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United States Artists Reveals 2019 Fellows List

January 22nd, 2019

Juliana Huxtable, There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed (2015), via Rae Wang for Art ObservedChicago nonprofit United States Artists has released its list of 2019 fellows, each receiving an unrestricted $50,000 cash prize, including filmmaker Nuotama Frances Bodomo (who was featured in ARTnews’s “Africa Now” issue), Juliana Huxtable, Wu Tsang and Simone Leigh
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Met Reviewing Gift Acceptance Policies After Sackler Lawsuit

January 22nd, 2019

Sackler Wing of The Met, via Art NewspaperFollowing the ongoing controversy involving the Sackler family’s gifts to many American institutions and their ties to the drug OxyContinn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is re-assessing its gift acceptance policy, the Art Newspaper reports. “The Sackler family has been connected with The Met for more than a half century,” says museum president Daniel Weiss. “The Met is currently engaging in a further review of our detailed gift acceptance policies, and we will have more to report in due course.”
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Haus der Kunst Appoints Commission of Experts to Oversee Museum

January 22nd, 2019

Haus der Kunnst, via Art NewspaperMunich’s Haus der Kunst has appointed an expert commission to oversee programming and strategy following turbulent months after the departure of Okwui Enwezor. The commission will “support the curatorial team and play an advisory and monitoring role concerning both content and feasibility of planned projects,” according to a statement. 
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Open Letter Implores New Museum to Allow Employee Union

January 22nd, 2019

New Museum, via Art NewsA group of artists, intellectuals and professionals have published an open letter asking the New Museum to allow its employees to unionize, leading the New Museum to step back and allow the process.  “We respect our employees’ right to self-organize and will respect whatever decision they make,” the museum said in a statement. “We will continue to work together to advance the museum’s special mission.”
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Saint Joseph’s Arts Society Opens in San Francisco

January 22nd, 2019

San Francisco’s Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, via Art NewsArt News has a piece this week on  San Francisco’s Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, a newly opened exhibition space in the city that features a range of exhibitions including one curated by Venus Over Manhattan. “Hopefully, collectively, it will be a gift to the city of San Francisco,” says building owner Ken Fulk. 
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Mika Rottenberg Joins Hauser & Wirth

January 22nd, 2019

Mika Rottenberg, via Art newsMika Rottenberg is now represented by Hauser & Wirth, Art News reports. The artist was previously represented by Andrea Rosen before the gallery closed in 2017.
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Museum Dedicated to Fernand Léger and André Mare Set to Open this Summer in Normandy

January 22nd, 2019

Musée Fernand Léger–André Mare director Magali Guillaumin, via ArtforumA new museum dedicated to the work of Fernand Léger and André Mare is expected to open in Argentan, Normandy this June, Artforum reports. Housed in the childhood home of Léger, at 6 rue de l’Hotel de Ville will undergo a $1.5 million renovation. “[Léger and Mare’s] shared love for painting and drawing was to strengthen a sincere friendship that would nourish their respective creativity,” a statement reads. Musée Fernand LégerAndré Mare “traces and tracks their lives from their beginnings in Argentan to international recognition, emphasizing their mutual emulation, the love they shared for their native land, and how their works were influenced by the experiences of their youth.”
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UK Government Invests $20 Million into Areas of Kent, Grimsby, Wakefield, Plymouth and Worcester

January 18th, 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, via GuardianThe UK Government is investing £20 million into cultural projects in the areas of Grimsby, Wakefield, Plymouth, Worcester and the Thames Estuary area of Kent. “This is an incredible opportunity that will not only help people build careers in the arts and culture locally but also boost wider investment and diversify the creative economy,” says Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary.
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Ed Fornieles Explores Investment and Share-trading in New Project

January 18th, 2019

Ed Fornieles, via DazedArtist Ed Fornieles is embarking on a new project, selling a series of works that ensure collectors a stake in future profits from the artist’s work. “It’s another way of sourcing capital for production and then rewarding that upfront cash with a percentage of the profits,” the artist says. “If you look at the current models which exist, they rely on very small groups of collectors and it’s prone to risk. As soon as the chain of sales is broken, it leaves both the artist and the gallery exposed. So this is a way of using larger networks of support to diffuse that risk for both parties.”
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MOCA to Close Pacific Design Center Location

January 18th, 2019

MoCA PCD, via LA TimesMOCA LA is closing its exhibition space at the Pacific Design Center, the LA Times reports. “We are proud of MOCA’s record of achievement at the PDC,” says board Chairwoman Maria Seferian. “We are grateful for our partnership with the PDC and [owner] Charles Cohen and now look forward to consolidating and growing our exhibition activities, including presentations on architecture and design, at MOCA’s two downtown Los Angeles locations.”


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New York – Ellsworth Kelly: “Color Panels for a Large Wall” at Matthew Marks Through January 19th, 2019

December 27th, 2018

Ellsworth Kelly, Color Panels for a Large Wall II (1978), via Matthew Marks
Ellsworth Kelly, Color Panels for a Large Wall II (1978), via Matthew Marks

In 1978, Ellsworth Kelly was commissioned to create a painting for the lobby of a new building in Cincinnati. His piece, Color Panels for a Large Wall, was the resulting work, a 30-by-125-foot painting that clocked in as his largest ever made. Yet the artist’s work in this vein would live well beyond this specific installation, reprised in several iterations of shows and installs in Amsterdam, New York, and Munich. In 2003, Kelly reconfigured the painting’s eighteen panels — from two rows of nine to three rows of six — when it was installed in its permanent home at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Read More »

New York – Bruce Nauman: “Disappearing Acts” at MoMA Through February 2019

December 24th, 2018

Bruce Nauman, Disappearing Acts (Installation View), via Art Observed
Bruce Nauman, Disappearing Acts (Installation View), via Art Observed

The long-awaited career retrospective of artist Bruce Nauman is now open in New York City, filling both MoMA PS1 and the sixth floor of MoMA’s main exhibition building in Midtown with the artist’s challenging, often outrageous body of work in sculpture, video, light works, and other formats.  The show, which is on view through February, is an intriguing and in-depth look at the work an artist always looking to push the boundaries of his craft, and often the viewer’s comfort level. Read More »

London – Hannah Wilke at Alison Jacques Through December 21st, 2018

December 21st, 2018

Hannah Wilke, Untitled (1974-77), via Alison Jacques
Hannah Wilke, Untitled (1974-77), via Alison Jacques

Bringing together works from the early 1960s through to 1987, Alison Jacques Gallery in London is currently presenting an exhibition spanning three decades of the American painter, sculptor, photographer, video and performance artist Hannah Wilke’s work, in partnership with The Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles. This is the first time since Wilke’s death in 1993 that her paintings on canvas from the 60s have been exhibited. 
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New York – Stanley Whitney: “In the Color” at Lisson Gallery Through December 21st, 2018

December 20th, 2018

Stanley Whitney, In the Color (2018), via Lisson Gallery
Stanley Whitney, In the Color (2018), via Lisson Gallery

Color inspires and informs the work of Stanley Whitney, whose paintings explore the many possibilities for juxtaposition and movement across the canvas, each drawing on irregular rectangles in varying shades of strength and subtlety. His work creates fluctuating series of intensities and reliefs, draw on the composition of adjacent nodes, a structure that seems to welcome exchanges between freedom and constraint, open space and riding control, all bound together by the evolving exchanges in color.   He returns to New York this fall for his fourth exhibition with Lisson Gallery, marking the first solo show of the artist to occupy both of New York gallery spaces. Investigating his profound and nuanced relationship to color and its spatial effects throughout his career, the show includes paintings and drawings dating back to the 1990s in one gallery, and a suite of brand new works in the other.  Read More »

New York – Blinky Palermo: “To the People of New York City” at Dia:Chelsea Through March 9th, 2018

December 19th, 2018

Blinky Palermo, To the People of New York City (1976), via Art Observed
Blinky Palermo, To the People of New York City (1976), via Art Observed

One of his most iconic bodies of work, German artist Blinky Palermo’s To the People of New York City comes home this fall, placed on view at Dia: Chelsea.  Part of Palermo’s Metal Pictures series (or Metallbilder), the pieces reflect the artist at the peak of his abilities, and underscore his enduring contributions to the the landscape of the 20th Century avant-garde. Read More »

New York – Agnes Martin/Navajo Blankets at Pace Gallery Through

December 15th, 2018

Agnes Martin, Affection (2001), From The Collection Of Laura Arrillaga-andreessen, © 2018 Estate Of Agnes Martin:artists Rights Society (Ars), New York
Agnes Martin, Affection (2001), From The Collection Of Laura Arrillaga-andreessen, © 2018 Estate Of Agnes Martin:artists Rights Society (Ars), New York

Having traveled from coast to coast for exhibition in New York City, Pace Gallery’s current show examined the shared aesthetic space of painter Agnes Martin and the meticulously crafted blankets of the Navajo (Diné) people of the American Southwest touches down for a striking last show of 2018.  The exhibition, which explores the shared use of parallel lines and tight grid-work in both the painter’s canvas and the blanket-maker’s loom, makes for a fascinating investigation of two aesthetically distinct visions that found their most compelling articulation amongst the landscape of the American desert. Read More »

New York – Sarah Lucas: “Au Naturel” at New Museum Through January 20th, 2019

December 14th, 2018


Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel (Installation View), via Art Observed

One of the most eagerly-anticipated shows of 2018, artist Sarah Lucas has touched down at the New Museum, bringing with her an expansive body of works that runs the full expanse of her craft.  Curated by the New Museum’s artistic director, Massimiliano Gioni associate, Margot Norton, the show, Lucas’s first in an American institution, spans three floors and any number of aesthetic modes, moving from sculpture to photography, wallpaper to video in ways that both explore each object and twist the original historical contexts of their works (gallery shows, museums and her renowned Venice Biennale show from 2015 all get their due here) into new configurations. Read More »

New York – Adam Pendleton and Liam Gillick at Eva Presenhuber Through December 22nd, 2018

December 13th, 2018

Works by Adam Pendleton, via Eva Presenhuber
Works by Adam Pendleton, via Eva Presenhuber

Exploring two distinct voices in the evolution of art practice over the past 20 years, Eva Presenhuber has brought a strikingly confrontational, challenging exhibition to New York City, showing a body of works by Adam Pendleton and Liam Gillick that works between each artist’s strengths, and mines an ever-shifting understanding of the world around them to motivate and elaborate their respective iconographies.  
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Los Angeles – Dan Colen: “High Noon” at Gagosian

December 12th, 2018

Dan Colen, The Trap (2016-2018), via Gagosian
Dan Colen, The Trap (2016-2018), via Gagosian

Currently on view at Gagosian Gallery’s Beverly Hills location in Southern California. Dan Colen has pulled together a body of paintings that feel decidedly at home in a location so close to Hollywood.  His show of new works, High Noon, is a striking interrogation of corporate image production, shared memories, and the cognitive effects of modern commercial communication, all pulled together by their use of a distinct style of background painting utilized heavily in the classic Wile E. Coyote cartoons of the Warner Brothers’ cartoon universe.   Read More »

New York – Ken Price: “Sculpture” at Matthew Marks Through December 22nd, 2018

December 11th, 2018

Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks
Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks

Currently on at Matthew Marks Gallery’s New York exhibition space, a body of small-scale works by American sculptor Ken Price dot the room, each drawing the visitor’s eye with a meticulously arranged series of loping curves, compellingly evocative forms and lumpy, surrealist modes of expression.  This range of pieces, underscoring Price’s intuitive knowledge of bronze and its potential sculptural capacities, makes for a colorful, striking break from the chilling cold and overcast days of December in the city.  Read More »