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Paintings By Queen Victoria Head to Auction in London

January 20th, 2023

A rare pair of floral paintings by Queen Victoria will go to auction next week, expecting prices of £8,000 and £10,000, Art News reports. 
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Michael Rakowitz Proposes Gift of Fourth Plinth Statue to British Museum in Exchange for Return of Assyrian Arifacts to Iraq

January 20th, 2023

Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz is proposing that the British Museum return one of its ancient Assyrian treasures to Iraq in exchange for the donation of his fourth plinth sculpture to the UK. “As I pondered my gift to the nation of Great Britain, I began to fantasise that it could be attached to a second gift: the return of one of the British Museum’s lamassu to the country of Iraq, to replace what was destroyed by Daesh [or Islamic State],” he writes in an open letter.
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Art News Traces Continued Challenges of Repatriation at The Met

January 20th, 2023

Art News has a piece this week discussing ongoing issues with repatriation at The Met, reviewing some disputed works still on view. “Once you know that someone is acquiring artifacts without looking too closely as a source, the first thing you should do is look deeper,” says Erin Thompson, an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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UNESCO Seeks to Prevent Looting of Ukrainian Artifacts

January 20th, 2023

UNESCO is holding programs in Warsaw to help identify looted cultural materials from the Ukraine. “Poland is really a country at the forefront of this work,” Krista Pikkat, UNESCO’s director of culture and emergencies, says.
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NYT Profiles Revival of Robert Whitman’s “American Moon” at Pace

January 20th, 2023

The New York Times writes on the revival of artist Robert Whitman’s 1959 happening American Moon at Pace. “I used to try to explain things to myself — what I was doing,” he said. “Then I suddenly realized my ideas and thoughts and rationalizations were nonsense, and I just decided to go with my intuition.”
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Whitney Curator Marcela Guerrero Profiled in NYT

January 20th, 2023

The New York Times profiles Whitney Museum curator Marcela Guerrero, the first Puerto Ricaan curator at the Museum. “She is at the right place at a time when Latinx art is emerging as a force to be reckoned with,” says Mari Carmen Ramírez, the first curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “We all expect her to contribute to this transformation in a significant way.”
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Clearing Gallery to Leave Bushwick Space

January 20th, 2023

Clearing Gallery will depart its longtime home in Bushwick for a new space on the Bowery. “There’s nothing wrong with Brooklyn, but there’s more to New York than Brooklyn,” says founder Olivier Babin. “We’re not leaving for a bigger or better space. We’re leaving for a better location.”
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Jean-Michel Basquiat Work at TEFAF 2017 Revealed as Fake by André Heller

November 3rd, 2022

Musician and artist André Heller fabricated a falsely attributed Jean-Michel Basquiat for sale at TEFAF in 2017, Art News reports. “In retrospect, the whole thing is, firstly, a childish prank. Secondly, it is naturally showing off. And thirdly, it is a stupid mixture of fiction and truth,” he says. “Just a private fairy tale.”
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Monica Bonvicini “Pauses” Representation with König Galerie After Allegations Against Founder

November 3rd, 2022

Monica Bonvicini has “paused” her relationship with König Galerie after sexual harassment allegations broke against its founder, Johann König.
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Oscar yi Hou Profiled in NYT

October 25th, 2022

Artist Oscar yi Hou gets the profile treatment in the New York Times this week, as he opens a show at the Brooklyn Museum. “I think by creating symbolic densities, you’re able to invite the viewer to pay more attention to the works,” he says. “I try to honor the opacity of the subject.”
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New York – Jannis Kounellis at Gladstone Through February 4th, 2023

January 5th, 2023

Jannis Kounellis (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery
Jannis Kounellis (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery

This winter, the artist Jannis Kounellis is the subject of an expansive exhibition of work on view at Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea this month, underscoring the artist’s powerful and expressive body of work, and its exploration of violence, loss and pain. Like many of his generation in Europe, Jannis Kounellis (1936 – 2017) experienced war at close quarters throughout his childhood; first during the German Nazi/Italian Fascist occupation [subjugation] of Greece, and then the civil war that erupted in the power vacuum when the occupiers were defeated in 1943. One of the first Cold War conflicts, the war lasted until 1949, when Kounellis was 13 years old. Read More »

New York – Jacqueline Fraser: “The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye” at Downs & Ross Through January 28th, 2023

January 4th, 2023

Jacqueline Fraser, The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye (2022), via Downs & Ross
Jacqueline Fraser, The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye (2022), via Downs & Ross

Marking artist Jacqueline Fraser’s first solo show at Downs & Ross in New York, The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye marks a continuation of the artist’s fascination and exploration of the processes and mythos of filmmaking. Here turning her attention to the 1967 film Reflections in a Golden Eye, directed by John Huston, the artist interprets its subject matter and plot through a series of collaged materials and spaces, arranged costumes and various materials that trace a distinct sense of anxiety and exploration of the modern cultural and social landscape.

Jacqueline Fraser, The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye (2022), via Downs & Ross
Jacqueline Fraser, The Making of Reflections in a Golden Eye (2022), via Downs & Ross

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New York – Robert Colescott: “Women” at Venus Over Manhattan Through January 7th, 2023

January 3rd, 2023

Robert Colescott, MOM'S OLD FASHION ROOT BEER (1974), via Venus Over Manhattan
Robert Colescott, MOM’S OLD FASHION ROOT BEER (1974), via Venus Over Manhattan

On through the end of the week at Venus Over Manhattan’s downtown space, the gallery presents a body of works by painter Robert Colescott, organized to trace the development of the artist’s depictions of female subjects over the course of his sixty-year career. Serving as a coda to the recent, critically-lauded traveling museum retrospective Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, the show charts the evolution of Colescott’s ambitious practice through some thirty works produced between 1955 and 1996. Read More »

London – David Altmejd at White Cube Through January 21st, 2023

December 28th, 2022

David Altmejd, The Vector, (2022), via White Cube
David Altmejd, The Vector (2022), via White Cube

This winter in London, artist David Altmejd has opened a new show at White Cube, continued his strange fusions of the human form, its constituent parts, and inflections of foreign material to create otherworldly new images. Drawing on classical mythologies of the trickster and the hare as a classical symbol of that mythological archetype, the artist blends languages and images through the frame of Carl Jung to create a surreal interior landscape.  Read More »

New York – Laurie Simmons: “Color Pictures/Deep Photos 2007–2022” at 56 Henry Through January 15th, 2023

December 27th, 2022

Laurie Simmons, Color Pictures/Deep Photos (Pink Dressing Table with Toiletries) (2022), via 56 Henry
Laurie Simmons, Color Pictures/Deep Photos (Pink Dressing Table with Toiletries) (2022), via 56 Henry

On view this month at 56 Henry in New York, Color Pictures/Deep Photos 2007–2022, surveys a collection of new work by Laurie Simmons on view from November 9, 2022 through January 15, 2023. Marking the artist’s first show with the gallery, the exhibition underscores Simmons work in the photographic medium, revisiting a series of works she first made over a decade ago.

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Los Angeles – David Hockney: “20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures” at L.A. Louver Through January 7th, 2023

December 23rd, 2022

David Hockney, 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures (Installation View), via L.A. Louver
David Hockney, 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures (Installation View), via L.A. Louver

Marking a major global exhibition of the work of painter David Hockney, L.A. Louver is currently presenting 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures, a series of works created by Hockney in 2021, expanding on a series of iPad paintings in 2020 while quarantining at his studio and residence in Normandy, France. Inspired by his daily observations, Hockney devoted himself to the iPad, a medium of unique immediacy that allowed him to be prolific in his depictions of his home, the changing seasons, and surrounding countryside.

David Hockney, 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures (Installation View), via L.A. Louver
David Hockney, 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures (Installation View), via L.A. Louver

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Berlin – Thoms Ruff: “d.o.pe” at Sprüth Magers Through January 31st, 2023

December 22nd, 2022

Thomas Ruff, d.o.pe.01 II (2022), via Sprüth Magers
Thomas Ruff, d.o.pe.01 II (2022), via Sprüth Magers

Artist Thomas Ruff’s multi-faceted practice mines the ever-changing possibilities of photography, investigating visual and cultural phenomena to address the ways in which technology influences our seeing. It manifests across a wide range of subjects and methods ranging from classical portrait photography to algorithmically generated digital images. For the artist’s most recent show, on view this winter at Sprüth Magers in Berlin, the artist continues this practice, taking on a series of wall-tapestries as a mode for the continued exploration of image-making and its connections to material. Read More »

Berlin – Michael Majerus: “gemälde” at neugerriemschneider Through January 14th, 2023

December 21st, 2022

Installation view: Michel Majerus, gemälde, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, November 8, 2022 – January 14, 2023 © Michel Majerus Estate. Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo: Jens Ziehe
Michel Majerus, gemälde (Installation View), neugerriemschneider, Berlin, November 8, 2022 – January 14, 2023 © Michel Majerus Estate. Courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo: Jens Ziehe

This winter in Berlin, neugerriemschneider is printing a dynamic show by Michel Majerusgemälde, 1994. The show recreates gemälde, the first exhibition in the gallery’s collaboration with Michel Majerus in 1994, and is her reconstructed for the first time as part of an ongoing focus on the artist by the gallery this year. The historic exhibition will be reconstructed to scale and includes the same works it originally showed, evoking the inception of Majerus’ innovative artistic method, which presented a new way of approaching painting and making it accessible in the form of installations. Read More »

New York – K.R.M. Mooney: “extence” at Miguel Abreu Through January 8th, 2023

December 20th, 2022

K.R.M. Mooney, Radial Affordance (c.) i (2022), via Miguel Abreu
K.R.M. Mooney, Radial Affordance (c.) i (2022), via Miguel Abreu

On view this winter at Miguel Abreu in New York, artist K.R.M. Mooney marks his debut solo show at the gallery with a body of new works that emphasize the artist’s meticulous interpolations of hardware, construction materials and mechanical parts, applied here in a subtle and engaging series of operations.  Read More »

New York – Tau Lewis: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” at 52 Walker Through January 7th, 2023

December 19th, 2022

Tau Lewis, Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Installation View), via Art Observed
Tau Lewis, Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Installation View), via Art Observed

This month in New York, artist art Tau Lewis presents a body of new works at 52 Walker in Manhattan, compiling a range of works by the artist that underscores her interrogation and examination of mythology, material and form through a range of large-scale pieces. Lewis, whose work often uses densely layered material in pursuit of mythical and surreal figures, here renders a series of large-scale busts that feel immediate and otherworldly, examining real-world rituals and reconstructed emotional landscapes.

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Tau Lewis, Vox Populi, Vox Dei (Installation View), via Art Observed

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