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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Work Discovered in North Wales

November 22nd, 2017

Lost Murillo, via The GuardianA lost 17th Century masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has been rediscovered in North Wales. “It is an absolute masterpiece,” art scholar Benito Navarrete Prieto says. “Magnetic.”
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Telegraph Notes Focus on Liquidity Energizing Recent Auctions

November 22nd, 2017

Cy Twombly, Untitled (2005), final price $46,437,500, via Christie'sThe Telegraph has an interesting article on the wildly successful recent cycle of art sales, noting collectors’ increasing draw towards liquid assets like art.  The piece draws connections to other assets currently burgeoning on the market, including Bitcoin, and notes the appeal of these goods as collectors seek stable investments outside national currencies and stock.
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Met Museum Receives $80 Million Gift

November 19th, 2017

Irvings, via Art NewsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports.  “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.”
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Laura Owens Makes Statement on Protests Against 356 S. Mission Rd

November 16th, 2017

356 MissionArtist Laura Owens has penned a public statement on the current pressure her project space, 356 S. Mission, is facing from anti-gentrification activists. “Alongside the protesters’ demands to close, we have also heard the voices of artists, community groups, families, and individuals in the area who want 356 to remain open,” she writes. “In addition to urgent basic needs and facilities, people in all neighborhoods, of all ethnicities and classes, benefit from quality education and art. We do not believe that access to one should sacrifice the other in a healthy and thriving society. I have always been and remain committed to engaging in productive dialogue that results in effective actions to battle the issues facing our communities.”
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Darsie Alexander Appointed Chief Curator at Jewish Museum

November 16th, 2017

Darsie Alexander, via ArtforumDarsie Alexander has been appointed the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York, Artforum reports. “The Jewish Museum has a remarkable collection that includes contemporary art, historical objects, material culture, and Jewish ceremonial art,” she says. “This combination allows for a lively dialogue between culturally diverse works related to Jewish identity and the groundbreaking work of artists who have shaped art history in profound ways.”
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Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Announces First Round of Grants

November 16th, 2017

Agnes Gund, via ArtforumAgnes Gund’s recently announced Art for Justice organization has announced $22 million in its first round of grants to arts and criminal justice organizations to fight mass incarceration in the United States. “My hope is that the work supported by the Art for Justice Fund will help create a groundswell that drives reforms well beyond these specific programs,” she says. “The problem of mass incarceration touches every community across the country, and we need to work together to find creative solutions to build a better, safer future for all our children.”
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Forbes 30 Under 30 List Features Martine Syms, Bunny Rogers

November 16th, 2017

Martine Syms, via ForbesThis year’s edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 has been released, with artists Martine Syms, Chloe Wise and Bunny Rogers featured among the list.  
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Documenta Not Facing Threats from Budget Deficit This Year

November 16th, 2017

Adam Szymczyk, via Art NewspaperThe next Documenta, set for 2022, will not face any budget threats after this year’s massive deficit, its team has said in a statement. . “Documenta is a great stroke of fortune and a cultural treasure for the state of Hesse, and we must preserve it,” Boris Rhein, the state’s culture minister, said of continuing the event.
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LACMA Changes Admission Structure, Eliminating Special Tickets

November 16th, 2017

LACMA, via LA TimesLACMA has changed its pricing structure, charging $20 for Los Angeles County Residents, and $25 for everyone else, a flat price covering special exhibitions. “I’ve never liked the extra price for special exhibitions. We put some of the biggest efforts into the ticketed exhibitions and ironically, they’re the ones that are the most inaccessible, price wise,” LACMA Director Michael Govan.
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New York Magazine Spotlights Artist’s Favorite Holiday Art Gift Books

November 14th, 2017

Pantone Solid Guide, via New YorkA piece in New York Magazine this week sees a series of artists, curators and gallerists naming their favorite art books and most desired books for the holiday season.  Topping the list is Rob Pruitt, who shows off his copy of the Pantone Solid Color Guide. “When I was a kid, about 7 years old, my dad who was in the printing industry gave me his loop and his used Pantone book. I loved, obsessed over, and treated it as a sacred object. I continue to love the Pantone books and it’s an essential tool in my studio,” he says.
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New York – Wim Delvoye at Perrotin Gallery Through October 29th, 2017

October 28th, 2017

Wim Delvoy Twisted Cement Truck (2017), via Art Observed
Wim Delvoye, Twisted Cement Truck (2017), via Art Observed

Taking over the spacious downtown location of Galerie Perrotin, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has returned to New York City, capping his sixth one-person show with the gallery and his first singular presentation at Perrotin New York with a body of new works that continue his irreverent and critically-nuanced practice.  Continuing his formal deconstructions and spatial riddles with a series of works made during preparations for an exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the show sees Delvoye engaging broadly with the history of Iranian art, and the modern landscape of the Middle East.  Read More »

New York — Walter Swennen: “bewtie” at Gladstone Gallery Through October 28, 2017

October 27th, 2017

Walter Swennen, Demasiadas Palabras (2017)  all images Copyright Walter Swennen Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.
Walter Swennen, Demasiadas Palabras (2017)  all images Copyright Walter Swennen Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

In his third solo exhibition in New York, Belgian artist Walter Swennen delivers a broad range of takes on his text and poetry-based work, splashing doses of humor and introspection into each canvas spread across Gladstone Gallery, on which bright, cartoonish colors and existential subjectivities build a delicate, yet compelling balance. From the title bewtie (a riff on the word “beautiful” that also manages to sound Flemish), to Swennen’s utilization of language to problematize the banal, this exhibition chronicles his sense of absurdity embedded in mundane elements, and most particularly in language, as a crucial part of the ritual of the everyday. Read More »

Berlin – Jon Rafman: “Dream Journal ’16-’17” at Sprüth Magers Through December 22nd, 2017

October 25th, 2017

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Film Still. Image courtesy Sprüth Magers.

Now through December 22, Sprüth Magers Berlin presents Jon Rafman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Dream Journal ’16-’17 is an hour-long, freeform and loosely connected series of narratives examining the impact of technology on society and consciousness. Jon Rafman’s work examines the impact of technology and virtual reality on contemporary consciousness. He is recognized for his use of interdisciplinary and multi-medial forms, including various virtual platforms and online worlds, to critically explore the present moment. For this work, Rafman has designed an immersive viewing experience, complete with shag carpet and anthropomorphized sculptural seating.

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Installation View. Image by Anna Corrigan for Art Observed.

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London – Gilbert & George: “The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting” at Lévy Gorvy Through November 18th, 2017

October 24th, 2017

Gilbert and George, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting (Installation View), all images courtesy Lévy Gorvy
Gilbert & George, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting (Installation View), all images courtesy Lévy Gorvy

Now through November 18, Lévy Gorvy’s London exhibition space is hosting The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, a collection of seminal works by artist duo Gilbert & George. This show is comprised of 23 monumental, multi-panel pieces, one of the first manifestations of Gilbert & George’s ‘Art for All’ manifesto, and a landmark entry in their early collaborations, which began fifty years ago this month. This is the first exhibition in the United Kingdom to feature this body of work, first presented at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York in the early 1970’s. Read More »

New York — Pat Steir: “Kairos” at Lévy Gorvy Through October 21st, 2017

October 21st, 2017

Pat Steir, Little Red One (2016), all images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed
Pat Steir, Little Red One (2016), all images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

In ancient Greek, the word kairos defined the moment of opportunity to make a decision.  Kairos, which lends its name to New York-based painter Pat Steir’s current exhibition at Lévy Gorvy, encapsulates a Proustian interpretation of time that is subjective and cerebral, as opposed to a sequential grasp. Although they represent binary notions at first sight, chance and precision are two pivotal elements in Steir’s work, and given her decision to name her exhibition after a term associated with philosophy of time, she tends to perfect the balance between these two opposites. Created over the last two years, paintings at Steir’s first exhibition with the gallery after the Upper East Side powerhouse announced representation of her last year. Read More »

New York – Stanley Whitney: “Drawings” at Lisson Gallery Through October 21st, 2017

October 21st, 2017

Stanley Whitney, Drawings (Installation View), via Art Observed
Stanley Whitney, Drawings (Installation View), via Art Observed

Lisson Gallery’s second New York location kicked off the fall art season this past week with a striking exhibition of drawings and small-scale works by Stanley Whitney, a charged entry in the season’s landscape of exhibitions that rings a powerful chord against the backdrop of the U.S.’s turbulent and increasingly violent, racially-tinged struggles.  Spread across the walls of the gallery’s small project space, the show is an impressive entry in the artist’s oeuvre, combining his energetic, colorful sensibilities with a more cutting socio-political and critical lens, one that brings his work into tight focus against the backdrop of current events. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at The Grand Palais, October 19th – 22nd, 2017

October 19th, 2017

Outside the Grand Palais, via Art Observed
Outside the Grand Palais, all photos via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

As Wednesday evening drags into the late night in Paris, the first day of FIAC has concluded, bringing with it a steady stream of sales and projects that once again places the French art fair at the center of the fall exhibition calendar. The city’s marquee art fair, FIAC opened to strong praise from its attendees, and a number of show-stopping works, arranged under the equally striking architecture of the Grand Palais.

FIAC, via Art Observed
FIAC, via Art Observed

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AO Preview – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at the Grand Palais, October 19th – 22nd, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Pieter Schoolwerth, Privacy Settings #3 (2017), via Miguel Abreu
Pieter Schoolwerth, Privacy Settings #3 (2017), via Miguel Abreu

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 44 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.

Marguerite Humeau, Jonny's Child (OH7B) (2014), via Clearing
Marguerite Humeau, Jonny’s Child (OH7B) (2014), via Clearing

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New York – Trevor Paglen: “A Study of Invisible Images” at Metro Pictures Through October 21st, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Trevor Paglen, A Study of Invisible Images (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Trevor Paglen, A Study of Invisible Images (Installation View), via Art Observed

Drawing on the increasingly complex relationship between human relations, technological ascendency and the exercise of power that ultimately serves as a negotiating space between these two forces, Trevor Paglen’s work has repeatedly explored how the modern computer processor is ever more embroiled in the fabric of human decision-making and world-building. Having traveled the globe, and even fired a satellite into space to look down on it from outside its atmospheric confines, Paglen’s work delves into the physical architectures, and often otherworldly effects that the modern state of surveillance and speed renders on human understandings of time, space, and even our own perceptions of identity or self.

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New York – Elizabeth Orr: “Our Hallway Is Surrounded” at Bodega Through October 15th, 2017

October 15th, 2017

Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega
Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega

In the back room of Bodega, a new video by Elizabeth Orr began with one word: “HERE,” a coy move to set the location before her projected video lit up with a full sentence that manages to double back on the grandiosity of its previous line: “There is no spectacle to be revealed.”  This statement, taken in conjunction with the artist’s minimalist sculptures arranged around the front room, sets a terse, self-critical tone for Orr’s new exhibition, Our Hallway is Surrounded, a show that makes much of the act of both creating space, and dispensing with that same space’s contextual aura. Read More »