Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Tate Declares “Climate Emergency,” Vows to Cut Emissions

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Directors at the Tate in London have declared a “climate emergency,” and will immediately set to work reducing the museum’s carbon footprint by 10 percent within the coming four years. “We will interrogate our systems, our values and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible,” the directors said in the announcement. “As an organization that works with living artists, we should respond to and amplify their concerns. And, as our audiences and communities across the world confront climate extinction, so we must shine a spotlight on this critical issue through art.” (more…)

Long March Space Pivots Away from Art Fairs

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Beijing’s Long March Space will stop participating in art fairs. The gallery plans to “innovate business models and enter a new stage of art market work,” according to an announcement.  (more…)

NYT Charts Story on Near Collapse of Notre Dame

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

A piece in the NYT this week charts the damage caused by the fire at Notre Dame, and just how close the cathedral came to collapsing. “There was a feeling that there was something bigger than life at stake,” says Ariel Weil, mayor of the city’s Fourth Arrondissement, “and that Notre-Dame could be lost.” (more…)

Hollywood Producer Returns Basquiat Purchased Through 1MDB Fund

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

“Wolf of Wall Street” producer Joey McFarland has agreed to give up items he says he received as gifts from Low Taek Jho, the man behind the theft of billions of dollars from the Malaysian 1MDB fund, including a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Louvre Removes Sackler Name from Galleries

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Louvre has removed the Sackler name from all of its galleries following protests this month, claiming that the statue of limitations on the donor name rights had expired.  “We protest against this attempt to rewrite history and call on [Director] Jean-Luc Martinez to rectify his statements as soon as possible in order to make official the removal of the Sackler name from the Louvre,” the P.A.I.N. activist group said of the news. (more…)

Warhol Foundation Awards $3.81 million to 41 Arts Orgs

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Andy Warhol Foundation has given $3.81 million to 41 arts organizations in the United States and Canada for its spring 2019 grant cycle, which will go to support exhibitions, publications, and institutional programming.  Awards include a Barbara Kruger show at the Art Institute of Chicago and shows at the The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. (more…)

London – Wolfgang Tillmans at Maureen Paley Through August 4th, 2019

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 77 (2018), via Maureen Paley
Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 77 (2018), via Maureen Paley

Culling together a selection of new works and recent projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Maureen Paley in London has opened an expansive and exploratory show that documents the artist’s multifaceted approach to image-making, featuring new and previously unseen works from the mid 1980s to the present day. (more…)

NYT Names “25 Works of Art That Define the Contemporary Age”

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The NYT has a piece this week on 25 art works that defined the contemporary era, from Hans Haacke’s MoMA Poll to Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby.  The piece features interviews and comments on the work from a range of artists and critics. (more…)

Public Art Fund Makes Two Promotions Within Ranks

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Public Art Fund has promoted  Kellie Honeycutt as its deputy director and Daniel S. Palmer as curator. “A key aspect of Public Art Fund culture is to nurture creative talent, and that includes our own extraordinary team. Both Kellie and Daniel are outstanding professionals, leaders in our field, and wonderful colleagues,” says Chief Curator and Director Nicholas Baume. “As we continue to embrace new opportunities to fulfill our mission, I’m excited to further our collaboration in their new roles.” (more…)

Perez Art Museum Receives $1 Million Grant for Caribbean Cultural Institution Venture

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Pérez Art Museum Miami has received $1 million the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation towards the institution’s new Caribbean Cultural Institute. “It’s something that is in our DNA, and we’ve been talking about this for a long time,” says Franklin Sirmans, PAMM’s director. “Now we’re really going to be able to move the dial.”  (more…)

Rothko Chapel Gets $2 million for Renovation

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Rothko Chapel has received $2 million from the Houston Endowment, which will help fund the chapel’s renovation plan. “Houston Endowment envisions Houston as a vibrant community where all people have the opportunity to thrive, and a vibrant community needs a strong arts ecosystem,” says Long Chu, the program officer of the Houston Endowment. “Fulfillment of the master plan will elevate Rothko Chapel’s role as one of Houston’s significant cultural institutions and expand its ability to contribute to Houston’s vibrancy.” (more…)

Ibrahim Mahama Interviewed in The Guardian

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Artist Ibrahim Mahama is interviewed in The Guardian this week, talking the paper through his recent show at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, and his conceptual interests. “Not everything is about Brexit,” he says when asked about the show’s ties to the British vote to leave the EU. “But sure. It’s about Brexit among other things. Ghana is very connected with Britain even now. So why not Brexit?” (more…)

New York – Gina Beavers: “The Life I Deserve” at MoMA PS1 Through September 2nd, 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Gina Beavers, Cake (2015), via MoMA PS1
Gina Beavers, Cake (2015), via MoMA PS1

In her visceral, vexing, often grotesque paintings, New York–based artist Gina Beavers welcomes an experience of pop culture, and of the history of its depiction in modern art, as a swirling vortex of techniques and transformations. Using sourced digital images appropriated from social media and the Internet, Beavers’s work sees her repurposing the digital graphics into thickly layered compositions that border on sculpture. Hot dogs and hamburgers, human lips and sporting implements all burst forth from the surface of the canvas, a sort of exercise in both dimensionality and texture that underscore their strange abstraction, both from the original scene captured, and from the image’s prior home online.  For her exhibition at MoMA PS1 this summer, the artist continues her explorations of these cultural formats. (more…)

Munich’s Haus der Kunst May Lay Off Large Pewrcentage of Part-Time Staff

Monday, July 15th, 2019

After several years of struggles, Munich’s Haus der Kunst may lay off two-thirds of its part-time or replace jobs with outsourced labor.  The museum has suffered from financial troubles in the past months.  Sources say the layoffs come “because we are aiming for a partial closure rather than a complete closure during the due renovation.”  (more…)

New York – Chris Ofili: “Dangerous Liasions” at David Zwirner Through July 19th, 2019

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Currently on at David Zwirner’s 34 East 69th Street townhouse in uptown New York City, artist Chris Ofili is presenting a series of new works unified under the title Dangerous Liaisons. Referencing René Magritte’s eponymous painting of 1935, which Ofili explores in drawings that employ the compositional organization of the Surrealist’s work as a structure for his own rich and layered exploration of color and line, the exhibition underscores Ofili’s abilities as an expressive and emotive painter whose craft with the brush is complemented by his rich conceptual practice. (more…)

Biennale Paris Committe Chairs Resign Over Investigations

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Two chairmen of the Biennale Paris’s vetting committee have resigned over the inclusion of exhibitors targeted by criminal investigations in the fair.  The fair has seen controversies mount since a 2016 investigation over the inclusion of forged works. (more…)

Artist Hilary Harkness Heads to P.P.O.W. Gallery

Monday, July 15th, 2019

P.P.O.W. Gallery in Manhattan has added painter Hilary Harkness, who joins from the now shuttered Mary Boone.  “She has a very individual voice,” cofounder Wendy Olsoff says. “Her point of view and technique and idiosyncratic style are very much her own… I think a lot of younger women and men don’t know her work and seeing it at our gallery will be eye-opening and exciting.” (more…)

Tate Announces Donation of 5,000 Works by Ithell Colquhoun

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Tate has announced that more than 5,000 sketches, drawings, and commercial artworks by artist Ithell Colquhoun have been given to it by the National Trust.  “She had very few solo exhibitions … that’s why this collection is so amazing – it is going to be a re-evaluation of her whole career because there is so much in the collection,” says Tate archivist Adrian Glew. (more…)

Pyotr Pavkensky Profiled in NYT

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who has been arrested for a number of vandalisms of major Russian sites and government buildings. “The government’s aim is to suppress or neutralize art, to reduce me to a vandal, a madman, a provocateur,” he says, “but the criminal case becomes one of the layers of the artwork, the portal through which you enter and see the mechanisms of power exposed.” (more…)

NY Supreme Court Rules for Pace Gallery in Agnes Martin Dispute

Friday, July 12th, 2019

New York Supreme Court judge has ruled that Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and members of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné committee were within their rights to exclude 13 works owned by London art dealer James Mayor from the artist’s catalogue raisonné. “Whether any catalogue raisonné’s inclusion or non-inclusion of an artwork has any bearing on the work’s value has been recognized by New York courts as a function of the art marketplace,” ruled Judge Andrea Masley, “and it is not for the court to determine what the art market should or should not credit as reliable.”  (more…)

Beijing Police Evict Artists from Several Studio Complexes

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Beijing police evicted scores of artists from several studio buildings in the city’s arts district this week. “They are driving us all away on the excuse of cleaning up the underworld,” artist Canon Duan says. “We’re not prepared at all. And no one has explained it to us.”  (more…)

Penske Media Corporation Acquires Art Market Monitor

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Penske Media Corporation will acquire Art Market Monitor, the online publication of Marion Maneker, who will become editorial director of a holding company overseeing ARTnews and Art in America.  “In the art world, where a significantly fragmented audience spans so many websites, newsletters, and brands, PMC sees the opportunity to augment these exceptional brands with further investments in content and editorial, complemented by robust data and analytic tools, and growing an engaging live media and event business,” says chairman Jay Penske. “This acquisition adds a strong subscription business that expands PMC’s reach and influence in the art vertical.” (more…)

Hartwig Fischer Endorses BP Sponsorship

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, endorsed BP as a sponsor this week, as pressure continues over the company’s role in the operation of various museums.  Fischer praised the museum for helping “create unique learning opportunities.” (more…)

NY Court Upholds Return of Nazi-Looted Works

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

New York appellate court has upheld the return of two Egon Schiele drawings to the heirs of singer Fritz Grünbaum, whose art collection was confiscated before he was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.  “The tragic consequences of the Nazi occupation of Europe on the lives, liberty and property of the Jews continue to confront us today,” the judges wrote in their ruling. (more…)