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Art Program Offering Classes to Minor Offenders Instead of Court Dates Facing Defunding

October 23rd, 2020

Project Reset, a New York program that allows perpetrators of nonviolent offenses to take art classes instead of taking a court date, is facing budget shortfalls, and may shut down. “Project Reset is one of the most valuable tools we have to address low-level offenses. When you can prevent someone who is arrested for a low-level offense from entering the criminal justice system—and instead offer them a meaningful intervention through art, therapy, and other forms of restorative justice—you spare them the consequences of a criminal conviction, help them recognise and change behaviours, and ideally prevent future arrests,” says DA Cyrus Vance. “Especially today, when criminal justice reform and jail reduction are priorities for New Yorkers, it would be a shame to end this critical program.”
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Marian Goodman Gallery to Close London Space

October 23rd, 2020

Marian Goodman Gallery is planning to close its London gallery at the end of this year, striking an ominous note for the future of London’s art market.  “The art world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and the current health crisis and Brexit have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” the dealer said. “The decision to close the London space was made together with the executive team as part of the gallery’s overarching programming and sales strategy to pursue a more nimble approach in London, while continuing our strong presence in New York and Paris, which has served as the hub for our European activity for more than 25 years.”
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Deana Lawson Wins Hugo Boss Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Deana Lawson has become the first photographer to win the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize. “Her contribution to the medium and the larger cultural landscape is indelible,” says director Richard Armstrong.
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Rolls-Royce Art Program Taps Sondra Perry, Martine Syms for Art Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago MuñozMartine Syms, and Zhou Tao have been nominated for Rolls-Royce’s art program, Muse, and its first-ever Moving-Image Dream Commission.  The initiative “offers an opportunity for artists to have a space to develop their aesthetics and to be able to delve deeply into an area where they can have an autonomy to make a work which can resonate,” according to a statement. 
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Heirs of Piet Mondrian Sue Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Attempt to Reclaim Paintings

October 22nd, 2020

The heirs of Piet Mondrian have filed suit against the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, alleging that the museum is holding works owed to them, valued at over $200 million.
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Theaster Gates Interviewed in The Guardian

October 22nd, 2020

Theaster Gates has a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens his first solo show in New York at Gagosian.  “What separates art from craft?” He says. “Who divides the highbrow from the commonplace, the seen from the unseen?”
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Missing Jacob Lawrence Painting Found in Upper West Side Apartment

October 22nd, 2020

A long-missing Jacob Lawrence painting has been located, reuniting it with its larger series, Struggle: From the History of the American People.  “The painting has been hanging in my living room for 60 years untouched,” one of the painting’s owners said.”
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Ronald Perelman to Sell Giacometti in Sealed Bid Sale

October 22nd, 2020

Ronald Perelman is selling the iconic Giacometti sculpture Grande femme I in a sealed bid sale at Sotheby’s. “This is the bespoke sale for a very special work by one of the greatest 20th century artists, designed to both embrace the vast potential field of interest, but also to maintain the privacy that people desire,” Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s vice chairman of global fine arts.
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Art Newspaper Charts Challenges Raised by Current Wave of Museum Deaccessions

October 22nd, 2020

The Art Newspaper looks at the number of museums deaccessioning works, and the issues it could cause for the market. “Museum deaccessions come in two categories,” says Marc Porter, president of Christie’s Americas. “The first is the traditional paring of a collection, which has always existed—but now is used to diversify towards works by artists of color, women artists and living artists. The second is the use of the proceeds of such sales for collection maintenance, which is a reflection of these economic times. This is absolutely a change in the market.”
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NYT Charts Current Challenges to Art World on Precipice of COVID-19 Surge

October 22nd, 2020

The New York Times charts the current situation for galleries in New York, as institutions and dealers brace for a possible surge of coronavirus cases. “The situation in New York is extremely fluid, and that could change our trajectory and our plans, but we are prepared for that,” says Andrew Fabricant, the chief operating officer of Gagosian.
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New York – Carmen Herrera: “Painting in Process” at Lisson Gallery Through October 21st, 2020

September 23rd, 2020

Carmen Herrera, Painting in Process (Installation View)
Carmen Herrera, Painting in Process (Installation View), via Lisson

Since her time in post-war Paris when she first developed her signature hard-edged style, painter Carmen Herrera has instilled a rigorous practice to create her distinctive body of work, culling together a range of various color structures and elusive geometric arrangements to arrive at her engaging and unique constructions.  Now, the artist is opening a show of recent works at Lisson, bearing the title Painting in Process, exploring her construction and exploration of her works before their final form.  Read More »

New York – Renée Green: “Excerpts” at Bortolami Gallery Through October 31st, 2020

September 18th, 2020

Renée Green, Excerpts (Installation View), via Art Observed
Renée Green, Excerpts (Installation View), via Art Observed

Entering Bortolami Gallery for its first show of the fall season, one is immediately greeted by a flurry of color.  Bright   banners hang from the ceilings, adorned with dazzling fluorescent pairings that emphasize the fragments of text that dot each piece, and which find a fitting counterpoint in a ring of framed pieces encircling the gallery walls.   The pieces are the product of artist Renée Green, whose body of new works returns to an ongoing interest in the concept of color and language, text and space, perception and understanding.   Spanning the artist’s three decades of working with color’s polyvalent effects, the works in Excerpts manifest her open-ended questioning of invented yet established taxonomies, in order to play with and to displace designations that may seem to be known. Read More »

Los Angeles – Cosima von Bonin: “HETERO” at GAGA Through September 26th, 2020

September 17th, 2020

Cosima Von Bonin, HETERO (2020), via GAGA
Cosima Von Bonin, HETERO (2020), via GAGA

Returning to Los Angeles for a second show with GAGA and her first in the gallery’s LA space, artist Cosima von Bonin has installed a body of new works, merging together her signature selections of pop cultural iconographies, material inversions and surreal interpolations of the gallery space, united under the title HETERO.  Using the gallery as a framework on which to explore and elaborate her unique formal investigations, the artist explores the idea of extended, and often distended, narrative flows.   Read More »

New York – Lisa Alvarado: “Thalweg” at Bridget Donahue Through August 30th, 2020

August 26th, 2020

Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Drawing on the shifting conceptions of political geography and economy, the work of Lisa Alvarado mines a certain point of friction between western art history and other modes of visual expression, using historical frameworks and objects to populate her work with subtle but enduring critiques of capitalism and colonialism.  Alvarado’s paintings operate as stage sets, artworks, and ritual objects simultaneously, often targeting a certain sense of meditative, considered reflection while looking, and using this space to incorporate new historical tropes into the work.

Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

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Los Angeles – Ricky Swallow: “BORROWED SCULPTURES” at David Kordansky Through August 29th, 2020

August 10th, 2020

Ricky Swallow, Rocking Chair with Rope (Meditation #1) (2020), via David Kordansky
Ricky Swallow, Rocking Chair with Rope (Meditation #1) (2020), via David Kordansky

Currently on view at David Kordansky in Los Angeles is BORROWED SCULPTURES, an exhibition of new floor- and wall-based bronze sculptures by the Australian-born artist Ricky Swallow.  Continuing the artist’s enigmatic explorations of bronze sculpture and its relationship to the materiality of the everyday, the show mounts a body of works that walk a peculiar line between manufactured sculpture and readymade. Read More »

London – Heather Phillipson: “The End” Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Commission

August 3rd, 2020

Heather Phillipson, The End (Installation View), via City of London
Heather Phillipson, The End (Installation View), via City of London

A riddle topped with a cherry, Heather Phllipson’s new sculpture installation on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in London has all the makings of a work fittingly in line with the surreal progression of events that have marked 2020.  A massive dollop of whipped cream, topped off with a cherry, a large fly and whirling drone, the piece, titled The End, seems to invite questions of just what its title might imply: are we looking at the end of meaning, the end of the world, or perhaps just the end of a particularly large sundae? Read More »

New York – Gary Simmons: “Screaming into the Ether” at Metro Pictures Through September 19th, 2020

July 28th, 2020

Gary Simmons, Screaming into the Ether (2020), via Metro Pictures
Gary Simmons, Screaming into the Ether (2020), via Metro Pictures

As galleries reopen in New York and test out their new exhibition strategies, the first string of gallery highlights and highly touted shows are beginning to pop up online.  Among these is Screaming into the Ether, the newest show of paintings by artist Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures.  Mining the language of classic cartoon aesthetics and the often physically expressive poses its characters took, Simmons’s show turns moments of comical action into desperate, unnerving moments through his slurred, blurry hand.   Read More »

AO Online – Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, July 23rd – 26th, 2020

July 25th, 2020

Sculptures by Anton Bakker at Walker Fine Art, via Hamptons Fine Art

Sculptures by Anton Bakker at Walker Fine Art, via Hamptons Fine Art

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With the summer months in full swing and the challenges of a post-COVID art world continuing to pose new issues for the market, an increasing number of fairs and exhibitions are moving towards online sales and shows.  Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, currently open online, marks a new entry in the string of fairs and online exhibitions that have run this summer, an intriguing addition that references the art world’s annual pilgrimage to the Eastern end of Long Island without the sun and sand.  It’s an interesting addition to an art calendar long defined by timing and travel for the collector class, a wink towards where, in late summer, its buyers may well be logging in from.

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RIP – Keith Sonnier, Pioneer of Neon-Based Light Works, Has Died at 78

July 20th, 2020

Keith Sonnier, Dala (2016), via Art Observed
Keith Sonnier, Dala (2016), via Art Observed

Artist Keith Sonnier, a pioneering voice in the development of light art and an ardent user of neon in complex, multi-layered sculptural arrangements, has died at the age of 78.  His studio confirmed the news the week. Read More »

RIP: Christo, Who Worked on a Monumental Scale, Passes Away at 84

June 1st, 2020

Christo at The Floating Piers, June 2016 Photo Wolfgang Volz
Christo at The Floating Piers, June 2016, Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Christo, the Bulgarian artist known for massively scaled environmental works that spread miles of fabric and other materials across natural landmarks and buildings at sites around the globe, has passed away at the age of 84.  Working for much of his life alongside his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009, the artist’s iconic pieces, like 2005’s The Gates in New York’s Central Park, or his wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, turned modern locales into subtle, surreal echoes of themselves.   Read More »