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New York: James Lee Byars: “The Figure of Death and The Moon Column” at Michael Werner through September 3rd, 2015

August 30th, 2015

James Lee Byars, The Figure of Death (1987), via Art Observed
James Lee Byars, The Figure of Death (1987), via Art Observed

This summer, Michael Werner Gallery’s New York location exhibits a pair of sculptures from James Lee ByarsThe Figure of Death (1987) and The Moon Column (1990) shown concurrently with two other exhibitions of Byars’ work, The Diamond Floor and The Poetic Conceit and Other Works, on view at the gallery’s London and Berlin locales, respectively. Read More »

Delegation of Copyright Reps Call for International Review of Artist Copyright Law

August 28th, 2015

A map of nations supporting resale rights, via Art NewspaperWith the conclusion of a conference at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, a coalition of art world professionals, government workers and copyright experts have placed a call for an international review of artist copyright law, particularly in consideration of resale royalty inequity in nations like the U.S. and China.  “So many sales take place in countries that don’t recognize the right, such as the US or China,” says artist Gordon Cheung, who supports the measure.  “This unfairly disadvantages artists based in these countries, as well as artists whose work sells in these countries.” Read More »

Resident Artists Build Recreation of Vienna’s Loos Bar in LA

August 28th, 2015

Los Bar at MAK Center LA, via NYTFour artists working at Los Angeles’s MAK Center have recreated the famous Vienna hotspot, Loos Bar (named for its designer, Adolf Loos), recreated in miniature with cardboard, glue and sawdust.  “We wanted all the clichés of a European bar. You can smoke inside. It’s loud. It’s nasty,” says collaborating artist Christoph MeierRead More »

Takashi Murakami Showing Private Collection in Yokohama

August 28th, 2015

Takashi Murakami, via Art NewspaperTakashi Murakami has announced a surprise exhibition of his personal collection of art, toys, antiques and other objects this fall at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Art Newspaper reports, interviewing the artist on his collection and his love of Anselm Kiefer’s work.  “When I first came to New York, I finally saw a real Kiefer in a show at the Museum of Modern Art,” he says. “When I stood in front of it, I cried. The work was Osiris and Isis (1985-87), a painting of a step pyramid, and I was awestruck.”    Read More »

Met Announces Plans for Former Whitney Building, Set to Open in May

August 27th, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via The WhitneyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its renovation plans for the repurposed Breuer Building, former home of the Whitney Museum, set to open in March 2016.  The plans for the space will include a “book bar” and restaurant.  “Our approach to inhabiting and interpreting the building honors Breuer’s intent for the space, highlighting its unique character as an environment for the presentation of modern and contemporary art,” says Thomas P. Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met. “The wonderfully scaled galleries and interior spaces of The Met Breuer provide a range of opportunities to present our modern and contemporary program, in addition to our galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.” Read More »

Palestinian Artist Thrown Out of Banksy’s Dismaland Show After Anti-Israel Protest

August 27th, 2015

Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The GuardianPalestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq has been thrown out of Banksy’s Dismaland installation following a protest against Israeli artists included alongside his work in the exhibition.  “I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF,” the artist says.  “I decided I had to protest in some way so I went and got a bed sheet from my hotel room and wrote ‘R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel’ on it in coal and hung it over my artwork and laid down like a corpse in front of my two paintings on display.” Read More »

Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

August 27th, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby'sFollowing the massive market rout earlier this week, Bloomberg notes a number of collectors already trying to squeeze liquidity from their art collections.  “Ten years ago no one in the art market paid close attention to these corrections in the stock market,” said Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of advisory firm Winston Art Group. “Now clients respond immediately.” Read More »

12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

August 27th, 2015

Boy smashes painting, via GuardianA 12-year old boy in Taiwan accidentally punched a hole in Paolo Porpora’s Flowers, after tripping and falling towards the painting this week.  “The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” says exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

August 27th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Forever, via Art DailyAi Weiwei’s iconic bicycle installation Forever will be installed in front of the Gherkin in London next week, as part of the city’s “Sculpture in the City” event, running from Sept. 4th-13th.  “The Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things,” Ai says.  “I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”  Read More »

Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

August 27th, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art DailySingapore’s highest court has unfrozen the assets of Yves Bouvier, locked down earlier this year following the Swiss dealer’s lawsuit with Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev over mark-ups on the work Rybolovlev purchased that tallied over $1 billion.  “I am happy that my position has been vindicated,” Bouvier said. Read More »

Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

August 27th, 2015

Ibrahim Mahama, Out Of Bounds (2014), via art ObservedGhanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, whose stretched jute sack are a highlight of this summer’s Venice Biennale, is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King, after the artist emailed them disowning 294 pieces by the artist.  “I was really left with no choice,” Simchowitz said, noting that the act has cost the dealers over $4.45 million. Read More »

William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

August 27th, 2015

William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments proposal, via Art NewspaperWilliam Kentridge has planned a massive installation, Triumphs and Lamentations on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, power-washing its embankments to create a series of monumental images of war and its aftermath.  “Everyone’s triumph is someone else’s disaster,’ Kentridge said at a presentation of the frieze he would use as his plan for the work. “If you’re returning in triumph from a war, it means that other people are returning as slaves.”  Read More »

New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

August 24th, 2015

Bernard Berenson, via NYTThe New York Times notes a new wave of young, dynamic, and often privately-affiliated art advisors working in the burgeoning market for art.  “There is a new breed,” says Wendy Cromwell, former president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, “an independent contractor — kind of like black ops, like a hired gun — who can get you what you need in a tough, changing environment.” Read More »

Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

August 24th, 2015

Miuccia Prada with husband Patrizio Bertelli, via Art NewspaperMiuccia Prada is taking an active role in strengthening diplomatic relations between Iran and Italy, lending works from the Fondazione Prada’s current exhibition Serial Classic, on ancient sculpture, to an exhibition starting next month at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Read More »

Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

August 24th, 2015

Tania Bruguera, via LA TimesTania Bruguera has returned to the United States, following 8 months of detainment in Cuba for her protest work, Tatlin’s Whisper #6.  The artist’s arrest for the work had evoked fears that she may be placed in detention for “disturbing the public order.”
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The Broad Set to Open September 20th

August 24th, 2015

The Broad rendering, via Art DailyLA’s The Broad is set to open September 20th with a vast exhibition of its permanent collection.  “This installation is an incredible opportunity to highlight the collection’s breadth and demonstrate in full force the Broads’ nearly five-decade engagement with art,”Founding Director Joanne Heyler. “We are not only able to present exciting moments of the collection’s well-known depth in artists like Twombly, Lichtenstein, Koons, and Warhol, but we also have explored interconnections between artists, and are showing works not previously associated with the collection and shared for the first time with Los Angeles audiences, including many of our most recent acquisitions.”  Read More »

NPR Investigates Quality of Engagement at Museums Worldwide and Dangers to Art World

August 24th, 2015

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, via NPRAn article in NPR this week questions the oft-praised attendance records and audience engagement implying the strength of the art world, and examines the quality of evaluation that visitors to museums are currently practicing.  “The art world can survive anything from the public — hostility, ignorance, even fanatical prudishness — but the art world cannot survive an indifferent public,” says Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College. Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest Alleged Forger Asking €15 million for Fake Van Gogh

August 24th, 2015

Van Gogh, The HarvestDutch police have arrested a man accused of trying to sell a counterfeit Van Gogh painting for €15 million, claiming the piece was an early study for the artist’s work The Harvest.  Several buyer had expressed interest in the work, which had forged papers claiming authenticity by the Van Gogh Museum. Read More »

Peter Zumthor Profield in LA Review of Books

August 24th, 2015

Peter Zumthor's LACMA model, via LARBThe LA Review of Books examines the career Peter Zumthor this week, and the Swiss architect’s plans for the extended design of LACMA, which boasts one of his signature, stark towers and will connect the museum with the existing Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Resnick Pavilion, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. Read More »

Marketplace Looks at Art Equity Startup Arthena

August 21st, 2015

Christopher Burge, chairman of Christie's (L), endMarketplace has an article on Arthena, the startup aiming to encourage investment in fine art through an equity share purchase of a curated art collection.  “I’m part of this generation that they’re trying to reach out to, and I realized that this generation looks at art not only from a cultural perspective, but also a financial perspective,” says founder Madelaine D’Angelo. “And it makes sense, because if you look at how many kids my age have student loans, if you put $10,000 into something, you want to make sure it’ll be worth $10,000 the next day.” Read More »

Ed Vaizey Places Export Bar on First Eyewitness Rendering of Niagara Falls

August 21st, 2015

An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara, by Captain Thomas Davies, via The GuardianUK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export bar on the 1762 study of Niagara Falls by military artist Capt. Thomas Davies, the first eyewitness artwork depicting the natural wonder.  “I hope that the temporary export bar I have put in place will result in a UK buyer coming forward and that the watercolor will be available for all to better understand Britain’s global role in the 18th century,” Vaizey said. Read More »

Stolen Andrew Wyeth Paintings Recovered from Reality Show Pawn Shop

August 21st, 2015

The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff by Andrew Wyeth, via NBCFour stolen Andrew Wyeth paintings have been recovered from a pawn shop featured on reality TV, NBC reports, worth about $1 million to $2 million each.  The paintings were stolen from a home in Maine in 2013, and traveled cross-country before ultimately being sold at the Beverly Hills Pawn Shop, subject of a program on cable channel Reelz.  Two paintings from the collection are still outstanding.  “I’m optimistic that one day soon the paintings will be returned to their rightful owner and we’ll bring those responsible to justice,” says Vincent B. Lisi, special agent for the FBI’s Boston Division. Read More »

Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million Anonymous Donation

August 20th, 2015

Kansas City Art Institute, via NYTThe Kansas City Art Institute, which has trained or employed a number of major artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Nick Cave, has received an anonymous gift of $25 million to its endowment, one of the largest gifts ever to an American art school.  “I hate to use the word ‘transformational,’ because it’s bandied about so much these days,” says interim president Tony Jones said, “but it’s true in this case. It’s literally a make-the-difference gift in terms of scholarships.” Read More »

NPR Profiles Paul Durand-Ruel

August 20th, 2015

Dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, via NPRNPR has an in-depth profile in Paul Durand-Ruel this week, the 19th century Paris art dealer who first fostered the market for Impressionist works, and the story of his rise to success.  “One of his artists came in one day with a young French painter, introducing him and saying, ‘This artist will surpass us all’ — and that artist was Claude Monet,” says curator Joe Rishel, who organized a show on the dealer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read More »

London – Carsten Höller: “Decision” at Hayward Gallery Through September 6th, 2015

August 9th, 2015

Carsten Höller, Isometric Slides (2015), via Hayward Gallery
Carsten Höller, Isometric Slides (2015), all images via Hayward Gallery

Outside London’s Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre, a massive pair of slides have sprouted out from the building’s walls, spiraling away and towards each other in a mirrored, descent towards the ground.  The playful, immense structure marks the presence of Carsten Höller, the Belgian artist who is currently presenting a career retrospective within the gallery walls. Read More »

Paris – Korakrit Arunanondchai: “Painting with History in a room filled with people with funny names 3″ at Palais de Tokyo Through September 13th, 2015

August 8th, 2015

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3 (2015), all photos by D. Mookherjee for Art Observed
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3 (2015), all photos by D. Mookherjee for Art Observed

Painting with History in a room filled with people with Funny Names 3 is a monographic exhibition displayed at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, presented by Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, and concluding a series of works started in 2011. The exhibition gathers performances, installations and videos that question the apprenticeship of a painter through the prism of an exchange between the artist and his alter ego Chantri, and his incarnation as a recurring fictional character, the Thai Denim Painter.  This exhibition finalizes the artwork initiated with the two previous pieces by dealing with Arunanondchai’s core theme; his identity, a structured representation of his artistic life, the social realities of Thailand and the phenomena of globalization, all mingled together here to form what he refers to as a “Memory palace.” Read More »

London – Gabriel Orozco at Marian Goodman Gallery London, Through August 7th, 2015

August 7th, 2015

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Gabriel Orozco, Diagram 1 (2015) via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

Gabriel Orozco unveils new series of works at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Soho, London. For the fourth exhibition housed in the freshly renovated Victorian warehouse, Orozco chose to present a majority of works realized in Tokyo, where he has been living since the beginning of the year.

The exhibition offers a multidimensional survey of the artist’s critical and aesthetical concerns. It features the brightly colored Roto Shaku, twenty eight Obi Scrolls and their custom wooden cases, as well as intricate variations of his fragmented geometrical paintings on canvas, and a witty series of photographs.

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De Wain Valentine: “Works from the 1960s and 1970s” at David Zwirner Through August 7th, 2015

August 7th, 2015

De Wain Valentine, Curved Wall Clear (1969), via Art Observed
De Wain Valentine, Curved Wall Clear (1969), via Art Observed

Set inside David Zwirner’s West 19th Street locations, a series of works from De Wain Valentine’s late 1960’s and 1970’s output is currently on view, culling a number of works by the Light and Space artist that illustrate his technical, material and spatial innovations during the early years of his career.

De Wain Valentine, Works from the 1960s and 1970s (Installation View), via Art Observed
De Wain Valentine, Works from the 1960s and 1970s (Installation View), via Art Observed

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London – Duane Hanson at The Serpentine Gallery Through September 13th, 2015

August 6th, 2015

Duane Hanson, Queenie II (1988)
Duane Hanson, Queenie II (1988), All images by Luke Hayes for Serpentine Gallery.

Currently on view at London’s Serpentine Gallery is a retrospective of Duane Hanson, the late American sculpture whose hyperrealistic sculptures of individuals pulled from daily life still manage to create a potent sense of awe are on view.  The show, his first survey in the British capital since 1997, strikes a chord against the backdrop of today’s high-tech art production methods and complex conceptual depictions.  Read More »

New York – Hanna Liden: “Everything” at Ruth Wittenberg Plaza and Hudson River Park Through October 20th, 2015

August 5th, 2015
Hanna Liden, Everthing, via Art Observed
Hanna Liden with Everthing (2015), via Art Observed

At both Ruth Wittenberg Plaza and Hudson River Park, clusters of massive bagels have touched down, part of artist Hanna Liden’s new commission for the Art Production Fund.  Amplifying her previous interests in the possibilities for discarded material and consumer objects as raw sculptural material, Liden turns the ringed breakfast staple into a sudden intrusion on the New York landscape. Read More »

New York – “Weird Science” at Marianne Boesky Uptown Through August 8th, 2015

August 4th, 2015

David Opdyke Exhibit A (2012), all photos via Josie Berman for Art Observed
David Opdyke Exhibit A (2012), all photos via Josie Berman for Art Observed

This summer, Marianne Boesky Gallery’s uptown location has put forth a new group exhibition, organized by Aniko Berman, entitled Weird Science, a playful show that dwells on common threads that explore art as a discipline that attempts to logically reveal the possibility of unperceived worlds outside or within our own metaphysical landscape. Through process or content, the artists chosen attempt to expose the fantastic lurking behind everyday occurrences. Read More »

Basel, Switzerland – Anicka Yi: “7,070,430K of Digital Spit” at Kunsthalle Basel Through August 16th, 2015

August 2nd, 2015

Anicka Yi, 7,070,430K of Digital Spit (Installation View), via Kunsthalle Basel
Anicka Yi, 7,070,430K of Digital Spit (Installation View), via Kunsthalle Basel

Following up on her widely praised commission at The Kitchen earlier this year, Anicka Yi is presenting a new body of work on view at the Kunsthalle Basel, under the title 7,070,430K of Digital Spit.  Continuing the artist’s interest in time-sensitive and formally unstable media, the exhibition includes a number of works in various states of destruction and decay, applied here to explore notions of forgetting and memory loss. Read More »

London – Thomas Hirschhorn: “In-Between” at South London Gallery Through September 13th, 2015

July 31st, 2015

Thomas Hirschhorn, In-Between (2015), Photo by Mark Blower Courtesy of South London Gallery
Thomas Hirschhorn, In-Between (2015), Photo by Mark Blower Courtesy of South London Gallery

Thomas Hirschhorn has returned to London for his first solo show in the British capital is some time, bringing a new, site-specific work that continues the artist’s interest in crisis, temporality and mediation as necessary components in the understanding and mitigation of trauma.  Borrowing from the aesthetic languages of installation and sculpture, the artist maps a fictitious moment of violence across the South London Gallery, bringing with it a state of suspended aftermath. Read More »

Water Mill, NY – Watermill Summer Benefit, July 25th, 2015

July 30th, 2015

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Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction, via Art Observed

The 22nd Edition of the Watermill Center’s Annual Summer Benefit took place this past weekend, honoring long-time Watermill supporter and philanthropist Inga Maren Otto. This year, the gala’s theme was “Circus of Stillness… power over wild beasts”. Hosted by Robert Wilson, it brought together works of art and performance from some 25 countries, with over one thousand attendees. The evening raised a total of over $1.9 million dollars towards Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program, International Summer Program, and other educational events for its artists.

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London- Barbara Hepworth “Sculpture for a Modern World” at Tate Modern through October 25, 2015

July 30th, 2015

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Barbara Hepworth, Pelagos (1946). All Images courtesy Tate London

Now through October 25th, the Tate Modern in London is hosting an exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s sculptural work. The Yorkshire-born artist is known for her elegant abstract forms, and is considered among the most important British modernist sculptors of her time.  Hepworth has continued to produce consistently throughout her lifetime, creating a wide array of structures and employing a variety of materials evocative of natural landscapes and relationships, two of her main points of inquiry.

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Los Angeles – Olaf Breuning at Michael Benevento Through July 30th, 2015

July 29th, 2015

Olaf Breuning, Life III (2015), via Michael Benevento
Olaf Breuning, Life III (2015), via Michael Benevento

Compiling a body of work from the past several years of the artist’s practice, Michael Benevento  in Los Angeles is offering a broad look at the recent practice of Olaf Breuning, exploring the artist’s interest in vastly differing modes of production, and the thematic interests that unify his work.

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New York – FAILE : “Savage / Sacred Young Minds” at Brooklyn Museum Through October 4th, 2015

July 26th, 2015

FAILE, FAILE Temple (detail) (2015) via Brooklyn Museum
FAILE, FAILE Temple (detail) (2015) via Brooklyn Museum

FAILE, a Brooklyn-based collaboration between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, is currently presenting their exhibition Savage/Sacred Young Minds at the Brooklyn Museum, continuing the artists’ practice in obscuring the boundaries between fine art and street art through techniques of both traditional and rebellious creative processes within predominantly institutional settings. Read More »

New York – Lee Lozano: “Drawings and Paintings” at Hauser & Wirth through July 31th, 2015

July 25th, 2015

Lee Lonzano, "Slide", 1965 Oil on canvas, 3 parts, via Hauser & Wirth
Lee Lonzano, Slide (1965), all photos via Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth is currently presenting Drawings and Paintings, a historical survey of artist Lee Lozano at the gallery’s Chelsea space on 18th Street, featuring a selection of critically significant works from 1964 and 1965.  Lozano’s pieces, expressive in their energy and form, showcase depth in exploring issues relating to both gender and the body in general, with drawings and paintings suggesting intersections and geometric interplays using color, line, gradient, and variations of perspective. Read More »

New York – Niele Toroni at Marian Goodman and The Swiss Institute through September 6th, 2015

July 24th, 2015

Niele Toroni at Swiss Institute (Installation View), via The Swiss Institute.
Niele Toroni at Swiss Institute (Installation View), via The Swiss Institute

The work of Niele Toroni is currently the subject of a pair of shows this month, with exhibitions at the Swiss Institute through September 6 and at Marian Goodman Gallery through July 30.  The Swiss-born Toroni is known for his reductive, repetitive paintings, emphasizing a conceptual approach which he executes with impressive regularity.  According to some, the artist repeats his painting techniques to free his work from the formulaic politics of representation, and divorce art from authorship.  Toroni creates site-specific and serial paintings, placing brushstrokes at regular intervals with a 50cm paintbrush, 30cm apart on a variety of surfaces including canvas, newspaper, and fabric.  Toroni began employing this method during a 1967 performance in Paris. Read More »