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UK Study Finds Strong Class Divide in Arts

November 19th, 2018

National Portrait Gallery London, via Art NewspaperA study on UK arts and diversity has found a substantial barrier caused by class in the nation, Arts Professional notes. “Language, attitudes and the prevailing ‘excellence’ narrative in the arts can be seen as divisive in terms of engaging a broader audience in arts,” the report reads.
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Nick Cave Interviewed in The Guardian

November 19th, 2018

Nick Cave, via The GuardianThe Guardian has an interview this week with artist Nick Cave, as he opens a commanding show of new work and reflects on the violent landscape of modern America, and how work like his Soundsuits address some of these issues. “You are liberated: it hides gender, race, class – so you’re forced to look at something without judgment,” he says. “It’s about getting outside of yourself and surrendering to this other.”
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Swiss Institute Adds New Board Members

November 19th, 2018

Swiss Institute, via Swiss InstituteThe Swiss Institute has elected three new members to its board: Monique Burger, John Garcia, and Florian Gutzwiller, Artforum reports. “I am immensely grateful for the continuing support we have been receiving as we create the very first long-term home for SI after more than three decades,” says chair Maja Hoffmann.
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UK Study Finds Strong Class Divide in Arts

November 19th, 2018

National Portrait Gallery London, via Art NewspaperA study on UK arts and diversity has found a substantial barrier caused by class in the nation, Arts Professional notes. “Language, attitudes and the prevailing ‘excellence’ narrative in the arts can be seen as divisive in terms of engaging a broader audience in arts,” the report reads. Read More »

Nick Cave Interviewed in The Guardian

November 19th, 2018

Nick Cave, via The GuardianThe Guardian has an interview this week with artist Nick Cave, as he opens a commanding show of new work and reflects on the violent landscape of modern America, and how work like his Soundsuits address some of these issues. “You are liberated: it hides gender, race, class – so you’re forced to look at something without judgment,” he says. “It’s about getting outside of yourself and surrendering to this other.” Read More »

Swiss Institute Adds New Board Members

November 19th, 2018

Swiss Institute, via Swiss InstituteThe Swiss Institute has elected three new members to its board: Monique Burger, John Garcia, and Florian Gutzwiller, Artforum reports. “I am immensely grateful for the continuing support we have been receiving as we create the very first long-term home for SI after more than three decades,” says chair Maja Hoffmann. Read More »

Art Newspaper Explores Issues with Third-Party Auction Guarantees

November 19th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via SothebysA piece in Art Newspaper looks at the recent trend toward auction guarantees, and the damage some say it’s causing to larger art market health. “Guarantees have the potential to be the next big art-market scandal, if they are not carefully managed,” says Harry Smith, the executive chairman and managing director of the London-based art advisory firm Gurr Johns. “We seem to have one every 20 years, so maybe we’re due for another. And most crises come out of conflicts of interest.” Read More »

Romanian Theater Group Tricks Writer into Believe He Found Stolen Picasso

November 19th, 2018

Rotterdam Kunsthal theft, via GuardianA prank by a Romanian theater group led many in Europe to believe a Picasso stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in 2013 had been found under a tree.  “We never assumed this would be easy, but wanted to find out at which point in the process things would falter, with whom and why,” a statement by the theater group read. “The work is one of the storylines of a performance, which as a whole focuses on the value of truth. What is real and what is not?” Read More »

Sol LeWitt Wall-Drawing Show at MassMOCA Extended Throguh 2043

November 19th, 2018

Sol LeWitt, Mass MOCAMassMoCA will add another decade to the run-time of its iconic Sol LeWitt wall-drawing show, Art Newspaper reports. They will now be exhibited until 2043. Read More »

Glenn Lowry to Stay on as MoMA Head Through 2025

November 19th, 2018

Glenn Lowry, via NYTGlenn Lowry will remain at the helm of MoMA through 2025, the NYT reports.  “There is no better leader with whom we can expand upon MoMA’s success,” Museum Board president Ronnie Heyman said this week. Read More »

Art Newspaper Explores Works Held Out of View in Private Collections

November 19th, 2018

Vincent van Gogh’s painting Starry Night Over the Rhône, via The GuardianThe Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the works in private collections now withheld from public viewing, and the works that often are never seen again, including speculation on some works owners have wished to have destroyed when they die. “The idea of a right to destroy gave way to the idea that you cannot do this, and nowadays there is a ‘duty of care’ for owners of art works,” says Dr. Edgar Tijhuis, an art law specialist. Read More »

Cerith Wyn Evans Wins 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

November 19th, 2018

Cerith Wyn Evans, S=U=T=R=A2 (2017), via Sophie Kitching for Art ObservedThe Hepworth Wakefield museum in England has named the London-based artist Cerith Wyn Evans has been awarded the 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a recognition that comes with an award of £30,000. Read More »

MoMA PS1 Workers Stage Action Over Wages

November 19th, 2018

MoMA PS1, via ArtforumInstallers and maintenance workers at MoMA PS1 staged an action today at the museum over negotiations over their wages at the museum, which they claim are not on par with those of their colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art. “MoMA PS1 has a terrific team of installation and maintenance staff, and we are committed to reaching a new contract with Local 30,” the museum said in a statement. “We continue to make progress in negotiations, and have our next session scheduled for later this month. It’s been a productive process and we’re confident we’ll arrive at an amicable resolution.” Read More »

Everson Museum Receives $4.8 Million Gift

November 15th, 2018

Everson Museum, via Art NewsSyracuse’s Everson Museum of Art in New York has received a donation of $4.8 million, one of the largest gifts ever made to a Syracuse arts organization, given by board members Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan. “This campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in our institution’s 120-year history,” says Elizabeth Dunbar, director and CEO of the Everson. Read More »

New York Times Spotlights Art Storage Facilities

November 15th, 2018

Uovo, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the new storage facilities popping up in New York and around the US for art collectors. “Dealers have to store it, then they sell it to collectors who have to store it, then they donate it to museums that have to store it,” says art adviser Todd Levin. Read More »

Knight Foundation Donates $435,000 to Digital Arts Projects

November 15th, 2018

Gray Area Theater, via Art NewsThe Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida, has earmarked a total of $435,000 for four digital art projects. “As in many parts of modern society, technology advancements have revealed both new opportunities and challenges for artists,” says Chris Barr, director of arts at the Knight Foundation. “At the moment, there are few organizations providing support systems for digital art. These projects are filling that gap, helping artists navigate and thrive in this new terrain.” Read More »

Dmitry Rybolovlev Charged by Monaco Police in Corruption Probe

November 15th, 2018

Dmitriy Rybolovlev, via BloombergRussian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has been formally charged by Monaco prosecutors in relation to corruption probe over his ongoing dispute with Geneva art dealer Yves Bouvier. “we do insist on the fact that at this stage Mr. Rybolovlev is presumed innocent,” said Herve Temime, a lawyer for Rybolovlev, “and that this presumption and the rights attached to it should be strictly respected.” Read More »

Gustav Klimt Work Sent to Wrong Family

November 14th, 2018

Gustav Klimt, via Art NewspaperThe Austrian government is facing criticism after sending a Gustav Klimt due for repatriation to the wrong family, the Art Newspaper reports. The complicated case and the misplaced painting traces several generations of Austrian owners and families, and underscores the challenges faced by institutions over restitution cases.  Read More »

Hannh Levy and Puppies Puppies on Forbes’s 30 Under 30

November 14th, 2018

Hannah Levy, Untitled (2016), via Art ObservedThe Forbes 30 under 30 list has been released, featuring a group of young artists that includes Puppies Puppies and Hannah Levy.   Read More »

Auctions from Robert Indiana’s Estate Profiled in The Guardian

November 14th, 2018

Robert Indiana, via NPRThe Guardian has a piece on the Robert Indiana estate’s auctioning of two works from its holdings this week to pay legal fees, diving into the controversy behind the late artist’s passing and his legacy. “If the estate is ever going to be preserved or studied or visited, whether it’s a museum or research center, it seems to me works like that are essential as part of a bigger picture,” says John Wilmerding, a Princeton professor who has researched Indiana extensively.  Read More »

Pace Gallery Launches “Partnership” with Christo

November 14th, 2018

Jean-Claude and Christo, via Art NewsPace Gallery has begun a partnership with the artist Christo, foregoing outright representation while presenting and assisting with the artist’s work. The gallery will present a series of works by the artist at Art Basel Miami Beach, and will present a solo show in 2020. “Christo is a dreamer and an artist of mythic energy who has redefined the way we interact with the world around us,” says Marc Glimcher, Pace’s president and CEO. Read More »

Mongolian Pavilion in Venice to Feature Range of Works Exploring Throat-Singing

November 14th, 2018

E.Jantsankhorol, Breathe In Breathe Out, 2015, via Art News German sound artist Carsten Nicolai will work in the Mongolian Pavilion at next year’s Venice Biennale for a show that includes throat-singing performers, and is organized by Mongolian artist E.Jantsankhorol.   “Nowadays interaction between human-being and nature is almost extinct,” an announcement reads. “We created human-made environment surrounding us, like concrete blocks, glasses, panels and asphalts to interact with.” Read More »

Warhol’s Factory Gets Spotlight in NYT

November 13th, 2018

Andy Warhol and Fran Leibowitz, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on Andy Warhol’s entourage at The Factory, and the artist’s engagement with the figures in his inner circle. “When I first went to the Factory, there was an interesting group of young people. Andy always had some rich kids around him but also people who were incredibly flamboyant, incredibly transgressive,” says Fran Leibowitz. “They were there for his amusement. Later, Andy could not distinguish between an interesting young person and just a young person.” Read More »

Penske Media Acquires Art News

November 13th, 2018

Jay Penske, via Art NewsPenske Media Corporation, which owns Rolling StoneVarietyWWD, and Deadline, has acquired Art Media Holdings, LLC, the parent company of ARTnewsArt in AmericaThe Magazine ANTIQUES, and MODERN Magazine. “For more than a century ARTnews and Art in America have been leaders in breaking news and commentary on the art world,” PMC’s chairman and CEO, Jay Penske, said in a statement. “To welcome these fine publications, whose editorial heritage I have long admired, is not only a remarkable opportunity but also a great honor.” Read More »

Mary Ceruti to Take Over as Head of Walker Art Center

November 13th, 2018

Mary Ceruti, via Art NewsMary Ceruti, current director and chief curator of SculptureCenter, will take over as head of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Art News reports. “The Walker has been a trailblazer in identifying the experimental and influential art and artists of its time, continually demonstrating the power of art to help us understand, navigate and shape the contemporary world,” Ceruti said in a statement. “It is uniquely positioned to create new models for how museums work with artists and diverse constituencies.” Read More »

Julian Schnabel Interviewed on Van Gogh Film in New York Magazine

November 12th, 2018

Allison Brant and Julian Schnabel at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, via David X Prutting BFAnyc.comJulian Schnabel is interviewed in New York Magazine this week, as he prepares to roll out his new film on Vincent Van Gogh, and offers his takes on the artist’s singular personality. “I don’t think he was crazy at all, and these myths that have been propagated are a disservice,” he says. “[People] think artists have to be nuts to be good. If you really look at [van Gogh’s] paintings, they’re not the works of a madman.” Read More »

Research Uncovers Role of Dutch Museum Director as Nazi Collaborator

November 12th, 2018

Dirk Hannema, via NYTNew research has uncovered the collaboration between Nazi art thieves and Dirk Hannema, director of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam to create a clearinghouse for the sale of paintings looted from Jewish owners. “He collaborated with the Germans and he knew what he was doing,” says Sjarel Ex, the current director of the museum. “His decision was that it was worthwhile to work with them because he knew that he could have more influence and power with the people who were reigning instead of being a refugee or going into hiding or living on the outskirts.” Read More »