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New York Times Looks Into Maurizio Cattelan’s Still-Missing Gold Toilet

November 21st, 2019

The New York Times has a piece on the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet, noting that the work is still missing, and spotlighting a number of locals’ thoughts on just where the work might be.  “It’s on a building site,” says taxi driver Susan Hughes, “that’s my theory.” 
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Oscar Tuazon Profiled in LA Times

November 21st, 2019

Oscar Tuazon’s “hippie outlaw architecture” gets a profile in the LA Times this week, and how he has applied his work towards conversations and critiques of current policy around water and other environmental issues.  “Ideas and conversations around water rights and indigenous histories is also this really powerful part of the story,” he says. “And it shapes the way the design is evolving now — to take this structure and break it into its constituent parts and think about how it could work in different landscapes. It’s trying to kind of absorb and learn from those places.”
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LA Times Charts Challenges to MOCA’s New Free Admission Policy

November 21st, 2019

A piece in the LA Times showcases the challenges MOCA in Los Angeles is facing over offering free admission. “It’s as much about philanthropy as it is about a financial transaction for member benefits,” says Asa Hursh, MOCA’s membership and annual fund manager.
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Trump Once Again Proposes Eliminating Arts Funding in Budget

November 21st, 2019

The Trump administration has once again proposed the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “Most of the eliminations and reductions in this volume reflect a continuation of policies proposed in the 2018 and 2019 President’s Budgets that have not yet been enacted by the Congress and highlight the Administration’s efforts to eliminate wasteful or unnecessary spending,” the budget document reads.


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Techno Legend Carl Craig Tapped for Dia:Beacon Show

November 21st, 2019

Techno artist Carl Craig has been commissioned to create a new work in the spacious basement of Dia:Beacon. “The kind of space we’re working with at Dia, there are tons of abandoned spaces I’ve been working with my whole lifetime,” Craig says. “The fall of the automotive industry in Detroit left all these factories that turned into party spaces—and a lot of them are still there.”
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Manchester Museum Returns Works to Indigenous Australian Groups

November 21st, 2019

The Manchester Museum has repatriated 43 objects considered sacred to four indigenous groups in Australia, Art News reports, making it the first institution in the UK to embrace a repatriation program.  “We’ve always known that during the process of colonization, which is continuing today in various respects, that our cultural heritage items were removed from us, were stolen from us and taken from us,” says Mangubadijarri Yanner, who received the objects in Manchester for the Gangalidda Garawa people. “With these specific items, I can say with authority that they were taken without permission.”
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Christie’s to Sell Marina Abramovic Augmented Reality Work

November 21st, 2019

Christie’s will look to sell the first mixed-reality artwork at auction next year, offering Marina Abramović’s The Life, which was on view at The Serpentine earlier this year.  “As the technology around AR and VR evolves at an incredibly fast pace, the market is evolving and adapting to the demand,” says Christie’s specialist Stefano Amoretti. “Christie’s is in an avant-garde position by offering this to the market and we look forward to the response.”
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Lisson Gallery Takes on Estate of Hélio Oiticica

November 20th, 2019

Lisson Gallery will represent the estate of Hélio Oiticica estate worldwide. “My father, Nicholas, saw his show at Whitechapel [Gallery in London] in 1969, two years after the gallery opened,” Alex Logsdail says. “He was somewhat intimidated by him at the time—he was a wild guy. So, it’s been a long time.”
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French Court Upholds Sentence for Picasso’s Electrician

November 20th, 2019

France‘s top appeals court has upheld a two-year suspended jail sentence for the former electrician of Pablo Picasso and his wife, who kept 271 of the painter’s works in a garage for upwards of 40 years.  “It is a triumph of truth and marks the end of a cover-up”, said Jean-Jacques Neuer, the lawyer for Picasso’s son Claude Ruiz-Picasso.
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Ullens Center Cancels Show Amid Heightened Political Tensions in Country

November 20th, 2019

The UCCA in Beijing has cancelled a show of work by Hung Liu over increased political tensions in the country.  “Topics that were once relatively open for discussion are now increasingly scrutinized,” says director Philip Tinari.
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RIP – Painter Ed Clark Has Passed Away at the Age of 93

October 21st, 2019

Ed Clark, Untitled (2005), via Hauser & Wirth
Ed Clark, Untitled (2005), via Hauser & Wirth

Pioneering painter Ed Clark, the African-American painter known for his use of a push broom to spread bold colors across his canvases to create energetic and engaging comments on the state of the world, has passes away at the age of 93.  His death was announced by his gallery, Hauser & Wirth. Read More »

New York – Jeppe Hein: “I Am With You” at 303 Gallery Through October 19th, 2019

October 18th, 2019

Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303
Jeppe Hein, Moon Mirror (2019), via 303

Artist Jeppe Hein rounds out a new show of works at 303 Gallery this month, a selection of works that continue a frank, emotive sensibility and a meditative approach towards perception and understanding in his work.  The show, including neon works, LED-lit sculptures and painted canvases, seems to reflect and rework a range of expressive tendencies from the contemporary canon through a colorful, subdued lens. Read More »

New York – “Embodiment” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 26th, 2019

October 18th, 2019

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, watch shopping (2019), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Currently on view at its Chelsea exhibition space, Mitchell-Innes & Nash is currently presenting Embodiment, a group exhibition of works by Pope.L, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Cheyenne Julien and Tschabalala Self that explores the different ways in which corporeality is envisioned and depicted within the spatial confines of the two-dimensional picture plane. Focusing on a selection of works that tease and turn the human form through a variety of perspectives and varied iterations, the show is a fascinating investigation of how the human form exists in contemporary art, and how it might be incorporated in the future. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at The Grand Palais, October 17th . -20th, 2019

October 17th, 2019

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales and exhibitions in the French capital. With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees. This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 46th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais. With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. Read More »

AO Preview – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at the Grand Palais, October 17th – 20th, 2019

October 15th, 2019

Sadie Benning, Blow Up #26 (2018), via Kaufman Repetto
Sadie Benning, Blow Up #26 (2018), via Kaufman Repetto

Returning to the French capital for another year of exhibitions inside the iconic expanses of the Grand Palais, the Foire International Art Contemporain, or FIAC, opens its doors today in Paris.  The fair, which has operated for over 45 years in the city, has undergone several facelifts over the course of its lifetime, with its most recent editions courting a healthy mix of contemporary and modern works alongside more classical and historical modes, making it one of the world’s more ambitiously curated programs. Read More »

RIP – John Giorno, Revered Poet and Artist of New York’s Downtown Scene, Has Passed Away at Age 82

October 14th, 2019

John Giorno, via Sperone Westwater
John Giorno, via Sperone Westwater

Artist John Giorno, the poet and artist whose practice turned poetry towards a living, breathing mode of art, separated from the page, has passed away at the age of 82 in his home in Lower Manhattan.  A longtime fixture in the New York art scene, Giorno would explore a range of techniques and modes for promoting his work outside the book or magazine.  He founded Giorno Poetry Systems, a nonprofit foundation, and designed a mass communication system called Dial-A-Poem, which allowed for people to call in and hear orated poetry over the phone.   Read More »

New York – Paul Chan: “The Bather’s Dilemma” at Greene Naftali Through October 19th, 2019

October 14th, 2019

Paul Chan, Khara En Tria (Joyer in 3) (2019), via Greene Naftali
Paul Chan, Khara En Tria (Joyer in 3) (2019), via Greene Naftali

On view this month at Greene Naftali in Chelsea, artist Paul Chan makes his fourth solo entry in the gallery program, featuring a new series of works Chan calls “Bathers.” Marking new iterations and elaborations on his prior work, the show explores space and movement through simple materials. Read More »

New York – Janiva Ellis: “Tip Drill” at 47 Canal Through October 20th, 2019

October 11th, 2019

Janiva Ellis, Wokey Doke, (2019), via 47 Canal
Janiva Ellis, Wokey Doke (2019), via 47 Canal

There’s a remarkable concept of balance and duality in the work of Janiva Ellis, moments of sublime beauty and fragile, held states that seem to make the moments of bizarre surrealism and sinister iconographies all the more unnerving.  For her most recent show, ‘Tip Drill,’ on view at New York’s 47 Canal Gallery through October 20th, the artist continues her practice of elaborate systems of tension and release. Read More »

Marseille – Kiosk’s Marseille Art Space at Cité Radieuse, A Running Curatorial Project Open Now

October 9th, 2019

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Sophie Kitching, Untitled (Plume) (2019), via Kiosk

Known for its shop selling a range of meticulously curated and enigmatic products, the online platform Kiosk has traveled widely, orchestrating various projects and pop-ups, not to mention an inclusion in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York show that spotlighted its daring vision and unique approach to the fine lines traditional distinctions between shop and art gallery, product and art object.  Read More »

AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair, October 3rd – 6th, 2019

October 4th, 2019

Dan Graham, via Art Observed
Dan Graham, via Art Observed

After a whirlwind few hours in London, the Frieze Art Fair is underway, and the doors are open for the public. Opening its doors this week for its 17th edition in Regent’s Park, Frieze London has once again turned the art world’s collective eye towards the British capital for the next week, as sales and installations across its spacious halls make for a fitting center to one of the city’s busiest art events. Read More »