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Julian Schnabel Interviewed on Van Gogh Film in New York Magazine

November 12th, 2018

Allison Brant and Julian Schnabel at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, via David X Prutting BFAnyc.comJulian Schnabel is interviewed in New York Magazine this week, as he prepares to roll out his new film on Vincent Van Gogh, and offers his takes on the artist’s singular personality. “I don’t think he was crazy at all, and these myths that have been propagated are a disservice,” he says. “[People] think artists have to be nuts to be good. If you really look at [van Gogh’s] paintings, they’re not the works of a madman.”
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Research Uncovers Role of Dutch Museum Director as Nazi Collaborator

November 12th, 2018

Dirk Hannema, via NYTNew research has uncovered the collaboration between Nazi art thieves and Dirk Hannema, director of the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam to create a clearinghouse for the sale of paintings looted from Jewish owners. “He collaborated with the Germans and he knew what he was doing,” says Sjarel Ex, the current director of the museum. “His decision was that it was worthwhile to work with them because he knew that he could have more influence and power with the people who were reigning instead of being a refugee or going into hiding or living on the outskirts.”
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MOCA Adds 5 New Board Members

November 12th, 2018

MOCA, via Art NewsThe Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has added Adrian Cheng, Marina Kellen French, Simon Mordant, Sean Parker, and Julia Stoschek, marking Klaus Biesenbach’s first action as director.  Cheng, Mordant, and Stoschek all served on MOMAPS1‘s board during Biesenbach’s tenure. 
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Tajan Offers Da Vinci Drawing Next June in Paris

November 12th, 2018

Da Vinci, via NYTParisian auctioneers Tajan will offer a double-sided Da Vinci drawing next year, testing a market for the artist who smashed world records with his work Salvator Mundi last year. Tajan is hoping to achieve a price between 30 million euros and 60 million for the 1492 drawing. 
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Tate Liverpool to Host Keith Haring Retrospective

November 12th, 2018

Keith Haring, via BloombergThe Tate Liverpool will open a major exhibition dedicated to Keith Haring, The Guardian reports. “We are really aiming to bring to life the cultural energy and edginess of 1980s New York City,” says curator Darren Pih.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi Hits One Million Visitors in First Year

November 12th, 2018

Louvre Abu Dhabi, via Art NewsThe Louvre Abu Dhabi has drawn over a million visitors in its first year, the NYT reports. The figure puts it head and shoulders over other institutions in the region, with further planned exhibitions sure to continue its impressive figures.
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Christie’s to Sell Hockney Portrait Without Reserve

November 11th, 2018

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972), via Christie'sChristie’s sale of David Hockney’s iconic 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), set for sale this week in New York, will be sold without a reserve. “By removing the reserve we have also removed any perceived barrier to entry and opened up bidding to broader participation including institutions and major donors as well as private collectors,” a spokesperson said.
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David Zwirner Tops Art Review Power 100

November 11th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Freeze (Installation View), via David Zwirner David Zwirner tops this year’s ArtReview Power 100, followed by Kerry James Marshall and the #metoo movement, marking another year in the publication’s documentation of the movers and shakers of the art world.
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David Zwirner to Represent Njideka Akunyili Crosby

November 11th, 2018

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, via David ZwirnerDavid Zwirner will now represent artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby on its roster, sharing representation with Victoria Miro. Crosby has received considerable attention in the past years following her inclusion in the 2015 New Museum Triennial.
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Metropolitan Museum Taps Andrea Bayer as Deputy Director for Collections and Administration

November 11th, 2018

Andrea Bayer, via Art NewsThe Met has announced Andrea Bayer, current Jayne Wrightsman curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of European paintings, as the new deputy director for collections and administration. “As curator in the department of European paintings, often working on projects that went across multiple departments, I know how rewarding it is to work alongside colleagues throughout the museum,” Bayer said in a statement. “I am thrilled to take on this new role, one which will allow me both to support the director and continue to collaborate with these colleagues on an institutional level.”
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London – Urs Fischer: “Dasha” at Gagosian Gallery Through November 3rd, 2018

September 27th, 2018

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Installation view. All images via Gagosian Gallery.

In Urs Fischer’s latest exhibition at Gagosian’s Davies street gallery in London, the artist has created a life-sized wax model of Russian collector Dasha Zhukova. This is the next installment in a series made by the artist in which art-world figures are converted into giant candles and then burned slowly, until they are reduced to wax drippings. Previously making works of artists Julian Schnabel and Rudolf Stingel, and dealer Bruno Bischofsberger. Though Zhukova requested she be the next art figure turned wax candle, Fischer hesitated because, up until this point, he has only portrayed men. Ultimately, however, on Monday, September 10th, the wick at the top of the wax figure of Dasha Zhukova’s head was lit, and will continue to burn until the sculpture is reduced to a puddle of melted wax, coinciding with the show’s closing on November 3rd. Read More »

New York – Urs Fischer: “PLAY” with choreography by Madeline Hollander at Gagosian Gallery Through October 13th, 2018

September 24th, 2018

Urs Fischer, PLAY with Choreography by Madeline Hollander (Installation View), via Art Observed
Urs Fischer, PLAY with Choreography by Madeline Hollander (Installation View), via Art Observed

Over the past several years, few artists have moved so effortlessly across media and concepts like Urs Fischer.  From kaleidoscopic, cartoonish abstractions to surreal sculptural assemblages on to patient, gradual evolutions of form and space on canvas, his work perhaps best characterized by its willingness to never stay in one place for too long.  This relentless invention finds a new outlet in PLAY, a new sculptural work at Gagosian Gallery in New York, created in collaboration with Madeline Hollander. Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, September 21 – 23, 2018

September 23rd, 2018

NY Art Book Fair, via At Observed
NY Art Book Fair, via At Observed

As the fall equinox comes and goes, the New York Art Book Fair has once again come to New York City, opening its doors at MoMA PS1 for the thirteenth annual edition of what has become one of the city’s most unique and energetic exhibitions of young artists, publishers, writers and thinkers, each representing a small part of the national and international art publishing community.  Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year.  Read More »

New York – Ellen Berkenblit: The Clock Unlocked at Anton Kern Through October 20th, 2018

September 19th, 2018

Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern
Ellen Berkenblit, Untitled (2018), via Anton Kern

The Clock Unlocked is the first exhibition to spanning over four decades in the life and work of New York painter Ellen Berkenblit, on now at Anton Kern.  Running through a range of expressive and often enigmatic arrangements, the exhibition presents a roving and exploratory walk through Berkenblit’s practice, tracing evolutions and ongoing interests through any number of touchstones and points of entry.  Arranged instinctually and without chronology, The Clock Unlocked is just that, a diary of paintings and drawings reveals the artist’s idiosyncratic ‘alphabet’— the core of her visual language presented in the same idiosyncratic attitude towards time and space. Read More »

New York – Intimate Infinite: “Imagine A Journey” Curated by Brett Gorvy at Lévy Gorvy Through October 24th, 2018

September 14th, 2018

Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy
Cy Twombly, Untitled (1967), via Levy Gorvy

If you follow Brett Gorvy on Instagram, it’s immediately apparent that the Lévy Gorvy partner is a master of narrative, spinning long, anecdotal tomes around the images and artworks that he posts in his feed.  Gorvy’s vision and passion for art, and for the stories that surround each of the works that passes through his lens, is almost unparalleled anywhere in the art world, and his move in the past few years towards a gallery position should come as no surprise.  Yet Gorvy has plenty more tricks up his sleeve, and his most recent venture, a curated exhibition at his gallery, showcases just how deep his care and skill towards his profession go. Read More »

New York – Anthony Pearson at Marianne Boesky Through October 20th, 2018

September 12th, 2018

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky

Marking the first show of the fall season at Marianne Boesky’s Chelsea exhibition space, artist Anthony Pearson returns to his long-running experimentations with hydrocal for a new selection of  works.  The artist’s work as a lingering, enigmatic engagement with this material functions as an explicit practice in deep intellectual and physical engagement with a few materials, exploring the behaviors, reactions, and open possibilities of his intentionally limited material vocabulary. 

Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky
Anthony Pearson, Untitled (Embedment) (2018), via Marianne Boesky

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New York – Alberto Giacometti at Guggenheim Museum Through September 12th, 2018

September 10th, 2018

Giacometti (Installation view), via Art Observed
Giacometti (Installation view), via Art Observed

White, for Alberto Giacometti, is presented as something of an etheric form, the color of death or absence playing on is interrelation with temporal action.  Space is generated only from the presence of space, and not from its reciprocal orientation. His practice is disposed towards the ideal void, where reality, untouched, is always waiting to be discovered. Giacometti’s opposition to easily read concepts of reality lies in his belief that merely representing figures alone, leaving behind the density and materiality of their  surroundings and ignoring the distance between himself and the object of his perception, offered an incomplete picture of the truth. Giacometti’s eye was profoundly sensitive to different kinds of empty, negative space. He wanted to give form to space, opening his figure from within to its presence or surroundings. Read More »

New York – Charline von Heyl: “New Work” at Petzel Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

September 8th, 2018

Charline von Heyl, New Work (Installation View), via Art Observed
Charline von Heyl, New Work (Installation View), via Art Observed

Few artists possess the sort of free-ranging, exploratory style and vocabulary that seems to mark the output of artist Charline von Heyl.  The German-born painter’s work is relentlessly committed to the canvas as a space for both formal reinvention and ongoing investigation.  Moving through a new selection of works this fall at Petzel Gallery, von Heyl returns to this mode, presenting a series of new compositions that marks her continued interest in texture and space as formative modes of the painter’s internal language.   Read More »

New York – Marguerite Humeau: “Birth Canal” at the New Museum Through January 6th, 2019

September 6th, 2018

Marguerite Humeau, Birth Canal (Installation View), via Adelaide Pacton for Art Observed
Marguerite Humeau, Birth Canal (Installation View), via Adelaide Pacton for Art Observed

Marking a new chapter in a body of work that has long mined the strange juxtapositions of history, culture, form and space, artist Marguerite Humeau has touched down at the New Museum this month, opening a show of works that will remain on view throughout the fall season.  The show, titled Birth Canal, presents a new body of digitally rendered sculptures realized in cast bronze and carved stone, each proposing its own unique vision of how to think through the understanding of the body and it relation to modernity.   Read More »

London – Harold Ancart: “Freeze” at David Zwirner Through September 22nd, 2018

September 5th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via David Zwirner

Over the past few years, Belgian-born, New York-based painter Harold Ancart has remained one of the more unique voices in modern painting.  The artist’s deceptively simple, ragged style of painting and his intuitive interpretations of natural phenomena and iconographies have seen his work move through a broad range of styles and iterations, including massive depictions of flames, icebergs and lush forests, always offset by a sense of spatially-sound minimalism.  Captivating in their spare, exploratory style, the artist’s works are a fascinating look at the language of modern practice, and how historical touchstones can double back on themselves to create new structures and vocabularies.  Read More »