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Knoedler Gallery Documentary to be Adapted in Feature Film

October 26th, 2020

Barry Avrich’s documentary on the Knoedler Gallery forgeries, “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” will be adapted into a feature film by the director’s Melbar Entertainment Group. “The extraordinary story beautifully lends itself to a dramatic feature film and its characters are beyond priceless. I can only dream that Meryl Streep will want to play Ann Freedman,” Avrich says.
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Art Program Offering Classes to Minor Offenders Instead of Court Dates Facing Defunding

October 23rd, 2020

Project Reset, a New York program that allows perpetrators of nonviolent offenses to take art classes instead of taking a court date, is facing budget shortfalls, and may shut down. “Project Reset is one of the most valuable tools we have to address low-level offenses. When you can prevent someone who is arrested for a low-level offense from entering the criminal justice system—and instead offer them a meaningful intervention through art, therapy, and other forms of restorative justice—you spare them the consequences of a criminal conviction, help them recognise and change behaviours, and ideally prevent future arrests,” says DA Cyrus Vance. “Especially today, when criminal justice reform and jail reduction are priorities for New Yorkers, it would be a shame to end this critical program.”
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Marian Goodman Gallery to Close London Space

October 23rd, 2020

Marian Goodman Gallery is planning to close its London gallery at the end of this year, striking an ominous note for the future of London’s art market.  “The art world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and the current health crisis and Brexit have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” the dealer said. “The decision to close the London space was made together with the executive team as part of the gallery’s overarching programming and sales strategy to pursue a more nimble approach in London, while continuing our strong presence in New York and Paris, which has served as the hub for our European activity for more than 25 years.”
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Knoedler Gallery Documentary to be Adapted in Feature Film

October 26th, 2020

Barry Avrich’s documentary on the Knoedler Gallery forgeries, “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” will be adapted into a feature film by the director’s Melbar Entertainment Group. “The extraordinary story beautifully lends itself to a dramatic feature film and its characters are beyond priceless. I can only dream that Meryl Streep will want to play Ann Freedman,” Avrich says. Read More »

Art Program Offering Classes to Minor Offenders Instead of Court Dates Facing Defunding

October 23rd, 2020

Project Reset, a New York program that allows perpetrators of nonviolent offenses to take art classes instead of taking a court date, is facing budget shortfalls, and may shut down. “Project Reset is one of the most valuable tools we have to address low-level offenses. When you can prevent someone who is arrested for a low-level offense from entering the criminal justice system—and instead offer them a meaningful intervention through art, therapy, and other forms of restorative justice—you spare them the consequences of a criminal conviction, help them recognise and change behaviours, and ideally prevent future arrests,” says DA Cyrus Vance. “Especially today, when criminal justice reform and jail reduction are priorities for New Yorkers, it would be a shame to end this critical program.” Read More »

Marian Goodman Gallery to Close London Space

October 23rd, 2020

Marian Goodman Gallery is planning to close its London gallery at the end of this year, striking an ominous note for the future of London’s art market.  “The art world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and the current health crisis and Brexit have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” the dealer said. “The decision to close the London space was made together with the executive team as part of the gallery’s overarching programming and sales strategy to pursue a more nimble approach in London, while continuing our strong presence in New York and Paris, which has served as the hub for our European activity for more than 25 years.” Read More »

Deana Lawson Wins Hugo Boss Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Deana Lawson has become the first photographer to win the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize. “Her contribution to the medium and the larger cultural landscape is indelible,” says director Richard Armstrong. Read More »

Rolls-Royce Art Program Taps Sondra Perry, Martine Syms for Art Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago MuñozMartine Syms, and Zhou Tao have been nominated for Rolls-Royce’s art program, Muse, and its first-ever Moving-Image Dream Commission.  The initiative “offers an opportunity for artists to have a space to develop their aesthetics and to be able to delve deeply into an area where they can have an autonomy to make a work which can resonate,” according to a statement.  Read More »

Heirs of Piet Mondrian Sue Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Attempt to Reclaim Paintings

October 22nd, 2020

The heirs of Piet Mondrian have filed suit against the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, alleging that the museum is holding works owed to them, valued at over $200 million. Read More »

Theaster Gates Interviewed in The Guardian

October 22nd, 2020

Theaster Gates has a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens his first solo show in New York at Gagosian.  “What separates art from craft?” He says. “Who divides the highbrow from the commonplace, the seen from the unseen?” Read More »

Missing Jacob Lawrence Painting Found in Upper West Side Apartment

October 22nd, 2020

A long-missing Jacob Lawrence painting has been located, reuniting it with its larger series, Struggle: From the History of the American People.  “The painting has been hanging in my living room for 60 years untouched,” one of the painting’s owners said.” Read More »

Ronald Perelman to Sell Giacometti in Sealed Bid Sale

October 22nd, 2020

Ronald Perelman is selling the iconic Giacometti sculpture Grande femme I in a sealed bid sale at Sotheby’s. “This is the bespoke sale for a very special work by one of the greatest 20th century artists, designed to both embrace the vast potential field of interest, but also to maintain the privacy that people desire,” Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s vice chairman of global fine arts. Read More »

Art Newspaper Charts Challenges Raised by Current Wave of Museum Deaccessions

October 22nd, 2020

The Art Newspaper looks at the number of museums deaccessioning works, and the issues it could cause for the market. “Museum deaccessions come in two categories,” says Marc Porter, president of Christie’s Americas. “The first is the traditional paring of a collection, which has always existed—but now is used to diversify towards works by artists of color, women artists and living artists. The second is the use of the proceeds of such sales for collection maintenance, which is a reflection of these economic times. This is absolutely a change in the market.” Read More »

NYT Charts Current Challenges to Art World on Precipice of COVID-19 Surge

October 22nd, 2020

The New York Times charts the current situation for galleries in New York, as institutions and dealers brace for a possible surge of coronavirus cases. “The situation in New York is extremely fluid, and that could change our trajectory and our plans, but we are prepared for that,” says Andrew Fabricant, the chief operating officer of Gagosian. Read More »

Coventry to Host Turner Prize in 2021 as UK City of Culture

October 21st, 2020

Coventry will host the Turner Prize in 2021 as part of its “city of culture” year. “Hopefully, what we’re doing is creating a glimmer of hope for 2021 and showing that we can still do live events, we can still put on a great show in this new world that we’re living in,” says Chenine Bhathena, the creative director for Coventry’s city of culture year. Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell Two Basquiat Works from Estate of Enrico Navarra

October 21st, 2020

Sotheby’s has announced it will sell two works by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the estate of dealer Enrico Navarra at the auction house’s October 28th sale in New York. Read More »

David Kordansky Profiled in NYT Over Efforts to Deeply Engage with Social Injustice

October 21st, 2020

David Kordansky’s efforts to diversify his gallery program and respond to injustice in the world gets a spotlight in the NYT this week. “He has been ambitious in trying to figure out ways for his gallery to better reflect the world that we live in, and the concerns many of us have about it,” says artist Rashid Johnson. “Racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia — the gallery is working with artists that attack and consider these issues in their projects.” Read More »

Remote Learning Creates Challenges for College Art Museums

October 21st, 2020

American universities’ move towards remote learning have caused uncertainty for college museums. “The last several months have been very complicated,” Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, former director of Spelman’s campus museum, “but we’ve relished the opportunity to be quiet and inward. We didn’t feel the impulse to get out in front of the Zoom superhighway.” Read More »

Works by Man Ray, de Chirico Could Break Auction Records Next Week at Sotheby’s

October 21st, 2020

A sale of Impressionist and Modern works October 28th at Sotheby’s New York could see new records for works by Giorgio de Chirico and Man Ray, Art News reports. “Both masterpieces are the epitome of museum-quality painting and provide a unique glimpse into the profound early output of these two visionary artist,” said Lisa Dennison, Sotheby’s Americas chairman. Read More »

A Look Inside Collectors’ Sudden Decisions to Sell Off Works

October 21st, 2020

A piece in Art News this week notes the challenges and opportunities that arise when a collector’s sudden change in fortune results in a sell-off of works. The piece surveys a range of collectors who suddenly sold off their collections in the midst of panics or other issues. Read More »

Dawoud Bey Profiled in NYT

October 21st, 2020

Photographer Dawoud Bey gets a profile in the New York Times this week, as he looks at his body of work and the violence against black bodies endemic to the United States.  “What underlines and underpins all of this are these places, and what these places are and what they were and what they represent in our collective history,” he says. “You can either tie an enslaved person to a tree and whip them until they pass out or you can put your knee on their neck and wait until they die.” Read More »

New York Times Documents 75 Year Long Effort to Repatriate Hungarian Baron’s Looted Art

October 19th, 2020

The New York Times this week describes a protracted battle to reclaim the looted collection of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, and the collectors’ descendants who have taken up the cause.  “It’s the third generation and fourth generation who is actively pursuing the quest to restitute the memory of the Herzog family, to right the provenance of the looted artworks,” said Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer who has represented parts of the family for 20 years. Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell $30 Million from Hester Diamond Collection

October 19th, 2020

Sotheby’s will sell the collection of New York collector, art dealer, and interior designer Hester Diamond, featuring a range of both Old Masters and Contemporary works, valued at $30 million. “Her taste and her visual sensibility were so strong, it ran through everything, the modern and the old,” says Diamond’s Stepdaughter, dealer Rachel Kaminsky. Read More »

Howardena Pindell Interviewed in NYT

October 19th, 2020

Artist Howardena Pindell has readied a new body of work at The Shed, and speaks with the New Times about her life and work.  “Every day I live, I seem to forget all that I’ve done, and I’m amazed when I think about it,” she says. “I don’t know how I did it. I really don’t. I mean, I don’t know how I survived.” Read More »

Maya Husseini Chronicles Destruction of Works in Beirut Explosion

October 19th, 2020

A piece in the NYT this week visits Beirut-based artist Maya Husseini, chronicling the destruction the city’s explosion wreaked on her works, and the countless pieces destroyed by the blast. “Thirty years of my professional life were gone,” she says. “Dust!” Read More »

Rachel Whiteread Interviewed in The Guardian

October 19th, 2020

Rachel Whiteread has an interview in The Guardian this week, encouraging young artists to hold on to their dreams and hopes in this challenging time. “I really want people to carry on doing what they were doing. It is important they don’t give up on their dreams, and they follow through with what they have trained for,” she says. Read More »

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Taps Stéphane Aquin as New Director

October 19th, 2020

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has tapped Stéphane Aquin as its new director, taking over from Nathalie Bondil, who was forced out last summer amid allegations. “It is with great pride that we announce the return of Stéphane Aquin to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His impressive track record, combined with his knowledge of the MMFA, has made him an obvious candidate to fill the role of director,” said MMFA board chair Pierre Bougie in a statement. Read More »