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Sam Durant Installs New Sculpture on High Line

April 15th, 2021

Artist Sam Durant has installed a predator drone on the High Line, an attempt to make visible the United States’ secret drone bombing policies. “I was very concerned with using unmanned aircraft to essentially assassinate people,” he says. “It was seen as popular in the United States because U.S. soldiers didn’t have to go to the battlefield. But what about the casualties in the countries that were attacked by our drones? The idea was to bring this conversation home to America.”
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Hauser & Wirth Open in Monaco

April 15th, 2021

Marking its 13th gallery worldwide, Hauser & Wirth have opened in Monaco. “In former times, Monaco was a destination for artists, writers, and filmmakers who were as captivated as we have been by the Côte d’Azur,” says Iwan Wirth.
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New Study Shows 43% of Museum Workers Have Lost Income Due to Pandemic

April 15th, 2021

A new studies shows that 43% of museum workers have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we recover and rebuild, we must focus on equity, empathetic leadership and actions that support the people who make museums possible,” Laura Lott, president and chief executive of the American Alliance of Museums says. “The resiliency and future vitality of our field relies on them.”
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da Vinci Work Held for a Year on Saudi Crown Prince’s Yacht

April 14th, 2021

A piece in the Wall Street Journal notes that da Vinci‘s Salvator Mundi was stored on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 439-foot yacht Serene until late last year, following a dispute that kept it out of The Louvre’s landmark show. A source who saw the work was “very surprised it was not in Switzerland as others believe.” 
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Expo Chicago Cancelled

April 14th, 2021

A string of American fairs have been cancelled this week, with Expo Chicago joining the list of events postponed for the near future. “We gauged the global re-emergence of fairs, gatherings, and exhibitions and felt strongly that our commitment to April of 2022 allows us a strong chance to open where we left off after the 2019 exposition, respecting the impact and numerous considerations that dealers and collectors are making in 2021,” says founder and director Tony Karman.
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Cairo Museum Reopens Ten Years After Van Gogh Theft

April 13th, 2021

Cairo’s Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum has reopened after a ten year closure, which followed the theft of a Van Gogh from the museum.
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Crystal Bridges Museum Plans Expansion

April 12th, 2021

Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas is planning a major expansion that will add almost 100,000 square feet to its footprint. “With the number of visitors we welcome annually, it’s timely to enlarge our building and make sure more people can access these offerings,” says founder Alice Walton.
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Pace Gallery Expands in Seoul

April 12th, 2021

Pace Gallery is expanding its footprint in South Korea, as it moves to a larger space in the Hannam-dong neighborhood of Seoul. “We’re growing, but I like to think we grow very carefully and thoughtfully,” says Marc Glimcher. “We start really small in a city and see if it’s successful. It’s about the people first, not the space. We are really interested in going to cities where we really add to the equation and that city can have an interesting impact on us.”
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Art Basel Hong Kong to Return Next Month

April 11th, 2021

Art Basel Hong Kong will return next month, and has just announced its exhibitor list for the next edition of the fair, welcoming 104 exhibitors to the space. 
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Jennifer and Dan Gilbert Give $30 Million to Cranbrook Academy of Art to Promote Diversity

April 7th, 2021

The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI has received $30 million by Jennifer and Dan Gilbert to promote diversity in students and faculty. “Our ultimate goal is to drive lasting financial stability while creating a more diverse and equitable community,” Jennifer Gilbert said in a statement. “We know it’s not a silver bullet, but a step in the right direction. Dan and I hope that the gift grants the Academy space to develop long-term solutions, and that it encourages others to join us in giving.”


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New York – “Home Life” at Matthew Marks Through March 20th, 2021

March 10th, 2021

Charles Ray, Clothes Pile (2020), via Matthew Marks
Charles Ray, Clothes Pile (2020), via Matthew Marks

Pursuing a timely and intriguing exploration of the current contexts of confinement and isolation as expressed in our Covid-19 dominated world, Matthew Marks Gallery has opened a new show, Home Life, at its 523 West 24th Street. Featuring new works by Alex Da Corte, Robert Gober, and Charles Ray, all exhibited for the first time, together with earlier works by Nayland Blake, Nan Goldin, and Ken Price, among others, the show takes the domestic and the personal as a springboard for broader ideations around the expression of self and society in the most intimate environs.  Read More »

London – Jonathan Monk: “Not Me, Me” at Lisson Gallery Through April 24th, 2021

March 9th, 2021

Jonathan Monk, Not Me, Me (Installation View)
Jonathan Monk, Not Me, Me (Installation View)

Jonathan Monk’s investigations into memory, ephemera and artistic process emerge from his practice as an inveterate observer, participant and collector of both popular culture and conceptual art, a constant observer and documentarian whose works explore the wide ranges of history, politics, sociology and memory in a way that brings the viewer with him through a maze of references and touchpoints. In a new series of works on view at Lisson this month, particularly a set of collages entitled Exhibit Model Detail with Additional Information, Monk charts and revisits some of his own exhibition history using photographic evidence of previous solo shows, harking back to the first museum presentation featuring wallpaper of his own past work at Kunsthaus Baselland in 2016. Read More »

Paris – “Horizons” at Lévy Gorvy Through March 20th, 2021

March 8th, 2021

Etel Adnan, Horizon 8 (2020), via Lévy Gorvy
Etel Adnan, Horizon 8 (2020), via Lévy Gorvy

Currently on at Lévy Gorvy in Paris, the artist Etel Adnan has curated a selection of works in collaboration with Victoire de Pourtalès, centered around a poetic and nostalgic text by the artist. Exploring her movements between Lebanon, California, and France, the text, and the show at large considers the importance of physical and aesthetic displacements, using her own personal horizon, and the questions raised by such mutations as a way to explore broader questions of social and cultural dynamics. Read More »

New York – Lucas Blalock: “Florida, 1989″ at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through April 10th, 2021

March 5th, 2021

Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber
Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber

Open now at Galerie Eva Presenhuber’s New York exhibition space, artist Lucas Blalock has brought together a body of new works under the title Florida, 1989, marking his second solo exhibition with the gallery. Drawing on memory and trauma, Blalock’s work in the show explores his own history, and its traces appearing throughout his work.  Read More »

New York – Jordan Kasey: “The Storm” at Nicelle Beauchene Through March 27th, 2021

March 4th, 2021

Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene
Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene

On view this month at Nicelle Beauchene in New York, painter Jordan Kasey has assembled a body of new works drawing lines through the melodramatic and the comical, playful and surreal paintings that draw on the artist’s sense of light and space, while exploring the act of gesture and tension.  Read More »

New York – “Lost and Found” at Martos Gallery Through March 13th, 2021

March 3rd, 2021

Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos
Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos

“What is the Lost & Found in art? Is there such a place? Is it a state of mind, of curiosity? Existing everywhere at all times? To occasion, over and again, a parallel with life, its flow? The tide comes in and the tide goes out, and what washes up randomly upon the shore? As many go about putting a lost year behind us, we wonder how to find our way back to ourselves, to one another, to those gone. Belongings. What belongs to us, and to whom do we belong? Can a gallery be thought of as a Lost & Found?” Read More »

Berlin – Rebecca Ackroyd: “100mph” at Peres Projects Through March 5th, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects
Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects

Artist Rebecca Ackroyd is interested in the twinned experiences of personal and collective memory, and how we reconcile their dissonance in our lives. Making a nuanced exploration of these ideas in concert with a unique fusion of concept and material, her new show, 100mph, her second exhibition at Peres Projects, Ackroyd architecturally intervenes in the space with semitransparent, plastic dividers, creating pods that isolate both the works and the viewer.  Read More »

New York – Jason Moran: “The Sound Will Tell You” at Luhring Augustine Through

February 22nd, 2021

Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine
Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine

Currently at Luhring Augustine‘s Tribeca exhibition space, the gallery is presenting The Sound Will Tell You, a presentation of new works on paper by artist and pianist Jason Moran, marking the gallery’s second exhibition with the artist. Internationally renowned as a jazz pianist and composer, Moran’s interdisciplinary and often collaborative visual art practice mines the history of music, and its social, cultural, and political subtexts. Here, he returns to a mode of practice that runs between both modes.  Read More »

New York – Camille Blatrix: “Pop-Up” at 55 Walker Through March 6th, 2021

February 19th, 2021

Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Camille Blatrix marks his first solo show in New York this month with Pop-Up, a strikingly incisive investigation into the modern cultural landscape, and the implied iconographies that come with it, on view via Andrew Kreps at 55 Walker. Mining languages of neoliberalism and capital, Blatrix’s built environment and assembled pieces are a comically incisive exploration of labor, material and culture.  Read More »

New York – Becky Kolsrud: “Elegies” at JTT Through March 13th, 2021

February 18th, 2021

Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT
Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT

Currently on at JTT’s New York exhibition space, Los Angeles painter Becky Kolsrud has assembled a range of new works featuring flattened female figures and opaque landscapes with glowing horizons, a space of 12 works that explore a range of surreal landscapes and interiors, composed from bodies and architectural elements in tandem. Drawing a range of influences from mythology and classical antiquity, the show pulls together a broad selection of iconographies that incorporate these histories into Kolsrud’s own unique world.  Read More »