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Madrid’s Prado to Rehang Collection in Focus on More Female and Foreign Artists

January 22nd, 2021

The Prado in Madrid will rehang its collection to focus more on non-Spanish artists and women. “There are artistic phenomena and artists who have been totally excluded until now – not just women but aspects as important as social painting, which hadn’t found a place in the 19th-century collection,” says director Miguel Falomir, “or painting from different parts of the world, such as the Philippines, whose art is finding itself more and more appreciated.”
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Architectural Digest Tours Home of Sarah Sze

January 22nd, 2021

A piece in the Architectural Digest this week takes a tour of artist Sarah Sze’s home with her husband, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, who writes on the experience of viewing their personal art collection during the pandemic. “We learned to look afresh at Rauschenberg’s Hoarfrost—of a man caught in mid-dive, not knowing where he might land or fall;” he writes.
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Art Newspaper Asks if Biden Presidency May Galvanize Climate Activism in Art World

January 22nd, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper asks if Biden’s inauguration will finally galvanize the US art world to take action on climate change. “The arts sector is going to have to contribute and institutions are where you are going to start to see that more,” says Ellen Langan of the New York-based climate change and arts org Art to Zero.
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$80 Million Botticelli Sale at Sotheby’s Mystifies Experts

January 22nd, 2021

The sale of a Botticelli estimated at $80 million this month at Sotheby’s has drawn speculation and questions over the attribution and origin of the work, Art Newspaper reports. “It is surprising how often scholars have questioned its attribution to the master,” says author David Alan Brown.
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Critic Antwaun Sargent Joins Gagosian as Director and Curator

January 22nd, 2021

Critic Antwaun Sargent has joined Gagosian as a Director and Curator, the New York Times reports. “It’s a wonderful platform,” Sargent says. “It’s a place where you come and view art, but it’s also a place where discussion happens.”
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Art Basel Postponed Until September

January 21st, 2021

Art Basel has once again been postponed from June to 23 to 26 September as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose threats this year. “The decision was made after extensive discussions and analysis in consultation with gallerists and collectors, as well as external experts, putting foremost the health and safety of all concerned while aiming to achieve the broadest possible international attendance for the show,” a statement reads.
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NYT Details Museums Opened by Financier Roberto Polo

January 21st, 2021

A piece in the NYT details the recent efforts of financier Roberto Polo to open a pair of museums, the Center for Modern and Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha, in the Spanish city of Cuenca. “Spain has a particular talent to create public museums for private collections,” Polo says.
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Peter Doig Tapped by Dior for Men’s Fall Collaboration

January 20th, 2021

Dior and Peter Doig will collaborate for the brand’s AW21 Men’s line. “Paintings with fascinating colors condense and reflect powerful meaning with a singular, poignant vision, in particular in terms of the relationship between mankind and nature,” the brand said of his work.
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Helly Nahmad Pardoned by President Trump

January 20th, 2021

Helly Nahmad is among those pardoned by President Trump in the last hours of his administration.  Nahmad was imprisoned for his part in an illegal gambling ring. “Since his conviction, he has lived an exemplary life and has been dedicated to the well-being of his community,” the White House says.
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NEA Head Steps Down

January 20th, 2021

NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has resigned as the Biden administration takes over, the Washington Post reports. “Understanding that the arts play such a crucial role in everyday life. That’s how you expand the arts, broaden the support for arts funding,” she says of her time in the position.
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Paris – “Antibodies” at Palais de Tokyo Through January 3rd, 2021

December 30th, 2020

Xinyi Cheng, Julien (2017), via Palais de Tokyo
Xinyi Cheng, Julien (2017), via Palais de Tokyo

Marking one of the more engaged and critically-considered reflections on the past year in and out of quarantine, Palais de Tokyo in Paris is currently presenting Antibodies, a show delving into new projections and perceptions of the body, touch, closeness and proximity in the era of the pandemic lockdown.  On view through the end of the weekend, Antibodies looks at the state of the world, and the human bodies that move and interact within it, questioning how social and political conception of the body itself have changed in the past year.

Forensic Architecture, Cloud Studies (Still), via Palais de Tokyo
Forensic Architecture, Cloud Studies (Still), via Palais de Tokyo

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New York – Sue Williams at 303 Gallery Through January 30th, 2021

December 29th, 2020

Sue Williams, Betsy Ross Composite (2020), via 303 Gallery

Sue Williams, Betsy Ross Composite (2020), via 303 Gallery

Marking her eleventh solo exhibition at 303 Gallery, painter Sue Williams has brought a selection of dynamic new paintings to bear on the New York space, continuing her particular brand of incendiary, uncompromising social critique through her craft. In a body of work that expands across a range of varied technical approaches and materials, the show outlines Williams’s impressive capacity carry her themes and concepts across a broad framework.   Read More »

New York – Lynda Benglis: “Early Work 1967 – 1979″ at Cheim & Read and Ortuzar Projects

December 23rd, 2020

Lynda Benglis, Early Work 1967-1979 (Installation View), via Cheim & Read
Lynda Benglis, Early Work 1967-1979 (Installation View), via Cheim & Read

Closing today at Cheim & Read and previously on view through December 3rd at Ortuzar ProjectsLynda Benglis’s early work gets a renewed perspective, exploring the artist’s dense material innovations and explorations of the body in relation to sculpture. Compiling a range of works that have proved crucial to the development of Lynda Benglis’s practice during her first decade in New York, the show spans three separate locations, offering an impressive and expansive look at the artist’s work. On at Cheim & Read’s uptown exhibition space, a series of lozenge-shaped wax paintings are juxtaposed with Benglis’s latex and polyurethane pours, while one floor up and the Ortuzar viewing room, one can view a selection of gilded wall sculptures inspired by the caryatids from the porch of the Erechtheion at the Acropolis in Athens. Sparkle and metallized knot sculptures, including the multi-part installation North, South, East, West, 1976 – last shown in New York at a 1981 Whitney Museum exhibition – are on view at Ortuzar Projects on White Street in Tribeca. Read More »

London – Mary Weatherford: “Train Yards” at Gagosian Through February 27th, 2021

December 22nd, 2020

Mary Weatherford, No. 4000 (2017-2018), via Gagosian
Mary Weatherford, No. 4000 (2017-2018), via Gagosian

Marking her first solo show with Gagosian Gallery in London, Mary Weatherford has brought forward a body of new works under the title Train Yards, a series of works that pursues Weatherford’s foundational interest in the poetics of place—especially sites of mass transportation, and locations where the conditions of urban life reveal themselves with a particular intensity. Read More »

New York – Tschabalala Self: “Cotton Mouth” at Eva Presenhuber Through January 23rd, 2021

December 21st, 2020

Tschabalala Self, Carpet (2020), via Eva Presenhuber
Tschabalala Self, Carpet (2020), via Eva Presenhuber

Currently on view at Eva Presenhuber’s New York exhibition space, American artist Tschabalala Self presents Cotton Mouth, her debut solo exhibition with the gallery.  Read More »

New York – Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Gallery Through January 9th, 2021

December 18th, 2020

Carroll Dunham, Big Men (1) (2019-2020), via Gladstone
Carroll Dunham, Big Men (1) (2019-2020), via Gladstone

Marking a continuation and expansion of exploration of visceral states and fluid body movements across a series of new canvases, Carroll Dunham returns to Gladstone Gallery this winter, exhibiting a group of “wrestlers,” engaged in physical struggle. Dunham’s newest groups of wrestling matches are set amidst barren landscapes, deserted for all but one single tree, wherein the aggressive men are locked into differing moments of struggle. Employing formal techniques developed throughout his career, the works exemplify Dunham’s unique ability to continually recontextualize his distinct visual language through new and recurring modes of art making.  Read More »

New York – Fredrik Værslev: “World Paintings” Through December 19th, 2020

December 17th, 2020

Fredrik Vaerslev, World Paintings (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Fredrik Værslev, World Paintings (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Artist Fredrik Værslev operates at an intriguing intersection of formalist and minimalist concepts, drawing on cultural signifiers, semiotic assumptions and linguistic fragments to explore the edges of painting, that space where the canvas becomes a stand-in for something larger than just a picture.  For his most recent show at Andrew Kreps Gallery, the artist continues that practice with World Paintings. Read More »

London – Tracey Emin: “Living Under the Hunters Moon” at White Cube Through January 30th, 2021

December 8th, 2020

Tracey Emin, The Hunter's Moon (2019), via White Cube
Tracey Emin, The Hunter’s Moon (2019), via White Cube

Opening a new exhibition at White Cube in London, Tracey Emin has brought forth an enervating body of new works that continue her expressive and lyrical approach to her life and her work.  The paintings, neon, sculpture and film in this exhibition take their cue from the elemental, sometimes primal, artistic expression, culminating with a screening of her 1998 film Homage to Edvard Munch and all My Dead Children.

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AO Online – NADA Miami, December 1st – 5th, 2020

December 5th, 2020

Soyeon Shin at MRS
Soyeon Shin at Mrs., all images via NADA

Returning to Miami amidst the pressures and concerns of the current Covid-19 crisis, this year’s iteration of NADA Miami from the New Art Dealers Alliance feels a bit different.  Reworking the format to fit the travel concerns and logistical issues posed by the virus, this year’s iteration, its 18th, manages to showcase an international series of presentations from a diverse roster of 47 NADA Members and 27 first-time exhibitors for a total of 97 galleries from 44 cities, both in gallery spaces and online. Read More »

AO Online – Art Basel Online Viewing Room: December 4th – 6th, 2020

December 3rd, 2020

Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar, via Art Basel
Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar, via Art Basel

As the year rolls into December, and businesses remain shuttered over Covid-19, the Art Basel fair franchise has launched another edition of its Online Viewing Rooms series, marking off the string of days normally occupied by Art Basel’s famed Miami Beach fair with a more restrained, but equally well-stocked outing that seems to have notched strong response in its early hours.  Long marking the end of the art world’s fall season, and serving as a much-needed last bash of the year for art lovers and art workers worldwide, this year’s edition of Art Basel’s December fair comes without the endless string of afterparties, replaced with a range of online offerings. Read More »