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Carla Pellegrini, Italian Gallerist and Advocate of Avant-Garde, Passes Away

February 20th, 2019

Carla Pellegrini, the director of Italy’s Galleria Milano and a formative voice in the development of post-war Italian art, has passed away, Artforum reports. Pellegrini was one of the first to bring artists like George BaselitzSigmar PolkeGerhard Richter, and more to the country, and continued to support young artists up until her death. 
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European Parliament Calls for Tightened Laws on Cross-Border Art Restitution

February 20th, 2019

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to tighten its framework on cross-border restitutions for looted art and cultural goods. “The first priority is to get some attention focused on the topic, then to map areas where progress could be achieved at the European Union level,” says representative Pavel Svoboda.
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Roberto Cuoghi Represented by Hauser & Wirth

February 20th, 2019

Artist Roberto Cuoghi is now represented by Hauser & Wirth gallery. “Cuoghi is already a legend among serious collectors and among his peers, and now our objective is to engage the widest possible audience in his ideas and work,” says partner Marc Payot. “While it’s impossible to draw direct parallels between Cuoghi and other artists, his attitude of full immersion and total commitment to his work resonate with many other artists in our program.”
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Carla Pellegrini, Italian Gallerist and Advocate of Avant-Garde, Passes Away

February 20th, 2019

Carla Pellegrini, the director of Italy’s Galleria Milano and a formative voice in the development of post-war Italian art, has passed away, Artforum reports. Pellegrini was one of the first to bring artists like George BaselitzSigmar PolkeGerhard Richter, and more to the country, and continued to support young artists up until her death.  Read More »

European Parliament Calls for Tightened Laws on Cross-Border Art Restitution

February 20th, 2019

The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to tighten its framework on cross-border restitutions for looted art and cultural goods. “The first priority is to get some attention focused on the topic, then to map areas where progress could be achieved at the European Union level,” says representative Pavel Svoboda. Read More »

Roberto Cuoghi Represented by Hauser & Wirth

February 20th, 2019

Artist Roberto Cuoghi is now represented by Hauser & Wirth gallery. “Cuoghi is already a legend among serious collectors and among his peers, and now our objective is to engage the widest possible audience in his ideas and work,” says partner Marc Payot. “While it’s impossible to draw direct parallels between Cuoghi and other artists, his attitude of full immersion and total commitment to his work resonate with many other artists in our program.” Read More »

Armory Show Announces List of Live Programs

February 20th, 2019

The Armory Show has announced its list of talks and programs for its Live section, set to open with the fair on March 7th. The program has targeted a number of hot button issues in modern America, including identity, politics and feminism.  Read More »

Stephanie Gabriel to Head Up Marianne Boesky

February 19th, 2019

Stephanie Gabriel, previously a partner at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, will take over as director of Marianne Boesky Art News reports.  “Stephanie brings with her an incredible record of gallery leadership and wide range of long-standing relationships with artists and curators that will prove invaluable to our growing operations,” Boesky said in a statement.” Read More »

Jasper Johns Profiled in NYT

February 19th, 2019

Jasper Johns gets a NYT profile this week, as he embarks on several busy months, leading up to a maj0r retrospective of his work at The Whitney.   The expansive piece charts the artist’s life and work, and his encounters in the post-war art scene in New York.  Read More »

Louvre Aims to Loan Salvator Mundi for Da Vinci Show

February 19th, 2019

The Louvre is aiming to request a loan for Salvator Mundi, the Da Vinci work sold for $450 million in 2017, for a major retrospective on the artist’s work. “I confirm the Musée du Louvre has asked for the loan of the Salvator Mundi for its October exhibition and truly wishes to exhibit the artwork,” a spokeswoman for the Louvre says. Read More »

Nan Goldin Threatens Boycott of National Portrait Gallery Over Sackler Family Support

February 19th, 2019

Nan Goldin will turn down a retrospective of her work at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery if it accepts a gift of £1 million from the Sackler family, threatening to boycott the gallery over its involvement in the manufacture of OxyContin.  “I will not do the show,” Goldin says. “I have been invited to have a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery and I have told them I would not do it if they take the Sackler money.” Read More »

Frank Stella To Sell Part of Collection at Christie’s

February 19th, 2019

Frank Stella is profiled in the NYT this week, showcasing his art collection and the group of works he will sell from it at Christie’s later this year.  “It’s nice to come home and look at paintings. I don’t have to look at my own paintings. To me, it’s a relief,” he says. “I like seeing them and not worrying. I don’t have to adjust anything.” Read More »

Met Hands Over Looted Egyptian Coffin

February 19th, 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that it has handed over a first-century BC gilded coffin to the Manhattan district attorney for return to the Egyptian government upon discovering the item was looted in 2011. “I can tell you that the provenance file we provided to the Metropolitan Museum, to my best knowledge, was absolutely correct,” says Paris-based dealer Christophe Kunicki, the source who sold the item to The Met. “We want to know what is happening because we don’t understand what is happening. It’s absolutely unbelievable–it’s a terrible surprise for us.” Read More »

Hilton Als Writes on James Baldwin for Paris Review

February 19th, 2019

Writer Hilton Als has a piece this week in The Paris Review, discussing the exhibition he curated around the life James Baldwin at David Zwirner. “The first part of the exhibition is rooted in biography, and the second part is about metaphor: artists making the art Baldwin could not make himself,” Als writes.  Read More »

Theaster Gates Joins Ava DuVernay to Chair Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prada

February 14th, 2019

Artist Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay will co-chair a new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for Prada, Art News reports.  “Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company. In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with longtime collaborators Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates on this important initiative,” the company said in a statement. Read More »

Serial Art Thief Arrested in Alsace

February 14th, 2019

Serial art thief Stéphane Breitwieser the has been arrested again in Alsace. He has been under surveillance since 2016, and was found with €163,000 in cash stored in buckets at his mother’s house. Read More »

Artsy Alerts Users to Potential Data Breach

February 14th, 2019

Artsy has alerted users to a potential data breach on its site, exposing information to hackers. “We have no evidence that commercial or financial information was involved, and to date we have not received reports from Artsy users of actual or attempted fraud as a result of this incident,” an alert email read.  Read More »

Lehmann Maupin to Represent Helen Pashgian

February 14th, 2019

Lehmann Maupin now represents Helen Pashgian, an artist associated with the Light and Space movement.  “I cannot express how much it means to have Helen join the gallery,” says David Maupin. “My roots in Los Angeles have kept me tied to this generation of artists, who are among my earliest and most lasting influences in how I look at art.” Read More »

Mary Boone Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

February 14th, 2019

Dealer Mary Boone has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax avoidance.  “I feel like a pariah,” she said. “I promise to be the best person that I can and to do good and affect lives in a positive way.”  Read More »

Curator Laura Hoptmann and Painter Verne Dawson Profiled in NYT

February 13th, 2019

Drawing Center curator Laura Hoptmann and painter Verne Dawson are profiled in the NYT’s ‘Show Us Your Wall’ series, showcasing a collection of works built up from a lifetime in the art world. “I never spent more than $20 on a work. This odd vase [with a damaged octopus on the front] I bought for 5 euros on a stoop sale in Paris and I’ve probably made 20 different paintings of it,” Dawson says. Read More »

Art Basel Reveals Exhibitor List

February 13th, 2019

Art Basel has revealed the exhibitor list for the 2019 edition of its flagship fair, with 290 galleries from 34 different countries participating, including 19 first-time exhibitors. Read More »

WSJ Charts Los Angeles’s Entry to Global Market with Frieze LA

February 13th, 2019

The WSJ looks at the upcoming week in Los Angeles, and asks if the city is ready for a step onto the stage of the global art market. “Los Angeles has never had that choke-point week where the auction houses and galleries get the art world’s undivided attention, and we sell big,” says Muys Snijders, U.S. head of postwar and contemporary art for Bonhams, which does hold auctions in the city. “We’re clearly looking to see if Frieze L.A. could become that pinnacle.” Read More »

Nari Ward Profiled in NY Mag

February 13th, 2019

Nari Ward gets a profile in New York Magazine this week, as he opens his show at the New Museum.  “With these shows we want to celebrate the artist, but there also has to be a bit of an argument to be made,” says curator Massimiliano Gioni says. “And the argument we felt could be made about his work was also how he participated in a generation at the beginning of the ’90s, which was part of the beginning of the internationalism of art.” Read More »

Shed Fundraising Profiled

February 13th, 2019

Inside Philanthropy looks inside the fundraising for The Shed this week, charting the impressive amount of money raised for such a daring architectural and artistic project. The piece cites “a small group of visionary individual and corporate leaders—led by the indomitable Dan Doctoroff [its board chair],” according to Chief Development Officer Margaret Pomeroy Hunt, “who believe in the unique mission of The Shed: to commission original works of art across all disciplines for all audiences.” Read More »

Axel Rüger to Head Royal Academy of Arts

February 13th, 2019

Axel Rüger, head of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum for more than a decade, has been appointed as the new head of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Guardian reports. “I am excited about the opportunity to join at this critical moment and to work to tell great stories through ambitious and varied exhibitions, innovative programs and debate and, more generally, to make the RA, its activities and collections even more accessible to audiences from around the globe,” he says. Read More »

Fatoş Üstek to Head Liverpool Biennial

February 12th, 2019

The Liverpool Biennial has named Fatoş Üstek, director and chief curator of the David Roberts Art Foundation, as its next director. “Through ten editions, Liverpool Biennial has gained a reputation for being one of the most important contemporary art events accessible to the large national and international public,” Üstek said in a statement. “In my new role I will be taking Liverpool as my point of reference, while reflecting on current global discourses and developments in the international arena.” Read More »

Louvre Abu Dhabi Acquires £9.48m Rembrandt Study

February 12th, 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced the acquisition of a £9.4 million RembrandtHead of a young man, with clasped hands: Study of the figure of Christ, ca. 1648–56.  “We make each new addition to Louvre Abu Dhabi’s expanding collection with great rigor and care, in order to deepen and enhance the museum’s universal narrative,” says Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi. “This exceptional work reflects the new cultural perspectives that emerged during the Dutch Golden Age due to international trade expansion and exchange of ideas. It also demonstrates the great Master’s understanding of the fragility and intense spirituality of life, which inspired so many artists after him.” Read More »