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Citing Intolerance, Ai Weiwei is Leaving Berlin

August 23rd, 2019

Claiming that German society has become intolerant of refugees, Ai Weiwei is leaving his home in Berlin for Cambridge. “Europe was a civilised, modern society which was supposed to uphold humanism, democracy, freedom and human rights,” he says. “Europe may no longer remain Europe beyond geography.”
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Entertainment Unions Show “Deep Concern” Over Decline in Arts Journalism

August 23rd, 2019

Entertainment unions have published an open letter decrying the decline in arts journalism and its impact on the creative industries.  “Having a properly funded arts media is vital to supporting theatre, film and TV productions, ensuring that we celebrate the UK as a centre for the creative industries and to encourage people to get involved in the arts either as writers, directors, producers, performers, behind the scenes workers, patrons and audience members,” the letter reads.
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Christie’s to Auction Collection of Theatre Producer Terry Allen Kramer

August 22nd, 2019

This fall, Christie’s in New York will auction off more than 260 pieces of art and design from the collection of philanthropist and theater producer Terry Allen Kramer. The collection “reflects the spirit of adventure and sense of fun she was legendary for, spanning the best of modern art from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries,” says Max Carter, the head of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department.
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Citing Intolerance, Ai Weiwei is Leaving Berlin

August 23rd, 2019

Claiming that German society has become intolerant of refugees, Ai Weiwei is leaving his home in Berlin for Cambridge. “Europe was a civilised, modern society which was supposed to uphold humanism, democracy, freedom and human rights,” he says. “Europe may no longer remain Europe beyond geography.” Read More »

Entertainment Unions Show “Deep Concern” Over Decline in Arts Journalism

August 23rd, 2019

Entertainment unions have published an open letter decrying the decline in arts journalism and its impact on the creative industries.  “Having a properly funded arts media is vital to supporting theatre, film and TV productions, ensuring that we celebrate the UK as a centre for the creative industries and to encourage people to get involved in the arts either as writers, directors, producers, performers, behind the scenes workers, patrons and audience members,” the letter reads. Read More »

Christie’s to Auction Collection of Theatre Producer Terry Allen Kramer

August 22nd, 2019

This fall, Christie’s in New York will auction off more than 260 pieces of art and design from the collection of philanthropist and theater producer Terry Allen Kramer. The collection “reflects the spirit of adventure and sense of fun she was legendary for, spanning the best of modern art from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries,” says Max Carter, the head of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department. Read More »

Venice Beach Compound Once Owned by Artist Billy Al Bengston on Sale

August 22nd, 2019

The Venice Beach compound once owned by artist and sculptor Billy Al Bengston is on sale at $5.495 million, the LA Times reports.  Read More »

Smithsonian Acquires Papers of Andrea Rosen

August 22nd, 2019

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is in the process of acquiring the papers of Andrea Rosen Gallery, and will catalog its contents. “The day that I started the gallery—even though I was quite young—I was very clear that a large part of its responsibility was to create archives that were as complex and as thorough as possible for each of the artists we worked with and represented,” she says. Read more at Art News. Read More »

NY Dealer Simon Preston Joins Pace as Senior Director

August 22nd, 2019

New York dealer Simon Preston, who will become a senior director at Pace, leaving his eponymous LES gallery. “Primarily, my role is to develop new artist relationships—bring new artists to the program, to create more contemporary programming,” he says. Read More »

Andrew Kup and Pascal Spengemann’s Clothing Colab Profiled in GQ

August 21st, 2019

Andrew Kuo and dealer Pascal Spengemann are profiled in GQ this month for their ongoing clothing collaboration, creating bootlegged homages to Marc Chagall and Claude Monet, among others. “My memories of the Met store and museum shops growing up in New York were a big part of my experience with art, not necessarily the actual object,” Kuo says. “Like my mom wearing a Marc Chagall shirt all summer. It’s less cynical and more emotional, I think, to kind of dredge up all of these memories of your experiences with art and reframe it as something affordable, fun, whatever.” Read More »

The Guardian Profiles Artist Showing Works in Their Homes

August 21st, 2019

The Guardian profiles recent trends towards showing works in collectors and artists’ homes. “Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” says artist Isobel Atacus. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.” Read More »

British Museum to Move Hundreds of Thousands of Works to New Facility

August 21st, 2019

The British Museum will bring hundreds of thousands of stored artifacts currently to a new £64m storage and research facility in Berkshire, UK, the Art Newspaper reports. The move comes as an effort to make more of its collection publicly accessible. Read More »

MOCA Denver Selects Nora Burnett Abrams as Director

August 21st, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has selected Nora Burnett Abrams as its new director. “They want to continue in the direction we have been heading,” she says of her selection, calling it a “vote of confidence.” Read More »

British Museums See 6% Growth in Attendance for 2018

August 21st, 2019

British museums and art galleries saw a 6% increase in attendance last year, recovering from several years of dropping numbers.  “It’s not surprising to see our museums and galleries returning to the top spot, confirming England’s position as a cultural hub,” says VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe.  Read More »

Rebecca Wei Out as Christie’s Asia Chair After 8 Months

August 20th, 2019

Rebecca Wei has resigned just eight months after being named Asia chairman of auctioneers Christie’s.  “I am immensely proud of the growth that has been achieved during my time with Christie’s, in regional sales as well as Asian contribution to Christie’s global revenue,” she said in a statement. “We are well positioned to further expand and serve collectors in the region in the years ahead.”

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Lynda Benglis Interviewed in NYT

August 19th, 2019

Lynda Benglis gets a profile in the NYT, as she gives the paper a tour of her New Mexico studio, and talks about her process. “My mind is always working with ideas but sometimes they pop and quickly disappear,” she says. “I have to wait until the idea crystallizes again before I go back to working. Otherwise, I have no reason to work.” Read More »

Betty Sue Hertz to Head Up Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

August 19th, 2019

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery has tapped Betti-Sue Hertz as its new director and chief curator. “I think we absolutely need to be part of that ecology and playing a leadership role in the Upper Manhattan community,” she said.  Read More »

Boy Thrown from Tate Modern Platform in Stable Condition

August 19th, 2019

The parents of a six-year-old boy allegedly thrown from a Tate Modern viewing platform have made a statement, claiming their son is in stable condition, but that the full extent of his injuries are not yet known.  “Our son has already undergone two long and difficult operations,” they said in a statement. “But he is alive, struggling with all his strength, and we remain hopeful.” Read More »

Met Reviews Holdings of Indian Art

August 19th, 2019

The Met is reviewing its holdings of Indian art donated by dealer Subhash Kapoor, after pressure from the country to recover thousands of looted idols and relics. “As we have since learned of the multiple law enforcement actions, and in the spirit of our enhanced procedures over recent years, we are now seeking to identify additional provenance information,” the museum said in a statement. Read More »

Photographer Alvin Baltrop Profiled in The Guardian

August 19th, 2019

The Guardian has a piece this week on photographer Alvin Baltrop, who rarely showed during his life, but whose pioneering work among the NYC LGBTQ community during the 70’s was vastly influential. “Alvin photographed the LGBTQ community differently than Robert Mapplethorpe, who shot them in a very explicit and glamorization of the S&M culture,” says Bronx Museum curator Sergio Bessa. “Baltrop wasn’t about that. He saw sexual freedom.” Read More »

JTT Gallery in New York Adds Three Artists to Roster

August 19th, 2019

JTT Gallery in New York has added Elaine Cameron-WeirIssy Wood, and Sam McKinniss to its roster.   Read More »

Artist Group Postcommodity Opens Installation Commission in Chicago

August 16th, 2019

Artist group Postcommodity have unveiled a commission in Chicago reflecting on the history of migrant cultures in the United States, and calling on the U.S. government to create space for those deprived of basic human rights. “We need to acknowledge this migration in real time and start preparing for that transformation. Rather than fight it, embrace it,” member Kade L. Twist said. “There’s a lot to learn from how Black people were treated and disregarded through most of [the Great] Migration. There’s a desperate need to humanize.” Read More »

The Guardian Interviews Life Models on Their Work Posing for Artists

August 16th, 2019

The Guardian speaks with a group of life models on their practice sitting in a studio, and their perspectives on their job posing for learning artists. “I’d been waiting for someone to tell me it’s fine to pose for students if you’re different,” says Suzon Lagarde, a painter. “You might feel vulnerable posing, but as a painter I also know how vulnerable people can feel behind the easel – you are always questioning and judging yourself. I soon realized we are a team, all trying to be brave.” Read More »

NYT Profiles Recent Private Collection Database Startup

August 16th, 2019

The NYT profiles a recent digital venture, Collecteurs, which serves as a database for private collections. “If I don’t put them in some kind of public database, these works essentially disappear from the planet,” says collector Roberto Toscano. Read More »

Trump Tariffs Set to Go Into Effect on Art September 1st

August 16th, 2019

While Donald Trump postponed a number of trade restrictions with China this week, his tariff against art and antiquities will still go into effect September 1st, Art Newspaper notes. “The US import tariff will apply to all Chinese art sourced anywhere in the world, not simply Chinese art imported from China. [It] will act as a tax on all US collectors, curators and dealers buying anywhere on the international market,” says dealer James Lally.  Read More »

Judy Chicago Launches Her Own Wine

August 16th, 2019

Artist Judy Chicago has launched her own brand of wine, announced this week on her Instagram page.  Read More »

Arthur Jafa Profiled in NYT

August 16th, 2019

Arthur Jafa is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the Golden Lion winner reflects on his recent successes and the response to his video work Love is the Message, the Message is Death. “I’ve… had people coming up to me saying, ‘I was super moved,’ ‘I cried’ — a pretty moderate articulation of their experience. I’m very happy that people are moved, but I do think it’s complicated when you say, ‘I cried.’ O.K., is that what art is supposed to do? Does that make you any less whatever the hell it is you are? Is that transformative crying or is it just crying? I don’t know.” Read More »