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Paul Schimmel Leaves Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles

February 25th, 2017

Paul Schimmel, via LA TimesCurator Paul Schimmel has parted ways with Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles location after a sudden announcement late this week, the LA Times reports.  Schimmel, former chief curator at MoCA was a founding partner in the gallery’s Los Angeles location, which opened last year.  “Going forward, Hauser & Wirth will continue building upon its longstanding, passionate commitment to Los Angeles with expanded programs, including an increasingly robust campaign of public events and community outreach activities, and an ever more dynamic schedule of exhibitions that celebrate our artists, and connections between California and the international scene,” Iwan Wirth said in a statement.
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Boyle Heights Art Space Closes After Repeated Protests from Anti-Gentrification Activists

February 24th, 2017

The view from Mariachi PlazaThe LA Times reports on the closure of PSSST, a non-profit arts space in Boyle Heights that shuttered after repeated protests from local anti-gentrification activists.  While our closure might be applauded by some, it is not a victory for civil discourse and coalition building,” the gallery said in a statement.
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Francis Bacon’s George Dyer Triptych Goes to Christie’s New York for its Auction Debut

February 24th, 2017

Francis Bacon triptych of George Dyer, via GuardianFrancis Bacon’s triptych portrait of his lover George Dyer is set to go to auction for the first time at Christie’s in New York this May, carrying an estimate of $50m.  “George Dyer is to Bacon what Dora Maar was to Picasso,” Loic Gouzer says of the artist’s longtime muse.  “He is arguably the most important model of the second half of the 20th century, because Dyer’s persona as well and physical traits acted as a catalyst for Bacon’s pictorial breakthroughs.”

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Perez Museum Receives $200,000 Matching Grant for African-American Art Fund

February 24th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, According to What? (Installation View), Courtesy Perez Art Museum Photo Credit: Daniel Azoulay photographyThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has established a $200,000 matching grant to the Perez Art Museum in Miami, intended to benefit the museum’s already existent fund for work made by African American artists.  “We are proud to be a museum with a collection that is reflective of our diverse Miami community,” said director Franklin Sirmans. 
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Bloomberg Reports on Sales Losses in Collection of Dmitriy Rybolovlev

February 24th, 2017

Paul Gauguin, via BloombergBloomberg has a piece on Dmitriy Rybolovlev’s art collection this week, after the collector lost a reported $100 million on sales in the past months.  The piece notes Rybolovlev’s aggressive buying as a cause of these losses, as he seeks to unload a number of works acquired at record prices, while the collector points to the immense prices as further evidence of the damages caused by his purchases through dealer Yves Bouvier.  “The gulf between Christie’s estimates and the original purchase prices of the works is a further illustration of the unprecedented scale and audacity of the fraud that the plaintiffs allege was perpetrated by Mr. Bouvier,” says Sergey Chernitsyn, a representative of the Rybolovlev Family Office.  
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Marlborough Chelsea Couples with Marlborough Contemporary to Consolidate Galleries’ Contemporary Program

February 24th, 2017

Marlborough Contemporary, via Art NewsMarlborough Chelsea has renamed itself as Marlborough Contemporary, consolidating with another London gallery in the network of family exhibition spaces to become a transatlantic project.  “This expansion opens up an exciting opportunity for connecting with new artists and expanding our audience,” says Director Max Levai.
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Venice Biennale Spotlighting Artists in 2017 Edition Each Day

February 24th, 2017

Venice Biennale, via GuardianThe Venice Biennale is posting videos each day to its website, profiling the 120 artists showing in its exhibition this summer through their work and interviews.  
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Marciano Art Foundation Sets May 25th for Opening Day

February 24th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via LA TimesThe Marciano Art Foundation has set May 25th as its official opening day, the LA Times reports.  “We could not be more excited to welcome the public into our new art space, and to share our love, obsession and curiosity of contemporary art with visitors,” founder Maurice Marciano says. “We hope you will be just as excited when you discover Marciano Art Foundation.”  
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Collective to Levitate Concrete Block for Armory Show Installation

February 24th, 2017

Studio Drift, via Art NewsArt News spotlights artist collective Studio Drift, which will levitate a concrete block at the Armory Show next week in New York.  “It’s straightforward, but of course, it’s not simple,” the group says. “Concrete is something we completely rely on. The whole world is built on concrete, and the concrete block symbolizes the main building element of our world.”
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Julian Schnabel Profiled in NYT

February 23rd, 2017

Julian Schnabel, via NYTJulian Schnabel is profiled in the New York Times this week, as the artist gives the paper a look at his recent work in preparation for upcoming shows in Aspen and New York.  “Do you know who the mayor of the town was when Van Gogh lived in Arles? Do you know who the president of the republic was? I don’t know,” he says. “But we know Van Gogh was there — a guy who was mistreated by everybody, and now there are souvenir shops selling posters of his paintings. It’s interesting that someone involved just in the process of putting paint on a canvas would have this resounding ripple effect over the years.”
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New York – Katharina Grosse at Gagosian Gallery through March 11th, 2017

February 9th, 2017

Katharina Grosse, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed
Katharina Grosse, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed

Opening her first exhibition with Gagosian since announcing her representation by the gallery last year, Katharina Grosse has brought a swirling, nuanced body of new works to the gallery’s 24th Street location in Chelsea this month, documenting her enigmatic approach to the painted canvas through a variety of approaches and forms.  Allowing varied layers and lines to intersect, overlap and combine, the artist’s gestural techniques, in conversation with her use of various technologies in the rendering of the canvas, create densely packed spaces of visual information.

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London – Anselm Kiefer: “Walhalla” at White Cube Gallery Through February 12th, 2017

February 8th, 2017

Anselm Kiefer, Walhalla (1992 - 2016), via White Cube
Anselm Kiefer, Walhalla (1992 – 2016), via White Cube

Walhalla, Anselm Kiefer’s latest exhibition at White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey, is a dark, thrilling, and sinister rendering of war and destruction. The show’s title, drawn from Norse mythology, and referring to the final resting place of slain heroes as they were received by King Odin, is scribbled in charcoal above the entrance. “Walhalla” or “final place of rest” is also the title of a neoclassical hall commissioned by Bavaria’s King Ludwig I in 1842, built to honor men of great repute.  Kiefer, for his part, honors not just historical figures, but found objects in tandem, marrying unreality with the show’s surreal juxtapositions: a bed sinks under the weight of a winged boulder; a lightening bolt strikes a bullet-hold wheelchair; a spiral staircase, adorned with rusted dresses, leads to an ambiguous destination.  Notions of mythology and reality are interwoven to provide an intriguing, albeit challenging, spectacle to behold. Read More »

London — Richard Serra: “NJ-2; Rounds: Equal Weight, Unequal Measure; Rotate” at Gagosian Britannia Street Through March 10th, 2017

February 7th, 2017

Richard Serra, NJ-2, (2016), via Art Observed
Richard Serra, NJ-2 (2016), via Art Observed

Richard Serra’s works are nothing if not an experience; curving, twisting forms that wind the viewer through space, while taking an active hand on shaping the space itself.   Throughout the artist’s career, he has continued to create works that challenge conventional understanding of form, and re-conceptualize notions of gravity in play with his objects.  Working within this familiar domain, Serra is currently presenting three unique, large-scale steel sculptures at Gagosian Britannia Street, London. On view through March 10th, 2017 his new works highlight his mastery of material, and his unique ability to continually pursue a sense of creative vitality.  In some sense, his works here: NJ-2 (previously on view in New York), Rounds: Equal Weight, Unequal Measure, and Rotate, exist as portals of some sort, gateways into a repositioned experience of space, and the act of viewing work within a given series of physical constraints. Read More »

AO Preview – Mexico City: Visual Art Week; Zona Maco and others, February 8th – 12th, 2017

February 6th, 2017

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attesa (1964-1965), via Cardi Gallery
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attesa (1964-1965), via Cardi Gallery

The return of Mexico City’s increasingly vital art week this February signals the first wave of 2017’s major fair events, as much of the world’s contemporary art world converges on the sprawling Mexican capital.  Centered around the large-scale Zona Maco fair and its smaller, younger sister fair Material at the Expo Reforma, the week offers a wide range of events and openings accompanying the market-focused proceedings. Read More »

New York – Mark Leckey: “Containers and Their Drivers” at MoMA PS1 Through March 5th, 2017

February 6th, 2017

Mark Leckey, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (2013), via Art Observed
Mark Leckey, The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (2013), via Art Observed

British artist Mark Leckey has brought a dense, timely exhibition to bear on the second and third floors of MoMA PS1 this month, as the artist’s first comprehensive U.S. survey brings a range of perspectives on the pace and content of a digitized life.  Questioning and playfully subverting the varied symbolic systems and technological structures that facilitate the landscape of modern life, Leckey’s exhibition is a fitting opening note of 2017, challenging hierarchies of power and image-making in a time when the consistency and reliability of information has become an increasingly troubled subject.

Mark Leckey, GreenScreenRefrigerator (2008-2016), via Art Observed
Mark Leckey, GreenScreenRefrigerator (2008-2016), via Art Observed

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Zurich – Henry Moore: “Myths and Poetry” at Hauser & Wirth Through March 11th, 2017

February 5th, 2017

Henry Moore, Warrior with Shield (1953—1954)
Henry Moore, Warrior with Shield (1953—1954), all images courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Taking a historically nuanced approach towards the vastly influential career of British sculptor Henry Moore, Hauser & Wirth is currently presenting an exhibition of early works on paper by the artist.  Exploring the artist’s graphic practice in the years directly following the end of WWII, the exhibition traces Moore’s ongoing engagement with the world of literature, and his engagement with the broader artistic spheres as he continued to hone and develop his practice.  Organized by the Henry Moore Foundation and curated by the artist’s daughter, Mary, the exhibition traces Moore’s impressive creative spirit, and the ever-shifting craft of an artist continuing to work through wartime. Read More »

New York – Miguel Ángel Cárdenas at Andrea Rosen Through February 4th, 2017

February 4th, 2017

Miguel Ángel Cárdenas, Green Couple (1966), via Kelly Lee for Art Observed
Miguel Ángel Cárdenas, Green Couple (1966), via Kelly Lee for Art Observed

Spanning a wide range of pieces, including paintings, video, drawing and assemblages by the Colombian-Dutch artist Miguel Ángel Cárdenas, Andrea Rosen’s current exhibition offers a concise examination of the artist’s formal evolution and shifting compositional interests.  Born and raised in Colombia, the artist moved to Amsterdam during the early 1960’s, offering his own interpretation of the threads of pop and conceptual practice dominating the conversations of European practice during the era.   Read More »

New York – Miles Coolidge: “Coal Seam Redux” at Peter Blum Through February 4th, 2017

February 3rd, 2017

Miles Coolidge, Coal Seam, Bergwerk Prosper-Haniel #3, (2013), via Peter Blum
Miles Coolidge, Coal Seam, Bergwerk Prosper-Haniel #3 (2013), via Peter Blum

A pairing of large photo works of coal mine walls with smaller photochemical pieces, Peter Blum’s exhibition of works by Miles Coolidge reinvigorates a dialogue around 20th century inquiries into chemistry, art production, and process imagery, presenting shared sensations of something physically visceral, all realized via inkjet pigment or liquid chemicals, realized in a manner evoking the sublime. Read More »

New York – Jane Freilicher, Mira Dancy, and Daniel Heidkamp at Derek Eller Gallery Through February 5th, 2017

February 2nd, 2017

Jane Freilicher, Window (2011), via Art Observed
Jane Freilicher, Window (2011), via Art Observed

The city of New York has always served as a grand subject for artists, its towering skyline spreading its shadow over the Hudson and the minds of its resident artists.  At Derek Eller Gallery this month, three of these artists are the subject of an exhibition examining this same impact on their respective practices, framed in particular by the meditative oil paintings of Jane Freilicher.  The artist is joined by Daniel Heidkamp and Mira Dancy, both of whom offer their own interpretations of modern life, both in the city, and beyond.   Read More »

New York – Hannah van Bart: “The Smudge Waves Back” at Marianne Boesky Through February 4th, 2017

February 1st, 2017

Hannah van Bart, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed
Hannah van Bart, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed

Hannah van Bart’s works serve as particularly intricate visual experiences, often twisting interior and exterior architectural forms around the human body (frequently female), presenting the human figure in a manner that subverts the canvas’s illusions of depth, and the human brain’s understanding of flat surfaces.  Her paintings, presented at Marianne Boesky this month, present themselves as something of a variation on theme as a result, allowing the viewer to trace the artist’s varied explorations of her subjects, and their varied relationships to the world around them.

Hannah van Bart, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed
Hannah van Bart, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed

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