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KAWS Launches Exhibition in Fortnite Video Game

January 18th, 2022

KAWS is launching an online exhibition in the video game Fortnite, as well as one at London’s Serpentine Gallery. “Being able to create works,” the artist says, “and the version that I’m viewing in Brooklyn is the version you could be viewing in India, I just started to get really obsessed with the opportunities within that.”

Read more at The Guardian

Pissarro Work, Formerly Nazi Loot, Heads to US Supreme Court

January 17th, 2022

A Camille Pissarro work looted by the Nazis will head to US Supreme Court to hear a case over its ownership, as the descendants of Lilly Cassirer Neubauer sue for the painting’s return. “This has been three generations of the Cassirer family trying to take back what is theirs,” says attorney Stephen Zack of the US law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

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Jewish Museum Employees Vote to Unionize

January 17th, 2022

Employees at the Jewish Museum in New York have voted to unionize. “The Jewish Museum is aware that staff have petitioned for a union election,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The Museum greatly values its staff and will respectfully engage in any process that transpires.”

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Serpentine Galleries Remove Sackler Name from North Gallery Space

January 12th, 2022

London’s Serpentine Galleries have formally removed the Sackler name from its North Gallery. The museum had faced criticism over its sluggishness to remove the name after fierce criticism and similar moves at other major institutions.

Uffizi Director Charges Museums with Confronting “Toxic” Histories of Society

December 30th, 2021

The director of the Uffizi in Florence has called on museums to take an active role in reconciling the “toxic” past actions of society.
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Governments Look to Regulate NFTs, Cryptocurrency as Markets Heat Up

December 28th, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper looks at efforts to begin regulating NFTs alongside cryptocurrencies, and how much catch-up those governments will have to play. “Education is paramount to protect new entrants from falling prey to bad actors, and the online community can contribute to increasing the level of understanding around NFTs,” says Omri Bouton of the London-based media and technology law firm Sheridans. “The industry may also benefit from having standards to allow consumers to quickly identify trustworthy projects.”
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Director Leaves Parrish Museum After Less Than One Year on Job

December 28th, 2021

After less than a year at the Parrish Museum, Kelly Taxter has left. “It was something she worked out with the board as being the right thing to do at this point in time,” says  Parrish board president Mary E. Frank.
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Spain Grants Protected Status To Work Suspected to be Caravaggio Original

December 24th, 2021

Spain has granted protected status to a small work believed to be a Caravaggio original, The Guardian reports. “Elements such as the psychological depictions of the characters, the realism of the faces, the luminous force that illuminates the body of Christ, the interplay of the three characters and the communication it establishes with the viewer make this a work of great artistic interest,” the government said in a statement.
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Art Newspaper Notes Employees Still Negotiating Contract at MOCA Two Years After Negotiation

December 24th, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper notes that two years after forming its union, MOCA employees are still negotiating their first contract with management. “I, along with many of my fellow coworkers in the union, felt very disrespected and undervalued by the proposal,” says Anna Marfleet, a member of the union organizing committee. “The fact that the museum spent six months stalling and delaying only to deliver a gravely insufficient proposal really shows how little the museum values the time and labor of its employees, and how unaccountable upper management is to the actual workers that make the museum run every day.”
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Robert Indiana Cases Continue in Court as Firm Alleges Emotional Abuse and Forgery Against

December 24th, 2021

The latest in the ongoing fight over the estate of Robert Indiana accuses Michael McKenzie of forgery and emotional abuse as well as lying under oath about evidence in his possession. “We’ve corroborated every single allegation of wrongdoing against Michael McKenzie,” says the lawyer Luke Nikas, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
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AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios, December 1st – 4th, 2021

December 2nd, 2021

Jenny Morgan at Mother Gallery
Jenny Morgan at Mother Gallery

With the proceedings of Art Week Miami winding on, the halls at the Miami Beach Convention Center continue to draw massive crowds of both buyers and visitors, its luxe appointments and impressive stock of established blue chip works commanding big headlines and even bigger price tags. But across Biscayne Bay, the New Art Dealers Alliance had kicked off its annual take on the Miami Fair Week. NADA Miami, set up inside the Ice Palace Film Studios, puts itself forward as showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe, exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment,” by their words. NADA Miami is also the one of the only major American art fairs to be produced by a non-profit organization, and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art.

Hou Zichao at Downs & Ross
Hou Zichao at Downs & Ross

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed

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New York – Maria Lassnig: “The Paris Years, 1960–68” at Petzel Through December 17th, 2021

November 29th, 2021

Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel
Maria Lassnig, Napoleon und Brigitte Bardot (1961), via Petzel

On view this month at Petzel Gallery in New York, the gallery presents a meticulously curated look at the work of Maria Lassnig during her time in Paris. Maria Lassnig: The Paris Years, 1960–68, showcases a range of pieces rarely seen in the U.S., a formative set of works that show her exploring and honing what would become her iconic mode of portraiture and abstraction.  Read More »

Greenwich, CT – David Salle at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center Through April 1st, 2022

November 18th, 2021

David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed
David Salle, Sky King (1998), via Art Observed

Open now at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, painter David Salle is the subject of comprehensive survey of the the artist’s work, exploring a selection of works culled from both the Brant Collections and from a series of international loans. Underscoring the artist’s continued investigation and elaboration on a range of visual languages and histories of painterly craft, particularly in his exploration and visual mash-ups and shifting perceptual frames, the show showcases Salle’s evolution, over 40 years across a broad, yet a tightly controlled visual syntax.

David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed
David Salle, Ice Flow (2001), via Art Observed

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New York – Mark Tansey: “Recent Paintings and Graphite Drawings” at Gagosian Through December 18th, 2021

November 17th, 2021

Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed
Mark Tansey, Resight (2019), via Art Observed

Currently on at Gagosian Gallery in New York, the dealer has compiled a body of new and recent work by painter Mark Tansey, spanning the past six years of work and running through a range of both paintings and graphite drawings mixed with oil and water. Read More »

RIP – Artist Etel Adnan Has Passed Away at the Age of 96

November 15th, 2021

 

 

 

Etel Adnan, Untitled (2015), via White Cube
Etel Adnan, Untitled (2015), via White Cube

Artist Etel Adnan, the artist and writer whose colorful, minimalist landscapes and incisive writing about political conflict, trauma, and the Middle East made her a diverse and expressive voice in the Contemporary Arts landscape, has passed away at the age of 96. Adnan, raised in Lebanon but based in California for the past several decades, was an international literary figure, and a powerful fixture in the exploration and criticism of violence and war.

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Paris – Danh Vo at Chantal Crousel Through November 20th, 2021

November 15th, 2021

Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel
Danh Vo (Installation View), via Chantal Crousel

Currently on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, artist Danh Vo continues a body of work mining disparate historical and biographical threads to realize densely layered environments that challenge and complicate shared understandings of history and meaning. Read More »

New York – Diane Simpson: “Point of View” at JTT Gallery Through November 13th, 2021

November 12th, 2021

Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT
Diane Simpson, Roof Shape (Ise), (2019), via JTT

Currently on at JTT Gallery in New York, Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson marks her second show at the gallery with Point of View, a show drawing on a range of architectural sources, as well as her own personal archive of drawings from the early 1980s to render a series of unique objects mixing a fanciful exploration of reality alongside conceptual operations.  Read More »

New York – Neo Rauch: “The Signpost” at David Zwirner Through December 18th, 2021

November 12th, 2021

Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Die Pumpe (2021), via Art Observed

Currently on at David Zwirner’s New York exhibition space, artist Neo Rauch has brought forth a body of new works unified under the title The Signpost, a set of new paintings that mark his first show in New York since 2014. Known for his rich color palette and dreamy, surreal motifs, the artist’s work makes a striking return to the city.

Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed
Neo Rauch, Wegweiser (2021), via Art Observed

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New York – Rob Gorchov: “The Last Paintings” at Cheim & Read Through December 18th, 2021

November 11th, 2021

Ron Gorchov, MOCKINGBIRD (2020), via Cheim and Read
Ron Gorchov, MOCKINGBIRD (2020), via Cheim and Read

Currently on view at Cheim & Read in New York, the gallery turns its attention to the late works of artist Ron Gorchov, exploring the last works the artist made between 2017 and his passing in 2020. Marking a concise summary of the artist’s work and a final look at his single-minded, painterly practice involving a curved, saddle-like stretcher that creates a painting surface that is simultaneously convex and concave, the show underscores his work in a unique and long-lasting mode of practice. Read More »