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UK Study Finds Strong Class Divide in Arts

November 19th, 2018

National Portrait Gallery London, via Art NewspaperA study on UK arts and diversity has found a substantial barrier caused by class in the nation, Arts Professional notes. “Language, attitudes and the prevailing ‘excellence’ narrative in the arts can be seen as divisive in terms of engaging a broader audience in arts,” the report reads.
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Nick Cave Interviewed in The Guardian

November 19th, 2018

Nick Cave, via The GuardianThe Guardian has an interview this week with artist Nick Cave, as he opens a commanding show of new work and reflects on the violent landscape of modern America, and how work like his Soundsuits address some of these issues. “You are liberated: it hides gender, race, class – so you’re forced to look at something without judgment,” he says. “It’s about getting outside of yourself and surrendering to this other.”
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Swiss Institute Adds New Board Members

November 19th, 2018

Swiss Institute, via Swiss InstituteThe Swiss Institute has elected three new members to its board: Monique Burger, John Garcia, and Florian Gutzwiller, Artforum reports. “I am immensely grateful for the continuing support we have been receiving as we create the very first long-term home for SI after more than three decades,” says chair Maja Hoffmann.
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Art Newspaper Explores Issues with Third-Party Auction Guarantees

November 19th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via SothebysA piece in Art Newspaper looks at the recent trend toward auction guarantees, and the damage some say it’s causing to larger art market health. “Guarantees have the potential to be the next big art-market scandal, if they are not carefully managed,” says Harry Smith, the executive chairman and managing director of the London-based art advisory firm Gurr Johns. “We seem to have one every 20 years, so maybe we’re due for another. And most crises come out of conflicts of interest.”
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Romanian Theater Group Tricks Writer into Believe He Found Stolen Picasso

November 19th, 2018

Rotterdam Kunsthal theft, via GuardianA prank by a Romanian theater group led many in Europe to believe a Picasso stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in 2013 had been found under a tree.  “We never assumed this would be easy, but wanted to find out at which point in the process things would falter, with whom and why,” a statement by the theater group read. “The work is one of the storylines of a performance, which as a whole focuses on the value of truth. What is real and what is not?”
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Sol LeWitt Wall-Drawing Show at MassMOCA Extended Throguh 2043

November 19th, 2018

Sol LeWitt, Mass MOCAMassMoCA will add another decade to the run-time of its iconic Sol LeWitt wall-drawing show, Art Newspaper reports. They will now be exhibited until 2043.
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Glenn Lowry to Stay on as MoMA Head Through 2025

November 19th, 2018

Glenn Lowry, via NYTGlenn Lowry will remain at the helm of MoMA through 2025, the NYT reports.  “There is no better leader with whom we can expand upon MoMA’s success,” Museum Board president Ronnie Heyman said this week.
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Art Newspaper Explores Works Held Out of View in Private Collections

November 19th, 2018

Vincent van Gogh’s painting Starry Night Over the Rhône, via The GuardianThe Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the works in private collections now withheld from public viewing, and the works that often are never seen again, including speculation on some works owners have wished to have destroyed when they die. “The idea of a right to destroy gave way to the idea that you cannot do this, and nowadays there is a ‘duty of care’ for owners of art works,” says Dr. Edgar Tijhuis, an art law specialist.
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Cerith Wyn Evans Wins 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

November 19th, 2018

Cerith Wyn Evans, S=U=T=R=A2 (2017), via Sophie Kitching for Art ObservedThe Hepworth Wakefield museum in England has named the London-based artist Cerith Wyn Evans has been awarded the 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, a recognition that comes with an award of £30,000.
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MoMA PS1 Workers Stage Action Over Wages

November 19th, 2018

MoMA PS1, via ArtforumInstallers and maintenance workers at MoMA PS1 staged an action today at the museum over negotiations over their wages at the museum, which they claim are not on par with those of their colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art. “MoMA PS1 has a terrific team of installation and maintenance staff, and we are committed to reaching a new contract with Local 30,” the museum said in a statement. “We continue to make progress in negotiations, and have our next session scheduled for later this month. It’s been a productive process and we’re confident we’ll arrive at an amicable resolution.”
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London – Pierre Huyghe: “UUmwelt” at Serpentine Gallery Through February 10th, 2018

October 21st, 2018

Pierre Huyghe, Uumwelt (Installation View), via Serpentine
Pierre Huyghe, UUmwelt (Installation View), Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, (3 October 2018 – 10 February 2019). Copyright Ola Rindal. Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries

Artist Pierre Huyghe is known for his complex immersive ecosystems, creating impressive arrangements of space and material that incorporate living organisms, active agents and forces that gradually transform or reactivate the gallery in which its placed.  For his new exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in the UK, which opened during Frieze London this past month, the artist has turned the museum into a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviors. Read More »

Los Angeles – Olafur Eliasson: The Speed of Your Attention at Tanya Bonakdar Through December 22nd, 2018

October 19th, 2018

Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed
Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is currently presenting Olafur Eliasson: The speed of your attention, the first solo exhibition dedicated to Eliasson at the gallery’s recently inaugurated Los Angeles location. The phrase “the speed of your attention” was introduced to Eliasson by Joe Dumit, an anthropologist at UC Davis who conducted a movement experiment during a workshop at Eliasson’s Berlin studio this summer. Dumit learned the phrase from Nita Little—one of the pioneers of contact improvisation, a contemporary dance technique in which movements arise through contact between two or more dancers—in the form of the instruction to “move at the speed of your attention.” Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair, October 18th – 21st, 2018

October 18th, 2018

Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales in the French capital.  With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees.  This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 45th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais.  With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. 

Alicja Kwade at 303, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
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New York – Ugo Rondinone: “drifting clouds” at Gladstone Gallery Through October 27th, 2018

October 15th, 2018

Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.
Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.

Currently on view at Gladstone Gallery, artist Ugo Rondinone has opened a show work that spans a broad range of his creative output over several years.  Mixing together his practice in installation, sculpture, drawing and performance, the show sees Rondinone reanimating commonplace objects—such as tree branches or window frames—in his signature approach towards the Neo-Romantic. Read More »

New York – Ivy Haldeman: “The Interesting Type” at Downs and Ross Through October 21st, 2018

October 14th, 2018

Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit, 2018
Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit (2018), all images courtesy Downs and Ross

Ivy Haldeman’s body of new paintings, on view currently at Downs and Ross, have a distinctly playful quality, poetic and energetic while referencing surrealist twists on the everyday.  The current show, on now through October 21st, presents itself as a playful update on prior work, filling the canvas with the same colorful, enthusiastic energy.  Read More »

New York – Daniel Buren: ‘Tondi, situated works’ at Bortolami Through October 13th, 2018

October 12th, 2018

Daniel Buren Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed
Daniel Buren, Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Bortolami Gallery in New York, the renowned French conceptualist Daniel Buren has brought his Tondi to bear on the gallery, offering striking continuation and renewal of his interest in place, space and perception that he has continually refined and occasionally redefined over the course of 50 years of practice.  The Tondi were initially exhibited at Le Centquatre-Paris in France in 2015, and subsequently at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia, in 2017. In their new, third configuration at Bortolami, they are situated within the specific architecture of the gallery, allowing the well-lit, spacious TriBeCa room to participate expressively in their presentation and form.  They are patterned arrangements of colored glass, filtering light into patterns of expressive color that underscore the work’s position and relationship to the gallery.   Read More »

New York – Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth Through October 20th, 2018

October 10th, 2018

Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth.
Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth

On view through October 20th, Hauser & Wirth in New York is presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition of the work of Lygia Pape, the gallery’s first United States solo exhibition of the artist since announcing its worldwide representation of Projeto Lygia Pape in 2016.  Pape, a founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement, created work that foregrounded the sensorial experience of the viewer and spanned a range of media from sculpture to drawing, engraving to filmmaking, and even large-scale installation. Her expansive body of work, and the elaborate series of themes and concepts demonstrated throughout make for a thrilling exhibition, as the gallery seeks to explore Pape’s work in all of its breadth and depth. Read More »

New York-Liza Lou: “Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds” at Lehmann Maupin Through October 27th, 2018

October 9th, 2018

Pyrocumulus, 2018
Liza Lou, Pyrocumulus (2018), All images via Lehmann Maupin.

Now through October 27th, Lehmann Maupin will host Liza Lou: Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds as its inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new West 24th Street location. The show continues at the gallery’s West 22nd Street location, in which a room is dedicated to works from Lou’s Terra series. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York City in over a decade, and includes works of painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. Read More »

New York – Zhang Xiaogang: “Recent Works” at Pace Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

October 7th, 2018

Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed
Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed

Pace Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting a selection of new works by the renowned Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang, a body of works that sees him continuing to explore and interpret his unique painterly language.  Mixing together domestic scenes and surrealist iconographies, then populating them with a mixture of shared cultural symbols and figures from his own childhood memories. Xiaogang’s work is a remarkable window into complex psychological states and cultural moorings.  Read More »

AO On-Site – London: Sunday Art Fair, October 4th – 7th

October 6th, 2018

Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects
Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects

Located at the University of Westminster, the Sunday Art Fair is a decidedly mellow counterpoint to the expansive aisles and big-ticket sales of the proceedings at Regent’s Park. Capped at just 30 international galleries exhibiting solo projects or curated group presentations, the exhibition welcomes galleries dedicated to emerging artists, new concepts and new contexts for showing work.  Read More »