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Portuguese Museum Director Resigns Over Alleged Censorship of Mapplethorpe Show

September 25th, 2018

Robert Mapplethorpe, via Art NewsThe Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal is currently embroiled in controversy, after Artistic Director João Ribas resigned over alleged censorship of a Robert Mapplethorpe show. “The proposal of the exhibition was to present the works of an explicit sexual nature in an area with restricted access, given the tenor of several exhibited works and being that Serralves is an institution visited annually by almost a million people of all backgrounds, ages and nationalities, including thousands of children and hundreds of schools,” the institution said in a statement. “The foundation considered that the visiting public should be alerted, in accordance with the legislation in force.”
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Thelma Golden Profiled in LA Times

September 25th, 2018

Thelma Golden, via LA TimesThe LA Times profiles Thelma Golden, and the work she has done to build Harlem’s Studio Museum into a landmark American institution. “Often, it makes me laugh when people who have never been to the museum would come visit,” she says.  “The two things people would often say is that they thought I’d be taller and that the museum would be much bigger.”
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Joan Mitchell Piece Expected to Break Auction Record Come November

September 25th, 2018

Joan Mitchell, 12 Hawks at 3 O’Clock, via Art Market MonitorA Joan Mitchell painting from the estate of Barney Ebsworth is anticipated to break the artist’s auction record, estimated to sell at $14 million to $16 million.  The work will hit the auction block at Christie’s New York in November.
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Portuguese Museum Director Resigns Over Alleged Censorship of Mapplethorpe Show

September 25th, 2018

Robert Mapplethorpe, via Art NewsThe Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal is currently embroiled in controversy, after Artistic Director João Ribas resigned over alleged censorship of a Robert Mapplethorpe show. “The proposal of the exhibition was to present the works of an explicit sexual nature in an area with restricted access, given the tenor of several exhibited works and being that Serralves is an institution visited annually by almost a million people of all backgrounds, ages and nationalities, including thousands of children and hundreds of schools,” the institution said in a statement. “The foundation considered that the visiting public should be alerted, in accordance with the legislation in force.” Read More »

Thelma Golden Profiled in LA Times

September 25th, 2018

Thelma Golden, via LA TimesThe LA Times profiles Thelma Golden, and the work she has done to build Harlem’s Studio Museum into a landmark American institution. “Often, it makes me laugh when people who have never been to the museum would come visit,” she says.  “The two things people would often say is that they thought I’d be taller and that the museum would be much bigger.” Read More »

Joan Mitchell Piece Expected to Break Auction Record Come November

September 25th, 2018

Joan Mitchell, 12 Hawks at 3 O’Clock, via Art Market MonitorA Joan Mitchell painting from the estate of Barney Ebsworth is anticipated to break the artist’s auction record, estimated to sell at $14 million to $16 million.  The work will hit the auction block at Christie’s New York in November. Read More »

Marina Abramovic Attacked at Show in Florence

September 25th, 2018

Marina Abramovic, via The GuardianMarina Abramovic was attacked yesterday at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, with an amateur artist smashing a painting he made of her over her head.  “In a split second I saw his expression change and become violent, as he came towards me very quickly and forcefully,” Abramovic says. “Danger always happens quickly, like death itself.” Read More »

Four Picasso Women from Collection of Sam Rose Head to Christie’s this Fall

September 24th, 2018

Picasso, via Art Market MonitorFour of Pablo Picasso’s women from the collection of Washington, DC real estate developer Sam Rose and his wife, Julie Walters, will go on sale this fall at Christie’s in New York, carrying a combined low estimate of $28 million. “As a noted Picasso connoisseur, Sam Rose spent many years assembling these compelling portraits with his wife, Julie Walters,” says Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s. “From the lyrical eroticism of the years of Marie-Thérèse eclipsed in turn by the tumultuous era of Dora, and then the vernal rebirth of Françoise’s presence, through to Jacqueline’s classical, watchful aura, this suite of works shines a glorious light on Picasso’s art and traces its progress over twenty-five years of innovation.” Read More »

NADA Miami Announces Exhibitor List

September 21st, 2018

NADA Miami Beach, via Art NewsNADA has announced the gallery list for the 2018 edition of its Miami fair, which will now serve as the central fair of the organization’s yearly programming after its 2019 New York fair was cancelled.  Read More »

Met to Looks Into Subleasing Breuer Building to Frick

September 21st, 2018

Thomas P Campbell at Met Breuer, via NYTThe Met is looking into plans to lease its space at the Breuer Building to the Frick Collection as the museum undergoes renovation in 2020.  The plan would save the museum $45 million. “Our objective in expanding our programming to The Met Breuer was to present the modern collection and other strengths of our encyclopedic holdings, and to enable our curators to organize cutting-edge exhibitions. We are extremely pleased with the visitor response and critical acclaim for these programs and look forward to building on what we have learned in the years ahead at The Met Fifth Avenue,” says President Daniel Weiss.  Read More »

Jeffrey Deitch Interviewed in LA Times

September 20th, 2018

Deitch, via LA TimesJeffrey Deitch has an interview in the LA Times this week, as he tours the newspaper around his new space in Hollywood. “For people coming from different parts of America, coming from different countries,” he says, “this is a really L.A. space. And that’s what I wanted — an only-in-L.A. space.” Read More »

Mary Kelly Interviewed in The Guardian

September 19th, 2018

Mary Kelly, via The GuardianArtist Mary Kelly is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing her own work and her views on the recent move towards increasingly hostile international relations and hard borderlines between countries. “Living all over very different places gives you insight about how different cultures and political systems work, but it also shows you in some way how things are connected,” she says.  Read More »

Hauser & Wirth to Open Location in St. Moritz

September 19th, 2018

Rendering of Hauser and Wirth in St. Moritz, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth is planning a location in the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland, Art News reports. The 4,000 sq. ft space will be the ninth location for the gallery. Read More »

Trump Trade Tariffs Spare Chinese Antiques and Art

September 19th, 2018

Christie's, via Art NewspaperChinese art and antiquities have been spared from Trump’s trade tariffs, the Art Newspaper reports. “The free exchange of art is beneficial to all and may provide an avenue toward mutual understanding leading to better relations on other fronts as well,” says dealer James Lally. Read More »

NYT Piece Charts Current Challenges in Art Economy

September 19th, 2018

Saatchi Gallery, via NYTWriter Olav Velthuis has a piece on the state of the art market this week in The New York Times, noting the challenges and threats posed by the current fair system. “The fairs have existed since the late 1960s, but only in the last two decades have they developed into the market’s potentate,” he says. “Almost half of all gallery sales are nowadays conducted at the fairs, up 16 percentage points from 2010. Gallery owners on average participate in five fairs a year. Not because they like them so much as because they have to.” Read More »

2019 Armory Show Names Curators

September 19th, 2018

Armory Show, via Armory ShowSally Tallant, director of the Liverpool Biennial; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; and Dan Byers, director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have all been selected to curate sections of the 2019 Armory Show, Art News reports. “Curators often have their finger on the pulse,” Director Nicole Berry says. “They can provide new and exciting works that challenge the viewers that they might not see at other fairsIt is important to us to have art on view that isn’t being seen elsewhere. We want to have that sense of discovery—something special and interesting.” Read More »

Artist Geta Brătescu has Died at 92

September 19th, 2018

Geta Bratescu, via Art NewsArtist Geta Brătescu has died at 92, according to gallery Hauser & Wirth.  “Geta Brătescu was a true artist who even in the darkest times maintained her sense of playfulness and freedom,” Iwan Wirth, the cofounder and president of the gallery, said in a statement. “Her powerful life force went in so many directions, from drawing and graphics and photography, to animated videos and tapestry, that even in her 90s she embodied the spirit and passion of a young person. That Geta lived to see her art embraced so enthusiastically on the international level at the 2017 Venice Biennale and at her first New York solo exhibition at our gallery last year, means so much. She will be dearly missed.” Read More »

Nazi-Looted Renoir Returned to Heir of Original Owner

September 19th, 2018

Renoir returned to Sylvia Sulitzer, via Art NewspaperA Nazi-looted Renoir was officially returned this week to the sole heir of the art collector from whom it was stolen, Art Newspaper reports. “Nobody told me about the painting,” says Sylvie Sulitzer, who received the work. “We never talked about the war at home. It was taboo.” Read More »

David Zwirner Takes on Representation of Diane Arbus Estate with Fraenkel Gallery

September 19th, 2018

Diane Arbus, via Art NewsThe estate of Diane Arbus will now share representation Fraenkel Gallery and David Zwirner, Art News reports. “I am honored to have been entrusted to help the Estate and Fraenkel Gallery with the extraordinary legacy of Diane Arbus, whose radical work remains as relevant today as when her photographs were taken,” Zwirner says. “The Estate and Fraenkel Gallery’s handling of Arbus’s work has been exemplary and we are thrilled to partner with them.” Read More »

White Cube to Represent Al Held Estate

September 19th, 2018

Al Held, via Art NewsWhite Cube will now represent the Al Held Foundation, Art News reports. “Looking at his abstract paintings today, you can see that he was way ahead of his time, and as such, his work speaks to a number of contemporary practitioners of abstraction,” John Good, the gallery’s director of artist estates, said in a statement.  Read More »

Louis Marchesano Takes Over as Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 19th, 2018

Louis Marchesano, via Art NewsLouis Marchesano will become the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs. “I’m especially excited about working with colleagues across the museum and thinking creatively about new exhibitions and research projects,” he says. “This is a great moment to be joining the PMA given its ambitious campaign to transform and renew the institution.” Read More »

Jenny Holzer Interviewed in The Guardian

September 19th, 2018

Jenny Holzer, via The GuardianJenny Holzer is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as the artist prepares to show a new body of work discussing gun violence and shooting deaths in the United States. “I wanted to collect what we did very, very, quickly after the Parkland shooting,” she says. “Wanting to show the work at Tate made me assemble the stills and video, and go back into the animation. I wanted to be able to show the content to another group of people.” Read More »

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Released from Detention in France

September 19th, 2018

Pyotr Pavlensky arrested, via ArtforumArtist Pyotr Pavlensky, known for his acts of transgressive protest, has been released from detention for charges of setting the doors of the central Banque de France building on fire. Pavlensky has performed similar acts of protest in Russia, which had a hand in his exile from his home country.  Read More »

UTA Fine Arts Head Josh Roth Passes Away at Age 40

September 19th, 2018

Josh Roth, via Hollywood ReporterJosh Roth, head of UTA Fine Arts, has died at the age of 40, after suffering what was reported as heart failure. “Josh was a dear man and a great colleague, and we are devastated by his loss,” UTA chairman Jim Berkus and CEO Jeremy Zimmer said Monday in a statement. “His friendships and contributions were deeply felt. He constantly inspired his colleagues and those he represented with his impeccable taste, thoughtfulness, creativity and absolute dedication. Most importantly, Josh was a wonderful man — devoted to his family, kind in spirit and generous in every way. UTA is heartbroken.” Read More »

Steve McQueen to Attempt Photographing all Year Three Students in UK

September 19th, 2018

Steve McQueen's Year 3 Class, via GuardianSteve McQueen is embarking on an ambitious project that will see him attempt to shoot all year 3 seven- and eight-year-olds in the UK for a show at Tate Britain. “We live in London and we all think we know London, but we don’t and to have a reflection of our immediate future is I think quite urgent,” he says. Read More »

Frieze Los Angeles Announces Gallery List

September 12th, 2018

Frieze LA, via FriezeFrieze Los Angeles, which will run February 14 through 17 at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood, has announced its initial gallery list, with a heavy focus on blue-chip galleries that speaks to the impact it is looking to make on the West Coast.  Read More »

Venice Canadian Pavilion Reopened

September 12th, 2018

Canada Pavilion in Venice, via Globe and MailThe Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale has been reopened, with a restored interior that The National Gallery of Canada is hoping will improve the working conditions for its chosen artists. “I give always very much importance to the conservation, as much as possible, of the original design,” says designer Alberico Belgiojoso “Nature changes, while architecture stays at it is.” Read More »