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Marfa Contemporary to Close

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Marfa Contemporary, via ArtforumMarfa Contemporary, the Texas town’s prominent contemporary arts center, will shut its doors for good this month. Curator Kate Green is leaving the gallery this year to take up a position as of curator of the El Paso Museum of Art.   (more…)

Berlin – Isa Genzken: “Issie Energie” at König Galerie Through January 7th, 2018

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Isa Genzken, Untitled (2017), via Art Observed
Isa Genzken, Untitled (2017), via Art Observed

For sheer conceptual punch and visual intensity, few works from the career of Isa Genzken carry in the way that her Schauspieler pieces manage.  Arrangements of various mannequins, from young children to adult bodies are arranged in the artist’s works from this series, each dressed in various fineries and strange arrays of various clothing. Work tools, ponchos, colorful fabrics and sunglasses adorn her figures, creating various scenes and scenarios that always keep the body and its relationship to the world around it in full view.  For her most recent show in Berlin, on view at König Galerie through the end of the weekend, Genzken has presented a selection of works from this series, continuing her razor-sharp investigation of the phenomena of modern reality. (more…)

Paris – Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: “New Paintings” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through January 6th, 2018

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Two Times NR 34 (2016), via Thaddaeus Ropac
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Two Times NR 34 (2016), via Thaddaeus Ropac

Launched in conjunction with the artist’s current exhibition at the Tate ModernGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac is currently presenting a range of recent works by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, exploring the artist couple’s continued exploration and investigation of the threads of memory, narration and understanding through myriad approaches to art making. The exhibition presents a collection of three separate series of recent works, each reflecting the artist’s complex relationship with the past, and the notions of personal and collective memory.  (more…)

NADA New York Announces Exhibitor List for 2018

Friday, January 5th, 2018

SKylight Clarkson Square, via Art NewsNADA New York has announced its exhibitor list for 2018, featuring 100 galleries from 17 countries at Skylight Clarkson Square. Thirty-three new exhibitors will also join the show. (more…)

LaSalle University to Deaccession Works from Collection

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Work from LaSalle Collection, via ArtforumPhiladelphia’s LaSalle University is deaccessioning 46 artworks from its collection to help cover a $12 million budget shortfall, including pieces by Vuillard and Georges Rouault. “We are doing what we feel is in the best interest of our students,” University spokesperson Janie Lucas says. (more…)

Andrea Fraser Named Chair of UCLA Art Department

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Andrea Fraser, via ArtforumArtist Andrea Fraser has been named chair of the UCLA Department of Art in the university’s School of the Arts and Architecture.  The artist has long held a professorship at the university. (more…)

The Met Musuem to Charge Admission to Non-New Yorkers

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Met, via New York TimesThe Met is changing its 50 year policy on free admission, now requiring non-New York residents to pay to access the museum collections. “What we’re trying to do is find the right balance in generating revenue to support this enterprise and admissions income has fallen behind,” says president. “Everybody who benefits from this institution is being asked to contribute to its well-being because we are fundamentally a community resource.” (more…)

Richard Long Knighted for “Services to Art”

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Richard Long. © Pete HugginsArtist Richard Long has received a knighthood for ‘services to art,’ recognizing the artist’s long contributions to his field in the UK. Long’s work mixes performance, land art and traditional sculpture into an experiential and intuitive practice. (more…)

UK Report Calls for Focus on Funding for Existing Museums Over New Construction

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Dundee V and A, via TelegraphA UK Government-commissioned review examines Britain’s glut of new museums, and notes that the nation should instead focus on funding and support for the ones currently in existence, the Telegraph reports. “It is unlikely that there will be significant additional money available for the sector in the immediate future. The main thrust of our recommendations is, therefore, to ensure that we use existing funding in the best way possible,” researcher Neil Mendoza wrote in his report.  (more…)

Art Newspaper Notes Surging Market for da Vinci Copies

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Semjon, Michael and Eugen Posin, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper reports on the market for copies of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi after the work became the most expensive work to ever sell at auction.  The piece focuses on brothers Semjon, Michael and Eugen Posin, whose Berlin studio turns out meticulous copies of the work for around $12,000.  (more…)

New York – General Idea: “Ziggurat” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through January 13th, 2018

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

General Idea, 1968 General Idea Shaped Ziggurat Painting #1 (1986), via Mitchell-Iness and Nash
General Idea, 1968 General Idea Shaped Ziggurat Painting #1 (1986), via Mitchell-Innes and Nash

Formed in Toronto in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, the artist collective General Idea built its body of work on a strikingly diverse array of themes, constantly revisiting both the field of contemporary art production and the identity politics of the era that ultimately underscores so much of the artist’s act of world-making, critique and expression.  No subject was safe from their intuitive and enigmatic lens, from the myth of the artist, the role of mass media, and the relationship between the body and identity, to questions of gender and sexual representation, and perhaps most famously, the HIV/AIDS activism of the 1980’s, a mode of critique that the group were pioneers of during an era of intense repression and governmental silence.  Working in a broad range of practices, from paintings to performances, published editions to video, sculpture to installation, the group was almost constantly in a state of reinvention, speaking to the diversity and power of their collective vision.  (more…)

New York – François Grossen at Blum & Poe Through January 6th, 2018

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Françoise Grossen (Installation View), via Blum & Poe
Françoise Grossen (Installation View), via Blum & Poe

Delving deep into the early practice and sculptural explorations of artist François Grossen, the New York outpost of Blum & Poe is currently presenting a series of works by the Swiss artist. Including both early sculptural builds and maquettes that trace her evolving interests in the potential for fiber and fabric not only as sculptural material, but equally as carriers of various symbolic and spatial interventions. The, show, on view through January 6th, serves as an expansive introduction to the artist’s work, working through both her hanging pieces and arrangements of rope and fabric on a flat plane. (more…)

Berlin – Raymond Hains: “You know nothing Raymond: a homage by Jérémy Demester” at Max Hetzler Through January 20th, 2018

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Raymond Hains, Sociale Populaire Nationale (1973), via Max Hetzler
Raymond Hains, Sociale Populaire Nationale (1973), via Max Hetzler

Among the flood of works on view this summer at the main pavilions of the Venice Biennale, few artists’ work managed to do as much with as little as the late French artist Raymond Hains.  Spread across a single room of the Giardini’s main structure, Hains’s mix of bastardized street posters, peculiar, sculptural arrangements of detritus and cast-off artifacts, and even the occasional poster of his own design, the artists range and insight into the various constructions of identity and cultural iconography in a world of near-constant data overload felt particularly timely.

Raymond Hains, You know nothing Raymond (Installation View), via Max Hetzler
Raymond Hains, You know nothing Raymond (Installation View), via Max Hetzler

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museuem Doubles Reward for Information on Stolen Paintings

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Isabella Stewart Gardner, via NY Daily NewsThe Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now offering a $10 million reward for information that leads to the return of its notorious stolen works, but only through the end of 2017, in hopes that the doubled reward will encourage tips on the missing works. “Right now we’re laser-focused on this deadline,” says museum spokeswoman Kathy Sharpless. “Clearly there’s a sense of urgency on our part. We want our paintings back.” (more…)

Los Angeles – Mike Kelley: “Kandors 1999 – 2011″ at Hauser & Wirth Through January 21st, 2018

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Mike Kelley, Kandors 1996-2011 (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Mike Kelley, Kandors 1999-2011 (Installation View), via Art Observed

Considering artist Mike Kelley’s enduring relationship and engagement wiht the landscape of Los Angeles, the return of the artist’s famed Kandors series to Hauser & Wirth in the city’s Arts District feels like something of a victory lap for the artist’s works.  The Kandors, which have made their rounds over the past several years, showing in New York, Europe, and elsewhere, represent one of Kelley’s final bodies of work before his untimely passing, and perhaps his most elaborate engagement with the language of pop culture, and the varied convergences of mythology and psychology that so often make up the language of the best American cultural iconographies.

Mike Kelley, Kandors 1996-2011 (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Mike Kelley, Kandors 1999-2011 (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Bloomberg Reports on Two More Leonardo Da Vinci Works in Private Collections

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sBloomberg does a bit of digging against the claim that the Da Vinci Salvator Mundi portrait was the last of the artist’s works in private hands, finding several corroborating reports that two smaller works remain held privately. “They are both in private hands,” says Martin Kemp, a da Vinci scholar and emeritus research professor of art history at Oxford University in the U.K. “I know both owners.” (more…)

Mayor Thomas Geisel of Düsseldorf Reverses Plans to Cancel Show on Jewish Art Dealer

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Mayor Thomas Geisel of Düsseldorf, via NYTFacing harsh criticism, Düsseldorf Mayor Thomas Geisel has backtracked on the cancellation of a show at city’s Stadtmuseum about Max Stern, a Jewish art gallery owner who fled Nazi Germany in 1938.  “It was never my intention to sweep the life and career of Max Stern under the carpet,” Mr. Geisel says. (more…)

Mark Bradford to Open Program at Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

The US artist Mark Bradford. Photo: © Vanessa RuizArtist Mark Bradford will open Hauser & Wirth’s new gallery space in Hong Kong, the Art Newspaper reports. “Venice created an entirely new and huge wave of interest for one of the most relevant artists of our time, not only from mainland China and Hong Kong but also wider Asia, including Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan,” gallery president Iwan Wirth says.  (more…)

The Broad to Open Massive Jasper Johns Show

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Jasper Johns, Three Flags, via NYTThe Broad is opening a massive retrospective of the work of Jasper Johns, the first in the U.S. in 20 years, LA Times reports. “We already know that there’s strong buzz for this show,” director Joanne Heyler said. “And it’ll only get stronger as we get closer, as the exhibition approaches. It’s extremely rare to bring a full survey of this artist’s work — so rare that it hasn’t happened in over 50 years in Southern California.” (more…)

Vanity Fair Explores Fire Plans and Evacuation Strategies for Art in Southern California Fires

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Fires in California, via Vanity FairVanity Fair has a piece this week on how institutions in Southern California are planning and adapting to the increasingly frequent wildfires in the hills of the region. “After this, what else is there to burn? It’s demoralizing. I’ve had it with the fires,” says collector Jim Lichtman. (more…)

NYC’s Cultural Development Fund Gets $40 Million in Funding

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

New York City Hall, via Art NewsThe Cultural Development Fund of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs has received over $40 million in funds this year, including funding for Mayor DeBlasio’s CreateNYC plan. “Together with our partners in City Council, we’re taking steps to ensure New Yorkers in every corner of the city are able to participate in our unrivaled cultural life,” the Mayor said. “CreateNYC gave New Yorkers the opportunity to speak up and be heard, and now we’re building on our long history of supporting the arts while directing new funding to communities where it can do the most good.” (more…)

New York – Katharina Fritsch at Matthew Marks Gallery Through December 22nd, 2017

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Katharina Fritsch, Skull (2017), via Art Observed
Katharina Fritsch, Skull (2017), via Art Observed

Compiling a range of new works from the artist’s enigmatic sculptural practice, Matthew Marks Gallery has brought a show by Katharina Fritsch to Chelsea, the artist’s first one-person exhibition in New York since 2008. The show, which continues the German artist’s practice in a ground-level engagement with both the forms and images of our everyday lives, as well as the mythologies that animate our daily relationships and cognitive practices, consists of a small series of new sculptures, spread throughout the gallery’s three rooms.  (more…)

New York – Arshile Gorky: “Ardent Nature: Landscapes 1943-47″ at Hauser & Wirth Through December 23rd, 2017

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Arshile Gorky, Painting (1947-1948)
Arshile Gorky, Painting (1947-1948), All images are by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed.

Hauser & Wirth’s first exhibition for Arshile Gorky, the seminal Armenian-American painter of Abstract Expressionism, focuses on a four-year period in his life, beginning with his stay at Crooked Run Farm in Virginia, and concluding around the time of a series of unfortunate events in 1947, a year prior to his passing. Already an established artist as a key figure in non-figurative painting during the mid 1940’s, Gorky retreated to his wife’s parents’ farm in search of creative stimuli that would augment his interest in fluid nonlinear forms and subliminal themes. His isolation from the New York art scene—a network the artist always chose to remain distant from while his peers Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning dominated the social circle—ultimately manifested itself in contemplative and personal narratives and natural colors. (more…)

Condo London Announces 2018 Exhibitor List

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Condo, via Art NewsThe annual Condo gallery exchange project has announced the lineup for its next iteration in London, with SociétéMisako & Rosen and 25 other galleries from around the globe coming to the British capital.   (more…)