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New York – Urs Fischer: “Sotatsu” at Gagosian Gallery Through June 23rd, 2018

May 26th, 2018

Urs Fischer, Sōtatsu (detail) (2018)New York, Artworks © Urs Fischer, Photo Rob McKeever
Urs Fischer, Sōtatsu (detail) (2018)New York, Artworks © Urs Fischer, Photo Rob McKeever

Throughout the career of Swiss artist Urs Fischer, space and form have long worked in lock step with acts of repetition and iteration, allowing his myriad approaches towards studio process to create ever-evolving forms and bodies of work that change as much from piece to piece as they do series to series.  For his most recent body of works on view now at Gagosian Gallery‘s uptown location, the artist takes this interest to a natural conclusion, creating a series of panel-based paintings that draw on a gradual evolution in the painter’s improvisations on single images.
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German Lost Art Plans New Guidelines for Project Funding

May 25th, 2018

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, by Gustav Klimt, via Market WatchThe German Lost Art Foundation will begin developing guidelines for funding projects in provenance research for museums, collections and basic research, the Washington Post reports. The funding continues the organization’s attempts to provide restitution support for lost and looted art pieces.
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The Guardian Spotlights New Performance Piece at CERN

May 25th, 2018

Haroon Mirza and Gaika, via The GuardianThe Guardian spotlights an ambitious and expansive body of performance works set to take place at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, organized by a group of artists including Jack Jelfs and Haroon Mirza. “It’s like the way people look at Stonehenge,” says the DJ Elijah, who is part of the project. “That could be like Cern 1,000 years in the future – maybe not even that far ahead. ‘Why were people smashing particles together to work out how the universe started?’ This is the biggest machine ever created, maybe nothing will ever be bigger. So it might be seen as a ritual site.”
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Accademia Carrara in Bergamo Discovers $30 Million Mantegna in Storage

May 25th, 2018

Mantegna, via Washington PostA painting that sat for more than 100 years in the basement of the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo will be credited as a work by master Andrea Mantegna, placing its value at around $30 million. “It’s a wonderful surprise,” says Dr.Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Met. “An absolutely top-quality work by one of the defining artists of the early Renaissance.”
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New Yorker Profiles MoMA’s Recent Acquisition of Chris Ofili’s “Holy Virgin Mary”

May 23rd, 2018

Chris Ofili, Holy Virgin Mary, via BloombergThe New Yorker has a piece on the infamous battle between Rudy Giuliani and Chris Ofili over the artist’s The Holy Virgin Mary, which the then-mayor sought to have removed from a show at the New Museum, and which has now been acquired by MoMA. “When we acquired the work and put it in front of our committee, it looked like it had descended from Heaven,” MoMA curator Laura Hoptman says.
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Germany Looks to Increase Arts Funding by $353 million

May 23rd, 2018

Grutters, via ArtforumGerman minister of culture Monika Grütters has announced plans to increase the nation’s arts funding by approximately $353 million. Grütters feels the budget sends “a strong signal that culture is the foundation for our open and democratic society.” 
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LA Times Profiles Strong Growth for Nigerian Art Market

May 23rd, 2018

Art X Lagos, via LA TimesA piece in the LA Times this week notes the surging popularity of Nigerian art on the international market, and the institutions springing up to cater to a thriving market. “There’s a generation of young, vibrant artists of Nigerian or African origin who have felt that the gallery infrastructure in West Africa is not sufficiently developed for them to connect with the international art market from their home base,” says Tokini Peterside, founder of the Art X Lagos art fair. “For generations, when it comes to exporting its cultural capital and so many other things, Africa has had to go overseas.”
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ADAA Art Show to Once Again Open The Week Before Armory Show Next Year

May 23rd, 2018

Outside the Park Ave Armory for the ADAA Art ShowThe Art Dealers Association of America announced today that the 2019 edition of its Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory will once again open during the last week of February, following its trend towards opening before the crowded Armory Week in New York.  “In 2018, the caliber of the presentations was individually, and collectively, very strong, and we continued to hear unsolicited feedback from collectors, museum directors, and curators that the Art Show is their favorite fair,” says Andrew Schoelkopf, organization president. “We aim to reach the same high bar every year, if not surpass it, and part of that is to maintain the fair’s longstanding place in the art world calendar and the singular setting, location, and accessibility provided by the Park Avenue Armory.”
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New Lawsuit Over Works of Robert Indiana Sheds Light on Artist’s Last Years

May 23rd, 2018

Robert Indiana's lodge in Maine, via NYTA recent lawsuit over the works of the late Robert Indiana has shed a light on the recent absence of the artist’s work from the art world, claiming that a caretaker had shielded the artist while reproducing his works.  “They have isolated Indiana from his friends and supporters, forged some of Indiana’s most recognizable works, exhibited the fraudulent works in museums, and sold the fraudulent works to unsuspecting collectors,” a lawsuit filed last week by Morgan Art Foundation Ltd. in Federal District Court in Manhattan reads.
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Stephanie Pereira to Head Up NEW INC as Next Director

May 22nd, 2018

Stephanie Pereira, via Art NewsStephanie Pereira will serve as the next director of the New Museum’s art, design, and technology incubator, NEW INC, the museum has announced. “We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of NEW INC led by Julia, our brilliant first director,” says cofounder Lisa Phillips. “Stephanie’s creative business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for community building will help shape the next chapter of growth for NEW INC.”
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New York – David Salle at Skarstedt through June 23rd, 2018

May 6th, 2018

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Mingus in Mexico (1990). © David Salle, VAGA, NY courtesy of Skarstedt, NY.

Now through June 23, 2018, Skarstedt Gallery presents David Salle: Paintings 1985-1995, a selection of some of the artist’s most significant bodies of work highlighting a particularly prolific and experimental period of Salle’s career. The celebrated master of postmodern composition is known especially for his use of photography and collage in his paintings to deconstruct existing imagery, integrating everything from advertisements to post-war American art into his work, earning his classification among other artists of the ‘70s and ‘80s “Pictures Generation”, whose concerns largely centered on the changing status of the image in the era of mass media. Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: TEFAF New York at the Park Ave Armory, May 4th – 8th, 2018

May 5th, 2018

TEFAF NY, via Art Observed
TEFAF NY, via Art Observed

Taking over the cavernous halls of the Park Avenue Armory, The European Fine Art Fair, better known as TEFAF, has returned to the Big Apple for another year, bringing a sense of balance and focus to the broad selection of fairs spread across the city.  The fair, which is now in its second year in the city of New York, has become one of the more noteworthy additions to an already crowded week of sales and fairs, with its focus towards high-end blue chip artworks in conjunction with classic design, artifacts and other fields, a focus that makes it both a concentration of the focus of many fair proceedings around town, and an elaboration, seeking buyers new to the field of collecting fine art, furniture, or otherwise, through a more organic mode. Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, May 3rd – 6th, 2018

May 4th, 2018

Frieze, via Art Observed
Frieze, via Art Observed

As the sun beat down on the ferries making their way up the East River this morning, Frieze New York opened its doors on the early hours of its first preview day, offering an opportunity for collectors and dealers to take a first stroll through the fair without the bustling crowds of the later fair days.  Celebrating its seventh year on Randall’s Island, the fair’s early previews saw a first look at a fair that has come into its own as an anchor of New York’s already packed art scene, and which has become a much-anticipated first hint of the summer months in the city, a first opportunity to get outside and into the greenery of the slender island just north of Manhattan. Read More »

AO Preview -New York: Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, May 3rd-6th, 2018

April 29th, 2018

David Simpson, Blue to Yellow Air (1967), via Haines Gallery
David Simpson, Blue to Yellow Air (1967), via Haines Gallery

The hustle and bustle of the spring art season has fallen over New York, and the anticipation is building for this year’s edition of Frieze New York, set to open its doors in just a few days at its annual haunt at Randall’s Island.  This year, as the fair reaches its seventh edition, some adjustments and tweaks to the schedule will look to expand the fair’s offerings and appeal in an increasingly crowded circuit. Read More »

New York – Marc Camille Chaimowicz: “Your Place or Mine…” at The Jewish Museum Through August 5th, 2018

April 28th, 2018

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Your Place or Mine… (Installation View), via Jewish Museum
Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Your Place or Mine… (Installation View), via Jewish Museum

Given Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s works are in many ways “sites” unto themselves, it can be easy to forget that the pieces themselves are also site-specific. In turn, New York’s Jewish Museum seems like the perfect space for Chaimowicz’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, given its prior history as a family home, yet that equally omits some credit due still to Chaimowicz. The crown moldings and wood floors and banisters that make the space familiar have become part of his narrative here, yet each gallery is made distinct, and the intimate effect of his works would result even working within a white-cube gallery space.  This exchange between site and space, artistic inclination and the fluid acts of design are at the center of this show. Read More »

New York – Maria Lassnig: “New York Films 1970–1980″ at MoMA PS1 Through June 18th, 2018

April 27th, 2018

Maria Lassnig, New York Films: 1970 - 1980 (Installation View), via Art Observed
Maria Lassnig, New York Films: 1970 – 1980 (Installation View), via Art Observed

Following the passing of renowned Austrian artist Maria Lassnig, a body of new films was unearthed from the artist’s estate, pieces that marked a continuation and elaboration of her unique and exploratory approach to the human form and its movements. This body of films has traveled to New York this month, following a close collaboration between the Maria Lassnig Foundation and the Austrian Film Musuem to execute an attentive and exacting restoration, resulting in their presentation as Maria Lassnig: New York Films 1970–1980 at MoMA PS1. Read More »

London – Lorna Simpson: “Unanswerable” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 28th, 2018

April 26th, 2018

Lorna Simpson, Five Properties (2018), via Hauser & Wirth
Lorna Simpson, Five Properties (2018), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking her first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth London with a body of new works, artist Lorna Simpson’s Unanswerable features new and recent paintings, photographic collages and sculpture.  Continuing the artist’s pioneering approach to conceptual photography, which features powerful juxtapositions of text and staged images, often bringing into question the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history, the show is a fitting reintroduction to Simpson’s work for a broader audience, and one that marks the continued impact and importance of her practice today.  Read More »

New York – Doug Aitken: “New Era” at 303 Gallery Through May 25th, 2018

April 22nd, 2018

Doug Aitken, New Era (Installation View), via Art Observed
Doug Aitken, New Era (Installation View), via Art Observed

Walking into the shadowy depths of 303 Gallery this month, viewers are confronted with an almost completely destabilizing series of visuals.  Huge explosions of color and line expand out from the center of television screens placed in the pitch-black space, swirling movements and patterns created by arrangements of various technologic peripherals and paraphernalia.  Accentuated by the hall of mirrors the artist has constructed inside the gallery space, the video creates a alienating effect, the feeling of being awash in technologic constructs we are inventing faster than we can fully comprehend their effects on communication, knowledge or expression. Read More »

New York — mark Is On View at Team Gallery Through April 21, 2018

April 21st, 2018

Mark (Installation View), via Team Gallery
Mark (Installation View), via Team Gallery

The word “mark” takes the center stage in Team Gallery’s ongoing group exhibition, featuring works by Erica Baum, Louise Fishman, Suzanne McClelland, Shannon Ebner, and Al Loving. Aptly and simply titled mark, the exhibition gathers a group of two dimensional works in print and painting that loosely investigate the impact of visual culture on personal and collective memory. Initiated through varied linguistic and social traits of the word finding to its current use and connotations in modern English, the various approaches here explore differing meanings of the “mark,” each of which serve as tactics to examine societal codings of information, ethics, and culture. Read More »

New York – Sean Raspet: “Receptor-Binding Variations” at Bridget Donahue Through April 22nd, 2018

April 19th, 2018

Sean Raspet, Receptor-Binding Variations (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Sean Raspet, Receptor-Binding Variations (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Taking over the large main room of Bridget Donahue this month, artist Sean Raspet has assembled a strangely minimalist arrangement of objects along the walls of the space.  Small white machines jut out into space, each humming quietly and dispensing a subtle scent.  These timed micro-diffusers are each emitting a scent designed by the artist, an experiment in scent reception that plays on his interests in synthetic compounds and their phenomenological capabilities. Read More »