterdam is in talks with the descendants of the former owner of a Kandinsky painting, who are seeking to reclaim the work from the Stedelijk. (more…)

Julien Nguyen Interviewed in NYT

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Artist Julien Nguyen has an interview this month in the New York Times, discussing his work and how video games like Starcraft informed his practice. “You’re building your empire and conquering different parts of the world or space,” he says. “I wanted to become a concept artist who designs all the characters and spaceships and buildings.” (more…)

Artist Lee Young-chul to Represent South Korea in Venice

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Artist Lee Young-chul is the first name tapped to represent South Korea at next year’s Venice Biennale.“It is not known whether more artists will join the Korean Pavilion. It is up to the artistic director,” an official said. “But it is rare for a single artist to represent the pavilion.”

Barbara Kruger Interviewed in Art Newspaper

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

Artist Barbara Kruger has an interview on Art Newspaper this week, discussing her work, projects, and the current zeitgeist.  “Thank God I’m an artist and not an internet or TikTok or movie star,” she says. “Any time I go to a gala, all those people are fighting to get on the red carpet, but the photographers don’t give a flying fuck about artists.” (more…)

Return of Taliban to Power Threatens Afghani Museums

Monday, August 16th, 2021

As U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, and the country prepares for the rise of the Taliban, museums and collections are bracing for threats to their collections.  “We didn’t expect this to happen so quickly,” said Noor Agha Noori, head of Afghanistan’s Institute of Archaeology in Kabul.  (more…)

Sotheby’s to Sell 11 Picasso’s from MGM Resorts

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Sotheby’s will sell 11 Picasso works owned by MGM Resorts, estimated at a combined value of around $100m.“We are committed to creating an even more inclusive collection that maintains the breadth of our existing portfolio while giving a greater voice to artists from underrepresented communities,” says Ari Kastrati, the chief hospitality officer of MGM Resorts. (more…)

Stefan Kalmár Steps Down from ICA London Directorship

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Stefan Kalmár will leave his position as director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, a post he’s held since 2016. “Directorships should never be for life—fixed tenures should be the norm not the exception,” he said. (more…)

Marian Goodman Gallery Announces New President, Partners

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Marian Goodman Gallery has announced a new partnership structure and leadership plan, with Philipp Kaiser, moving from his position as chief executive director of artists and programs to president and partner, while executive directors Emily-Jane Kirwan, Rose Lord, Leslie Nolen, and Junette Teng have all been named as partners. “I am a passionate advocate for my artists,” Goodman says. “I feel a deep sense of commitment to them and have ever since I first opened my business. The creation of this partnership will allow my vision and rigorous program to continue to thrive.” (more…)

Douglas Chrismas, Ace Gallery Founder, Arrested on Charges of Embezzlement

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Ace Gallery founder Douglas J. Chrismas has been arrested on charges of embezzlement, the LA Times reports. Chrismas is accused of embezzling $100,000 owed the gallery for a sale. (more…)

Collection of Dallas Billionaire Ed Cox Heads to Christie’s

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

The art collection of the late Dallas oil billionaire Edwin “Ed” L. Cox Sr. will head to Christie’s, featuring an impressive group of Impressionist masterworks, which the auction house called “the finest and most expensive impressionist collections ever to be sold.” (more…)

Christie’s Will Open a New Hong Kong Headquarters in 2024

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Christie’s will open a new, state-of-the-art Hong Kong headquarters in 2024, following the auction house’s strong results in past years in Asia.“We will evolve from primarily hosting two main auction seasons a year, to programming all year-round,” says Francis Belin, Christie’s Asia Pacific president. (more…)