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Istanbul Biennial Announces Artist List

June 14th, 2019

The Istanbul Biennial has revealed its artist list for the 16th edition, set to open September 14. Titled The Seventh Continent, the show will feature artists like Glenn Ligon, Mika Rottenberg, Rashid Johnson, and more, organized by Nicolas Bourriaud, the director of the Montpellier Contemporary.
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Study Finds Large Number of Works with “Dubious Provenances” in East German Museums

June 14th, 2019

A study by the German Lost Art Foundation has found that a “surprisingly large number of objects with dubious provenances” linger in eastern German museums, the Art Newspaper reports. “We had the sense beforehand that there were items with critical provenances in all our museums, but we didn’t know how many,” says Alexander Sachse, a researcher at the Brandenburg State Museums Association behind the research.
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Broad Acquires Major David Hammons, Mark Bradford Works

June 14th, 2019

The Broad has acquired David Hammons‘s African-American Flag (1990), Art News reports. The museum also acquired Mark Bradford’s 50-feet-long mixed media work Deep Blue (2018), which is now on view.
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Istanbul Biennial Announces Artist List

June 14th, 2019

The Istanbul Biennial has revealed its artist list for the 16th edition, set to open September 14. Titled The Seventh Continent, the show will feature artists like Glenn Ligon, Mika Rottenberg, Rashid Johnson, and more, organized by Nicolas Bourriaud, the director of the Montpellier Contemporary. Read More »

Study Finds Large Number of Works with “Dubious Provenances” in East German Museums

June 14th, 2019

A study by the German Lost Art Foundation has found that a “surprisingly large number of objects with dubious provenances” linger in eastern German museums, the Art Newspaper reports. “We had the sense beforehand that there were items with critical provenances in all our museums, but we didn’t know how many,” says Alexander Sachse, a researcher at the Brandenburg State Museums Association behind the research. Read More »

Broad Acquires Major David Hammons, Mark Bradford Works

June 14th, 2019

The Broad has acquired David Hammons‘s African-American Flag (1990), Art News reports. The museum also acquired Mark Bradford’s 50-feet-long mixed media work Deep Blue (2018), which is now on view. Read More »

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to Host Survey of Roy Lichtenstein in Salzburg

June 14th, 2019

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will host a major survey of 1980s-era works by Roy Lichtenstein this summer in Salzburg, Art News reports. “I have had a special history with Lichtenstein thanks to Leo Castelli, who introduced him to me in the 1990s,” Ropac says. Read More »

NYT Profiles Dia Foundation’s Diversifying Collection

June 14th, 2019

The New York Times profiles the Dia Foundation’s recent expansions of its holdings, focusing more on women and artists outside its historical holdings of mostly American and German records, as the museum opens shows by Lee Ufan and Charlotte PosenenskeRead More »

Serpentine Gallery Exec Tied to Ownership of Spyware Company

June 14th, 2019

The Guardian broke news this morning that Chief Executive of the Serpentine Galleries, Yana Peel is a co-owner in an Israeli tech firm that sells software used by authoritarian regimes to crack down on dissent. “The Peel family has an investment in Novalpina. I have no involvement in the operations or decisions of Novalpina, which is managed by my husband, Stephen Peel, and his partners,” she said of the holding company the owns part of NSO. Read More »

Salon 94 to Open UES Headquarters

June 13th, 2019

Salon 94 is set to focus operations at an Upper East Side Headquarters, Art News reports.  “My plan is to consolidate our program,” the gallery’s founder Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn said. Read More »

Postmasters to Open in Rome

June 13th, 2019

Postmasters Gallery is expanding to its first international outpost this month with a space in Rome, located near the Colosseum. The space  will open on June 20 with an exhibition of haiku paintings by Rafaël Rozendaal. “It doesn’t follow obvious patterns of where galleries open branches,” co-founder Magda Sawon says. “But we have this very firm belief that the city has vitality and that it also needs to be vitalized by a gallery like ours, which is super-contemporary. It’s a bit of an intervention, but we have great hopes.” Read More »

Voice Recording Found in Mexico Thought to Belong to Frida Kahlo

June 13th, 2019

The National Sound Library of Mexico has discovered what could be the first known voice recording of Frida Kahlo, taken from a pilot episode of 1955 radio show El Bachiller. “He is a gigantic, immense child, with a friendly face and a sad gaze,” she says of her husband, Diego Rivera in the piece. Read More »

Lehmann Maupin Gallery Suit Against Employee Dismissed

June 13th, 2019

The lawsuit filed in New York’s Southern District Court by Lehmann Maupin Gallery against former director Bona Yoo for the alleged theft of trade secrets has been dismissed with prejudice. Read More »

Support Strikes Over Extradition Bill Shutters Hong Kong Venice Pavilion

June 13th, 2019

A number of high-profile art galleries, including the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale to closed Wednesday in support of protests against the Hong Kong government’s proposed changes to its extradition law.  “[Artist] “Shirley [Tse] and I respect people’s right to strike,” curator Christine Li says. Read More »

Basquiat From Collection of Baseball Star A-Rod to Sell at Phillips

June 13th, 2019

Phillips auction house will sell two pieces from the collection of star baseball player Alex Rodriguez, including a Basquiat valued at £3 million to £4 million.  “A number of gallerists and advisors pointed me in the right direction, and I have been in conversation with several artists, whose studio practice seem close to my own as an athlete,” Rodriguez says of his collecting. Read More »

Hauser & Wirth to Open Space in the Balearic Islands

June 13th, 2019

Hauser & Wirth is planning to open a 16,145-square-foot space on Menorca’s Isla del Rey in the Balearic Islands, off the coast of Spain. “This is a very cultured island but there is no art education in the curriculum there,” says president Iwan Wirth. “If we want to engage with our audience we’re not just going to drop shows there—we want to have a dialogue.” Read More »

RIP – Painter Joyce Pensato Has Passed Away at the Age of 78

June 13th, 2019

Joyce Pensato, Liza at Berlin (2009), via Petzel
Joyce Pensato, Liza at Berlin (2009), via Petzel

American painter Joyce Pensato, whose recurring cast of American pop icons and slurred, often disturbing renditions of familiar cartoon characters made her a standout of the late 20th Century New York downtown scene, has passed away at the age of 78. Read More »

Golden State Warriors to Install Work from SFMoMA at Arena

June 12th, 2019

The Golden State Warriors have launched an initiative that will place works from the SFMoMA on view at Chase Center. “It goes back to the genesis of what we are trying to create here,” says team President and CEO Rick Welts. “This is the new public gathering place in the Bay Area, and we want it to reflect sports, entertainment and art.”

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Activists Protest for Change at El Museo del Barrio

June 12th, 2019

East Harlem activists staged an action at New York’s El Museo del Barrio on Tuesday evening, calling for the museum to change policies to better serve the demands of the surrounding community. “This action today is about planting the seeds for community awareness and education,” Debbie Quinones, one of the activists, says. Read More »

Tate Sending Major Works from Collection to China

June 11th, 2019

The Tate will send its collection to China with plans to show premiere works at the new Pudong Museum of Art in Shanghai, Art Newspaper reports. “We are delighted to have Tate as a consultant to the Pudong Museum of Art and to be signing the MoU,” says Zhu Di, the general director of the art department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China. Read More »

Hauser & Wirth Now Represents Annie Leibovitz

June 11th, 2019

Annie Leibovitz has joined Hauser & Wirth, Art News reports. “Leibovitz has developed an approach to photography that dovetails with—and advances— her medium’s evolution as a force for art-making,” says gallery partner Marc Payot. Read More »

Brazil Museums Left Out of Bolsanaro’s Funding Caps

June 11th, 2019

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro has announced that changes to a federal funding for cultural projects will have negligible impact on institutions, leaving museums and organizations breathing a sigh of relief.   Read More »

Gagosian to Open Gallery in Basel

June 11th, 2019

Gagosian Gallery has announced plans to open its 17th Gallery in Basel, Switzerland, expanding its already massive international footprint.   Read More »

Court Overrules State Russian Museum Renovations

June 11th, 2019

A St. Petersburg court has ruled against the State Russian Museum in a lawsuit against staff, halting a $17 million renovation of its main building, which staff claimed would irreparably harm the site’s heritage. “We were surprised not by the decision of the court, but by the courage and principled professional honesty of judge Irina Vorobyova,” Irina Shalina, an art historian specializing in icons and one of the three plaintiffs, says. Read More »

United Talent Agency Hires Arthur Lewis as Creative Director

June 11th, 2019

United Talent Agency has hired Arthur Lewis as creative director of its fine arts group and the UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills. “As a Los Angeleno and a collector, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is for artists to have space to experiment as they embark on ambitious career paths,” Lewis said in a statement. “My vision for UTA is to act as a partner to help realize artists’ dreams, and build toward their futures.” Read More »

Guggenheim Workers Attempting to Unionize

June 11th, 2019

A group of staffers are working together to start a union at the Guggenheim Museum, Art News reports, and filed a petition with the institution this past week. “We want a voice at the museum because working conditions have deteriorated,” an anonymous worker at the museum says. “We want to be able to have our concerns taken seriously by management, and after raising them for several years and having them go unanswered, it feels like this is our only route. It’s not one being taken out of malice.” Read More »

Artists Call for End to BP Sponsorship of London’s National Portrait Gallery

June 10th, 2019

A group of artists have written to the director of the National Portrait Gallery, calling for an end to its links with BP. “Either we distance ourselves from one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers and embrace the challenge of decarbonizing, or we continue to give legitimacy to BP and its business activities that are seriously exacerbating the problem,” says Gary Hume. Read More »