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Painter Jane Wilson Has Passed Away at 90

January 20th, 2015

Jane Wilson, via NYTArtist Jane Wilson, whose work frequently explored the rich colors and hues of the midwest skyline, has passed away at the age of 90 in New York City.  “The way she increasingly translated natural events — seasons of the year, times of day or night or conditions of weather — into barely representational, hovering substances of color and light is the miracle of the artist’s later work,” says Whitney Museum curator Elisabeth Sussman. Read More »

Still House Group To Open Chinatown Gallery Space

January 20th, 2015

Brendan Lynch, Coming Home (2013), via Art ObservedThe Still House Group will open a new space at 3 Howard Street this week, where the group will be presenting programming and gallery exhibitions for the next year, as announced by the collective earlier today.  The space, fittingly titled Howard St, opens Saturday night with a show of new work by Brendan Lynch.   Read More »

Vanity Fair Profiles Competition Between Met and MoMA

January 20th, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art via the New York PostA recent article in Vanity Fair reports on the increased competition for visitors between The Met and MoMA, as the former museum begins a new emphasis on modernist and contemporary projects, and ambitious expansion projects at both institutions.  “The Met is upwardly mobile at the moment and it’s doing everything it can to be more modern and more varied in what it has to offer, without vulgarizing things,” says Picasso biographer John Richardson. “And MoMA, an institution that I revere, is in a period of going slightly down in everybody’s estimation.” Read More »

Basel – Peter Doig at Fondation Beyeler Through March 22nd, 2015

January 20th, 2015

Peter Doig_100 Years Ago (Carrera), 2005-2007_Fondation Beyeler_courtesy Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre de création industrielle, Paris
Peter Doig, 100 Years Ago (Carrera) (2005-2007), courtesy of Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne and Centre de création industrielle, Paris

Currently on view at Fondation Beyeler in Basel is a survey of important oil paintings by Peter Doig (1959), as well as a number of seminal works on paper and a monumental mural.

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Paris – David Altmejd: “Flux” at the Musée d’Art Moderne Through February 1st, 2015

January 19th, 2015

David Altmejd, Flux (Installation View), via Art Observed
David Altmejd, Flux (Installation View), via Art Observed

Canadian-born, New York-based artist David Altmejd brings his uniquely executed sculptures and installations to the Musée D’Art Moderne in Paris this winter, the artist’s first career retrospective in France, and one which sees him realizing one of his most ambitious new sculptures to date, alongside a selection of his work from the past twenty years. Read More »

London – Richard Tuttle: “I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language” at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Through April 6th, 2015

January 18th, 2015

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Richard Tuttle, I Don’t Know, or The Weave of Textile Language, (Installation View), all images courtesy Tate Modern

The largest work ever created by American sculptor Richard Tuttle (1941) is currently on view at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which has been the host to some of the world’s most striking works of monumental contemporary art.  I Don’t Know, or The Weave of Textile Language was a commissioned work, composed of vast cuts of fabrics designed by Tuttle himself from both manmade and natural fibers. Three vibrant colors are hung in a bold, majestic display, making use of its coiling form to generate a sense of movement within the massive hall.

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New York – Al Taylor: “Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless” at David Zwirner Through February 14th, 2014

January 17th, 2015

Al Taylor, Full Gospel Neckless (Middelfart) (1997), via Art Observed
Al Taylor, Full Gospel Neckless (Middelfart) (1997), via Art Observed

Al Taylor’s work sits at a unique intersection of material fascination and object politics.  Combining the familiar materials of modern construction and design, Taylor’s work often investigated the pairings and interrelations of objects formed not only by the human’s aesthetic agenda, but equally by the complementary formal designs of the materials themselves.  These intersections can be seen in quite stark execution currently at David Zwirner, where the gallery’s 20th Street location is currently presenting a body of work created 1989 and 1997. Read More »

Art Newspaper Looks at the Life and Collection of Wolfgang Gurlitt

January 16th, 2015

Wolfgang Gurlitt in 1967, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper has published a profile on Wolfgang Gurlitt this week, a cousin of the late Cornelius Gurlitt, and an avid art dealer who sold a sizable number of works to the Austrian city of Linz. Much of the collection’s provenance remains shady or undocumented, and investigations are still underway. Read More »

PJ Harvey Embraces Recording as Public Art Project

January 16th, 2015

PJ HarveyMusician PJ Harvey is embarking on a public art project, recording her next album in a see-through glass enclosure that allows the public an intimate look into the meticulous process of crafting an album.  “You have to go through dull moments to get to the goods,” Harvey says. Read More »

Pierre Huyghe to Take on Met Rooftop Next Spring

January 16th, 2015

Pierre Huyghe, via NYTThe Met has announced its next artist for the museum’s ongoing site-specific rooftop installation series, commissioning French conceptualist Pierre Huyghe to create a new piece looking out on Central Park.  “Pierre loves the fact that the park is full of animals,” says associate curator Ian Alteveer. Read More »

Larry’s List Catalogues the Contemporary Collector

January 16th, 2015

Magnus Resch, via New York TimesThe New York Times reports on Larry’s List, the Hong Kong-based agency that compiles comprehensive profiles on collectors around the world.  Its first published report, has placed 8,000 to 10,000 collectors worldwide shopping at major fairs like Art Basel.  “Collectors are much more influential than they were 20 years ago and that influence is increasing,” says founder Magnus Resch . “More collectors are opening their own spaces and taking a leading role in museums, influencing the direction they take. They’re also pushing up the auction prices of their favorite artists.” Read More »

Egon Schiele Exhibition Extended at Neue Galerie

January 16th, 2015

Degenerate-Art-Exhibition-View-at-Neue-GalerieThe popular Egon Schiele exhibition at the Neue Galerie has been extended through April 20th, the museum announced today, continuing the record breaking exhibition for an additional four months. Read More »

Judge Rules for Sotheby’s in Caravaggio Lawsuit

January 16th, 2015

the Disputed work, a duplicate or other edition of Caravaggio's The Cardsharps, via Daily MailThe lawsuit between Sotheby’s and collector Lancelot William Thwaytes has been decided in favor of the auction house. Sotheby’s sold a work for Thwaytes, attributed to a follower of Caravaggio, for £42,000 in 2006, only to have the work authenticated as a true Caravaggio weeks later.  Mrs Justice Rose ruled there had been no negligence in the case, stating that Sotheby’s is “entitled to rely on the connoisseurship and expertise of their specialists.” Read More »

London – J.M.W. Turner: “Late Turner – Painting Set Free” at Tate Britain Through January 25th, 2015

January 16th, 2015

Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus exhibited 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus (1839), all images courtesy Tate Britain

On view at the Tate Britain is the first exhibition devoted entirely to the work of Joseph Mallord Wiliam Turner, created between the years of 1835 and his death in 1851. The show brings together major series of works including a group of square pictures highlighting Turner’s tendency towards innovation, even at the end of his life.

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Inside the Competitive Field for Museum Funds

January 15th, 2015

The Whitney, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal looks at the current state of museum fundraising, with a number of museums competing for donations and gifts in what some call a crowded market.  “These big capital campaigns for the gold-plated arts and cultural institutions probably put the most pressure on the people who are on that party circuit,” says Michael Hamill Remaley, senior vice president for public policy and communications at Philanthropy New York. “But the 1% is not hurting.” Read More »

Abby Bangser Named Frieze Artistic Director for Asia and Americas

January 15th, 2015

Abby Bangser, via Art NewsFrieze Art Fair has announced that Abby Bangser will take the newly formed Artistic Director position for the Americas and Asia, working to support the organization’s director, Victoria Siddall.  “Abby brings fantastic gallery, institutional and collector relationships to this new role,” Siddall said in a statement, “and I am thrilled she is joining our team. She has shown her passion for and commitment to Frieze and her insight as an American will be invaluable to us, ensuring that the fairs continue to deliver at the highest levels.” Read More »

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Announces $450 Million Expansion

January 15th, 2015

Proposed Design for the New MFA Houston Campus, via Houston ChronicleThe Museum of Fine Arts Houston is embarking on an ambitious $450 million expansion project that will seek to place it as one of the city’s cultural hubs.  “It’s all about shaping space,” says , architect Steven Holl. “The collection of buildings there is already outstanding. It’s very delicate, not a site that calls for over-exuberance.” Read More »

Gagosian Gallery to Recreate Henry Moore’s Studio For Exhibition Next Month

January 15th, 2015

Henry Noore at work at his studio, Perry Green, c1960.Gagosian Gallery in London will reportedly recreate the studio of sculptor Henry Moore for an exhibition next month.  The exhibition will be curated by Richard Calvocoressi, director of the Henry Moore Foundation. Read More »

Berlin – Louise Lawler: “No Drones” at Sprüth Magers Through January 17th, 2015

January 15th, 2015

Louise Lawler, Dots and Slices (Traced) (2006 2013), via Sprüth Magers
Louise Lawler, Dots and Slices (Traced) (2006/2013), via Sprüth Magers

In 2013, Louise Lawler performed a series of “tracings” at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, taking previously executed photographs from Lawler’s broad body of work, and converting the image down to a simple vector graphic in partnership with artist and children’s book illustrator Jon Buller.  These tracings are currently the subject of the artist’s most recent solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, as Levine returns to her particularly subtle brand of institutional critique. Read More »

MoMA to Deaccession Claude Monet Work at Sotheby’s London

January 14th, 2015

Monet’s Les Peupliers à Giverny, via NYTSotheby’s February 3rd auction of Impressionist works in London will include a Claude Monet deaccessioned from the collection of MoMA, the New York Times reports.  The work, Les Peupliers à Giverny is anticipated to bring $13.8 million to $18.4 million. Read More »

Sebastien Errazuriz is Times Square’s Newest Midnight Moment Commission

January 14th, 2015

Sebastien Errazuriz at Times Square, via Art DailyArtist Sebastien Errazuriz has created a new project for Time Square’s ongoing “Midnight Moment” arts series, a digital video showing the artist yawning on the area’s countless digital video displays in an attempt to trigger yawns among viewers.  “I intuitively trust that at times it is the importance of leaving a pause or a blank space that allows us to highlight and be aware of everything else that is in that space.,” Errazuriz says.  “At times the simplest projects are the hardest to do. You cannot hide behind a simple project, the truth is exposed, distilled and present.” Read More »

Kehinde Wiley to Receive State Department Medal of the Arts

January 14th, 2015

Kehinde Wiley, via ObserverSecretary of State John Kerry will award painter Kehinde Wiley with the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts next week, during a ceremony on January 21st.  The medal awards substantive commitment to the U.S. State Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach through the visual arts,” according to a release. Read More »

Theaster Gates Interviewed in BOMB

January 14th, 2015

Theaster Gates, Double Cross, via BOMBArtist Theaster Gates is interviewed in the most recent edition of BOMB Magazine, talking about his influences, his work at the University of Chicago, as well as its surrounding communities.  “One of the advantages that I have, being embedded in this Washington Park community and as an administrator at the University of Chicago, is that I come with a certain amount of cultural, intellectual, and political empathy,” Gates says. “This empathy allows me to feel more like an insider, and to experience a win for this community as a win for me too. It’s not just a political win, it’s also a “way-of-living” win.” Read More »

NEA Study Sees Arts Attendance on Steady Decline

January 14th, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art via the New York PostA new study released by the National Endowment for the Arts notes that attendance of art events has been on a steady decline over the past two decades, with only 33.4% of US adults attending some sort of cultural event during a calendar year. Read More »