Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Los Angeles – Nicolas Party: “Sottobosco” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 12th, 2020

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Nicolas Party, Portrait with Snakes (2019)
Nicolas Party, Portrait with Snakes (2019)

Currently on view at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles exhibition space, the Swiss artist Nicolas Party has inaugurated his representation with the gallery, opening up an impressively arranged exhibition of new works just in time for the bustle of Frieze Week in the Californian metropolis. Born in Lausanne, Party’s figurative technique has earned him critical admiration for his familiar yet unsettling landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, celebrating and challenging conventions of representational painting, taste, and form. (more…)

Aspen Art Museum Closing Kusama Infinity Room Show Over Building Code Violation

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

The Aspen Art Museum will close its Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room show 11 weeks early due to an unresolved building code violation.  “The AAM and the City of Aspen have reviewed the museum’s [Kusama] installation to ensure its compliance with municipal building codes,” the museum says. “It is the determination of both parties that fulfilling the artwork’s need for natural light and appropriate space and code requirements cannot be achieved equitably within the museum’s layout at this time.” (more…)

Christopher Knight Wins Rabkin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

LA Times critic Christopher Knight has won the $50,000 Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation’s lifetime achievement award.  “He was always the one who chose the important things and wrote in detail and beautifully,” says Executive Director Susan C. Larsen. “The most outstanding thing about his career, that lifts him and distinguishes him across the country, is his fearlessness. He’s not afraid to tackle the issues everyone talks about.” (more…)

David Geffen Named as Buyer of Hockney’s ‘Splash’

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Bloomberg reports that David Geffen was the buyer of David Hockney‘s The Splash at Sotheby’s last week. “Everyone was thinking about Brexit,” says gallerist and former auctioneer Brett Gorvy. “No one wanted to consign unless there was a financial situation that guaranteed security.” (more…)

6 Board Members Resign from Cooper Hewitt Over Removal of Director

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Six trustees have resigned from the Cooper Hewitt board in  protest over the dismissal of director Caroline Baumann. “Caroline’s treatment violates every principle of decency, and I feel that remaining on the board tacitly condones this behavior,” says board secretary Judy Francis Zankel.

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NYT Looks into Ouster of Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The Cooper Hewitt’s ouster of director Caroline Baumann is profiled in the NYT this week, as some point to controversy behind her wedding and a perceived conflict of interest in her work with a wedding dress designer. “I know the circumstances of the investigation that led to Caroline’s dismissal and I must say I am appalled that this was its conclusion,” says philanthropist and Cooper Hewitt Board Secretary Judy Francis Zankel. “I have been working with her long enough to know without a doubt that she has been unfairly accused and unjustly judged.” (more…)

Dawoud Bey Interviewed in The Guardian

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Artist Dawoud Bey gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens a retrospective at SFMoMA. “What I hope to create is work that makes it apparent that black people exist not only in a social world,” Beys says at the press preview for the SF Moma opening, “but they also have rich interior lives as human beings.” (more…)

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Arrested in Paris

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky is once again facing possible imprisonment over his recent stunt leaking a politician’s sex tape. “[Candidate Benjamin Griveaux] despises his constituents,” the artist says in a statement. “He was the only candidate to use his family to promote a political image. He told a big lie; he began his campaign with a big lie.” (more…)

LA Times Charts Demise of Marciano Foundation

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The LA Times has a piece this week on the closure of the Marciano Foundation, noting issues with unionizing labor alongside organizational breakdowns and a lack of internal structure. “[Maurice Marciano] didn’t really know how expensive it is to run his own private museum,” says an unnamed source. “He did it in a very generous, very first-class generous way.” (more…)

AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Spring/Break LA at Skylight ROW DTLA, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Sunday, February 16th, 2020


Jonathan Paul, all images via Art Observed
Jonathan Paul

Continuing its own intriguing and honed perspective on booth its surroundings in Los Angeles and on the model of the art fair, SPRING/BREAK has once again touched down in the City of Angels, launching a supplementary event that offers an ample supply of artists and galleries presenting in a concept that stands as a stark contrast to the traditional fair model.   (more…)

AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Felix LA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Korakrit Arunanondchai at Clearing, all images via Art Observed
Korakrit Arunanondchai at Clearing, all images via Art Observed

As Frieze opens up shop for the week on the West Coast, the bevy of satellite fairs and event openings are underway across the city.  One particular highlight, and also a second-time event for Frieze Week, Felix LA, the joint effort of collector Dean Valentine and dealers Al and Mills Morán, has returned to the rooms and public spaces of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles for the week.  One of the more compelling fair entries of the week, the work’s program, which sees gallerists taking over rooms in the hotel, allows a unique mixture of intimate exhibitions and adventurous concepts that felt well-suited to the well-heeled patrons of the contemporary art market, both looking for a good piece of work and a unique experience shopping for it.   (more…)

MoMA Hires Top SFMoMA Curator

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Clément Chéroux, senior curator of the photography center at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is heading to MoMA’s to serve as the museum’s chief curator of photography. “It was a pleasure to work at SFMOMA for three years and to have the support of a fantastic Bay Area photo community,” Chéroux said in a statement. “I am very excited to be part of the energy of the new MoMA and to work with the team and collection to develop great projects.” (more…)

James Turrell’s Roden Crater Gets $3 million Pledge from Online Gaming Billionaire

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Billionaire Mark Pincus, founder of online gaming firm Zynga, has pledged $3 million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater project. “The project itself feels, to me, like modern-day pyramids,” he says. “The ambition and scale and scope of it is something that has the potential to be something that people, many generations from now, will be able to experience and get something amazing from—maybe something beyond what we can imagine today.” (more…)

Private Museum Closings Explored in Art Newspaper Piece

Friday, February 14th, 2020

A piece in Art Newspaper asks why so many private museums are already shuttering. “It’s more fun building a museum and a collection and opening it than running it,” says Adrian Ellis, the founding director of AEA Consulting. (more…)

Heiress and Art Benefactor Anne Marion Has Passed Away at Age 81

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion, founder of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has passed away at the age of 81. “Anne Marion was one of the most generous, admirable, and inspirational people I have ever known,” says Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, where Marion was an active benefactor. “Her great leadership and generosity to the museum has continued until the present, and her loss is heartbreaking for everyone involved with the Modern.” (more…)

Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Wades in Parisian Mayoral Elections, Causing Candidate’s Resignation Over Explicit Video

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Russian provocateur and artist Pyotr Pavlensky, whose prior stunts involved setting the doors of a Russian security organization aflame, has taken reportedly taken responsibility for interfering in the Parisian mayoral elections, leaking compromising sexually graphic videos of candidate Benjamin Griveaux online. “He is someone who is always playing up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor of families and always cites as examples his wife and children. But he does the opposite,” Pavlensky is quoted. (more…)

Yayoi Kusama to Show Infinity Rooms in London

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Yayoi Kusama will stage another major show of her Infinity Rooms at the Tate Modern this May, the museum has announced.  The show will feature two such works as well as documentation of early performance pieces by the artist.  (more…)

Fast Company Previews Rothko Chapel Reopening

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Fast Company has a piece on the renovation of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and a look at the space’s improvements. “The Chapel was built with a vision that brought together modern art and a sacred space to promote human unity, solidarity, justice and peace,” says Christopher Rothko, Opening Spaces chairman and the artist’s son. “The universality of this vision is very relevant for us today and I believe will remain so for generations to come.” (more…)

MoMA Acquires 56 Photographs from Gordon Parks’s “The Atmosphere of Crime”

Friday, February 14th, 2020

MoMA has acquired 56 prints from Gordon Parks’s series of color photographs for a Life magazine photo essay titled “The Atmosphere of Crime.”  The works will go on view this May as part of the museum’s first seasonal rotation of its collection.

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AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios, February 16th, 2020

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Lorna Simpson, via Art Observed
Lorna Simpson, all images via Art Observed

As the early hours of the second Frieze Los Angeles Art Fair draw to a close this evening, and the sun sets over the Pacific, the fair seems to have once again hammered home its vital engagement with the city, and with its thriving art scene, launching another strong event spread across the grounds of the Paramount Studios.   With strong sales reported and an energetic atmosphere across the fair, it would seem that the small-scale and focused approach of the fair had once again seen the fair brand making its case as an arbiter of thoughtful, curated approaches towards the market and its participants.

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Artist Blasts Stefan Simchowitz for Flipping His Work

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Artist Amoako Boafo criticizes Stefan Simchowitz over the collector’s attempt at flipping one of his works at auction tonight at Phillips. “Now he wants to make profit from it,” he says. “It’s only sad. The painting is so recent.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Charts Legal Challenges Around Breaks Between Artist and Gallery

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A piece in the Art Newspaper this week documents a series of court cases around gallery-artist splits, noting the various ways and legal issues around the break of a business relationship in the art world. (more…)

Luchita Hurtado Profiled in WSJ

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Artist Luchita Hurtado gets a profile in the WSJ this week, as she finds a more responsive market for her work. (more…)

Luxury Tower Residents Lose Appeal Case Against Tate Over Viewing Platform Proximity to Homes

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Residents of the luxury flat next to the Tate Modern, who sued over the the museum overlook’s vantage point into their apartments, have lost their court appeal.  “These properties are impressive, and no doubt there are great advantages to be enjoyed in such extensive glassed views, but that in effect comes at a price in terms of privacy,” the ruling judge stated. (more…)