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New York-”Hy-Fi” by The Living for the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 Through September 6th, 2014

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Hy-Fi-by-The-Living-at-MoMA-PS1
The Living, Hy-Fi (2014), all photos by Kelly Lee for Art Observed

The 15th annual The Young Architects Program (YAP) has taken rise at MoMA and MoMA PS1, continuing the program’s reputation for innovative ideas that challenge the presentation and purpose of architectural structures for future environments, while embracing and promoting sustainable construction practices. The 2014 YAP winner is Hy-Fi, a unique, 100% organically biodegradable structure created by New York firm The Living.  The structure emerged as the final winner among five finalists in The Young Architects Program competition, starting from 25 candidates. (more…)

London – “Where Were You?” at Lisson Gallery Through August 23rd, 2014

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Julia Rommel, Comedy Club (2014)
Julia Rommel, Comedy Club (2014), all images courtesy Lisson Gallery

Currently on view at Lisson Gallery in London is a group exhibition including paintings, prints, relief objects, and works on canvas from nine different artists, grouped together around a theme of seemingly minimal artistic intervention. Contrasting with the minimal nature of these works, the pieces often required a complex, long and contemplative processes that preceded the works’ final production.  Participating artists include: Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, N. Dash, Robert Janitz, Paulo Monteiro, David Ostrowski, Michael Rey, Julia Rommel, and Dan Shaw-Town.

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Gwangju Biennial President Stepping Down After Censorship Criticisms

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Lee Yong-woo, via Biennial FoundationLee Yong-woo, President of Korea’s Gwangju Biennial and one of the exhibition’s founders, has resigned from his post after a painting by arist Hong Seong-dam, depicting Korean president Park Geun-hye attacked by victims of the MV Sewol disaster, was removed from an exhibition at the Gwangju Museum, causing a major uproar and the withdrawal of several artists from the show.  “I am taking full responsibility for what happened,” Yong-woo said. (more…)

Marlene Dumas Interviewed in New York Times

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Marlene Dumas in her studio, via New York TimesMarlene Dumas is profiled in the New York Times this week as she prepares for a major career retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and reviews her ongoing investigations of history, painting and her take on her success as a female artist.  “It’s not that I don’t want to be known,” she says, but “I want the other women artists to do well, and then I’ll be pleased to do well.” (more…)

Rome Art Museum Plans Extension for Gagosian Gallery Loans

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, via Art NewspaperGalleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Rome’s contemporary and modern art museum, is planning a new extension of the institution, which will feature works exclusively on loan from its next door neighbor, the Gagosian Gallery.  The museum is also planning an outdoor exhibition space that will feature sculptures by artists like Jeff Koons and Franz West. (more…)

Berlin – Fischli/Weiss: “Eine Ansammlung Von Gegenständen” at Sprüth Magers Berlin Through August 30th, 2014

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Fischli-Weiss, Installation View at Sprueth Magers, via Art Observed
Fischli/Weiss, Installation view of “Eine Ansammlung Von Gegenständen”, all photos via Emma Hazen forArt Observed

The ongoing collaboration of Swiss duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss has yielded countless material explorations: chain reactions and careful reproductions of various objects and spaces that introduce a momentary reflection on construction, industry and use.  But rarely have the artists’ objects taken on the state of historical document in the manner that they do in their most recent show at Sprüth Magers, turning back from their respective intentions to become historical documents of their own. (more…)

Hammer Museum Announces Biennial Prizes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Hammer Museum, via Hammer MuseumThe Hammer Museum has announced the price winners for its “Made in LA” Biennial, which is running through Sept. 7, with the $100,000 Mohn Award going to Alice Könitz for her mobile exhibition platform The Los Angeles Museum of Art.  Other prizes were awarded to Michael Frimkess and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess (a lifetime achievement prize), and to Jennifer Moon, whose work was selected by popular vote. (more…)

German Artists Come to Terms with Consequences of Flag Installation at Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf above the Brooklyn Bridge, via The GuardianThe Guardian reports on the legal fallout surrounding the installation of two white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge by a pair of German artists.  Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf installed the flags a month ago, gaining considerable attention by both the NYPD and the national media before slipping out of the country several days later.  “We knew that the piece in all probability would prevent us from ever returning to the States,” Wermke and Leinkauf said in an email interview with the Guardian. “However, it always was clear that we would claim responsibility. From a legal standpoint it might not seem logical, but for us this is the very purpose of the piece. I must admit that it was a very hard decision to make.” (more…)

303 Gallery Readies First Solo Show for Kim Gordon

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Kim Gordon, via Art Info303 Gallery has announced plans for an exhibition of the work of former Sonic Youth frontwoman and longtime fine artist Kim Gordon, running into the summer of 2015.  Gordon was added to the gallery’s roster earlier this year, but installed work there in 2012 in collaboration with Karen Kilimnik. (more…)

MassMOCA to Undergo Massive Expansion Project

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MassMOCA, via NYTThe Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is preparing to undergo a major expansion project, doubling its North Adams, MA exhibition space to 260,000 square feet. “The expansion is unquestionably good for the region and the community; the challenge is to pull it off,” said Stephen C. Sheppard, director of nearby Williams College’s Center for Creative Community Development. “They will need to connect with people who share their vision and who’ll support it.” (more…)

Artist Istvan Kantor Arrested for Vandalism at Whitney

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Istvan Kantor after his vandalism at The Whitney, via ArtnetPerformance artist Istvan Kantor was arrested yesterday at the Whitney Museum‘s Jeff Koons exhibition, after he splashed his own blood on the wall of the space, and signed the name “Monty Cantsin” on the wall, a nom de plume for artists involved in the Canadian “Neoist” movement.  Kantor has a history of vandalizing major exhibitions, and was actually awarded a Governor General’s Award by the Canadian government for his work. (more…)

Paris – Lucio Fontana: Retrospective at Museum D’Art Moderne Through August 24th, 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Lucio Fontana, Scultura astratta (1934), all images courtesy Museum d'Art Moderne
Lucio Fontana, Scultura astratta (1934), all images courtesy Museum d’Art Moderne

On view at Museum D’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is an retrospective exhibition of Italian painter Lucio Fontana, who was known as one of the the primary founders of Spatialism, and was long known for his association with the Arte Povera movement. The exhibition will continue through August 24th. (more…)

Cologne – Robert Irwin at Galerie Thomas Zander Through August 23rd, 2014

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Robert Irwin, #3 x 6’D Four Fold (2013-14)
Robert Irwin, #3 x 6’D Four Fold (2013-14)

Galerie Thomas Zander in Cologne is currently presenting seven new works by California Light and Space pioneer Robert Irwin, which use direct and generated light as the source medium to deliver a subtle yet striking aura inside the gallery space.  As is common in Irwin’s practice, the artist specially designed the pieces on view to work in tandem with the architecture of the gallery, making the harmony of their glowing light with the space surrounding them all the more vivid and charged.  Each work contains vertical fluorescent tubes in varying colors, effectively deconstructing the borders of art making and its dimensions in terms of suggesting unconventional layers in the frame of an artwork. (more…)

Ronald Perelman Files Subpoena Against Larry Gagosian in Ongoing Lawsuit

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Ron PerelmanThe lawsuit between Ronald Perelman and Larry Gagosian is still underway, with Perelman launching a subpoena demanding information on Gagosian’s previous deals with Columbian collector José Mugrabi.  Perelman maintains that the work in question, a Cy Twombly allegedly sold to Mugrabi before Perelman bought it for $10.5 million, was part of a scheme to manipulate the price, while Gagosian is also charging that he lost money on the deal. (more…)

Whitney Museum to Open Mondays in September for Koons Retrospective

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Play-Doh-by-Jeff-Koons-at-The-WhitneyThe Whitney Museum will keep its doors open on Mondays next month, providing visitors an extra day to visit the vast Jeff Koons retrospective before the institution closes its uptown space for its move to the Meatpacking District.  The new hours are in effect until the exhibition closes on October 19th. (more…)

Leon Black Purchases Former Site of Knoedler Gallery for New Home

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The former Knoedler Gallery via Art in AmericaBillionaire Leon Black, the owner of Phaidon Press and the recent buyer of Artspace, has purchased the $50 million former home of the Knoedler Gallery on the Upper East Side, a 17,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style home at 19 East 70th Street that was last inhabited by London developer Christian Candy.  (more…)

Los Angeles – Korakrit Arunanondchai (feat. boychild) “Letters to Chantri” at The Mistake Room Through September 13th, 2014

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Korakrit Arunanondchai (feat. boychild), Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving, Installation View at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, 2014. Photo Credit: Josh White/JW Pictures.
Korakrit Arunanondchai (feat. boychild), Letters to Chantri #1: The lady at the door/The gift that keeps on giving(Installation View) at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, 2014. Photo Credit: Josh White/JW Pictures.

The Mistake Room re-opens for its second show with a newly commissioned project by Thai-artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, open through September 13. The renovations, which followed the inaugural Oscar Murillo exhibition , were led by Alfonso Medina, Director of Studio T38, re-designing the raw warehouse space into a formal gallery space.

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New York Times Publishes Extensive Review of Current Art Market

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via New York TimesA study commissioned by the New York Times this week indicates that the perception of a growing trend towards flipping work by young artists for huge profits may only be part of broader historical trends in the art market.  Reports by two separate art market consultancies indicate that the current rate of growth in the market is on par with the market boom during the mid-90′s, and that the overall state of the market shows that collectors are, on average, holding on to works longer than in recent years.  “After all I had read about flipping, when looking at the market itself, it’s really business as usual,” says consultant Fabian Bocart, whose Tutela Capital S.A., prepared one of the analyses for The Times. (more…)

Man Calls for Boycott of Cai Guo-Qiang Exhibition Over Use of Tortoises in Installation

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Cai Guo-Qiang's "Moving Ghost Town" at Aspen Museum, via NBCA New York businessman has called for the boycott of a Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition in Aspen, due to the artist’s use of tortoises with iPads strapped to their backs.  Andy Sabin, a member of the Turtle Conservancy board, has claimed that the work is deleterious to the tortoises’ health, although museum officials claim that the rescued turtles are under close watch by veterinarians. (more…)

Baroque Masterpiece Stolen from Italian Church

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Madonna with St John the Evangelist by Guercino, via The TelegraphA painting by Baroque artist Guercino has been stolen from the Church of San Vincenzo in the northern town of Modena, Italy this week.  The work, depicting the Madonna with St. John the Evangelist, is valued at over $8 million, and was stolen in the middle of the night when the alarm system failed to function properly.  ”This precious painting is part of the cultural heritage of Modena,” says Modena’s mayor Gian Carlo Muzzarelli. (more…)

German Task Force States Painting from Collection Should be Returned to American Owner

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Max Liebermann, Two Riders on a Beach, via ArtnewsThe German Task Force charged with reviewing the Gurlitt trove of looted artworks has gone on record stating that the work Two Riders on the Beach by Max Liebermann should be returned to American David Toren, whose great uncle had the work stolen from his home by Nazi troops. (more…)

Damien Hirst Purchases £34 Million Mansion in London

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Damien Hirst's Recently Purchased home in London,via Daily MailDamien Hirst has purchased one of London’s most impressive examples of Regency architecture, a five story mansion built in 1811 by John Nash and overlooking Regent’s Park.  The home was previously owned by Anne Van Lanschot, a Dutch banking magnate who lived there for over 50 years.  The home was put on the market last year for £34 million, but some speculate that the artist paid more. (more…)

Emily Sundblad Profiled in New York Times

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Emily Sundblad, via New York TimesThe New York Times has published a profile on painter, performer and gallerist Emily Sundblad, one of the proprietors of the multifaceted Reena Spaulings Gallery space.  “When people asked what it was called, we told them different names,” Sundblad notes. “We didn’t know exactly what the space was yet, but we knew for sure that it wasn’t a traditional New York gallery, and we didn’t want our own names on it.”  (more…)

Oxford – Barbara Kruger at Modern Art Oxford Through August 31st, 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Barbara Kruger (Installation View), all images courtesy Modern Art Oxford
Barbara Kruger (Installation View), all images courtesy Modern Art Oxford

On view at Modern Art Oxford through August 31st is a major solo exhibition of recent work by American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger. Kruger, who is best known for her paste-up works, black-and-white photographs with declarative phrases in bold letters laid on top, has created a site-specific architectural wrap of the museum’s Upper gallery space in a similar style.

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