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Proposed Trump Budget Eliminates Funding to N.E.A.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, via NYTPresident Trump has issued a proposed budget this week which would eliminate funding for the N.E.A. and N.E.H., stoking fears over his administrations attempts to end funding for the arts.  “We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as N.E.H. has made significant contributions to the public good,” says William D. Adams, chairman of the humanities endowment, in a statement. (more…)

Art Newspaper Spotlights Christo’s Ongoing Work on “The Mastaba”

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Christo, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper puts a spotlight on The Mastaba this week, Christo’s over 40-year ongoing project seeking to build a massive structure made from 410,000 multi-colored aluminum barrels in the desert of the U.A.E.  “My projects are about the real things,” he says, “The real wind. The real wet. The real dry. The real things. Not photographs. I don’t know how to use a computer. Not flat surface. Not propaganda. But the real things.” (more…)

W Magazine Profiles Curators Behind Whitney Biennial

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Christopher Lew and Mia Locks, via WW Magazine interviews Scott Rothkopf, Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks this week, as the curators finally open their iteration of the Whitney Biennial, a show that has earned almost universal praise for its confrontation of social and political conflicts around the nation.  “For those people who expect that this show will be political at the expense of moments of great beauty, they’re going to be surprised,” Rothkopf says. (more…)

Rhizome Announces Panel for Seven on Seven 2017

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Seven on Seven, via Art NewsRhizome has announced the artist list for the 2017 edition of its annual Seven on Seven conference, which pairs artists alongside developers and tech innovators to create new projects and programs.  This year, the event will feature net art pioneer Olia Lialina, alongside Constant Dullaart, DIS, and more.  “Every year with Seven on Seven, there’s this tension between having a grouping that stands together as a coherent whole and making sure each pair is right unto itself,” Rhizome artistic director Michael Connor says. (more…)

Kerry James Marshall Interviewed in The Guardian

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997, via The GuardianKerry James Marshall is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as the artist’s touring retrospective Mastry opens at MoCA in Los Angeles.  “My ambition was never to make a lot of money,” Marshall says. “It wasn’t to travel around the world. I was really just struggling to make the best pictures I could make.” (more…)

Spiral Jetty Named State Work of Art in Utah

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Spiral Jetty, via Salt Lake TribuneRobert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty has been named a “state work of art” by the Utah House and Senate, “an acknowledgment of the contemporary land art that is so unique in our state,” according to Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake.  The work was honored alongside a series of ancient pieces of rock art spread around the Great Salt Lake area.   (more…)

Julian Opie Profiled in Newsweek

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Julian Opie, via NewsweekArtist Julian Opie is profiled in Newsweek this week, as the artist prepares for a major exhibition in China at Shanghai’s new Fosun Foundation exhibition space.    “I’ve thought a bit about locality,” Opie says, “because making a connection with the viewer is key. But if I felt that some element of the work would only be understood by a few, it would seem like a failure to me.” (more…)

Versailles Art Exhibition Shifting to Group Focus

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Anish Kapoor at Versailles, via Japan TimesThe Versailles Palace art exhibitions are shifting focus this summer, following the controversy over Anish Kapoor’s work in 2015.  The organization will now embark on a group show approach opening this fall, and curated by Alfred Pacquement, former director at Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne. (more…)

Mexico City — Gabriel Orozco: “Oroxxo” at Kurimanzutto Through March 16th, 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Gabriel Orozco, installation view, Kurimanzutto, 2017, via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

Gabriel Orozco’s new solo presentation takes place in Galeria Kurimanzutto, in San Miguel Chapultepec, Mexico DF. The show, which opened last month in conjunction with Zona Maco 2017, sees Orozco exploring a unique two-part exhibition that draws attention to Mexico’s core contemporary culture embedded in the everyday: its Oxxo tiendas, with their cheap consumer goods massively distributed across the country. These retail stores satisfy the daily needs of millions of Mexicans with sodas, snacks, cigarettes, toilet paper, shampoo, condoms, etc… Over the past 40 years, the Oxxo chain, subsidiary of the multinational multi-billion dollar company Femsa, has expanded to over 14,000 locations.

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Gabriel Orozco, installation view,  Kurimanzutto, 2017, via Art Observed

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New York – Francis Picabia: “Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” at MoMA Through March 19th, 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Francis Picabia, The Adoration of the Calf (1941-42), via Art Observed
Francis Picabia, The Adoration of the Calf (1941-42), via Art Observed

Taking on the endlessly inventive and ever-shifting formal abilities of artist Francis PicabiaMoMA’s current survey dedicated to the painter (and the first of its kind in the United States) has earned almost ceaseless praise, diving deep into the fluid and challenging series paintings, poems, published works, performances and films of one of French surrealisms landmark voices.  Spread across the gallery’s sixth floor exhibition space, Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction (which closes at the end of the week), serves as both a striking introduction and an impressively deep elaboration on the artist’s body of work.  (more…)

New York Post Reports on Met’s Continued Payment of Executive Bonuses During Financial Struggles

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Met, via NYTThe New York Post reports that while The Met was still struggling with budget issues, it was paying out sizable pay raises and bonuses to its top executives.  The piece cites several examples, including a $300,000 bonus for President Daniel Weiss after being on the job only six months. (more…)

Theaster Gates Profiled in NYT

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Theaster Gates at National Gallery, via NYTTheaster Gates is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the artist opens an exhibition of work at the National Gallery of Art in D.C.  “It’s a super-interesting moment to be at the National Gallery, where the question of what it means to be an American, and what kind of American are you, has a new kind of resonance,” he says. (more…)

A.I. Friedman Art Supply Closes as Retail Continues to Struggle

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

AI FriedmanA.I. Friedman, an 80-year-old art supply store on West 18th Street is the next shop in a wave of art supply stores to go under in the current market situation, as increasingly high numbers of sales move to large retailers like Blick or online sellers like Amazon, and demand also seems to dwindle.  “The average freshman art student at Parsons and Pratt is buying less than they used to,” says Blick CEO Bob Buchsbaum. (more…)

Protestors Dump Animal Dung Outside Palazzo Grassi in Protest Over Damien Hirst Show

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Damien Hirst protest, via hyperallergicA group of protestors dumped 88 pounds of animal dung on the steps outside of the Palazzo Grassi this week, protesting Damien Hirst’s use of animals in his works.  “It’s an insult to a city of art, of real art,” the group 100% Animalisti wrote in a statement.  (more…)

The Met Partners with Art Jameel to Acquire Middle Eastern Works

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Maha Maamoun’s Beach, via Art NEwsThe Met has launched a new project to acquire Middle Eastern Modern and Contemporary Art for its collection, operated in partnership with Saudi non-profit Art Jameel.  The pairing will allow the museum more ability to consider works for its collection.   (more…)

Never-Before Seen Rodin Sculpture to Go on View at Musée Rodin

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Absolution, via Art NewspaperThe Musée Rodin in Paris will put a never-before exhibited work by the artist on view as part of an exhibition by Anselm Kiefer at the institution.  The work, Absolution, features a series of plaster sculptures with a cloth draped over the top.  “I think it will be a surprise to most visitors as few people know about the piece. It hasn’t been published or exhibited before,” says Christine Lancestremère, head of collections at the museum. (more…)

Zaha Hadid Condo Complex in Chelsea to Feature Space for Galleries

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Related property, via Art NewspaperA new Zaha Hadid-designed luxury condo complex in Chelsea has set aside space to accommodate 15 galleries within its structure, with Paul Kasmin Gallery signing up as one of the first to take up space within the structure.  “It is a completely new-to-market concept that [will] allow domestic and international galleries to showcase their collections while we take care of all of the mundane details,” says Greg Gushee, the executive vice president of Related property company. (more…)

Sotheby’s Opens New Office in Dubai

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Sotheby's Dubai, via ArtforumSotheby’s has opened a new gallery and office in Dubai, Artforum reports.  “As our company evolves to meet the needs of every aspect of the art and luxury market globally, we’ve seen particular traction with our Middle Eastern clients,” says Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s chairman for the Middle East. “Our Dubai office enhances our ability to serve our fast-growing community of clients across the region and is geared to broadening the scope of what we offer to a whole new audience.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei Unveiling Massive New Installation in Prague

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via ArtfixDailyArtist Ai Weiwei is set to unveil his newest installation piece in Prague, a massive lifeboat complete with passengers meant to illustrate the actual risks and human toll of modern humanitarian crises.  “There’s no refugee crisis, but only human crisis,” Ai said.  “In dealing with refugees we’ve lost our very basic values.” (more…)

New York – Raymond Pettibon: “A Pen of All Work” at the New Museum Through April 9th, 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Raymond Pettibon, A Pen of All Work (Installation View), via Art Observed
Raymond Pettibon, A Pen of All Work (Installation View), via Art Observed

Over the past 50 years, few artists have produced a body of work as expansive, multivalent, and formally diverse as Raymond Pettibon, the longtime illustrator whose early work for the Los Angeles punk band Black Flag set the stage for his later career delving into the often elusive, twisting histories of American culture.  Ranging from literary rumination on baseball, surfing and poetry through to comical interpretations of the dark history of the American counterculture, Pettibon’s endlessly evolving body of work, often executed in pen and ink, twists and turns varied histories into an endlessly flowing stream of images, one that often functions as an alternative to the prolific mass media systems of modern American culture.  This restless approach to his craft is on view this spring at the New Museum, where his first major retrospective, A Pen of All Work, has brought hundreds of the artist’s works to bear on the walls of the institution. (more…)

Stedelijk Director Calls for Consideration of “De-Growth” for Museums

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Beatrix Ruff, Prince Constantijn and Rem Koolhaas, via NYTThe New York Times reports on comments by Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum, noting that the time may have come for museums to focus on more sustainable modes of growth and operation.  “We always want as many people to see our exhibitions as possible,” she says, “but when we think specifically in terms of ticket buyers, that might have an impact on the decisions we make about quality.” (more…)

New York – Pier Paolo Calzolari: “And I Say” at Marianne Boesky Through March 25th, 2017

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (2014-2015), via Art Observed
Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (2014-2015), via Art Observed

Taking over both of Marianne Boesky’s exhibition spaces on West 24th Street in Chelsea, Italian artist Pier Paolo Calzolari is currently showing a wide range of works exploring his specific interpretation of the Arte Povera movement, and his engagement with a broad range of materials that lend each of his works a notable sense of diffusive agency, allowing his chosen materials to function as both subject and object.

Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (Scarpetta) (1994), via Art Observed
Pier Paolo Calzolari, Untitled (Scarpetta) (1994), via Art Observed

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Mexico City – B. Wurtz at Lulu Through April 15th, 2017

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

B Wurtz Bunch #4 (1996), via Lulu Gallery
B. Wurtz, Bunch #4 (1996), via Lulu Gallery

Opening in conjunction with the broad range of events and projects around the Zona Maco art fair this past week in Mexico City, the Cuauhtemoc-based gallery Lulu has welcomed New York-based artist B. Wurtz to present a body of new works, continuing the artist’s enigmatic engagement with the materiality of the everyday.  The exhibition will remain on view through the middle of April.

B. Wurtz (Installation View), via Lulu Gallery
B. Wurtz (Installation View), via Lulu Gallery

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Los Angeles – Terence Koh: “sleeping in a beam of sunlight” at Moran Bondaroff Through March 11th, 2017

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Terence Koh, Sleeping in a beam of sunlight (Installation View), via Art Observed
Terence Koh, Sleeping in a beam of sunlight (Installation View), via Art Observed

When Terence Koh announced his sudden return from Upstate New York for a show in Manhattan last year, few could anticipate the artist’s intricate clusters of collaged material, soundscapes, and of course, his Bee Chapel, an immense hive installed inside a wax structure viewers could sit inside and listen to the insects buzzing drones.  So when the artist announced a second show in Los Angeles, and took up residency inside the rooms of Moran Bondaroff, one expected something of a second shock inside the sun-filled gallery space.

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