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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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Hayward Gallery Taps Zoé Whitley as Curator

January 18th, 2019

Zoe Whitley, via Art NewsThe Hayward Gallery has tapped Zoé Whitley as its new senior curator. “The mix of world-class and risk-taking programming consistently draws me to the Southbank Centre as a member of the public,” Whitley said in a statement. “I am so excited to now join the team when the organization is innovating interdisciplinary leadership and collaboration.”
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Walker Art Center Launches Indigenous Public Arts Commission

January 17th, 2019

Walker Art Center, via Art NewsThe Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has launched an open call for a new Indigenous public art commission to be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or on the Walker campus in the fall of 2020. “This project builds on the commitments the Walker has made to the Native community and I am excited to see the proposals and further the conversation,” new director Mary Ceruti said in a statement.
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Antony Gormley Installs Works Atop Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

January 17th, 2019

Antony Gormley, via InquirerAntony Gormley has unveiled a series of new sculptures atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “This exhibition is incomplete without the subjective witness of the citizen: Each work in its different way calls on him/her to simultaneously project and recognize internal affinities,” he says.
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Victoria Miro to Represent Howardena Pindell

January 17th, 2019

Howardena Pindell, via Victoria MiroVictoria Miro Gallery now represents artist Howardena Pindell, the gallery has announced.  ‘It is a pleasure to be working with Howardena Pindell,’ Miro said in a statment. “Deeply principled, daringly innovative and boldly incisive, Pindell truly embodies the dictum ‘the personal is political.'”
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Artsy Co-Founder Sebastian Cwilich to Step Down as President

January 17th, 2019

Sebastian Cwilich, via ArtsySebastian Cwilich, the co-founder of Artsy, will leave his position as president and chief operating officer after nine years, and will take on an advisory role, Art Newspaper reports. “Sebastian really guided us on this fundamental strategy of partnership versus disruption. The reason why such an obvious idea like ours hasn’t succeeded in the past is because previous companies tried to challenge or replace the industry,” says Artsy co-founder Carter Cleveland.
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Dealer Sarah Watson Leaving Sprüth Magers for Kayne Griffin Corcoran

January 17th, 2019

Sarah Watson, via aRt NewsLos Angeles dealer Sarah Watson has left Sprüth Magers, where she has been senior director since 2015, to become president of Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery, Art News reports. “I saw that the gallery has come so far in such a short period of time,” Watson says. “I have been friends with Maggie, Bill, and James for years, and I thought it would be an interesting time to join the program.”
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Hauser & Wirth to Represent Max Bill Georges Vantergerloo Stiftung

January 16th, 2019

Georges Vantongerloo (left) and Max Bill (right), 1965, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth now represents the Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo Stiftung, a foundation based in Zumikon, Switzerland, partially responsible for overseeing the estates of the artists. “Max Bill and Georges Vantongerloo were key figures in the narrative of European art of the past century, whose aesthetic breakthroughs continue to exert palpable influence today across cultures and disciplines—from graphic design and typography, to industrial design and architecture, to, of course, the visual arts,” Iwan Wirth says.


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RIP – Robert Morris, Pioneer of American Avant-Garde, Has Passed Away at 87

December 2nd, 2018

Robert Morris, via NYT
Robert Morris, via NYT

Artist Robert Morris, a defining voice of American conceptualism, and a contributing force in the development of an American post-war avant-garde, has passed away at the age of 87. The artist, who embraced a complex and ever-shifting series of investigations into the production, elaboration and understanding of both the art object and its function in both exhibition and broader cultural modes, passed away after a battle with pneumonia.  

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New York – Peter Halley: “Unseen Paintings: 1997 – 2002, From the Collection of Gian Enzo Sperone” at Sperone Westwater Through December 22nd, 2019

November 18th, 2018

Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed
Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

During the years 1992 to 2002, Peter Halley’s paintings were rarely seen in New York City — during that entire ten-year span there was only one exhibition of his paintings in the city. The artist, whose body of work helped to define a return to abstract, painterly language in the New York avant-garde during the 1980’s, was noticeably absent, a note that often leaves his work somewhat divorced from some of the other artists living and working during that era. Now, an exhibition at Sperone Westwater aims to reintroduce the artist’s work from that era to the city, culling together a body of eight works that emphasize his aesthetic interests during the period, and continuing his exploration of geometric and geographic forms. Read More »

Berlin – Nairy Baghramian at Galerie Buchholz Through November 17, 2018

November 16th, 2018

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Installation View. All images via Art Observed.

Nairy Baghramian’s third solo exhibition at Galerie Buchholz in Berlin is on view at the gallery through November 17, 2018. It is accompanied by a publication produced alongside Déformation Professionelle. This exhibition, shown over the last two years at SMAK, Ghent, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, was originally conceived as a retrospective. However, the artist decided to modify this approach and instead construct a show around new pieces that refer back to earlier ones. At Galerie Buchholz, many of these self-reflexive pieces are on view in the gallery’s first floor exhibition space. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Evening Sale of the Collection of Barney Ebsworth, November 13th, 2018

November 13th, 2018

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie's
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), Final Price: $95,937,500, via Christie’s

Following an unsteady outing this past Sunday, Christie’s has turned on a dime with this evening’s special sale of works from the collection of Barney Ebsworth, capping off a 42-lot sale with a strong final result of $317,801,250, leaving only a few works unsold (5 of 42 lots) and a number of major world auction records left broken (at least 10 records in total before the sale reached its conclusion). Read More »

AO Auction Recap – New York: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, November 11th – 12th, 2018

November 12th, 2018

Rene Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (1937) final price $26,830,500, via Sotheby's
Rene Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (1937) Final Price: $26,830,500, via Sotheby’s

The first batch of sales for New York’s bustling auction week have come to a close, as Christie’s and Sotheby’s capped their Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales in New York.  Both sales seemed to rock back and forth between major milestones and less impressive results, as buyers seemed tentative to pursue large trophy works or pieces boasting higher estimates.   Read More »

Berlin – Petra Cortright: “Platinum Blonde Black Knight” at Société Through November 17, 2018

November 10th, 2018

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Petra Cortright, Platinum Blonde Black Knight (Installation View), all images via Anna Corrigan for Art Observed.

 

On view through November 17, Société presents Petra Cortright’s Platinum Blonde Black Night. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for her early works of webcam self-portrait videos posted to her YouTube account. Recently, Cortright has incorporated works in painting, sculpture, and video into her practice. This is the artist’s third exhibition with the gallery. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – New York Auction Week, November 11th – 15th, 2018

November 9th, 2018

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie's
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie’s

This next week, New York City will see a string of Modern and Contemporary Auctions take place at the major auction houses, following up a tense season of political uncertainty in the U.S. with a series of sales that may offer a referendum on the nation’s current economic climate.  With a number of special sales joining the traditional major evening sales, the week should offer an intriguing picture of just how healthy the market is, or perhaps how daring its collectors are feeling. Read More »

London – Tania Bruguera: “10,145,233” at Tate Modern Through February 24th, 2019

November 8th, 2018

Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern (Installation View), via Art Observed
Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern (Installation View), via Art Observed

Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera has been tapped for the most recent commission project at Tate Modern, which opened this past October during Frieze Week. The piece, which unifies disparate social threads under the museum roof, is a striking moment for the artist under the shadow of the nation’s Brexit negotiations. Read More »

London – AA Bronson and General Idea at Maureen Paley Through November 11, 2018

November 7th, 2018

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General Idea, Untitled (AIDS with Cockroaches) (1989), all images via Maureen Paley

Now through November 11th, 2018, Maureen Paley in London is presenting AA Bronson + General Idea, an exhibition marking fifty years since AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal met in 1968 and formed the collective General Idea. The Canadian collective is known for producing over 100 solo exhibitions, as well as countless group shows and temporary public art projects. For the years of 1969-1994 they lived and worked together, creating a “living artwork of their being together” and working through various surfaces or ‘host’ media for their ideas and engagement with punk, queer theory, ad AIDS activism. Read More »

London – Amy Sillman: “Landline” at Camden Arts Centre Through January 6th, 2019

November 5th, 2018

Amy Sillman, Landline (Installation View), via Camden Arts Cenre
Amy Sillman, Landline (Installation View), via Camden Arts Cenre

Perhaps one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American painting, artist Amy Sillman has relentlessly and repeatedly pushed her own style towards the furthest reaches of her capacity, always in an attempt to interrogate and re-evaluate the language and practice of painting against the backdrop of modern history and the attendant shifts from analog to digital technologies and labor processes.  Based in New York, the artist has opened her first major solo institutional show in the UK this fall, an ambitious and expansive walk through her work at the Camden Arts Centre in North London.   Read More »