Archive for the 'Art News' Category

New York – Gilbert & George: “The Beard Pictures” at Lehmann Maupin Through December 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed
Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed

Marking the 35th Anniversary of their collaborative practice, the famed British duo Gilbert & George have opened a show of new works at Lehmann Maupin in New York City, continuing their recent, enigmatic exploration of more violent, grotesque themes through their familiar blend of pop iconography and deep personal engagement with their work.  Long-billed as a “living sculpture,” this new selection of works by the pair explore their own visages, embellished with surreal beards in each image. (more…)

Paris – Camille Henrot: “Days Are Dogs” at Palais de Tokyo Through January 7th, 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed

Camille Henrot works better on a grand scale.  The Golden Lion-winning French artist, whose enigmatic and playful sculptures, paintings and installations dwell on the phenomenology of life, and an often overwhelming range of lived experience, seems to draw additional strength from working with as much space as possible, perhaps best seen in her last show at Metro Pictures in New York, where a range of concepts and ideas allowed the viewer to move effortlessly through experiences of neurosis, guilt, pain and anger through to more primal emotions, and on through to a coy fusion of the two in the language of modernity.   (more…)

New York – LA Invitational at Gagosian Gallery Through December 16th, 2017

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Chris Burden, via Art Observed
Chris Burden, via Art Observed

For its newest exhibition on view at its 24th Street exhibition space in New York, Gagosian Gallery takes a look to the west, embracing the recent potency of Los Angeles’s fine arts community with a show of works that both spotlight the gallery’s representation of artists currently working in the Californian metropolis, while simultaneously exploring the cultural landscape and iconographies of a city that has shaped their work as much as they have shaped its perception in the art world.  Drawing on work from Alex Israel, Mary WeatherfordJonas Wood and others, the show is a striking introduction to the Californian artists currently working with Gagosian, and the shared lineage of Californian art that the gallery has long participated in supporting. (more…)

Met Museum Receives $80 Million Gift

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Irvings, via Art NewsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports.  “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.” (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 16th, 2017

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Peter Doig, Red House (1995-1996), final price $21,127,500, via Phillips
Peter Doig, Red House (1995-1996), final price $21,127,500, via Phillips

Throwing its hat into the ring on a bustling week of sales in New York, Phillips concluded its offering in the 20th Century and Contemporary Auctions , bringing a final tally of $113.9 million for its 44-lot sale.  The Phillips event was a quick affair, running mechanically through its offerings to achieve its result, with only a small handful of works going unsold. (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, November 16th, 2017

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, Female Head (1977) final price $24,501,500, via Sothebys
Roy Lichtenstein, Female Head (1977) final price: $24,501,500, via Sotheby’s

The final hammer has fallen and the doors have closed on the final major art sales of 2017, as Sotheby’s concluded its Contemporary Evening Sale tonight at its York Ave location in New York.  Capping a 74-lot offering with a steady, well-run sale, the auction house achieved a final tally of $310,229,350, bringing the week’s marathon auctions to a close

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Laura Owens Makes Statement on Protests Against 356 S. Mission Rd

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

356 MissionArtist Laura Owens has penned a public statement on the current pressure her project space, 356 S. Mission, is facing from anti-gentrification activists. “Alongside the protesters’ demands to close, we have also heard the voices of artists, community groups, families, and individuals in the area who want 356 to remain open,” she writes. “In addition to urgent basic needs and facilities, people in all neighborhoods, of all ethnicities and classes, benefit from quality education and art. We do not believe that access to one should sacrifice the other in a healthy and thriving society. I have always been and remain committed to engaging in productive dialogue that results in effective actions to battle the issues facing our communities.” (more…)

Darsie Alexander Appointed Chief Curator at Jewish Museum

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Darsie Alexander, via ArtforumDarsie Alexander has been appointed the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, Artforum reports. “The Jewish Museum has a remarkable collection that includes contemporary art, historical objects, material culture, and Jewish ceremonial art,” she says. “This combination allows for a lively dialogue between culturally diverse works related to Jewish identity and the groundbreaking work of artists who have shaped art history in profound ways.” (more…)

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Announces First Round of Grants

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Agnes Gund, via ArtforumAgnes Gund’s recently announced Art for Justice organization has announced $22 million in its first round of grants to arts and criminal justice organizations to fight mass incarceration in the United States. “My hope is that the work supported by the Art for Justice Fund will help create a groundswell that drives reforms well beyond these specific programs,” she says. “The problem of mass incarceration touches every community across the country, and we need to work together to find creative solutions to build a better, safer future for all our children.” (more…)

Forbes 30 Under 30 List Features Martine Syms, Bunny Rogers

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Martine Syms, via ForbesThis year’s edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 has been released, with artists Martine Syms, Chloe Wise and Bunny Rogers featured among the list.   (more…)

Documenta Not Facing Threats from Budget Deficit This Year

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Adam Szymczyk, via Art NewspaperThe next Documenta, set for 2022, will not face any budget threats after this year’s massive deficit, its team has said in a statement. . “Documenta is a great stroke of fortune and a cultural treasure for the state of Hesse, and we must preserve it,” Boris Rhein, the state’s culture minister, said of continuing the event. (more…)

LACMA Changes Admission Structure, Eliminating Special Tickets

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

LACMA, via LA TimesLACMA has changed its pricing structure, charging $20 for Los Angeles County Residents, and $25 for everyone else, a flat price covering special exhibitions. “I’ve never liked the extra price for special exhibitions. We put some of the biggest efforts into the ticketed exhibitions and ironically, they’re the ones that are the most inaccessible, price wise,” LACMA Director Michael Govan. (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 15th, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie's
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price: $450,312,500, via Christie’s

Capping its second major sale of the week, and likely one of the more momentous sales of work in recent history, Christie’s capped an astronomical sale this evening in New York, complementing its Contemporary offerings with the much trumpeted Leonardo Da Vinci work Salvator Mundi to reach a record sale total of $785,942,250.

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AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 14th, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Claude Monet, Les Glaçons, Bennecourt (1893), via Sotheby's
Claude Monet, Les Glaçons, Bennecourt (1893), via Sotheby’s

Following a landmark sale last evening at Christie’s, Sotheby’s took its turn this past evening in the Impressionist and Modern category, pursuing the exceptional results its rival notched over the course of the evening.  Tonight was no different, as the auction house led a wild sprint through its 67-lot sale to reach a final tally of $269,718,600. (more…)

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 13th, 2017

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Fernand Léger, Contraste de formes (1913), via Christie's
Fernand Léger, Contraste de formes (1913), final price: $70,062,500, via Christie’s

The first of the fall’s New York auctions kicked off this evening, as Christie’s capped the first of the week’s Impressionist and Modern Evening sales, surging out of the gate with a strong series of sales that set an impressive tempo for the week, and laid down an impressive challenge to the other auction houses.  Notching a final sales total of $480,414,000, Christie’s sent a strong message of stability in a year marked by uneven, unpredictable auction sales. (more…)

New York Magazine Spotlights Artist’s Favorite Holiday Art Gift Books

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Pantone Solid Guide, via New YorkA piece in New York Magazine this week sees a series of artists, curators and gallerists naming their favorite art books and most desired books for the holiday season.  Topping the list is Rob Pruitt, who shows off his copy of the Pantone Solid Color Guide. “When I was a kid, about 7 years old, my dad who was in the printing industry gave me his loop and his used Pantone book. I loved, obsessed over, and treated it as a sacred object. I continue to love the Pantone books and it’s an essential tool in my studio,” he says. (more…)

Visitors Crowd Christie’s to View da Vinci Piece on Sale this Week

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), via Christie'sThe New York Times reports on the long lines outside Christie’s this week, as visitors crowd to get one look at the Leonardo da Vinci piece set to go on sale at Christie’s this Wednesday. “Standing in front of that painting was a spiritual experience,” says visitor Nina Doede. “It was breathtaking. It brought tears to my eyes,” she added, as she left the sepulchral chamber where the painting is displayed. (more…)

New Jeremy Deller Work Commemorates Martin Luther King in Newcastle

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Martin Luther King, via BBCJeremy Deller is launching a new project in Newcastle this week, commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s honorary degree from Newcastle University with a project in which citizens of the Northern city recite bits of his speeches to those passing by. “Everybody else seems a bit worried. There was a lady with a pram who hustled away, frightened that I was some loony in the library,” says one participant. “But I think when they understand what it’s all about, and what it means to Newcastle, they’ll understand what a special event this is.” (more…)

Cranach the Elder Painting in British Royal Collection Authenticated

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Cranach painting, via The GuardianRenewed research into a painting long thought to be a fake Cranach the Elder painting in the British Royal Collection has proven the work is authentic, the Guardian reports. “It is an absolute thrill,” says Nicola Christie, the head of paintings conservation at the Royal Collection Trust. “It doesn’t happen very often and it is such a pleasure to know that it has been reattributed.” (more…)

Olga Viso to Leave Walker Art Center

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Olga Viso, via Art NewsOlga Viso will leave her position as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Art News reports. “We are grateful for Olga’s leadership and celebrate her significant contributions to the Walker Art Center during the past 10 years,” says Monica Nassif, the board’s president. “We wish her well for her next career opportunity.” (more…)

Mark Bradford Interviewed in The Guardian

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Mark Bradford, via GuardianMark Bradford gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as the painter wraps up his installation for the United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and prepares for an installation reflecting on the Civil War at the Hirshhorn. “I became really fascinated by the romanticism around the civil war,” he says. “I’d never really investigated it. I’m black, the civil war was a good thing, the north won – that’s all I knew. I thought it was going to be textbook, ‘OK, this was bad and let’s move on.’ But it wasn’t cut and dried.” (more…)

Laura Copelin Promoted as Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Laura Copelin, via Art NewsLaura Copelin, associate curator at Ballroom Marfa, will take over the West Texas center’s leadership as executive director. “Marfa really seems to be a beacon,” Copelin told ARTnews. “It’s been a transformative experience, being on the edge of these centers of the art world of New York and Los Angeles.”  (more…)

Mary Boone Settles Lawsuit with Alec Baldwin

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

alec-baldwin-via-new-york-postGallerist Mary Boone has settled her lawsuit with actor Alec Baldwin over a Ross Bleckner painting, the New Yorker reports. The piece features an interview with Baldwin in which he outlines his doubts over a work he thought was a copy of the piece he originally wanted.  “When I called up Mary and asked, ‘Why do these paintings look so different?’ she said the owner was a heavy smoker, so Ross had taken the painting off the stretcher and cleaned and repaired it for me, as a courtesy, before delivering it,” he says. “At first, I was not prepared to tell myself it was a fake. I was inclined to believe them, partly because it was Ross, who I respect and whose work I love.” (more…)

Woman Mails Stolen Carolee Schneeman Photos Back to MoMA PS1

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Woman Returning Carolee Schneeman works, via CBSAn unidentified woman has been caught on film mailing back a series of Carolee Schneeman works stolen from an exhibition at MoMA PS1, CBS New York reports. “Maybe they were really just in love with her artwork that they wanted it for herself, and that maybe they had a change of heart and decided to mail back,” said museum patron Kelvi Diaz. (more…)