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Former Guggenheim Member Speaks Out Against Expanding Guggenheim Project in Abu Dhabi

March 30th, 2017

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, via Art NewspaperThomas Krens, the former director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York and original leader in the museum’s expansion project, says that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project should be downsized or postponed.  “The world financial crisis and the Arab Spring has changed the equation radically,” he says. “It may not be such a good idea these days to have an American museum…with a Jewish name in a country [that doesn’t recognize Israel] in such a prominent location, at such a big scale.” 
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Michael Govan Joins Smithsonian Board

March 30th, 2017

Smithsonian Institution, via Washington PostLACMA Director Michael Govan has been invited to join the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents, the Washington Post reports.  The institution’s 17-member Board of Regents includes the chief justice of the United States, the vice president, three members of the House, three members of the Senate and nine citizens.
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Kerry James Marshall Interviewed on NPR

March 30th, 2017

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRKerry James Marshall is interviewed in NPR this week, as he opens his retrospective in Los Angeles, and reflects on the energy and spirit of his works.  “What you’re trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence,” he says. “Where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody’s a friend, or somebody’s being generous to you. But you want a presence in the narrative that’s not negotiable, that’s undeniable.”  
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Annual Art Newspaper Attendance Survey Sees Christo Installation as World’s Most Visited Artwork for 2016

March 30th, 2017

Floating Piers in Italy, via Art NewspaperThe numbers are out for Art Newspaper’s annual attendance survey, which charts Christo’s Floating Piers installation in Italy as the world’s most-visited work of art, while the Whitney Museum gained ground against the traditional leaders in attendance for the city, The Met and MoMA.  
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Gainsborough Painting Attacked in London Goes Back on View

March 30th, 2017

Thomas Gainsborough painting, via The GuardianThe Thomas Gainsborough painting attacked last week at London’s National Gallery is already back on view, following a quick restoration procedure.  “Any painting of that age will almost always have had a history of interventions,” says the museum’s Conservation Director Larry Keith. 
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LA Times Spotlights N.E.A. Indemnity Program Vital to Modern Museums

March 30th, 2017

Met Museum, via NYTThe LA Times spotlights an indemnity program offered by the N.E.A. that saves museums millions in insurance fees, and which could create one of the largest impacts if the organization is defunded.  “The U.S. indemnity program is vital to the museum community,” says Alicia Thomas, director of exhibitions and collections management at the Palm Springs Art Museum. “It enables us to mount exhibitions that we might not otherwise be able to afford.”
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World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Construction Faces Funding Challenges

March 30th, 2017

World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, via REXThe construction on a performing arts center at the World Trade Center is facing a $100 million shortfall if officials from Housing and Urban Development try to reclaim funds previously provided to developers.  “If I’m HUD and I’m looking at this entity that has publicly stated it’s hoping to wind down and there is uncommitted funding available to be swept back to HUD,” says Lower Manhattan Development Corp board member Peter Wertheim, then officials may say, “why do I have to leave $100-plus million for LMDC to use on these projects?”
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Koenig & Clinton Gallery Moving to Bushwick

March 29th, 2017

Koenig and Clinton, via Art NewsKoenig & Clinton Gallery is moving from its home in Chelsea to a new space in Bushwick, located at 1329 Willoughby.  “The gallery will be situated near many of the artists around whom our work takes shape and many of the audiences that keep an exhibition space relevant,” the gallery said in a statement.
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Philadelphia Museum to Break Ground on Expansion Project

March 29th, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art, via NewsworksConstruction is set to begin on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s $196 Million expansion project, with the official breaking ground ceremony slated for Thursday.  “The core project, as it suggests, really starts at the heart of the museum.  It’s an extraordinary design and one that both respects the building, but makes it ready for the next 100 years,” says Museum Director Timothy Rub of the Frank Gehry design.
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Eva Presenhuber Opening Space in New York

March 29th, 2017

Eva Presenhuber, via Art NewsZurich’s Eva Presenhuber is preparing to open a gallery in New York, Art News reports, taking over a space at 39 Great Jones Street that formerly served as the home of Karma.  The space “will function as an important extension of the Zurich gallery,” the gallery said in a statement.
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London – Sigmar Polke: “Pour Paintings on Paper” at Michael Werner Through March 4th, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (1985), via Michael Werner
Sigmar Polke, Untitled (1985), via Michael Werner

Marking a timely overlap with the artist’s February 13th birthday, Michael Werner Gallery is currently showing a series of paintings from Sigmar Polke’s Pour series, delving into the artist’s relentlessly inventive and exploratory approach to the canvas.  Primarily focused around works from the later years of the artist’s career, particularly the late 1990’s, the gallery exhibition also welcomes a deeper engagement with time, offering several early works drawing on techniques that Polke would later expand on, underlining his expansive and often self-reflective inclinations towards his own body of work.

Sigmar Polke, Pour Paintings on Paper (Installation View), via Michael Werner
Sigmar Polke, Pour Paintings on Paper (Installation View), via Michael Werner

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AO Auction Previews – London: Surrealist, Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, February 28th – March 1st, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Gustav Klimt, Bauerngarten (Blumengarten) (1907), via Sotheby's
Gustav Klimt,  Bauerngarten (Blumengarten) (1907), via Sotheby’s

Moving away out of the depths of winter and towards the spring market rush, Sotheby’s and Christie’s will kick off their respective sales of Surrealist, Impressionist and Modern works this coming week, marking the first major auctions of 2017, and signaling the first real test of a market dealt the lion’s share of uncertainty in the past six months.  Taking place in London, the week’s sales will offer a first look at how recent shakeups at both auction houses, and attempts to broaden their respective scopes, will fare with works on the block.

Paul Gauguin, Te Fare (La maison) (1892), via Christie's
Paul Gauguin, Te Fare (La maison) (1892), via Christie’s

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Los Angeles-John Armleder at David Kordansky Gallery through February 25, 2017

February 22nd, 2017

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John Armleder, Jasmine West (2017). All images courtesy David Kodansky Gallery.

Now through February 25, the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles hosts new work by Swiss artist John Armleder. This is the artist’s first show in the city in over 15 years and presents an array of wall paintings, several types of painting on canvas, and “installation-based gestures made in response to the overall effect produced by the other objects”, according to the press release. The show coincides with another exhibition of Armleder’s work in New York City at the Almine Rech Gallery. Read More »

Francis Kéré Tapped to Design the Serpentine Summer Pavilion in London

February 21st, 2017

Francis Kéré's design for the Serpentine, via The Guardian
Francis Kéré’s design for the Serpentine, via The Guardian

The Serpentine Galleries will host architect Diébédo Francis Kéré (founder and head of Kéré Architecture) as this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer, making the architect the first African designer invited to work with the British Institution’s annual project.  Kéré, who splits his time between Berlin and his home city of Gando in Burkino Faso, has created a massive elevated canopy, much like the stretching branches of a tree, under which the Serpentine will host its annual series of talks, performances and other events.   Read More »

Jenny Sabin Studio Selected as 2017 MoMA YAP winner

February 21st, 2017

A rendering of Lumen by Jenny Sabin, via Archinect
A rendering of Lumen by Jenny Sabin, via Archinect

The Ithaca-based Jenny Sabin Studio has won this year’s edition of the MoMA Young Architect’s Program with her design Lumen, a robotically-knitted canopy made from photoluminescent textiles that both absorb and diffuse light.  The work, which is made from recycled materials and also features a misting system, will hang over the courtyard of MoMA PS1 this summer, as the museum embarks on its annual Warm Up concert series.   Read More »

Paris— Jean-Luc Moulène at The Centre Pompidou Through February 20th, 2017

February 18th, 2017

Jean-Luc Moulène, (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jean-Luc Moulène (Installation View), via Art Observed

To walk through Jean-Luc Moulène’s retrospective at The Centre Pompidou is to traverse through a wasteland of fossils and discarded matter, a history of repurposed and spliced objects placed into an ever-evolving series of dialogues and interactions.  Giving off subtle senses of a dystopian, simulated future, the artist’s sculptures play on a suspended sense of reality, often challenging its role as constructed object or sourced material that plays on a rupture between past, present and future, disrupting easy legibility while staging a site where these divergent sensations are allowed to co-exist. Read More »

New York — Aline Kominsky-Crumb & R. Crumb: “Drawn Together” at David Zwirner Through February 18th, 2017

February 17th, 2017

Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, Drawn Together (Installation View)
Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, Drawn Together (Installation View)

Drawn Together, a decade-spanning look at the collaborative work of the cartoonist husband and wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, offers a well-timed opportunity for lovers of the graphic arts at David Zwirner, coinciding with the opening of the New Museum’s Raymond Petitibon retrospective A Pen of All Work.  Although they were individually prominent artists in the graphic arts scene during the course of their careers, Aline and Robert delivered a unique visual and intellectual body of work that both drew on their marriage in the early ‘70s. Later gathered in a series titled Aline and Bob’s Dirty Laundry Comics, which debuted in 1974, the couple’s ongoing collaboration is a statement on marriage, partnership, and dependency, as well as on sexuality and gender roles of the society they lived and worked within. Read More »

RIP – Arte Povera Artist Jannis Kounellis, Aged 80

February 17th, 2017

Jannis Kounellis, via Art Newspaper
Jannis Kounellis, via Art Newspaper

Greek-Italian Arte Povera pioneer Jannis Kounellis has passed away in Rome at the age of 80, according to the Italian Minister of Culture.  “It is a sad day, Kounellis has left us. A master, Italian by adoption, who left a mark on contemporary art,” Minister Dario Franceschini tweeted today. Read More »

New York – Adrian Ghenie: “Recent Paintings” at Pace Gallery Through February 18th, 2017

February 16th, 2017

Adrian Ghenie, Rest During the Flight into Egypt (2016), via Art Observed
Adrian Ghenie, Rest During the Flight into Egypt (2016), via Art Observed

Drawing on a wide range of works from the artist’s recent practice, Pace Gallery is presenting a series of new paintings by Adrian Ghenie, drawing on the artist’s unique approach to both the construction of his canvases, and the position his work takes in its relation to broader timeline of European painting and political history.

Adrian Ghenie, Degenerate Art (2016), via Art Observed
Adrian Ghenie, Degenerate Art (2016), via Art Observed

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New York — Louise Bourgeois: “Holograms” at Cheim & Read Through February 11th, 2017

February 14th, 2017

Louise Bourgeois UNTITLED (detail) (1998-2014), Suite of 8 Holograms © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.
Louise Bourgeois UNTITLED (detail) (1998-2014), Suite of 8 Holograms © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.

Throughout the course of her fifty-year career, artist Louise Bourgeois has experimented with a broad span of media, while remaining primarily focused around her foundational sculptural works and works on paper.  That broad range of work is offered a new wrinkle in Holograms, a recently concluded exhibition at Cheim & Read that brings together a body of work never been shown in its entirety in the Chelsea exhibition space’s intimate rear gallery.  Offering a profound elaboration on the artist’s less-known approaches to her work, the show documents Bourgeois’s dialogue with the New York-based fine arts holographic studio C-Projects, resulting in eight holographic photographs blanketed with an alluring red tone, which granted the artist the potential to orchestrate her contemplative, often surreal techniques in this unexpected, yet fertile, medium.

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