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Dorothea Rockburne Sues Twitter Exec Neighbor Over Damaged Works

June 14th, 2021

Artist Dorothea Rockburne is suing her upstairs neighbor, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo over irreparable damage to a series of her early works, after Costolo’s leaky plumbing flooded into the artist’s loft. “I watched helplessly as the water poured down over the cabinet and onto my early work,’’ she says.
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Phyllida Barlow Awarded Damehood in Queen’s Birthday Honors

June 14th, 2021

Phyllida Barlow has been awarded damehood during the Queen’s annual Birthday events in the UK, Art Newspaper reports. Ceramicist Edmund de Waal was also awarded a CBE.
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Hauser & Wirth to Open in West Hollywood

June 11th, 2021

Hauser & Wirth will open a second Los Angeles space in West Hollywood, the LA Times reports. “Since the beginning, we always thought of L.A. as a city where we would love to have more than one location,” says President Marc Payot. “We really expect L.A. to come back to its full bloom after the pandemic, and this is really the next step for us. It’s first and foremost a commitment to L.A.”
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Dorothea Rockburne Sues Twitter Exec Neighbor Over Damaged Works

June 14th, 2021

Artist Dorothea Rockburne is suing her upstairs neighbor, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo over irreparable damage to a series of her early works, after Costolo’s leaky plumbing flooded into the artist’s loft. “I watched helplessly as the water poured down over the cabinet and onto my early work,’’ she says. Read More »

Phyllida Barlow Awarded Damehood in Queen’s Birthday Honors

June 14th, 2021

Phyllida Barlow has been awarded damehood during the Queen’s annual Birthday events in the UK, Art Newspaper reports. Ceramicist Edmund de Waal was also awarded a CBE. Read More »

Hauser & Wirth to Open in West Hollywood

June 11th, 2021

Hauser & Wirth will open a second Los Angeles space in West Hollywood, the LA Times reports. “Since the beginning, we always thought of L.A. as a city where we would love to have more than one location,” says President Marc Payot. “We really expect L.A. to come back to its full bloom after the pandemic, and this is really the next step for us. It’s first and foremost a commitment to L.A.” Read More »

Venice Biennale 2022 Title: “The Milk of Dreams”

June 10th, 2021

The 2022 Venice Biennale will take the title “The Milk of Dreams,” taking its name from work by the writer Leonora Carrington. “Carrington’s stories describe a world set free, brimming with possibilities,” says curator Cecelia Alemani says. “But [the book] is also the allegory of a century that imposed intolerable pressure on the individual, forcing Carrington into a life of exile: locked up in mental hospitals, an eternal object of fascination and desire, yet also a figure of startling power and mystery.”  Read More »

Future of Barcelona Keith Haring Mural Uncertain as Site Faces Demolition

June 7th, 2021

The future of a Keith Haring mural painted in a former nightclub is unclear as the owners plan a demolition to build an elderly care facility. “This painting should stay where it is,” says DJ Cesar de Melero. “First it was in a night club, then a billiard hall, now a care home. Why not?” Read More »

Italian Police Turn to Drones to Prevent Art Theft

June 7th, 2021

A piece in Art Newspaper details the Italian Carabinieri’s use of drones to prevent theft of cultural and heritage works. Italy is currently reporting a drop in stolen works due to new efforts and to the recent pandemic.  Read More »

Mellon Foundation Launches Initiative to Support Arts Post-Covid

June 4th, 2021

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will launch a $125 million plan to help support and aid the arts economy in New York. “The artists whose work helps to sustain us have faced particularly devastating circumstances resulting from unemployment, underemployment, and a lack of predictable paid incomes,” Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. “It’s critical for the vibrancy of our cities that we recognize that making art is work.” Read More »

Centre Pompidou Plans Outpost in Jersey City

June 4th, 2021

The Centre Pompidou is opening its first North American satellite in Jersey City, the NYT reports. “Our idea is to be confronted with what is very different,” says president Serge Lasvignes. “For us, it’s a way to learn — to learn new circumstances, a new way of presenting art, a new way of presenting exhibitions.” Read More »

Bridget Riley Interviewed in BBC

June 4th, 2021

Artist Bridget Riley gets an interview in the BBC this week, as the artist turns 90. “I held a mirror up to human nature and reported faithfully,” she says. Read More »

Ai Weiwei Heads to Lisbon

June 4th, 2021

Ai Weiwei will open a major show in Lisbon this year, and is making plans to move to the city permanently, the AP reports. “I have a great feeling” he says. “This is a place I’m staying.” Read More »

Art Basel Returns this Fall

June 4th, 2021

Art Basel will return this September, the Swiss fair has confirmed, with VIP services that include video tours of the event. “It is a bespoke 1:1 service. The Show Experience Assistant arranges a zoom, or other communication channel depending on the VIP, and helps them view specific works and discover artists and presentations, as well as facilitate introductions to specific galleries,” a spokesperson says. Read More »

Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara Released from Hospital Following Hunger Strike

June 2nd, 2021

Artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara was released from a Havana hospital this week following a hunger strike. “After a month in the hands of the beast, we’ll see how things go in the streets to continue the struggle,” he said.  Read More »

Head of Gwangju Biennale Leaves After Labor Dispute

June 2nd, 2021

Sunjung Kim, head of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, will leave the organization after a labor dispute. “Contrary to the international reputation of Gwangju Biennale, the staff has been suffering from the president’s lack of leadership, the lack of principles and transparency in operations, as well as the abandonment of duty and abuse of authority by the head of the HR team,” a union rep says. Read More »

Survey of Museum Directors Shows that 15% of Museums at Risk of Closure

June 2nd, 2021

A new survey of museum directors shows that 15% of museum directors have said there is a significant risk of closing permanently. “The museum field will take years to recover to pre-pandemic levels of staffing, revenue and community engagement,” says Laura Lott, president and chief executive of the American Alliance of Museums. She continues: “far fewer museums than expected are in danger of permanent closure.” Read More »

Whitney Voluntarily Recognizes Union

June 2nd, 2021

The Whitney has formally recognized its union, Art News reports. “I do think that the Whitney is genuinely trying to create a community of people that want to be there,” says union leader Karissa Francis. “But a lot of what you think you’re doing right as a company doesn’t work for your employees. Unionizing allows for a reshuffling of priorities for these institutions and [shines] a light on some blind spots that they maybe didn’t even realize they had.” Read More »

Tacita Dean Interviewed in The Guardian

May 27th, 2021

Tacita Dean has an interview in The Guardian this week, detailing her recent work and time during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Well, you have all this free time,” she says, “and you think, ‘How am I going to use it? Am I going to be one of these people who makes a drawing every day?’ And of course I wasn’t. I was useless!” Read More »

Sprüth Magers to Represent Estate of John Baldessari

May 27th, 2021

Sprüth Magers now represents the estate of John Baldessari, the gallery announced this week.“Monika [Sprüth] and I had the unique pleasure of working with John since the late 1980s, and his work has remained a cornerstone of Sprüth Magers’ presentations of cutting-edge international artists for over thirty years, cementing his crucial importance both to our work and to global audiences,” says Philomene Magers. “As we established our Berlin, London and Los Angeles galleries, we regularly presented his ever-evolving and inventive projects.”” Read More »

Brooklyn Museum Employees Move To Unionize

May 26th, 2021

Brooklyn Museum employees are moving towards a vote on forming a union, adding the institution to a list of museums with ongoing unionization efforts. ““Unionizing is an extension of our existing institutional commitment to nurturing a diverse community of talent,” says Akane Okoshi, a researcher at the museum, said. “Our ability to advance the Brooklyn Museum’s professed institutional goals of creating a more connected, civic, and empathic world is contingent on the passion and labor of workers.” Read More »

Laurence des Cars Named First Female Head of The Louvre

May 26th, 2021

Laurence des Cars will become the first female president of The Louvre this year, the New York Times reports. “A great museum must face history, including by looking back at the history of our own institutions,” she says. Read More »

François Pinault Interviewed in NYT

May 26th, 2021

François Pinault gets a profile in the New York Times this week, as he opens his Bourse de Commerce museum in Paris, and reflects on his long patronage of contemporary art.“It’s impossible that we have become so stupid today that there are no human beings alive capable of creating tomorrow’s masterpieces,” he says. Read More »

Robert Ryman Estate Joins David Zwirner

May 25th, 2021

The estate of Robert Ryman will join David Zwirner, the gallery announced this week. “Ryman, to me, is a singular artist, among the most important of his generation,” Zwirner said in a statement. “I am looking forward to presenting his work in the context of our program.” Read More »

Cuban Artists Ask Museum of Fine Arts in Havana to Cover Work in Protest Over Arrest of Colleague

May 25th, 2021

Cuban artists have asked that their works shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana be covered in protest against the arrest of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. A statement reads that the the group is “alarmed by the fact that Luis Manuel has been held incommunicado for more than three weeks, hospitalized against his will, without access to telephone or visits from relatives he is close to, as well as friends, and colleagues.” Read More »

Canada Gets Anonymous $3 Million for Venice Biennale Pavilion

May 24th, 2021

The Canadian National Gallery has received an anonymous $3 million donation to help maintain its pavilion at the Venice Biennale. “The donor wanted the focus to be on Dr. Thomson and Dr. Thomson’s time at the gallery,” said Barbara Stead-Coyle, director of the National Gallery Foundation. “They felt if their name was released the story might become about them.” Read More »

David Zwirner Dips Toe into Online Art Sales with New Online “Platform”

May 20th, 2021

David Zwirner Gallery has launched Platform, an online art sales platform offering work by younger and upcoming artists and smaller galleries following a click to buy model.  “We learned there is a real place in the art world for e-commerce,” Zwirner said in a recent telephone interview. “There is an audience out there we did not know existed. They don’t go to galleries necessarily and they don’t really go to art fairs. They look at things online.” Read More »