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Painting Found in Walls of Italian Gallery Confirmed as Gustav Klimt

January 17th, 2020

A painting discovered inside the walls of an Italian art gallery has been confirmed as a Gustav Klimt. “It’s with no small emotion that I can tell you the work is authentic,” Piacenza prosecutor Ornella Chicca said in a statement.
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Felix L.A. Set to Open in February, William J. Simmons Takes on Special Projects Section

January 17th, 2020

The new edition of Felix LA is set to open next month, with William J. Simmons taking on curating the special projects. “I was thinking through imagination at this time when we’re beleaguered by questions of identity,” Simmons says. “We’re all kind of afraid. Where is the optimism in all of this? Where is queer and feminism optimism in all of this? These are artists who are engaging with hope and fear and criticality — and more often than not, they turned out to be queer people, or women-identified artists, or both.”
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Hayward Gallery’s Zoe Whitley Tapped as Head of Chisenhale Gallery

January 17th, 2020

Zoé Whitley, the current senior curator of London’s Hayward Gallery has been tapped as the new head of Chisenhale Gallery. “I’ve been inspired by Chisenhale Gallery’s program since I first became a curator,” Whitley said in a statement. “I’m honored to have been selected to lead its next chapter as director and excited by the challenges and possibilities for artistic collaborations to come.”
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Painting Found in Walls of Italian Gallery Confirmed as Gustav Klimt

January 17th, 2020

A painting discovered inside the walls of an Italian art gallery has been confirmed as a Gustav Klimt. “It’s with no small emotion that I can tell you the work is authentic,” Piacenza prosecutor Ornella Chicca said in a statement. Read More »

Felix L.A. Set to Open in February, William J. Simmons Takes on Special Projects Section

January 17th, 2020

The new edition of Felix LA is set to open next month, with William J. Simmons taking on curating the special projects. “I was thinking through imagination at this time when we’re beleaguered by questions of identity,” Simmons says. “We’re all kind of afraid. Where is the optimism in all of this? Where is queer and feminism optimism in all of this? These are artists who are engaging with hope and fear and criticality — and more often than not, they turned out to be queer people, or women-identified artists, or both.” Read More »

Hayward Gallery’s Zoe Whitley Tapped as Head of Chisenhale Gallery

January 17th, 2020

Zoé Whitley, the current senior curator of London’s Hayward Gallery has been tapped as the new head of Chisenhale Gallery. “I’ve been inspired by Chisenhale Gallery’s program since I first became a curator,” Whitley said in a statement. “I’m honored to have been selected to lead its next chapter as director and excited by the challenges and possibilities for artistic collaborations to come.” Read More »

The Honolulu Biennial Set for Triennial in 2022, Curated by Hirshhorn’s Melissa Chiu

January 17th, 2020

The Honolulu Biennial will switch to a triennial format for 2022, with Melissa Chiu, the director of Washington DC’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden taking on curator duties. “The Honolulu Biennial has had tremendous impact in Hawai’i in a very short period of time, and, in thinking about the opportunities ahead, the Honolulu Biennial Foundation unanimously agreed that a triennial format was the best platform for our future growth and success,” the foundation’s board of directors said in a statement. Read More »

Tschabalala Self Profiled in Art News

January 17th, 2020

Artists Tschabalala Self has an interview in Art News this week, giving the magazine a tour of her New Haven studio. “I think people expect me either to have this super noncritical admiration for black American pop culture tropes, which I don’t have, or to have this disdain for it, which I also don’t have,” she says of her work. “I’m someone who just has to absorb all of it. I’m not personally invested in attaching value judgments.” Read More »

Park Avenue Armory to Invite 100 Women Artists to Celebrate Centennial of 19th Amendment

January 17th, 2020

The Park Avenue Armory and National Black Theatre has invited ten New York City cultural institutions for 100 Years | 100 Women, a project celebrating the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. The show will feature 100 women artists. “I expect a very lively, informative and massive gathering in our Drill Hall next May when the Armory, with National Black Theatre and our other amazing partner organizations, present to the public the micro-commissions of 100 women artists that reflect on the realities of conferred citizenry since the 19th Amendment was passed 100 years ago,” says Rebecca Robertson, the founding president and executive producer of Park Avenue Armory. “The chorus of the different artistic voices will no doubt offer many perspectives on where we have been and where we are going.” Read More »

Jamie Botín Sentenced to 18 Months Jail Time Over Picasso Smuggling

January 17th, 2020

Jamie Botín, the head of Grupo Santander, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for smuggling the Picasso work Head of a Young Woman (1906) out of Spain.  The work was discovered aboard Botín’s yacht, with the businessman claiming he was sailing to Geneva to store the work. Read More »

Fugitive Real Estate Tycoon Joseph Lau the Seller of Hockney ‘Splash’ Painting

January 17th, 2020

Hong Kong real-estate tycoon Joseph Lau is the seller of David Hockney’s A Splash, which will go to auction at Sotheby’s London this February. Lau was sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and tax evasion but has avoided jail time by staying outside mainland China. Read More »

Artists Remember John Baldessari in MoMA Magazine

January 16th, 2020

A group of artists are interviewed in MoMA’s magazine this week, discussing their relationships with the late John Baldessari. “It’s taken me about 40 years to realize that Baldessari’s studio was the model I’ve used to structure all of my subsequent studio spaces,” says Christopher Williams. Read More »

Philadelphia Mayor Calls for Revamp of PMA Policies Following Controversy

January 16th, 2020

Following the controversy surrounding former employee Joshua Helmer, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has called for the Philadelphia Museum of Art to revamp its personnel policies. “The [Kenney] Administration did express to PMA leadership that it should review and strengthen its policies regarding anti-fraternization and sexual harassment, and require training for all staff,” Kenney spokesperson Deana Gamble said. Read More »

Sara Cochran Jouns Eric Fischl and April Gornik’s Residency Program in Sag Harbor

January 16th, 2020

The Church, a new residency program created by Eric Fischl and April Gornik has tapped Sara Cochran, former director and chief curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, as the executive director and chief curator.  “She contacted me to ask if I would find it awkward if she applied for the job, and of course it was quite the opposite—I was thrilled,” Fischl says. Read More »

Auction Houses Submit Bids for Macklowe Collection

January 16th, 2020

Auction houses have been asked to submit proposals for the sale of the collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe a $700 million collection they were ordered to sell as part of divorce proceedings.  The anticipated date for sale is this spring. Read More »

Tamara de Lempicka Piece Heads to Auction at Christie’s as Market Heats Up

January 16th, 2020

Artist Tamara de Lempicka continues a market streak this winter as her piece Portrait de Marjorie Ferry heads to auction at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in London.“Tamara de Lempicka’s striking portraits came to symbolize the exuberance and freedom of the post-war society during the 1920s and early 30s,” says Keith Gill, the head of Impressionist & Modern Art evening sales at Christie’s. Read More »

Henry Taylor Joins Hauser & Wirth

January 15th, 2020

Painter Henry Taylor has joined the roster at Hauser & Wirth, which will share representation with Blum & Poe.  “After an incredibly fruitful 10 years of success together, Blum and Poe is pleased, going forward, to continue to do great work alongside Hauser & Wirth,” says Tim Blum. Read More »

Cecily Brown Tapped as Next Artist to Show at Blenheim Palace

January 15th, 2020

Ceciliy Brown has been tapped as the next artist to present work at Blenheim Palace. “The idea of showing work in a stately home would never have occurred to me but I was invited to do it and I immediately thought ‘what a fabulous idea’ and ‘what fun’, really,” she says. “It is completely out there and different to anywhere else I’ve shown my work.” Read More »

M+ Curator Doryun Chung Profiled in Art News

January 15th, 2020

Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of the M+ Museum in Hong Kong gets a profile in Art News this week, as he prepares to open the space to the public. It is my vision, but it is also the natural consequence of the work we are doing that this is going to be a … multidisciplinary contemporary collection like no other in Asia,” he says. “No institution has come up with this sort of vision with the policy, resources, and infrastructure that is already there.”  Read More »

Damien Hirst Pill Cabinet Heads to Sale at Phillips

January 15th, 2020

One of Damien Hirst’s iconic pill cabinets is heading to auction, part of a selection of works by collector Robert Tibbles at Phillips next month.  “I was shown good stuff, and I chose good stuff. The truth is, the valuations have always remained remarkably stable,” the collector says.  “Ultimately, I had this epiphany and realized, actually, [the collection is] complete.”  Read More »

Artists’ Open Letter Calls Again for Removal of Board Members at MoMA PS1

January 15th, 2020

A group of 37 artists have sent an open letter to MoMA PS1 calling for the removal of two board members who have been the subject of criticism over war profiteering. “We appreciate the visibility this exhibition gives to the Iraq wars and to the work of Iraqi artists; however, we also wish to make visible MoMA’s connection to funds generated from companies and corporations that directly profit from these wars,” the letter reads. “We call on PS1 to stand by its stated mission and, together with MoMA, take a truly radical position by divesting from any trustees and sources of funding that profit from the suffering of others.” Read More »

George Condo Heads to Hauser & Wirth

January 15th, 2020

George Condo is now represented by Hauser & Wirth, Art News reports. “It’s this link between generations,” says Marc Payot. “He’s really rooted in art history, going to back to Old Masters and creating links between artists we work with, like Philip Guston, Nicole Eisenman, and Avery Singer.” Read More »

Stan Douglas Tapped for 2021 Canadian Pavilion in Venice

January 15th, 2020

Artist Stan Douglas will represent Canada at the 2021 Canadian Pavilion, Art News reports. “Douglas is one of the country’s most internationally respected artists, with a practice recognized for its critical imagination, formal ingenuity and deep commitment to social enquiry,” a statement by the jury reads. “The currency of Douglas’ practice is especially relevant in the context of the Biennale’s global dialogues, and the jury was unanimous in its enthusiasm for his selection.” Read More »

Pop Stars BTS Launch Global Arts Inititative

January 14th, 2020

Korean pop stars BTS are launching an ambitious global art initiative featuring work by Antony Gormley, Tomás Saraceno, and more, Art News reports.“This project is especially meaningful to us because it truly represents diversity and creates a collective, positive message for the world that we value. Through this project, we hope to return the great amount of love and support from our fans, ARMY, and all audiences,” a statement reads. Read More »

Erie Art Museum Head Out After Sexual Harassment Allegations

January 14th, 2020

Following allegations of sexual harassment and a petition online that demanded his removal, Joshua Helmer is out at the Erie Art Museum. “The Erie Art Museum Board of Directors takes seriously all allegations of misconduct,” the museum said in a statement. “Prior to offering Mr. Helmer the position at the Erie Art Museum, the Board, with the help of an employment consultant, conducted due diligence including background checks. No issues were identified during our due diligence.” Read More »

Dealer James Birch Profiled in The Telegraph

January 14th, 2020

Art dealer James Birch gets a profile in The Telegraph this week, profiling his adventurous approach to curating work, and his discovery of Grayson Perry. Read More »

Sotheby’s Teams with Highsnobiety for Streetwear Line Promoting Old Masters Week

January 14th, 2020

Sotheby’s and Highsnobiety have partnered for a limited-edition collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies featuring works from the upcoming Masters Week auctions in New York. “This partnership with Highsnobiety, whose name is synonymous with streetwear and has been at the forefront of the culture for 15 years, was an opportunity to showcase Old Master paintings as remarkably modern, graphic works of art that can be enjoyed outside their mythological or historical context,” says David Pollack, Sotheby’s Senior Vice President and Specialist for Old Master Paintings. Read More »