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Charles Ray to Show Work Alongside Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Works

September 16th, 2019

Artist Charles Ray will curate a show of  Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculptures alongside his own works at the Hill Art Foundation this fall.  “I’m interested in dialogues as a way to show the influence of work,” collector J. Tomilson Hill says. “I want to create these dialogues that use the art of today to look back but also use the art of the past to inform the art of today.”
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Lari Pittman Profiled in LA Times

September 16th, 2019

Artist Lari Pittman gets a profile in the LA Times, as he prepares for his museum retrospective at the Hammer Museum.  “The language prompts the imagery,” he says of his work. “I’ve never separated language from visual culture.”
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Kathleen Ryan Profiled in NYT

September 16th, 2019

Artist Kathleen Ryan gets a profile in NYT this week, as she prepares for a show of new works at Art Basel Miami Beach. “They’re not just opulent, there’s an inherent sense of decline built into them,” she says, “which is also something that’s happening in the world: The economy is inflating, but so is wealth inequality, all at the expense of the environment.” 
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Daniel Buren Painting Damaged at Centre Pompidou After Knife Attack

September 16th, 2019

Daniel Buren painting has been damaged severely after a man slashed the work at Centre Pompidou. Experts are now considering how they should go about restoring the work.
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Artist Neri Oxman Gave Sculpture to Jeffrey Epstein in Thanks for Donation

September 16th, 2019

Artist Neri Oxman is the latest to be caught in the circle of people with ties to Jeffrey Epstein, after the artist gave him a sculpture as thanks for a $125,000 donation to MIT. “As part of my job at the Media Lab, I give presentations to sponsors and potential donors typically several times a week,” she said in a statement. “This was the first and only time I met Epstein.”
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Sandro Botticelli Work to Test Market at $30 Million this Fall

September 16th, 2019

Sandro Botticelli portrait will test the Old Masters market this fall at Frieze Masters, with an asking price around $30 million. “That’s an intelligent range,” says dealer Carlo Orsi.
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Pushkin Museum to Take Over Russia’s 9 Contemporary Art Centers

September 16th, 2019

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will take over running Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Arts, which includes nine branches across the country. “We are in the process of understanding the opportunities, which are huge, of working across our country’s considerable expanse,” says director Marina Loshak.
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National Art Gallery of the Bahamas Spearheading Hurricane Recovery

September 16th, 2019

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Nassau is spearheading recovery efforts in the country after last week’s brutal hurricane. “We’re dealing with people first,” says executive director Amanda Coulson. “The whole country is traumatized.”
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Arts Council England Publishes Details on Works Donated to Nation in Lieu of Tax

September 16th, 2019

Arts Council England has published details of 46 objects and collections worth £58.6m that will go to UK museums and galleries in lieu of tax, among them works by Damien Hirst and a portrait by Rubens. “It is also heartening to see that, in line with last year, around 86% of the total tax settled has been for items allocated outside London,” says ACE Chair Nicholas Serrota.
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Oakland Museum of California Aims for $85 Million Capital Campaign

September 16th, 2019

The Oakland Museum of California is launching an $85 million capital campaign for renovations to its building. “We are as close to a town square as Oakland has,” says Lori Fogarty, the director and chief executive of the Oakland Museum of California. “We started with the framework that the museum was going to contribute to Oakland becoming a more equitable and empathetic city.” 
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New York: “303 Gallery: 35 Years” at 303 Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

August 16th, 2019

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery

35 years ago, gallerist Lisa Spellman opened 303 Gallery, a space that would stand as a cornerstone of the New York art world over the coming decades, and which still stands as an icon of distinctive artistic practices, conceptual rigor, and a little bit of New York style. Now, with the gallery celebrating its three and a half-decade milestone, it has launched a publication and exhibition culling together works and perspectives from the length of its run as a gallery.

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Los Angeles – Betty Woodman: “Shadows and Silhouettes” Through August 24th, 2019

August 14th, 2019

Betty Woodman, Venus #7 Homey (2014), via David Kordansky
Betty Woodman, Venus #7: Homey (2014), via David Kordansky

Currently on at David Kordansky’s Los Angeles exhibition space, Shadows and Silhouettes brings together a selection of sculptures and paintings by Betty Woodman, the artist’s first solo show in a gallery since her death. Meandering through the last years of the artist’s live, the show takes particular interest in the technical issues of constructing the work, and how these moments and movements in space can work in conjunction with the artist’s hand to complete the object. Read More »

New York – Allan Sekula: “Labor’s Persistence” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through August 23rd, 2019

August 13th, 2019

Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman
Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman

Having first shown the late Allan Sekula’s nuanced and incisive photographic and conceptual work at its London Gallery this spring, Marian Goodman has once again tapped the artist’s archive for a wide-ranging exhibition of his works at its New York space this summer, compiling works from a range of different projects the artist has embraced over the years, and moving between film, performance and photography. Read More »

New York – Group Show at Karma Through September 15th, 2019

August 12th, 2019

Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma
Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma

“What is the weird?” queries Karma in the exhibition text for its summer group show, which brings together the work of Henni Alftan, Matt Hilvers, Ruth Ige and Andrew Sim. Quoting from Mark Fisher, the show’s press release seems to trace a subtle line around the show as a whole: “When we say something is weird, what kind of feeling are we pointing to? I want to argue that the weird is a particular kind of perturbation. It involves a sensation of wrongness: a weird entity or object is so strange that it makes us feel that it should not exist, or at least it should not exist here.” Read More »

Hong Kong – Harland Miller at White Cube Through August 24th, 2019

August 9th, 2019

Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube
Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube

Mining a unique fusion between graphic design, painting and other tenuously associated aesthetic fields, artist Harland Miller’s work, on view this summer at White Cube’s Hong Kong location, lends itself to a striking and detailed interrogation of the language of design, and the design of language. Miller draws on a wide range of cultural references, including ’60s and ’70s graphic design and the bold, upbeat covers of post-war psychology books, yet set these graphical icons in conversation with the language of American painting, explicitly drawing links between the energetic abstraction of the era and the graphic design that seemed to bubble up alongside it.

Harland Miller, Boss (2019), via White Cube
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New York – “Non-Vicious Circle” at Paula Cooper Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

August 8th, 2019

Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper
Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper

Exploring the convergence of varied aesthetic concepts and interesting overlaps between their artists respective practices, Paula Cooper Gallery’s summer show has opened, presenting a selection of sculptures and installations by Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Walid Raad, Kelley Walker, and Meg Webster. Titled Non-Vicious Circle, the show draws its title and conceit from the 2014 mobile by Sam Durant on view. Read More »

New York – “Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now” at Lisson Through August 9th, 2019

August 7th, 2019

Painters Reply Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson
Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson

In September of 1975, Artforum published a special issue on painting. In addition to articles such as “Painting and the Struggle for the Whole Self” and “Painting and Anti-Painting: A Family Quarrel”—in which Max Kozloff said “brush wielders were afflicted by a creative halitosis”—were the responses to a questionnaire polling 21 painters on the state and prospects of the medium. Decried for a distinctly fatalist bias towards the medium, the issue seemed to present the painted canvas as an object moving towards artifact, an icon of the post-war era that was swiftly losing its potency. Read More »

New York – Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Through August 3rd, 2019

July 30th, 2019

Alex Katz at Gavin Brown's Enterprise (Installation View), via Gavin Brown
Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (Installation View), via Gavin Brown

Artist Alex Katz is still painting daily at the age of 92, working at an impressively quick pace that sees the artist continuing to produce his elegant, smooth style of portraiture and landscape across a wide array of subjects and scenes. Acclaimed for his iconic portraits and impressionistic landscape depictions, the artist has inspired generations of painters. For his most recent exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in Harlem, the Brooklyn-born artist has compiled an impressive number of pieces, exploring the expanding reaches of his world and his painterly abilities. Read More »

London – Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery Through

July 29th, 2019

Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery (Installation View)
Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery (Installation View)

What more can be said of the work of Cindy Sherman? An artist who has consistently produced works that interrogate and rework the notions of image construction and understanding through the use of her own image, Sherman’s photographic output has moved through an exceedingly broad selection of focal points and interests. There’s her selection of film still works, placing her image onto prints in a manner that seems to reference some disembodied section of an unseen classic, while elsewhere, her collection of hyper-specific portraits mines the notions of identity construction and affiliation in the modern cultural landscape. Read More »

New York – The Chimney X Ulmer Arts at The William Ulmer Brewery Through July 28th, 2019

July 26th, 2019

Nelly Zagury, The Giant Stalker & The Cannibal Flower  (2019), via Art Observed
Nelly Zagury, The Giant Stalker & The Cannibal Flower (2019), via Art Observed

Taking over the impressively appointed former William Ulmer Brewery at 81 Beaver Street in Bushwick, local gallery The Chimney has initiated an impressive installation, taking over six large rooms in the building to present a series of large-scale installations and selections of works by nine American and international artists. Read More »