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AO Auction Results – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, June 26th, 2019

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), via Sotheby's
Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), Final Price: £16,542,650 via Sotheby’s

Following up on a steady, reliable auction last night at Christie’s, Sotheby’s came out swinging this evening, marking a £69,720,050 sale in London that showcased a relatively strong market and ample interest for works at the highest levels of the blue-chip market.  The evening’s sale, which saw 4 of the 43 lots on offer go unsold, marked a strong closing for the first half of the year at Sotheby’s, and brings the season one step closer to conclusion. (more…)

New York – Joan Mitchell: “I carry my landscapes around with me”

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner
Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at David Zwirner’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, the gallery is presenting  a selection of multi-paneled paintings by American master Joan Mitchell, the first exhibition to look specifically at Mitchell’s work in this format, and the possibilities for her work brought forth through the use of expansive amounts of space. (more…)

AO Auction Results – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 25th, 2019

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie’s

Marking the first of the week’s trio of Contemporary and Post-War Auctions in London this week, Christie’s has capped a 35-lot offering to a final of $45,346,950, a strong figure that saw only three works go unsold with ample interest from buyers to keep the evening moving quickly and relatively smoothly.  The sale marks something of a snap back into form for the auction house following a dire struggle last week during its Impressionist/Modern offering, and seemed to signal emerging blue-chip markets for several younger artists. (more…)

Berlin – Adam Pendleton: ‘Who We Are’ at Galerie Max Hetzler Through June 29th, 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (2018), via Max Hetzler
Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (still) (2018), via Max Hetzler

On view at Berlin’s Galerie Max Hetzler, artist Adam Pendleton is presenting a body of new works under the title Who We Are, spread between both locations in the German capital: Bleibtreustraße 45 and Goethestraße 2/3, and marking Pendleton’s first show with the gallery.  The show, drawing on a range of cultural and aesthetic touchstones, presents itself as a sort multi-layered cultural history, intersecting music and film, dance and personal narrative through a series of video and wall-mounted works. (more…)

New York – Yuji Agematsu: ‘1995 & 2003′ at Miguel Abreu Through June 21st, 2019

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Yuji Agematsu, Zip 10.01.03 ... 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu
Yuji Agematsu, zip: 10.01.03 … 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu

Currently on view at Miguel Abreu, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Yuji Agematsu has brought forth a diverse and expressive body of works to the galleries’ 88 Eldridge space, a selection of works delving into notions of urban space and the dense material fusions that it is capable of producing. Connecting the various processes and movements of the New York City streets into a productive engine of its own, the Agematsu’s work chains together disparate spaces and perceptions of reality. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 19th, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), via Sotheby's
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), Final Price: £18,422,000 via Sotheby’s

The first batch of Summer auctions are in the books in London tonight, as Sotheby’s capped off its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale with results that seemed to emphasize a steadied ship following the announcement of the auction house’s sale to Patrick Drahi earlier this week.  The auction house, capitalizing on a strong offering of works, moved methodically through the evening, selling 23 of the 25 works on offer for a final tally of £98,875,924. (more…)

New York – Tarek Atoui: “Organ Within” at kurimanzutto Through June 25th, 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto
Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto

Walking into Kurimanzutto’s cabinet space on New York’s Upper East Side, one is greeted with a slow, droning sonic atmosphere, a series of prickly overtones and delicate aural structures that emanate from a series of plastic tubes, fabric resonators and other materials spread across the floor in a seemingly haphazard fashion. This is artist Tarek Atoui’s ‘Organ Within,’ an installation of the artist’s “open sound laboratory” project. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 18th, 2019

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), via Christie's
Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), final price: £12,464,250, via Christie’s

With several strong auctions behind them in the past months, the last Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale of the first half of 2019 looked to be a victory lap for Christie’s, a last shot at European collectors after a bustling spring season capped off by Basel and the Biennale. But a last burst of buyer interest wasn’t in the cards this evening, as the London auction house struggled royally over the course of a 34 lot sale that saw 10 of the works go unsold, including several major trophies that drove the sale to an anemic final of £36,413,750. (more…)

AO Auction Preview – London Auction Week: June 18th – 27th, 2019

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie's
Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie’s

With the hottest months of the year settling in across the US and Europe, the secondary market will get one last chance to catch some heat of its own. Over the course of the next two weeks, the major auction houses will present a final look at the strength of the secondary market before the summer recess, capping off what has been something of a rebound after a few sluggish years of growth from 2017 to late last year. With two weeks of sales lined up in London this month, interested parties should get a look at just how the auction houses will look to keep that momentum going. (more…)

New York – David Shrigley: ‘FLUFF WAR’ at Anton Kern Through June 15th, 2019

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

David Shrigley, FLUFF WAR (2019), via Anton Kern
David Shrigley, FLUFF WAR (2019), via Anton Kern

In his seventh solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled FLUFF WAR, British artist David Shrigley continues his particular style of wry, surrealist humor through a selection of works, including a large-scale kinetic sculpture, two neon sculptures, and 100 new drawings. (more…)

Basel: Continuing Abstraction, June 10th – 16th at the Soon to Open Gagosian Basel, Rheinsprung 1

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Jackson Pollock, Moon Vibrations (1953-55), via Art Observed
Jackson Pollock, Moon Vibrations (1953-55), all images via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Continuing Abstraction is a fitting title for the exhibition just opened at Rheinsprung 1, another pop-up fair exhibition by the mighty Gagosian Gallery that simultaneously serves as the inauguration for its 17th permanent exhibition space worldwide. Marking both an exploration and elaboration on the language of abstraction, both in the past and through today, the show seems to look back at Gagosian’s impact on contemporary art, intertwined with the languages of abstraction that have changed and evolved over the past century. (more…)

AO On-Site – Basel, Switzerland: Liste Art Fair, June 10th – 16th, 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019


Bridget Donahue at Liste, via gallery

Liste Art Fair has returned to Warteck, a former brewery on the banks of the Rhine now serving as an exhibition and performance space, for another year of exhibitions showcasing adventurous and exploratory projects from a range of galleries around the globe. Liste continues to build on its position as one of the central hubs for the week of Art Basel, priding itself on a careful curation of young galleries, dynamic, forward-thinking works, and a roster of performances that remains one of the week’s main draws.

Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (2019), via Livia Benavides
Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (2019), via Livia Benavides

Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (detail) (2019), via Livia Benavides
Adan Vallecillo, Saturacion Doble (detail) (2019), via Livia Benavides


AO On-Site – Basel, Switzerland: Art Basel Art Fair, June 13th – 16th, 2019

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Olaf Nicolai, Big Sneaker (2001), all photos via Art Observed

The first day is in the books as Art Basel has closed its doors tonight on its VIP opening, kicking off a marathon week of sales and shows in style in the Swiss city, and marking another year for the landmark giant of contemporary and modern art selling. Marking the terminus for the first half of the year’s primary market activity, the fair was a strong illustration of just how its impressive scale and appointments has turned the city into a hub for Europe’s network of dealers, galleries, artists and curators. Sightings of arts professionals from Europe and further afield were in ample showing, with Carroll Dunham, Leon Black, and many more wandering across the aisles of the fair, often pausing to greet a familiar face or to consider the pieces hung across the walls of the spaces.

Yoshitomo Nara at Pace
Yoshitomo Nara at Pace


AO Preview – Basel: The Art Basel Art Fair, June 13th – 16th, 2019

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #23 (1976), via Almine Rech
Tom Wesselmann, Smoker #23 (1976), via Almine Rech

As the days of summer swing into focus, and the weather grows ever warmer in Europe, the art world once again returns to the home of the Art Basel fair, which opens next week in the Swiss city, held in conjunction with a number of various exhibitions and shows across the city.  Closing out the first half of the year’s major market activities (save a major auction coming the following week in London), the fair offers a last look at the European art market’s health, especially as turmoil and political crisis continues to roil the continent.

Zoe Barcza, Love, Positivity, and DON’T Forget to Take Care of your Health! (2018), via Bianca D'Alessandro
Zoe Barcza, Love, Positivity, and DON’T Forget to Take Care of your Health! (2018), via Bianca D’Alessandro


New York – Matthew Ronay: “Betrayals of and by the Body” at Casey Kaplan Through June 15th, 2019

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Matthew Ronay, Engorged Follicle (Corazonin) (2018), via Casey Kaplan
Matthew Ronay, Engorged Follicle (Corazonin) (2018), via Casey Kaplan

Sculptor Matthew Ronay kicks off his first show with Casey Kaplan this month in New York, Betrayals of and by the Body, a fitting intro to the artist’s expressive sculptural language and his vivid sense of space and form. An adventurous and inventive voice in modern American sculpture, Ronay’s work conjures a range of links and ties between biological processes and transcendent spiritual elements, cells, mandalas, limbs and devotionals are transformed into a fluid structural language. (more…)

New York – Alex Israel: “As It Lays 2″ at Greene Naftali Through

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Alex Israel, As It Lays 2, 2019 (Production still with Tom Hanks and Alex Israel), via Greene Naftali
Alex Israel, As It Lays 2, 2019 (Production still with Tom Hanks and Alex Israel) (2019), via Greene Naftali

On view at Greene Naftali’s exhibition space in Chelsea, the Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel has put forth a selection of new works and a collection of videos that reflect on his practice idolizing and reflecting the dizzying landscape of the Californian metropolis. Trafficking in the seductive, aspirational imagery that characterizes his hometown, Israel’s practice regularly draws on the aesthetics and iconographies so often reserved for commerce and Hollywood, and turns them towards a sort of suspended sense of both propduction and self-mythologization. (more…)

New York – Josh Smith: “Emo Jungle” at David Zwirner Through July 19th, 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Josh Smith, Emo Jungle (Installation View), via Art Observed
Josh Smith, Emo Jungle (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Marking his first solo presentation with David Zwirner Gallery this month in New York, painter Josh Smith has unfurled a sprawling body of new work at the gallery’s Chelsea exhibition space, bringing together a range of new graphical gestures and classic explorations in pursuit of an ever-evolving visual language. (more…)

Paris – Seth Price: “Self as Tube” at Galerie Chantal Crousel Through June 20th, 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Seth Price, Self as Tube (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel
Seth Price, Self as Tube (Installation View), via Galerie Chantal Crousel

Marking an ongoing continuation and elaboration on his recent works dwelling on the body, shared and public space, production and the self, Seth Price has launched a show of new works on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris this month. Featuring a recent series of mixed media paintings and back-lit photographs, as well as a series of light-boxes and light tubes, the show continues Price’s recent work wrapping digital imagery around the bodies and the spaces they share, then translating those images to specific art contexts, forms, and functions.


New York – Virginia Overton: “Água Viva” at Bortolami Gallery Through June 15th, 2019

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Virginia Overton, Untitled (Cement Mixer Water) (2018), via Bortolami
Virginia Overton, Untitled (Cement Mixer/Water Fountain) (2019), via Bortolami

Marking her first solo outing with Bortolami Gallery, the American artist Virginia Overton has brought her unique blend of repurposed materials, ready-made sculptural interventions and a distinct sense of personal history to New York once again. The artist’s transformative capacities with raw materials and her enigmatic sense of shared purpose and convergent social spheres makes for a fascinating and wide-ranging body of work. (more…)

New York – Robert Longo: “Amerika” at Metro Pictures Through May 24th, 2019

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Robert Longo, Death Star 2018 (2018), via Metro Pictures
Robert Longo, Death Star 2018 (2018), via Metro Pictures

Over the past few years, Robert Longo’s work has grown increasingly preoccupied with the stature and language of the current American political crisis, exploring gun violence, political absenteeism, police oppression and a range of other cultural motifs indicative of our current political/cultural epoch. Marking a new entry in this ongoing investigation, the artist’s current show at Metro Pictures, Amerika, marks the beginning of a two-part exhibition by the artist and a continuation of his Destroyer Cycle series, an investigation into the politics of power, futility, and aggression. (more…)

New York – Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: “Workshop” at Lehmann Maupin Through June 15th, 2019

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Akerika - For Karl (1989), via Lehmann Maupin
Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Amerika – For Karl (1989), via Lehmann Maupin

When artist Tim Rollins passed away in December of 2017, the public commemoration for the artist seemed to touch every corner of the art world. Countless figures from across the spectrum of New York’s diverse creative communities paid tribute to Rollins’s impact on New York, and in many cases, personally on their practice, particularly younger artists with experiences either collaborating with him or working closely on past projects. (more…)

New York – Sanya Kantarovsky: “On Them” at Luhring Augustine Through June 15th, 2019

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Sanya Kantarovsky, Beach (2919), via Luhring Augustine
Sanya Kantarovsky, Beach (2919), via Luhring Augustine

Luhring Augustine has mounted a show of new works by painter Sanya Kantarovsky this month, the first solo exhibition by the Russian artist with the gallery.  The show, titled On Them, presents vignettes from the lives of a strange group of real and imagined subjects. An anguished killer, a hospice patient, a headless infant accordionist, and a disenfranchised snowman, assembled into a painted tragicomedy, simultaneously unnerving and seducing the audience.

Sanya Kantarovsky, Fracture (2919), via Luhring Augustine
Sanya Kantarovsky, Fracture (2919), via Luhring Augustine


New York – Frank Stella: “Recent Work” at Marianne Boesky Through June 22nd, 2019

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Frank Stella, Jasper's Split Star (2017), via Marianne Boesky
Frank Stella, Jasper’s Split Star (2017), via Marianne Boesky

Currently on at Marianne Boesky Gallery, a body of recent sculptures by renowned artist Frank Stella presents an intimate look at the artist’s ever-evolving and innovative approach to form. Ranging from the monumental to attentively-rendered small-scalle works, the pieces on view underscore Stella’s ongoing exploration of the spatial relationships between abstract and geometric forms and the ways in which they behave in and engage with physical space.


AO On-Site – New York: The 2019 Whitney Biennial, May 17–Sep 22, 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Nicole Eisenman, via Art Observed
Nicole Eisenman, via Art Observed

Following a wild few weeks between New York and Venice, the pace of the art world has slowed somewhat, and the big apple has had a moment to catch its breath, opening the doors on this year’s edition of the Whitney Biennial.  Often described as a snapshot of art in the United States, the Biennial brings together work by a range of artists across the spectrum of American contemporary practice and in a broad array of mediums. Over the past year and a half, curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley crossed the country visiting artists and surveying a broad selection of perspectives and concepts to complete their show.

Simone Leigh, via Art Observed
Simone Leigh, via Art Observed