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Rumors Fly Over Potential Seoul Edition of Frieze Art Fair

November 30th, 2020

Art News reviews rumors that Frieze is planning an art fair edition in Seoul, South Korea, as local vendors clamor to get an upper hand on any potential announcements. “We are always looking at potential new opportunities and have a great relationship with the Korean galleries, institutions, and collectors,” said a Frieze spokesperson. “Anything is possible, but there’s nothing to report at this stage.”
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With Art Basel in Miami Cancelled, Some Events Keep Rolling

November 30th, 2020

Art Basel Miami Beach is cancelled, but Miami Art Week is still rolling this week in the Florida city, leading many to question the city’s art scene and motivations, including a dinner party hosted by the recently-divorced Libbie Mugrabi. “Now I settled a divorce and I have a lot of money,” she says. “And I can do whatever I want with it. It’s my choice. And this is what I want to do.”
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German Parliament Approves Largest-Ever Culture Budget

November 30th, 2020

The German government has approved the highest-ever cultural budget for the country, Art Newspaper reports. “This resounding acknowledgement by parliament of the critical importance of culture and the media is a major signal in these difficult times,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters.
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Utah Monolith Disappears Almost as Soon as It was Found

November 30th, 2020

The mystery around the monolith discovered in the Utah desert has gotten deeper, after the metal structure, which some attribute to artist John McCracken, disappeared from its location. “Almost as quickly as it appeared it has now disappeared,” a statement from the Department of Public Safety reads.
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The Atlantic Writes on “Identity Crisis” Among Art Museums

November 30th, 2020

A piece in The Atlantic this week charts the ongoing internal debates over race and representation currently roiling art museums, and points to a long-overdue reckoning amongst arts institutions. “Historically, I would say [collecting decisions depend on] institutional curatorial expertise right there with artists’ intent, and way down the road, thinking about the visitor experience or relevance to the community,” says Lori Fogarty, the executive director of the Oakland Museum of California. “That is shifting … I think we are at a moment of complete reimagination for museums.”
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Art Newspaper Forecasts What a Biden Administration Could Do for the Arts

November 25th, 2020

A piece in the Art Newspaper details what a Biden administration could mean for the arts. “The big idea was to create a White House office on arts, culture and the creative industries,” says Megan Beyer, the co-chair of the campaign’s Arts Policy Committee and a former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Obama. 
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Steel Monolith Found in Utah Desert, Some Believe It’s a Work by John McCracken

November 25th, 2020

A piece in the New York Times looks at the recently discovered steel monolith found in the Utah desert, and asks if the work might actually be a long-hidden piece by John McCracken. “The gallery is divided on this,” the artist’s gallerist, David Zwirner said in a statement. “I believe this is definitely by John.”
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Fake Documenta Invites Go Out to Arts Professionals

November 24th, 2020

At least 32 fake invitations to participate in the prestigious Documenta art festival in Kassel have gone out to arts professionals around the globe, Art Newspaper reports. “Unfortunately we don’t know yet who sent them,” says a spokeswoman for Documenta. “We are in contact with experts, but the emails are very well encrypted. Some recipients have noticed that the invitations are not genuine, but others have not and of course it is a great disappointment to them when they find out. We feel very sorry about this.”
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Hank Willis Thomas Interviewed on Art News

November 24th, 2020

Hank Willis Thomas does an interview this week with Art News, and holds forth on how he sees his practice working in politics and activism. “If we are dealing with centuries old problems in century old ways, if we really want to transcend we’re going to take action,” he says.
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The White House Acquires Noguchi’s Floor Frame

November 23rd, 2020

The White House has acquired Isamu Noguchi’s Floor Frame (1962), the first work by an Asian-American in the White House’s holdings. “Noguchi’s inclusion in the White House Collection is a worthy testament to his incredible life’s work and is a milestone in our efforts to ensure that Americans from all cultural backgrounds are represented,” Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association.
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New York – Jean-Marie Appriou: “Very Rich Hours” at Clearing Gallery Through November 1st, 2020

November 1st, 2020

Jean-Marie Appriou, The Blood Drop (2020), via Clearing
Jean-Marie Appriou, The Blood Drop (2020), via Clearing

Taking over the expanses of Clearing Gallery’s Bushwick exhibition space, artist Jean-Marie Appriou presents a body of new work delving into Medieval aesthetics and the legends of the era, creating a range of works that mine the lore and mythologies that sprung from the era following the fall of Rome.    Read More »

London – Josh Smith: “Spectre” at David Zwirner Through October 31st, 2020

October 31st, 2020

Josh Smith, Untitled (2020), vai David Zwirner
Josh Smith, Untitled (2020), via David Zwirner

Marking a new entry in his ongoing practice of obsessive painterly documentation and flowing, lyrical canvases, artist Josh Smith has opened a string of shows at David Zwirner in New York and London, continuing his exploration of landscape and space, here focusing on a series of empty streetscapes.   Reflecting on the experience of creating these new works during the 2020 pandemic, the artist’s work explores the meaning of creativity and artistic purpose in the midst of global crisis.   Read More »

New York – Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures Through October 31st, 2020

October 29th, 2020

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #609 (2019), via Metro Pictures
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #609 (2019), via Metro Pictures

The ever-shifting visage of Cindy Sherman touches down once again at Metro Pictures this month, installing a selection of new works that continue her explorations of iconographies and cultural trappings, bodies and time as suspended within the frame of the photograph.  Considered among the most influential voices of her generation, Sherman opens the show as she installs a major body of work at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #611 (2019), via Metro Pictures
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #611 (2019), via Metro Pictures

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London – Klara Liden: “Turn Me On” at Sadie Coles HQ Through October 31st, 2020

October 28th, 2020

Klara Liden, Kahba (2020), via Sadie Coles
Klara Liden, Kahba (2020), via Sadie Coles

Currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ’s Davies Street location in London, artist Klara Liden has orchestrated a body of new works drawing on the urban landscape, its moments of improvised and recontextualized materiality, and peculiar interrogations of these spaces through the body and through the body populace.  At the center of the show is an investigation of cities and landscapes, and how human agency slowly transmutes and transfigures much the space within it.   Read More »

London – Danh Vo: “Chicxulub” at White Cube Through November 2nd, 2020

October 27th, 2020

Danh Vo, Chicxulub (Installation View), via Art Observed
Danh Vo, Chicxulub (Installation View), via Art Observed

Taking over the full expanse of White Cube Bermondsey, artist Danh Vo presents a selection of new works that continues his uniquely deep interrogations of the politics and materiality of language, drawing together a show of fragmentary items and momentary encounters that build and amplify their respective elements.

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Los Angeles – Raymond Pettibon: “Pacific Ocean Pop” at Regen Projects Through October 31st, 2020

October 26th, 2020

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Prick up your) (2020), via Regen Projects
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Prick up your) (2020), via Regen Projects

For its fall exhibition, Regen Projects has tapped the voluminous body of work produced by Raymond Pettibon, presenting a range of new drawings and collages by the artist to round out his 11th exhibition with the gallery since joining in 1993.  Uniting his various interests in literature, sport and art, Pettibon’s most recent selection of works continues his investigations into the landscape of modern culture. Read More »

London – Tavares Strachan: “IN PLAIN SIGHT” at Marian Goodman Through October 24th, 2020

October 23rd, 2020

Tavares Strachan, In Plain Sight (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Tavares Strachan, In Plain Sight (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

On view this month at Marian Goodman in London, artist Tavares Strachan takes an in-depth, beguiling look at the interconnected figures of 20th Century politics and culture for his first UK solo show, part of his ongoing investigatory project The Encyclopedia of Invisibility.  The show, on view through tomorrow, makes a powerful, serpentine pathway through the landscape and history of the world, tying together the Queen, Haille Selassie, Nina Simone, and many more.   Read More »

New York – Gabriel Orozco at Marian Goodman Gallery Through October 24th, 2020

October 21st, 2020

Gabriel Orozco, Estanque (2020), via Marian Goodman
Gabriel Orozco, Estanque (2020), via Marian Goodman

Currently on at Marian Goodman’s New York exhibition space, artist Gabriel Orozco is presenting a body of new works drawing on his continued exploration of global and local cultural formats, and the possibility for performance and repositioning within their varied aesthetic and conceptual palettes.  For this exhibition, Orozco presents a new series of tempera paintings in a large and small scale, and a selection of new watercolor collages which expand upon his Suisai series, begun in 2016. Read More »

Los Angeles – “Restless Index” Curated by Kelly Akashi and Cayetano Ferrer at Tanya Bonakdar Through November 7th, 2020

October 20th, 2020

Michael Queenland, Untitled (Stationary) (2017), via Tanya Bonakdar
Michael Queenland, Untitled (Stationary) (2017), via Tanya Bonakdar

Marking a sustained engagement with language and text, the current group show at Tanya Bonakdar Los Angeles, Restless Index, explores a specific approach to cataloging and documenting, and the potentials that these explorations of archives and databases might offer for the future.  Inadequacies of language—whether legal, symbolic, written or visual—are cast into stark relief during moments of social upheaval, a point which feels particularly apt during this cultural moment, and which serves as a bedrock for the show, exploring associations once normalized by cultural hegemonies as renewed sites of contention and conflict.  The show explores the canon as a permeable and flexible, where monuments and institutional mandates are called into question, histories reassessed, and so too are visual codes that derive from those histories. Read More »

Kevin Beasley: “Reunion” at Casey Kaplan Through October 24th, 2020

October 19th, 2020

Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan
Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan

Artist Kevin Beasley returns to Casey Kaplan this month for an exhibition of new work surrounding questions and explorations of ancestry, ownership and land, dwelling on a range of questions over ownership and property that underscore the United States’s relationship to its own past, and the culture of violence and oppression that helped to build its economic foundations.   Read More »