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Jerry Saltz Triumphs Over TriBeCa’s Art World Ascendance

September 18th, 2019

Jerry Saltz pens a piece in NY Mag this week trumpeting the return of the TriBeCa art scene, as a range of galleries open in the neighborhood. “Against all odds, can New York have a good art neighborhood with a walkable density of galleries?” He asks.  “Galleries with wooden floors, flaws, and funny footprints, which are more like where artists actually make art than all those perfect, concrete-floored slick showrooms?”
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Whitney Breaks Ground on Monumental David Hammons Sculpture

September 18th, 2019

The Whitney has broken ground on David Hammons’s Day’s End (2020), a permanent install across from the museum in the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula.  The piece is referred to by the artist as a “ghost monument” to Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 work of the same name in the same location.
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Ragnar Kjartansson Interviewed on Making ‘The Visitors’

September 18th, 2019

The Guardian’s running series of highlights of 21st Century arts features Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, calling it the best artwork of the 21st Century so far.  “It has a special place in my heart, but it was such a feelgood piece that I had to make some really dark shit afterwards,” he says of his work. “No artist has a favorite piece. Maybe you can pick one when you’re really old – but it’s something I’m super proud of. It took on a life of its own.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

The Judith Rothschild Foundation

Collector’s Birthdate: (Foundation) b. 1993

Harvey S. Shipley Miller is sole trustee of The Judith Rothschild Foundation, created by the will of abstract painter Judith Rothschild who died in 1993. Her will dictates that all resources and assets have to be dedicated to its approved mission and that within 25 years of her death, all assets must be used and distributed, having completed the foundation’s aims the best of its abilities.

In 2003, the foundation spent more than $7 million to build a Contemporary collection featuring works by more than 400 artists, including classic artist Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and Gerhard Richter as well as newcomers Christian Holstad and Hernan Bas.

Projects undertaken by the foundation include The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934, which showed at the MoMA as “one of the most definitive collections of the work in the world,” according to Miller. The foundation also gave the Jacques Villon print collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is currently compiling its third major collection, (to be titled The Judith Rothschild Foundation of Contemporary Drawings Collection) for the MoMA.

Important works owned by the foundation include Douglas Gordon’s “always and forever”, Peter Doig’s “Country Rock Version” and Raymond Pettibon’s “Untitled (Acid Got Me Fired…)”.

Says Miller of the drawing collection: “The final, undiscounted value for insurance purposes would be somewhere between $50 and $70 million. Gary Garrels has said it’s the greatest collection, public or private, of Contemporary drawings in the world, but it’s miraculous because there are things that one couldn’t get again.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.