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RIP: Vito Acconci Has Passed Away at the Age of 77

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Vito Acconi, via huffington post
Vito Acconi, via Huffington Post

Vito Acconci, the groundbreaking artist, architect and performer whose impact on the field of contemporary art counts among the most influential of the 20th Century, has passed away at the age of 77.  Acconci suffered a stroke this week, from which he did not recover.

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Marciano Art Foundation Prepares to Open in LA

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via LA MagazineLA Magazine profiles the soon to open Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire, and the long-running efforts to open the converted Masonic Temple. “I wanted to have a place not just to exhibit art but rather for the artists to come and get inspired and do whatever they want. We’ll just let things happen,” says Maurice Marciano. (more…)

Art Newspaper Examines Art Policies of French Presidential Candidates

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Le Pen and Macron, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles the contrasting policies towards the arts of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who are set for a run-off on May 7th.  Macron is pushing to maintain the arts budget, and will embrace EU-centered policies, while Le Pen’s staunch isolationism sees her pushing for increased funds for conservation and a halt to the sale of buildings to foreigners.  (more…)

Frances Stark Profiled in The Guardian

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Frances Stark, via GuardianFrances Stark is profiled in The Guardian this week, in which she discusses the state of the contemporary art world, and her recent work orchestrating a version of the Magic Flute for a group of student performers.  “One of the reasons I got really enamored with the Magic Flute,” Stark says, “is that I watched the Ingmar Bergman version with my son, when he was four or five. He was too young to read the subtitles, so I read them to him. When the movie was over – and this is a long opera – he said, ‘Can we watch it again?’”  (more…)

Robert Rauschenberg Profiled in New York Review of Books

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg: Persimmon, 1964; from Rauschenberg’s series of oil and silkscreen-ink print paintings in which, Jed Perl writes, ‘photographs of President Kennedy, crowded city streets, space travel, and a nude by Rubens come together to sThe New York Review of books has a lengthy profile on Robert Rauschenberg this week, as the artist’s landmark retrospective prepares to open at MoMA next month.  “I tend to see everything.” Rauschenberg once said, “I always wanted my work—whatever happened in the studio—to look more like what was going on outside the window.” (more…)

Artist Banks Violette Interviewed in NYT

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Banks Violette, via NYTThe New York Times has a profile on Banks Violette, an artist who helped define the aesthetics of New York’s downtown art scene during the 2000’s, and who is currently preparing for a return to the art world with a show upcoming at Gladstone Gallery.  The piece traces the artist’s struggles with addiction, and the challenges of being immensely successful at such a young age.  “A lot of it was just being young, being in New York, suddenly having a bunch of attention, suddenly having packed openings, not being able to sleep and working 24 hours a day,” he says. “It wasn’t really even fun. It was more, ‘Hey, we’re super freaked out, let’s get high.’ ” (more…)

Theaster Gates Unveils Proposal for Park in Chicago’s Washington Park

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Park Proposal, via DNA InfoTheaster Gates has revealed plans for a theater and park on the University of Chicago’s arts block in Washington Park, turning a series of lots into public space that would increase the usability and safety of the space while providing places for performances and gatherings.  “Right now it’s a place people walk through to get from 51st Place to the bus,” he says. (more…)

Kerry James Marshall Named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2017

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

kerry-james-marshall-via-nytTime Magazine has included Kerry James Marshall among its list of 100 most influential people for 2017, noting the artist’s major retrospective and ongoing contribution to the language of American art.  “For too long, the contributions of black people in American society have been ignored, marginalized and denied. Kerry James Marshall confirms and confronts those depictions and omissions with artistic flair, portraying everyday events in black lives,” former NBA star and collector Grant Hill says of the artist. “He forces people to assess the American experi­ence through the black experience. In so doing, he has established himself not only among the giants of the black art milieu, but as one of the most influential American artists anywhere.” (more…)

Maurizio Cattelan Profiled in NYT

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Maurizio Cattelan, via NYTMaurizio Cattelan is profiled in the New York Times this week, as a documentary on the artist hits theaters.  “Underneath it all, Maurizio’s a good person,” says director Maura Axelrod of the artist’s mischievous personality. “He’s not careening through life trying to upset people. His overall approach is playful. Although maybe not the Stephanie Seymour piece. That might be the exception.” (more…)

Magdalena Abakanowicz Passes Away at the age of 86

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Embryology 1978-80 by Magdalena Abakanowicz born 1930Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has passed away at the age of 86.  The artist’s long career frequently challenged the authoritarian regime of Cold War Poland, and the impact of war on the psyche of its people.  “We are finally still questioning our own existence, the problem of our existence,” she once said, “because this is the greatest question and the greatest mystery—existence and sense or non-sense, the extraordinary power of man and his extraordinary weakness.” (more…)

Case Over Pieter Bruegel the Younger Painting Hints at Problems with Painting Valuations

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Pieter Bruegel the Younger, via NYTThe New York Times reports on a recent court decision over the valuation and sale of a Pieter Bruegel the Younger the painting, where evidence showed a trend towards auction houses underpricing works so as to win favor from sellers when the works sold at strong prices.  The ruling echoes assertions by the I.R.S. that prices given for artworks are a likely “high abuse area.” (more…)

Man Defaces Artwork at Met Museum

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Met Museum, via NYTAn artwork at the Met Museum was defaced with the words “Nazi Art” yesterday.  33-year old Ryan Watson scrawled the words on the surface of a piece at the institution’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibit, and was detained quickly.  “The Met is reaching out to the student and will make every effort to restore the work of art,” says spokeswoman Annie Bailis. “The Met is grateful for the quick and effective action taken by security officers and the NYPD on this unfortunate incident.” (more…)

Manhattan Judge Rules Alex Baldwin’s Lawsuit Against Mary Boone Can Move Forward

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Mary BooneA Manhattan judge has ruled that Alex Baldwin’s case against gallerist Mary Boone can go forward, after Baldwin’s lawyer argued that Baldwin’s lack of knowledge in the art world left him open to exploitation.  Baldwin is suing Boone over the purchase of a Ross Bleckner painting that turned out to be a copy of the work he originally wanted.  “He’s a noncollector, she’s one of the most prominent art dealers in the world,” Baldwin’s attorney, Steven Feldman said. (more…)

Peggy Guggenheim’s Heirs Speak Out Over Perceived Violation of Her Will

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Peggy Guggenheim with Picasso's The Studio, via Art NewspaperThree great-grandchildren of Peggy Guggenheim have spoken out against the Guggenheim for its current exhibition, Visionaries, claiming it violates their grandmother’s wishes to keep works from her collection in Venice from Easter to November.  “She wanted the work to be in Venice at that time every year because it is the high tourist season in the city, and every two years this period coincides with the biennale,” says Sindbad Rumney-Guggenheim. (more…)

National Endowment for the Arts Posts Job Growth Numbers

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, via NYTThe National Endowment for the arts has released a new series of figures tracing state by state funding and jobs in the arts, including a growth in the field’s contributions to the broader U.S. economy of 35.1 percent over the last decade.   “Information from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account has been invaluable for understanding the role of arts and culture in our economy, demonstrating that the arts are indeed part of our everyday lives,” says NEA Chairman Jane Chu.  (more…)

Christie’s to Offer Brancusi “La Muse Endormie” at New York Sale Next Month

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Constantin Brancusi, via Art Market MonitorHighlights for the upcoming auction sales continue to roll out this week, as Christie’s announces its offering of Brancusi’s iconic La Muse Endormie for its Impressionist and Modern sale on May 15th in New York, one of the last editions of the work to remain in public hands.  The work is anticipated to achieve upwards of $20 – $30 million. (more…)

Joan Miró and Alexander Calder’s Friendship and Shared Inspiration Profiled in NYT

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Calder and Miro, via NYTAn article in the New York Times this week spotlights the close friendship of Alexander Calder and Joan Miró, and the artists’ fertile cross-germination of ideas that resulted in their shared Constellations series, united for the first time in an exhibition at Pace and Acquavella this spring.   (more…)

Musée D’Orsay Facing Accusations of Discrimination Over Student Tour Policy

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Musée D'Orsay, via ArtforumThe Musée D’Orsay is facing accusations of discrimination, after a clause on its education policies noting mandatory smaller tour groups for students coming from low-income areas was widely shared on social media.  “I demand that [the museum] ensures that it welcomes all students from all educational establishments under the same conditions,” Audrey Azoulay, national culture and communication minister, said in a statement online.  (more…)

Sotheby’s Withdraws Eighteen Works from Sale by Artists Pension Trust

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Ivan Navarro, via TelegraphEighteen lots from a sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s this month have been withdrawn.  The works, sold by the Artist Pension Trust (APT), were contested by the artist’s respective galleries.  “We had conversations with some of the artists, and the closer the auction got, the more the artists and their galleries said that auction was not in their best interests,” says Al Brenner, CEO of MutualArt Group.  “Some of the galleries said they could get better prices.” (more…)

Hermann Nitsch Performance Sees Protests Over Slaughter of Bull

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Hermann Nitsch, via Art NewspaperAnimal rights protestors in Australia are calling for the cancellation of a Hermann Nitsch performance in Tasmania, which calls for the slaughtering of a bull before the performance.  The protesting group, Animal Liberation Tasmania, says the work “trivializes the slaughter of animals for human usage, and condemns a sentient being to death in the pursuit of artistic endeavors.” (more…)

Sotheby’s Announces $60 Million Basquiat for New York Sale in May

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via Art Market MonitorSotheby’s has announced a major highlight for its upcoming sale in New York, a Jean-Michel Basquiat piece that is already carrying a $60 million estimate, and a guarantee by the auction house.  The announcement makes for one of the more daring moves in recent months, particularly in the uncertain climate for major sales. (more…)

Adam Pendleton Profiled in NYT

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Adam Pendleton, via NYTAdam Pendleton is the subject of a profile in the New York Times this week, as the artist reflects on his early work, and his ideas on finding one’s voice as an artist.  “I began thinking very deeply about what it meant to create space for yourself as an artist from an art historical standpoint,” he said of his decision to move to the Hudson Valley in 2007. “But also, what ideas can you contribute to the world as an artist that matter.” (more…)

UK’s BP Portrait Award Finalists Announced

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Thomas Ehretsmann, via GuardianThe finalists for the UK’s annual BP Portrait Award have been announced, with works by Thomas EhretsmannBenjamin Sullivan, and Antony Williams making the final list.  “I am delighted with this year’s shortlist and the final selection of works for the exhibition,” says Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the UK’s National Portrait Gallery, “all of which provoked an immediate response from the judges – whether that be a reaction to the skill displayed by a particular artist or a more visceral connection with the sitter, subject matter or the mood conveyed.” (more…)

Sprüth Magers to Represent Estate of Otto Piene

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Otto Piene, via Sperone WestwaterSprüth Magers has announced that it will represent the estate of artist Otto Piene, founder of the ZERO group.  The gallery will mount an exhibition of his work in the coming weeks at its Berlin space, and will unveil a major work by the artist at Art Basel this summer. (more…)