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Artists Speak on the Influence of Painter Bob Thompson

October 21st, 2021

A group of artists including Henry Taylor and Peter Doig speak to the New York Times this week about the work of painter Bob Thompson. “I loved Bob’s work right away,” Taylor says. “I think I stumbled on him in a bookstore. I was like, ‘Damn, how come they didn’t tell me?’ It was like a jewel. I was ecstatic. He just hit hard right away.”
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Paula Cooper Gallery to Represent Estate of Terry Adkins

October 19th, 2021

Paula Cooper Gallery now represents the estate of artist, musician and filmmaker Terry Adkins. “It is my profound pleasure to continue collaborating with the Estate of Terry Adkins and to bring the artist’s complex and groundbreaking work to a wider audience,” says partner Alexis Johnson.
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Emma Enderby Named Chief Curator of Haus der Kunst

October 19th, 2021

Emma Enderby, currently the Chief Curator at The Shed has been named the new Chief Curator at Haus der Kunst. “After over 6 years in New York City, I am thrilled to be returning to Europe to take on this position at such a salient global center for art,” she says. “I look forward to working with Andrea Lissoni and the team to continue to push the space for interdisciplinary practices at Haus der Kunst, as well as the inventive, open, and prescient program that this institution is renowned for.”
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2021 Prix Marcel Duchamp Goes to Lili Reynaud-Dewar

October 19th, 2021

Artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar has won this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp, the most prestigious prize in French art. 
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Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie Restitutes and Repurchases Camille Pissarro Work

October 19th, 2021

Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie has restituted, and then repurchased a Camille Pissarro piece that its original owners were forced to sell at auction in 1942, the Art Newspaper reports. “This Pissarro painting is an important work for our collection because it marks a significant step towards Impressionist art, which is one of the core holdings of the Alte Nationalgalerie,” says Director Ralph Gleis. “I thank Armand Dorville’s heirs for the trust in this institution shown by this acquisition.”
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Frieze Names Patrick Lee Director of Seoul Fair

October 18th, 2021

Frieze has tapped Patrick Lee as director of its Seoul art fair, which will launch next year. “The groundwork is now in place—art schools, private museums and public museums have come together and gelled at the right time,” he says of Korea’s readiness for a fair of this scale.
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Long-Term Covid-19 Effects Start to Show in British Museums

October 16th, 2021

A piece in the NYT this week looks at the ongoing impacts the Covid-19 pandemic has had on British Museums, and forecasts how these setbacks will impact its institutions in the future. “We’re still seeing the impact of the pandemic play out,” says Sharon Heal, the director of the Museums Association, a trade body. “It’s not back to normal at all.”
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Van Gogh Work to Sell at Christie’s as Part of Restitution Settlement

October 16th, 2021

Van Gogh landscape sold under duress before WWII will go to auction this year as part of a restitution settlement by the heirs of its original owner Max Meirowsky. “It is especially moving that Christie’s Restitution has been so deeply involved with this collection,” says Marc Porter, Christie’s Americas chairman. “We have made WW2 period provenance research a hallmark of our expertise, inextricably a part of the art historical framework.”
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Glenn Ligon Profiled in NYT

October 15th, 2021

Glenn Ligon gets the profile treatment in the NYT this week, as the newspaper visits his Brooklyn studio and talks to the artist about his early life, work, and his early experiments with text and printing. You can’t plan those things,” he says. “The mistake was the fact that the text was getting all smeary until I realized, ‘Oh, smeary text is the thing.’”
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Margo Leavin, Central Figure in Development of LA Art Scene, Has Died at 85

October 15th, 2021

Margo Leavin, a central fixture of LA’s art scene since the 1970’s, has passed away at the age of 85. Leavin was a central figure in the career of many LA artists including John Baldessari, Alexis Smith, and  Allen Ruppersberg
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AO On-Site – Basel, Switzerland: Art Basel 2021, September 24th – 26th, 2021

September 23rd, 2021

Elaine Cameron-Weir at JTT, via Art Observed
Elaine Cameron-Weir at JTT, via Art Observed

After a trying year in the art world, and a rigorous series of precautionary measures, the 2021 edition of Art Basel has opened its doors for its early hours, preparing for a public opening this weekend with an expansive offering of works from European galleries and those further afield. Coupled with the fair’s ongoing “Art Basel OVR” project, this year’s live edition of the fair returns its physical model, inviting over 250 leading galleries and more than 4,000 artists from five continents, on view both on-site and online. Open once again at the Messe Basel, the fair continues its reputation as a flagship for the international fair brand.  Read More »

New York – Marcel Dzama: “Who Loves the Sun” at David Zwirner Through October 23rd, 2021

September 23rd, 2021

Marcel Dzama, Who Loves the Sun (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Marcel Dzama, Who Loves the Sun (Installation View), via David Zwirner

David Zwirner presents new work by artist Marcel Dzama this month, continuing the artist’s exploration of travel, nature and colorful reflections on the history and social underpinnings of art. The show coincides with the opening of a major survey of the artist’s work at the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland. Read More »

New York – “RECOVERY” at P·P·O·W Through October 9th, 2021

September 22nd, 2021

Dread Scott, Never Forget, Never Forgive They Left Us to Die (2006), via PPOW
Dread Scott, Never Forget, Never Forgive: They Left Us to Die (2006), via P·P·O·W

This Septamber at P·P·O·W, the gallery is presenting RECOVERY, a group exhibition exploring art as a critical gesture towards collective resistance and remembrance. Acting as individual altar spaces, the works presented in this exhibition form commemorative sites to recover knowledge, provide proof, overcome loss, and contain memories.  Read More »

AO On-Site — New York: Independent Fair, September 9-12th, 2021

September 20th, 2021

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Leilah Babirye at Gordon Robichaux, via Art Observed

Art-goers descended upon Cipriani South Street in the newly renovated Battery Maritime Building last week for the much anticipated 12th installation of the Independent Art Fair, which opened in New York on September 9th. Formerly located at Spring Studios in Tribeca, the fair has garnered a reputation as a reliable source of fresh talent, and took up new residence  this year within the spacious corridors of the historic waterfront locale at the lower tip of Manhattan.

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New York – Philip Guston: “1969 – 1979″ at Hauser & Wirth Through October 30th, 2021

September 17th, 2021

Philip Guston, Entrance (1973), via Hauser & Wirth
Philip Guston, Entrance (1973), via Hauser & Wirth

Open now at Hauser & Wirth’s New York exhibition space, the gallery gives a meticulous treatment to the early breakthroughs of painter Philip Guston. Charting the figurative innovations that Guston pioneered in the last decade of his career, the show brings together eighteen masterworks created after the artist turned away from abstraction to assert an unprecedented new figural language. On view through the end of the month, the show offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Guston’s expressive and enigmatic pivot during the last year of the 1960’s, and the political and social undertones of his work.  Read More »

AO On-Site — New York: Armory Show, September 9-12, 2021

September 15th, 2021

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Wendy Red Star at Sargent’s Daughters, via Art Observed

This past weekend, New Yorkers flocked to the Javits Center, not for COVID-19 vaccinations, but rather for the much-anticipated Armory Show, which made its return after last year’s cancelled edition, and which marked the first major art fair in the United States since the pandemic struck. In the wake of lockdown, following an extended period of postponed events and online viewing rooms, eager art-goers packed into the Javits Center, where the fair is now located. In the spacious, newly renovated convention center along the Hudson River, the fair presented more than 150 booths, with more than 40 international galleries. Serving as a fixture of modern and contemporary art, the fair kicked off the New York art world’s busiest week of the season—Armory Week. Read More »

New York – “The De Luxe Show” at Karma Through September 25th, 2021

September 14th, 2021

Anthony Caro, The Bull (1970), via Karma
Anthony Caro, The Bull (1970), via Karma

Currently on at its New York gallery space, Karma has partnered with Parker Gallery to present a contemporary bicoastal tribute to The De Luxe Show, the landmark 1971 exhibition at the DeLUXE theater in Houston, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Presented in both LA and New York, the show offers a unique exploration of the show and its impact nation wide.

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Newburgh, NY — Martin Roth: “From 2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert” with Strongroom Through October, 2021

September 8th, 2021

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Martin Roth, From 2017-2021 Martin Roth transformed a ruin into a garden for a plant concert (2021), via Art Observed

Throughout the course of his artistic practice, the late Martin Roth channeled nature as an active creative agent, using plants and flowers as instrumental collaborators in his practice. In 2017, Roth envisioned the transformation of an abandoned nineteenth-century historical structure into an immersive public garden, a “plant concert hall.”  Though the artist passed away before the enactment of his project, the Newburgh, New York-based Strongroom—a non-profit arts organization—executed his plans this summer. Strongroom presented the site-specific installation during the second installation of Upstate Art Weekend 2021, the three-day self-directed event celebrating the arts in the Hudson Valley.

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Martin Roth, Installation View (2021), via Art Observed

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New York – Martine Syms: “Loot Sweet” at Bridget Donahue Through September 25th, 2021

September 7th, 2021


Martine Syms, Loot Sweets (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Martine Syms, Loot Sweets (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Martine Syms has built a reputation for a practice of elevating the material of everyday life. Using repurposed contexts and personal materials, the artist’s videos and physical work use text and other items to create dense narratives the flitter around the edges of the work on view. For her show at Bridget Donahue, on view through the middle of September, the artist presents an intriguing selection of new pieces that continue this exploration.  Read More »

Catskill, NY — NADA x Foreland: Upstate Art Weekend, August 28th-29th, 2021

September 7th, 2021

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Hugo Montoya, How ya like me now? (2019), via Art Observed

For the second installation of Upstate Art Weekend, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) presented a collaborative exhibition at Foreland, a new contemporary arts campus in the Hudson River Valley. Co-organized by curator Jesse Greenberg of JAG Projects, NADA x Foreland showcased works from over 100 artists presented by 81 galleries, nonprofits and artist-run spaces selected through an open call. While celebrating the rich cultural legacy of the Hudson River Valley, Upstate Art Weekend aimed to cultivate community and collaboration in the wake of lockdown, as the art world begins to reopen. While exhibitors ranged from Dubai to Guatemala City to Bucharest, NADA x Foreland focused on artists from New York State, with particular attention to the Upstate region. The works were not displayed in booths, but rather arranged together within the newly restored Civil-War-era spaces of the Foreland campus on the bank of Catskill Creek. Read More »