Archive for the 'Art News' Category

Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.” (more…)

Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Alex Katz, via NYMAlex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if he would revisit the experience of doing the subway drawings.”  (more…)

United States Withdrawing from Unesco

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

UNESCO, via NYTCiting an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova. (more…)

Guggenheim Bilbao Launches Series of Events for 20th Anniversary

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Guggenheim Bilbao, via Art NewspaperThe Guggenheim Bilbao has embarked on a series of projects celebrating its 20th anniversary, including a massive lighting installation outside the museum by artist group 59 Productions. “We are very proud and lucky to have a building that is a masterpiece,” says director, Juan Ignacio Vidarte. (more…)

Eli Broad to Step Back from Philanthropy Projects

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Eli Broad, via NYTPhilanthropist Eli Broad has announced that he will step down from his public life, halting his work supporting museums and other public institutions. “I am retiring,” Mr. Broad said. “Now. Right now. I am just tired. I want to spend more time with my family. Catch up on my reading.” (more…)

Mary Weatherford Now Represented by Gagosian Gallery

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Mary Weatherford, via Art NewsGagosian has taken over worldwide representation of artist Mary Weatherford, Art News.  Weatherford will show with Gagosian around the globe, except in Los Angeles, where she will continue to show with David Kordansky. “I first admired Mary’s work in MoMA’s ‘The Forever Now,’ and am thrilled she has joined the gallery,” Gagosian said in a statement. “It’s exciting to have her included with the roster of great artists in our ‘L.A. Invitational’ exhibition opening later this month in New York.” (more…)

Gary Nader to Sell Works from Collection to Fund Museum Project

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Nader Museum of Latin American Art, via Art NewsArt Dealer Gary Nader has announced plans to sell off over $100 million in works from his collection to fund a museum for Latin American art. The institution is likely to open in downtown Miami.  (more…)

New York – Elizabeth Orr: “Our Hallway Is Surrounded” at Bodega Through October 15th, 2017

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega
Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega

In the back room of Bodega, a new video by Elizabeth Orr began with one word: “HERE,” a coy move to set the location before her projected video lit up with a full sentence that manages to double back on the grandiosity of its previous line: “There is no spectacle to be revealed.”  This statement, taken in conjunction with the artist’s minimalist sculptures arranged around the front room, sets a terse, self-critical tone for Orr’s new exhibition, Our Hallway is Surrounded, a show that makes much of the act of both creating space, and dispensing with that same space’s contextual aura. (more…)

New York Times Profiles Efforts of Auction Houses to Stay Ahead of Game in Current Market Landscape

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via NYTThe New York Times reports on the maneuvering of auction houses in recent years to adapt to the changing landscape of both the information revolution and the ever-shifting art market. “I don’t know many industries that have been through so many structural changes in such a short period of time,” said Guillaume Cerutti, the chief executive of Christie’s. (more…)

New York – Thomas Eggerer: “Todd” at Petzel Gallery through October 14th, 2017

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery
Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery

For the artist’s sixth solo exhibition at the gallery, New York’s Petzel Gallery is presenting nine new paintings by Thomas Eggerer, introducing an innovative figuration to the artist’s already established practice in meticulous depictions of the everyday. Each of the three large-scale works, as well as the six smaller canvases feature an elevated street view in which an industrial manhole cover is the focal point. In the larger works, the cool metal lids stand alone, while in the remaining, and arguably more engrossing paintings, they are accompanied by objects and figures that enact situations on and around them. (more…)

New York – Kara Walker: “Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” at Sikkema Jenkins Through October 14th, 2017

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit), (2017), via Art Observed
Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit) (2017), via Art Observed

“How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South…” poses Kara Walker in the statement for her current exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins.  The artist’s work, returning to the gallery after a lengthy absence, is presented at the height of its power and intensity, here focusing on the repeating narratives and cycles of violence against the black body that have plagued the United States since its birth. (more…)

Tobias Meyer Working with Newhouse Family on Art Collection

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Tobias Meyer, via NYTTobias Meyer, an art adviser and former auctioneer at Sotheby’s is currently advising the Newhouse Family on the collection of the late Si Newhouse. “Si Newhouse possessed an incredible eye, and with astuteness and passion assembled one of the greatest collections of 20th century art,” Meyer said in a statement. “He was my mentor and friend, and I am honored to now work with his family.” (more…)

Kassel in Talks with Documenta Artist Over Plans to Keep Obelisk Work

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Olu Oguibe, via Art NewspaperThe City of Kassel is in talks Nigerian artist Olu Oguibe to keep his immense obelisk on view at the city’s Königsplatz after Documenta. “We are in talks with the artist and will be ready to go with the campaign as soon as we have an agreement,” a spokesman for Kassel mayor Christian Geselle said. (more…)

Nicole Eisenman’s Skulptur Projekte Work May Remain in Münster

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Nicole Eisenman in Muenster, via Art NewspaperNicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain, erected in Münster for this year’s Skulptur Projekte, has earned the love of of the city’s citizens, who are currently rallying to keep the work in the city permanently. “We think this is great,” spokesperson Jana Duda says. “We never thought of keeping it permanently, but now there is interest and money.” (more…)

Desert X Announces Next Iteration for 2019

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Desert X, via LA TimesDesert X, the free exhibition of large-scale installations in the deserts of the Coachella Vallery outside Los Angeles has announced that it will return in 2019, the LA Times reports. “Desert X’s attendance in its first year exceeded all our expectations, in both scale and diversity,” returning curator Neville Wakefield says. “With our new co-curators, we’ll be exploring issues and ideas for the 2019 exhibition that I anticipate will draw far reaching audiences, hopefully expanding on that of 2017.” (more…)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Receives Transformative Gift of Dutch and Flemish Works

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Hendrick Avercamp, via WBURBoston’s Museum of Fine Arts has received two major troves of of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, drastically improving its holdings in the field. “Our wish is that the MFA will deal with our paintings the same way we have,” says one collector, Rose-Marie van Otterloo. “That means we want them to lend to other institutions, care for them the way we have and use them as a teaching tool for curators, conservators and all students studying art history or are interested in art.” (more…)

Trevor Paglen, Njideka Akunyili Crosby Awarded MacArthur Genius Grants

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Trevor Paglen, A Study of Invisible Images (Installation View), via Art ObservedArtists Trevor Paglen and Njideka Akunyili Crosby have been awarded MacArthur Genius Grants in this year’s round of Fellowship Awards. The award recognizes individuals who have “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” (more…)

Jessica Kreps Named Partner at Lehmann Maupin

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Jessica Kreps, via Art NewsJessica Kreps has been named a partner at Lehmann Maupin, Art News reports. “I remember when Jessica first started working at the gallery—she was young and fresh, and I always saw extreme potential in her,” gallery cofounder Rachel Lehmann said in a statement. “Today—eight years later—I still find the same freshness and curiosity, and I trust her with what is most dear to me, which are our artists.” (more…)

Amanda Ross-Ho: “My Pen Is Huge” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 14th, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed
Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed

In some regards, size has always mattered to Amanda Ross-Ho. It’s hard to even recall a show of hers in which she hasn’t taken a common object and enlarged it to an uncommon size. In her 2012 show at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, Teeny Tiny Woman, Ross-Ho even went so far as to create an oversize photo enlarger, underscoring her impressive sense of both scale and formal wit. With several years of practice under her belt since then, however, Ross-Ho’s simple enlargements have seemed to evolve quite considerably, perhaps best exemplified by My Pen is Huge, Ross-Ho’s new exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which sees her adding to own work’s discourse by including life size objects alongside her oversized sculptures. (more…)

Christie’s to Offer Last da Vinci in Private Hands Next Month in New York

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, via Art NewsChristie’s will offer the last Leonardo da Vinci painting in private hands, Salvatore Mundi in its November auctions in New York, part of a special sale that will look to earn upwards of $100 million for the piece.  The show is accompanied by Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers (1986), which carries an estimate of $50 million on its own. “We cannot comment about sellers, but it has every passport, every visa,” Loic Gouzer says of the work. (more…)

White Columns Moving to New Space on Horatio

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Site of new White Columns space, via Art NewsNew York’s long-running non-profit exhibition space White Columns is moving to a new location near the Whitney, Art News reports. The move will place the exhibition space on Horatio Street, not far from the proposed David Hammons work commissioned by the Whitney. (more…)

Rachel Whiteread, Wolfgang Tillmans Donate Works for Grenfell Tower Benefit Auction

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Wolgang Tillmans, via VogueRachel Whiteread, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tracey Emin are among the artists donating works to benefit the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London.  Of particular note is Tillmans’s work, from his rare Freischwimmer series. “It’s from a very rare series of work, and he was incredibly generous,” says art consultant Katie Heller, who helped organize the show. (more…)

Rem Koolhaas’s OMA to Design Expansion for New Museum

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Adjacent building where construction will take place for New Museum, via NYTRem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA will design an expansion for the New Museum, building a new structure alongside its Bowery exhibition space. “I’ve admired Rem’s work and the firm for a long time — he’s a top thinker, he’s an urbanist, he’s got his finger on the pulse of the city and has thought about New York more than many people,” museum director Lisa Phillips says. (more…)

Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art Purchased by Chinese Investors

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Ullens Center, via ArtforumA group of Chinese investors have purchased Beijing’s Ullens Centre For Contemporary Art, the SCMP reports. “Our mission continues to be a desire to put Chinese art in a global context, to provoke and stimulate a discussion about a vital part of art history,” Director Philip Tinari said. (more…)