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Peter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons Talk 1980’s LES Art Scene in NYT

April 20th, 2018

Artists outside Katzs, via NYTPeter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons get together for a piece in the New York Times this week, dining at Katz’s and discussing the 80’s scene downtown. “SoHo had this hierarchy and the gallery structure, but when all these artists opened these fresh, young galleries, there was no hierarchy there,” Koons says of spaces in the Lower East Side. “It was really about showing exciting works. Things weren’t set up as business-oriented. I went through some of the SoHo galleries, but I was never completely accepted there. And as outsiders we finally had a place where we were embraced.”
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Tate Seeking Young Trustee for Museum Leadership

April 20th, 2018

tate, via Art NewspaperThe Tate is looking to appoint its first trustee to represent the interests of people aged 16-25, and will lower prices for younger visitors, the Art Newspaper reports. Tate head Maria Balshaw is reportedly seeking “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native” to help represent the interests of a new generation at the museum.
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Tate Archives Showcases Founding of New Outposts

April 20th, 2018

Tate Modern, via New YorkerThe newly opened Tate archives get a spotlight in the Art Newspaper this week, profiling the struggle and logistics behind opening the Tate Britain and Tate Modern as separate branches of the same institution. “I was always worried about appearing isolationist in regard to British art,” the piece quotes former Modern head Nicholas Serota. 
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Peter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons Talk 1980’s LES Art Scene in NYT

April 20th, 2018

Artists outside Katzs, via NYTPeter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons get together for a piece in the New York Times this week, dining at Katz’s and discussing the 80’s scene downtown. “SoHo had this hierarchy and the gallery structure, but when all these artists opened these fresh, young galleries, there was no hierarchy there,” Koons says of spaces in the Lower East Side. “It was really about showing exciting works. Things weren’t set up as business-oriented. I went through some of the SoHo galleries, but I was never completely accepted there. And as outsiders we finally had a place where we were embraced.” Read More »

Tate Seeking Young Trustee for Museum Leadership

April 20th, 2018

tate, via Art NewspaperThe Tate is looking to appoint its first trustee to represent the interests of people aged 16-25, and will lower prices for younger visitors, the Art Newspaper reports. Tate head Maria Balshaw is reportedly seeking “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native” to help represent the interests of a new generation at the museum. Read More »

Tate Archives Showcases Founding of New Outposts

April 20th, 2018

Tate Modern, via New YorkerThe newly opened Tate archives get a spotlight in the Art Newspaper this week, profiling the struggle and logistics behind opening the Tate Britain and Tate Modern as separate branches of the same institution. “I was always worried about appearing isolationist in regard to British art,” the piece quotes former Modern head Nicholas Serota.  Read More »

MoMA Acquires Famed Chris Ofili Portrait

April 19th, 2018

Chris Ofili, Holy Virgin Mary, via BloombergBloomberg has a piece this week on the market growth for contemporary black artists, including in its piece the news that MoMA has acquired Chris Ofili’s famous Holy Virgin Mary, from collector Steve Cohen. “Collectors are very interested in what artists of color have to say now,” says dealer Jack Shainman. “For many years it didn’t matter.” Read More »

Tony Podesta’s Lavish Arts Spending Featured in WSJ Piece on Lobbyist’s Fall from Grace

April 19th, 2018

Tony Podesta, via WSJThe WSJ spotlights the rise and fall of Tony Podesta, paying particular attention to his lavish spending on art and arts institutions. “When he stepped down from the firm he expressed his ongoing gratitude to all of them and his commitment to continue his advocacy for the issues and ideals he’s always fought for,” says a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group. Read More »

Max Hollein Gets NYT Profile

April 18th, 2018

Max Hollein,via NYTMax Hollein gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to take the helm at The Met. “Max Hollein set benchmarks in terms of mobilizing citizens for culture and museums,” says Felix Semmelroth, San Francsico’s former cultural affairs director. “He left deep, deep traces in the city.” Read More »

NYT Spotlights Continued Growth for Private Sales

April 18th, 2018

Private sales, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the continued growth of private sales at auction houses, noting Sotheby’s private sales growth by 28 percent last year, up to $744.6 million. “It was something that was kept under wraps at most of the houses for some time,” says David Schrader, who joined Sotheby’s last year as its head of private sales for contemporary art. “Now we’re being very vocal about it and putting more energy into it.” Read More »

Online Sales See Challenges Over Transparency

April 18th, 2018

christies-via-ny-magA recent report notes that online sales could stagnate if market transparency does not improve, the Art Newspaper says. “In a world where online consumers can easily compare prices for most goods, and where ‘value’ is more universally understood, the online art market has a real challenge… when it comes to educating and creating confidence among new online buyers,” says Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic. Read More »

Jerry Saltz Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

April 18th, 2018

Jerry Saltz, via NYTCongratulations to Jerry Saltz, who has won the Pulitzer this year for criticism, recognizing “a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane.”  Read More »

David Hockney Profiled in New Yorker

April 17th, 2018

David Hockney, via New YorkerDavid Hockney is profiled in the New Yorker this week, as the artist opens a show of new work at Pace Gallery, and his recent interest in reverse perspectives.  “If you’re going through a tunnel, when you get out, everything opens up. That’s reverse perspective,” he says. “The problem with perspective is this: you’re an immobile point, here, outside the picture. But, with reverse perspective, you can be a moving person—you can see all sides of things from a single point. And we’re always in movement. The eye is always in movement. It’s never still. Cubism, for example, was really an attack on perspective.” Read More »

Amanda Hicks Joins MoMA as Director of Communications

April 17th, 2018

Amanda Hicks, via Art NewsAmanda Hicks has joined the Museum of Modern Art in New York as director of communications and public affairs, arriving from the Art Institute of Chicago. “It’s an honor to join MoMA and a privilege to help tell the stories of extraordinary art and artists that inspire, provoke, and connect with millions of people inside and outside the museum,” Hicks said in a statement. “This moment at MoMA—with the visionary renovation and expansion underway—sparks new and exciting conversations about its unparalleled collection, exhibitions, and programs.” Read More »

Marc Chagall Painting Lost for 30 Years Recovered by FBI

April 16th, 2018

Marc Chagall, via ArtforumMarc Chagall painting, Othello and Desdemona, 1911, has been recovered by the FBI almost thirty years after it was reported missing, Artforum reports.  “Gallery owners are our first line of defense in identifying pieces of art that do not have the appropriate documentation and should be brought to the attention of law enforcement,” says supervisory special agent Tim Carpenter of the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Read More »

ICA Miami Director to Step Down

April 13th, 2018

Ellen Salpeter, via Art NewsEllen Salpeter will step down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami after joining the institution in late 2015, Art News reports.  “With the new building launched, the museum’s program for the coming seasons set, and the institution on stable financial footing, the timing is right for me to pursue new projects,” she said in a statement. Read More »

Chris Dercon Steps Down from Volksbühne Theatre Leardership in Berlin

April 13th, 2018

Haus der Kunst, 02.03.2009 Portrait Chris Dercon Foto: Marion VogelFormer director of the Tate Modern Chris Dercon is leaving his position as director of the Volksbühne Theatre in Berlin after rampant protests and concerns over his leadership.  “Both parties have agreed that the concept of Chris Dercon did not work out as hoped, and the Volksbühne needs a fresh start immediately. [Following] the amicable agreement between the culture senator [Klaus] Lederer and Dercon, there is now a chance to initiate this necessary reboot,” a joint statement reads. Read More »

Thaddaeus Ropac to Represent Joseph Beuys Estate

April 13th, 2018

Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art ObservedGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac now represents the estate of Joseph Beuys, Art News reports. “Joseph Beuys is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, a groundbreaking radical thinker in contemporary art whose profound influence endures today,” a statement from the gallery said. “It is a great privilege and honor to represent the works of this visionary artist on behalf of his estate and to work closely with his family.” Read More »

Francis Bacon Dyer Portrait Estimated at $30 Million for Christie’s New York Sale

April 12th, 2018

Francis Bacon, via Art NewsFrancis Bacon’s Study for Portrait (1977) will hit the block at Christie’s next month in New York, estimated to sell in the region of $30 million.  The work is a portrait of Bacon’s lover, George Dyer. “I find this work is so powerful—for me it is probably one of the best paintings of their mystical love affair, and that’s what drew me to it,” says collector Magnus Konow, who is selling the work. Read More »

Smithsonian Confirms London Expansion

April 12th, 2018

Smithsonian London, via Art NewspaperThe Smithsonian Institution has confirmed that it will work with the Victoria and Albert Museum to set up a joint gallery and exhibition site in East London, on the site of the former Olympic games.  The site will be the first for the Smithsonian outside the U.S. Read More »

Economist Notes Challenges to Art Fair Business Model

April 12th, 2018

TEFAF, via Art NewspaperThe Economist charts the challenges to the continually expanding art fair circuit, and the possible limits such an economic model may face for dealers. The piece charts challenges included the sheer scale of work needed to show at each event, and the high costs to attend so many showings. Read More »

Mike Kelley Foundation Announces 2018 Artist Funding Recipients

April 12th, 2018

Mike Kelley, City 5 (2007-09), via Art ObservedThe Mike Kelley Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of its Artist Project Grants, including projects by Andrea Fraser at the Hammer Museum and a presentation of work by Rodney McMillian at the Underground Museum. “The grantees this year reflect Los Angeles’s energized and diverse art scene, and underscore the foundation’s commitment to support risk-taking, underseen, and hard-to-fund work,” says Mary Clare Stevens, the foundation’s executive director. Read More »

New Yorker Profiles New Met Director Max Hollein

April 12th, 2018

Max Hollein, via New YorkerThe New Yorker embarks on a profile of new Met Director Max Hollein, and his string of past appointments in San Francisco and Frankfurt. The piece focuses on Hollein’s experience in both large-scale renovation projects and updating programming to appeal to digital natives.  Read More »

Christo to Install “Mastaba” in London

April 11th, 2018

Christo's London Mastaba, via The GuardianArtist Christo is planning to open a version of his Mastaba sculpture in London, the Guardian reports, featuring an interview with the artist as part of the announcement. “I have no reason to justify myself as an artist. I cannot explain my art. Everything I do professionally is irrational and useless,” he says. “I make things that have no function – except maybe to make pleasure.” Read More »

Max Hollein to Become Next Director of Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 10th, 2018

Max Hollein, via NYTMax Hollein, currently the director and chief executive of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will become the 10th director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Times reports. “The museum has the opportunity to be not just an art destination,” Mr. Hollein says, but also “a major provider of understanding and different narratives to a global audience.” Read More »

Cathy Wilkes to Represent Great Britain in 2019 Venice Biennale

April 10th, 2018

Cathy Wilkes, via Art NewsCathy Wilkes will represent Great Britain at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Art News reports. Wilkes joins a group of recent exhibitors including Phyllida Barlow (2017), Sarah Lucas (2015) and Jeremy Deller (2013). Read More »

Helen Molesworth to Give Commencement Address at UCLA Art School

April 10th, 2018

Helen Molesworth, via LA TimesOusted MOCA curator Helen Molesworth will give the commencement address for UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture this year, the LA Times reports. “It is in the times that are most challenging that we, as artists, must engage the world with our greatest passion, clarity and forward-thinking vision,” says Dean Brett Steele. “To be an artist in an uncertain future, you must be brave, you must be bold, and you must strive for excellence.” Read More »