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Tate Liverpool to Host Andy Warhol Show in November

September 9th, 2014

Andy Warhol, Marilyn, via Liverpool EchoTate Liverpool has announced plans to open an exhibition focusing on the work of Andy Warhol this November, the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Northern England.  The expansive exhibition will include over 100 works from the artist’s career, and will also include a recreation of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell Turner Masterwork for £20 Million This December in London

September 9th, 2014

Turner's Rome, via The TelegraphA masterwork piece by Joseph Turner, depicting a view of the city of Rome from Mount Aventine, will go on sale at Sotheby’s in London this December.  The piece, estimated to sell for £20 million, has remained in the same family for nearly two hundred years, and was only sold once before, setting a then-record auction price of £6,000.  “This painting, which is nearly 200 years old, looks today as if it has come straight from the easel of the artist; never relined and never subject to restoration, the picture retains the freshness of the moment it was painted: the hairs from Turner’s brush, the drips of liquid paint which have run down the edge of the canvas, and every scrape of his palette knife have been preserved in incredible detail,” says Sotheby’s Old Masters head Alex Bell. Read More »

Financial Times Profiles the Opening of the Fondation Luis Vuitton

September 9th, 2014

Fondation Louis Vuitton, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times profiles the long-awaited opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne, the Frank Gehry-designed museum housing the renowned design house’s immense art collection.  The article includes a number of notes from LVMH head Bernard Arnault on the Fondation’s approach to collection.  “When we buy something it has to meet two conditions,” he says. “One is that I have to like it, the other is that Suzanne Page (the Fondation curator) should consider it something worth exhibiting in the Fondation Louis Vuitton.  The Fondation’s collection focuses on the link between contemporary artists and the second part of the last century. So you see the evolution.” Read More »

Wall Street Journal Profiles Global Reach of Okwui Enwezor

September 9th, 2014

Okwui Enwezor, via Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal profiles curator Okwui Enwezor this week, the head of next year’s Venice Biennale, tracing his early move from Nigeria to New York City, and his monumental impact on the global state of contemporary art today.  ”The art world was very Eurocentric and very westerncentric, and it needed strong curators to change it,” says Els van der Plas, the general director of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.  ”Enwezor positioned several projects in a very strong way, which gave a different view of the world and different views on the history of post-colonialism, of what Africa contributed to the world’s development and of how different countries in Africa are positioned in the world debate.” Read More »

Louvre Director Sets Sights on Ambitious Renovation

September 9th, 2014

Jean-Luc Martinez, via Art NewspaperJean-Luc Martinez, director of The Louvre, is in The Art Newspaper this week, discussing his ambitious plans to renovate and “revolutionize” the centuries old museum.  Martinez’s plans involve rehanging, relighting and relabeling most of the works in the museum galleries, and is the beginning of what the director sees as a “complete makeover” of the museum. Read More »

Rikrit Tiravanija Creates Special Stage Installation for Seoul Art Museum

September 9th, 2014

Tiravnija's Demo Station No 5, via The NationA new participatory work by Rikrit Tiravanija has been installed at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul.  The work, titled Demo Station No. 5, is an open stage installed inside the museum, allowing for performances, relaxation and iteration between guests, artists and members of the institution. “I want people to move around like they are in their daily life. Part of my interest is always to break down the distance between what we think of as art or high art and what we do in our daily life,” Tiravanija says. Read More »

Liverpool – Piet Mondrian: “Mondrian and His Studios” at the Tate Liverpool Through October 5th, 2014

September 9th, 2014

Piet Mondrian Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red (1937-42) © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/p HCR International
Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red (1937-42) © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/p HCR International

Running in tandem with the Turner Contemporary in Margate’s expansive Piet Mondrian retrospective, the Tate Liverpool is currently exhibiting an immersive exhibition focusing on the Dutch artist’s creative process and physical locales. Read More »

Grayson Perry Designs Special Home in Essex

September 8th, 2014

A House for Essex by Grayson Perry, via TelegraphArtist Grayson Perry has designed a special holiday home in Essex, part of a special commission by Living Architecture, and developed in collaboration with the FAT architectural firm.  Appropriately titled A House for Essex, the home boasts a golden copper alloy roof, and a secret narrative incorporated into the space by Perry, focused around an imagined previous inhabitant.   Read More »

New York – Wassily Kandinsky: “Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901-1911” at The Guggenheim Through Spring 2015

September 8th, 2014

Wassily Kandinsky, Group with Crinolines (1909), via Art Observed
Wassily Kandinsky, Group with Crinolines (1909), via Art Observed

On view at the Guggenheim New York is an exhibition of early works by the pioneering Russian modernist Wassily Kandinsky, made between the years of 1901 and 1911, during the time he and his partner Gabriele Münter traveled extensively throughout Europe, Tunisia, and Russia.  The works, featuring a blend of Kandinsky’s developing lyrical style and his more early, studied figurative pieces and landscapes offer a strong look at an oft-overlooked part of the artist’s career.

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Pierre Huyghe Profiled in New York Times

September 7th, 2014

Pierre Huyghe, via NYTPierre Hyghe is profiled in the New York Times this week, previewing the artist’s long awaited retrospective at LACMA, and noting the demanding focus Huyghe’s work often requires of curators, in particular his pieces incorporating live animals and actors.  “We have meetings just to talk about the living elements, which isn’t something that usually happens to you as a curator,” says organizer Jarrett Gregory. Read More »

Phillips Opens New London Location, Looks to Up the Auction Market Competition

September 7th, 2014

Phillips's New London Location, via New York TimesThe New York Times spotlights Phillips new flagship location in London, and the auction house’s renewed efforts to challenge the duopoly between Sotheby’s and Christie’s at the highest end of the secondary market.  “It’s a statement of intent,” says Phillips’s new chair Edward Dolman.  “This gives us the best space for viewing contemporary art in London. It’s potentially a game changer.” Read More »

Monet Landscape Found Hidden in Cornelius Gurlitt’s Suitcase

September 7th, 2014

A Monet exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2007, via The GuardianGerman investigators have announced that they have found a landscape by Claude Monet hidden inside the suitcase of Cornelius Gurlitt, adding yet another work to the considerable selection of works he had stored away in his Munich apartment.  Gurlitt had apparently tried to bring the work with him when he left for the hospital, which scholars are estimating was painted around 1864. Read More »

US Trailer for Mike Leigh’s Joseph Turner Biopic Debuts

September 7th, 2014

Timothy Spall at Joseph Turner, via Mr TurnerA trailer has been released for the film Mr. Turner, an upcoming biopic that centers around the life and work of Joseph Mallrond Turner.  The film is directed by respected British filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Naked) and earned lead actor Timothy Spall a Best Actor award at Cannes for his performance.  Mr. Turner opens in the US this month at the Telluride and New York Film Festivals.   Read More »

Vik Muniz Opens Art School in Brazilian Favela

September 7th, 2014

Vik Muniz in Rio, via Art NewspaperVik Muniz has ventured to Brazil for his newest project, opening an art and technology school in the Vidigal neighborhood of São Paulo for young students.  Developed in conjunction with MIT, The Escola do Vidigal (Vidigal School) follows a similar arts and technology centre Muniz worked on in 2006 in Rio.   “We want to prepare kids to live and exist in a very visually challenging environment and to be able to act as producers as well as consumers,” Muniz said last year in an interview with Art Newspaper. Read More »

Centre Pompidou Plans Pop-up in Málaga

September 7th, 2014

Centre Pompidou, via WSJThe Centre Pomidou has announced that it will be opening a temporary pop-up location next year in the Spanish city of Málaga, the home town of Pablo Picasso, and will bring a series of exhibitions of works from the Pompidou Collection to the city.  In turn, Málaga will pay a fee of €2.1 million, which offsets the deficit currently faced by the Pompidou for its 2014 operating budget.  ”The current financial situation is pushing us to be creative in ways we did not have to be before,” said president Alain Seban. Read More »

London – Gilbert & George: “Scapegoating Pictures for London” at White Cube Through September 28th, 2014

September 7th, 2014

Gilbert & George, City Lights (2013)
Gilbert & George, City Lights (2013), all images courtesy White Cube

Now in their early seventies, the artist duo Gilbert & George have built a trademark artistic presence through their eccentric personas, often mocking British conservatism and aristocratic stereotypes. The duo’s artistic and romantic partnership has produced an ambitious body of work over the past 40-plus years, taking their home in London’s East End, with its multi-cultural and occasionally chaotic atmosphere as a home and inspiration for their politically and socially engaged practice.  Extending this practice, White Cube’s Bermondsey gallery is presenting an exhibition of the duo’s recent large-scale photomontages, collaging London streets with images of the dup.  Scapegoating Pictures for London, containing over sixty pieces of predominantly black, red and white works, delivers the duo’s profoundly satirical and often provocative tone, triggering concerns over terrorism, globalism, surveillance and religion in a massive and ever-shifting urban landscape. Read More »

Margate – Piet Mondrian: “Mondrian and Color” at the Turner Contemporary Through September 21st, 2014

September 6th, 2014

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue (1921), Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. © 2014 Mondrian:Holtzman Trust c:o HCR International
Piet Mondrian, Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue (1921), Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c:o HCR International

“I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects,” Piet Mondrian’s quote reads in the introduction to his expansive retrospective at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.  The Dutch artist, who moved slowly but steadily through the early history of abstraction, explored a diverse body of work in his career, from early impressionist experiments through to his iconic grids, colorful, reductive patterns of black lines and squares of color. Read More »

New York – Rene Ricard: “Remember” at Half Gallery Through September 8th, 2014

September 5th, 2014

Rene Ricard, The Archaic Smile (1978)
Rene Ricard, The Archaic Smile (1978)

An artist embracing multiple formats, genres and techniques, Rene Ricard was born into a troubled family in Boston in 1946. Before he was eighteen years old, Ricard had already moved to New York, and immersed himself in its vibrant Downtown scene, appearing in many of Andy Warhol’s films, and becoming a regular in the artist’s “Factory.”  Referred to as ‘the George Sanders of the Lower East Side, the Rex Reed of the art world’ by Warhol, Ricard emerged as a highly influential art critic in the early 80’s, playing major a role in launching the careers of artists such as Julian Schnabel, Francesco VezzoliKeith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose graffiti works were compared to the wall paintings in Pompeii by Ricard in his famous Artforum essay The Radiant Child. Read More »

Researcher Pinpoints Exact Time Monet Painted “Impression, Sunrise”

September 4th, 2014

Monet, Impression, Sunrise (1872), via LA TimesA researcher at Texas State University, San Marcos claims to have pinpointed the exact time frame and date at which Claude Monet painted his foundational work Impression, Soleil Levant.  Physicist Donald Olson compared numerous astrological charts, historical records, and photographs of the Normandy town of Le Havre (where the painting was made), before calculating a model that points to an extremely precise date of Nov. 13, 1872, around 7:35 a.m.   Read More »

James Turrell’s “Meeting” Closes at PS1 for Restorations

September 4th, 2014

James Turrell, Meeting, at MoMa PS1, via NYTJames Turrell’s Meeting, permanently installed at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, is currently closed, as the museum seeks out a strategy for its restoration.  Commissioned in the late 1970′s, the work has remained opened to the public for over 40 years, but needs touch-ups to the walls, flooring and benches surrounding the open air in the middle of the space.  “We are going to get it back as close as we can to the original state, but we want it to be easier to maintain and use less power,” Turrell has said. Read More »

Milan – Takashi Murakami: “Arhat Cycle” at Palazzo Reale Through September 7th, 2014

September 4th, 2014

Takashi Murakami, Oval Buddha Silver (2008)
Takashi Murakami, Oval Buddha Silver (2008), all images via Palazzo Reale

After more than a decade, Takashi Murakami has returned to Italy for an exhibition of his Arhat Cycle. The father of the Superflat movement, Murakami’s most recent work blends his signature style, in which he usually combines traditional elements of Japanese culture with consumeristic pop-culture imagery, into a series of paintings and sculptures depicting the artist alongside a dizzying cast of surreal characters.

Takashi Murakami, Arhat Cycle (Installation View)
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Picasso Painting to Depart from Four Seasons After 55 Years

September 3rd, 2014

Pablo Picasso's Le Tricorne, via Crain'sAfter much discussion, Pablo Picasso’s famed Le Tricorne will leave its place in the lobby of the Four Seasons New York this Sunday, traveling to a new home at the New York Historical Society.  In the meantime, the Hotel is encouraging visitors to come and see the work one final time.  ”We’ll enjoy it and give it the standing ovation it deserves after nearly six decades as the backdrop of wild parties and quiet moments when families celebrate life’s milestones,” says Four Seasons co-owner Julian Niccolini.  “Everyone is welcome to stop in and see it before it leaves.” Read More »

Jeff Koons To Unveil First Virtual Artwork Through Garage Magazine

September 3rd, 2014

Jeff Koons and Garage, via NYTThis month’s cover of Garage Magazine has been unveiled, with a pair of Jeff Koons artworks gracing the cover, and a virtual artwork that allows viewers to view it from all angles using a mobile device.  The piece, Lady Bug, is Koons first venture into virtual art, and must be unlocked by scanning various parts of the magazine with a smartphone application.  “Garage has always aspired to push the physical limits of a magazine,” says owner Dhasha Zhukova. “We are inspired by the infinite possibilities of the digital realm and look forward to exploring new media in this issue and beyond. We are excited to have collaborated with Jeff Koons on his first virtual sculpture.” Read More »

Brooklyn Artist’s Offer Miniature Version of Dancing Jordan Wolfson Sculpture

September 3rd, 2014

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw’s sexy robot toy, via ArtnetBrooklyn artists and Creative Time favorites  Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw have released a snarky parody of Jordan Wolfson’s notorious dancing robot sculpture, which commanded massive media attention earlier this year at David Zwirner.  Called a “Mini Sexy Robot Doll for Your Desk,” the work features a wind-up, gyrating toy with the same gruesome face, the work is part of a traveling souvenir stand the artists will be running in the coming weeks to celebrate the opening of the fall art season. Read More »