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Antony Gormley Sculptures Vandalized in Sefton

June 24th, 2017

Antony Gormley, via The GuardianA series of Antony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach outside Liverpool have been vandalized with brightly colored graffiti, The Guardian reports. “We want everyone to enjoy and interact with the impressive Antony Gormley statues on Crosby beach, which are synonymous with Sefton,” a spokesman says. “However, following this incident, we have been contacted directly by Mr Gormley with a view of removing these permanent decorations which we will now look into.”
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Documenta 14 Organizers Opening Second Satellite Show in Angola

June 24th, 2017

Ibrahim Mahama, Check Point Sekondi Loco, via Art NewsThe organizers of this year’s Documenta 14 are expanding the exhibition to a satellite exhibition in Luanda, Angola, where they will show a series of works by artists of African descent. “The last decade or so has seen the increased prominence of artists from Africa exhibiting across the contemporary artistic platform in the West,” says Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo, who is helping to fund the project. “I am delighted to help in initiating this opportunity of showing the African artists being exhibited in Documenta 14 for the first time on the continent.”
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Nicholas Serota’s Impact on Tate Profiled in The Guardian

June 23rd, 2017

Nicholas Serota, via The GuardianThe Guardian charts Nicholas Serota’s impact on the Tate during his tenure as its leader, and the challenges the institution faces in the years ahead as it seeks to continue the momentum he created.  “Beginning to get the momentum going, to turn the battleship – that was the most difficult thing,” he says of his efforts.
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Antony Gormley Sculptures Vandalized in Sefton

June 24th, 2017

Antony Gormley, via The GuardianA series of Antony Gormley sculptures on Crosby Beach outside Liverpool have been vandalized with brightly colored graffiti, The Guardian reports. “We want everyone to enjoy and interact with the impressive Antony Gormley statues on Crosby beach, which are synonymous with Sefton,” a spokesman says. “However, following this incident, we have been contacted directly by Mr Gormley with a view of removing these permanent decorations which we will now look into.” Read More »

Documenta 14 Organizers Opening Second Satellite Show in Angola

June 24th, 2017

Ibrahim Mahama, Check Point Sekondi Loco, via Art NewsThe organizers of this year’s Documenta 14 are expanding the exhibition to a satellite exhibition in Luanda, Angola, where they will show a series of works by artists of African descent. “The last decade or so has seen the increased prominence of artists from Africa exhibiting across the contemporary artistic platform in the West,” says Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo, who is helping to fund the project. “I am delighted to help in initiating this opportunity of showing the African artists being exhibited in Documenta 14 for the first time on the continent.” Read More »

Nicholas Serota’s Impact on Tate Profiled in The Guardian

June 23rd, 2017

Nicholas Serota, via The GuardianThe Guardian charts Nicholas Serota’s impact on the Tate during his tenure as its leader, and the challenges the institution faces in the years ahead as it seeks to continue the momentum he created.  “Beginning to get the momentum going, to turn the battleship – that was the most difficult thing,” he says of his efforts. Read More »

Albright-Knox Museum Embarks on Ambitious Expansion Plans

June 23rd, 2017

Albright Knox Expansion, via WIVBThe Albright-Knox in Buffalo has unveiled its major expansion plans, funded by a $42.5 million donation by billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach, which will see the museum expanding underground and out over its current sculpture garden. “At the present time we are able to show about 2.5 percent of our collection. We have hundreds of masterpieces literally in storage at all times, we are not able to share them with the public. A key question we have been challenging ourselves and our architects with is where should we build,” Janne Siren, director of the museum, said. Read More »

Boulder Museum of Art Faces Major Staff Departure in Protest Over Working Conditions

June 23rd, 2017

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, via NYTThe Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is scrambling after nearly its entire staff resigned this week in protest over working conditions, the New York Times reports.  “How many organizations expect employees to work for 10- to 12-hour shifts without even a single 15-minute break,” says Nora Lupi, the former visitor services and membership manager. “How many institutions expect someone who makes less than $14/hr to be on call 24/7 for operational, managerial and executive assistant demands?” Read More »

UK Prepares to Digitize Publicly-Owned Sculpture

June 23rd, 2017

Manchester United, via Art NewspaperThe UK is preparing an online catalogue of its entire collection of publicly owned sculpture, the Art Newspaper reports.  The project will be headed up by Art UK, which led a similar effort in digitizing the nation’s collection of paintings in recent years.  The project is expected to be completed by 2020.  Read More »

Investigator Arthur Brand Claims Some Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist Works May Be in Hands of Former IRA Members

June 22nd, 2017

Vermeer, via Daily MailArthur Brand, the Dutch private investigator working on locating works from the the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist has stated that he believes some works are in the hands of former IRA members, the Daily Mail reports, and is confident he can bring at least some of the works home. “Former IRA sources have told me or people that I know that there has been talk about these paintings for years within the IRA,” he says.   Read More »

Report Notes Arts Funding Generates $166.3 billion in Revenue for US Businesses

June 22nd, 2017

Americans for the ArtsA report by non-profit group Americans for the Arts has figures claiming that the revenue generated nationwide by arts funding sits at $166.3 billion.  “Arts and cultural organizations are valued members of the business community. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of their Chambers of Commerce, and promote their regions,” the report reads.   Read More »

New York Times Notes Issues in Installation of Jeff Koons’s Paris Bouquet

June 21st, 2017

jeff-koons-via-the-guardianThe New York Times writes on Jeff Koons’s bouquet of flowers sculpture for Paris, intended as a gift to the city in the wake of terrorist attacks, and on the strings attached to the gift that have complicated its installation process. “They presented this bouquet as a symbolic present to Paris, but then we realized it wasn’t exactly a present, since France had to pay to install it,” says art critic Isabel Pasquier. “Whether you appreciate his art or not, Jeff Koons is a businessman, and we quickly understood that he was offering Paris to himself as a present.” Read More »

UK Lottery Sales Down £55 Million, Carrying Challenges for Arts Funding

June 21st, 2017

National Lottery, via Arts ProfessionalReports on a drop in UK lottery sales bodes poorly for arts funding in the country, as the total sales for the past year drop by £55 million.  “Given the current climate of economic uncertainty and increasing competition from the gambling sector, we expect 2017/18 to be equally, if not more, challenging for the National Lottery,” says Camelot (the UK Lottery operator) Chairman Jo Taylor. Read More »

Kassel Planning Permanent Documenta Institute in Kassel

June 21st, 2017

Documenta, via Art NewspaperDocumenta is planning a permanent “Documenta Institute” in the city of Kassel, which will serve as a research center and events site.  The site is planned as a way to “keep alive the concept and experience of Documenta in the years between exhibitions,” according to a statement by the city.  Read More »

Modigliani Catalogue Raisonné Expansion Planned

June 21st, 2017

Amedeo Modigliani, via Art NewspaperUS scholar Kenneth Wayne is preparing an addition to the Amedeo Modigliani catalogue raisonné.  The work will complement Ambrogio Ceroni’s catalogue raisonné, first published in 1958.  “We plan to publish a supplement to Ceroni by 2020 with around 50 works,” Wayne says.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Offers to Turn Over Works Bought by Malaysian Financier Jho Low

June 20th, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio's sale at Christie's, via The GuardianActor Leonardo DiCaprio has offered to turn over Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso works given to him by Malaysian financier and art collector Jho Low, works which were believed to be purchased with funds from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).  The account, full of government money, was spent on personal excesses and extravagant gifts. Read More »

New Yorkers Arrested for Selling Counterfeited Damien Hirsts

June 20th, 2017

Damien Hirst, via GuardianThree New York men have been charged with selling counterfeited Damien Hirst dot paintings online for more than $400,000, The Guardian reports. “The art market’s demand for limited editions can lead to fake pieces with little value,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.  “In this case, the alleged fraud went beyond plain imitation, and the defendants are charged with deceiving a multitude of buyers into purchasing counterfeit art that was falsely passed off as genuine.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Charts Functions and Operations for Art Storage Warehouses Worldwide

June 20th, 2017

Luxembourg Freeport, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the network of art storage warehouses and complexes in the U.S. and abroad, charting the map of companies working in the $1 billion industry.  “Until about ten years ago,” says Stephane Custot of London’s Waddington Custot gallery, “Modern and contemporary art collectors were mainly made up of art enthusiasts and amateurs, they had a real passion, spending their money on what they liked; they collected in order to simply enjoy the work in their home environment. Today you have to work with an increasing number of art funds or speculators buying art for investment. Art buying has become accessible to a much larger audience than before and is considered an asset. The result of this is that more work sleeps in warehouses rather than hanging in collectors’ homes.” Read More »

Ei Arakawa Work Stolen from Skulptur Project Münster

June 20th, 2017

ahArtist Ei Arakawa has had a work stolen from the Skulptur Project Münster, an LED panel painting that was pried free from its display.  “This is a really interesting ‘performance’ in a way, revealing how vulnerable art in public space can be, and how public space can be violent,” the artist said. “This often happens in the history of Skulptur Projekte.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Names Jan Prasens Managing Director of Europe

June 20th, 2017

Jan Prasens, via Art NewsSotheby’s has tapped Jan Prasens as its new Managing Director of Europe, putting him in charge of the auction house’s operations in the continent, as well as in the Middle East, India and Africa.  “While Jan’s commercial credentials are impeccable, he also commands a deep understanding of our business and clients,” CEO Tad Smith says.  “I am delighted he is taking on this position where I know he will thrive alongside the exceptional team already on the ground there.” Read More »

$12 Million in Art Stolen from Queens Storage Facility

June 20th, 2017

William Pordy, via New York Daily NewsRoughly $12 million in art was stolen from a Sunnyside storage facility in Queens, the New York Daily News reports, including pieces by Frank Stella and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  Owner William Pordy discovered that thieves had broken the locks on the door and stolen all 22 works in storage.  “They broke the locks and they stole everything, all my paintings,” Pordy said. “It’s awful.” Read More »

Artist John Giorno Profiled in New York Post

June 20th, 2017

John Giorno, via New York PostArtist and poet John Giorno is profiled in the New York Post this week, as a massive exhibition devoted to his work is set to open across multiple venues in the city, curated by his husband, Ugo Rondinone.  “John has a childlike curiosity,” former REM frontman Michael Stipe says of Giorno. “I love how open he is.” Read More »

Sam Durant Discusses Controversial Work in Minnesota with LA Times

June 19th, 2017

Sam Durant, via LA TimesSam Durant is interviewed in the LA Times this week, after signing over the intellectual property rights of his controversial work Scaffold to the Dakota people in Minnesota. “I have no intention of making a representation of that again,” Durant says. “They asked me, ‘How do we know you won’t do this again?’ I said, ‘That makes perfect sense. It’s yours. You decide what happens to it.’” Read More »

Hermann Nitsch Profiled in The Guardian

June 19th, 2017

Hermann Nitsch, via The GuardianArtist Hermann Nitsch is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as he concludes a controversial performance in Australia.  “I want only to show what is,” he says. “I never was interested to make provocation. I want to show intensity. And let’s say, maybe in intensity is a kind of provocation, but for me [it] always is important to show life and to celebrate life.” Read More »

Research on Andrew Wyeth Reveals Artist’s Challenging Relationship with Race

June 19th, 2017

Andrew Wyeth, via NYTThe New York Times reports on recent controversies in the study of the work of Andrew Wyeth, after researcher Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw published research documenting a series of the artist’s works changing the race of his subjects, or using their bodies as models while often denying them a fully formed sense of identity in his final paintings.  “I think we can find artists to be complicated and frustrating and disappointing in some ways and still love the work,” says Shaw. Read More »

Art Newspaper Traces Rise and Fall of Market Strength for Gutai Group

June 16th, 2017

Shiraga sells at Sothebys, via Art NewspaperAn article in Art Newspaper this week traces the remarkable market rise for the Gutai group of Japanese post-war artists in the past years, and its subsequent decline in popularity.  “A big price will always drive the market,” says Grégoire Billault, head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York. “When people can buy for $200,000 and sell for $2m, it’s irresistible for some of them.  I think it just needs a bit of time. It’s a question of needing a bit of maturity.” Read More »

Tracey Emin Reflects on the Works of Egon Schiele in The Guardian

June 16th, 2017

Schiele, via The GuardianTracey Emin is featured in The Guardian this week, as she reviews works by Egon Schiele, one of her principal inspirations.  “You could see the anguish he was going through: ‘I am in pain. I am drawing this, but I am drawing this in a different way, because I see it differently from other people. I see it through the eyes of pain.’” Read More »