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Cuban artists fear crackdown after Tania Bruguera arrest

December 7th, 2018

Tania Bruguera, via GuardianThe Guardian profiles how Cuban artists are fearing a government crackdown on artists in the wake of Tania Bruguera’s arrest this week over a new law restricting artistic speech in the country. “The decree criminalizes independent art activity,” the Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco says. “It allows a cadre of roving censors to go around issuing fines, to take away your equipment. These are not liberal individuals – if you are a rap musician and they simply don’t like your lyrics, they will shut you down. These draconian actions already take place but this law systemizes it.”
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Art Newspaper Explores Market for Street Art

December 7th, 2018

Keith Haring, via Art NewspaperArt Newspaper profiles the increasingly high popularity of street art in mainstream art fairs, and questions how it is affecting the medium. According to adviser Lisa Schiff, sales of street artists like the recent bidding war for KAWS prints at Art Basel “encourages pure speculation; it’s an empty value-making system. Street art should disrupt the commercial and institutional setting. I don’t want it in a museum or a fair.”
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MoMA PS1 Art Handlers Continue Protest

December 7th, 2018

Marley Freeman, via NYTThe NYT profiles the recent protests by MoMA PS1 art handlers over pay and worker rights at the museum, as they demand equal pay to the museum workers across the East River at the main museum space. “I feel as an artist worker you’re betwixt and between,” handler and artist Marley Freeman said in a telephone interview. “You aren’t seen as a professional art handler. At PS1 they are always treating us like this is just temporary work we’re doing between other things.”
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Cuban artists fear crackdown after Tania Bruguera arrest

December 7th, 2018

Tania Bruguera, via GuardianThe Guardian profiles how Cuban artists are fearing a government crackdown on artists in the wake of Tania Bruguera’s arrest this week over a new law restricting artistic speech in the country. “The decree criminalizes independent art activity,” the Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco says. “It allows a cadre of roving censors to go around issuing fines, to take away your equipment. These are not liberal individuals – if you are a rap musician and they simply don’t like your lyrics, they will shut you down. These draconian actions already take place but this law systemizes it.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Explores Market for Street Art

December 7th, 2018

Keith Haring, via Art NewspaperArt Newspaper profiles the increasingly high popularity of street art in mainstream art fairs, and questions how it is affecting the medium. According to adviser Lisa Schiff, sales of street artists like the recent bidding war for KAWS prints at Art Basel “encourages pure speculation; it’s an empty value-making system. Street art should disrupt the commercial and institutional setting. I don’t want it in a museum or a fair.” Read More »

MoMA PS1 Art Handlers Continue Protest

December 7th, 2018

Marley Freeman, via NYTThe NYT profiles the recent protests by MoMA PS1 art handlers over pay and worker rights at the museum, as they demand equal pay to the museum workers across the East River at the main museum space. “I feel as an artist worker you’re betwixt and between,” handler and artist Marley Freeman said in a telephone interview. “You aren’t seen as a professional art handler. At PS1 they are always treating us like this is just temporary work we’re doing between other things.” Read More »

Supreme Court Tax Ruling Changes Dealer’s Tax Perspectives

December 6th, 2018

Jeff Koons, via Art NewspaperA piece in Art Newspaper this week documents the challenges of a US Supreme Court ruling demanding companies take on responsibility for sales tax, and its effects on the art world. “Our industry is being watched with greater diligence,” Robert Dimin says. “As a young gallery, even a small mistake could send us into a spiral with legal problems.” Read More »

Anish Kapoor Wins Removal of Work from NRA Video

December 6th, 2018

Anish Kapoor, via GuardianAnish Kapoor has won his case against the NRA, preventing the organization from using an image of his work Cloud Gate in a recent propaganda video. “Their bullying and intimidation has not succeeded. This is a victory not just in defense of the copyright of my work, but it is also a declaration that we stand with those who oppose gun violence in America and elsewhere,” he said in a statement. Read More »

Threats to Venice, Other Global Heritage Sites Documented in New Report

December 6th, 2018

Venice, via Art NewspaperA recent report has noted the impact on climate change on a number of historical and natural sites, noting the increased risk of flooding in places like Venice and Ravenna, and the likely damage caused by continued climate change. “Italy is a rich country and it needs to take its responsibilities seriously; it is time to act on this,” Mechtild Rössler, the director of the Unesco World Heritage Centre, says. Read More »

Larry Bell Interviewed in Art Newspaper

December 6th, 2018

Larry Bell at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)Artist Larry Bell gets a profile in Art Newspaper this week, as he opens his new show at ICA Miami. “I’ve always considered everything I’ve done to be experimental,” he says. Read More »

Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler to Curate “Made in L.A.” in 2020

December 6th, 2018

Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler, via Art NewsThe Hammer has announced the curators for the 2020 edition of the Made in LA Art Biennial, tapping Myriam Ben Salah, a Paris-based writer and curator, and Lauren Mackler, a Los Angeles-based curator, artist, and graphic designer. “I look forward to what Myriam Ben Salah and Lauren Mackler will bring to this exhibition. They are both deeply engaged with the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles, so we’re eager to see the fresh perspectives they bring,” says Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum. Read More »

KAWS Sells Out Run of Prints in Minutes at Art Basel

December 6th, 2018

KAWs, via BloombergArtist KAWS has sparked a feverish demand for a series of prints at Art Basel Miami Beach, with collectors lining up for a lottery to win a chance to buy one of 100 prints priced at $65,000, showcasing the artist’s thriving market. “They always sell out and as soon as they sell out the price goes up,” said Anna Becker, a potential buyer who arrived too late. “Anything you buy by KAWS at this point is an investment. It’s like scalping tickets.” Read More »

UBS Report Notes Increased Trend Towards

December 6th, 2018

Basel, via Art NewsA new UBS Investor Watch Pulse Report notes increasing movement towards online arts purchases.  “The technological trends changing the economy are increasingly changing the art market,” says Karl Ruppert, the market head of Florida private wealth management at UBS.  “There are potential opportunities presented through future growth of the online art market to attract new buyers at different price levels, which is beneficial to the health of the overall market. For gallerists, fairs, auction houses, artists and collectors, digital tools will be a key area of growth over the next five years.” Read More »

Canada Gallery Moves to TriBeCa

December 6th, 2018

Canada Gallery, via Art NewsCanada Gallery will leave the Lower East Side for TriBeCa, Art News reports, setting up at 60 Lispenard Street, just below Houston between Church and Lafayette. “Sometimes being on the earlier end of everyone’s lease coming up, you are kind of at an advantage,” co-founder Phil Grauer says. “This place in Tribeca was one of the few spaces that made sense.” Read More »

Rubell Family Profiled in Bloomberg

December 6th, 2018

Don and Mera Rubell, via BloombergDon and Mera Rubell are profiled in Bloomberg this week, taking the publication on a tour of their collection and discussing their place in Miami’s thriving collector class. “It was very selfish of us thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to bring Art Basel here?”’ Mera Rubell says. “And that’s what happened.” Read More »

Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives $1 Million to Project on Food Access

December 5th, 2018

Ron Finley Project Jackson, via Art NewsBloomberg Philanthropies has named Jackson, Mississippi, a winner of its 2018 Public Art Challenge, bringing a $1 million grant for a project around the concepts of food access and nutrition. “The city is overjoyed to have been selected in this process,” mayor Chokwe Lumumba said in a statement. “To be able to aid in the aesthetic appeal of the city while delivering a message of healthy eating for the citizens of Jackson is a truly remarkable opportunity, and we are ecstatic and look forward to seeing this project come into fruition.” Read More »

Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

December 5th, 2018

Charlotte Prodger, via Independent
Charlotte Prodger, via Independent

The 2018 Turner Prize winner is artist Charlotte Prodger, taking home the £25,000 prize for her essayistic video work, drawng from her show at Bergen Kunsthalle in Norway. The artist, who shoots entirely on an iPhone, beat out Luke Willis Thompson and the collective Forensic Architecture to win the prize, capping off a prizer run that was marked by outcry and protest over the nominees and their work. Read More »

Rebecca Ann Siegel Takes Over as Frieze Publisher

December 5th, 2018

Rebecca Ann Siegel, via Art NewsFrieze Magazine will tap Rebecca Ann Siegel as its new publisher, promoting her up from her place as publisher and co-founder (alongside NYT’s Jason Farago) of Even, which will end its run. “Jason and I did something that most people thought was impossible—we started a serious, high-quality print art magazine from scratch, and it actually made a little money,” Siegel said. “As a founder, you’re responsible for just about everything, from the mail room to customer service to advertising to logistics.” Read More »

Galleria Borghese Director Reinstated

December 5th, 2018

Anna Coliva, via Art NewspaperAnna Coliva, the director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome, has been reinstated after a public outcry over her suspension for alleged gym visits while clocked in at work. “I am happy with this agreement,” Coliva told our Italian sister newspaper, Il Giornale dell’Arte. “I have worked with the ministry for 30 years. Now I can return to work without the anguish of the past months, even if some bitterness remains for everything that happened.” Read More »

Dia Art Acquires 155 Works by Charlotte Posenenske

December 5th, 2018

Charlotte Posenenske, via NYTThe Dia Art Foundation has acquired 155 works by the Minimalist artist Charlotte Posenenske from four series she created toward the end of her artistic career. “It is rare to have an opportunity to bring a single artist’s work into our collection in such volume,” Jessica Morgan, the director of Dia Art Foundation, said in a statement. “This major acquisition exemplifies Dia’s unique commitment to sustained engagement with an artist’s practice.” Read More »

Tania Bruguera Arrested Over Protests in Cuba

December 5th, 2018

Protests in Cuba, via ArtforumArtist Tania Bruguera and Bienal de La Habana organizers Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Yanelys Nuñez were arrested Monday for planning a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture in Havana, protesting a recent state decision in Cuba to allow the government wider ability to censor artwork in the nation. “The new laws restrict the creativity of the Cuban people and criminalize independently produced art, limiting the ability to determine who can be an artist to a state institution,” the group said in a recent statement. Read More »

Judge Rules for Wall Street Investor Who Bought Fake Leon Golub Paintings

December 3rd, 2018

Andrew J Hall, via NYTA federal jury in New Hampshire has ruled that a former college professor and her son defrauded Wall Street investor Andrew J. Hall by selling him a series of fake paintings they claimed were by Leon Golub. “I am even happier for Leon Golub and his legacy that was being impaired by this whole business,” says Hall. “I hope it’s cleared the air.” Read More »

UK Government Puts Export Bar on JMW Turner Painting

December 3rd, 2018

JMW Turner, via GuardianThe UK government has blocked the export of a JMW Turner painting while a buyer is sought to keep it in the UK, the Guardian reports. “Turner is one of Britain’s greatest ever artists, whose studies of British life still resonate with the public today, says arts minister Michael Ellis. “It has so much significance for artistic and historical reasons that it is right that we do all we can to save this masterpiece for the benefit of the nation.” Read More »

Adam Weinberg Responds to Controversy Over Whitney Board Vice Chair Warren Kanders

December 3rd, 2018

Whitney, via Art NewsWhitney Director Adam Weinberg has responded to the calls to oust vice chair of the museum’s board Warren B. Kanders, a businessman who owns Safariland, a company that manufactures tear gas canisters and other products that have been used against asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border, opening the floor to discussion on the museum’s path forward. “This ‘space’ is not one I determine as director but something that we fashion by mutual consent and shared commitment on all levels and in many ways,” he says. Read More »

Adam Chinn Leaves Sotheby’s

December 3rd, 2018

Adam ChinnAdam Chinn will leave Sotheby’s at the end of the year, with two new officers taking over in his place. “Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cahill to the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and Ken Citron to the role of Executive Vice President, Operations & Chief Transformation Officer,” the auction house said in a statement. “The two new positions assume the previous role of Sotheby’s Chief Operating Officer held by Adam Chinn, who will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Cahill and Citron will join Sotheby’s in January, working closely with the Company’s leadership around the globe and reporting directly to Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO.” Read More »

Alex Katz Interviewed in Financial Times

December 3rd, 2018

Alex Katz, via The GuardianPainter Alex Katz gets a profile in FT this week, as he reflects on his continued output and his relentless studio practice. “I’m fairly detached socially now. This is a real endgame,” he tells me, laughing. “I’m 91, for Chrissakes, and I’m cranking them out.” Read More »

Untitled San Francisco Unveils Exhibitor List

November 24th, 2018

UNTITLED San Francisco 2017Untitled San Francisco has unveiled its 55 exhibitor list for next year’s fair, featuring galleries from 16 Cities.“For our third edition of Untitled Art, San Francisco we continue to grow the presence of international galleries,” says Manuela Mozo, executive director of Untitled, Art. “The range of emerging to established galleries will present dynamic works that reflect global representation of the art world.” Read More »