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Whitechapel to Stage Edoardo Paolozzi Retrospective

December 8th, 2016

edoardo-paolozzi-via-art-newspaperEdoardo Paolozzi will be the subject of a major retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery next year, the Art Newspaper reports.  Paolozzi’s work and his ties to the Independent Group were instrumental in the development of British Pop Art, even as his “taste for European intellectualism, which is an ocean away from the celebrity sitters chosen by Andy Warhol,” set him apart from his American counterparts, according to a gallery spokesperson.
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Jho Low’s Family Seeks to Stop Seizure of Art and Real Estate in Investigation

December 8th, 2016

jho-low-via-bloombergThe U.S. Justice Department is targeting art works and other holdings for seizure in its case against Malaysian financier Jho Low, including some of the high-profile pieces purchased by the financier with money from the disputed 1MDB fund.  The billionaire’s holdings include works by Monet and Van Gogh.
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Brett Gorvy Leaving Christie’s to Partner with Dominique Lévy

December 8th, 2016

levy-and-gorvy-via-nytBrett Gorvy is leaving Christies, the New York Times reports, and will join Dominique Lévy’s Gallery uptown under the new name Lévy Gorvy.  “At the age of 52, you have one more opportunity,” Gorvy says. “Even though I hate change, there’s a certain moment when you know in your heart that the time is right.”  
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Elmgreen and Dragset’s Istanbul Biennial to Focus on “Good Neighbors”

December 8th, 2016

elmgreen-and-dragset-via-artforumThe Elmgreen and Dragset-curated 2017 Istanbul Biennial will center around the theme “A Good Neighbor,” Artforum reports.  The show was announced at a press conference and performance featuring 40 questioners inquiring as to what constitutes a good neighbor.  The show will notably feature a series of worldwide billboards devoted to the concept. 
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Leo Villareal to Illuminate London’s Bridges

December 8th, 2016

leo-villareals-proposed-bridge-project-in-london-via-the-guardianLeo Villareal has been selected for a £20 million project to illuminate the bridges of London, the second major bridge illumination project by the artist.  “Their scheme is beautiful, ambitious and realizable but always considerate to the environment, lighting levels and energy conservation,” says Hannah Rothschild, chair of London’s National Gallery.
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Francis Alÿs to Show in Iraqi Pavilion for Next Year’s Venice Biennale

December 6th, 2016

francis-aly%cc%88s-via-art-newspaperFrancis Alÿs has been tapped for the Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale next year, inspired by his time on the frontlines of the conflicts in Mosul.  “The main line of enquiry for his new work will be the role of the artist in war, whilst he will also examine themes of nomadism,” says a spokeswoman for the Ruya Foundation, which organized the exhibition.  
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UK Restores A-Level Art History to Curriculum

December 6th, 2016

students-via-art-newspaperThe UK will not lose A-Level Art History, following a major public outcry, the Art Newspaper reports.  “The response from the public, from teachers and from young people shows many people have a real passion for these subjects,” says Rod Bristow, the president of the Pearson exam board, which is making the program part of their exam offerings.  “We’re happy to help make sure they remain available.”
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Steven Mnuchin Leaving MOCA Board After Treasury Appointment

December 6th, 2016

steve-mnuchin-via-la-timesThe LA Times reports that Steven Mnuchin, son of gallerist Robert Mnuchin and newly appointed Secretary of Treasury, has announced that he is stepping down from MOCA’s Board of Trustees.  “Since I’ll be focusing my full-time efforts as nominee for Secretary of Treasury, I’ve decided to resign from MOCA’s Board of Trustees,” he said. “I have very much enjoyed my seven years on the Board at MOCA, one of the country’s most important contemporary art institutions.” 
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Sotheby’s Acquires Anti-Forgery Firm in Continued Development of Advisory Arm

December 5th, 2016

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Fright-Wig) (1986), via Sotheby'sSotheby’s has purchased Orion Analytical, an anti-forgery firm run by James Martin, as part of a new Scientific Research Department at the auction house, continuing recent efforts to build an advisory firm inside the company.  “Sotheby’s has had the pleasure of working with Jamie for the better part of the past two decades, and over time it became increasingly clear that rather than work on a one-off basis we could create something unique within Sotheby’s that would further distinguish us in the marketplace and at the same time help to make the art market a safer place,” CEO Tad Smith says.
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Dealers Sue Sotheby’s Over Da Vinci Work Resold for Over $120 Million

December 5th, 2016

da-vinci-via-nytThe New York Times reports on a lawsuit between a group of New York dealers and Sotheby’s stemming, from Yves Bouvier’s sale of a Da Vinci painting to Dmitriy Rybolovlev at over $120 million.  The dealers reportedly sold Bouvier the work at $80 million shortly before the Swiss dealer turned around and resold the work to Rybolovlev at a substantial markup, and are suing the auction house for misleading them over the work’s value.  “Apparently experiencing seller’s remorse, [the dealers] are trying to gain the benefit of a subsequent sale price that Sotheby’s had nothing to do with,” a lawyer for the auction house said.
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AO Auction Results – New York: Phillips 20th Century Evening Sale and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 16th, 2016

November 16th, 2016

Claude Monet, Meule (1891), final price: $81,447,500, via Christie's
Claude Monet, Meule (1891), final price: $81,447,500, via Christie’s

Doubling down on Wednesday night, Phillips and Christie’s went back to back on a marathon pair of auctions, Phillips with its 20th Century Sale and Christie’s with its Impressionist and Modern sale, that pushed the fall auction week to near completion with surprisingly potent results, including a new auction record for both Claude Monet and Wassily Kandinsky.   Read More »

New York — Tetsumi Kudo at Andrea Rosen Gallery Through November 16th, 2016

November 16th, 2016

Tetsumi Kudo at Andrea Rosen Gallery (Installation View), All images are by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed.
Tetsumi Kudo (Installation View), All images are by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed.

Following three group exhibitions, contextualizing artist Tetsumi Kudo’s oeuvre in conversation with peers such as Paul Thek, Hannah Wilke, and Alina Szapocznikow, Andrea Rosen Gallery is currently presenting the third solo exhibition dedicated to the late Japanese artist.  Bridging his hometown and Europe through the course of his career, Kudo demonstrated a rare artistic vision and intellectual perspective that led his work to be regarded alongside that of Joseph Beuys, Yayoi Kusama, and Mike Kelley, one of the artist’s foremost admirers and an avid supporter of his work in the West.

Tetsumi Kudo, Portrait D'Artiste dans la Crise (1977)
Tetsumi Kudo, Portrait D’Artiste dans la Crise (1977)

Kudo, heavily influenced by the political turmoil and commercialist phenomena during the post-war era in both the East and the West, began his bird cage sculptures during the mid 1960’s, shortly after moving to Paris, and continued the series until the beginning of the ‘80’s.  Store-bought bird cages, in various sizes and colors, house an ample span of mundane and extraordinary objects and artifacts, each twisted through Kudoo’s uniquely enigmatic perspective and consumed by the intersection of narratives that take place within its barred confines.

Tetsumi Kudo (Installation View)
Tetsumi Kudo (Installation View)

While Japan’s “anti-art” movement in the 1950’s ushered the artist to rebuff dominant art practicism and to experiment with banal and everyday materials, his tenure in Paris immersed his work in a conversation with the avant-garde experimentalism of the neo-Dada circles, in which he organized and performed happenings that blurred the separation between art and reality.

Tetsumi Kudo, Portrait of Artist in the Crisis (1978)
Tetsumi Kudo, Portrait of Artist in the Crisis (1978)

This same sense of attenuated reality persists here, as his sculptures, meticulously installed on pedestals throughout the exhibition space, pushes an engagement with consumer-grade objects en route to portrayal of socio-political and ideological milestones that shaped our understanding of the 20th century.  Western consumerism collides with perceptions of the body, while the historical introduction of such commercial goods to Japanese society remains a dominant narrative point on the surface in these multi-faceted sculptures.

Nevertheless, the scrutiny of European humanism and its impact on colonialism, war, and social alienation also present themselves, woven through the installation by inclusions of phalluses, bodily decay, and images of degradation, references to the cultural impact of the Vietnam War and a future governed by technological mastery.  These sculptures interpret the past and narrate the future through Kudo’s nuanced scope, encapsulating the dichotomies embedded in the human condition.

Tetsumi Kudo (Installation View)
Tetsumi Kudo (Installation View)

Tetsumi Kudo is on view at Andrea Rosen Gallery through November 16, 2016.

— O.C. Yerebakan

Related Link:
Andrea Rosen Gallery [Exhibition Page]

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 15th, 2016

November 16th, 2016

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXV (1977), via Art Observed
Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXV (1977), which sets a new world record at $66,327,500  via Art Observed

New York City’s week of marquee auctions, and its seemingly unpredictable results, continued tonight, as Christie’s concluded its offering in the Post-War and Contemporary markets, an impressively strong and consistent sale that saw 7 of 61 lots going unsold to reach a final tally of $276,972,500. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 14th, 2016

November 15th, 2016

Edvard Munch, Girls on the Bridge (1902), via Art Observed
Edvard Munch, Girls on the Bridge (1902), via Art Observed

The packed week of New York auctions began uptown tonight, as Sotheby’s capped its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale this evening to unexpectedly energetic results, reaching a final tally of $157,714,75o, with 9 of the night’s 42 lots offered going unsold.  Auctioneer Helena Newman led a brisk sale over the course of the evening, coordinating quick back and forth bids that kept prices rising and works moving quickly, a performance that earned a number of strong sales in the early lots, and kept momentum high until the last lots of the sale, when enthusiasm seemed to peter out. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – New York Auction Week, November 14th – 17th, 2016

November 13th, 2016

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXV (1977), via Christie's
Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXV (1977), via Christie’s

As the fall season moves towards December, the last major auction week of the year is set to kick off in New York, with a series of sales set to take place that will offer the last major barometer for the auction market’s health in a turbulent, and often unpredictable, year.  Beginning Monday, a series of both Impressionist/Modern and Contemporary Evening auctions will bring the last set of major works to the auction block in the U.S. before the market prepares for the holiday months.

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Fright-Wig) (1986), via Sotheby's
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait (Fright-Wig) (1986), via Sotheby’s

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New York – Kerry James Marshall: “Mastry” at the Met Breuer Through January 29th, 2017

November 12th, 2016

Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens (1994), via Art Observed
Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens (1994), all photos via Katerina Paitazoglu for Art Observed

The long-anticipated retrospective of the work of Kerry James Marshall has come to New York, opening its doors this week on an expansive and impressively selected body of works that spans the painter’s wide creative output and varied adventures in the painted form.  Ranging from cogently political abstraction and surrealist figuration through to studied depictions of everyday life or quietly executed self-portraits, the exhibition is a fascinating introduction and elaboration on Marshall’s artistic perspective.

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Aspen — Gabriel Orozco at The Aspen Art Museum Through December 18th, 2016

November 11th, 2016

gabriel-orozco-untitled-2016-via-aspen-art-museum
Gabriel Orozco , Untitled (2016), all images courtesy Aspen Art Museum

Maneuvering between various genres and mediums since he began his practice during the 1990’s, Gabriel Orozco has been returning frequently to strategies in blurring and abstracting distinctions between art and reality.  The Mexican artist’s current exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum signals his departure from recent experiments with the breadth of photography and sculpture, while charting a renewed interest in geometric abstraction, drawing particular strength from operations with the color green, a hue the artist has rarely explored since the beginning of his career. Read More »

Paris – Takashi Murakami: “Learning the Magic of Painting” at Galerie Perrotin Through December 23rd, 2016

November 10th, 2016

Takashi Murakami, title to be determined (2016), via Art Observed
Takashi Murakami, title to be determined (2016), via Art Observed

Continuing a body of work that has dominated his focus over the past several years, Takashi Murakami returns to Galerie Perrotin’s Paris location for an exhibition of new work that delves deeper into is fascination with Japanese spiritualism, while pushing its engagement with the history of contemporary art ever further.  Drawing influence, and often direct subject matter, from masters of 20th painting, including Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, and others from the canon of Western art history.

Takashi Murakami, Murakami Arhat Robot (title to be determined) (2016), via Art Observed
Takashi Murakami, Murakami Arhat Robot (title to be determined) (2016), via Art Observed

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New York – “Take Me I’m Yours” at The Jewish Museum Through February 5th, 2017

November 9th, 2016

Lawrence Weiner, NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI (The art of today belongs to us), (1988-2016), via Art Observed
Lawrence Weiner, NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI (The art of today belongs to us) (1988–2016), via Art Observed

Originally on view at the Monnaie de Paris, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Jens Hoffmann’s curatorial project Take Me I’m Yours has touched down at the Jewish Museum.  Bringing together a body of works centered around portability, consumption and distribution, everything on the show can be interacted with or taken by the viewer in some way, allowing the viewer to build up a collection of small-scale works and pieces from a single show.

Yoko Ono, Air Dispenser (1971), via Art Observed
Yoko Ono, Air Dispenser (1971), via Art Observed

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New York – Carrie Mae Weems at Jack Shainman Through December 10th, 2016

November 8th, 2016

Carrie Mae Weems, Work from the Scenes and Take Series (2016), via Art Observed
Carrie Mae Weems, Work from the Scenes and Take Series (2016), via Art Observed

Returning to New York City for her major solo exhibition in the city since her 2014 retrospective at the Guggenheim, artist Carrie Mae Weems has brought a series of new works, spread across a broad range of media and techniques, to both of Jack Shainman’s Chelsea exhibition spaces.  Addressing both the ongoing violence against African-Americans at the hands of the police, as well as threads of cultural peripheries, power and representation in relation to concepts of the image and its performance.  Drawing on diverse threads and themes, Weems’s series of works is a striking orchestration of ongoing themes and thematics in the modern discourse of race in America.

Carrie Mae Weems, All the Boys (2016), via Art Observed
Carrie Mae Weems, All the Boys (2016), via Art Observed

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