Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Delegation of Copyright Reps Call for International Review of Artist Copyright Law

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A map of nations supporting resale rights, via Art NewspaperWith the conclusion of a conference at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, a coalition of art world professionals, government workers and copyright experts have placed a call for an international review of artist copyright law, particularly in consideration of resale royalty inequity in nations like the U.S. and China.  “So many sales take place in countries that don’t recognize the right, such as the US or China,” says artist Gordon Cheung, who supports the measure.  “This unfairly disadvantages artists based in these countries, as well as artists whose work sells in these countries.” (more…)

Resident Artists Build Recreation of Vienna’s Loos Bar in LA

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Los Bar at MAK Center LA, via NYTFour artists working at Los Angeles’s MAK Center have recreated the famous Vienna hotspot, Loos Bar (named for its designer, Adolf Loos), recreated in miniature with cardboard, glue and sawdust.  “We wanted all the clichés of a European bar. You can smoke inside. It’s loud. It’s nasty,” says collaborating artist Christoph Meier(more…)

Takashi Murakami Showing Private Collection in Yokohama

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Takashi Murakami, via Art NewspaperTakashi Murakami has announced a surprise exhibition of his personal collection of art, toys, antiques and other objects this fall at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Art Newspaper reports, interviewing the artist on his collection and his love of Anselm Kiefer’s work.  “When I first came to New York, I finally saw a real Kiefer in a show at the Museum of Modern Art,” he says. “When I stood in front of it, I cried. The work was Osiris and Isis (1985-87), a painting of a step pyramid, and I was awestruck.”    (more…)

Met Announces Plans for Former Whitney Building, Set to Open in May

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via The WhitneyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its renovation plans for the repurposed Breuer Building, former home of the Whitney Museum, set to open in March 2016.  The plans for the space will include a “book bar” and restaurant.  “Our approach to inhabiting and interpreting the building honors Breuer’s intent for the space, highlighting its unique character as an environment for the presentation of modern and contemporary art,” says Thomas P. Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met. “The wonderfully scaled galleries and interior spaces of The Met Breuer provide a range of opportunities to present our modern and contemporary program, in addition to our galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.” (more…)

Palestinian Artist Thrown Out of Banksy’s Dismaland Show After Anti-Israel Protest

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The GuardianPalestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq has been thrown out of Banksy’s Dismaland installation following a protest against Israeli artists included alongside his work in the exhibition.  “I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF,” the artist says.  “I decided I had to protest in some way so I went and got a bed sheet from my hotel room and wrote ‘R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel’ on it in coal and hung it over my artwork and laid down like a corpse in front of my two paintings on display.” (more…)

Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby'sFollowing the massive market rout earlier this week, Bloomberg notes a number of collectors already trying to squeeze liquidity from their art collections.  “Ten years ago no one in the art market paid close attention to these corrections in the stock market,” said Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of advisory firm Winston Art Group. “Now clients respond immediately.” (more…)

12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Boy smashes painting, via GuardianA 12-year old boy in Taiwan accidentally punched a hole in Paolo Porpora’s Flowers, after tripping and falling towards the painting this week.  “The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” says exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Forever, via Art DailyAi Weiwei’s iconic bicycle installation Forever will be installed in front of the Gherkin in London next week, as part of the city’s “Sculpture in the City” event, running from Sept. 4th-13th.  “The Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things,” Ai says.  “I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”  (more…)

Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art DailySingapore’s highest court has unfrozen the assets of Yves Bouvier, locked down earlier this year following the Swiss dealer’s lawsuit with Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev over mark-ups on the work Rybolovlev purchased that tallied over $1 billion.  “I am happy that my position has been vindicated,” Bouvier said. (more…)

Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Ibrahim Mahama, Out Of Bounds (2014), via art ObservedGhanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, whose stretched jute sack are a highlight of this summer’s Venice Biennale, is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King, after the artist emailed them disowning 294 pieces by the artist.  “I was really left with no choice,” Simchowitz said, noting that the act has cost the dealers over $4.45 million. (more…)

William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments proposal, via Art NewspaperWilliam Kentridge has planned a massive installation, Triumphs and Lamentations on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, power-washing its embankments to create a series of monumental images of war and its aftermath.  “Everyone’s triumph is someone else’s disaster,’ Kentridge said at a presentation of the frieze he would use as his plan for the work. “If you’re returning in triumph from a war, it means that other people are returning as slaves.”  (more…)

London – Marc Quinn: “The Toxic Sublime” at White Cube Through September 13th, 2015

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Marc Quinn, The Toxic Sublime - The Toxic Sublime - 7&3Y6">;X[:0#'y (2015), via White Cube
Marc Quinn, The Toxic Sublime – The Toxic Sublime – 7&3Y6″>;X[:0#’y (2015), via White Cube

Artist Marc Quinn returns to his beloved shoreline for a new exhibition of works at White Cube this month, a continuation of the artist’s ongoing interest with the motion and resulting detritus that defines patterns of water, flow, and humanity’s relationships with these fluid forces. (more…)

New York – “Storylines” at the Guggenheim Museum Through September 9th, 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Mark Manders, Room with Reduced Chair and Camouflaged Factory (2003) , via Art Observed
Mark Manders, Room with Reduced Chair and Camouflaged Factory (2003) , via Art Observed

Compiled from over 100 works in the Guggenheim Museum’s personal collection, the current exhibition at the uptown institution, Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, feels like something of a victory lap for the museum, following up on its excellent On Kawara exhibition with an extended show of contemporary works that spans the last thirty years, and which uncovers a broad curatorial focus at the core of its collection.  Emphasizing a nuanced interest in the narrative as a core unifying element for disparately realized works, objects and assemblages, Storylines pulls from diverse practices to portray the often challenging representative missions that contemporary artists set for themselves. (more…)

New York – Tamuna Sirbiladze: “Take it Easy” at Half Gallery Through September 3rd, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Tamuna Sirbiladze, Pomegranate (2015), via Art Observed
Tamuna Sirbiladze, Pomegranate (2015), via Art Observed

Artist Tamuna Sirbiladze’s first solo exhibition in the United States, at New York’s Half Gallery combines oil-stick on unstretched canvas, accented by an intuitive emphasis on interior design and decorative elements inside the gallery, emphasizing its position as a formerly domestic space.  Taking the artist’s signature style as a starting point, the works seem to move towards a more expansive, space-oriented technique.

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New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Bernard Berenson, via NYTThe New York Times notes a new wave of young, dynamic, and often privately-affiliated art advisors working in the burgeoning market for art.  “There is a new breed,” says Wendy Cromwell, former president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, “an independent contractor — kind of like black ops, like a hired gun — who can get you what you need in a tough, changing environment.” (more…)

Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Miuccia Prada with husband Patrizio Bertelli, via Art NewspaperMiuccia Prada is taking an active role in strengthening diplomatic relations between Iran and Italy, lending works from the Fondazione Prada’s current exhibition Serial Classic, on ancient sculpture, to an exhibition starting next month at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. (more…)

Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Tania Bruguera, via LA TimesTania Bruguera has returned to the United States, following 8 months of detainment in Cuba for her protest work, Tatlin’s Whisper #6.  The artist’s arrest for the work had evoked fears that she may be placed in detention for “disturbing the public order.”
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New York – Jack Pierson: “onthisisland” at Cheim & Read Through August 29th, 2015

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Jack Pierson, Two Places at Once (2015), via Cheim & Read
Jack Pierson, Two Places at Once (2015), via Cheim & Read

For his first exhibition with Cheim & Read in over 6 years, Jack Pierson has returned to the canvas, bringing a series of bright, pastel-colored compositions that trace the artist’s renewed interest in the painterly surface as an opportunity for encounter, while exploring his own meditative process in realizing, executing and completing his works.  Created during a self-imposed retreat on the island of North Captiva (just off Florida’s Gulf Coast), Pierson seems to have taken a moment away from his often brash, challenging wordplay and sculptural practice to examine the beaming sun and gentle waves of the island getaway. (more…)

The Broad Set to Open September 20th

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Broad rendering, via Art DailyLA’s The Broad is set to open September 20th with a vast exhibition of its permanent collection.  “This installation is an incredible opportunity to highlight the collection’s breadth and demonstrate in full force the Broads’ nearly five-decade engagement with art,”Founding Director Joanne Heyler. “We are not only able to present exciting moments of the collection’s well-known depth in artists like Twombly, Lichtenstein, Koons, and Warhol, but we also have explored interconnections between artists, and are showing works not previously associated with the collection and shared for the first time with Los Angeles audiences, including many of our most recent acquisitions.”  (more…)

NPR Investigates Quality of Engagement at Museums Worldwide and Dangers to Art World

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, via NPRAn article in NPR this week questions the oft-praised attendance records and audience engagement implying the strength of the art world, and examines the quality of evaluation that visitors to museums are currently practicing.  “The art world can survive anything from the public — hostility, ignorance, even fanatical prudishness — but the art world cannot survive an indifferent public,” says Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College. (more…)

Dutch Police Arrest Alleged Forger Asking €15 million for Fake Van Gogh

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Van Gogh, The HarvestDutch police have arrested a man accused of trying to sell a counterfeit Van Gogh painting for €15 million, claiming the piece was an early study for the artist’s work The Harvest.  Several buyer had expressed interest in the work, which had forged papers claiming authenticity by the Van Gogh Museum. (more…)

Peter Zumthor Profield in LA Review of Books

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Peter Zumthor's LACMA model, via LARBThe LA Review of Books examines the career Peter Zumthor this week, and the Swiss architect’s plans for the extended design of LACMA, which boasts one of his signature, stark towers and will connect the museum with the existing Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Resnick Pavilion, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. (more…)

Weston-Super-Mare – Banksy: “Dismaland” at The Tropicana Through September 27th, 2015

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The Guardian
Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The Guardian

Banksy, the master of grandly executed public projects and sharp jabs at the banality of pop culture, has opened his newest project, Dismaland.  The exhibition, which the subtitle a “family theme park unsuitable for children,” is spread out across the Tropicana, an abandoned site in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, and features a number of contributions from more mainstream contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.  Yet the park is still definitively Banksy, with his trademark irreverence and coy inversions of pop culture formats abounding across the derelict swimming club in the British resort town, and continues his barbs towards the Walt Disney Corporation.

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Marketplace Looks at Art Equity Startup Arthena

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Christopher Burge, chairman of Christie's (L), endMarketplace has an article on Arthena, the startup aiming to encourage investment in fine art through an equity share purchase of a curated art collection.  “I’m part of this generation that they’re trying to reach out to, and I realized that this generation looks at art not only from a cultural perspective, but also a financial perspective,” says founder Madelaine D’Angelo. “And it makes sense, because if you look at how many kids my age have student loans, if you put $10,000 into something, you want to make sure it’ll be worth $10,000 the next day.” (more…)