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Banksy’s New York “Residency” Profiled in HBO Documentary

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Banksy Does New York, via Hollywood ReporterThis November 17th, HBO will premiere a documentary focusing on Banksy’s monthlog “residency” in New York City, titled Banksy Does New York.  Taking footage uploaded by viewers experiencing the artist’s work firsthand, director Chris Moukarbel has cut together a full-length film, which he calls “a city holding a mirror back up to the artist.” (more…)

Versailles – Lee Ufan’s Commission for Versailles Through November 2nd, 2014

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Lee Ufan, Relatum - The Arch of Versailles (2014), all images Courtesy the artist ; kamel mennour, Paris and Pace, New York © Tadzio
Lee Ufan, Relatum – The Arch of Versailles (2014), all images Courtesy the artist ; kamel mennour, Paris and Pace, New York © Tadzio

Lee Ufan‘s work takes its strength from its silence.  Utilizing simple materials placed into careful interactions with the space around them, the Korean artist has pioneered his particular brand of minimalism over the past half century.  Tight, angular lines converge with natural materials in carefully measured configurations, often utilizing the passage of shadow and light through the work to create a nuanced dialogue with its surroundings.

Lee Ufan, Relatum - The Shadow of the Stars (2014), via Versailles
Lee Ufan, Relatum – The Shadow of the Stars (2014) (more…)

Yayoi Kusama Interviewed in The Telegraph

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Yayoi Kusama, via The TelegraphArtist Yayoi Kusama is interviewed in The Telegraph this week, in the run-up to the artist’s show of new work at Victoria Miro next month.  In the article, the artist discusses her life between Japan and New York, and her reasons for moving to New York in the late 1950’s.  “Japan was a very feudalistic society and I felt I wanted to live more freely,” Kusama notes. “So I decided to go to America. I thought lots of people were making beautiful images in America… It was a very interesting society to me, especially the younger generation. Everyone seemed to try really hard to find their own way.” (more…)

Artist Bernar Venet Launches Non-Profit Organization

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Effondrement, 2014, via ForbesFrench artist Bernar Venet has launched a new non-profit organization, The Venet Foundation will exhibit a collection of works the artist collected from close friends like Donald Judd, Yves Klein and Sol LeWitt under conditions that Vernet felt were ideal for exhibiting their works, including a subjective element to the foundation that fits quite well alongside the artist’s conceptual practice. (more…)

David Hockney the Subject of New Biography

Monday, September 1st, 2014

David Hockney, via The GuardianArtist David Hockney is the subject of a new biography by author Christopher Simon Sykes, who has chronicled some of the artist’s least known and most peculiar stories in a new book,  A Pilgrim’s Progress.  The book includes a number of Hockney’s famous feuds with artists and actors like Dennis Hopper and Rudolph Nureyev, whom Hopper once fired from a collaborative project.  ”Well, Rudi, it’s obvious that we are not going to be able to work together, so I’m afraid it’s all finished,” Hockney reportedly said. (more…)

Portugal Will Move Forward on the Sale of 85 Miró Works from the National Collection

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Joan Miro, via ArtnetThe country of Portugal will ultimately sell its collection of 85 Joan Miró works, after a national court overturned the ruling banning their sale.  With over $110 billion in debt, the European nation will seek to alleviate its financial burden by selling the series of works originally in the Banco Português de Negócios collection. (more…)

Essl Collection Works Valued at over $200 Million to Sell this October in London

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Agnes and Karlheinz Essl, via ArtnetA considerable proportion of the over 7,000 works from the Essl Collection will go to the auction block this October in London, worth an estimated €160 million ($211 million) in total.  The works, which will sell at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, include iconic pieces by Gerhard Richter, Martin Kippenberger, and Georg Baselitz, among others.   (more…)

New York – Summer Exhibition at Skarstedt Gallery Through August 31st, 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

David Salle, Fooling with Your Hair (1985), via Skarstedt
David Salle, Fooling with Your Hair (1985), via Skarstedt

The Skarstedt Gallery continues its series of summer group exhibitions in Chelsea this month, presenting another series of works by artists sharing common interests in production, appropriation and the potential for painting after the advent of widely distributed photographic technologies.  The exhibition, featuring work by Martin Kippenberger, George Condo, Richard Prince, David Salle and Albert Oehlen, is spread across the two rooms of the Skarstedt space on 21st Street, offering ample space to pass back and forth between the monumental canvases, and examine the various artist’s techniques and formal interests. (more…)

Washington, D.C. – Jeremy Deller: “English Magic” at The Hirshhorn Through August 31st, 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Jeremy Deller, English Magic (2012),  All images courtesy of Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Jeremy Deller, English Magic (2012),  All images courtesy of Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic has come to the United States this summer.   The artist’s video and installation work, created specifically for the British Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, addresses British society and politics through a complexly intertwined mythology and cultural iconography.  It’s the latest participant in the Hirschhorn’s Directions series, an on-going program which has been running since 1979, and which has seen the likes of Tacita Dean, Juan Munoz and Pipilotti Rist bringing works to the Hirshhorn, aiming to engage with emerging and established artists showcasing both new and old works. (more…)

Gilbert and George Interviewed in Wall Street Journal

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Gilbert and George, via WSJArtists Gilbert and George are interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing their most recent exhibition at White Cube, Scapegoating Pictures for London. “We thought it strange that the world’s governments, churches, mosques and schools are all confronting the issue of Islamist fervor, but the world’s artists aren’t touching it,” says George Passmore. “We try to create art we feel the world need.” (more…)

Miranda July Launches Participatory, Interactive Art Application “Somebody”

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Miranda July's Somebody app, via Miranda July
Miranda July’s Somebody app, via Miranda July

Artist Miranda July has announced a unique new app design, titled Somebody, which uses active participants and users to deliver messages to other users rather than receive a standard text-based message or email.   (more…)

Ai Weiwei Makes Presence Felt for Blenheim Palace Retrospective UK While Under House Arrest

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Ai Weiwei, via The Fake CaseAi Weiwei is currently under house arrest in Beijing, but that hasn’t stopped the artist from planning and overseeing the installation of his largest UK exhibition to date at Blenheim Palace.  Ai has had a 3-D digital model of the space created, and has used it to plot out the placement of works meticulously without leaving his home.  ”In the beginning, we sent him photographs and detailed plans, but he’s an absolute perfectionist and every inch of where works are placed matters to him. So in the end we lasered all the rooms to make the model for him,” says Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill said. (more…)

Annandale-on-Hudson – Anne Collier at CCS Bard Galleries Through September 21st, 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Anne Collier, Developing Tray #2 (2009)
Anne Collier, Developing Tray #2 (2009)

In the winter of 2012, a gigantic human eye was gazed out intently on Chelsea and the Hudson River from the High Line billboard on 18th street. The billboard installation, Developing Tray #2, belonged to Anne Collier, an artist known for her appropriation based photographs culling a wide range of printed media from popular culture, suggesting a reinterpretation of otherwise neglected statements. Utilizing minimalistic techniques and a neutral white surface as a background, Collier photographs album covers, commercials, magazine pages or calendars, revealing the subtle ideological undertones related to feminism, consumerism and gender politics. (more…)

Detroit Bankruptcy Exit Shadowed by Potential Legal Issues

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Detroit Institute of Arts, via NYTAs Detroit’s “grand bargain” draws nearer to realization, The New York Times notes that parts of the deal for the city’s exit from bankruptcy may in fact be illegal.  This news comes as a lending company, Art Capital, has offered the city $3 billion in aid using the city’s art collection as collateral, an offer that the city has yet to respond to.  “The museum is owned by the city, and the city is, in fact, in bankruptcy. That asset lawfully should be available to assist in the plan of exit,” said Ian Peck, Art Capital’s chief executive. “But we also believe that this art is a national treasure and should be preserved as such.” (more…)

German Artist Reportedly Buried £10k in Gold Bars on Folkestone Beach

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Outer Harbor Beach in Folkestone, via IndependentGerman artist Michael Sailstorfer is preparing a “participatory” installation work for the arts festival at Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone, UK, claiming that £10,000 in gold bars have been hidden across the beach.  The work, titled Folkestone Digs, opens today at 4PM, around low tide. (more…)

Jasper Johns Assistant Pleads Guilty in Art Fraud Case

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

James Meyer at court, via WSJJames Meyer, a former studio assistant to Jasper Johns, has plead to selling a series of the unfinished works by the artist, and fraudulently covering his sales with false inventory.  Meyer ultimately made over $3 million off the sales.  ”Meyer will now have to pay for that decision,” says US Attorney Preet Bharara. (more…)

London – Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain Through October 19th, 2014

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain (Installation View), all images via Tate Britain
Phyllida Barlow at Tate Britain (Installation View), all images via Tate Britain

‘Our era has been defined by falling monuments’ says Phyllida Barlow in an interview with The Guardian about her Tate Britain commission. She points out the tragedy, triumph, beauty and the immense grief evident in the collapse of a public icon; underlining the extraordinary range of emotive qualities that such a public piece of imagery conveys.  Barlow is delivering another major show defining the notion of monuments in a collaboration with Tate Britain as a part of the museum’s annual artist commissions. (more…)

New York – Dan Graham and Günther Vogt: “The Roof Garden Commission” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through November 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Dan Graham, Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout (2014), All Images Via Kelly Lee for Art Observed
Dan Graham, Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout (2014), All Images Via Kelly Lee for Art Observed

The annual rooftop commission at The Metropolitan Museum of Art always manages to draw a crowd, whether it be Imran Quereshi’s bloody installation last year, or Tomás Saraceno’s vastly popular Cloud City.  For this year’s Rooftop Commission at , the Met has sided with a more heritage artist, Dan Graham, working in conjunction with Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt to create the work Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout (2014).  Graham, 71, known for his conceptual bent and exploration of multiple mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance art, has long focused on how architecture directly impacts its occupants and shapes their experiences of looking, a strikingly perfect fit for the Met’s scenic view and unique location.

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Marianne Boeksy Announces New Gallery Directors for New York Exhibition Spaces

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Marianne Boesky, via WSJMarianne Boesky Gallery has announced a group of new directors taking over at both New York locations.  Kristen Becker, who previously worked as Director at Luhring Augustine, will take over at Boesky’s Chelsea location, while the gallery’s new downtown space will be co-run by Kelly Woods and Veronica Levitt.  ”I’m thrilled to be expanding our dedicated and talented team with these new additions,” Boesky told Art Observed.  ”Kelly is a perfect fit to co-direct our new Lower East Side location with Veronica Levitt who will be moving there from Chelsea into her new role. Kristen brings a great depth of experience and energy to our Chelsea team. All three will surely augment our service to our artists and our clients in every way.” (more…)

Early Rubens Discovered in Salem, OR

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Dr. Ricardo De Mambro Santos with his newfound Rubens, via Statesman JournalA recent discovery by Dr. Ricardo De Mambro Santos, associate professor of art history at Willamette University in Salem, OR, has resulted in the authentication of an early Peter Paul Rubens portrait to the The Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  “We did know Rubens’ early work between 1596 and 1599, but we didn’t know any works from the very beginning of his career in Rome,” says De Mambro Santos. “The Rubens we know today started in this portrait that we’re bringing to the Hallie Ford. This particular portrait could be considered the preliminary workshop for his future baroque style.” (more…)

Corcoran Merger with National Gallery Means Free Admission to Visitors

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Corcoran Gallery, via Washington PostAn article in the Washington Post this week highlights one favorable effect of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s merger with the National Gallery: permanently free admission to the museum collection.  As of today, the merger is official, making the Corcoran collection part of the National Gallery, and open to all visitors. (more…)

St. Petersburg – Manifesta 10 at The State Hermitage Museum Through October 31st, 2014

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Manifesto 10, Installation View
Manifesto 10, Installation View, all photos courtesy of Manifesto 10

Despite a steady stream of critiques, criticism and outright protest over the current political climate in Russia, Manifesta 10, one of Europe’s leading contemporary art biennials, has pressed on.  The exhibition, which opened late last month, has made much of its presence in Russia, presenting an exhibition that addresses its own political background while using it as a spring board to broader issues. (more…)

New York Times Posts Stop-Motion Video of Cindy Sherman Wigs

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A Cindy Sherman wig, shot by Leanne ShaptonThe New york Times has published an interesting video piece this week, a 24-second stop-motion piece showcasing 156 wigs used by Cindy Sherman in her photographic work.  The wigs were shot in Sherman’s New York studio by Leanne Shapton.  (more…)

Hauser and Wirth Somerset Bodes Well for Somerset Town

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A Subodh Gupta sculpture at Hauser and Wirth Somerset, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times reports on the newly opened Hauser and Wirth location in the Somerset town of Bruton, and the anticipated boon the space may offer for the area’s arts community and real estate.  “Somerset is a large county but there are not many galleries exhibiting contemporary art,” says director Alice Workman. “So as well as the space being for the local community, we’re confident we’ll attract a national and international art-loving audience who will probably bring new custom to Bruton and have a positive impact on the local economy.” (more…)