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Rebecca Rabinow Named to Diebenkorn Foundation Board

October 23rd, 2018

Rebecca Rabinow, via Art NewsRebecca Rabinow, director of the Menil Collection in Houston, has been named to the board of directors of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in Berkeley, California, Art News reports.  “An authority on the work of Henri Matisse, Rebecca has long been aware that the master artist was a lodestar for Richard Diebenkorn, holding for him the spark of modernity and lessons of pure painting,” says foundation president Steven Nash.
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Emmanuel Macron Pushes for French Culture as a Weapon Against Extremism

October 23rd, 2018

Macron, via ARt NewspaperEmmanuel Macron has proposed a new approach to French cultural policy, pushing for a government that seeks to emphasize culture as a prominent part of society, and address the “political struggle we have today, fighting against obscurantism [extremism], and the marginalization of creation and culture.”
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Tomas Saraceno Profiled in NYT

October 23rd, 2018

Tomas Saraceno, via NYTTomas Saraceno gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he opens his new exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. “He’s a great artist, comparable to Marcel Duchamp or even Leonardo da Vinci, who always thought outside and combined disciplines,” says curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.
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Rebecca Rabinow Named to Diebenkorn Foundation Board

October 23rd, 2018

Rebecca Rabinow, via Art NewsRebecca Rabinow, director of the Menil Collection in Houston, has been named to the board of directors of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in Berkeley, California, Art News reports.  “An authority on the work of Henri Matisse, Rebecca has long been aware that the master artist was a lodestar for Richard Diebenkorn, holding for him the spark of modernity and lessons of pure painting,” says foundation president Steven Nash. Read More »

Emmanuel Macron Pushes for French Culture as a Weapon Against Extremism

October 23rd, 2018

Macron, via ARt NewspaperEmmanuel Macron has proposed a new approach to French cultural policy, pushing for a government that seeks to emphasize culture as a prominent part of society, and address the “political struggle we have today, fighting against obscurantism [extremism], and the marginalization of creation and culture.” Read More »

Tomas Saraceno Profiled in NYT

October 23rd, 2018

Tomas Saraceno, via NYTTomas Saraceno gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he opens his new exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. “He’s a great artist, comparable to Marcel Duchamp or even Leonardo da Vinci, who always thought outside and combined disciplines,” says curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel. Read More »

MO Museum Opens in Vilnius

October 23rd, 2018

MO Museum, via Art NewspaperVilnius, Lithuania has opened the new, €15m MO Museum, housing the 4,000-work private collection of biotech entrepreneur Viktoras Butkus and his wife Danguole.  Read More »

Simone Leigh Wins 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

October 20th, 2018

Simone Leigh, via Art NewsSimone Leigh was has won the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, given every two years to a contemporary artist. The prize includes a $100,000 check and an exhibition next April at the museum.  Read More »

FBI Investigating Alleged Art Fraud

October 19th, 2018

Antonio Marco, via Associated PressA fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida are facing charges of fraud after allegedly using an elderly woman’s identity to buy a Mark Rothko for $6.4 million and an Ad Reinhardt work for $1.16 million at Sotheby’s, AP reports. “Our discussions with the purchasers raised significant suspicion and concern for the elderly client they purported to represent and we felt it was necessary to contact the FBI,” Sotheby’s said in a emailed statement. “We are pleased that the appropriate action has been taken and the victim has been protected.” Read More »

Jenny Holzer Profiled in New York Magazine

October 19th, 2018

Jenny Holzer, via New York MagazineJenny Holzer gets a profile in New York Magazine this week, reviewing her recent work and her approach towards creating her bracing, direct brand of text art. “I have made much of my work sex-blind and anonymous so that it wouldn’t be dismissed as the work of a woman,” she says. “I don’t want to be looked at or dismissed, or even attract anybody, as a female.” Read More »

Barbara Kruger to Reprise MOCA LA Installation

October 19th, 2018

Barbara Kruger at MOCA, via LA TimesBarbara Kruger will reprise her iconic installation Untitled (Questions) on the facade of LA’s Geffen Contemporary, the LA Times reports. “People in this city didn’t realize what a gem this building was,” Kruger says of the space. “It was able to shape-shift and be altered in brute, really material ways. It wasn’t a precious over-designed museum.” Read More »

Documenta 14 Obelisk to Stay on View in Kassel

October 19th, 2018

Olu Oguibe, Monument for Strangers and Refugees, 2017Kassel’s controversial obelisk sculpture, installed during Documenta 14 last year, Monument to Strangers and Refugees by artist Olu Oguibe, will remain on view permanently in the city, following protests, defacement, and a temporary removal at the beginning of the month.  “There was no way that I could possibly agree with, or approve of, or be party to the removal of the obelisk from the Königsplatz, and it is my hope that the ugly event of October 3 will give Kassel’s leaders cause to revisit the violence that they’ve repeatedly done to artists’ works and visions, and finally put in place a decent policy to avoid such violence in the future,” the artist said in a statement. Read More »

New York Museums Cease Use of Saudi Funds for Programs

October 19th, 2018

Met Museum, via NYtThe Met and The Brooklyn Museum will reportedly halt the use of Saudi Arabian money for programs on Middle Eastern art, support coming from groups tied to the Saudi government. The move comes after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi embassy in Turkey. “While this conversation and a subsequent public colloquium were to be supported by external funds, in light of recent developments we have decided that the Museum will itself fund this event,” says Met President Daniel Weiss. Read More »

Kerry James Marshall Profiled in Financial Times Podcast

October 18th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRKerry James Marshall gets a profile in the Financial Times this week, with the paper profiling and exploring the impact of his work. “Because I make figures does not mean that making work that appears to be abstract is not available to me, ” he says. Read More »

Carrie Mae Weems Profiled in NYT

October 18th, 2018

Carrie Mae Weems, via NYTCarrie Mae Weems gets a profile in the NYT this week, documenting her early life and the evolution of her groundbreaking photographic practice in conjunction with her socially-engaged practice regarding violence in black communities and against the same communities by the police. “There are days, especially when we’re editing, when we just leave the studio in a shambles, or we’re just too mentally exhausted to look at another image of someone being shot,” she says. “But as much as I’m engaged with it, with violence, I remain ever hopeful that change is possible and necessary, and that we will get there. I believe that strongly, and representing that matters to me: a sense of aspiration, a sense of good will, a sense of hope, a sense of this idea that one has the right, that we have the right to be as we are.” Read More »

Okwui Enwezor’s Termination from Haus der Kunst Profiled in NYT

October 18th, 2018

Okwui Enwezor, via Art NewsThe New York Times takes a deep look at Okwui Enwezor’s ouster from Munich’s Haus der Kunst, profiling the management issues, flagging sales and strange controversies that led to his termination, including government surveillance after a number of Scientologists were discovered working in the museum. “Enwezor had too many scandals to handle at once,” says Isabell Zacharias, a spokeswoman from the center-left Social Democratic Party in the Bavarian Parliament. “Enwezor is not a manager. He’s a great artist, but artists are not managers.” Read More »

Sophie Calle Memorializes Deceased Cat in Star-Studded Music Project

October 18th, 2018

Sophie Calle, via The GuardianArtist Sophie Calle’s last project is an expansive tribute to her deceased cat Souris, featuring songs and pieces by Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker and Michael Stipe, among many others. Read More »

Collector J. Tomilson Hill Comments on State of Art Market

October 18th, 2018

J Tomilson Hill, via ForbesCollector  J. Tomilson Hill claims that the art market shows no sign of cooling or crashing due to the number of interested buyers from new museums and private collections in China. “In 1949, when Mao took over China, there were 25 museums in China,” Hill said. “Do you know how many museums there are in the United States today? 35,000. There are under 7,000 museums in China but they’re growing at between 500-1,000 museums a year. So there is a massive demand for interesting things to either look at, to talk about.” Read More »

Christie’s Has $50 Million Klapper Collection for New York Impressionist Sale

October 18th, 2018

Picasso, via Art NewsChristie’s is offering 16 pieces from the collection of Herbert and Adele Klapper in its upcoming evening sale of Impressionist and modern art on November 11 in New York, Art News reports. The collection, estimated at $50 million, includes Claude Monet’s L’escalier à Vétheuil, (1881), estimated at $12 million–to–$18 million.  Read More »

French Culture Minister Replaced

October 18th, 2018

Françoise Nyssen and Franck Riester, via French MinistryThe former Actes Sud CEO Françoise Nyssen has been replaced today as France’s minister of culture following allegations of conflicts of interest.  She will be replaced by Franck Riester. Read More »

Collector Should Have Expected Lengthy Wait, Gagosian Court Filing Claims in Koons Case

October 18th, 2018

Jeff Koons, via The GuardianThe most recent filing in a case between collector Steven Tananbaum and Jeff Koons/Larry Gagosian claims that the collector should have expected to wait several years for the work he paid $13 million for. “Tananbaum is a prominent hedge fund manager, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, and a sophisticated art collector who regularly invests in exclusive works of fine art,” Gagosian’s attorney Matthew Dontzin notes in court papers. “Mr. Tananbaum was being advised by one of the world’s leading art advisors and fully understood that (i) Mr. Koons is a perfectionist who often takes years to make each sculpture; (ii) Mr. Koons provides only estimated completion dates for the sculptures; and (iii) those estimated dates are often extended by multiple years,” Dontzin adds in the motion to dismiss the suit. Read More »

Three Deaccessioned Georgia O’Keefe Works Head to Sothby’s

October 16th, 2018

Georgia O'Keefe, via Art NewspaperThree Georgia O’Keeffe paintings deaccessioned by her namesake Museum in Santa Fe will head to Sotheby’s in New York this November, Art Newspaper reports. “Removing an artwork from the collection is never an easy thing for any museum to do, but it is an integral part of good collections management to continually build and refine our holdings,” Museum Director Robert A. Krets says. Read More »

1964 Mark Rothko Estimated to Sell at $35 million at Christie’s Next Month

October 16th, 2018

Mark Rothko, via Art NewsFive pieces from the collection of filmmaker and architect François de Menil will join the Christie’s New York postwar and contemporary art evening sale in November, including a 1964 Mark Rothko painting that is estimated to sell for between $35 million and $45 million. Read More »

e-flux’s Bar Laika to Open in Clinton Hill

October 16th, 2018

Anri Sala, via Art NewsAfter many years of rumor and preparation, e-flux is opening Bar Laika, a restaurant and bar that will host readings, screenings and more alongside food by chef and artist Hsiao Chen.  The space will open for the first time with a screening by Anri Sala. Read More »

RIP: Microsoft Co-Founder and Avid Collector Paul Allen

October 16th, 2018

Paul Allen, via Art NewsPaul Allen, the relentless art collector and a cofounder of Microsoft, has died at 65, due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen poured parts of his fortune into his personal art holdings, and was instrumental in trying to build a deeper infrastructure for the arts in Seattle. “As time goes by, you start to understand the history of the progression of art and how art evolved, and your tastes and your eye develop over that period of time,” he said of collecting. “Some of these works are so amazing . . . so you do feel a real responsibility to keep them safe. You are the custodian. It is a serious responsibility, and I take it as such.” Read More »

Bruce Nauman Profiled in NYT

October 16th, 2018

Bruce Nauman, via NYTBruce Nauman gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to open an expansive retrospective at MoMA PS1 this month. “I’m not sure how you develop as an artist outside of a major cultural center,” he says, looking back on his life outside New York. Read More »

Sotheby’s Tad Smith Cancels Saudi Conference Appearance

October 16th, 2018

tad-smith-via-cnbcSotheby’s CEO Tad Smith has canceled an appearance at an investment conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Bloomberg reports.  The news comes as Saudi Arabia faces mounting pressure over the journalist’s disappearance.  Read More »