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Creative Time Announces Lineup for Eleventh Annual Creative Time Summit

July 17th, 2018

Creative Time Gala Honoring Julian Schnabel At Domino Sugar Factory 52Creative Time has announced the lineup for the eleventh edition of the Creative Time Summit, which will set up shop in Miami this year from November 1-3.  “Fifty years after the upheavals of 1968, we continue to grapple with a host of pressing issues, from the ongoing legacies of colonialism to climate change and xenophobia,” says Creative Time executive director Justine Ludwig.  “There’s no better place for this conversation than Miami, a home to so many incredible artists, activists, and thinkers. We couldn’t be prouder to host the summit here, or of the participants and the invaluable insights they’ll be bringing to bear on some of the most critical issues of our time.”
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New York Museums to Grant Free Admission for Library Card Holders

July 17th, 2018

Guggenheim, via NYTA new initiative by New York’s library systems will grant free access to a range of NYC institutions with a library card, the New York Times reports. “Some people are intimidated by museums,” says Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library, said in a phone interview. “They shouldn’t be shut out of all the wonderful cultural offerings that are available to New York City dwellers.”
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Liberté Nuti Joins Hauser & Wirth as Senior Director of Impressionist & Modern Art

July 17th, 2018

Liberte Nuti, via Hauser and WirthLiberté Nuti has joined Hauser & Wirth as International Senior Director of Impressionist & Modern Art, leaving her former post as International Director of Impressionist & Modern at Christie’s. “We are thrilled to welcome Liberté Nuti as a Senior Director in London,” Iwan Wirth says. “We look forward to this next chapter in Hauser & Wirth’s evolution as the gallery’s secondary market activity comes into sharper focus.”
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Robert Motherwell Painting Stolen 40 Years Ago Found Upstate

July 17th, 2018

Motherwell, via NYTA Robert Motherwell painting that disappeared from a New York warehouse in 1978 has been found, the New York Times reports. The painting was found in a garage upstate by the son of a mover who had worked for Motherwell.
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Sotheby’s Eric Shiner to Join White Cube

July 17th, 2018

eric_shiner, via Art NewspaperEric Shiner is leaving his place as senior vice president of contemporary art at Sotheby’s to serve as artistic director of White Cube gallery in New York. “This new role allows me to return to making sure the most relevant voices of our age are heard and celebrated,” he said in a statement.
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Venice Biennale Announces 2019 Edition

July 16th, 2018

Ralph Rugoff and Paolo Baratta, via Art NewsThe Venice Biennale has announced its opening dates for its 2019 edition, with the title May You Live in Interesting Times, an allusion to periods of uncertainty, crisis, and turmoil.  “At a moment when the digital dissemination of fake news and ‘alternative facts’ is corroding political discourse and the trust on which it depends, it is worth pausing whenever possible to reassess our terms of reference,” says curator Ralph Rugoff.
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Documenta Announces Selection Committee for 2022 Artistic Director

July 16th, 2018

Kassel, via Art NewsThe next iteration of Documenta will be held in 2022, with a selection committee for the next edition’s artistic director just announced. “Documenta is an essential forum for contemporary art and, as the legacy of Arnold Bode, a treasure that enhances the image of the city of Kassel,” says Kassel’s mayor, Christian Geselle. “I am very pleased to note that an international finding commission composed of outstanding experts has been chosen to find an artistic director for Documenta 15. And we are right on schedule.”
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LA Times Spotlights the Paper’s Impressive Former Collectoin

July 16th, 2018

Picasso, via LA TimesThe LA Times has a piece on the Pablo Picasso pieces that once hung in a special room at the paper, alongside a range of other works from the newspaper’s collection. “They gave us this gift of thinking highly enough of us to surround us with beautiful things,” says former bureau chief Geraldine Baum.
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Jacolby Satterwhite Joins Mitchell-Innes and Nash

July 13th, 2018

Jacolby Satterwhite, via Art NewsJacolby Satterwhite is joining Mitchell-Innes and Nash, Art News reports. “I was first introduced to the work at the Studio Museum in 2012 and was drawn to the rigorous and subversive nature of his practice, both aesthetically and conceptually,”says Lucy Mitchell-Innes. 
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Small Fire Breaks Out at Paula Cooper Gallery

July 13th, 2018

Paula Cooper, via Art NewsA fire at Paula Cooper Gallery’s Chelsea space has led to an inspection to make sure works in storage were not damaged by smoke, Art News reports. “The fire marshall is here trying to determine what caused the fire,” Cooper said. “It started this morning and it was contained. No one got hurt, fortunately, and it didn’t spread. It was contained in our storage room.”
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New York — Andreas Slominski: “ANDREAS SLOMINSKYYY” at Metro Pictures Through May 25th, 2018

May 25th, 2018

Andreas Slominski.  Installation view, 2018.  Metro Pictures, New York.  Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.  Photo: Genevieve Hanson.
Andreas Slominski (Installation view), all images via Metro Pictures, New York.  Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.  Photo: Genevieve Hanson.

Known for his intriguing humor and sleek aesthetic, German artist Andreas Slominski presents artifacts of consumerist desire in their most pristine forms, well before their wearing out over time through consumer use. His most recent exhibition at Metro Picture presents a group of fresh-from-the-factory portable plastic toilets, complete with stainless surfaces and bright colors. Instead of the foreseeable contrast they would orchestrate with a hygienic white cube space, these non-used bathrooms comply with the all-white atmosphere thanks to their immaculate exteriors and unusual display concepts. Read More »

RIP: Robert Indiana, Defining Voice of American Pop Art, Has Passed Away at 89

May 23rd, 2018

Robert Indiana, via NPR

Artist Robert Indiana, the pioneering pop-artist behind the iconic “LOVE” sculpture and a broader body of work that investigated the subtle meanings of symbols, text and images, has passed away at the age of 89.  The artist passed away this past Saturday at his home.  Read More »

New York – Mark Van Yetter: “You can observe a lot by just watching” at Bridget Donahue Through July 15th, 2018

May 23rd, 2018

Mark Van Yetter, Damn Forest at Night (2018)
Mark Van Yetter, Damn Forest at Night (2018), photo by Gregory Carideo, copyright Mark Van Yetter, courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC

There’s an innate fascination with mystery that winds its way in and out of the work of Mark Van Yetter.  The painter and sculptor’s work is flush with unspecified narratives, moments of confusion and abstraction that manages to carry all of his works up into an ever-shifting series of relationships and interactions.  For his new show at Bridget Donahue, the artist has turned this interest towards the architectural twisting his narrative arcs through an interest in physical space, and its impacts on the objects within it. Read More »

New York – Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Through June 16th, 2018

May 22nd, 2018

Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone
Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone

Embracing an elaboration and expansion of his interests in the nude form, and a continued interest in the possibilities for abstraction in exchange with approaches to portraiture and figuration, artist Carroll Dunham returns to Gladstone Gallery this month, bringing with him a body of new paintings created over the past year.  Drawn from his Wrestlers series, Dunham uses the visual language of mythological depictions of wrestling, mined from art historical sources and his own memory, to propose new through lines in his practice that are both formal and autobiographical in nature. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, May 16th and 17th, 2018

May 18th, 2018

Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), via Sothebys
Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), Price:$21,114,500 via Sotheby’s

With two nights of auctions now concluded, a choppy look at the contemporary art market has emerged, as Sotheby’s, Phillips and Christie’s strung together a series of occasionally surprising, mixed sales over the course of last night and this evening.  The auctions, which mark the last major sales for the U.S. outposts of the international houses before summer recess, saw a number of impressive auction records, as well as a series of high profile works that failed to find a buyer, a note that left many puzzling over the immediate future of the Contemporary field.

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1969), via Sothebys

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AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale, May 15th, 2018

May 16th, 2018

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price $85,812,500, via Christies
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price: $85,812,500, via Christies

With another auction come and gone in New York, Christie’s has posed quite a challenge to its competitors last night, closing out a well-run sale with strong results and a set of major auction records broken.  The 37-lot sale was well-appointed, and the sale moved steadily through its paces, ultimately finishing at a final tally of $416,040,000 with only 4 lots going unsold. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 14th, 2018

May 15th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via Sothebys
Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (1917), Price Realized: $157,159,000, via Sotheby’s

A marathon week of auctions in New York is now underway, but not quite off to a roaring start, as Sotheby’s capped an unsteady and often struggling auction this evening at its uptown location.  Led by a strong performance by an Amedeo Modigliani masterpiece, the sale failed to achieve much beyond its marquee lots, ultimately capping the sale with 13 unsold works that brought the sale to a final tally of $318,313,600.

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), price 36,920,500, via Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), Price Realized: $36,920,500, via Sotheby’s

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New York – Jenny Saville: “Ancestors” at Gagosian Through June 16th, 2018

May 12th, 2018

Jenny Saville, Fate I (2018), via Josie Berman for Art Observed
Jenny Saville, Fate I (2018), via Josie Berman for Art Observed

Jenny Saville returns to Gagosian this month in New York, bringing her iconic painterly style and remarkably attentive perspective towards the human body with her.  The artist, whose past 25 years of practice have seen her delve into an ever-evolving interest in the nuanced erotics and endlessly narrative capacities of the human form, returns here to her frequent interest in couples and pairings of form, using intertwined bodies and interlocked figures to explore human relation and emotion.  Read More »

New York – Harold Ancart at Clearing Through June 17th, 2018

May 11th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via Clearing
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via Clearing

The painterly technique of Harold Ancart draws particular strength in accumulation and mass.  Accenting his rough line-work with thick layers of paint and broad fields of paint, Ancart’s compositions have long drawn on the grey areas between addition and subtraction, as if his paintings and sculpture existing in a state where void states are always present, yet somehow, always just beyond comprehension. Past works have seen the artist negotiate between different perceptions of space with masterful skill, creating pieces where the accumulation of paint only draws additional strength from its later removal, or vice versa, ultimately creating complex interactions between time and space, depth and flatness. Read More »

New York – Harmony Hammond: “Inappropriate Longings” at Alexander Gray Through May 26th, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Harmony Hammond, Inappropriate Longings (detail) (1992), via Alexander Gray
Harmony Hammond, Inappropriate Longings (detail) (1992), via Alexander Gray

Alexander Gray’s exhibition of the work of Harmony Hammond highlights the artist’s work from the 1990’s, mixing together a divergent series of works using wallpaper, linoleum and other decaying materials plucked from a world between the constructed and cosmetic.  Her objects have seen better days, truth be told, eerily reminiscent of slowly rotting farms in the Midwest, or the nefarious forces of Capote’s dark American landscapes.  In Hammond’s hands, the two-dimensionally sculpted debris, peppered with brand names of long-gone industrial companies, invoke a yearning for something other than what we experience: the passage of time, the sense of a specific battered place, vague violence, foul weather or foul play. Read More »