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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.” Read More »

MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.” Read More »

Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says. Read More »

New York Times Details Galleries’ Shifting Relationships to Physical Spaces

March 1st, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week notes the shifting relationships galleries are taking towards physical spaces, including the possibility that galleries may soon abandon their physical locales.“The question is whether galleries will continue to have space in London,” says Frieze’s Simon Fox. The organization has opened its own gallery space at No. 9 Cork Street that works with a range of galleries and dealers. “The answer to that, in time, might be ‘no.’”  Read More »

New Munch Museum Building to Open Soon

February 24th, 2021

After a lengthy construction period, the new Munch Museum building in Oslo is preparing to open, the Architectural Digest reports. Read More »

UK Reopening Plans See Shops Opening a Full Month Before Museums

February 24th, 2021

The UK has announced that museums will not be able to reopen until Mid-May, a full month after shops and retail galleries.  “It just makes no sense,” says Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts . On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly. It just doesn’t feel joined up to me … I’m angry.” Read More »

NYT Looks at Artists Commemorating Those Lost to Covid-19

February 24th, 2021

A piece in the NYT looks at the artists already thinking of the best way to commemorate those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. “They want to recognize the deaths of those individuals, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance,” says geographer Avril Maddrell. Read More »

Paris Painting by Vincent van Gogh to Go on View Publicly for First Time Since 1887

February 24th, 2021

A major Paris scene painted by Vincent van Gogh and not yet seen in public since 1887 will go on view publicly this year, taking a tour of Europe before selling at Sotheby’s this May. “Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands – most are in the collections of prestigious museums around the world,” says Aurélie Vandevoorde of Sotheby’s. “The appearance on the market of a painting of this calibre, from such an iconic series, undoubtedly marks a major event.” Read More »

Abandoned Hong Kong Retail Spaces Fill with New Art as Curators and Artists Seize on Covid-19 Shutdowns

February 22nd, 2021

A piece in the SCMP looks at the trend of independent curators and gallerists filling abandoned retail spaces with art in Hong Kong.  “You have to go through a lot to get funding, or be noticed by institutions and galleries. But there is this regenerative energy that exists here – we always find a way to work around things,” she says curator Eunice Tsang. Read More »

Research Confirms Scrawl on “The Scream” as Written by Edvard Munch

February 22nd, 2021

New research has determined that writing on a version of Edvarrd Munch’s The Scream is by the artist himself. “It’s been examined now very carefully, letter by letter, and word by word, and it’s identical in every way to Munch’s handwriting,” says curator and researcher Mai Britt Guleng. “So there is no more doubt.” Read More »

Mayor of Amsterdam Asks for Review of Jewish Family’s Claim to Kandinsky Piece

February 22nd, 2021

The Mayor of Amsterdam is asking the Stedelijk to review the case of a Wassily Kandinsky work previously held in the collection of a Jewish family, and to reconsider if the work should be subject to restitution. “The Jewish people were deprived of their possessions, rights, dignity and, in many cases, their lives,” reads an open letter signed by a group including Femke Halsema mayor. “Insofar as something can still be restored of the great injustice done to them, we, as a society, have a moral obligation to act accordingly.” Read More »

Telegraph Charts Fresh Challenges to UK Art Market

February 19th, 2021

A piece in The Telegraph charts the landscape for galleries in London currently, and how they are making plans for the coming years post-Brexit and post-Covid. “We’re just playing a waiting game right now,” David Zwirner director James Green. “Our doors have been shut for all of 2021 so far, and we haven’t had word from the Government as to when that might change.” Read More »

Max Hollein Defends Met’s Ability to Deaccession Works in Online Post

February 19th, 2021

Met Director Max Hollein has defended the museum’s ability to deaccession works in a piece on the institution’s online blog this week. “The Museum approaches deaccessioning with the same degree of strategy and deliberation as we apply to acquisitions,” he writes. “Whereas the two activities are not directly coordinated, our curators are always mindful of the effects of both on the profile of the collection.” Read More »

Brancusi Sculpture Can be Removed from Montparnasse Cemetary, French Courts Rule

February 19th, 2021

A sculpture by Constantin Brancusi can be removed from Paris’s Montparnasse cemetery following the results of a lawsuit in French court. The work has been disputed for over a decade after several people attempted to sell the work amidst a red-hot market for the artist’s work. Read More »

Paul McCarthy Interviewed in NYT

February 18th, 2021

Paul McCarthy has an interview in the NYT this week, as he reflects on his new work, which mines the recent events surrounding the end of Trump’s presidency, and its relation to the rise of fascist regimes. “What part of the population do you need to create fascism?” he asks. “You don’t need the whole population. For me it was like, yeah, the subject’s problematic, but it’s the subject.”  Read More »

Michael Phelan to Open Arts Foundation in Marfa, TX

February 18th, 2021

Artist Michael Phelan will open an arts organization in Marfa, Texas this fall, the NYT reports. Phelan has been a resident of the town since 2014. Read More »

Damien Hirst Interviewed in The Guardian

February 18th, 2021

Damien Hirst has an interview in The Guardian this week, as he opens an outdoor sculpture show in St. Moritz, and reflects on the state of the world. “I like it when people love my art. I like it when people hate my art. I just don’t want them to ignore my art,” he says. Read More »

Maria Eichhorn to Represent Germany at 2022 Venice Biennale

February 17th, 2021

Artist Maria Eichhorn will represent Germany at next year’s Venice Biennale next year. “In my view there are few artists who address themselves to German history and its impact on the present in as multifaceted and intensive a manner as Maria Eichhorn,” says Yilmaz Dziewior, the curator of the German Pavilion. Read More »

London’s National Gallery Prepares to Celebrate 200th Anniversary with Major Renovation

February 17th, 2021

As London’s National Gallery prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2024, it is planning a major renovation project, a $34.7-to-$41.7 million (£25-30 million) upgrade of its public-facing amenities. “We are extremely fortunate to have a superb building and a modern classic in the Sainsbury Wing,” says director Dr. Gabriele Finaldi, “one that has more than met its original brief, notably in the practically perfect picture galleries. The dual challenge of a huge increase in visitor numbers and the changing expectations and needs of those visitors over the last 30 years, means we do need to look again at the spaces we have, and in particular the ground floor entrances and amenities.” Read More »

BBC Looks at “Secret Life” of Museums During Covid-19 Closures

February 17th, 2021

A piece in the BBC looks at how museums are adapting to closure, and how its employees are feeling as museums remain shuttered. “I’ve absolutely loved it,” says James Maclaine, senior fish curator at the Natural History Museum. “Obviously I have missed my colleagues but the peace and quiet has been really nice.” Read More »

Angel Otero’s New Upstate Studio Featured in NYT

February 15th, 2021

The NYT takes a tour of Angel Otero’s new studio in Malden-on-Hudson, N.Y., where the artist has taken over a converted church. “I embrace all this history,” he says. “I have always tried to mold my creativity and my lifestyle around moments like this.” Read More »

Basquiat Piece Set to Break Auction Records in Asia

February 15th, 2021

A Basquiat work is set to sell in Asia for at least $31 million, setting it up to become the most expensive Western work auctioned in Asia. “It is simply a masterpiece,” says Cristian Albu, Christie’s international director of postwar and contemporary art. Read More »

MOCA Restructuring Leadership as Klaus Biesenbach Named Artistic Director

February 15th, 2021

MOCA in Los Angeles is restructuring, with Klaus Biesenbach stepping into a role as Artistic Director, while the museum looks for an executive director.“This is a natural progression of MOCA’s growth and successes, and we are excited by what the strong partnership between Klaus and the executive director will allow us to accomplish,” says board chair Maria Stefarian. “Klaus has made incredible advances possible under his leadership, and this new structure allows us to invest even further in his exceptional artistic vision, his extraordinary fundraising results and his creative and dynamic development of new initiatives for the museum.” Read More »

Damien Hirst Takes Over Gagosian’s Britannia Street Location

February 11th, 2021

Damien Hirst will take over Gagosian London’s Britannia Street Gallery for the next year, showcasing a range of new works. “We need to do things differently at an altered time. It’s a definite takeover,” says Gagosian director Millicent Wilner. Read More »