Archive for the 'Art News' Category

WSJ Tours Massive New Zealand Sculpture Park

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Andy Goldsworthy, via WSJCollector Alan Gibbs gives the Wall Street Journal a tour of his massive sculpture park in Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand.  “It’s hard to hide this place,” he says of the park, which holds works by Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Maya Lin, among others.  “People see things from the road. That’s how it first got known.”  (more…)

Ai Weiwei to Debut Lego Works at Hirshhorn Next Month

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Ai Weiwei, Trace, via NYTAi Weiwei will mark the East Coast debut of “Trace” (2014), one of his popular lego portrait pieces from his show at Alcatraz Island several years ago, at the Hirshhorn this summer.  “Throughout his distinguished career, Ai has redefined the roles of both an artist and an activist,” director Melissa Chiu said in a statement. “With this new presentation, visitors will experience a special focused consideration of Ai’s most influential and critically acclaimed recent works.” (more…)

Perry Rubinstein Facing Six Months Jail Time After Plea Deal

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Perry Rubinstein, via Art NewspaperArt dealer Perry Rubinstein will serve a six month prison sentence after cutting a plea deal in his court case for grand theft by embezzlement, Art Newspaper reports.  Rubinstein was arrested after failing to pay former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz on the proceeds from a pair of Richard Prince works he sold.  (more…)

New York Times Asks if African Art is Being “Gentrified”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

El Anatsui, via NYTAn article in the New York Times looks at the landscape of African Modern and Contemporary art, and asks if the recent market popularity might indicate a certain type of “gentrification” in its consumption and production.   (more…)

Columbia University Launching Uptown Triennial

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Duhirwe Rushemeza, via Art NewsColumbia University has announced plans for an Uptown Triennial, based around artists living, working and showing in Upper Manhattan.  “It’s really an important initiative for the gallery, the university, and the broader community,” says director and chief curator of Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery, Deborah Cullen.  “It’s a no-brainer, really, to have a format, a regular mechanism for the gallery to work with the boarder community. . . . Our neighbors, the local community should be our first audience.” (more…)

New York – Erwin Wurm: “Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order” at Lehmann Maupin Through May 26th, 2017

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Erwin Wurm, Modernist Pickle (2016), via Art Observed
Erwin Wurm, Modernist Pickle (2016), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Lehmann Maupin’s Chelsea exhibition space, Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is presenting a concise summary of his recent work, installing a range of sculptures in his broad practice that explore the act of both participation and subversion in the landscape of modernity.  Including both quasi-participatory work alongside a series of more static pieces, the show allows Wurm to run through an impressive range of both his practice, and his broader critical project. (more…)

Willem Dafoe to Star in Julian Schnabel-Directed Van Gogh Biopic

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Willem Dafoe, via Hollywood reporterWillem Dafoe will play Vincent Van Gogh in a new biopic directed by Julian Schnabel, centered around the artist’s time in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.  “This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity. It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life, this is not the official history – it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him,” Schnabel says. (more…)

The Guardian Breaks Down Auction Market after Record-Setting Sales

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Sotheby's, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece analyzing the implications for last week’s auction sales in New York, and what the record-setting Basquiat piece holds for the broader health of the art market. The piece points to continued growth among Asian collectors, and hints that a market recovery might be on its way. (more…)

John Baldessari Profiled in LA Times

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

John Baldessari, via LA TimesJohn Baldessari welcomes the LA Times into his studio this week, as he prepares for a series of new exhibitions, and continues to make new works.  “I’m just messy, I don’t put things away,” he says of his cluttered studio. “I don’t throw things away in my mind, either; I keep them there.” (more…)

Los Angeles – Jason Rhoades: “Installations, 1994 – 2006″ at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Through May 21st, 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Jason Rhoades, My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage... (2004), via Art Observed
Jason Rhoades, My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… (2004), via Art Observed

Exploring a range of works from the career of Jason Rhoades, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles has assembled a challenging exhibition for its spring calendar, one that feels particularly resonant in the tense geopolitical situations of 2017.  Installations, 1994-2006, drives at Rhoades’s shared language of consumption and mythology, space and commerce, as a fertile site for the investigation of the modern world, and the cultural collisions stemming from its increasing interconnectivity.   (more…)

NYT Profiles Newly Renovated Los Angeles Art Foundations

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on recent museum projects in Los Angeles, many of which are based around the renovation of previously abandoned or disused spaces.   “When you find something this beautiful, you want to preserve and restore it,” said Maurice Marciano, founder of the Marciano Art foundation. (more…)

UK Culture minister Matt Hancock Opposes Government Funding for the Arts

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Matt Hancock, via StageUK Culture minister Matt Hancock has vocally opposed providing centralized government funding for the arts.  “The worst thing that we can do is to incentivize local authorities to reduce further their arts funding by saying that we will replace it with central government money,” he says.  “To solve one problem, that at the moment is only in some local authority areas, we would incentivise other local authorities to do the wrong thing.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Profiles Mass MOCA Expansion

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Mass MoCA Expansion, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles Mass MOCA’s major new expansion project, set to open next week, and its focus on long-running projects and monumental installations.  “What would you do if you had the opportunity to have not just a one-night stand, but a deep commitment that would go on for ten, 15, 25 years?” says Joseph Thompson, the museum director. (more…)

Hauser & Wirth to Host Film Series on Rooftop in Chelsea This Summer

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Hauser & Wirth Rooftop, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth is using its newly renovated rooftop space at its 22nd Street location to host a summer film series, focused around presenting “a vibrant collection of cinematic works that illustrate the many ways in which the moving image provides a rich source of inspiration for visual artists.”  Matthew Day Jackson will take on the curatorial role for the first edition of the event, held June 7th. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – New York: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Sale at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, May 18th, 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982), via Sotheby's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (1982), via Sotheby’s

A pair of auctions capped off the May Evening Sales this evening, as Phillips and Sotheby’s concluded their respective Post-War and Contemporary marquee sales.  Notching a number of impressive records at both auction houses, the evening was an impressively strong final night for a week that made good on promises for the market’s slow but steady recovery. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Post-War and Modern Evening Sale, May 17th, 2017

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan (1962), via Christie's

Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan (1962), via Christie’s

The week’s long stream of major auction sales saw another strong outing by Christie’s last night, with the auction house cruising through a 71 lot outing to reach a final tally of $448.1 million with only a handful of pieces going unsold.  The sale, which saw an overwhelming push from American buyers, meets early rumblings about a recovering market, and hints at continued growth over the coming months. (more…)

Josh Smith Parts Ways with Luhring Augustine

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Josh Smith, via Art NewsJosh Smith has “parted ways” with Luhring Augustine, Art News reports, after several years working together.  The gallery has also added Sanya Kantarovsky to its roster of artists.   (more…)

Publisher Françoise Nyssen Named France’s Culture Minister

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Françoise Nyssen, via Art NewspaperFrançoise Nyssen has been named France’s new Culture Minister, formerly of the country’s famed Actes Sud publishing house.  “I hope she’ll have the means to create a visionary cultural policy that gives a social link in a divided and bruised country,” says artist Laurent Grasso. “Artists are rarely consulted [on policy]; I hope that she will receive some of us for a discussion.”  (more…)

New York Times Profiles Market Growth for Basquiat Works

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Basquiat, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the appeal of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, and the factors that have contributed to his work achieving such high prices in past years.  “As the market was accelerating, you had distinguished connoisseurs of modern art who had no hesitation about putting Basquiat beside Picasso,” says Jeffrey Deitch. “Already he was in a different league than almost any other contemporary artist.” (more…)

AO Auction Recap – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 16th, 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection (1915), via Sotheby's
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition with Plane in Projection (1915), via Sotheby’s

The Impressionist and Modern Sale at Sotheby’s this past evening has closed out the early week’s offerings in that market, capping a $173.8 million sale that saw few major highlights or sparks in bidding, a marked contrast from the occasional fireworks of Monday’s sale at Christie’s.  Despite early claims by Sotheby’s that the auction market was gradually strengthening again after several tepid sales in past months, the past evening’s outing in New York saw somewhat modest results that paled in comparison.  The sale’s sell-through rate hovered at 74%, tempered by the early withdrawal of an Egon Schiele work some had anticipated would reach over $30 million. (more…)

Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Rooms” Show Smashes Records at Hirshhorn Museum

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, via Art NewsThe Hirshhorn has smashed attendance figures with its recently closed Yayoi Kusama Infinity Rooms exhibition, notching a total of 475,000 visitors to the museum over the last several months.  The figure is the highest-recorded spring attendance number since the museum opened, and double its average attendance.

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Abby Bangser Leaves Frieze for Special Position at Dia Art Foundation

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Abby Bangser, via Art NewsAbby Bangser, who was named artistic director of Frieze Art Fairs for the Americas and Asia in 2015, is moving to a new post at the Dia Art Foundaion, Art News reports.  The new post will aid in strategic partnerships and outreach, alongside managing far-reaching works like Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico, among other projects.  “As Dia evolves, the need for strategic planning and focused partnerships becomes even more critical to support our mission,” Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan, says. (more…)

Billionaire Developer Harry Macklowe Claiming Ownership of Full Art Collection in Divorce Proceedings

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Harry and Linda Macklowe, via NY PostThe divorce proceedings for billionaire Harry Macklowe and his wife Linda see the developer claiming he paid for every work in their art collection (valued at over $1 billion), despite the works being listed under Linda’s name in various documents.  “He also swore that he has paid for every painting, sculpture, antiquity, photograph, graphic and tapestry in their collection since he and Linda Macklowe were married 58 years ago,” a representative said of his assertion under oath during proceedings. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 15th, 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Contantin Brancusi, La Muse Endormie (1913), via Christie's
Contantin Brancusi, La Muse Endormie (1913), via Christie’s

The first auction of the week has come and gone in New York, as Christie’s notched an impressive outing for its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, confirming expectations of a solid return of buying interest in the secondary market.   Considering the past several outings for the auction houses in London and New York, where only a handful of buyers were reportedly keeping the market afloat, this week’s sales hit a different note entirely, with ample phone bids that saw one major auction record fall with Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie demolishing expectations at over $57 million, and marquee lots performing quite well over the course of the evening.  (more…)