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New York – Robert Irwin: “Cacophonous” at Pace Gallery Through May 9th, 2015

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Robert Irwin, South South West (2014-2015), via Pace Gallery
Robert Irwin, South South West (2014-2015), via Pace Gallery

Currently on view at Pace Gallery’s W. 25th Street location is a set of new, “site-conditioned” works by Light and Space pioneer Robert Irwin, continuing the artist’s ongoing experimentation with the perceptual capacities of fluorescent lighting, and the complementary reactions of color, shadow and spacing. (more…)

AO Preview – Venice, Italy – “All the World’s Futures,” the 56th Venice Biennale, May

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Outside the 55th Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale, via Art Observed

As May begins, the city of Venice is preparing for the the 56th edition of the Biennale, set to open doors to press this week.  With the sheer scale of events, openings and exhibitions set to open this coming Wednesday through Saturday, the art world will turn its attention to the City of Bridges in earnest. (more…)

Alex Katz Interviewed in WSJ

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Alex Katz, via WSJAlex Katz is profiled in the Wall Street Journal this week, looking back on his lengthy career, and the level of success he has achieved in recent years.  “I just love putting it to people who didn’t like me,” Katz says. “There are people from 20, 30, 40 years ago that I love meeting on the street and saying hello. I don’t have to say anything, I just have to say hello, and my presence reminds them of their mistakes.” (more…)

Frieze Founders Interviewed in WSJ

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, via WSJThe founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, are interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week as they prepare to open this year’s edition in New York, reflecting on the early days of the fair, and how they first started their coverage of the art world in London during the 1990’s.  “You couldn’t get away from the feeling that something was happening in London, and though we really didn’t know anything about art or magazines, we just knew we had to respond to it,” Sharp says. (more…)

Adrian Ghenie Moves to Thaddaeus Ropac

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Adrian Ghenie, via Art DailyAdrian Ghenie will now be represented by Thaddaeus Ropac, with the news coming shortly before the artist opens his solo exhibition at the Romanian Pavilion.  Ghenie will open his first exhibition at Ropac’s Paris Marais gallery this October. (more…)

Market Watch Investigates Tax Status of Returned Works Such As Klimt’s “Woman in Gold”

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, by Gustav Klimt, via Market WatchMarket Watch has an interesting article this week on the tax status of Nazi-looted paintings returned to their rightful owners, noting the tax-free status of reparations payments from the German government, particularly in the case of Maria Altman’s reception of the Gustav Klimt masterwork Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I, and attorney Randol Schoenberg’s move to get sales proceeds from the work equal status.   (more…)

Antony Gormley Installs Site-Specific Arrangement at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Antony Gormley in Florence, via DesignboomAntony Gormley has unveiled a new sculptural installation in Florence, featuring more than 100 of the artist’s sculptures arranged in various patterns and lines around the historic Forte di Belvedere.  “They reflect the shadow side of any idea of human progress, confronting the viewer with an image redolent of the conflict of the past century,” Gormley says. (more…)

Artnet Publishes “Top 200 Collectors” List

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova, via ArtnetArtnet has published an extensive list of the “Top 200 Collectors” worldwide, including the collectors’ preferences and tastes as part of the survey.  Russian power couple Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova top this year’s list.   (more…)

Lisa Yuskavage Interviewed in Paris Review

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Lisa Yuskavage, via Paris ReviewLisa Yuskavage is interviewed in The Paris Review this week, shortly after opening a show at David Zwirner earlier this month.  In the interivew, Yuskavage reveals some unconventional aspects behind her new work, including dabbling in online dating networks.  “It’s interesting because in order to make some of these paintings of men, I did something a few years ago—I didn’t realize why I was doing it at the time. I joined Grindr. I had a Grindr persona.”  Yuskavage tells the magazine.  “You didn’t think I was going to say that today, did you?” (more…)

Jeffrey Deitch to Open Street Art Show in Coney Island

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Jeffrey Deitch, via ArtforumJeffrey Deitch is preparing to install an exhibition of street art in Coney Island this summer, including work by Mister Cartoon, Swoon, JR, Lee Quiñones, and Icy Signs, among others.  I’ve always loved the energy that comes out of the New York vernacular,” Deitch says, “and I’ve dreamed of doing a show in Coney Island since I first started going there in the ’70s.” (more…)

Luke Brugnara Gets Jail Time for Bullying Witness

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Luke Brugnara, via ArtnetThe trial over the alleged art fraud committed by San Francisco real estate developer Luke Brugnara took a strange turn this week, as Brugnara was sentenced to 21 days in jail for contempt of court and bullying witnesses.  Brugnara reportedly screamed for a mistrial during court proceedings, and accused dealer Rose Long, who testified that Brugnara took over $11 million in art and refused to pay for it, of being a “liar.”  “I think she’s probably got post-traumatic stress disorder now,” said presiding judge William Alsup. “I’m afraid it’s done mental damage, the way she’s been treated.” (more…)

First Lady Obama Inaugurates New Whitney Museum

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Michelle Obama at The Whitney, via WhitneyFirst Lady Michelle Obama was on hand Thursday for the opening ceremonies at the Whitney Museum, which opens to the public today, and made remarks praising the vision of the new space.  “Maybe you can discover the next Carmen Herrera, or Archibald Motley, or Edward Hopper, or maybe even the next Barack Obama. That is the power of institutions like the Whitney. They open their doors as wide as possible both to the artists they embrace and to the young people they seek to uplift.” (more…)

Vincent Lamouroux Covers LA Motel in White

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

The Bates Motel, via GuardianFrench artist Vincent Lamouroux has completed a new public project in Los Angeles, covering the full exterior of an historic motel at Bates and Sunset Blvd. in white paint.  “It couldn’t have been any other place,” the artist says. “Because it is a motel, a place shared by a lot of people. And this type of architecture, international style, coupled with palm trees, the motel sign and the billboard as well, is a combination of the LA idea that we all have, the California dream.” (more…)

New York – Tomás Saraceno: “Hybrid solidarity… semi-social quintet… on cosmic webs…” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Through May 2nd, 2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Tomás Saraceno, Avior 9 (2013)
Tomás Saraceno, Avior 9 (2013)

Currently on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is Hybrid solidarity… semi-social quintet… on cosmic webs…, Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno’s new body of work in his fifth collaboration with the gallery. Before studying fine arts in Buenos Aires and Frankfurt, the Berlin-based artist completed a degree in architecture, a field that has profoundly influenced his artistic technique, in which various practices related to biology, geometry and space studies gently merge with his sociological and cultural observations, all the while bearing an alternatively-focused aesthetic. (more…)

New York: Charline Von Heyl: “Dusseldorf: Paintings From The Early 90’s” at Petzel Gallery Through May 2nd, 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Charline Von Heyl-Dusseldorf Paintings from the early 90's- Petzel Gallery
Charline Von Heyl Untitled (1995)

Petzel Gallery is currently inaugurating its new uptown location with early works from contemporary abstract painter Charline Von Heyl. Considered one of the leading female contemporary abstract painters, the New York based artist, known for an eclectic style which admires both the natural and the constructed.  Serving as a window into the painter’s early work and artistic roots, Düsseldorf: Paintings from the early 90’s is a collection of paintings never before shown in the U.S. Shown in Cologne and Munich during 1991 and 1995, these paintings posses a bold approach to abstraction, with their provocative aesthetic strength and impressive historical awareness.  In light of a past show with Petzel in September of 2013, this exhibition provides insight into some of the deeply rooted artistic practices that are still present in Von Heyl’s current works, combining heavy use of illustration and abstraction to powerful effect. (more…)

Alex Katz Creates Designs for Art Production Fund and Barney’s Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Alex Katz design for Art Production Fund, via Art infoThe Art Production Fund has launched another collaboration with luxury retailer Barney’s in an effort to raise funds for additional public arts projects.  Launching May 1st, the collaboration will feature a series of products with designs and illustrations by Alex Katz.  “Working with Alex is a dream come true,” says PF co-founder Doreen Remen.  “His work has long been influenced by pop culture imagery, and he’s passionate about getting his work out there to be enjoyed by everyone. Alex is the quintessential New Yorker and Barneys is such an iconic New York retailer, so the pairing was irresistible.” (more…)

Rubin Foundation Appoints NYC’s “Percent for Art” Director as Artistic Director

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Sara Resiman, via ArtforumSara Reisman, director of New York City’s Percent for Art program within the department of Cultural Affairs, has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, where she will curate events and oversee the Foundation’s new “Art and Social Justice initiative.”  (more…)

Cousin of Cornelius Gurlitt Seeks Appeal in Case Over Right to Works

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Kunstmuseum Bern, new home of the Gurlitt troveUta Werner, cousin of Cornelius Gurlitt, is appealing a Munich court’s decision rejecting her claim to Gurlitt’s trove of works.  The German court system is currently reviewing the appeal before it makes its decision to pass the claim on or reject it again. (more…)

2014 Art Critics Association Awards Announced

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Kara Walker, A Subtlety, 2014 via Osman Can Yerebakan

The annual Art Critics Association Awards for 2014 have been announced, with Kara Walker’s Domino Sugar Factory project winning for “Best Exhibition in an Alternative Venue,” and Pierre Huyghe’s LACMA Retrospective winning for “Best National Museum Monograph.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei Teams with Tor Project for New Museum Tech Conference

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Jacob Appelbaum, Laura Poitras and Ai Weiwei, via Art InfoFor the New Museum and Rhizome’s latest iteration of the Seven on Seven Technology Conference, Ai Weiwei has teamed with Wikileaks and Tor Project activist Jacob Appelbaum for a project dealing with surveillance and international borders, with the collaboration filmed and presented by Laura Poitras, director of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour.  “It was important to bring together these two courageous people who are disseminating their messages using art and technology respectively, and facing similar levels of scrutiny and hardship as a result,” says Heather Corcoran, Senior Executive of Rhizome. (more…)

BP Portrait Award Shortlist Announced

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Eliza by Michael Gaskell, via The GuardianThe annual BP Portrait Award has announced this year’s shortlist, featuring artists from the UK, Israel and Spain.  “It was good to see even more international artists entering and my fellow judges and I were impressed by the different styles of portraiture, some quite new to the exhibition, and intrigued by the stories behind the portraits,” says Pim Baxter, the deputy director at London’s National Portrait Gallery. (more…)

Bloomberg Reports on Arrest of Yves Bouvier

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Mark Rothko’s No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), via BloombergBloomberg reports on dealer Yves Bouvier, whose arrest earlier this year over alleged price inflation in the $186 million sale of a Mark Rothko reflects the warnings offered earlier this year by economist Ariel Roubini: “There are a number of serious distortions in the art market that suggest that there is some shady behavior going on.  Price opacity in the art market leads to insider information, which makes insider trading in art far more likely.” (more…)

British Airways Partners with Tate for In-Flight Arts Channel

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Tate Channel, via DrumBeginning May 1st, British Airways is launching a new in-flight television channel run by the Tate, featuring interviews and profiles in artists like Grayson Perry, Ed Ruscha and Ai Weiwei.  “We’re excited to be the first airline to have a dedicated Tate channel, offering our customers more entertainment options than ever before.”  British Airways in-flight entertainment manager, Richard D’Cruze, says.  “There is definitely a trend to use your flight time to discover something new and different and feel a sense of accomplishment when you step off a plane.”  (more…)

President’s Attack on “Like-Kind” Exchanges Covered in Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sAnother article on the Obama Presidency’s attack on 1031 “Like-Kind” Exchanges is on Bloomberg this week, focusing on collector Steven Edlis and his use of the loophole to acquire works he then donates.  “Stefan Edlis has been generous but many people who will take advantage of this will not be generous,”says critic Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art. (more…)