Archive for the 'Art News' Category

String of New Art Spaces Open in Australia

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

A string of new art spaces are set to open in Australia this year, Artforum reports, including a series of new renovations and new non-profit centers opened country-wide. (more…)

El Anatsui Profiled in New Yorker

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Artist El Anatsui gets a profile in the New Yorker this week, as he discusses his career and his modes of working. “If you feel attached to your work, it means you have a feeling you have gotten to the end,” says. (more…)

Smithsonian Abandons $2 Billion Expansion Plan

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

The Smithsonian has abandoned a $2 billion expansion, focusing instead on a smaller renovation and refurbishment. “It’s simply the evolutionary process, me coming in and asking certain questions,” says Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III.

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Hirshhorn Facing Pressure Over Redesign of Sculpture Garden

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

The Hirshhorn is facing pressure over the proposed redesign to its sculpture garden by Hiroshi Sugimoto, which some say threatens the geometries and concepts of the original design. “It’s a process of negotiating and talking and I have no answer yet,” said the artist. “My opinion is just 10% or 20%. I tell people what I want to make.” (more…)

Getty Launches Online Archive of Ed Ruscha’s Sunset Strip Photos

Monday, January 11th, 2021

A new project by the Getty has launched a new online project allowing visitors to explore the  photographs Ed Ruscha shot of the Sunset Strip over several decades. (more…)

Art Newspaper Charts New Challenges for Shipping Art Between UK and Europe

Monday, January 11th, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper notes a new set of challenges and “teething problems” for art handlers and shippers moving works in and out of the UK as Brexit goes into place.  The increased paperwork is “actually proving to be quite a painful process” says Joe Kennedy, the co-founder of the London gallery, Unit London, leading to “a significant amount of additional red tape and delays at customs”. (more…)

NYT Notes Increase in Experiential Art Spaces Despite COVID-19

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Immersive museums and experiential art centers are expanding even in the face of the Pandemic, the NYT reports. “Art is a risky enterprise, and in a period of distress, it’s exactly the wrong time to expect more investment,” says  William Goetzmann, a professor of finance and management studies at Yale University. “If you are a nonprofit, you can appeal to donors to safeguard cultural heritage. If you are a for-profit company, an investor expects a return that’s commensurate with the risk.” (more…)

Expo Chicago Postpones 2021 Edition

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Making it the first fair of the year to postpone its 2021 edition, Expo Chicago has once again rescheduled its already delayed fair. “As with everything, like going to a restaurant or an exhibition, if an exhibitor is expending the money for an art fair it has to be safe and it also has to be a viable option for success,” says director Tony Karman. “It was obvious that we had to postpone, recognizing, unfortunately, that things aren’t going the way they should for people to gather safely.” (more…)

François Pinault’s Bourse de Commerce Museum Opening Delayed Due to Museum Closures

Monday, January 11th, 2021

The opening of François Pinault’s Bourse de Commerce Museum has been delayed as a result of the continued French museum closures. “All activities and establishments currently closed will remain closed until the end of the month,” says Prime Minister Jean Castex.  (more…)

New York – Adrian Ghenie: “The Hooligans” at Pace Gallery Through February 27th, 2021

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Adrian Ghenie, Gauguin with Cowboy Hat (2020), via Pace
Adrian Ghenie, Gauguin with Cowboy Hat (2020), via Pace

The Hooligans, Adrian Ghenie’s fourth solo exhibition with Pace Gallery, brings forth a selection of nine new paintings and three drawings from the enigmatic and expressive Romanian artist.  All produced within the last year, the show draws on Ghenie’s continued interest and exploration of abstraction and its history, pulling in particular here from the work of  J.M.W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. Radicals in their time, their work unsettled artistic conventions, and here are treated as such in Ghenie’s equally visceral style.

Adrian Ghenie, The Impressionists (2020), via Pace
Adrian Ghenie, The Impressionists (2020), via Pace

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NYT Reviews Renewed Interest in the Multiple

Monday, January 11th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week explores the renewed interest in multiples in the art world, and the artists still working in multiples today. “I wanted my best work to be the cheapest work,” says Danh Vo. (more…)

Syracuse’s Everson Museum Adds 7 Works to Collection Following Sale of $12 Million Pollock

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Following the sale of a $12 million Pollock from its holdings, Syracuse’s Everson Museum has purchased seven works by emerging and mid-career artists, including pieces by Shinique Smith and works by local artists.  “The Everson’s collection has been steadily evolving in recent years,” says director Elizabeth Dunbar, “and this new group of purchases—the first of many more to come—signals an institutional commitment to building a collection that not only reflects the rich diversity of our community, but embodies the potential for exploring new and multiple narratives within the trajectory of art past, present, and future.” (more…)

Richard Serra Sculpture Vandalized in Qatar

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Richard Serra’s desert sculpture in Qatar has been vandalized with graffiti. “The vandals were apprehended by authorities and were referred to public prosecution for the necessary legal action to be taken against them,” says a statement by Qatar Museums. (more…)

Venice Extends Closure of City Museums

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Venetian mayor Luigi Brugnaro has extend the closure of the city’s 11 civic museums, causing an uproar among citizens and institutional representatives.“I’m doing what any good family man would do,” he says. “The opening of the museums depends on whether people can travel freely, on the pool of users. Our museums depend principally on the tourists. There is a business logic, an entrepreneurial culture in making things work. Should I be ashamed of administering a public asset like a business enterprise, of making it profitable?” (more…)

Los Angeles – Anna Rosen: “Egg and Dart” at Night Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Anna Rosen, Fabergé (2020), via Night Gallery
Anna Rosen, Fabergé (2020), via Night Gallery

Currently on at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, artist Anna Rosen has brought forward a series of new fresco paintings, marking her second solo show with the gallery. Mining a particular juxtaposition between the language of modern art, and a deconstruction of the language of that era in art history, Rosen’s pieces are a colorful and enigmatic reinvention of its tenets.    (more…)

Artist Tishan Hu Profiled in NYT

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Artist Tishan Hu gets a profile in the NYT this week, reflecting on his work and its interests in technology and its psychological effects. “I would say, whether people connect to my work — I think I’m really just trying to ask the question, ‘What is really happening?’” he says. (more…)

Artists Respond to Riots at Capitol

Friday, January 8th, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper responds to the images of the riots at the Capitol this week, with a group of artists weighing in. “If black folks had stormed the capital [sic],” says Glenn Ligon, “we’d be seeing them come out in body bags.” (more…)

San Francisco Art Institute Sees Controversy Over Possible Sale of Diego Rivera Mural

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Controversy is roiling at the San Francisco Art Institute over the planned sale of a Diego Rivera mural that has students and faculty outraged. “Our first choice would be to endow the mural in place, attracting patrons or a partner institution that would create a substantial fund that would enable us to preserve, protect and present the mural to the public,” says board chairwoman, Pam Rorke Levy. (more…)

McArthur Binion’s Arts Foundation Profiled in Art Newspaper

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Artist McArthur Binion‘s efforts to support young artists in Detroit through his foundation gets a spotlight in the Art Newspaper this week. “Detroit visual artists have been overlooked and underrated nationally,” he says. “We’re now seeing that start to change. That’s the narrative that we’re focused on supporting.” (more…)

Los Angeles – March Avery at Blum & Poe Through January 9th, 2021

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

March Avery, Houseplants (1974), via Blum & Poe
March Avery, Houseplants (1974), via Blum & Poe

Currently on view at Blum & Poe’s Los Angeles exhibition space, the New York-based artist March Avery is presenting a solo exhibition of works spanning forty years of practice, following up on the recent announcement of the artist’s addition to the gallery’s roster, and marking her first show with the gallery in its spacious Los Angeles home. (more…)

NYT Catalogs Shaky Plans for 2021 Art World

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

The New York Times charts the art world’s plans for 2021, as a shaky schedule towards easing out of the coronavirus pandemic and challenges to art world logistics makes for a complex picture. “There is room for local fairs if they have a good focus — I’m not so worried about them,” says collector Alain Servais. “The big international fairs are most exposed this year. People will travel less, and these fairs count on international attendance for their success.” (more…)

Yinka Shonibare to Create Memorial to Leeds Man Who Died After Police Harrassment

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Artist Yinka Shonibare is creating a Leeds memorial to David Oluwale a Nigerian who drowned in the 1960s after police harassment in that city. “It’s a fitting legacy to an ordinary man, who will no doubt leave an extraordinary legacy,” he said. “We have to honor him with this small event and hopefully, if people can learn about history, and the mistakes of history, they won’t repeat them.” (more…)

France’s Highest Court Orders Retrial of Wildenstein Family

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

After previously being dismissed in 2018 over a lack of evidence, France’s highest court has ordered the retrial of the Wildenstein family over allegations of tax fraud. (more…)

New York – Kim Jones: “RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR” at Bridget Donahue Through January 9th, 2021

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Kim Jones, Untitled (1958-59, 2004, 2020), via Bridget Donahue
Kim Jones, Untitled (1958-59, 2004, 2020), via Bridget Donahue

Artist Kim Jones has been working in sculpture and performance for over 50 years, unifying a range of complex political and social sentiments through his challenging and unique works.  In his first exhibition at Bridget Donahue this month, RATS LIVE ON NO EVIL STAR, Jones fills the gallery with selections from five decades of work. Jones’s experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War has influenced his artistic production, as well as his experience using leg braces after an illness restricting his ability to walk at the age of seven. (more…)