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Deutsch Bank Planning Cultural Hub in Central Berlin

May 24th, 2017

Prinzessinnenpalais, via Art NewspaperDeutsch Bank is embarking on plans for a new cultural hub in Central Berlin, the Art Newspaper reports, located in the Prinzessinnenpalais at 5 Unter den Linden.  The institution already holds one of the largest corporate art collections in the work. “We are working on an exciting program,” says Klaus Winker, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank.
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Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Launches New Grant Program with Foundation for Contemporary Arts

May 24th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, NurseNew York’s Foundation for Contemporary Arts is launching a new grant for supporting artists, seeded by a $1 million gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.  “Roy was always both amazed and very happy to not just not have a day job but also be able to do his work,” Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist’s wife and president of the artist’s foundation says. “This is a great way for an individual artist to get support.”
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Turner Contemporary to Host 2019 Turner Prize Show

May 24th, 2017

Turner Contemporary Margate, via GuardianThe Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate will serve as the 2019 home of the Turner Prize exhibition, The Guardian reports.  “This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent,” says director Victoria Pomery.
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Deutsch Bank Planning Cultural Hub in Central Berlin

May 24th, 2017

Prinzessinnenpalais, via Art NewspaperDeutsch Bank is embarking on plans for a new cultural hub in Central Berlin, the Art Newspaper reports, located in the Prinzessinnenpalais at 5 Unter den Linden.  The institution already holds one of the largest corporate art collections in the work. “We are working on an exciting program,” says Klaus Winker, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank. Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Launches New Grant Program with Foundation for Contemporary Arts

May 24th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, NurseNew York’s Foundation for Contemporary Arts is launching a new grant for supporting artists, seeded by a $1 million gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.  “Roy was always both amazed and very happy to not just not have a day job but also be able to do his work,” Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist’s wife and president of the artist’s foundation says. “This is a great way for an individual artist to get support.” Read More »

Turner Contemporary to Host 2019 Turner Prize Show

May 24th, 2017

Turner Contemporary Margate, via GuardianThe Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate will serve as the 2019 home of the Turner Prize exhibition, The Guardian reports.  “This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent,” says director Victoria Pomery. Read More »

Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Offers $10 Million Reward for Return of Stolen Paintings

May 24th, 2017

Isabella Stewart Gardner, via Boston GlobeBoston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has posted a $10 million reward for the return of any works from the infamous theft at the institution, with the caveat that anyone coming forward must do so by the end of the year.  “These works of art were purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner for the ‘education and enjoyment of the public forever,’ ” says Steve Kidder, president of the museum’s board. “It is our fervent hope that by increasing the reward, our resolve is clear that we want the safe return of the works to their rightful place and back in public view.” Read More »

WSJ Tours Massive New Zealand Sculpture Park

May 23rd, 2017

Andy Goldsworthy, via WSJCollector Alan Gibbs gives the Wall Street Journal a tour of his massive sculpture park in Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand.  “It’s hard to hide this place,” he says of the park, which holds works by Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Maya Lin, among others.  “People see things from the road. That’s how it first got known.”  Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Debut Lego Works at Hirshhorn Next Month

May 23rd, 2017

Ai Weiwei, Trace, via NYTAi Weiwei will mark the East Coast debut of “Trace” (2014), one of his popular lego portrait pieces from his show at Alcatraz Island several years ago, at the Hirshhorn this summer.  “Throughout his distinguished career, Ai has redefined the roles of both an artist and an activist,” director Melissa Chiu said in a statement. “With this new presentation, visitors will experience a special focused consideration of Ai’s most influential and critically acclaimed recent works.” Read More »

Perry Rubinstein Facing Six Months Jail Time After Plea Deal

May 23rd, 2017

Perry Rubinstein, via Art NewspaperArt dealer Perry Rubinstein will serve a six month prison sentence after cutting a plea deal in his court case for grand theft by embezzlement, Art Newspaper reports.  Rubinstein was arrested after failing to pay former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz on the proceeds from a pair of Richard Prince works he sold.  Read More »

New York Times Asks if African Art is Being “Gentrified”

May 23rd, 2017

El Anatsui, via NYTAn article in the New York Times looks at the landscape of African Modern and Contemporary art, and asks if the recent market popularity might indicate a certain type of “gentrification” in its consumption and production.   Read More »

Columbia University Launching Uptown Triennial

May 23rd, 2017

Duhirwe Rushemeza, via Art NewsColumbia University has announced plans for an Uptown Triennial, based around artists living, working and showing in Upper Manhattan.  “It’s really an important initiative for the gallery, the university, and the broader community,” says director and chief curator of Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery, Deborah Cullen.  “It’s a no-brainer, really, to have a format, a regular mechanism for the gallery to work with the boarder community. . . . Our neighbors, the local community should be our first audience.” Read More »

Willem Dafoe to Star in Julian Schnabel-Directed Van Gogh Biopic

May 22nd, 2017

Willem Dafoe, via Hollywood reporterWillem Dafoe will play Vincent Van Gogh in a new biopic directed by Julian Schnabel, centered around the artist’s time in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.  “This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity. It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life, this is not the official history – it’s my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him,” Schnabel says. Read More »

The Guardian Breaks Down Auction Market after Record-Setting Sales

May 22nd, 2017

Sotheby's, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece analyzing the implications for last week’s auction sales in New York, and what the record-setting Basquiat piece holds for the broader health of the art market. The piece points to continued growth among Asian collectors, and hints that a market recovery might be on its way. Read More »

John Baldessari Profiled in LA Times

May 22nd, 2017

John Baldessari, via LA TimesJohn Baldessari welcomes the LA Times into his studio this week, as he prepares for a series of new exhibitions, and continues to make new works.  “I’m just messy, I don’t put things away,” he says of his cluttered studio. “I don’t throw things away in my mind, either; I keep them there.” Read More »

NYT Profiles Newly Renovated Los Angeles Art Foundations

May 19th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on recent museum projects in Los Angeles, many of which are based around the renovation of previously abandoned or disused spaces.   “When you find something this beautiful, you want to preserve and restore it,” said Maurice Marciano, founder of the Marciano Art foundation. Read More »

UK Culture minister Matt Hancock Opposes Government Funding for the Arts

May 19th, 2017

Matt Hancock, via StageUK Culture minister Matt Hancock has vocally opposed providing centralized government funding for the arts.  “The worst thing that we can do is to incentivize local authorities to reduce further their arts funding by saying that we will replace it with central government money,” he says.  “To solve one problem, that at the moment is only in some local authority areas, we would incentivise other local authorities to do the wrong thing.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Profiles Mass MOCA Expansion

May 19th, 2017

Mass MoCA Expansion, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles Mass MOCA’s major new expansion project, set to open next week, and its focus on long-running projects and monumental installations.  “What would you do if you had the opportunity to have not just a one-night stand, but a deep commitment that would go on for ten, 15, 25 years?” says Joseph Thompson, the museum director. Read More »

Hauser & Wirth to Host Film Series on Rooftop in Chelsea This Summer

May 19th, 2017

Hauser & Wirth Rooftop, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth is using its newly renovated rooftop space at its 22nd Street location to host a summer film series, focused around presenting “a vibrant collection of cinematic works that illustrate the many ways in which the moving image provides a rich source of inspiration for visual artists.”  Matthew Day Jackson will take on the curatorial role for the first edition of the event, held June 7th. Read More »

Josh Smith Parts Ways with Luhring Augustine

May 18th, 2017

Josh Smith, via Art NewsJosh Smith has “parted ways” with Luhring Augustine, Art News reports, after several years working together.  The gallery has also added Sanya Kantarovsky to its roster of artists.   Read More »

Publisher Françoise Nyssen Named France’s Culture Minister

May 18th, 2017

Françoise Nyssen, via Art NewspaperFrançoise Nyssen has been named France’s new Culture Minister, formerly of the country’s famed Actes Sud publishing house.  “I hope she’ll have the means to create a visionary cultural policy that gives a social link in a divided and bruised country,” says artist Laurent Grasso. “Artists are rarely consulted [on policy]; I hope that she will receive some of us for a discussion.”  Read More »

New York Times Profiles Market Growth for Basquiat Works

May 18th, 2017

Basquiat, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the appeal of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, and the factors that have contributed to his work achieving such high prices in past years.  “As the market was accelerating, you had distinguished connoisseurs of modern art who had no hesitation about putting Basquiat beside Picasso,” says Jeffrey Deitch. “Already he was in a different league than almost any other contemporary artist.” Read More »

Yayoi Kusama “Infinity Rooms” Show Smashes Records at Hirshhorn Museum

May 17th, 2017

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, via Art NewsThe Hirshhorn has smashed attendance figures with its recently closed Yayoi Kusama Infinity Rooms exhibition, notching a total of 475,000 visitors to the museum over the last several months.  The figure is the highest-recorded spring attendance number since the museum opened, and double its average attendance.

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Abby Bangser Leaves Frieze for Special Position at Dia Art Foundation

May 17th, 2017

Abby Bangser, via Art NewsAbby Bangser, who was named artistic director of Frieze Art Fairs for the Americas and Asia in 2015, is moving to a new post at the Dia Art Foundaion, Art News reports.  The new post will aid in strategic partnerships and outreach, alongside managing far-reaching works like Walter de Maria’s The Lightning Field in New Mexico, among other projects.  “As Dia evolves, the need for strategic planning and focused partnerships becomes even more critical to support our mission,” Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan, says. Read More »

Recovering Market Sees Jump in Trophy Works at Auction, WSJ Reports

May 15th, 2017

Francis Bacon triptych of George Dyer, via GuardianAn article in the WSJ this week notes the increased willingness for sellers to put trophy works on the auction block this week, as signs of a recovering market hint at strong outings this week in New York.  “The market isn’t frothy, but it’s strong and sensible,” said Robert Manley, Phillips’ world-wide co-head of 20th century and contemporary art. Read More »

The Late Robert Rauschenberg Profiled in NYT

May 15th, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg, via NYTAs MoMA prepares to open the landmark Robert Rauschenberg retrospective this month, the NYT has a lengthy profile piece on the artist, charting his early development as an artist, and his relentlessly inventive drive, including pilfering his friends’ objects to make some of his iconic combines.  “The next time I saw it was at the Leo Castelli Gallery,” artist Dorothea Rockburne recalls of finding her own quilt in Rauschenberg’s work Bed. “My first thought was: Son of a bitch! We were close friends.” Read More »

Chilean Architects Designing Massive Exhibition Space in Qatar

May 15th, 2017

Qatar Art Mill, via Art NewspaperChilean architectural practice Elemental has won the contract to redesign a former flour mill in Qatar into a massive art exhibition space.  The space is anticipated to be around 80,000 sq. meters in size, considerably larger than the Tate Modern, and will play on the original structure’s layout and design.  “The [Elemental] team added to the strict geometry of retained silos a looser grouping of new silos that will act as cooling chimneys circulating air through the site that extends spectacularly on three sides into Doha Bay,” the project statement says.  Read More »