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Fondazione Prada Unveils OMA-Designed Building for Milan

December 11th, 2014

A rendering of Milan's Fondazione Prada Center, via ArtforumThe Fondazione Prada has unveileved a new design for its space in Milan, designed by Rem Koolhaas’s architecture firm, OMA.  This will be the second space for the Fondazione, which will continue to operate out of its location in Venice as well. Read More »

Picasso Plate Worth $90,000 Stolen from Art Miami

December 11th, 2014

Art Miami 25th Anniversary VIP Preview + CONTEXT VIP PreviewA silver plate created by Pablo Picasso, and worth nearly $90,000 was stolen from the Art Miami fair this past week, part of a daring heist that has police still searching for the culprit.  “I’ve been doing art shows all my life,” says David Smith, the owner of the Leslie Smith Gallery and the victim of the theft. “I’ve never, ever had anything stolen.” Read More »

Man Who Punched Hole in Monet Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

December 11th, 2014

Claude Monet, Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, via Art InfoAndrew Shannon, the man who punched an immense hole in the surface of at $10 million Claude Monet landscape at the National Gallery of Dublin, has officially been sentenced to 5 years in prison for his actions.  Shannon is also banned from any art museum for 15 months after his release. Read More »

German Art Dealer Accused of Hundreds of Millions in Fraud

December 11th, 2014

GERMANY TRIALSNoted German dealer Helge Achenbach has been accused of falsifying accounts on artworks and classic cars he purchased on behalf of the Albrecht family, the heirs to the Aldi Grocery Store fortune, including paintings by Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein.  In court documents, Achenbach is accused of claiming a higher price on works purchsed to achieve a higher commission, although he claims he offered a buyback deal on all sales, and that his client’s failure to return any work indicates his innocence.  “Where there has been no damage, there can be no fraud,” he said in a statement through his lawyer. Read More »

Douglas Gordon Interviewed in Art Newspaper

December 11th, 2014

Douglas Gordon, via Art NewspaperDouglas Gordon gives an enigmatic interview in the Art Newspaper this week, as the artist opens his newest commissioned piece at the Park Ave Armory, an immense, flooded space around which pianist Hélène Grimaud performs.  “The whole thing started by accident when I was making a lithographic edition based on the eclipse of the sun in the south of France back in 1999,” says Gordon, “and one of the people involved asked me why I was interested in lunacy. I said, “Well, I like wolves…”. And so we got into this hilarious conversation and she said that I should get Hélène Grimaud involved in my practice because, well, she’s clearly not a lunatic, but she has this condition—synaesthesia—which means that she sees colors when she plays music. And she also loves wolves.” Read More »

New York – Neo Rauch: “At the Well” at David Zwirner Through December 20th, 2014

December 10th, 2014

Neo Rauch, Heillichtung  (2014), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Heillichtung  (2014), via Art Observed

The newest show of work by Neo Rauch, on view at David Zwirner, is a fitting continuation of the German artist’s take on painting, combining surreal imagery with a vaguely familiar technique recalling the intertwined political and cultural history of his German homeland. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Miami at 12th and Ocean Drive, December 3rd -7th, 2014

December 8th, 2014

 

Sinne Gallery
Sinne Gallery at Untitled Miami, all photos via Art Observed

Set in a strikingly designed beachfront structure, Untitled Miami carries the annual distinction as the best located fair of Miami Art Week. But the fair itself has also built a reputation for its highly selective and carefully arranged list of exhibitors, an approach that has earned it a premier position among the throng of fairs flocking each year to South Beach. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: NADA Miami at the Deauville Beach Resort, Dec. 4th – 7th, 2014

December 8th, 2014

NADA at the Deauville, all photos by Art Observed
NADA at the Deauville, all photos by Art Observed

Again located up Collins Ave at the Deauville Beach Resort in North Beach, the New Art Dealers Alliance fair seems perfectly content to let the buyers come to them.  Boasting a tightly curated but welcoming atmosphere for younger artists and smaller galleries, the fair has remained a yearly mainstay in the proceedings of Miami Art Week. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami: The Institute of Contemporary Art Inaugural Launch During Miami Art Week, December 2nd, 2014

December 7th, 2014

Andra Ursuta at ICA Miami (Installation View)
Andra Ursuta at ICA Miami (Installation View)

For those following the fractious events surrounding the schism between the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and the newly founded Institute of Contemporary Art this year, one had to wonder what the new space, located in Miami’s Design District, would bring forward for its first Miami Art Week. Without a permanent home, the ICA has taken up residence at the historic Moore Building, where it held its launch party Tuesday night. Read More »

Guggenheim Releases Proposed Helsinki Museum Designs

December 5th, 2014

A proposed design for the Guggenheim Helsinki, via NYTThe Guggenheim has released a list of finalists in the competition to design the prospective new Guggenheim in Helsinki, Finland. The final six selections include a variety of designs, including repurposed buildings and a series of pavilion-style structures linked through an interconnected walkway. The design contest “opens extraordinary possibilities for a Guggenheim in Helsinki and asks us to imagine what a museum of the future can be,” according to director Richard Armstrong. Read More »

British Nation Received £45 Million in Art Last Year Includes Collection of Lucian Freud      

December 5th, 2014

Lucian Freud, via BBCOver £45 million in art was donated to the British nation in the past year, a new report by the Arts Council England reports, among them a landmark collection of works from the collection of late artist Lucian Freud.   “There is something of special significance in the perception that one great artist has of another,” says Arts Council England chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette of the Freud collection. “It was this group of paintings and drawings, rather than his own works, that Freud chose to surround himself with in his home.” Read More »

WSJ Tours Richard Prince’s Upstate Studio Compound

December 5th, 2014

An immense Richard Prince sculpture at his Upstate Compound, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal heads upstate for a tour of artist Richard Prince’s Catskill Mountains home, where the artist has built a studio and a number of immense sculptures and special projects he has never exhibited. “A lot of stuff here I don’t consider art, or at least it didn’t begin as art,” Prince says. “I’m just trying to make something I haven’t seen before. Cool stuff.” Read More »

Steven Murphy to Step Down from Christie’s

December 5th, 2014

Steven Murphy, via BloombergSteven Murphy, the Christie’s CEO who has presided over the company during its record-setting run of auctions over the last several years, has announced that he will be leaving his position at the end of the year. “We have now successfully concluded an ambitious three year plan and the company is in the strongest leadership position in its history,” Murphy said in a statement. Read More »

Court Rules in Favor of Larry Gagosian in Lawsuit with Ronald Perelman

December 5th, 2014

Larry Gagosian via NYPA Manhattan court has decided the lawsuit between Larry Gagosian and Ronald Perelman in favor of Gagosian, ruling that Perelman’s lawsuit “does not establish that [Gagosian] exercised control and dominance over [Perelman], who by [his] own description, frequently purchased, sold and exchanged works of art as investments.” Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 3rd – 7th, 2014

December 4th, 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach Opens its Doors, all images via Art Observed
Art Basel Miami Beach Opens its Doors, all images via Art Observed

The doors have opened for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, the 12th edition of an art fair that has since become synonymous with big events, bigger celebrities, and even bigger price tags serving as a year’s end bacchanal for the contemporary art market.

Christopher Wool at Helly Nahmad
Work by Christopher Wool at Helly Nahmad Read More »

Kunstmuseum Bern Accepts Gurlitt Art Trove, Releases Full List of Works from Collection

December 1st, 2014

Christoph Schäublin, president of the Kunstmuseum Bern’s board of trustees, via NYTThe Kunstmuseum Bern has released a full list of the works received from Cornelius Gurlitt, offering the most in-depth look at the collection since it was discovered.  The museum has announced that it will be accepting the collection, but released the full list “in the interests of transparency.” Read More »

Duncan Campbell Wins the 2014 Turner Prize

December 1st, 2014

Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell, via The Guardian

The 2014 Turner Prize has been awarded to Irish filmmaker Duncan Campbell at a ceremony at Tate Britain this evening. The artist beat other Turner Prize nominees Ciara Phillips, Tris Vonna-Michell and James Richards for the prestigious prize. Campbell was nominated for his film In for Others. This year’s prize was awarded by the actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years a Slave, directed by 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen.

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LA Contemporary Announces Exhibitor List

December 1st, 2014

LA Contemporary, via Art NewsThe Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair will open its doors once again in late January, and has released its exhibitor list this week for the sixth edition of the fair.  Attendees among the 60 gallery list include The Hole, CANADA, Standard (Oslo), and Francois Ghebaly. Read More »

Hans Ulrich Obrist Profiled in New Yorker

December 1st, 2014

Hans Ulrich Obrist, via New YorkerThe New Yorker released a lengthy profile on curator Hans Ulrich Obrist today, noting the Swiss co-director of The Serpentine’s countless projects and publications, and his deep passion for conversation with the artists he works with.  “For me, there is no difference between talking to him and talking to other artists,” says Philippe Parreno. “I am engaged at the same level.” Read More »

ICA Miami Announces Land and Financing Plan for Permanent Museum

December 1st, 2014

Rendering for ICA Miami, via New York TimesAs the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami prepares its launch party tomorrow night at its temporary site in Miami’s Design District, the museum has released its plans for a 37,500-square-foot, privately funded permanent home in the area.  The museum is funded by car dealership billionaires Irma and Norman Braman.  “We love this museum, and we felt it was the right time, and the right place, and with the right museum,” says Ms. Braman, who also serves as co-chairwoman of the city’s museum’s board. Read More »

AO Preview – Miami: Art Basel and Miami Art Week, December 3rd-7th, 2014

November 30th, 2014

Ed Ruscha, Mind If I… (2014), via Gagosian Gallery
Ed Ruscha, Mind If I… (2014), via Gagosian Gallery

As the year winds into its final weeks, the art world is heading south once again, preparing for the annual festivities and fairs surrounding the 13th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach.  The weeklong event will feature a near endless stream of parties, nightlife events, and of course, art exhibitions across the city, from major fairs to hotel pop-ups. Read More »

The Economist Looks at the Development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

November 27th, 2014

The Louvre Aby Dhabi, via EconomistAn article in The Economist charts the ongoing progress of The Louvre Abu Dubai, part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District being built on a sandbar off the course of the U.A.E. city.  “It will be a museum of and for the world,” says Rita Aoun-Abdo, head of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. Read More »

Bjarne Melgaard Releases New Fashion Line

November 27th, 2014

Bjarne Melgaard's new line, via WSJArtist Bjarne Melgaard has unveiled a new fashion collection he designed himself, inspired by the 2013 Catherine Breillat film Abuse of Weakness.  “I was thinking about creating clothes that are about the mental state you’re in and the faults you feel you have,” the artist says. “And rather than do that in sculpture, I wanted to try it with a commercial fashion line.” Read More »

WSJ Interviews Paul Chan Discussing his Work and Retirement

November 27th, 2014

Paul Chan, via WSJArtist Paul Chan, the winner of this year’s Hugo Boss Prize, is interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the temporary retirement the artist took in 2008.  “At a certain point I realized I had no more ideas I was interested in making something out of, so I realized maybe this is time to stop,” he says.  “I cleaned my house and read and tried to live, but at a certain point I realized I needed something else to do besides just living, and that’s where publishing came in.” Read More »