Archive for the 'Art News' Category

New York – Jeppe Hein: “I Am With You” at 303 Gallery Through October 19th, 2019

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303
Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303

Artist Jeppe Hein rounds out a new show of works at 303 Gallery this month, a selection of works that continue a frank, emotive sensibility and a meditative approach towards perception and understanding in his work.  The show, including neon works, LED-lit sculptures and painted canvases, seems to reflect and rework a range of expressive tendencies from the contemporary canon through a colorful, subdued lens. (more…)

NYT Spotlights Post-Brexit Future for EU Art Market

Friday, October 18th, 2019

David Zwirner is in the NYT this week, talking about Brexit and how it has affected the future of the European art market. “I thought of having a second leg in Europe since a few years, but Brexit did accelerate that process,” he says. “There were opportunities in Europe we weren’t grabbing in the way we should.”

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Shirin Neshat Interviewed in Art Newspaper

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Shirin Neshat has some choice words about the Trump administration in an interview with Art Newspaper this week, as she opens a major retrospective at The Broad. “For me, the demon lives on both sides,” she says. “This US government is looking more and more like the Iranian government every day. I am cornered on both sides in a way, maybe not so badly yet in the US. At the moment the sanctions are killing Iran­—not just the government but the people too—and they are desperately trying to find a solution. And then in the US, my God—it is just going to hell. There are such profound problems: corruption, healthcare, education, the issue of poverty. ” (more…)

New York – “Embodiment” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 26th, 2019

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Currently on view at its Chelsea exhibition space, Mitchell-Innes & Nash is currently presenting Embodiment, a group exhibition of works by Pope.L, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Cheyenne Julien and Tschabalala Self that explores the different ways in which corporeality is envisioned and depicted within the spatial confines of the two-dimensional picture plane. Focusing on a selection of works that tease and turn the human form through a variety of perspectives and varied iterations, the show is a fascinating investigation of how the human form exists in contemporary art, and how it might be incorporated in the future. (more…)

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at The Grand Palais, October 17th . -20th, 2019

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales and exhibitions in the French capital. With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees. This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 46th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais. With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. (more…)

Artist Accuses Gucci of Ripping Her Off for New Campaign

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Artist Sharona Franklin is accusing Gucci of ripping off the style and techniques in her work, after the artist was approached and signed an NDA for the company. “I gave them my full name, and then after that I never heard from them again,” she says, noting that she has suffered from multiple chronic illnesses that have caused issues with employers in the past. “I lost so many opportunities in the past by disclosing my disability to employers.”  (more…)

Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” Ruling Barring Travel Reversed by Court

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Reversing a prior ruling, an Italian court has ruled that da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to Paris for the massive Louvre exhibition set to open soon.  The last ruling stated that the work was too fragile to travel. (more…)

Centre Pompidou to Open Massive “Art Factory” in Paris Suburbs

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The Centre Pompidou is planning an “art factory” in the suburb of Massy, with 237,000 square feet for storage and exhibition space.  The space is estimate to  cost around €50 million, or about $55.6 million, to build.  The space will also hold works from the Musée National Picasso-Paris. (more…)

Former ICA Miami Ellen Salpeter to Take Over at Westbeth Artists’ Housing

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Former Institute of Contemporary Art Miami head Ellen Salpeter will take on leadership of Westbeth Artists’ Housing, a New York–based nonprofit providing affordable housing and studio spaces to artists, Art News reports.  “It’s a nice time to reflect on its story, which is pretty extraordinary, but it also offers us an opportunity to look forward to the next phase of Westbeth and position us as a resource for a future generation of artists,” she says. “I think we have a fundamental role in keeping cultural producers in New York.” (more…)

UOVO Faces Criticism, Threatened With Funding Cuts Over “Worker Intimidation”

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

New York officials are threatening to cuts to funding for the art storage and handling company UOVO over “aggressive and coercive tactics” to prevent its workers from unionizing. “Immediately cease and desist your campaign of intimidation and misinformation against your employees,” reads a letter to UOVO chairman Steve Guttman from New York state senator Julia Salazar. (more…)

Sanyu Painting Looks to Set New Auction Record Next Month in Hong Kong

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Chinese-French artist Sanyu’s Five Nudes will go on sale at Christie’s Hong Kong, with a record-setting presale estimate of HKD 250 million, or about $33 million. (more…)

Desert X Loses Early Donor Over Saudi Arabian Edition

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Following Desert X’s partnership with Saudi Arabia on its next exhibition, an early donor for the project, The MaddocksBrown Foundation will withdraw funding.  “It’s like inviting Hitler to a tea party in 1943 — I see a simile here,” says artist Ed Ruscha. “I see Saudi Arabia as being in desperate need of cultural legitimacy, and this is a way to move the spotlight away from their other problems.” (more…)

The Louvre Working to Complete VR Tour of the Mona Lisa

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

The Louvre is putting the finishing touches on a virtual reality tour that focuses on the Mona Lisa as it prepares its landmark show on Leonardo Da Vinci. “She is seated, and spectators will be facing her like a conversation, face to face,” says Dominique de Font-Réaulx, the Louvre’s director of mediation and cultural programming. (more…)

German Arts Center Z.K.M. Recognized by NYT

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A piece in the NYT recognizes the German art center Z.K.M. in Karlsruhe, which has a reputation for spotting new and dynamic creative ideas, and which was an early supporter and collector of visual art.  “No other institution has a track record of really looking at the medium in depth,” says Christiane Paul, a media studies professor at the New School. (more…)

Nick Cave Profile in NYT

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Nick Cave gets a profile in the NYT this week, part of a series celebrating “The Greats,” and discusses his career, including the construction of his first sound suit after the 1992 Rodney King beating.  “I felt like my identity and who I was as a human being was up for question. I felt like that could have been me,” he says. “Once that incident occurred, I was existing very differently in the world. So many things were going through my head: How do I exist in a place that sees me as a threat?” (more…)

Emilie Gordenker to Take Helm at Van Gogh Museum

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Emilie Gordenker will serve as the next director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, signing on from the Mauritshuis museum in the Hague. “After 12 wonderful years at the Mauritshuis, it is time for a new challenge,” Gordenker said in a statement. “I am absolutely thrilled to move to the Van Gogh Museum. It will be an honor to lead such a successful museum and I look forward to building on that success in the future.” (more…)

Monumental Collector Stefan T. Edlis Has Died at 94

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Stefan T. Edlis, the Chicago of postwar and contemporary art, has died at the age of 94.  “There are thousands of good artists,” he once said. “If you try to understand more than what you can get through your head, you won’t give them the proper attention.” (more…)

Christie’s to Offer Rare David Hockney Estimated at $25 Millino Next Month in New York

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Christie’s will offer a rarely-seen David Hockney valued at a $25 million-to-$45 million estimate this November in New York.  The work, Sur la Terrasse, from 1971, was painted at almost exact scale. “This work marks a momentous turning point in the artist’s personal and professional lives,” says Ana Maria Celis, Christie’s head of evening sale, postwar and contemporary art. “We are very pleased to be bringing Sur la Terrasse to market and into the public eye after residing within a private collection for nearly 40 years, where it went unseen by the public for almost as long.” (more…)

Sotheby’s New York to Sell Francis Bacon’s “Pope” this November, Benefitting the Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Sotheby’s will offer Francis Bacon’s Pope on to benefit the Brooklyn Museum‘s collection this November in New York. “Pope offers a rare glimpse into the psychology of the artist and the influences behind the works he created during a passionate yet volatile love affair with Peter Lacy,” the auction house writes in its statement. (more…)

Protest Takes Place on Met Steps

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

A massive crowd of protestors descended on the steps of The Met yesterday, part of a protest against Columbus Day. “I want to remind you that this was not brought to you by the Met,”says Amin Husain, a member of Decolonize This Place. “This was brought to you by the comrades who came together to say Columbus Day is a sham.” (more…)

Gavin Turk Profiled in The Guardian

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Gavin Turk gets a profile in The Guardian, discussing his recent activism and protest, and how he sees the art world unfolding in the face of climate crisis.   “Art is bound to get caught up in what’s happening in the wider world,” he says.  (more…)

Nayland Blake Gives NYT Tour of Their Flatbush Apartment

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Nayland Blake gives the NYT a tour of their Flatbush apartment, showcasing work from fellow queer artists and the clutters of material and work that adorn their one bedroom space. “The only way that queer or marginalized cultures survive is through somebody loving them and somebody acting as the curator of their own museum,” Blake says. “That kind of intimate culture is just as valid as the high cultures that museums often traffic.” (more…)

Salvador Dali Print Stolen This Weekend from San Francisco Gallery

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

A Salvador Dalí print valued at $20,000 was stolen from a San Francisco gallery this weekend. “He was in and out of there in a shot,” says Rasjad Hopkins, gallery director at Dennis Rae Fine Art, where the work was stolen.   (more…)

AO Preview – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at the Grand Palais, October 17th – 20th, 2019

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Sadie Benning, Blow Up #26 (2018), via Kaufman Repetto
Sadie Benning, Blow Up #26 (2018), via Kaufman Repetto

Returning to the French capital for another year of exhibitions inside the iconic expanses of the Grand Palais, the Foire International Art Contemporain, or FIAC, opens its doors today in Paris.  The fair, which has operated for over 45 years in the city, has undergone several facelifts over the course of its lifetime, with its most recent editions courting a healthy mix of contemporary and modern works alongside more classical and historical modes, making it one of the world’s more ambitiously curated programs. (more…)