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British Museum Explores Partnership that Could Return Elgin Marbles to Greece

August 1st, 2022

The British Museum is testing the waters on a “Parthenon partnership” that could send the Elgin Marbles back to Greece, Bloomberg reports. “What we are calling for is an active ‘Parthenon partnership’ with our friends and colleagues in Greece,” says deputy director Jonathan Williams, noting that the move seeks to “change the temperature of the debate” around the disputed works.
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Harold Ancart Joins Gagosian

July 11th, 2022

Harold Ancart has joined the roster at Gagosian after leaving David Zwirner, the gallery announced this week.
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Armed Robbers Break into TEFAF, Causing Evacuation

June 28th, 2022

A group of armed men broke into TEFAF Maastricht this week in an attempted robbery, causing an evacuation of the fair.  “TEFAF has robust procedures in the event of a security breach,” a spokesperson for the fair said. “These were precisely followed, and all visitors, exhibitors and staff were safely evacuated. The fair has now reopened.”
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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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Sotheby’s Achieves $246.1 Million in Second Sale of Work from Macklowe Collection

May 17th, 2022

The second leg of Sotheby’s sale of works from the collection of real estate magnate Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife Linda Macklowe has netted $246.1 million, bringing the total sale price for the collection to a record $922 million, with fees. “Either art is one of the few assets that seem to have a good immunological protection against recession, or inflation is much stronger than we think,” says specialist Loic Gouzer. “The art market feels very close to the spare parts market — good works are hard to find and very expensive.”
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Warhol ‘Marilyn’ Sells for $195 Million, Smashing Records for American Artist

May 10th, 2022

An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for $195 Million last night at a Christie’s charity auction, making it the most expensive American work of art to sell at auction. “We did sell the most expensive painting of the 20th century,” says Christie’s specialist Alex Rotter. “This is a big achievement.”
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Matthew Wong Profiled in New Yorker

May 10th, 2022

The artist Matthew Wong gets a profile in the New Yorker this week, reviewing his work and untimely death at the age of 35.  “Something in me was pushed by an urge to visually reproduce the uncalculated, almost accidental slice of poetry in front of me,” the article quotes him.
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Cornelia Parker Interviewed in The Guardian

May 10th, 2022

Cornelia Parker has an interview in The Guardian this week, discussing her work, vision, and thoughts on changing her citizenship to Germany. ” I’m thinking of applying for German citizenship because I’m half German. I don’t like feeling not part of Europe,” she says. “I don’t want to be a little Englander.”
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New York – Andreas Gursky at Gagosian Through July 29th, 2022

July 29th, 2022

Andreas Gurksy, Bauhaus (2020), via Art Observed
Andreas Gurksy, Bauhaus (2020), via Art Observed

On view this summer at Gagosian New York, photographer Andreas Gursky compiles a selection of both new and recent images, continuing his documentation and exploration of the landscape of modernity. Gursky’s large-scale photographs evoke the global flow of information, the chaos of contemporary life competing with the classical desire for order. He portrays the visual extremes of the present moment with an objective eye, capturing built and natural environments on a grand scale in richly detailed images of autobahns and cruise ships, mountains and waterfalls. While comparable in their scope to early nineteenth-century landscape paintings, Gursky’s works retain the precision of photography. Many have been digitally manipulated, and often reveal a sensitivity to the damaging effects of human systems on the natural world. Read More »

New York – “Catechism” at Bridget Donahue Through July 29th, 2022

July 28th, 2022

Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Catechism (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Throughout the layout of the current group exhibition at Bridget Donahue, one can’t help but trace the works as a series of pointing arrows. Bright colors and strange, lumpen arrangements seem to trade barbs with each other, while other works create a series of conversations on typography and text, design and craft. In each case, the show seems to tug at a series of half-ideas, as if allowing the show to breathe anew in each moment of encounter.

Evelyn Reyes Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue
Evelyn Reyes, Four Carrots, Pink (2004-2009), via Bridget Donahue

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New York – Rob Pruitt: “New Faces” at 303 Gallery Through July 29th, 2022

July 27th, 2022

Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery
Robb Pruitt, Avery (2022), via 303 Gallery

On view this month at 303 Gallery, a body of new work by Rob Pruitt marks a continuation of the artist’s mining of the tension between comic renditions, heightened emotional states, and deep, rich engagements with the history of pop art, all centered around his latest series of Face paintings. Read More »

New York – Sarah Ortmeyer: “SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK” at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through July 29th, 2022

July 26th, 2022

Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Sarah Ortmeyer, DAVID (2022), via Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Combining together a series of works and a range of different approaches and series from her practice, artist Sarah Ortmeyer presents a selection of pieces at Galerie Eva Presenhuber this month, united under the title SPORTS CLUB NEW YORK. 

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New York – Oli Epp: “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love” at Galerie Perrotin Through July 29th, 2022

July 25th, 2022

Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Surrogate (2022), via Perrotin

On view this month at Galerie Perrotin, artist Oli Epp collects a range of works that mine a strange and otherworldly relationship with the language of painterly figuration and abstraction. Presenting a series of tightly constructed images that twist and warp bodies into playful new iterations, his works on view moving from human figures to animals to objects, always returning to the same deconstructive approach.

Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin
Oli Epp, Dead Center (2022), via Perrotin

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New York – B. Wurtz: “Monuments” at Garth Greenan Through July 29th, 2022

July 22nd, 2022

B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan
B. Wurtz, Untitled (2017), via Garth Greenan

On this month at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York, artist B. Wurtz presents Monuments, featuring a number of the artist’s playful sculptures and mixed media works deconstructing elements of scale and monumentality and marking the artist’s first show at the gallery. Known for his repurposing of everyday flotsam into joyous, humorous, and beautiful sculptural objects. The works in the presentation, spanning the past four decades of Wurtz’s career, take the language of the everyday, and transpose it, creating strange tensions and relationships between materials. Read More »

Claes Oldenburg, Giant of American Pop, Has Passed Away at Age 93

July 19th, 2022

Claes Oldenburg
Claes Oldenburg

Artist Claes Oldenburg, a foundational voice in the development of American contemporary and pop art, has passed away at the age of 93. Known for his monumental constructions that turned every day objects into large-scale sculptures and installations, the artist’s work re-created a range of iconic American images. “My intention is to make an everyday object that eludes definition,” he said. “I’ve expressed myself consistently in objects with reference to human beings rather than through human beings.”  Read More »

New York – Jeppe Hein: “Changing Spaces” at Rockefeller Center Through September 9th, 2022

July 19th, 2022

Jeppe Hein, Changing Spaces (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jeppe Hein, Changing Spaces (Installation View), via Art Observed

This summer, artist Jeppe Hein has installed Changing Spaces, an interactive public art installation on Rockefeller Center’s Center Plaza, a swirling torrent of “liquid architecture” that continues the artist’s use of space and phenomenon to encourage visitors and passerby to stop and interact with the work. Read More »

London – Nicola L. at Alison Jacques Through July 23rd, 2022

July 18th, 2022

Nicola L., We Don't Want War (1974-75), via Alison Jacques
Nicola L., We Don’t Want War (1974-75), via Alison Jacques

Marking the first large-scale exhibition of artist Nicola L. in the UK, Alison Jacques brings together an expansive selection of works by the artist. The show, presented in partnership with the Nicola L. Collection and Archive, Los Angeles, anticipates a forthcoming monograph, published by Apartamento in Autumn 2022, and a major survey at Camden Art Centre in 2024. Read More »

London – Michelangelo Pistoletto at Simon Lee Through July 16th, 2022

July 12th, 2022

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uomo che guarda attraverso la gabbia (2018), via Simon Lee
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uomo che guarda attraverso la gabbia (2018), via Simon Lee

Marking a newe perspective on the storied output of artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, Simon Lee Gallery has opened a show of recent works by the Italian artist. For his fifth exhibition at the gallery, the artist presents a series of mirror paintings that reflect on themes of captivity, isolation and restriction at a fractured moment in contemporary history. Read More »