Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Venice Blocks Long-Running Pop-Up Exhibitions, Affecting Biennale Programming

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

A new rule in Venice will block temporary and pop-up exhibitions from running the full length of the Venice Biennale, Art Newspaper reports. (more…)

Man Steals Warhol “Shadow” Paintings, Sells Fakes Online

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

A Boston man has admitted to stealing several Andy Warhol works and selling fake versions online. “The buyer removed the paintings’ frames and found no Warhol Foundation authentication stamps and noticed that the canvasses and staples looked new,” prosecutors said. (more…)

NYT Visits Met with Man Painted by Alice Neel

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

The NYT visits The Met’s Alice Neel exhibition this week with Jeff Neal, who the artist painted as a child for a work now on view in the show. “I always thought it was going to come back to me,” Mr. Neal said. “I would dream about it, and then I would ask Allen about it. He said, ‘No, hadn’t heard anything.’ I would see her on the news and say, ‘Wow, I wonder what happened to my painting.’” (more…)

New York – Oscar Tuazon: “PEOPLE” at Luhring Augustine Through April 17th, 2021

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2021), via Luhring Augustine
Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2015/2021), via Luhring Augustine

Currently on view at Luhring Augustine’s Tribeca exhibition space, artist Oscar Tuazon has compiled a presentation of all new sculptural works, united under the title PEOPLE. Continuing Tuazon’s investigation of hybridized forms and construction through fusions of natural material and human technological developments, the show pushes fusions of minimalist abstraction and natural elements, making up a series of constantly changing morphologies and addressing notions of the natural systems of growth and decay. (more…)

New Museum Triennial to Open This Fall

Monday, April 5th, 2021

The New Museum has announced the latest iteration of its Triennial, postponed until October due to the pandemic. Organized by Margot Norton, the Allen and Lola Goldring curator at the New Museum, and Jamilah James, the senior curator of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the show is titled Soft Water Hard Stone, borrowed from a Brazilian proverb about perseverance: “soft water on hard stone hits until it bores a hole.” (more…)

Venice Bans Cruise Ships

Monday, April 5th, 2021

After years of complaints and critiques, the city of Venice has finally banned cruise ships from docking in the lagoon. “It’s a fair decision that has been awaited for years: the Council of Ministers approves a decree that establishes that the final landing of big ships in Venice must be outside the lagoon, as requested by Unesco,” says culture minister Dario Franceschini. (more…)

New York – William Eggleston and John McCracken: “True Stories” at David Zwirner Through April 17th, 2021

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner
John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at its uptown exhibition space, David Zwirner is presenting an exhibition of works by William Eggleston and John McCracken, the first time the artists have been featured together, through a selection of works that explore color and light in their respective artistic visions. Expressing a natural interest in the forms and lines of the American landscape through documentation and precise geometries, the show is a fascinating exploration of the pair’s respective aesthetic visions.

William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner
William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner

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Canal Street Research Association Profiled in NYT

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

The NYT visits the Canal Street Research Association this week, a project on Canal Street that has served as a home for a series of exhibitions and performances during its short run. “When we first walked past, we were like, oh my God, there’s a Relational art project,” said Tom Finkelpearl, the city’s former commissioner of cultural affairs. (more…)

New York – Cory Arcangel: “Century 21″ at Greene Naftali Through April 17th, 2021

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

Over the past two decades, few artists have taken such a continuously engaging pathway through the history and culture of digital media in all of its forms in the same manner as Cory Arcangel.  Hacking into the systems and software that define our networked lives, he introduces glitches and misfires that reveal the perils of technological dependence. For his debut solo exhibition at Greene Naftali, he continues this practice, amplifying and enhancing themes he has honed over two decades, using the structures and social mores of digital platforms as his primary artistic material.

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

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NYT Asks if NFTs are the Next Great Bubble

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

A piece in the NYT this week asks if the current fascination with NFTs is actually a bubble ready to burst. “We’re in a frenzy of speculation. I don’t know how long these prices will be sustainable,” says Robert Norton, head of blockchain art company Verisart. “We’re living in a moment of collective hysteria.” (more…)

New York – “Regroup Show” at Miguel Abreu Gallery Through April 17th, 2021

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu
Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu

In 2007, at its location at 36 Orchard, Miguel Abreu Gallery mounted Regroup Show, an exhibition meant to highlight the then burgeoning scene of artists showing together and side by side in the Lower East Side. Exploring the diverse modes of working and broad range of expressive capacities of this talented group, the show was a striking inquiry into just how one might understand shared space, and sharing space.

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Getty Museum Acquires Artemisia Gentileschi Work

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

The Getty Museum announced that it has acquired a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi from an undisclosed seller. The work will go on view when The Getty reopens to the public. (more…)

Art Newspaper Museum Attendance Report Shows 77% Drop in 2020 Museum Attendance

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Showing the stark drop in attendance caused by Covid, the annual Art Newspaper museum attendance report shows a 77% drop in attendance at the world’s 100 most- visited art museums. (more…)

Andy Warhol Foundation Loses Court Case Over Fair Use

Monday, March 29th, 2021

The US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Andy Warhol did not make fair use of a Lynn Goldsmith’s portrait of Prince when he produced his own series of images of the musician. “The Prince Series retains the essential elements of its source material, and Warhol’s modifications serve chiefly to magnify some elements of that material and minimize others,” wrote Judge Gerald Lynch. “While the cumulative effect of those alterations may change the Goldsmith Photograph in ways that give a different impression of its subject, the Goldsmith Photograph remains the recognizable foundation upon which the Prince Series is built.” (more…)

Banksy Work Sells for £16.7 Million to Benefit UK Health Services

Monday, March 29th, 2021

The sale of a Banksy work depicting a child playing with a superhero nurse has raised £16.7m for UK health services. “As a charitable gift it ensures our staff have a say in how money is spent to benefit them, our patients and our community and is a fantastic way to thank and reward them for the sacrifices they’ve made,” says David French, interim chief executive officer of University Hospital Southampton Trust. (more…)

San Francisco Weighs Monthly Funds for Artists

Monday, March 29th, 2021

San Francisco is weighing the possibility of a $1000 monthly grant for artists in the city. “The arts are truly critical to our local economy and are an essential part of our long-term recovery. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “This new program is an innovative effort to help our creative sector get through this challenging time, and come back even stronger and more resilient than before.” (more…)

New York Times Showcases Photographs of Ray Johnson

Monday, March 29th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week documents the rarely seen photographic work of Ray Johnson. “I felt it was a hidden treasure, and at some point it would be revealed,” says dealer and estate manager Frances Beatty. “If you know Ray Johnson, you know that he never did anything casually and without intention. It was all of a piece.” (more…)

Gary Simmons Heads to Hauser & Wirth

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Artist Gary Simmons is heading to Hauser & Wirth, finding a new home with the mega-gallery as his longtime representative, Metro Pictures, closes shop. “Over the past 30 years, Gary has achieved an incredibly rare alchemy of feeling with his paintings, installations, sound works, and sculptures,” says Marc Payot, president of Hauser & Wirth. “Simultaneously depicting and erasing—a process that in itself suggests the strange, willful impermanence of American culture—he’s created a powerful artistic language to express the personal and collective experience of Black Americans.”

Serpentine Galleries Drop Sackler Name

Monday, March 29th, 2021

The Serpentine Galleries have removed the Sackler name from its North Galleries. “We recently introduced new way-finding terminology to help visitors distinguish between the two galleries. These terms will appear on the website and on all marketing materials,” a spokesperson said. (more…)

Louvre Puts Full Collection Online

Monday, March 29th, 2021

The Louvre has put its full collection online, allowing users around the world to browse and view works easily from a digital database. (more…)

Leon Black to Leave MoMA Chair

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

After weeks of behind the scenes discussions and rumors, Leon Black will step down from his chair at MoMA. Black will leave the position on June 30th. Black has come under fire in the past months over his close ties to Jeffrey Epstein before the financier’s death. (more…)

Amid Pandemic, Gwangju Biennale Returns

Friday, March 26th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week reports on the return of the Gwangju Biennale, one of the first art world events to reopen as the pandemic continues. “It’s been a long journey,” says curator Defne Ayas. (more…)

New York – Roni Horn: “Recent Work” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 10th, 2021

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Roni Horn, Wits' End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth
Roni Horn, Wits’ End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth

Artist Roni Horn has spent the past four decades questioning accepted notions of identity and meaning, thwarting closure and opening up new possibilities of perception through her expansive body of work across mediums. This relentless approach to her craft, exploring modes of perception and language as expressed through nuanced, subtle material inventions, takes center stage here in a show of recent work at Hauser & Wirth in New York. Compiling a selection of drawings described as “a kind of breathing activity on a daily level,”the show welcomes an engaging continuation of her interest in speech, written text, and understanding.

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Sotheby’s to Offer 1982 Basquiat This May in New York

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Sotheby’s will have a 1982 Basquiat as a centerpiece of its May 12th auction in New York, estimated to sell for $35 million–$50 million. “In Versus Medici, Basquiat melds the political and art historical as he consciously stages a reckoning with the Westernized ideal of visual culture and was intent on mastering and commandeering the accepted ‘rules’ of art history in order to break them,” says Grégoire Billault, Sotheby’s New York head of contemporary art. (more…)