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Phillips’s Edward Dolman Interviewed in New York Times

February 20th, 2015

Edward Dolman, via NYTThe New York Times profiles Edward Dolman, current head of Phillips, and his mission to turn the smaller auction house into a perennial competitor with Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the field of Contemporary Art.  “The trouble is the old business model services all collecting categories, and that puts stress on the cost base of these companies,” Dolman says.  “Christie’s and Sotheby’s are almost like institutions that are struggling to provide a broad range of services across tastes, age groups and art forms. This is difficult to sustain.” Read More »

Hauser and Wirth Building Major New Space in Chelsea

February 20th, 2015

Iwan Wirth, Marc Payot and Manuela Wirth (left to right) at the gallery’s Saville Row locationThe New York Times reports that Hauser and Wirth is building a new, multi-story exhibition space on 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Ave, which the gallery will move to following the expiration of its 18th Street lease in 2017.  The building, designed by Annabelle Selldorf, will open in 2018. Read More »

SoCal Institutions Targeting More Chinese American Patrons

February 20th, 2015

The Huntington Library Chinese Garden, via LA TimesThe Los Angeles Times notes that an increasing number of Southern California arts orgs are targeting Chinese-American patrons in their fundraising and outreach campaigns.  “Within a decade from now, there’s no question in my mind there will be major donations to museums and other groups,” says Dominic Ng, chairman and chief executive of East West Bank.  “As Chinese Americans continue to prosper, they will naturally expand their involvement in the community,” he said. Read More »

James Turrell Holding $5,000 per Ticket Fundraiser for Roden Crater

February 20th, 2015

James TurrellJames Turrell is reportedly holding a fundraiser event at his remote Roden Crater land art project in Arizona, a private opportunity to tour the crater before it is complete that will cost $5,000 to $6,500 per ticket.   Read More »

Gavin Brown Director Bridget Donahue Opens New Gallery in Chinatown

February 20th, 2015

Bridget Donahue, via New York TimesThe New York Times profiles gallerist Bridget Donahue’s new space at 99 Bowery, founded by the former Gavin Brown’s Enterprise director and focusing on a broad selection of artists, including “older, under-the-radar, and anti-establishment” artists.   Read More »

Sotheby’s Faces Call for $500 Million Buyback from Major Investor

February 20th, 2015

Sotheby's, via Art Market MonitorSotheby’s Investor Mark McGuire, who holds 9.5% of the company, has reportedly demanded that the auction house issue a $500 million stock buyback, appoint a new CFO, and further, accuses them of willful neglect and misguided policies.  McGuire’s letter to the company comes after Sotheby’s placed its new capital plan on hold until a new CEO was found, and places him in opposition to new investor Dan Loeb. Read More »

New York – Brendan Lynch: “Mountains Collection” at Howard St Through March 1st, 2015

February 19th, 2015

Brendan Lynch, Not Quite Spring (2015), via Art Observed
Brendan Lynch, Not Quite Spring (2015), via Art Observed

The Still House Group has always presented something of the enigmatic in their works and performances, lifting objects and materials directly from the quotidian landscapes of modernity and refashioning them as something of a compositional element, or a compositional subject in their own right.  Take Brendan Lynch for example, the young painter whose work has embraced slurs and gobs of paint, concrete, and plastic water bottles as elements for surreal installations.  A certain commodity element dominates Lynch’s work, blended in with a certain material fascination with surfaces and textures. Read More »

Kunstmuseum Bern Still Waiting on Gurlitt Art Trove Due to Legal Dispute

February 18th, 2015

Kunstmuseum Bern, via Kunstmuseum BernFollowing the death of Cornelius Gurlitt, the works he had willed to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland have hung in limbo, the subject of a dispute filed by his cousin Uta Werner, which questions the authenticity and authority of his will.  “The Board of Trustees regrets this delay, in particular because it will impede the settlement of restitution cases that have already been clarified and endorsed by the Kunstmuseum Bern, but the circumstances are beyond its control,” the museum said in a statement. Read More »

Munch Museum Looks to Restore Annual Prize

February 18th, 2015

Munch Museum, Lambda, via The Art NewspaperNorway’s Edvard Munch Museum is set to return its annual Edvard Munch prize, following a partnership with partnership with oil and gas corp Statoil.  The award carries a $66,000 purse, and an exhibition at the museum.  “It is very important not to focus too much on Europe and the US when looking for candidates,” says director Stein Olav Henrichsen, who is focusing internationally for both his panel of judges and potential recipients. Read More »

Armory Show Announces 2015 Special Projects

February 18th, 2015

Abbas Akhavan, Untitled Garden, via Armory ShowThe Armory Show has announced the artists for its Special Projects section at the 2015 edition of the New York Fair, which opens in two weeks.  Projects include a limited edition series of potato chip packets by commissioned artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, unobtrusive fencing installations by Abbas Akhavan, and more.   Read More »

Pierre Huyghe Wins 2015 Kurt Schwitters Award

February 18th, 2015

Pierre Huyghe, via ArtforumThe 2015 edition of the Kurt Schwitters Award, which comes with a $28,000 prize an an exhibition in the Sprengel Museum Hannover, has been awarded to Pierre Huyghe.   Read More »

Manhattan Dealers Move Towards Flower District

February 18th, 2015

Casey Kaplan, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal evaluates the trend towards galleries moving into Manhattan’s flower district, as many dealers tire of the rapidly increasing rents and steady stream of towering condos.  “The spirit of the neighborhood is dramatically changing,” says Casey Kaplan. “A lot of the conversations I’ve had with artists have been about wanting to break out of the art mall and have a different experience.” Read More »

London – Christian Marclay at White Cube Bermondsey Through April 12th, 2015

February 18th, 2015

Christian Marclay - White Cube - Actions Smash Squish Splsh (No 2) 2013
Christian Marclay, Actions: Smak Squish Splsh (No 2) (2013), all images via White Cube

In his most recent  solo exhibition at the White Cube Bermondsey space, Christian Marclay presents a number of new works exploring the connection between image and sound, performance and artifact. From static onomatopoeias screen printed on canvas, to words racing around a video projection, to live performances within the gallery, Marclay explores the role of sound in art from numerous perspectives and forms, particularly in how they translate from one medium to the next. Read More »

Photographer Sends Cease and Desist to Gagosian, Richard Prince Following Instagram Exhibition

February 17th, 2015

The Donald Graham Image in Prince's Instagram Print-Out, via HyperallergicPhotographer Donald Graham has sent a cease and desist letter to Richard Prince and Gagosian Gallery, after a work of his ended up in Prince’s recent show of Instagram appropriations.  Interestingly enough, the work itself was already used without license on user @rastajay92’s account, which is the image Prince apparently printed. Read More »

Oxford – William Morris and Andy Warhol: “Love is Enough” Curated by Jeremy Deller at Modern Art Oxford Through March 8th, 2015

February 17th, 2015

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Jeremy Deller (curator), “Love is Enough” installation view (2014). via Modern Art Oxford

In Love is Enough at Modern Art Oxford, artist Jeremy Deller brings together the work of William Morris and Andy Warhol, two renowned artists from vastly disparate eras who served as something of artistic icons of their respective generations.  Drawing on a uniquely perceptive appreciation of both artists, Deller has created a seamless installation that shows a conversation across centuries over the accessibility of art and its purpose in countering the harshness of industrialism. Read More »

Bloomberg Looks at Speculation and Risk in Art Investing

February 16th, 2015

Anselm Reyle, via BloombergAn article in Bloomberg this week looks at booms and busts in the art market as tastes change, and the real impacts speculation and economic strength has on artists’ careers.  “There’s even more speculative buying and more gamblers than ever,” says collector and dealer Adam Lindemann. “But they’re not going to want to buy the artists that busted. They’re going to want to buy the deals today. They want to move on.” Read More »

MoMA Releases Trailer for Björk Exhibition

February 16th, 2015

Bjork's Black Lake Trailer, via MoMAMoMA released a video trailer for the upcoming Björk retrospective and video installation next month, which will take the name Black Lake from one of the songs off the artist’s most recent album, Vulnicura.  The exhibition opens March 8th. Read More »

Centre Pompidou Announces Plans for French Pop-Up Museums

February 16th, 2015

Temporary Centre Pompidou space in Malaga, via Art NewspaperThe Centre Pompidou has announced plans for a series of pop-up exhibitions taking place across the nation of France, with cities able to apply to host a four-year temporary exhibition space operated by the Paris museum.  “We will soon launch an open call for candidates,” says a museum spokesperson. Read More »

MoMA To Keep Matisse ‘Swimming Pool’ on Permanent View

February 16th, 2015

Matisse's The Swimming Pool, via ObserverFollowing the success of its exhibition Matisse: The Cut-Outs, MoMA will return Henri Matisse’s full room installation The Swimming Pool to its permanent collection galleries, beginning in April.  “MoMA’s viewers will now be able to encounter this important work in the context of the museum’s collection,” says exhibition co-curator Karl Buchberg. Read More »

Tom Sachs to Release Film “A Space Program”

February 16th, 2015

A Space Program, via Tom SachsArtist Tom Sachs has announced the release of A Space Program, a narrative film made in conjunction with his 2012 Space Program: Mars project at the Park Avenue Armory.  The film will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin.   Read More »

Head of Moscow State Tretyakoff Gallery Dismissed

February 16th, 2015

Irina Lebedeva, via Art NewspaperIrina Lebedeva, the head of Moscow’s State Tretyakoff Gallery, has been dismissed by the government following criticisms over her leadership on expansion projects and a number of other various complaints.  “The construction of the second wing has dragged out, there are scandals around the museum, which has yet to create comfortable surroundings for visitors, schoolchildren, students, and facilitators,” says Mikhail Bryzgalov in a statement. Read More »

Freer Gallery of Art in New York to Undergo Renovations

February 16th, 2015

Freer GallerySmithsonian outpost The Freer Gallery of Art in New York will close next January for renovations, a major project that will add additional lighting and updated technological capabilities for the museum.  “Some of it will be very subtle, but we are trying to take it back to the way it opened in 1923,” says Katie Ziglar, director of external affairs. Read More »

Trial Ends for Former Picasso Electrician, Sentence Due Next Month

February 16th, 2015

Danielle and Pierre Le Guennec, via Art ObservedThe hearing over Danielle and Pierre Le Guennec’s alleged theft of Pablo Picasso works has concluded, with the prosecutor calling for a suspended five year sentence.  The final verdict and sentencing is set to occur next month.  “The Picasso that I know did not separate himself from his work,” says Anne Baldessari, the former director of the Musée Picasso in Paris, told Art Newspaper. “It would be like ripping off his skin.” Read More »

Creative Time to Take Over Some Of Central Park this May

February 16th, 2015

Drifting in Daylight, via Creative TimeCreative Time has announced a new project set to open this coming may, Drifting in Daylight, which will install a series of works through the winding pathways of Central Park in New York.  “The six-weekend show will tempt visitors to transcend their busy lives, losing themselves along a playful trail of sensory experiences,” the project website says. Read More »