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SWISS INSTITUTE TO LAUNCH NEW TEMPORARY GALLERY “SWISS IN SITU” IN TRIBECA

July 26th, 2016

Nieves_Innen_SI_2016-781x1024The Swiss Institute has announced the location and opening date of its new temporary gallery, “Swiss In situ.” Occupying a 5,000 sq. ft space in Tribeca, Swiss In situ will function as the institute’s main center until a more permanent location is announced next year. The temporary gallery plans to mirror its status as “transitional” through its exhibitions, by focusing them on fleeting and “temporary structures–including publishing formats, social experiments, and architectural forms.” The gallery will open with an exhibition by Swiss publishers, Nieves and Innen called, “Nieves and Innen Zine Library.” The exhibition will feature “hundreds of pocket-sized, image-based publications [Nieves and Innen] have commissioned over the past 15 years,” along with artist and publisher talks at the opening event on August 4.
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Robert Irwin Profiled in Art Newspaper

July 26th, 2016

Robert Irwin, via Art NewspaperRobert Irwin is profiled in the Art Newspaper this week, as he opens his major permanent installation at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa.  “What I’ve been doing all these years, you couldn’t sell, you couldn’t house it, you couldn’t put it in a museum,” he says. “Marfa was a good place for me to fantasize some idea of what I might do, which for a long time was all I had… It was a nice place for me to stretch my legs a little and try some things.”
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Uncertain Market for Modigliani Driving Research for Catalog Raisonné

July 26th, 2016

Amedeo Modigliani, via Art NewspaperThe current market stature for Modigliani is driving extensive research and pursuit of a catalog raisonné, the Art Newspaper reports.  “Let’s just say that an exciting first step has been taken, with further news to come,” scholar Kenneth Wayne says.
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The New York Times Profiles Green Gallery Founder Richard Bellamy

July 26th, 2016

Dick Bellamy, via NYTThe New York Times has a profile on Richard Bellamy this week, the founder of New York’s influential Green Gallery, and the dealer who first provided space and a voice for many of New York’s influential minimalists, including Donald Judd, Robert Morris, and many more.  “I think,” Robert Morris says of Bellamy’s impact on this group,  “it had to do with the fact that we — the artists and Bellamy himself, who we regarded as more of an artist than a ‘director’ — were sitting in a space on 57th Street, when we all belonged downtown in our ratty lofts. There was something slightly ridiculous about occupying that zone where the serious, moneyed New York galleries were located.”
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Louvre-Lens to Restore Long-Lost Charles Le Brun Piece

July 26th, 2016

Charles Le Brun undergoing restoration, via Art NewspaperThe Louvre-Lens has committed to restoring a Charles Le Brun work that had been missing for over 200 years, and which was discovered with so much dirt and grime on its surface that it was almost unrecognizable.  “This was a hugely successful painting,” says Nicolas Milovanovic, the chief curator in the Paris museum’s paintings department. “When [the art collector and chief minister of France] Cardinal Mazarin saw it, he wanted a copy. A third version was made for Anne of Austria. We know [there are] around ten other versions. It was a painting that pleased many people.”
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Observer Looks Inside the National Museum of American Illustration

July 26th, 2016

NMAI, via ObserverThe Observer takes a look inside the collection of dealer turned museum owner Judy Goffman Cutler, whose National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island holds an impressive collection of pieces from American artists.  “I have the second largest collection of Rockwells anywhere,” she says.  
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Bill Viola to Install New Companion to “Martyrs” at St. Paul Cathedral

July 26th, 2016

Bill Viola's Mary, 2016, via The GuardianArtist Bill Viola is set to unveil a new large-scale video installation at St Paul’s Cathedral, depicting Mary holding the body of Jesus after his crucifixion.  The piece is considered a companion to his Martyrs series.  “One is concerned with birth and the other death; one with comfort and creation, the other with suffering and sacrifice,” Viola says.  “If I am successful, the final pieces will function both as aesthetic objects of contemporary art and as practical objects of traditional contemplation and devotion.”
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Dieric Bouts Painting Stays in UK After Funding Help from UK Lotter

July 26th, 2016

Dieric Bouts’ St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, via The Guardian15th Century Flemish Master Dieric Bouts’s St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child will stay in the United Kingdom, following funding help from the UK Lottery to prevent the export of the work outside of the country.  “It’s fantastic news that this stunning painting will remain in the UK for the public to see. I’m delighted that the export deferral has allowed this outstanding work of art to find a new home at the Bowes Museum,” says new Culture Minister Matt Hancock. 
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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yongwoo Lee’s Shanghai Project Struggles After Funding, Scheduling Issues

July 26th, 2016

Shanghai Project, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper reports on the opening of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yongwoo Lee’s Shanghai Project, multi-disciplinary biennial that has struggled with planning issues, scheduling, and problems with securing funding.  “Shanghai Project has restructured its priority from exhibitions to public programs and prioritised the difference of its context,” says Lee.
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James Turrell Opens New Installation in Berlin Chapel

July 26th, 2016

James Turrell in Dorotheenstadt Cemetery chapel, via Creators projectJames Turrell installed one of his signature lighting systems in Berlin’s Dorotheenstadt Cemetery chapel this summer, playing a series of changing light arrangements against the fading light at dusk each night.  
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New York – Trevor Shimizu: “New Work” at 47 Canal Through July 30th, 2016

July 5th, 2016

Trevor Shimizu, Sophia's Teddy (2016), via Art Observed
Trevor Shimizu, Sophia’s Teddy (2016), via Art Observed

Currently on view at 47 Canal, Trevor Shimizu has realized a swirling fantasia of parenthood, a series of paintings, sculpture and video that turn the act of parenting into an otherworldly, almost surreal experience through his ragged, often comedic sensibility.     Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s “Defining British Art” Sale, June 30th, 2016

July 1st, 2016

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Festival (1951), via Christie's
Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Festival (1951), via Christie’s

Adding one final sale to the end of a long two weeks of auctions, Christie’s “Defining British Art” Sale this past evening notched an impressive last set of sales for the spring season, pushing a 29-lot sale of works ranging from Impressionist Masterpieces to Modernist Sculpture to Contemporary pieces to an impressive £99,479,500 final tally.  The sale saw only two works go unsold over the course of the evening, and offering an exclamation point at the end of a week that did much to challenge assumptions over the impact of the Brexit on market health in Europe.

John Constable, View on the Stour near Dedham, full-scale sketch (c. 1821), via Christie's
John Constable, View on the Stour near Dedham, full-scale sketch (c. 1821), via Christie’s

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New York – Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s New Harlem Exhibition Space Through July 1st, 2016

June 30th, 2016

Gavin Brown's New Exhibition Space, Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown's, via Art Observed
Gavin Brown’s New Exhibition Space, Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s, via Art Observed

Gavin Brown has headed north, finally opening his long-rumored Harlem exhibition space with an expansive show of work by British artist Ed Atkins.  Culling a diverse series pieces from the artist’s recent output, the exhibition’s awareness of its context, and its presence in this former brewery turned exhibition space, makes for a strangely surreal experience, and a striking perspective on the gallery itself.

Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown's, via Gavin Brown's
Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s, via Gavin Brown’s

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New York – Terence Koh: “Bee Chapel” at Andrew Edlin Through July 29th, 2016

June 30th, 2016

Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed

Since his departure from the New York art scene several years prior, Terence Koh has appeared in the art context at fits and starts; a performance here, a reading there, or an unexpected appearance at the PS1 Art Book fair in 2014, where the artist sold materials from his farm in upstate New York.  His momentary appearances implied the artist was continuing his work while living far from the madding crowd, but rarely was his work on view, or presented within the gallery context.  This changes with Koh’s Bee Chapel, a powerful install at Andrew Edlin Gallery on the Bowery that hints at Koh’s increasingly nuanced practice.

Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed

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AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 29th, 2016

June 29th, 2016

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Portrait (1981), via Christie's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Portrait (1981), via Christie’s

This week’s Contemporary Evening Sales have concluded, following Christie’s stolid outing in London this evening, as only 4 of the auction house’s 40 lots went unsold to reach a final total of £39,566,000.  Sales were consistently focused over the course of the evening, with few works falling under estimated price.  While an early warning note was sounded with the withdrawal of the sale’s leading Gerhard Richter lot, the auction house’s commitment to placing works this evening ultimately drove it towards a strong bottom line, even if the sale held back from ambitious benchmarks or marquee lots. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 28th, 2016

June 29th, 2016

Jenny Saville, Shift (1996-97), via Sotheby's
Jenny Saville, Shift (1996-97), via Sotheby’s

The post-Brexit contemporary sales continued in London this past evening, as Sotheby’s capped a 47-lot offering of contemporary and post-war works, seeing all but 7 works find a buyer, and bringing in a sales tally of £52,194,000 that exceeded its initial $35 million estimates. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 27th, 2016

June 28th, 2016

Anselm Kiefer, Fur Velimir Khlebnikov Die Lehre vom Krieg Seeschlachten (2004-2010), via Phillips
Anselm Kiefer, Für Velimir Khlebnikov: Die Lehre vom Krieg: Seeschlachten (2004-2010), via Phillips

The first of June’s Contemporary Art sales in London has wrapped up in London this evening, as Phillips concluded its 20th Century and Contemporary sale to mixed results and a final sales total of £11,873,000, within the evening’s sales estimate.  The 31-lot sale saw 10 of its works go unsold, while a handful of other pieces brought impressively strong prices, ultimately casting ominous, albeit foggy indications of the European market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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New York – Nicole Eisenmann: “AL-UGH-ORIES” at the New Museum Through June 26th, 2016

June 27th, 2016

Nicole Eisenman, Under The Table 2 (2014), via Art Observed
Nicole Eisenman, Under The Table 2 (2014), via Art Observed

On view through this past weekend at the New Museum, painter Nicole Eisenman was showing a striking exhibition of pieces on the third floor, spanning the artist’s output over the past several decades, and underscoring her impressive creative investigations into the modes of sculpture and painting.

Nicole Eisenman, Hanging Man (2016),via Art Observed
Nicole Eisenman, Hanging Man (2016),via Art Observed

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London – Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro through July 30, 2016

June 27th, 2016

Kusama Chandelier
Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief (2016). All images via Victoria Miro.

Now through July 30th, Victoria Miro in London is presenting new works by Yayoi Kusama, spanning the gallery’s three locations and waterside garden across the British capital.  The work featured here was created exclusively for this show, including the artist’s iconic pumpkin sculptures, immersive mirror rooms, and her ongoing My Eternal Soul series. Across the work exhibited, the artist’s ongoing investment in themes of the infinite and the sublime is explicit. Read More »

Paris – Imi Knoebel: “Liaison Astéroïde” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through July 2nd, 2016

June 26th, 2016

Imi Knoebel, Bild 16.02.2016 (2016), via Thaddaeus Ropac
Imi Knoebel, Bild 16.02.2016 (2016), via Thaddaeus Ropac

Comprised of 22 new artworks, Imi Knoebel’s current exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac’s Paris Marais exhibition space offers a new direction for the German painter, whose decades of practice in the intersection of color field painting, shaped canvases and minimalist serialism offer a new point of departure for a series of loosely rendered, yet exceptionally vital new works, pushing his honed stylistic practice towards new experiments within the art historical lexicon. Read More »