Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Michael Werner to Receive France’s Legion of Honor

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Michael Werner, via ArtforumArt dealer Michael Werner will receive France’s Legion of Honor this month in recognition of his contributions to the arts, including a donation to the Musée d’Art Moderne that its director, Fabrice Hergott, called “the most significant enrichment of the museum’s collection since the bequest made by Dr. Maurice Giradin in 1953, which led to the creation of the institution.” (more…)

NYT Spotlights Research into Post-Surgery Death of Andy Warhol

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Andy Warhol, via NYTThe New York Times reports on one surgeon’s ongoing investigations into the death of Andy Warhol following gallbladder surgery, and notes the complicating factors in the surgery that have long been left out of the story behind the artist’s sudden death.  The compiled research shows the physical strain Warhol’s injuries from a 1968 murder attempt (from which he never fully recovered), and a severely infected gallbladder, as additional complications in his surgery. (more…)

Max Hooper-Schneider Wins BMW Art Journey Award

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Max Hooper Schneider, via ArtforumLos Angeles–based artist Max Hooper Schneider has won the BMW Art Journey award, and will use the funding for an exploration of global coral reef sites.  The project will spotlight “pilgrimage sites seminal in the development of the coral imaginary in science and art: Cocos Keeling Islands, where Charles Darwin conducted fieldwork for his 1842 treatise, The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs; and the Bahamas, to which André Breton traveled on an imaginary voyage via readymade photographic representations of Bahamian coral in order to document nature’s surreality. (more…)

Art Newspaper Profiles Thomas Kaplan’s Trove of Rembrandt Works

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Thomas Kaplan, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles New York collector Thomas Kaplan, who currently holds one of the largest private collection of Rembrandt works, possessing 11 of the 35 works currently outside of institutional collections.  Kaplan is currently touring large portions of his collection globally as a way to build cultural connections.  “We, as collectors, are American,” he says. “We can use Dutch art, with an exhibition starting at a French museum, to build bridges between the West and China. Then, at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the paintings will be down the road from Mosul and Palmyra.” (more…)

Los Angeles-John Armleder at David Kordansky Gallery through February 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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John Armleder, Jasmine West (2017). All images courtesy David Kodansky Gallery.

Now through February 25, the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles hosts new work by Swiss artist John Armleder. This is the artist’s first show in the city in over 15 years and presents an array of wall paintings, several types of painting on canvas, and “installation-based gestures made in response to the overall effect produced by the other objects”, according to the press release. The show coincides with another exhibition of Armleder’s work in New York City at the Almine Rech Gallery. (more…)

Andrea Rosen to Close Her Gallery, Cease Representation of Living Artists

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Andrea Rosen, via ArtforumGallerist Andrea Rosen has announced that she will be closing her gallery to focus on representing the estate of Felix González-Torres in collaboration with David Zwirner.  “While the gallery will continue to exist, with selective activities, like the representation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, I will no longer have a typical permanent public space and therefore no longer represent living artists,” she said in a statement.  “This transition will transpire over the next few months.” (more…)

Brooklyn Museum Adds Susan Greenberg as Director of Collections

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Susan Greenberg-Fisher, via Art NewsSusan Greenberg Fisher has been appointed as director of collections at the Brooklyn Museum.  Fisher previously worked as the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation’s executive director in New York.   (more…)

Francis Kéré Tapped to Design the Serpentine Summer Pavilion in London

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Francis Kéré's design for the Serpentine, via The Guardian
Francis Kéré’s design for the Serpentine, via The Guardian

The Serpentine Galleries will host architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (founder and head of Kéré Architecture) as this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer, making the architect the first African designer invited to work with the British Institution’s annual project.  Kéré, who splits his time between Berlin and his home city of Gando in Burkino Faso, has created a massive elevated canopy, much like the stretching branches of a tree, under which the Serpentine will host its annual series of talks, performances and other events.   (more…)

Jenny Sabin Studio Selected as 2017 MoMA YAP winner

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A rendering of Lumen by Jenny Sabin, via Archinect
A rendering of Lumen by Jenny Sabin, via Archinect

The Ithaca-based Jenny Sabin Studio has won this year’s edition of the MoMA Young Architect’s Program with her design Lumen, a robotically-knitted canopy made from photoluminescent textiles that both absorb and diffuse light.  The work, which is made from recycled materials and also features a misting system, will hang over the courtyard of MoMA PS1 this summer, as the museum embarks on its annual Warm Up concert series.   (more…)

Royal Academy of Art Sets out to Rebrand Mayfair Art Weekend

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Royal Academy Summer Circus, via Art NewspaperThe Royal Academy of Art has embarked on a partnership with over 60 London Galleries to rebrand the Mayfair Art Weekend with a three-day calendar of exhibitions and events.  “Our aim is to open up our schools, the collection and our buildings and make them all more accessible to the public,” says Kate Goodwin, the RA’s curator of architecture. (more…)

Alex Becerra Profiled in Paper

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Alex Becerra, via PaperPaper Magazine has a piece on painter Alex Becerra, as he prepares new work for the LA Art Book Fair this week.  The artist, who works out of a 1,700 square foot studio in Inglewood, gives the magazine a tour of the space as he discusses his work and the the U.S.’s current political climate.  “My studio is a creative hub, not for this kind of politics,” he says.  “My attitude hasn’t changed, it is more of a question of how can I stay positive in these times.” (more…)

Artnet Examines Market for Raymond Pettibon

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Raymond Pettibon, via ArtnetArtnet examines the market for Raymond Pettibon, as the artist’s New Museum retrospective renews interest in his dauntingly massive body of work.  “Pettibon’s works are extremely collectible,” says Alexander Berggruen, specialist for post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s. “They brilliantly tread the line between house-able and viscerally pleasing, while also irreverent, provocative, and challenging in many others ways.” (more…)

New Yorker Summarizes Museum Resistance Efforts Against Trump

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Resistance, via New YorkerThe New Yorker has a piece this week on various museums’ gestures of resistance against the Trump White House, including rehangs of work to emphasize foreign artists, and a seven-hour reading of Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again” at the Brooklyn Museum.   (more…)

Gurlitt Art Trove Set to Go on view in Bonn, Germany and Bern, Switzerland

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Kunstmuseum Bern, via NYTThe Gurlitt Art Trove will finally go on public view at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland and the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, the New York Times reports.  The collaborative exhibition will focus both on the Gurlitt collection and more broadly on themes of looted art in Europe.   (more…)

National Portrait Gallery to Show Rare Set of Old Masters Drawings

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Rembrandt Drawing, via The GuardianA rare set of Old Master Drawings is set to go on view at London’s National Portrait Gallery, including sketches and pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Rubens and Rembrandt.  “Some of the drawings were perhaps never intended to leave the artists’ studios, but are arguably among the most engaging and powerful impressions of personal likeness in the history of art,” says Director Nicholas Cullinan.  (more…)

Claude Monet’s Foggy London Paintings Profiled in Guardian

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Money Waterloo Bridge, via GuardianThe Guardian has a piece this week on Claude Monet’s fascination with the foggy landscapes of London, and the city’s enduring influence on his work.  “Without fog London would not be beautiful,” he once claimed. (more…)

Dia Chair Nathalie de Gunzberg Profiled in NYT

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Nathalie de Gunzburg, via NYTNathalie de Gunzburg, chairwoman of the Dia Art Foundation’s board in Manhattan, is featured in this week’s edition of NYT’s new ‘Show Us Your Wall’ series, touring the paper through her collection of classic minimalist works, and reflecting on the era’s initial impact on her.  “I always thought that it looked like New York — rigid, sometimes imposing, very muscular. But I have to say that living with it in a place like this city actually calms me,” she says. (more…)

France Announces AWARE Award for Female Contemporary Artists

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Laetitia Badaut Haussmann and Judit Reigl, via Art NewspaperFrance’s culture ministry has launched a new prize dedicated to female contemporary artists, the AWARE awards.  “Invisible for too long, put in the background, ignored, women artists must find in the 21st-century their place in all the artistic disciplines,” French culture minister Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.  The first winners of the award are Laetitia Badaut Haussmann and Judit Reigl. (more…)

Bath Sees 100% Cut in Arts Funding, Prompting Calls for Aid from Home Office

Monday, February 20th, 2017

UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, via UK StageA 100% cut to the arts budget in the city of Bath has led to calls for intervention by the UK Culture Secretary.  “The council has committed an act of cultural vandalism in Bath that will result in a new dark age for arts and culture in the region,” says Equity deputy general secretary Stephen Spence. (more…)

Failure to Buy Pontormo Prompts Calls to Reform UK Art Export Rules

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Jacopo Pontormo, via The GuardianThe failure to purchase a £30 million painting for the National Gallery and prevent it from leaving the UK has resulted in calls to reform the country’s art export rules, the Guardian reports.  “Today’s news that Tom Hill, the American buyer of Pontormo’s Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap, has refused the National Gallery’s matching offer of over £30m marks a great cultural loss to the nation,” says the Art Fund’s Stephen Deuchar.  “We believe the UK’s art export control system should serve our public collections more effectively than at present.” (more…)

Guardian Explores State of Public Art in UK

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Sarah Lucas, via The GuardianThe Guardian reports on the current state of public art in the UK, often supported by private estates and new building projects rather than the public organizations of previous eras, and looks at recent efforts by artists to use public art to engage these problems.  “We questioned the capitalist logic of the proposed development,” says artist Jessie Brennan of a recent work on public land in Peterborough, “and offered alternative evidence for the current social use and value of the land.” (more…)

Paris— Jean-Luc Moulène at The Centre Pompidou Through February 20th, 2017

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Jean-Luc Moulène, (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jean-Luc Moulène (Installation View), via Art Observed

To walk through Jean-Luc Moulène’s retrospective at The Centre Pompidou is to traverse through a wasteland of fossils and discarded matter, a history of repurposed and spliced objects placed into an ever-evolving series of dialogues and interactions.  Giving off subtle senses of a dystopian, simulated future, the artist’s sculptures play on a suspended sense of reality, often challenging its role as constructed object or sourced material that plays on a rupture between past, present and future, disrupting easy legibility while staging a site where these divergent sensations are allowed to co-exist. (more…)

Anish Kapoor Bringing Water-Work ‘Descension’ to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Anish Kapoor, Descension, via Art NewsAnish Kapoor’s swirling, watery void Descension is set to go on view at Brooklyn Bridge this summer, courtesy the Public Art Fund.  “Anish Kapoor reminds us of the contingency of appearances: our senses inevitably deceive us,” says Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume says.  “With Descension, he creates an active object that resonates with changes in our understanding and experience of the world.” (more…)

New York — Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb: “Drawn Together” at David Zwirner Through February 18th, 2017

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, Drawn Together (Installation View)
Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, Drawn Together (Installation View)

Drawn Together, a decade-spanning look at the collaborative work of the cartoonist husband and wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, offers a well-timed opportunity for lovers of the graphic arts at David Zwirner, coinciding with the opening of the New Museum’s Raymond Petitibon retrospective A Pen of All Work.  Although they were individually prominent artists in the graphic arts scene during the course of their careers, Aline and Robert delivered a unique visual and intellectual body of work that both drew on their marriage in the early ‘70s. Later gathered in a series titled Aline and Bob’s Dirty Laundry Comics, which debuted in 1974, the couple’s ongoing collaboration is a statement on marriage, partnership, and dependency, as well as on sexuality and gender roles of the society they lived and worked within. (more…)