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London – “My Head is a Haunted House” at Sadie Coles HQ Through August 31st, 2019

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ
My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ

Currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ in London, My Head is a Haunted House explores the weird and eerie from a range of perspectives, mixing together works from a broad group of artists.  The show, curated by writer Charlie Fox, is an intriguing investigation of materiality and motive, swapping pathos for a suspended sense of presence, and a concrete subject for a creeping sense of a body, either present or withdrawn. (more…)

Andrew Kup and Pascal Spengemann’s Clothing Colab Profiled in GQ

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Andrew Kuo and dealer Pascal Spengemann are profiled in GQ this month for their ongoing clothing collaboration, creating bootlegged homages to Marc Chagall and Claude Monet, among others. “My memories of the Met store and museum shops growing up in New York were a big part of my experience with art, not necessarily the actual object,” Kuo says. “Like my mom wearing a Marc Chagall shirt all summer. It’s less cynical and more emotional, I think, to kind of dredge up all of these memories of your experiences with art and reframe it as something affordable, fun, whatever.” (more…)

The Guardian Profiles Artist Showing Works in Their Homes

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The Guardian profiles recent trends towards showing works in collectors and artists’ homes. “Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” says artist Isobel Atacus. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.” (more…)

British Museum to Move Hundreds of Thousands of Works to New Facility

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The British Museum will bring hundreds of thousands of stored artifacts currently to a new £64m storage and research facility in Berkshire, UK, the Art Newspaper reports. The move comes as an effort to make more of its collection publicly accessible. (more…)

MOCA Denver Selects Nora Burnett Abrams as Director

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has selected Nora Burnett Abrams as its new director. “They want to continue in the direction we have been heading,” she says of her selection, calling it a “vote of confidence.” (more…)

British Museums See 6% Growth in Attendance for 2018

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

British museums and art galleries saw a 6% increase in attendance last year, recovering from several years of dropping numbers.  “It’s not surprising to see our museums and galleries returning to the top spot, confirming England’s position as a cultural hub,” says VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe.  (more…)

Rebecca Wei Out as Christie’s Asia Chair After 8 Months

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Rebecca Wei has resigned just eight months after being named Asia chairman of auctioneers Christie’s.  “I am immensely proud of the growth that has been achieved during my time with Christie’s, in regional sales as well as Asian contribution to Christie’s global revenue,” she said in a statement. “We are well positioned to further expand and serve collectors in the region in the years ahead.”

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Lynda Benglis Interviewed in NYT

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Lynda Benglis gets a profile in the NYT, as she gives the paper a tour of her New Mexico studio, and talks about her process. “My mind is always working with ideas but sometimes they pop and quickly disappear,” she says. “I have to wait until the idea crystallizes again before I go back to working. Otherwise, I have no reason to work.” (more…)

Betty Sue Hertz to Head Up Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery has tapped Betti-Sue Hertz as its new director and chief curator. “I think we absolutely need to be part of that ecology and playing a leadership role in the Upper Manhattan community,” she said.  (more…)

Los Angeles – The Harrisons: “Counter Extinction Work” at Various Small Fires Through August 24th, 2019

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Harrisons, On Making Earth (1970-ongoing), via Various Small Fires
The Harrisons, On Making Earth (1970-ongoing), via Various Small Fires

Currently on view in Los Angeles, gallery Various Small Fires has compiled a selection of works from the careers of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, affectionately referred to as “The Harrisons.”  A visionary pair who embraced early warning signs of a global ecological catastrophe, The Harrisons have used their lives and careers as a spring board for investigations and experimentations in just how artists mights provide alternatives and opportunities for global preservation in the face of global climate change and political indifference.  (more…)

Boy Thrown from Tate Modern Platform in Stable Condition

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The parents of a six-year-old boy allegedly thrown from a Tate Modern viewing platform have made a statement, claiming their son is in stable condition, but that the full extent of his injuries are not yet known.  “Our son has already undergone two long and difficult operations,” they said in a statement. “But he is alive, struggling with all his strength, and we remain hopeful.” (more…)

Met Reviews Holdings of Indian Art

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Met is reviewing its holdings of Indian art donated by dealer Subhash Kapoor, after pressure from the country to recover thousands of looted idols and relics. “As we have since learned of the multiple law enforcement actions, and in the spirit of our enhanced procedures over recent years, we are now seeking to identify additional provenance information,” the museum said in a statement. (more…)

Photographer Alvin Baltrop Profiled in The Guardian

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Guardian has a piece this week on photographer Alvin Baltrop, who rarely showed during his life, but whose pioneering work among the NYC LGBTQ community during the 70’s was vastly influential. “Alvin photographed the LGBTQ community differently than Robert Mapplethorpe, who shot them in a very explicit and glamorization of the S&M culture,” says Bronx Museum curator Sergio Bessa. “Baltrop wasn’t about that. He saw sexual freedom.” (more…)

JTT Gallery in New York Adds Three Artists to Roster

Monday, August 19th, 2019

JTT Gallery in New York has added Elaine Cameron-WeirIssy Wood, and Sam McKinniss to its roster.   (more…)

New York: “Cart, Horse, Cart” at Lehmann Maupin Through August 16th, 2019

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin
Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin

On view for the summer months at Lehmann Maupin, a group show compiling the work of Angel Otero, Donald Moffett, Carrie Moyer and many more. The exhibition, co-organized by Curator Michael Goodson and Lehmann Maupin Curatorial Director Anna Stothart and spanning both of its Chelsea locations, combines a group of artists centered around more traditional formal, material, and spatial concerns, while also explicitly engaging with social, political, and psychological areas of influence to expand the established narrative traditionally used to answer the question, “Where does abstraction come from?” (more…)

New York: “303 Gallery: 35 Years” at 303 Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery

35 years ago, gallerist Lisa Spellman opened 303 Gallery, a space that would stand as a cornerstone of the New York art world over the coming decades, and which still stands as an icon of distinctive artistic practices, conceptual rigor, and a little bit of New York style. Now, with the gallery celebrating its three and a half-decade milestone, it has launched a publication and exhibition culling together works and perspectives from the length of its run as a gallery.

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Artist Group Postcommodity Opens Installation Commission in Chicago

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Artist group Postcommodity have unveiled a commission in Chicago reflecting on the history of migrant cultures in the United States, and calling on the U.S. government to create space for those deprived of basic human rights. “We need to acknowledge this migration in real time and start preparing for that transformation. Rather than fight it, embrace it,” member Kade L. Twist said. “There’s a lot to learn from how Black people were treated and disregarded through most of [the Great] Migration. There’s a desperate need to humanize.” (more…)

The Guardian Interviews Life Models on Their Work Posing for Artists

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The Guardian speaks with a group of life models on their practice sitting in a studio, and their perspectives on their job posing for learning artists. “I’d been waiting for someone to tell me it’s fine to pose for students if you’re different,” says Suzon Lagarde, a painter. “You might feel vulnerable posing, but as a painter I also know how vulnerable people can feel behind the easel – you are always questioning and judging yourself. I soon realized we are a team, all trying to be brave.” (more…)

NYT Profiles Recent Private Collection Database Startup

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The NYT profiles a recent digital venture, Collecteurs, which serves as a database for private collections. “If I don’t put them in some kind of public database, these works essentially disappear from the planet,” says collector Roberto Toscano. (more…)

Trump Tariffs Set to Go Into Effect on Art September 1st

Friday, August 16th, 2019

While Donald Trump postponed a number of trade restrictions with China this week, his tariff against art and antiquities will still go into effect September 1st, Art Newspaper notes. “The US import tariff will apply to all Chinese art sourced anywhere in the world, not simply Chinese art imported from China. [It] will act as a tax on all US collectors, curators and dealers buying anywhere on the international market,” says dealer James Lally.  (more…)

Judy Chicago Launches Her Own Wine

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Artist Judy Chicago has launched her own brand of wine, announced this week on her Instagram page.  (more…)

Arthur Jafa Profiled in NYT

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Arthur Jafa is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the Golden Lion winner reflects on his recent successes and the response to his video work Love is the Message, the Message is Death. “I’ve… had people coming up to me saying, ‘I was super moved,’ ‘I cried’ — a pretty moderate articulation of their experience. I’m very happy that people are moved, but I do think it’s complicated when you say, ‘I cried.’ O.K., is that what art is supposed to do? Does that make you any less whatever the hell it is you are? Is that transformative crying or is it just crying? I don’t know.” (more…)

Robert Indiana’s Estate Files Suit Against Caregiver Over Alleged Neglect

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Robert Indiana’s caretaker has been accused in court of neglect, claiming around $1.1 million while the artist lived in “squalor and filth.” “Thomas had allowed valuable archival documents, nearly all of Indiana’s personal library (which he had taken enormous pride in), and some artwork to suffer severe damage or destruction,” says James Brannan, who represents Indiana’s estate. (more…)

London’s National Gallery Plans Immersive Installation on da Vinci Masterpiece

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

London’s National Gallery is planning an “immersive experience” that will look at Leonardo da Vinci’s The Virgin of the Rocks this fall, showcasing the work’s construction and research into its history. “Much of our research takes place in closed studios, laboratories and libraries,”says Caroline Campbell, director of collections, noting that the project allows visitors “to explore and engage with what we have found.” (more…)