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The Late Robert Rauschenberg Profiled in NYT

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg, via NYTAs MoMA prepares to open the landmark Robert Rauschenberg retrospective this month, the NYT has a lengthy profile piece on the artist, charting his early development as an artist, and his relentlessly inventive drive, including pilfering his friends’ objects to make some of his iconic combines.  “The next time I saw it was at the Leo Castelli Gallery,” artist Dorothea Rockburne recalls of finding her own quilt in Rauschenberg’s work Bed. “My first thought was: Son of a bitch! We were close friends.” (more…)

Chilean Architects Designing Massive Exhibition Space in Qatar

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Qatar Art Mill, via Art NewspaperChilean architectural practice Elemental has won the contract to redesign a former flour mill in Qatar into a massive art exhibition space.  The space is anticipated to be around 80,000 sq. meters in size, considerably larger than the Tate Modern, and will play on the original structure’s layout and design.  “The [Elemental] team added to the strict geometry of retained silos a looser grouping of new silos that will act as cooling chimneys circulating air through the site that extends spectacularly on three sides into Doha Bay,” the project statement says.  (more…)

Venice Biennale Awards Ceremony, May 13th, 2017

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Anne Imhof's Faust at the German Pavilion, via Art Observed
Anne Imhof’s Faust at the German Pavilion, via Art Observed

The Golden Lions have been announced for this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale, with Anne Imhof and Franz Erhard Walther taking top honors for their work in the German National Pavilion and Main Exhibition, respectively.  The full list of winners is included below.   (more…)

Sotheby’s Posts $11 million loss in Historically Weak First Quarter, Showing Promise for Strengthening Market

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Sotheby's, via Sotheby'sSotheby’s earnings call this week shows a substantial uptick for the auction house, posting an $11 million loss in a section of the calendar known for a particular degree of sluggishness.  The auction house improved its figures by 49-percent in comparison with the same period last year.  “I think the market is definitely strengthening,” Amy Cappellazzo said during the call.  “We’re going to see and feel that next week.” (more…)

Sotheby’s Carrying $217 Million in Guarantees Next Week

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude Sunbather, via Sotheby'sA report by the Art Market Monitor places Sotheby’s pre-sale guarantees for its auctions next week at $217 million, with 20 of the sale’s 36 lots carrying an irrevocable bid.   (more…)

Loic Gouzer and Alex Rotter Named Christie’s Contemporary and Post-War Co-Chairs for Americas

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Loic Gouzer, via New YorkerLoic Gouzer has been named Christie’s co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art in the Americas, alongside Alex Rotter, filling a position left open since Brett Gorvy left the company last year.  “Two years ago I did this sale called Looking Forward to the Past,” Gouzer says. “Now I can say that I look forward to the future of working with Alex Rotter, who is extremely talented, but also one of my best friends.” (more…)

Phyllida Barlow Profiled in The Guardian

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Phyllida Barlow, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a profile on Phyllida Barlow this week, as the artist opens her exhibition at the British Pavilion of this year’s Venice Biennale.  “To put it bluntly, I think the timing has been, for me, perfect,” Barlow says. “I’m ready for it and the work’s ready for it. It’s ready to fulfill all sorts of ambitions I want for the work. Not for myself – I’m not particularly interested in myself – but I’m interested in what the work can do … I can now be confident that things do go wrong but can also be retrieved.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Sees Macron Victory Speech at Louvre as Indication of

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Emmanuel Macron, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper interprets Emmanuel Macron’s victory speech in front of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre as a strong indication of the new president’s support for the arts in France, and his continued commitment to the country’s artists.  “By speaking in front of the pyramid, our new president chose a just symbol, that of the marriage of history and culture today,” says artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. “He understood that this is where we can make a difference on an international level. In his speech, he spoke with a lot of humility and I think that’s the key to opening up towards the world. His youth is a strength to rejuvenate cultural institutions and above all young people who are seeking their singularity.” (more…)

Phyllida Barlow Interviewed in The Guardian

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Phyllida Barlow, via TelegraphPhyllida Barlow is profiled in the Telegraph this week, as the artist gears up to present her work in a solo exhibition at the British Pavilion.  “I’m a thoughtless artist,’ she says. “Things happen without thinking. They happen through the process.” (more…)

Dawn Kasper Takes Up Residence at Venice Biennale

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Dawn Kasper in Venice, via Art NewsArt News reports on artist Dawn Kasper’s ongoing residency inside the Venice Biennale, where the artist will be living for the next six months, hosting various events, jam sessions and projects.  “It’s a gift to be able to be here, an honor, really,” she says.  “And like, how do I plan for six months of studio time? I brought all these different clothes. I might learn Italian.” (more…)

Tensions in New York as de Blasio Administration Considers Shifts in Arts Funding

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

The Broken KilometerNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is re-evaluating the distribution of city funding for arts organizations, with discussions over pushing more funding away from major institutions and towards smaller organizations around the five boroughs.  “There will be something that says there are parts of New York City that are under-resourced, and that’s going to be something we want to address,” says arts commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “It’s also going to say that there is great recognition on the part of this administration of the value of major cultural institutions. These are very important, not just for tourism — which we do care about — but also to the spirit of the city.” (more…)

Tracey Emin and Lehmann Maupin Part Ways

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Tracey Emin, via Art NewspaperAfter two decades working together, artist Tracey Emin and Lehmann Maupin have parted ways.  “[We] have mutually decided to part ways and end our working relationship,” gallery owner David Maupin says.  “Tracey is an important part of the gallery’s history and we will always cherish our friendship and collaboration.” (more…)

Jack Tilton, Longtime Champion of Young Artists, Passes Away

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Jack Tilton, via Art NewsArt dealer Jack Tilton, who spent much of his career working to help develop young artists, has passed away, the Art News reports.  “More than anyone else he marched to the tune of his own drum,” says Janine Cirincione, a former director at his Upper East Side gallery. “And found humor in everything. And people loved him for that.” (more…)

New York Times Publishes Photographs of Ellsworth Kelly’s Studio Shortly After Artist’s Death

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Ellsworth Kelly, via New York TimesThe New York Times welcomes a series of photographs by Jack Shear, who lived with Ellsworth Kelly for over 30 years, and documented his studio shortly after the artist passed away in 2015.  “At the end, his studio became like where he was living,” Mr. Shear says. “He was not only painting, but he was actually living in the studio. I mean, Ellsworth considered Spencertown — and probably the studio in Spencertown — the center of the world, the center of the universe. This is where he finally, toward the end of his life, really wanted to be.” (more…)

Christine Macel Interviewed in New York Times

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Christine Macel, via NYTCurator Christine Macel is interviewed in the New York Times this week, as she prepares to open this year’s Venice Biennale.  “To me, art is linked with all dimensions of life,” she says. “People think art will save the world.  I don’t think art will save the world, but it’s saved a lot of lives.” (more…)

The Met Pushes For Mandatory Admission Fees for Out of Town Visitors

Monday, May 8th, 2017

The Met Museum, via NYTThe Met has taken another step towards mandatory admission fees, filing a proposal to charge out of town visitors while keeping the museum donation optional for residents of the city.  “We will review it carefully,” says commissioner of cultural affairs Tom Finkelpearl.  “The city is committed to working with the Met to ensure that its unrivaled collection and programming remain accessible to all New Yorkers.” (more…)

New Museum’s Lisa Phillips Profiled in NYT

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Lisa Phillips. via NYTThe New York Times has an interview with New Museum director Lisa Phillips this week, labeling her “The Most Powerful Woman in the New York Art World.”  “The concept of soft power has become a bit of a cliché, I guess,” she says of her work shaping the Museum’s impact on the city’s art community.  “But it’s the way I’ve always thought about what I do, and I think it’s the way this museum has made a difference.” (more…)

Whitney Biennial Artists Sees Exhibiting Artists Increasing in Value

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Henry Taylor, via BloombergAn article in Bloomberg this week notes a distinct increase in value for artists showing in this year’s Whitney Biennial. “There’s no doubt that collectors troll these biennials at the openings and attempt to ferret out who will be the hotshot artist or artists, and they corner the gallerists to secure the ‘glittering trophies,’” says advisor Todd Levin. “The auctions that take place after the biennials are part and parcel of the same kind of market mechanism.” (more…)

Aspen Man Slashes $3 Million Christopher Wool Painting

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Slashed Christopher Wool, via Aspen TimesAn unidentified man slashed a Christopher Wool painting in the town of Aspen this weekend, leaving a several inch-long hole in the canvas.  “On it’s face, it’s extremely suspicious,” Aspen Police Detective Jeff Fain said. “There has to be a reason someone would want to destroy this painting.”  The work is valued at $3 million. (more…)

Qatari Royal Family Opens Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, via GuardianSheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani of the Qatari Royal Family has opened the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art in New York, focused on representing and advocating for Muslim artists around the world.  “If we dig into how Arabs and Muslims are stereotyped, they go way back,” Al-Thani says. “It made sense to me there had to be an art and culture institute that represents the Arab and Islamic region, as there isn’t really one here in New York.” (more…)

Tate Modern Names Expansion After Len Blavatnick

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Tate Modern, via New YorkerThe Tate Modern will name its new Switch House expansion after USSR-born billionaire oligarch Len Blavatnik.  “My family and I are honored to support Tate, and to be linked to this exceptional building,” Blavatnick said.  “Tate provides incomparable service to the arts, culture and education throughout the world.” (more…)

Vanity Fair Spotlights Challenges to Market for Modigliani Works

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Amedeo Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne (Au Foulard) (1919),Vanity Fair has a piece this week on the rapidly expanding market for Modigliani works, and the increasing frequency of controversies, lawsuits and threats following close behind, stemming from the disorganized and hectic nature of the artist’s catalogue.  “To say that the catalogue raisonné situation of works by Modigliani is a mess is an understatement,” says Kenneth Wayne, a foremost Modigliani scholar. (more…)

Bloomberg Examines Prospects for “.ART” Domain

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Ulvi Kasimov, via BloombergAn article in Bloomberg examines the recently minted “.ART” domain, which current operator UK Creative Ideas Ltd. claims will help bring transparency and security to an unstable market.  “The art market lacks basic infrastructure and standards that exist in any other business,” says investor Ulvi Kasimov. “It’s hard to create cash flow.” (more…)

ICA LA’s Jamillah James Profiled in LA Weekly

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Jamillah James, via LA WeeklyLA Weekly profiles  Jamillah James, who will head up curatorial duties at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  “I love L.A.,” she says of her move from New York. “I was a very quick convert. I’m just like a little Benedict Arnold from the East Coast.” (more…)