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Former Guggenheim Member Speaks Out Against Expanding Guggenheim Project in Abu Dhabi

March 30th, 2017

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, via Art NewspaperThomas Krens, the former director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York and original leader in the museum’s expansion project, says that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project should be downsized or postponed.  “The world financial crisis and the Arab Spring has changed the equation radically,” he says. “It may not be such a good idea these days to have an American museum…with a Jewish name in a country [that doesn’t recognize Israel] in such a prominent location, at such a big scale.” 
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Michael Govan Joins Smithsonian Board

March 30th, 2017

Smithsonian Institution, via Washington PostLACMA Director Michael Govan has been invited to join the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents, the Washington Post reports.  The institution’s 17-member Board of Regents includes the chief justice of the United States, the vice president, three members of the House, three members of the Senate and nine citizens.
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Kerry James Marshall Interviewed on NPR

March 30th, 2017

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRKerry James Marshall is interviewed in NPR this week, as he opens his retrospective in Los Angeles, and reflects on the energy and spirit of his works.  “What you’re trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence,” he says. “Where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody’s a friend, or somebody’s being generous to you. But you want a presence in the narrative that’s not negotiable, that’s undeniable.”  
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Former Guggenheim Member Speaks Out Against Expanding Guggenheim Project in Abu Dhabi

March 30th, 2017

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, via Art NewspaperThomas Krens, the former director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York and original leader in the museum’s expansion project, says that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project should be downsized or postponed.  “The world financial crisis and the Arab Spring has changed the equation radically,” he says. “It may not be such a good idea these days to have an American museum…with a Jewish name in a country [that doesn’t recognize Israel] in such a prominent location, at such a big scale.”  Read More »

Michael Govan Joins Smithsonian Board

March 30th, 2017

Smithsonian Institution, via Washington PostLACMA Director Michael Govan has been invited to join the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents, the Washington Post reports.  The institution’s 17-member Board of Regents includes the chief justice of the United States, the vice president, three members of the House, three members of the Senate and nine citizens. Read More »

Kerry James Marshall Interviewed on NPR

March 30th, 2017

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRKerry James Marshall is interviewed in NPR this week, as he opens his retrospective in Los Angeles, and reflects on the energy and spirit of his works.  “What you’re trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence,” he says. “Where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody’s a friend, or somebody’s being generous to you. But you want a presence in the narrative that’s not negotiable, that’s undeniable.”   Read More »

Annual Art Newspaper Attendance Survey Sees Christo Installation as World’s Most Visited Artwork for 2016

March 30th, 2017

Floating Piers in Italy, via Art NewspaperThe numbers are out for Art Newspaper’s annual attendance survey, which charts Christo’s Floating Piers installation in Italy as the world’s most-visited work of art, while the Whitney Museum gained ground against the traditional leaders in attendance for the city, The Met and MoMA.   Read More »

Gainsborough Painting Attacked in London Goes Back on View

March 30th, 2017

Thomas Gainsborough painting, via The GuardianThe Thomas Gainsborough painting attacked last week at London’s National Gallery is already back on view, following a quick restoration procedure.  “Any painting of that age will almost always have had a history of interventions,” says the museum’s Conservation Director Larry Keith.  Read More »

LA Times Spotlights N.E.A. Indemnity Program Vital to Modern Museums

March 30th, 2017

Met Museum, via NYTThe LA Times spotlights an indemnity program offered by the N.E.A. that saves museums millions in insurance fees, and which could create one of the largest impacts if the organization is defunded.  “The U.S. indemnity program is vital to the museum community,” says Alicia Thomas, director of exhibitions and collections management at the Palm Springs Art Museum. “It enables us to mount exhibitions that we might not otherwise be able to afford.” Read More »

World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Construction Faces Funding Challenges

March 30th, 2017

World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, via REXThe construction on a performing arts center at the World Trade Center is facing a $100 million shortfall if officials from Housing and Urban Development try to reclaim funds previously provided to developers.  “If I’m HUD and I’m looking at this entity that has publicly stated it’s hoping to wind down and there is uncommitted funding available to be swept back to HUD,” says Lower Manhattan Development Corp board member Peter Wertheim, then officials may say, “why do I have to leave $100-plus million for LMDC to use on these projects?” Read More »

Koenig & Clinton Gallery Moving to Bushwick

March 29th, 2017

Koenig and Clinton, via Art NewsKoenig & Clinton Gallery is moving from its home in Chelsea to a new space in Bushwick, located at 1329 Willoughby.  “The gallery will be situated near many of the artists around whom our work takes shape and many of the audiences that keep an exhibition space relevant,” the gallery said in a statement. Read More »

Philadelphia Museum to Break Ground on Expansion Project

March 29th, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art, via NewsworksConstruction is set to begin on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s $196 Million expansion project, with the official breaking ground ceremony slated for Thursday.  “The core project, as it suggests, really starts at the heart of the museum.  It’s an extraordinary design and one that both respects the building, but makes it ready for the next 100 years,” says Museum Director Timothy Rub of the Frank Gehry design. Read More »

Eva Presenhuber Opening Space in New York

March 29th, 2017

Eva Presenhuber, via Art NewsZurich’s Eva Presenhuber is preparing to open a gallery in New York, Art News reports, taking over a space at 39 Great Jones Street that formerly served as the home of Karma.  The space “will function as an important extension of the Zurich gallery,” the gallery said in a statement. Read More »

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Profiled in Vogue

March 29th, 2017

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, via VogueBritish-Ghanaian Artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is profiled in Vogue this week, as the artist prepares for an upcoming retrospective at the New Museum. “I didn’t think it was serious,” she says of her early art career.  “I just thought, I’ll do it and see what happens, and then I’d get back to something more sensible.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Install Massive Fence Sculptures for New Public Art Fund Commission this Fall in NYC

March 28th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei will return to New York this fall for a major public art project,  Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a piece commissioned by the Public Art Fund that will see massive gold fence sculptures spread around the city.  “This is the most ambitious that we’ve undertaken since I’ve been here,” says director and curator Nicholas Baume. “Certainly, it’s the most distributed throughout the city.” Read More »

New York Times Looks at Kansas Art Council Offering Alternative to Government Funded Arts

March 28th, 2017

Brenda Meder, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the small Kansas town of Hays, where a small group of dedicated arts workers have how an arts community deprived of government funding may continue to thrive.  “When what you’re about is important enough to you, you will find a way,” says Brenda Meder, director of the Hays Arts Council, “And that’s how it always is with the arts.” Read More »

Ibid Gallery to Close Central London Location

March 28th, 2017

Ibid Gallery, via Art NewsContinuing the news of recent gallery closures in London, Ibid Gallery will also shut its doors as it looks to relocate out of Central London.  The gallery will continue to operate its space in Los Angeles.  “I think there’s an opportunity for galleries that have been working under a traditional white-cube model to find new ways of existing and new ways of collaborating,” founder Magnus Edensvard says. Read More »

London’s Vilma Gold to Close

March 27th, 2017

Vilma Gold, via Art NewsLondon gallery Vilma Gold has announced that it is closing its doors, and will explore new models of collaboration with its artists, Art News reports.  “The nature of the art world has changed significantly in recent years,” says director and owner Rachel Williams.  “Where a gallery was once centered around a physical space where artists, collectors and curators could engage directly with the exhibition program, the focus has now shifted towards an endlessly accelerating global cycle of fairs which has impacted on the relevance of this traditional model.” Read More »

Canadian Budget Increases Funding for Arts by $1.8 billion

March 27th, 2017

CBC, via Globe and MailThe Canadian government has increased its arts and culture funding by $1.8 billion, including a sizable commitment to indigenous language programming.  “This investment will be delivered through the second phase of social infrastructure funding,” the budget reads. Read More »

Tate Britain to Remain Open Until Midnight for Final Days of David Hockney Show

March 27th, 2017

david-hockney-via-art-newspaperTo cope with demand for David Hockney’s exhibition at the Tate Britain, the museum will remain open until midnight during the final weekend run in May.  “David is without a doubt one of Britain’s greatest living artists – his impact on art and culture is immeasurable. We anticipate this will be one of the most visited exhibitions in Tate’s history,” director Alex Farquharson says. Read More »

Forbes Charts Conflicting Reports for Art Market Health by TEFAF and Art Basel

March 27th, 2017

Clare McAndrew presents her report at Art Basel Hong Kong, via Art ObservedForbes takes a look at the contrasting views, and valuations, on the global art market between TEFAF and Art Basel’s annual reports.  Claire McAndrew, who presented her findings at Art Basel last week, noted her figures tracing ann 11% contraction in the market, which contrasted from TEFAF’s report, authored by Rachel Pownall, which showed growth figure of 2%.  “I’m surprised Rachel did something so similar to my report,” McAndrew said during Art Basel Hong Kong.  “The best thing would be if people were doing research into new sectors or going more in-depth into one sector, such as Old Masters.” Read More »

Rachel Whiteread Interviewed in The Guardian

March 27th, 2017

Rachel Whiteread, via GuardianRachel Whiteread is interviewed in The Guardian this week, where she critiques the YBA movement for its tacit approval of young artists seeking fame and fortune.  “Artists now live a very different life to the ones we lived,” she says. “We had no expectations, we played hard and worked hard.  Now they expect a career, they expect fame. “I stopped teaching because of that. It seemed students were only interested in being famous.” Read More »

Damien Hirst’s New Show Profiled in The Guardian

March 27th, 2017

Sunken work from Hirst's exhibition in Venice, via GuardianThe Guardian spotlights Damien Hirst’s new exhibition at the the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice this spring, which opens in April.  The hotly-anticipated show, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, has earned early praise, and “taps into a desire for belief, for a connection with the past,” Hirst says. “What’s unknown is how it will be perceived, but maybe I am worrying more than is necessary, really, because people are willing to believe. I think they want to believe.” Read More »

Sterling Ruby’s Calvin Klein Collaboration Profiled in NYT

March 24th, 2017

Sterling Ruby, via NYTSterling Ruby’s collaborations with Calvin Klein are featured in New York Times this month, with the artist redesigning the brand’s New York headquarters floor to ceiling with his own works and installations.  “If we’re talking about gender, sexuality, highs, lows, politics — all of those things can be played within the context of this massive corporate American brand, too,” he says. “Maybe these spaces could be a platform for the hypocrisies of both the art and fashion worlds.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Spotlights Albers Foundation-Funded Cultural Center in Senegal

March 24th, 2017

Thread in Senegal, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles Thread, an arts and culture hub built in Sinthian, Senegal by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Le Korsa, and funded by the sale of a single painting by the artist in 2014.  “Part of what we always come back to is the notion of minimal means for maximum effect. Josef and Anni believed in the value of starting at zero in any process,” says Director Nick Murphy. “From there, you can go anywhere.” Read More »

Prado Director Miguel Falomir Profiled in Economist

March 24th, 2017

Prado MuseumThe Economist profiles Miguel Falomir, the new director of Spain’s Prado Museum, as he begins his work at the helm of the museum this month.  Falomir succeeds Miguel Zugaza, who helped move the Prado forward once it broke ranks with the country’s civil service.  “It was very introverted,” Falomir says of the museum. “Not any more.” Read More »

Tracey Moffat Profiled in The Guardian

March 24th, 2017

Tracey Moffat, via The GuardianArtist Tracey Moffat is profiled in The Guardian this week, as the artist prepares for her new work to open at the Venice Biennale this summer.  “I’m real strict when I go to work,” she says.  “When you enter the studio, it’s like a temple and you have to respect my silence. Just because I’m not talking doesn’t mean I’m a grump. It means I’m concentrating.”  Read More »