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Whitney to Open January 20th on “Pay-What-You-Wish” Basis

January 17th, 2017

Outside the New Whitney Museum, via Art ObservedThe Whitney has announced today that it will open on January 20th on a “pay-what-you-wish” basis, turning the space into a site for dialogues on the current state of America and American politics through a speak-out organized by arts collective Occupy Museums, and open discussions.  
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Maria Balshaw’s Tate Directorship Approved by Prime Minister

January 17th, 2017

maria-balshaw-via-the-guardianMaria Balshaw’s appointment as Tate Director has been confirmed by the Prime Minister, putting her in a leadership position for the British art world.  “I am honored to be asked by the trustees of Tate to become the new director,” Balshaw said.  “Under Nicholas Serota’s leadership, Tate has changed forever how we all think about art and artists and has made visual art a central part of a vibrant cultural life in the UK. I am tremendously excited to be leading Tate in the next chapter of its life. I look forward to developing Tate’s reputation as the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive gallery in the world.”
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Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Flees Russian After Sexual Assault Allegations

January 17th, 2017

Pyotr Pavlensky, via Art NewspaperRussian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky has fled Russia following accusations of sexual assault that the artist deemed a “denunciation,” pointing to his recent works, including setting the doors of the FSB security service headquarters on fire, as cause for the accusations.  “A system of informing and reporting on others is re-emerging in Russia, showing that totalitarianism is setting in again,” he said.
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Whitney to Open January 20th on “Pay-What-You-Wish” Basis

January 17th, 2017

Outside the New Whitney Museum, via Art ObservedThe Whitney has announced today that it will open on January 20th on a “pay-what-you-wish” basis, turning the space into a site for dialogues on the current state of America and American politics through a speak-out organized by arts collective Occupy Museums, and open discussions.   Read More »

Maria Balshaw’s Tate Directorship Approved by Prime Minister

January 17th, 2017

maria-balshaw-via-the-guardianMaria Balshaw’s appointment as Tate Director has been confirmed by the Prime Minister, putting her in a leadership position for the British art world.  “I am honored to be asked by the trustees of Tate to become the new director,” Balshaw said.  “Under Nicholas Serota’s leadership, Tate has changed forever how we all think about art and artists and has made visual art a central part of a vibrant cultural life in the UK. I am tremendously excited to be leading Tate in the next chapter of its life. I look forward to developing Tate’s reputation as the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive gallery in the world.” Read More »

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Flees Russian After Sexual Assault Allegations

January 17th, 2017

Pyotr Pavlensky, via Art NewspaperRussian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky has fled Russia following accusations of sexual assault that the artist deemed a “denunciation,” pointing to his recent works, including setting the doors of the FSB security service headquarters on fire, as cause for the accusations.  “A system of informing and reporting on others is re-emerging in Russia, showing that totalitarianism is setting in again,” he said. Read More »

Christie’s Announces Rauschenberg and Rothko Top Lots for London Sales Next Month

January 17th, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg's Transom, via Art NewspaperChristie’s has announced its selections for its February Contemporary Evening Sale in London, leading its offering with Mark Rothko’s No.1 and Robert Rauschenberg’s Transom.  “We saw quite a strong growth of American and Asian bidding in the London sales in October last year, which was partly to do with the fall of the value of the pound after Brexit,” says Francis Outred, Christie’s chairman of Post-war and contemporary art Europe. Read More »

Indonesia to Open Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in November

January 17th, 2017

Museum MACAN, via Art InfoIndonesia is set to open The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, the first contemporary art institution in the country, in Jakarta this November.  The opening will be anticipated by a series of pop-up events called “First Sight.”  “MACAN First Sight will highlight the creativity of Indonesian artists and their international counterparts, and give our audiences an early taste of all that’s to come once the museum officially opens in November 2017,” says Director Aaron Seeto. Read More »

Munch’s “Girls on the Bridge” to Show in New Potsdam Private Museum

January 17th, 2017

Edvard Munch, Girls on the Bridge (1902), via Art ObservedEdvard Munch’s Girls on the Bridge, which sold for for $54 million this past year at Sotheby’s, will be the central work at a new private museum in Potsdam, Germany.  Software billionaire Hasso Plattner, who is funding the museum, is also the rumored buyer of the work.  “No one has ever painted water, or captured moisture in the air, or the smell of the sea and gleams of light like the Impressionists,” Plattner says.  Read More »

Guardian Examines Future for Britain’s Art Community in Wake of Brexit Speech

January 17th, 2017

frieze-london-via-art-newsIn the wake of Theresa May’s proclamations on a hard Brexit this week, The Guardian examines the prospects for London’s art scene, which many felt would benefit from continued free movement of goods and people.  “The most unexpectedly potent factor in revitalizing Britain’s art market may, however, be the fall in the pound’s value since the Brexit vote, which means London’s galleries can offer bargains to international art collectors,” Jonathan Jones writes.

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Dealers Suing Getty for $77 Million Over Sale of Roman Sculpture That Never Happened

January 17th, 2017

Getty Museum, via museum siteA group of dealers are suing the Getty Museum for $77 Million over the transfer of ownership for a series of sculptures from the Torlonia family to the Italian government, which the dealers say were brokered using years of their research and labor.  “Plaintiffs cannot plausibly demand payment for a deal that never occurred,” the Getty said in a statement. “While we believe that the complaint should be dismissed, if necessary we will vigorously defend our position.” Read More »

Centre Pompidou Prepares for Two Year, €100m Renovatoin

January 16th, 2017

Centre PompidouThe Centre Pompidou joins the list of Parisian institutions embarking on major facelifts, as it prepares for a two year renovation totaling over €100m.  “It will be a sort of construction game, but our aim is to stay open,” says Serge Lasvignes, president of the Pompidou Centre. “That is the objective.”
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French Prosecutors Appeal Wildenstein Acquittal

January 16th, 2017

FILE PHOTO International art dealer Guy Wildenstein arrives for his trial at Paris courtThe French financial prosecutor’s office has initiated an appeal in the tax evasion case against Guy Wildenstein“The case had shown a clear intention to evade paying tax” despite its dismissal, the appeal reads.
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David Hockney, at Age 80, Reflects Back on His Life and Work

January 15th, 2017

David Hockney, Margaret Hockney, 14th, 15th, 16th August, 2015David Hockney is profiled in The Guardian this week, as the artist approaches his 80th birthday, and looks back on the range of his work and conceptual project.  “Perspective takes away the body of the viewer. You have a fixed point, you have no movement; in short, you are not there really. That is the problem,” he says. Read More »

Jeffrey Deitch Collaborates with Uniqlo for New Series of Design Objects

January 15th, 2017
Jeffrey Deitch, Photography by David Prutting, Courtesy of BFAJeffrey Deitch is partnering with Uniqlo to create a series of affordably priced works and design goods on sale at the company’s flagship store in SoHo.  “There is this vastly increased visual fluency, where people know so many visual images from what they can find on the internet,” Deitch says. “This feeds into interest and participation in the visual arts. You see barriers breaking down between music, art and fashion.”

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Richard Prince Disavows Ivanka Trump Portrait

January 13th, 2017

The disowned portrait, via NYTRichard Prince has returned the $36,000 paid for one of his works to Ivanka Trump, after the artist publicly disavowed the work this week.  “It was just an honest way for me to protest,” Prince said. “It was a way of deciding what’s right and wrong. And what’s right is art and what’s wrong is not art. I decided the Trumps are not art.” Read More »

Tristram Hunt Leaves Labour Seat for Directorship at Victoria and Albert Museum

January 13th, 2017

Tristram Hunt, via NYTLabour MP Tristram Hunt will leave his post to take the directorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Guardian reports.  Hunt had reportedly been at odds with his party, and his departure will initiate a byelection in his Stoke-on-Trent constituency.  “I would like to thank Tristram Hunt for his service to the people of Stoke on Trent Central and to the Labour Party. I wish him well in his future role at the V&A,” Labour head Jeremy Corbyn said in response. Read More »

Brice Marden Joins Gagosian Gallery

January 13th, 2017

Brice Marden, via NYTBrice Marden is leaving Matthew Marks Gallery to join Gagosian, The New York Times reports.  “I’ve been working with Matthew for a long time and it’s been very, very good — he’s an incredible dealer — I just felt I needed a change,” Marden says. “I’m running out of time and I think I’ll be able to use my time better this way.” Read More »

Hilary Lewis Appointed Chief Curator at Glass House

January 13th, 2017

Hilary Lewis, via Glass HouseThe Glass House has appointed Philip Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis as the site’s Chief Curator & Creative Director, beginning January 17th, 2017. Lewis has worked for more than two decades researching the work of Philip Johnson, and will bring her knowledge and experience to bear on the artist’s iconic building.  “Having sat side-by-side with Johnson for years, I feel confident that what would honor his and David Whitney’s memory most would be for the property to evolve further as a center for the appreciation of architecture, design and art not just as a museum of Johnson and Whitney’s lives in New Canaan,” she says. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work directly with the Glass House as it looks forward to its second decade of public engagement.” Read More »

Guy Wildenstein Cleared of Tax Evasion in French Court

January 12th, 2017

Guy Wildenstein, via BBCIn an unexpected verdict, Guy Wildenstein has been cleared of tax evasion.  Wildenstein was acquitted this week after the presiding judge found shortcomings in both the investigation and in French tax fraud legislation more broadly.   Read More »

Met Puts Hold on Contemporary Wing Expansion

January 12th, 2017

Met Museum, via NYTThe Met has put a hold on its announced expansion of its Contemporary wing, as it continues to deal with budget shortfalls.  The museum will instead focus on infrastructural improvements like replacing skylights and roofing.  “It’s logical that that’s the urgent project we pursue first,” says director Thomas P. Campbell. Read More »

NPR Profiles Work of Italian Cultural Heritage Police

January 12th, 2017

Italy's Cultural Heritage Police Headquarters, via NPRThe NPR profiles the work of Italy’s Carabinieri for Protection of Italy’s Cultural Heritage, and its pioneering role in the investigation of art crimes, including its work on Leonardo, ” a crucial instrument not only for our national police forces but also for those abroad — it’s the biggest artworks database in the world,” according to Lt. Francesco Ficarella. Read More »

Theaster Gates Profiled in The Guardian

January 12th, 2017

Theaster Gates, via The GuardianTheaster Gates is profiled in The Guardian this week, reflecting on his ongoing work on Chicago’s South Side, and his view on how art can help to heal struggling cities.  “If you draw a circle around a thing, stand in the middle of the thing, invite others to stand in it with you and pray and work and move your body, that place won’t be the same any more,” he says. Read More »

Galerie Perrotin to Open Downtown in May

January 12th, 2017

Ivan Argote, via Art NewsGalerie Perrotin has closed the doors on its uptown exhibition space, and has set its first show at its new 130 Orchard exhibition space for May, bringing a body of works Colombia-born, Paris-based artist Iván Argote.   Read More »

Manchester Moves Towards £110 Million Arts Center

January 12th, 2017

The Factory, via GuardianManchester is one step closer to building a £110 million arts center in its city center, The Guardian reports, after planning permission was granted on the building.  “From classical opera and ballet to large-scale performances and experimental productions, Factory in Manchester provides the perfect opportunity to create the ultimate versatile space in which art, theatre and music come together: a platform for a new cultural scene.” Read More »

Tate to Name Maria Balshaw as Next Director

January 11th, 2017

maria-balshaw-via-the-guardianMaria Balshaw, a figurehead in the Manchester art scene, has been named as the new head of the Tate by the museum board, The Guardian reports, and her appointment is awaiting confirmation by the Prime Minister.  Balshaw built a reputation as a dynamic leader in Manchester after leading a £15m redevelopment at the Whitworth Museum, and becoming a strategic lead for culture with the Manchester City Council. Read More »

New York Times Spotlights Benjamin Genocchio’s First Turn as Armory Show Head

January 11th, 2017

yayoi-kusama-via-nytThe New York Times has a preview of Benjamin Genocchio first turn as executive director of The Armory Show, including new site-specific installations on Pier 92 and 94 by Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei, as well as a revival of Jeffrey Deitch’s 1995 exhibition examining the impact of artist Florine Stettheimer.  “I wanted to make the building an asset,” Genocchio said, and is working with curator Eric Shiner to install projects “to allow you to better see the vast industrial structure.” Read More »