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Brad Troemel Profiled in New Yorker

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Brad Troemel, via New YorkerBrad Troemel is the subject of a profile in the New Yorker this week, which reflects on the artist’s recent work both in and outside the traditional gallery system, and his approach towards making art that often defies categorization.  “At what point do artists using social media stop making art for the idealized art world audience they want,” the piece quotes from one of his essays, “and start embracing the new audience they have?”  (more…)

New York Times Notes Uptick in Sales Through Instagram

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Faberge art, via NYTThe New York Times profiles the increased potential in recent years for Instagram as a marketing tool, noting a considerable uptick in works sold through the platform.  “It has hit a sweet spot in the market for sharing information,” Anders Petterson, one of the contributors to the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report says, “but no one saw this coming as a sales tool.” (more…)

Catherine Opie Joins Gallerists and Artists in LA Women’s March

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Catherine Opie, via LA TimesThe LA Times has a piece today on the participation of a number of artists and gallerists in the Los Angeles protests against Donald Trump, counting Catherine Opie and a range of gallerists from across the city.  “Artists need to bring that voice of opposition to this cause — with every drop of blood and every tear,” Opie says. (more…)

Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art Reopens After Bombing

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Egypt AntiquitiesEgypt’s Museum of Islamic Art has reopened for the first time since being badly damaged by a car bomb in 2014.  “I’m amazed. I haven’t been to the Louvre, but I feel like I’m somewhere a lot more beautiful,” said Hussein Ismail, a visitor to the museum. (more…)

European Police Make Major Arrests in Crackdown on Art Trafficking Ring

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

factum-arte-warehouse-in-madrid-via-new-yorkerSeventy-five people have been arrested across Europe as part of a crackdown on the trafficking of illegal art and artifacts, the New York Times reports.  Over 3,000 objects were recovered as part of the operation, which focused around works smuggled out of war-torn regions.  (more…)

Art News Reflects on History of NEA Clashes with Government

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Artists Space 1989, via Art NewsArt News has a piece on President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the NEA, reflecting back to the presidency of George H.W. Bush, when the organization faced similar threats of defunding, particularly in situations where the government sought to limit funding over exhibitions’ political content.  The piece reflects on a number of contentious shows during the era, including an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photos, and an exhibition devoted to the AIDS epidemic. (more…)

The Guardan Profiles Anderson Ranch Arts Workshop in Colorado

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Tom Sachs, via The GuardianThe Guardian spotlights Anderson Ranch outside of Aspen, a former sheep farm that has become a major workshop site for artists working in a range of media, counting Tom Sachs and Christo among its recent residents.  “Anderson Ranch is unique because we’re a mix of both education and inspiration,” says executive director Nancy Wilhelms.  “People of all ages and abilities come here and learn new skills or unlock their inner artist, or learn something new about themselves through art.” (more…)

Marisa Merz Profiled in New Yorker

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Marisa Merz at Met Breuer, via New YorkerThe New Yorker profiles the life and work of Marisa Merz, whose work is the subject of a major retrospective at the Met Breuer, opening this week.  The artist’s long work as the only female members of the Arte Povera, and her ongoing work at the age of 90, is featured alongside her expansive show at the Met. (more…)

Tate Modern to Exhibition Rare Full Series of Giacometti Plasters from 1956

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Giacometti with Plasters, via GuardianA series of plaster sculptures by Alberto Giacometti will be brought together since their first exhibition since their creation in 1956, the Guardian reports, going on view at The Tate Modern this summer.  “This is one of the most ambitious restoration projects that the foundation has undertaken and it is very exciting that they wish to do it for Tate,” says Tate Modern director, Frances Morris. “I have to say it is only for Tate, because despite the restoration the works will in perpetuity be very vulnerable.” (more…)

Jay Gorney and Lisa Cooley Joining Paula Cooper Gallery

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Lisa Cooley, via Art NewsJay Gorney and Lisa Cooley have joined Paula Cooper Gallery, bringing an extensive range of experience to the gallery from their respective past ventures.  “For me, Paula Cooper Gallery represents integrity, long-term vision, and connoisseurship, qualities that I wish were in greater abundance in the emerging art market,” Cooley says. (more…)

Sotheby’s Leads London Sale with Richter Iceberg Painting

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Gerhard Richter's Eisberg, via Art Market MonitorSotheby’s will lead its London Contemporary sale with a photorealist work by Gerhard RichterEisberg, estimated at £8-£12 million.  The work comes from a period shortly after the artist’s divorce from his first wife Emma, and reflects his mindset during this dark period.“What Richter saw reflected in the painting… was his own state of mind…the photographs he took in Greenland were visual analogues for his own failed hopes,” Richter’s biographer, Dietmar Elger, says.  “He was exhausted by the struggle to find his own way as a husband and father, and felt that his dream domestic happiness had, as a consequence, been wrecked.” (more…)

Auctionata Paddle8 Files for Insolvency

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Auctionata Paddle8, via Art NewspaperAuctionata Paddle8 has filed for insolvency, with Paddle8 reportedly finding a buyer for its company in New York.  “Auctionata and Paddle8 have redefined the online auction market for art and luxury goods,” says Thomas Hesse, CEO of the joined company. “This procedure will enable both brands and companies to maximize their potential.”  (more…)

Ruba Katrib Joins Frieze London as Curatorial Advisor

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Ruba Katrib, via Art NewsRuba Katrib, curator of SculptureCenter, will join Frieze London as a curatorial advisor this year, working on the fair’s “Focus” section.  “I tend to begin my journey through Frieze London in the Focus section,” she said. “I’m eager to see who’s there and what they’ve brought, knowing that the galleries in Focus can be counted on to bring lesser-known artists, new work, and exciting ideas—they consistently work hard to convey a fresh approach.”  (more…)

Trump Administration Pushing to Cut Funding to NEA

Friday, January 20th, 2017

donald-trump-via-art-newspaperThe Trump administration has announced plans to cut the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, part of its plan to decrease government spending.  “The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste like the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be a good first step in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about radically reforming the federal budget,” says Brian Darling a former staffer at the Heritage Foundation. (more…)

Brooke Lampley Leaving Christie’s to Join Sotheby’s as Vice Chair of Fine Art Department

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Brooke Lampley, via Art Market MonitorBrooke Lampley, head of the Impressionist and Modern department at Christie’s, is leaving her position to join Sotheby’s, the Art Market Monitor reports.  She will serve as Vice Chairman for the Fine Art Department next year.  (more…)

Jorge Daniel Veneciano Leaving Museum of Arts and Design After Only Five Months

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Jorge Daniel Veneciano, via ArtforumJorge Daniel Veneciano, who took the helm of The Museum of Arts and Design only five months ago, is stepping down to focus on political advocacy.  “Current political events compel me to turn my attention to pressing needs in the cultural sector,” he said.  “I remain a great admirer of the museum of arts and design, and I am confident that it will be in good hands going forward.” (more…)

Contemporary Istanbul Fair Moves to September in Effort to Boost Tourism

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Contemporary Istanbul, via Art NewspaperIn an effort to boost tourism in Turkey, the Contemporary Istanbul art fair is moving to coincide with the city’s art biennial this September, the Art Newspaper reports.  “The government is beginning to realise that art and culture are important,” says Ali Güreli, the chairman of Contemporary Istanbul. “We are not asking the government for funding, we are asking for the path to be cleared so it is more accessible to buy and sell art in Istanbul.” (more…)

Finalists for Next Fourth Plinth Sculpture Announced in London

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Heather Phillipson with her work, via GuardianThe new proposals for London’s ongoing Fourth Plinth project have been unveiled, with works including a bizarre arrangement of scaffolding by Damian Ortega, and a massive scoop of ice cream by Heather Phillipson, topped by a hovering drone.  “We love the way the project turns everyone into an art critic,” says Justine Simons, London’s deputy mayor for culture. (more…)

Le Corbusier Supporter Set to Sell Architect’s Paintings

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Le Corbusier, via The TelegraphHeidi Weber, one of the earliest supporters and advocates for the work of Le Corbusier, is set to sell a series of the architect’s premier paintings, and is taking the works on a tour of Asia in an effort to court buyers.  Weber currently holds exclusive rights to much of the architects work, and is exploring potential expansions and copies of some of his designs in China as well.   (more…)

Art Market Monitor Analyzes Richard Prince’s Disavowal of Ivanka Trump Work

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Prince and Gagosian, via ArtnetA piece in the Art Market Monitor analyzes Richard Prince’s recent disavowal of his Ivanka Trump portrait, noting the legal disputes and problems the action raises.  “The repercussions to the market if artists had the right to impugn the authenticity of their works after the fact would turn the art economy topsy-turvy, destabilizing what many already judge to be a thinly traded, tenuous ecosystem to begin with,” according to Kenny Schacter.   (more…)

For Freedoms Super PAC Get Residency at PS1

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

For Freedoms, via Art NewsHank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman’s “For Freedoms” Super PAC will get a residency at MoMA PS1, continuing its exploration of political agency with a “Laboratory for Freedom.”  “We spent last year in the lead-up to the election developing this vehicle we didn’t know we would need,” Gottesman says. “We need it now more than we thought we might. The question is, what do we do with it. (more…)

Michael Govan’s LACMA Renovation Efforts Profiled in NYT

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Michael Govan, via NYTThe NYT profiles LACMA Director Michael Govan’s planned $600 million renovation at the museum, and the efforts he has undertaken to bring the plan to fruition.  “It’s a big project for L.A., and there’s been a little lack of confidence that the money will be raised,” he said. “But I think just getting close to the halfway point, I’ve sensed a change in my trustees and supporters. There’s this strong sense with them that this is likely to happen.” (more…)

Sotheby’s Sues Collector Over Allegedly Forged Painting

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Parmigianino, via NYTSotheby’s has filed a lawsuit against collector Lionel de Saint Donat-Pourrières, after a painting attributed to Parmigianino and commissioned for sale with the auction house was revealed as a likely forgery.  The collector was asked to send the painting for additional testing before selling, but later tests revealed samples of a pigment not used for centuries after the work’s completion.  “Each and every one of those samples (none of which were taken from areas of restoration) contained the modern synthetic pigment phthalocyanine green, which was first used in paints nearly four centuries after Parmigianino died,” the auction house said in its filing. (more…)

Igor DaCosta Elected as Chair of Warhol Foundation

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Igor Dacosta, via Art NewsIgor DaCosta, managing director of Portfolio Advisors, has been elected as the chair of the Andy Warhol Foundation.  The board also added Paul Ha, Ruby Lerner, and Anne Pasternak, which “gives the board the strength of proven leadership in the foundation’s most important constituencies: artists and the nonprofit art institutions that support them,” Foundation president Joel Wachs said. (more…)