Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Sara Cochran Jouns Eric Fischl and April Gornik’s Residency Program in Sag Harbor

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Church, a new residency program created by Eric Fischl and April Gornik has tapped Sara Cochran, former director and chief curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, as the executive director and chief curator.  “She contacted me to ask if I would find it awkward if she applied for the job, and of course it was quite the opposite—I was thrilled,” Fischl says. (more…)

Auction Houses Submit Bids for Macklowe Collection

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Auction houses have been asked to submit proposals for the sale of the collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe a $700 million collection they were ordered to sell as part of divorce proceedings.  The anticipated date for sale is this spring. (more…)

New York – Ragen Moss: “8 Animals” at Bridget Donahue Through January 26th, 2020

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Ragen Moss, Senior Borrower (with Mezzanine Borrower) (2019), via Bridget Donahue
Ragen Moss, Senior Borrower (with Mezzanine Borrower) (2019), via Bridget Donahue

Currently on view at Bridget Donahue, artist Ragen Moss has hung an octet of peculiar hanging sculptures.  Referred to at points as “couples” and as “animals,” the show seems to take on the atmosphere of animals moving about an enclosure, watched closely by the viewer to glimpse moments of personality and persona. The works, on view through the end of the month, offer a particularly impressive chance to observe and explore the nature of viewing, and the concept of nature itself.    (more…)

Tamara de Lempicka Piece Heads to Auction at Christie’s as Market Heats Up

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Artist Tamara de Lempicka continues a market streak this winter as her piece Portrait de Marjorie Ferry heads to auction at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in London.“Tamara de Lempicka’s striking portraits came to symbolize the exuberance and freedom of the post-war society during the 1920s and early 30s,” says Keith Gill, the head of Impressionist & Modern Art evening sales at Christie’s. (more…)

Henry Taylor Joins Hauser & Wirth

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Painter Henry Taylor has joined the roster at Hauser & Wirth, which will share representation with Blum & Poe.  “After an incredibly fruitful 10 years of success together, Blum and Poe is pleased, going forward, to continue to do great work alongside Hauser & Wirth,” says Tim Blum. (more…)

Cecily Brown Tapped as Next Artist to Show at Blenheim Palace

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Ceciliy Brown has been tapped as the next artist to present work at Blenheim Palace. “The idea of showing work in a stately home would never have occurred to me but I was invited to do it and I immediately thought ‘what a fabulous idea’ and ‘what fun’, really,” she says. “It is completely out there and different to anywhere else I’ve shown my work.” (more…)

New York – Lothar Baumgarten: “The Early Years” at Marian Goodman Through February 15th, 2020

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Lothar Baumgarten, Tropenhäuser (Guayana), Conservatorie (Guayana) (1969-1972:2012), via Marian Goodman
Lothar Baumgarten, Tropenhäuser (Guayana), Conservatorie (Guayana) (1969-1972:2012), via Marian Goodman

Currently on view at Marian Goodman in New York, artist Lothar Baumgarten is the subject of a posthumous show focusing on a body of work he helped compile before his passing.  “The Early Years” focuses on the formative works that shaped his oeuvre, and functions as an homage to one of the most important German artists who influenced a subsequent generation, not to mention an artist who has worked with the gallery since the 1980’s.

Lothar Baumgarten, Kosmos (1968), via Marian Goodman
Lothar Baumgarten, Kosmos (1968), via Marian Goodman

(more…)

M+ Curator Doryun Chung Profiled in Art News

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong gets a profile in Art News this week, as he prepares to open the space to the public. It is my vision, but it is also the natural consequence of the work we are doing that this is going to be a … multidisciplinary contemporary collection like no other in Asia,” he says. “No institution has come up with this sort of vision with the policy, resources, and infrastructure that is already there.”  (more…)

Damien Hirst Pill Cabinet Heads to Sale at Phillips

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

One of Damien Hirst’s iconic pill cabinets is heading to auction, part of a selection of works by collector Robert Tibbles at Phillips next month.  “I was shown good stuff, and I chose good stuff. The truth is, the valuations have always remained remarkably stable,” the collector says.  “Ultimately, I had this epiphany and realized, actually, [the collection is] complete.”  (more…)

Artists’ Open Letter Calls Again for Removal of Board Members at MoMA PS1

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

A group of 37 artists have sent an open letter to MoMA PS1 calling for the removal of two board members who have been the subject of criticism over war profiteering. “We appreciate the visibility this exhibition gives to the Iraq wars and to the work of Iraqi artists; however, we also wish to make visible MoMA’s connection to funds generated from companies and corporations that directly profit from these wars,” the letter reads. “We call on PS1 to stand by its stated mission and, together with MoMA, take a truly radical position by divesting from any trustees and sources of funding that profit from the suffering of others.” (more…)

George Condo Heads to Hauser & Wirth

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

George Condo is now represented by Hauser & Wirth, Art News reports. “It’s this link between generations,” says Marc Payot. “He’s really rooted in art history, going to back to Old Masters and creating links between artists we work with, like Philip Guston, Nicole Eisenman, and Avery Singer.” (more…)

Stan Douglas Tapped for 2021 Canadian Pavilion in Venice

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Artist Stan Douglas will represent Canada at the 2021 Canadian Pavilion, Art News reports. “Douglas is one of the country’s most internationally respected artists, with a practice recognized for its critical imagination, formal ingenuity and deep commitment to social enquiry,” a statement by the jury reads. “The currency of Douglas’ practice is especially relevant in the context of the Biennale’s global dialogues, and the jury was unanimous in its enthusiasm for his selection.” (more…)

Pop Stars BTS Launch Global Arts Inititative

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Korean pop stars BTS are launching an ambitious global art initiative featuring work by Antony Gormley, Tomás Saraceno, and more, Art News reports.“This project is especially meaningful to us because it truly represents diversity and creates a collective, positive message for the world that we value. Through this project, we hope to return the great amount of love and support from our fans, ARMY, and all audiences,” a statement reads. (more…)

New York – Lee Bul: “Interlude: Perdu” at Lehmann Maupin Through January 18th, 2020

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Lee Bul, Perdu XX (2019), via Lehmann Maupin
Lee Bul, Perdu XX (2019), via Lehmann Maupin

On view through January 18th in New York, the South Korean artist Lee Bul presents a selection of new works unified under the title Interlude: Perdu at Lehmann Maupin, a solo presentation that  features recent mixed media paintings from the artist’s Perdu series that blend biomorphic and cybertronic forms, vividly yet delicately rendered in acrylic paint and mother of pearl.  The artist’s work, which incorporates these divergent forms into a new formal language, makes for an expressive wrinkle in her broader body of work. (more…)

Erie Art Museum Head Out After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Following allegations of sexual harassment and a petition online that demanded his removal, Joshua Helmer is out at the Erie Art Museum. “The Erie Art Museum Board of Directors takes seriously all allegations of misconduct,” the museum said in a statement. “Prior to offering Mr. Helmer the position at the Erie Art Museum, the Board, with the help of an employment consultant, conducted due diligence including background checks. No issues were identified during our due diligence.” (more…)

Dealer James Birch Profiled in The Telegraph

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Art dealer James Birch gets a profile in The Telegraph this week, profiling his adventurous approach to curating work, and his discovery of Grayson Perry. (more…)

Sotheby’s Teams with Highsnobiety for Streetwear Line Promoting Old Masters Week

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Sotheby’s and Highsnobiety have partnered for a limited-edition collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies featuring works from the upcoming Masters Week auctions in New York. “This partnership with Highsnobiety, whose name is synonymous with streetwear and has been at the forefront of the culture for 15 years, was an opportunity to showcase Old Master paintings as remarkably modern, graphic works of art that can be enjoyed outside their mythological or historical context,” says David Pollack, Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Specialist for Old Master Paintings. (more…)

New York – Sophie Calle, Bruce Conner, Paul Pfeiffer: “Documents & Recitations” at Paula Cooper Through February 8th, 2020

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Sophie Calle, Exquisite Pain (Count Down - 22) (2000), via Paula Cooper
Sophie Calle, Exquisite Pain (Count Down – 22) (2000), via Paula Cooper

Exploring divergent concepts and bodies of work in exchange over the course of a show currently on view at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, photographers Sophie Calle, Bruce Conner and Paul Pfeiffer have gathered together under the title “Documents & Recitations.”  The show, which features a range of different images and works from each artist’s oeuvre, explores the format of the series to construct new narratives, and engage notions of individual memory and collective perception as translated through the medium of photography. (more…)

NYT Charts Recent Challenges in German Public Arts Construction

Monday, January 13th, 2020

A piece in the New York Times this week charts the challenges faced by recent public arts construction in Germany, as budgets spiral out of control and other projects go unfinished due to poor planning.  “The firms that offer the highest quality and greatest flexibility are not the cheapest, so they often don’t have a chance,” says Professor Mike Gralla, head of the construction management department at the Technical University Dortmund. (more…)

Yinka Shonibare Interviewed in The Guardian

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Yinka Shonibare has a piece in The Guardian this week, speaking on his vision for his new residency program in Nigeria. “African artists have always been there, doing fantastic work, and the rest of the world is only just catching up,” he says. (more…)

Camille Pissarro and Paul Signac Works, Once Looted by Nazis Head to Auction

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Recovered works by Camille Pissarro and Paul Signac are set to go to auction at Sotheby’s this February, pieces looted by the Nazis during WWII and just recently returned to the descendants of their original owners from the holdings of the Musée D’Orsay.  “It’s a pity for the Musée d’Orsay to lose these paintings, but it’s a good example of a country acting in an honorable fashion. It’s the right thing to do,” says Thomas Boyd-Bowman, a director at Sotheby’s impressionist and modern art department. “Looting and vandalism should not profit others.” (more…)

Cecelia Alemani to Helm 2021 Venice Biennale

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Cecilia Alemani, the curator of New York’s High Line, has been tapped as the curator of the next Venice Biennale.  Alemani previously curated projects at the massive exhibition, including the 2017 Italian National Pavilion.  She is the first Italian woman to helm the Biennale. “As the first Italian woman to hold this position, I understand and appreciate the responsibility and also the opportunity offered to me,” she says. “I intend to give voice to artists to create unique projects that reflect their visions and our society.” (more…)

Michael Rakowitz Pauses Video at MoMA PS1 in Protest Over “Toxic Philanthropy”

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Artist Michael Rakowitz paused his video at MoMA PS1 this past week, part of a protest against museum board members he says are engaged in “toxic philanthropy.”  “I did not receive their permission, but it is my right as the artist and the work may not be altered without my permission,” Rakowitz says. “Removal of the statement or presenting the video unpaused would be damaging the work…. This is a destructive act.” (more…)

New York Times Details Issues Surrounding Art Repatriation Efforts in Poland

Monday, January 13th, 2020

A piece in the NYT this week details the problems surrounding Polish artworks looted by the Nazis and held outside of the country, as well as the country’s issues with lotoed works currently held in its own collections. “The Polish government wants to have as much as possible back,” says law professor Kamil Zeidler, “but they don’t want to give anything back to others.” (more…)