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Guy Wildenstein Accusations Summarized in Bloomberg

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Guy Wildenstein, via Art News

Bloomberg has a lengthy summary on the charges leveled against dealer Guy Wildenstein and his family this week, exploring Wildenstein’s various offshore holdings.  The article notes that about $875 million in work is held around the globe, and were used to maintain a flow of cash to the family.  “There were sales in order to generate the money for making distributions to support their lifestyles,” says Brian Taylor of the Royal Bank of Canada, which administered the funds.

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Sotheby’s Selling Large David Hockney in November New York Sale

Friday, September 30th, 2016

woldgate-woods-24-25-and-26-2006-via-art-market-monitorThe Art Market Monitor notes Sotheby’s choice to sell a recent David Hockney Woldgate landscape in its upcoming November sales in New York, and notes a series of interesting choices made by the auction in its selection.  “It has an eye-opening estimate of $9-12m for a body of work that has not seen action on the public market; and, Sotheby’s seems to be banking on the success of February’s big Tate retrospective which isn’t always a slam-dunk,” Marion Maneker writes. (more…)

Pair of Van Gogh Works Stolen in 2002 Recovered in Italy

Friday, September 30th, 2016

seascape-at-scheveningen-via-nytA pair of Van Gogh works stolen from the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam in 2002 have been recovered in Italy, the New York Times reports, found during an investigation into Mafia clans in the country.  “In this case, they were most likely used in what we call ‘art-napping’ — the Mafia often steals work of art and uses them as a kind of payment within their own families,” says art crimes expert Arthur Brand. “Or if a boss is caught, he can sometimes make a deal for a lesser sentence in exchange for offering to help find stolen works of art.” (more…)

New York – Ryan Gander: “I see straight through you” at Lisson Gallery Through October 15th, 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Ryan Gander, I Be... (x) (2016), via Art Observed
Ryan Gander, I Be… (x) (2016), via Art Observed

Ryan Gander has opened his first exhibition at Lisson Gallery’s new New York City outpost, spreading his work through a small but tightly selected body of pieces underlining the artist’s enigmatic material interests in play with his uniquely British sense of humor.  In one corner, a piece called I’m never coming back to New York shows a £20 note slowly twisting and pushing its way out of a hole in the wall, playing on dual jokes about fleshing out new coats of plaster with crumpled paper and the commercial core of the gallery environment.

Ryan Gander, Mr. Modern Classical Conceptualist (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability) (2016), via Art Observed
Ryan Gander, Mr. Modern Classical Conceptualist (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability) (2016), via Art Observed

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Nicole Barry to Take Over as Deputy Director of Armory Show

Friday, September 30th, 2016

nicole-berry-via-artforumCurator Nicole Berry has been appointed deputy director of The Armory Show, where she will head up VIP and visitor relations alongside new curatorial projects.  “We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to our expanding team,” executive director Benjamin Genocchio says. “She brings a wealth of talent and experience that will further develop The Armory Show as a powerful platform for leading international galleries and collectors alike, further cementing our place as America’s preeminent art fair.” (more…)

The Guardian Looks at Picasso’s Relationship to Portraiture and His Sitters

Friday, September 30th, 2016

picasso-self-portrait-via-the-guardianThe Guardian dives into Pablo Picasso’s current portrait show in London, and offers a lengthy background on the history and relationships between the artist and his sitters.  “There are so many realities that in trying to encompass them all one ends in darkness,” the artist is quoted as saying. “That is why, when one paints a portrait, one must stop somewhere, in a sort of caricature.”  (more…)

David Shrigley’s Fourth Plinth Statue Goes on View in London

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

david-shrigley-via-the-guardianDavid Shrigley’s installation for the fourth plinth at London’s Trafalgar Square goes on view today, a massive hand giving a comically extended thumbs up.  “It is such an ambiguous thing which you can quite easily project your own meaning on to, it could endorse something I didn’t want to endorse,” Shrigley says.  “My line is that it means whatever you want it to mean, but it doesn’t mean ‘that’.” (more…)

Met Lays Off 34 Employees

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

met-via-nytThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has laid off 34 employees, continuing its attempts to cut overhead amidst a budget shortfall.  “These are difficult decisions — we’re disappointed to be losing good colleagues — but we’re making very good progress on the process we put in motion,” Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president told the NYT. “Our goal was to meet the budget objectives that we have without in any way diminishing the core mission of the museum.” (more…)

New York — Donald Moffett: “any fallow field” at Marianne Boesky Gallery Through October 15th, 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Donald Moffett, Lot 040616 (cobalt and pecans) (2016)
Donald Moffett, Lot 040616 (cobalt and pecans) (2016)

Spanning Marianne Boesky Gallery’s two adjacent Chelsea locations, including the recently-opened space at 507 W. 24th Street, any fallow field, a show of recent work by seminal New York artist Donald Moffett’s investigates some of the reoccurring themes in his multi-media practice.  Moffett’s work emerged in the midst of a New York art scene that, during the ‘80s, was dealing with the debilitating impact of AIDS, a point that made tremendous impact on his complex practice. Moffet’s work sees gender and identity politics explored through oblique, yet elegant, gestures, while remaining heavily invested in representation of form, texture and paint. (more…)

Takashi Murakami Interviewed in Complex

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

takashi-murakami-via-complexTakashi Murakami is interviewed in Complex this week, as the artist opens his most recent exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, and reflects on his multifaceted career, including his work as a designer and curator.  “I don’t always enjoy curating, but I do believe it’s part of my job,” Murakami says. “It’s a good exercise for my brain, like warming up. Just focusing on my work would be so depressing! For me, curating is necessary—it’s like physical training.” (more…)

Pressure Mounts to Oust San Francisco Museum Chair

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

dede-wilsey-via-nytArts patron Diane Wilsey has maintained a position at the head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco board, despite mounting pressure to push her out of the position.  Wilsey has come under increased scrutiny last year after making a $457,000 payment to a close acquaintance from museum funds. (more…)

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Painting Returned to Family and Repurchased by Neue Galerie

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

karl-schmidt-rotluffs-nude-via-nytThe Neue Galerie has reached an agreement with heirs of a Jewish shoe manufacturer and art collector over a Karl Schmidt-Rottluff piece seized by the Nazi’s before WWII.  The museum has returned the work to the family of Alfred and Tekla Hess, and then promptly bought it back at its current fair market value.  “This case is an example of how provenance research has evolved and how much more we know today than we knew 20 years ago,” says Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer and expert on Holocaust-era property claims. (more…)

Tino Seghal Wins 2016 Hans Molfenter Prize

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

tino-seghal-via-artforumThe Kunstmuseum Stuttgart Foundation has awarded Tino Sehgal the 2016 Hans Molfenter Prize, an $18,000 award that recognizes artists with connections to southwest Germany, and which will include a commission for a project in Stuttgart. (more…)

New York – “Dolores” (Curated by Todd von Ammon) at Team Gallery Through October 9th, 2016

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Dolores (Installation View), via Art Observed
Dolores (Installation View), via Art Observed

The current exhibition at Team GalleryDolores, captures a series of disjointed, often confounding narrative arcs, and places them into close conversation through each piece’s respective architectural and spatial implications.  Drawing on the various trappings and appointments of modern domesticity, the show, curated by Todd von Ammon, twists familiar forms and functions through a variety of technical and visual alterations.

Max Hooper Schneider, Dielectrix I Division Electrophorus (2016), via Art Observed
Max Hooper Schneider, Dielectrix I: Division Electrophorus (2016), via Art Observed

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Wim Pijbes Quits Post at Museum Voorlinden

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

wim-pijbes-via-nytAfter only a few months, former Rijksmuseum head Wim Pijbes is stepping down as the Director of the Museum Voorlinden, following differences of opinion with founder Joop van Caldenborgh.  “We had different ideas on the museum after it opened,” Pijbes. “It’s about expectations and reality. We had a good conversation, and we both agreed that we were both not happy with how it was going. I offered to step aside.” (more…)

Anish Kapoor Calls Versailles Vandalism “an inside job”

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

anish-kapoor-dirty-corner-via-art-newspaperThe Art Newspaper reports on Anish Kapoor’s repeated assertion that the vandalism of his work at Versailles last summer was perpetrated by someone close to the local government, after seeing what he called a “pathetic” attempt to address the issue.  “I’d made three reports to the police [about vandalism] and to this day have had no response from them,” Kapoor says. “The councillor [Fabien Bouglé] managed to get a court hearing within hours. I’ll say it again—it was an inside job.” (more…)

NASA Names Justin Guariglia as New Artist in Residence

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

justin-guariglia-via-nytNASA has relaunched its artist residency program, naming photographer Justin Guariglia as a collaborator in the presentation of climate change to the public.  “We’re not used to computing the scale of a 100,000-year-old piece of ice the size of California that’s going to break off from an ice sheet,” Guariglia says of the project, and NASA’s work more broadly. (more…)

Wildenstein Tax Evasion Trial Denied Second Stay of Proceedings

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

guy-wildenstein-via-artnetA Paris judge has requested a second attempt by the Wildenstein family to stay the criminal trial for tax evasion until the civil trial had been resolved.  The request was denied on the grounds that it may take several years to reach a decision on the civil case. (more…)

Paul Chan’s Publishing House Issues Series of Artist-Designed Digital Files

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

martin-symss-work-for-badlands-unlimited-via-art-newsPaul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited Publishing House has released a series of artist-made digital files, including works from Cory Arcangel, Martine Syms and others, and featuring a variety of incomplete, unrealized or proposed projects.  “A file is the work before the work. It is the “score” that directs the printer, video projector, or speaker to create the expression that is experienced,” a press release reads.  “And as such, artist files hold considerable value and potential in contemporary culture.” (more…)

Nicholas Serota Planning Tate Exhibition After Leaving Museum

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

nicholas-serota-via-the-art-newspaperThe Art Newspaper reports that Nicholas Serota will seek to continue curating shows with the Tate Modern as he starts his role as the head of Arts Council UK.  The longtime head of the Tate is focused on putting together a show for a living artist that has yet to be named. (more…)

Pierre Huyghe Winner of Second Nasher Sculpture Prize

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Pierre Huyghe, via NYTThe Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas has awarded Pierre Huyghe with the second annual edition of its $100,000 prize.  “At this moment, when the environment and culture are so under threat, Huyghe’s imaginative, uncanny approach to the serious ecological and social issues facing our planet tie his oeuvre to the ancient purposes of sculpture: they possess a shamanistic quality which tips the mimetic into life,” says Jeremy Strick, the Nasher’s director. (more…)

NYT Spotlights the First Edition of TEFAF New York

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

francesco-noletti-painting-via-nytThe New York Times previews the upcoming TEFAF Fair edition in New York, the first for the fair brand in the U.S., and questions how successful the fair may be outside of the Dutch city of Maastricht.  “Maastricht is a great fair because people go for a few days and there is nothing else to do, except restaurants,” says George Wachter, chairman of Sotheby’s North America and South America. “They go with buying in mind.” (more…)

Crain’s Looks at Growing Arts Scene in Bronx

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

ivan-gaete-via-crainsCrain’s looks at the growing number of artists decamping to the Bronx, and the current real estate trends that are facilitating the growth of a new arts district in New York’s northernmost borough.  “It’s becoming hard for artists to be in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and we’re always looking for spaces that are affordable,” artist Ivan Gaete said. “The Bronx has gotten a lot of attention in the last year.” (more…)

Cardi Gallery Opening Exhibition Space in London

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

cardi-gallery-via-artforumCardi Gallery has announced plans for a new exhibition space in London, and will open its doors at 22 Grafton Street in the city’s Mayfair district this Friday.  “We are very happy for this ambitious achievement, which bears the results of the great efforts by the entire gallery staff,” says director and owner Nicolo Cardi.  “Opening a venue in London with a severe and solid program is a necessity, and will be followed by other international endeavors. Being Italian, we are proud to represent, promote and protect the legacy of Italian art from the 1960s and the ’70s that has been, and still is, a great source of inspiration for young talents all over the world.” (more…)