Archive for the 'Art News' Category

New Yorker Profiles MoMA’s Recent Acquisition of Chris Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary”

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Chris Ofili, Holy Virgin Mary, via BloombergThe New Yorker has a piece on the infamous battle between Rudy Giuliani and Chris Ofili over the artist’s The Holy Virgin Mary, which the then-mayor sought to have removed from a show at the New Museum, and which has now been acquired by MoMA. “When we acquired the work and put it in front of our committee, it looked like it had descended from Heaven,” MoMA curator Laura Hoptman says. (more…)

Germany Looks to Increase Arts Funding by $353 million

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Grutters, via ArtforumGerman minister of culture Monika Grütters has announced plans to increase the nation’s arts funding by approximately $353 million. Grütters feels the budget sends “a strong signal that culture is the foundation for our open and democratic society.”  (more…)

LA Times Profiles Strong Growth for Nigerian Art Market

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Art X Lagos, via LA TimesA piece in the LA Times this week notes the surging popularity of Nigerian art on the international market, and the institutions springing up to cater to a thriving market. “There’s a generation of young, vibrant artists of Nigerian or African origin who have felt that the gallery infrastructure in West Africa is not sufficiently developed for them to connect with the international art market from their home base,” says Tokini Peterside, founder of the Art X Lagos art fair. “For generations, when it comes to exporting its cultural capital and so many other things, Africa has had to go overseas.” (more…)

ADAA Art Show to Once Again Open The Week Before Armory Show Next Year

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Outside the Park Ave Armory for the ADAA Art ShowThe Art Dealers Association of America announced today that the 2019 edition of its Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory will once again open during the last week of February, following its trend towards opening before the crowded Armory Week in New York.  “In 2018, the caliber of the presentations was individually, and collectively, very strong, and we continued to hear unsolicited feedback from collectors, museum directors, and curators that the Art Show is their favorite fair,” says Andrew Schoelkopf, organization president. “We aim to reach the same high bar every year, if not surpass it, and part of that is to maintain the fair’s longstanding place in the art world calendar and the singular setting, location, and accessibility provided by the Park Avenue Armory.” (more…)

New Lawsuit Over Works of Robert Indiana Sheds Light on Artist’s Last Years

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Robert Indiana's lodge in Maine, via NYTA recent lawsuit over the works of the late Robert Indiana has shed a light on the recent absence of the artist’s work from the art world, claiming that a caretaker had shielded the artist while reproducing his works.  “They have isolated Indiana from his friends and supporters, forged some of Indiana’s most recognizable works, exhibited the fraudulent works in museums, and sold the fraudulent works to unsuspecting collectors,” a lawsuit filed last week by Morgan Art Foundation Ltd. in Federal District Court in Manhattan reads. (more…)

RIP: Robert Indiana, Defining Voice of American Pop Art, Has Passed Away at 89

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Robert Indiana, via NPR

Artist Robert Indiana, the pioneering pop-artist behind the iconic “LOVE” sculpture and a broader body of work that investigated the subtle meanings of symbols, text and images, has passed away at the age of 89.  The artist passed away this past Saturday at his home.  (more…)

New York – Mark Van Yetter: “You can observe a lot by just watching” at Bridget Donahue Through July 15th, 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Mark Van Yetter (Installation View), via Art Observed
Mark Van Yetter (Installation View), via Art Observed

There’s an innate fascination with mystery that winds its way in and out of the work of Mark Van Yetter.  The painter and sculptor’s work is flush with unspecified narratives, moments of confusion and abstraction that manages to carry all of his works up into an ever-shifting series of relationships and interactions.  For his new show at Bridget Donahue, the artist has turned this interest towards the architectural twisting his narrative arcs through an interest in physical space, and its impacts on the objects within it. (more…)

New York – Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Through June 16th, 2018

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone
Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone

Embracing an elaboration and expansion of his interests in the nude form, and a continued interest in the possibilities for abstraction in exchange with approaches to portraiture and figuration, artist Carroll Dunham returns to Gladstone Gallery this month, bringing with him a body of new paintings created over the past year.  Drawn from his Wrestlers series, Dunham uses the visual language of mythological depictions of wrestling, mined from art historical sources and his own memory, to propose new through lines in his practice that are both formal and autobiographical in nature. (more…)

Stephanie Pereira to Head Up NEW INC as Next Director

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Stephanie Pereira, via Art NewsStephanie Pereira will serve as the next director of the New Museum’s art, design, and technology incubator, NEW INC, the museum has announced. “We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of NEW INC led by Julia, our brilliant first director,” says cofounder Lisa Phillips. “Stephanie’s creative business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for community building will help shape the next chapter of growth for NEW INC.” (more…)

Hauser & Wirth Prepares Major Los Angeles Show for the Late Jack Whitten

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Jack Whitten, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth will stage an ambitious show of the works of the late Jack Whitten, who passed away earlier this year, in Los Angeles, Art News reports.  The show will feature a range of his works including his storied tributes to fellow artists and writers.  (more…)

Damien Hirst Shark Installed at Palms Casino

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Hirst at The Palms, via LA TimesDamien Hirst’s preserved shark in formaldehyde has been installed above the bar at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “That’s the whole point of art in general,” manager John Gay says. “It evokes different emotions. That’s something we’re excited about with the whole collection. Art is personal. We like that it stirs different reactions and attention.”

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Chicago Dealer Richard Gray Passes Away at 89

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Richard Gray, via Art NewsChicago art dealer Richard Gray, long a cornerstone of the city’s arts scene, has passed away at the age of 89.  Gray cultivated and supported a range of artists over the course of his life and work, including Alex Katz, Theaster Gates, and David Hockney. “The reality is, sooner or later—but not so much later—it’s all going to be all over for me, and I accept that. I know it,” Gray said in 2007. “It doesn’t change one iota my ability to continue, every day, to be active and involved and committed, to gain from everything around me, what people are doing—artists, musicians, family.”  (more…)

New York — Ellsworth Kelly: “Black & White Works” and “Painting/Object” at the FLAG Art Foundation Through May 19, 2018

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works at The FLAG Art Foundation, 2018. Photography by Steven Probert.
Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works at The FLAG Art Foundation, 2018. Photography by Steven Probert.

Organized by Ellsworth Kelly’s long-time life partner photographer Jack Shear, Black and White Works at the FLAG Art Foundation sheds light on the pioneer colorist’s paintings using primarily black and white, a body of work occupying one fifth of his entire repertoire. Coinciding with the Blanton Art Museum’s unveiling of Kelly’s monumental 2,715 square-foot architectural work Austin, which also introduced a new path in the late artist’s expansive career, the exhibition proposes a fresh approach Kelly’s legacy. Containing sculptural experimentation and geometric curiosity, the works on view demonstrate his unending interest in pushing the boundaries of abstract precision, architectural balance, and optic illusion within the limits of two seemingly opposite and mute colors. Contrasted with the artist’s signature exuberance and his equally precise monochromatic color palette, the works Shear brought together both evoke characteristics from Kelly’s most iconic while and challenging the viewer to expand their interpretation and appreciation of his larger oeuvre. (more…)

MoMA Announces Major Acquisition of Works on Paper Collection

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Valentina Kulagina, via ArtforumMoMa has announced the acquisition of 324 works on paper by ninety-seven artists from the holdings of Merrill C. Berman, a Rye, New York–based investor who amassed a collection of 20,000 early twentieth-century works on paper.  “By representing crucial figures—often women and artists from lesser-known geographies—missing or underrepresented in our collection, this extraordinary body of work is especially welcome as the museum continues its commitment to diversifying modernism’s narratives with its forthcoming expansion in 2019,”says Christophe Cherix, the MoMA’s chief curator of drawings and prints. (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, May 16th and 17th, 2018

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), via Sothebys
Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), Price:$21,114,500 via Sotheby’s

With two nights of auctions now concluded, a choppy look at the contemporary art market has emerged, as Sotheby’s, Phillips and Christie’s strung together a series of occasionally surprising, mixed sales over the course of last night and this evening.  The auctions, which mark the last major sales for the U.S. outposts of the international houses before summer recess, saw a number of impressive auction records, as well as a series of high profile works that failed to find a buyer, a note that left many puzzling over the immediate future of the Contemporary field.

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1969), via Sothebys

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1969), Price:$18,856,500, via Sotheby’s  (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale, May 15th, 2018

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price $85,812,500, via Christies
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price: $85,812,500, via Christies

With another auction come and gone in New York, Christie’s has posed quite a challenge to its competitors last night, closing out a well-run sale with strong results and a set of major auction records broken.  The 37-lot sale was well-appointed, and the sale moved steadily through its paces, ultimately finishing at a final tally of $416,040,000 with only 4 lots going unsold. (more…)

Nahmad Family Buys Picasso, Sends to Paris for Show at Musée d’Orsay

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Fillette a la corbeille fleurie (1905), price 115,000,000, via Christie'sThe Nahmad family has purchased Pablo Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (Young Girl with a Flower Basket) (1905), which sold at Christie’s New York last week for $115 million. The confirmation came as part of an announcement that the piece would go on view for a show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris this fall. (more…)

Corcoran Gallery to Give Away Works to U.S. Institutions

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

John Fulton Folinsbee, via Washington PostThe Corcoran Gallery of Art will give away the remaining 11,000 works in its collection to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, the U.S. Supreme Court, and 10 Smithsonian Institution museums. “Having three anchors, where the bulk of the collection legacy of the Corcoran could be accessed, seemed like a great balance,” says Corcoran board chairman Harry F. Hopper III. (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 14th, 2018

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via Sothebys
Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (1917), Price Realized: $157,159,000, via Sotheby’s

A marathon week of auctions in New York is now underway, but not quite off to a roaring start, as Sotheby’s capped an unsteady and often struggling auction this evening at its uptown location.  Led by a strong performance by an Amedeo Modigliani masterpiece, the sale failed to achieve much beyond its marquee lots, ultimately capping the sale with 13 unsold works that brought the sale to a final tally of $318,313,600.

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), price 36,920,500, via Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), Price Realized: $36,920,500, via Sotheby’s

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Bernini Sculpture Damaged in Moving Incident

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Bernini, via NYTAttempts to move a Bernini sculpture has led to a missing right ring finger of his subject, St. Bibiana.  “After this incident we have much to reflect on, as art historians, which you are becoming,” says Professor Giovan Battista Fidanza, who discovered the damage. “We know that moving works of art is always a huge stress for them.” (more…)

Rockefeller Sales Set Grand Total of $832 Million at Christie’s

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Christie's, via NYTThe Guardian has a piece this week recapping the sale of the Rockefeller estate last week at Christie’s, noting that the sales raised a final total of $832 million, breaking 22 auction records for artists in the sale. (more…)

Steve Wynn’s Picasso Withdrawn from Christie’s Sale Following Damage

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Le Marin (1943), via Christie'sFor the second time, a Steve Wynn-owned Picasso has been damaged, leading to Christie’s withdrawal of the artist’s Le Marin piece from auction this week.  It was valued at $70 million.  Information on the damage to the work was not specified, but Wynn previously put his arm through Picasso’s Le Reve last year.  (more…)

Charles Ray Profiled in NYT

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Charles Ray, via NYTCharles Ray is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the artist opens a show of new works at Matthew Marks. “When I was a younger man I was very aware — and perhaps still am today — of a degree of provocativeness carrying a work into a room and grabbing people’s attention,” he says.

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Urs Fischer Rhino to Be Installed in Midtown Bank Building

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Urs Fischer, via NYTGagosian will unveil a new sculpture by Urs Fischer titled “Things,” at 511 Fifth Avenue this week, opening a disused bank building northeast of Bryant Park until June 23.  “It happened by accident,” Fischer says of the work, which features a massive rhinoceros. “I just saw a rhino and was like, ‘That’s my protagonist that I’ve looked for for years.’” (more…)