Mitchell-Innes & Nash now represents the Kiki Kogelnik Foundation, Art News reports. “Kogelnik’s work bridges American Pop art and European figurative painting and sculpture of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and her interest in Pop imagery, media, and feminism makes her a natural fit for our program,” the gallery says. (more…)
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Tanya Bonakdar is opening a gallery space in Los Angeles, Art News reports. “It’s a natural evolution,” Bonakdar says. “We really are artist-driven at the gallery. So many of our artists have expressed interest in having a presence on the West Coast. This is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have been looking and mulling the idea for four or five years. I found the perfect space, and the perfect team, and it all came together.” (more…)
David Zwirner now represents the estate of photographer Roy DeCarava worldwide, the gallery announced today. “He’s a giant to those who know the work, and I think he’ll be a real discovery for those, like myself, who didn’t know,” Zwirner says of the photographer, who documented the life and culture of black American throughout the 20th century. (more…)
“Back in the day the club was my safe place-and losing myself on the dance floor has always kept me centered.”
The Let Go is artist Nick Cave’s new work at Park Avenue Armory, a multi-sensory performance using visual works, sounds, and movement to transform the Armory into a dance-based town hall aimed at bringing together visitors, performers, DJs, dancers and community members to participate in a collective act of catharsis. The audience is asked to let go of frustration and negativity, and to uplift one another as they participate in this powerful socially-engaged piece. Stringing together a series of interrelated works, The Let Go is bounded by the installation Chase, and where a performance titled The Up Right, featuring one of Cave’s signature Sound Suits, is activated by a jazz keyboardist, choir and opera singer. Concluding the performance, the “town hall” becomes a dance hall, complete with DJ. (more…)
The work of artist Charles Ray draws particular strength from its deliberateness and commitment to concept. The artist’s figurative sculptures are direct in their depiction, yet draw particular strength from the nuance of their subject matter, and the mastery of the artist’s hand. Returning to New York for a show of new work at Matthew Marks this month, Ray has once again cemented this reputation, bringing a small but powerful selection of works to bear on the gallery space, and once again underscoring why he is a living legend in the world of contemporary sculpture. (more…)
An exhibition of new work by Kelley Walker closed yesterday at Capitain Petzel in Berlin. This was the New York artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. For this exhibition, Walker took his exploration of 1970s and 1980s advertising culture as a starting point. The works on view were invested in exploring the ways in which popular iconography is “filtered by time, reinvented, and continually recycled through private and public contexts,” a process described as a “tireless auto-cannibalization” of images in the press release. The effect is a fascinating practice that both mimics and refracts the process by which we consume, reproduce, and experience the images of popular media.
This exhibition features several large-scale works based on an advertisement for the legendary Pioneer PL-518 turntable. This advertisement, from 1973, features Andy Warhol and is essentially linked to the New York disco scene of the 1970s. This scene is echoed in another work, “Circle in Circle” from 2006, which is a disco ball covered in chocolate, thus rendering it unable to reflect and scatter light as a functional disco ball would.
Another body of work centers on the advertising campaign for Calvin Klein jeans from the early 1980’s, shot by Richard Avedon and featuring a fifteen year-old Brooke Shields. At the time of its release, in the infancy of the conservative Reagan administration, the advertisement caused a scandal that marked a turn in the ways in which visual media circulated and reflected certain social and political realities. Walker’s return to this advertisement and the scandal it caused can be seen as a commentary on the current conservative political climate today, and the way that visual culture interacts with this contemporary moment.
A third body of work consists of seven large-scale collaged screen prints from Walker’s series of “brick works.” The structure of this work is composed of scanned individual bricks arranged and printed onto canvas. The mortar for these bricks is a collage sourcing Vogue magazines from the 1980s. The work hovers between illusion and flatness, representing both a brick wall and a variation on an abstract screen.
This exhibition reflects Walker’s incisive approach to visual media and how the circulation of images affects individuals on a collective, as well as private level. By revisiting certain iconic images from the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, Walker effectively reveals how the language and impressions of print media can continue to speak long after their cultural expiration.
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Pace Gallery has named Andria Hickey senior director and curator, with a curatorial focus that marks a new direction for the gallery. “It’s not necessarily a traditional gallery role,” Hickey says. “It’s about working closely with artists and having somebody in-house who can really focus on exhibitions, research, publications, and working with artists in their studios as they develop projects. That’s the way I like to work in any institution, and it’s exciting that I can do it in a new platform.” (more…)
The Dia Art Foundation has announced plans to improve its spaces in New York and Beacon, developing an operations endowment through a recently announced capital campaign. “I spent a lot of time talking to artists about what they wanted and what we could provide, and there was resounding enthusiasm for leaving the spaces as they are as much as possible” says director Jessica Morgan. “Artists are excited to use them because they’re not overwhelming or dominating and speak to the type of spaces we’ve always worked with.” (more…)
As the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation prepares to wind itself down, the organization is a making a string of major donations to museums, including a donation of about 400 artworks to the Whitney Museum of American Art. “We decided we wanted to get out of the art-holding business,” foundation director Jack Cowart says. (more…)
Iran will open its first art fair, Teer, at the end of the month, Art Newspaper reports, even as the ongoing conflict with the U.S. makes securing work and sales a challenge in the country. “The transfer or receipt of money to or from abroad is a major issue as Iran is not connected to the international banking system. It’s an ongoing issue made worse due to current political decisions,” Salman Matinfar, the director of Tehran’s Ab-Anbar gallery, says. (more…)
As the days of summer tick by, and the weather grows ever warmer in Europe, the art world once again returns to the namesake home of the Art Basel fair, which takes over the Swiss city for its annual run of sales and project exhibitions, held in conjunction with a number of various exhibitions and shows across the city. Marking the final run of market activity before a well-deserved summer recess, the fair should offer a last glimpse at the European art market’s health before the fall season. (more…)
The term “over-saturation” feels particularly apt in describing the work of artist Borna Sammak, who for the past several years has worked at a uniquely playful and disturbing juncture of pop culture iconography. Perhaps best known for his canvases comprised of hundreds of heat-press t-shirt graphics layered with an almost machinic sense of repetition, Sammak’s approach to visual arrangements revels in chaos and confusion, yet almost always allows the viewer a moment to settle and find subtle rhythms and aesthetic logics within his swirling compositions. (more…)
UK Museum attendance has slipped sending the country’s museums down the list of top 20 most-visited museums in the world, down a collective 1.15 million in 2017. “That said, international tourism to London grew at an estimated 7% according to Visit Britain, and expansions and blockbuster exhibitions are still the likeliest drivers of museum attendance ups and downs,” the official attendance report reads. (more…)
Dominique Lévy gets a profile in Forbes this week, as she reflects on her growing gallery program and her experience as a woman running a major art gallery. “Our mission is to be an internationally meaningful and relevant gallery that places art and artists at the center of the cultural conversation and makes an original contribution to the ever-evolving story of art,” she says. (more…)
A former mobster may hold the key to the disappearance of a Caravaggio work, with some reports claiming that the painting was sent to Switzerland after its theft in 1969. “We have collected enough evidence to launch a new investigation and ask the collaboration of foreign authorities, especially to the Swiss ones,” says Rosy Bindi, head of Italy’s anti-mafia commission. “We hope to find it and bring it back to its home in Palermo.” (more…)
A new project by artist Hank Willis Thomas’s For Freedoms PAC will buy billboards around the country, as midterm elections begin to heat up. “We are hoping to bring art to the center of public life in the lead-up to the midterms, which is where we think art should belong,” says co-founder Eric Gottesman. (more…)
Helen Frankenthaler is remembered by her step-daughter Lise Motherwell in a piece in the WSJ this week, as the artist’s work goes on view in her former summer retreat of Provincetown. “I understand how enamored she would have been of Provincetown, being near like-minded people—and also its sheer physical beauty,” Motherwell says. “It must have fed her artistic imagination unbelievably. But Helen could paint anywhere.” (more…)
Now through June 16, Petzel Gallery’s Chelsea location presents Patagonia, an exhibition of 11 new works by Wade Guyton. As the brief and succinct Press Release states, this show features images of paintings drying, scraps of linen, lunch remains, and other details of the studio. The images featured are large-scale prints made from an Epson UltraChrome K3 inkjet printer, complete with glitches and streaks left from this printing process. The use of the inkjet printer to produce large-scale images on canvas has become a signature feature of the work of the artist’s ‘post-conceptual’ ouevre, much like the color black and X symbol had previously been incorporated into his works. (more…)
Matthew Marks and Greene Naftali are returning the ambitious Painting: Now and Forever series for a third iteration, held this summer. “The show always attempts to address a shifting landscape of ideas and material concerns in the world, and how painting specifically can [be involved in] this,” Carol Greene says. (more…)
Okwui Enwezor is leaving his position at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, for health reasons. “There is never an ideal time to leave, but I am stepping down when the Haus der Kunst is in an artistic position of strength,” he said in a statement. “It has been a great privilege to lead this exceptional institution and work with such a dedicated and talented team.” (more…)
For the last few years, artist Oscar Tuazon has meandered ever closer to a unique framework in socially-engaged sculpture, and art-making more broadly. Creating sites and objects dedicated towards folds and fissures in public space, his pieces have delved into the act of living; how bodies animate space, or ultimately serve to preserve or reify distinct functions and/or patterns of use within a defined space. For his first exhibition at New York’s Luhring Augustine this month, Tuazon brings this unique philosophy to bear in the gallery, erecting a series of works that draw on past projects and seek to explore functionality in new spheres. (more…)