Archive for the 'News' Category

NYT Posts Map of Artists’ Homes from This Year’s Whitney Biennial and Those Past

Monday, July 8th, 2019

A piece in the NYT this week charts the geographic  locations of artists in this Whitney Biennial and in years past, looking at how the exhibition’s focus has changed over its nearly 100 years. (more…)

Baffler Charts Drop in Interest for Abstraction

Monday, July 8th, 2019

A piece in The Baffler this week charts how abstract art has struggled at auction in recent months against figurative works, and what that might mean for a shifting market. “If one places the artwork outside of its historical context, whether in its origin, or its effect,” the piece quotes from critic Hannah Deinhardt, “one can give no explanation of the facts of the various arts, the many-sidedness of artworks.”   (more…)

Vielmetter Gallery to Expand in Downtown LA

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Vielmetter Gallery will expand its space in downtown LA while closing the Culver City space it has had since 2010, Art News reports. “The energy has definitely shifted to downtown so it made sense to expand here,” owner Susanne Vielmetter says. “Our artists and collectors absolutely love our downtown gallery and we have so many more possibilities here now.” (more…)

Group of British Artists Urge National Portrait Gallery to Stop Accepting BP Funding

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

A group of artists including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread and Sarah Lucas have called on the National Portrait Gallery to not accept funding from the oil behemoth BP. “A crucial role of art is to describe to future generations what it is to be alive now, and to provide an echo of our humanity to those who seek it in the future,” the open letter, signed by 78 artists, reads. “The ethical red lines regarding art sponsorship are always shifting, tracing the curve of corporate behavior and what’s regarded as the public good.” (more…)

Critic Douglas Crimp Has Passed Away at the Age of 74

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Critic and historian Douglas Crimp, among the most influential arts writers of the post-war landscape has passed away at the age of 74.  He was also a vocal advocate for AIDS awareness and activism, and edited an entire issue of the influential arts magazine October around the subject. “People were blind to the reality of what was going on, and I knew that this would get people thinking,” Crimp said. (more…)

Painter Leon Kossoff Has Passed Away at 92

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Painter Leon Kossoff, whose paintings documented the landscape of postwar Britain, has died at 92. “Although I have drawn and painted from landscapes and people constantly, I have never finished a picture without first experiencing a huge emptying of all factual and topographical knowledge,” the artist said of his work. (more…)

Krefeld Rejects Claim Over Piet Mondrian Works

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The German city of Krefeld has rejected a claim from the heirs of Piet Mondrian who say that four works by the artist in the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum were actually lent, rather than given to the museum. “Everything suggests that the pictures came to Krefeld legally,” says Frank Meyer, the city’s mayor. “The report confirms our position that there are no grounds for restitution.” (more…)

Nan Goldin and Activists Stage Action at Louvre

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Nan Goldin and her P.A.I.N. activist group have staged an action at the Louvre in Paris, calling for the removal of the Sackler name from one wing of the institution. “We demand that the Louvre rename the Sackler wing and commit to refusing any criminal donations in the future,” the group said in a statement. (more…)

Boris Johnson Announces Plans for Freeports in Post-Brexit UK

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Boris Johnson has called for the establishment of a series of freeports around the country, where works of art could be stored tax free. “It would be a massive boost to this economy, but only once we come out,” he says. “I will have about six of them, by the way.” (more…)

Art News Looks at Debates Over Cultural Repatriation

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

A piece in Art News looks at ongoing debates over repatriation of artifacts, and the forces pushing these discussions forward.  “During the colonial period we suffered not only from colonialism, slavery, and economic exploitation but also, and above all, from the barbarous systematic pillaging of all our works of art,” says Mobutu Sese Seko, the former dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). (more…)

German Museums Association Updates Guidelines on Colonial Art

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The German Museums Association has presented a reworked series of guidelines towards colonial artifacts, focusing on how to deal more sensitively with non-European perspectives in its collecting practices. “The topic of rehabilitation is not new for museums. What is new is the intensity driving the debate forward,” says Eckart Köhne, the president of the German Museums Association. (more…)

Art Newspaper Profiles Concierge Behind Over 200 Restored Van Goghs

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The Art Newspaper has a piece on Jan Cornelis Traas, the caretaker of the Mesdag Museum in the Hague, who was appointed to restore over 200 Van Gogh works, and the issues his lack of training has caused on the current condition of the works. “Understanding the consequences of these earlier treatments provides a basis for dealing with the legacy of the past,” Ella Hendriks, the Van Gogh Museum’s former senior conservator, says. (more…)

KAWS Leaves Galerie Perrotin

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

KAWS has left Perrotin gallery, ARTnews reports. “We are very proud of the work we did with KAWS over these 11 years of our collaboration,” Emmauel Perrotin said in a statement. “Considering all the pressure, this collaboration has come to an end. In any case, we will be satisfied if his career continues to develop in a good way and we wish him all the very best moving forward.” (more…)

Silverstein Properties Initiative to Launch Artist Residency in WTC

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Silver Art Projects, a corporate responsibility initiative of Silverstein Properties will launch an artist residency at 3 World Trade Center, hosting 30 artists every September for up to 8 months. “I’ve always been very interested in arts and culture and so has my family, particularly my grandfather,” says Cory Silverstein. “Josh and I met in college and realized we shared a passion for the arts. When we moved to New York, we wanted to bring arts and culture in a nonprofit capacity to the World Trade Center and the downtown area.” (more…)

Smithsonian Will Not Remove Sackler Name From Museum

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

The Smithsonian Institution will not remove the Sackler name from its Asian art museum, defying a request by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.  “The legal agreement signed between the Smithsonian and Arthur M. Sackler was in keeping with the Smithsonian’s recognition practices at the time and obligated the Smithsonian to designate the facility as the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in perpetuity,” saysSmithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III. “For this reason the Smithsonian cannot remove the Sackler name from the Gallery without breaking this commitment.” (more…)

Kayne Griffin Corcoran to Represent Sam Moyer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Kayne Griffin Corcoran now represents artist Sam Moyer on its roster, Art News reports. “I am delighted to continue to be involved with Sam’s practice in my current role at Kayne Griffin Corcoran,” says director Colleen Grennan, who previously worked with Moyer at Cleopatra’s. (more…)

London Company Acquires Art Miami

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

London-based business strategy firm and exhibition company Informa Markets has acquired Art Miami, the parent company of a number of fairs including Aqua Art Miami, Art Wynwood, and Art New York. “Informa Markets is known as the world’s largest exhibition company,” said a representative from Art Miami. “With that said, participating exhibitors can anticipate improvements to the marketing, infrastructure, logistics and ambience of all fairs under the new ownership structure.” (more…)

Kim Gordon Interviewed in Art News

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Kim Gordon is interviewed in Art News this week, talking about her career and the development of her work. “I was writing, but I didn’t really think of myself as an art writer. I felt more like an anti-art writer,” she says.  (more…)

New LACMA Design Placed on View at LACMA

Monday, July 1st, 2019

The new design for LACMA by Peter Zumthor has been been placed on view at the museum, reproducing several blocks of the Miracle Mile with the new design spread over its expanse.  (more…)

Museum Head Barbara Hunt McLanahan Has Passed Away at 55

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Barbara Hunt McLanahan, who headed a number of New York arts institutions, including Artist’s Space and the Judd Foundation, has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer. “Barbara was a remarkable leader, truly a force of nature: dynamic, brilliant, passionate and above all deeply devoted to her family, of which she considered CMA to be a part—and we, her,” says Children’s Museum of the Arts president William Floyd. “She has left an indelible mark that can be seen in every aspect of the museum.” (more…)

Artists Reflect on Legacy of Stonewall Riots

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A piece in the NYT asks a group of artists to reflect on the Stonewall riots, and its legacy in the current American landscape. “The freedom to look how I look and to act how I act are forms of progress hard-won by queer people who fought, at Stonewall and elsewhere, for years,” says artist Rindon Johnson. “The stones thrown, the bones broken and the lives lost are with me now as I pursue my practice.” (more…)

Germany to Return Nazi Looted Painting to Florence

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Germany will return a Jan van Huysum painting stolen by the Nazis the Uffizi Gallery in 1943 to the museum, the BBC reports. The painting was rediscovered in 1991 following the reunification of Germany, but efforts to return it then failed. (more…)

Italian Government Moves to Merge Gallerie degli Uffizi with Galleria dell’Accademia

Monday, July 1st, 2019

The Italian government is moving to merge the Gallerie degli Uffizi with the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Art Newspaper reports.  The merging has drawn criticisms over a perceived lack of autonomy for the respective institutions. (more…)

Lee Rosenbaum Looks at the Auction Landscape as Sotheby’s Goes Private

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Writer Lee Rosenbaum pens a think piece this week on Sotheby’s move to a private company, and what it means for the art world. “No longer subject to the fiscal discipline imposed by the disclosure requirements for publicly traded companies,” she writes, “Sotheby’s would not only have greater freedom to assume such risks; it would also have more freedom to fail without public embarrassment.” (more…)