Archive for the 'News' Category

Louvre Abu Dhabi Hits One Million Visitors in First Year

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Louvre Abu Dhabi, via Art NewsThe Louvre Abu Dhabi has drawn over a million visitors in its first year, the NYT reports. The figure puts it head and shoulders over other institutions in the region, with further planned exhibitions sure to continue its impressive figures. (more…)

Christie’s to Sell Hockney Portrait Without Reserve

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972), via Christie'sChristie’s sale of David Hockney’s iconic 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), set for sale this week in New York, will be sold without a reserve. “By removing the reserve we have also removed any perceived barrier to entry and opened up bidding to broader participation including institutions and major donors as well as private collectors,” a spokesperson said. (more…)

David Zwirner Tops Art Review Power 100

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Freeze (Installation View), via David Zwirner David Zwirner tops this year’s ArtReview Power 100, followed by Kerry James Marshall and the #metoo movement, marking another year in the publication’s documentation of the movers and shakers of the art world. (more…)

David Zwirner to Represent Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, via David ZwirnerDavid Zwirner will now represent artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby on its roster, sharing representation with Victoria Miro. Crosby has received considerable attention in the past years following her inclusion in the 2015 New Museum Triennial. (more…)

Metropolitan Museum Taps Andrea Bayer as Deputy Director for Collections and Administration

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Andrea Bayer, via Art NewsThe Met has announced Andrea Bayer, current Jayne Wrightsman curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of European paintings, as the new deputy director for collections and administration. “As curator in the department of European paintings, often working on projects that went across multiple departments, I know how rewarding it is to work alongside colleagues throughout the museum,” Bayer said in a statement. “I am thrilled to take on this new role, one which will allow me both to support the director and continue to collaborate with these colleagues on an institutional level.” (more…)

Jeff Koons Loses Plagarism Case Over Sculpture

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Jeff Koons sculpture, via TelegraphJeff Koons has lost his court case regarding plagiarism of an add for French clothing brand Naf-Naf for his sculpture Fait d’Hiver. Koons must pay creative director Franck Davidovici a total of €135,000 for the work. (more…)

LA Times Features Klaus Biesenbach’s Vision for MOCA LA

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Klaus Biesenbach, via LA TimesThe LA Times has a piece on newly minted MOCA Director Klaus Biesenbach’s vision for his leadership at the museum, and the efforts he plans to spearhead while working at the museum. “As a museum, you have a civic responsibility, you have a role in society, you have to be courageous, you have to open up your doors to allow for dialogue,” he says. (more…)

Chris Dercon takes the reins at the Grand Palais in Paris

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Chris Dercon, via Art NewspaperChris Dercon, who recently left his position at the Volksbühne Theatre in Berlin, will take a new position as president of the French government cultural body, Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais (Rmn-GP), the orgaization that manages the Grand Palais and Musée du Luxembourg. “The ministry has opted for a new type of leader, an art historian who has always championed artists,” said Philippe Régnier, editor of Art Newspaper France. (more…)

Houston Museum Attributes Painting to Velázquez

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Painting Attributed to Velazquez, via Art NewspaperThe Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has reattributed a work in its collection to Diego Velázquez, citing recent research after a cleaning in San Antonio. “The first moment I saw it, I believed,” Katherine Luber, the San Antonio museum’s director, says. (more…)

Magazzino Italian Art Foundation Establishes Research Center and Fellowship Program in Upstate New York

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Francesco Guzzetti, via Art NewsMagazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring is establishing a new Research Center with some 4,000 publications accessible for study, as well as a new annual fellowship program, Art News reports. The first scholar-in-residence is Francesco Guzzetti, who recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. “It is a true privilege to expand my research on Arte Povera and work directly with the art installed in the museum and the new Research Center library,” Guzzetti says. (more…)

Beverly and Donald S. Freeman Give $4 Mllion to Dallas Museum of Art

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Dallas Museum of Art, via Art NewsCollectors Beverly and Donald S. Freeman have donated $4 million to the Dallas Museum of Art to fund the Freeman Family Exhibition Endowment, which will help fund one show a year. “This is an exciting moment in the museum’s history, and the Dallas Museum of Art deeply appreciates this generous gift from Don and Beverly Freeman,” says Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s director. “They are longstanding patrons of the museum, including Beverly’s remarkable four decades as a valued DMA docent. We are grateful for this significant new gift and for their continued passion in support of our celebrated education programs.” (more…)

David Kordansky to Represent Huma Bhabha

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Huma Bhabha, via Art NwsLA’s David Kordansky Gallery now represents Huma Bhabha, Art News reports. In a statement, Kordansky said he was “fascinated by her synthesis of artificial and organic materials, modernism and monsters, notions of the universal and the alien. Both topical and transcendent, her forms give unexpected—and unflinching—life to the figurative tradition.” (more…)

Works from Robert Indiana State to Go on Sale to Cover Legal Costs

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Ellsworth Kelly, via NYTTwo major works from the estate of Robert Indiana will hit the auction block this month, sold to help pay for his estate’s mounting legal fees and repairs to his former mansion in Maine. “Litigation is expensive, especially in New York,” says Indiana’s executor James Brannan. “If any papers so much as cast a shadow on a desk, they bill for it.” (more…)

RIP Sadaharu Horio, One of Last Remaining Members of Gutai Collective

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Sadaharu Horio, via ArtforumSadaharu Horio, one of the last living members of the Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai, has passed away at the age of 79. Horio worked experimentally for decades, using found materials like scrap metal, string, wood, roots, stones, and planks while he worked a day job in a factory.  (more…)

Kerry James Marshall Withdraws from Public Art Following Auction Flap

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via Christie'sKerry James Marshall says he is done making public art, following the controversy over the city of Chicago attempted a sale of a mural he did for a city library. “It just seemed like a way of exploiting the work of artists in the city for short-term gain in a really shortsighted kind of way,” he says. (more…)

Larry Bell Profiled in Guardian

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Larry Bell, via The GuardianLarry Bell is profiled in The Guardian this week, reflecting on his practice as he opens a major retrospective at ICA Miami. “It’s simply light trapped at the surface,” he says. “Where you see blue on the water, the gasoline is thinner than where you see red on the water, and all the colors are on the spectrum between the blue and the red.” (more…)

Advisor Tobias Meyer to Sell His Andy Warhol “Gun”

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Warhol Gun, via BloombergArt advisor Tobias Meyer is reportedly the seller behind Phillips‘ offering of an Andy Warhol Gun painting next week.  Estimated at $7 million to $10 million, it’s the most expensive Warhol offered during this month’s auctions in New York. (more…)

Tate Modern Begins Court Case Against Luxury Development Residents

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Tate Modern Extension, via The GuardianThe court case between residents at a London development and the Tate Modern began this week, over whether the museum can permit visitors on an observation deck in its new building that provides clear views into the development’s apartments. According to Tate lawyer Guy Fetherstonhaugh the case ultimately seeks to “deny to the public the right to use the viewing platform for its intended purpose merely to give the claimants an unencumbered right to enjoy their own view.” (more…)

National Trust Faces Criticism Over Covered Paintings

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Craigside, via The GuardianThe National Trust in the UK is facing criticism after a show honoring Margaret Armstrong saw a number of her collection’s works featuring men covered up. “Sometimes it doesn’t work as we intended and we accept the feedback we have received,” the trust said. “We’ve had a mix of positive and negative comments. We’re going to look at it closely and it will be reviewed thoroughly.” (more…)

Art News Spotlights Hill Art Foundation

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

J Tomilson Hill, via Art NewsArt News takes a look at The Hill Art Foundation, the project of collector J. Tomilson Hill and his wife, Janine, a world-class collection of more than 400 works, valued at over $800 million that will go on view near the High Line. “Ideally, I want an artist who has done great work in every decade they have lived,” he says. (more…)

Sally Tallant to Head Up Queens Museum

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Sally Tallant, via NYTThe Queens Museum in New York has hired Sally Tallant, the director of the Liverpool Biennial as its new director, the New York Times reports. “Her unique combination of local and global experience in the arts world made her the superlative choice for leading the Queens Museum, and for serving the borough’s distinctively international constituency,” says Mark J. Coleman, the museum’s board chairman. (more…)

Kerry James Marshall Mural Withdrawn from Christie’s Sale

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via Christie'sThe Chicago Public Library has withdrawn a Kerry James Marshall mural from the upcoming Christie’s Contemporary sale in New York. “I was swimming and thought ‘This is not what I wanted, given the city’s contributions to public art, and Kerry’s a friend and also a great ambassador for Chicago,’ ” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I reached out to him and said, ‘Look, I don’t want this. If you’re not happy, I don’t want to go forward.’ ” (more…)

MCH Group Abandons Regional Fair Business Plans

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Art Basel Hong Kong, via Art NewsMCH Group, the Swiss-based firm that owns Art Basel fair, will abandon its regional fair business plan, selling its shares in Art Düsseldorf and the India Art Fair. “We must and wish to further develop our classical live-event competence into an integrated experience-marketing competence in the physical and digital fields,” says Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, the interim chief executive of MCH Group since September. (more…)

Tate Britain Announces 2019 Van Gogh Exhibition

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Vincent van Gogh’s painting Starry Night Over the Rhône, via The GuardianThe Tate Britain is preparing to hold its first Vincent van Gogh exhibition since 1947, bringing 45 works in for a show that will make it one of the largest in the last several decades.  “I think our floors are more robust these days,” said director Alex Farquharson, referencing the 1947 show’s popularity, bringing so many people to the museum that the gallery floors were damaged. (more…)