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Sam Durant Installs New Sculpture on High Line

April 15th, 2021

Artist Sam Durant has installed a predator drone on the High Line, an attempt to make visible the United States’ secret drone bombing policies. “I was very concerned with using unmanned aircraft to essentially assassinate people,” he says. “It was seen as popular in the United States because U.S. soldiers didn’t have to go to the battlefield. But what about the casualties in the countries that were attacked by our drones? The idea was to bring this conversation home to America.”
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Hauser & Wirth Open in Monaco

April 15th, 2021

Marking its 13th gallery worldwide, Hauser & Wirth have opened in Monaco. “In former times, Monaco was a destination for artists, writers, and filmmakers who were as captivated as we have been by the Côte d’Azur,” says Iwan Wirth.
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New Study Shows 43% of Museum Workers Have Lost Income Due to Pandemic

April 15th, 2021

A new studies shows that 43% of museum workers have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we recover and rebuild, we must focus on equity, empathetic leadership and actions that support the people who make museums possible,” Laura Lott, president and chief executive of the American Alliance of Museums says. “The resiliency and future vitality of our field relies on them.”
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da Vinci Work Held for a Year on Saudi Crown Prince’s Yacht

April 14th, 2021

A piece in the Wall Street Journal notes that da Vinci‘s Salvator Mundi was stored on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 439-foot yacht Serene until late last year, following a dispute that kept it out of The Louvre’s landmark show. A source who saw the work was “very surprised it was not in Switzerland as others believe.” 
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Expo Chicago Cancelled

April 14th, 2021

A string of American fairs have been cancelled this week, with Expo Chicago joining the list of events postponed for the near future. “We gauged the global re-emergence of fairs, gatherings, and exhibitions and felt strongly that our commitment to April of 2022 allows us a strong chance to open where we left off after the 2019 exposition, respecting the impact and numerous considerations that dealers and collectors are making in 2021,” says founder and director Tony Karman.
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Cairo Museum Reopens Ten Years After Van Gogh Theft

April 13th, 2021

Cairo’s Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum has reopened after a ten year closure, which followed the theft of a Van Gogh from the museum.
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Crystal Bridges Museum Plans Expansion

April 12th, 2021

Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas is planning a major expansion that will add almost 100,000 square feet to its footprint. “With the number of visitors we welcome annually, it’s timely to enlarge our building and make sure more people can access these offerings,” says founder Alice Walton.
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Pace Gallery Expands in Seoul

April 12th, 2021

Pace Gallery is expanding its footprint in South Korea, as it moves to a larger space in the Hannam-dong neighborhood of Seoul. “We’re growing, but I like to think we grow very carefully and thoughtfully,” says Marc Glimcher. “We start really small in a city and see if it’s successful. It’s about the people first, not the space. We are really interested in going to cities where we really add to the equation and that city can have an interesting impact on us.”
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Art Basel Hong Kong to Return Next Month

April 11th, 2021

Art Basel Hong Kong will return next month, and has just announced its exhibitor list for the next edition of the fair, welcoming 104 exhibitors to the space. 
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Jennifer and Dan Gilbert Give $30 Million to Cranbrook Academy of Art to Promote Diversity

April 7th, 2021

The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI has received $30 million by Jennifer and Dan Gilbert to promote diversity in students and faculty. “Our ultimate goal is to drive lasting financial stability while creating a more diverse and equitable community,” Jennifer Gilbert said in a statement. “We know it’s not a silver bullet, but a step in the right direction. Dan and I hope that the gift grants the Academy space to develop long-term solutions, and that it encourages others to join us in giving.”


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Los Angeles – Joel Mesler: “Surrender” at David Kordansky Through March 6th, 2021

February 5th, 2021

Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky
Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky

On view this month at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, artist and former dealer Joel Mesler has. brought a selection of new paintings and works on paper forward for his first solo show at the gallery. Playful and engaging, the works make for an expressive entry in the artist’s work.  Read More »

Paris – Thomas Ruff: “Tableaux Chinois” at David Zwirner Through March 6th, 2021

February 4th, 2021

Thomas Ruff, tableau chinois_19a, tableau chinois_19b (2020), via Art Observed
Thomas Ruff, tableau chinois_19a, tableau chinois_19b (2020), via Art Observed

Currently on view at David Zwirner’s Paris location, artist Thomas Ruff is presenting a series of recent works and historically significant works exploring his ongoing interest in propaganda photography and the critical deconstruction of images.   Read More »

New York – Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Through February 13th, 2021

February 3rd, 2021

Dan Walsh, Channel (2020), via Paula Cooper
Dan Walsh, Channel (2020), via Paula Cooper

Celebrated for his work across a range of media including sculpture, bookmaking, drawing and installation, artist Dan Walsh has traced a particular trajectory in painting since the 1990s, working with a focused vocabulary of unit-based forms that include lines, circles, grids and rectangles to layer brushstrokes according to defined sets of rules yielding complex compositions. For his most recent show, on view now at Paula Cooper Gallery, a selection of more recent pieces are on view, culled from a period between 2014 and 2020, and highlighting the artist’s prolific and expansive output in the medium of painting. Read More »

Paris – Christian Boltanski: “Après” at Marian Goodman Through March 13th, 2021

February 2nd, 2021

Christian Boltansk (Les Linges, 2020), via Art Observed
Christian Boltansk Les Linges (2020), via Art Observed

“A very horrible yet interesting thing has occurred since Covid is here, which is, that death is no longer hidden. Death used to be completely denied by us, and nowadays, because of this disease, we are talking about death as something that is around us and that is present,” says Christian Boltanski.   The French artist, currently showing his most recent exhibition at Marian Goodman’s Paris exhibition space, has taken a particularly direct approach towards a pandemic still causing widespread death and disruptions around the globe. For this show, titled Après, the artist asks challenging questions about our current state of the world, and the human values we ascribe to it. Read More »

Paris – Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno: “Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement” at Galerie Kamel Mennour Through February 27th, 2021

February 1st, 2021

Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno, Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement (Installation view), Galerie Kamel Mennour
Daniel Buren & Philippe Parreno, Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement (Installation view), Galerie Kamel Mennour

Choosing an auspicious concept for the first show in its new space in Paris’s rue du Pont de Lodi, Kamel Mennour Gallery presents a joint project between two artists of different generations yet similar interests in space and exhibition, presentation and perception.  Unifying the visions of Daniel Buren and Philippe Parreno’s Simultanément, travaux in situ et en mouvement brings together the pair’s intriguing interests in the definition and understanding of space and movement. Read More »

Berlin – Claudia Comte: “Jungle and Corals” at König Galerie Through February 28th, 2021

January 29th, 2021

Claudia Comte, Jungle and Corals (Installation View), via König Galerie
Claudia Comte, Jungle and Corals (Installation View), via König Galerie

Taking over the halls of the König Galerie Chapel in Berlin, artist Claudia Comte  presents a body of new works unified under the title Jungles and Corals, a selection of new sculptural works produced while Comte was on residency last year in Jamaica at the Alligator Head Foundation as a fellow of the TBA21–Academy. Created in collaboration with local woodworkers, the show draws on natural forms and iconographies to create a distinct and cohesive spatialized experience. Read More »

Paris – Pieter Vermeersch at Galerie Perrotin Through January 30th, 2021

January 28th, 2021

Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed
Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, the painter and sculptor Pieter Vermeersch has brought forth an enigmatic and expressive exhibition to mark his sixth solo show with the dealer.  Consisting of a series of conceptual operations, including a series of screenprints on marble slabs, oil paintings on stone, and a range of varied dimensional operations, the show is a striking exploration in scale and shape, material and space through the language of minimalism.

Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed
Pieter Vermeersch (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Paris – Gregory Crewdson: “An Eclipse of Moths” at Galerie Templon Through January 23rd, 2021

January 27th, 2021

Gregory Crewdson, Redemption Center (2018-2019), via Art Observed
Gregory Crewdson, Redemption Center (2018-2019), via Art Observed

On view through this past weekend at Galerie Templon in Paris, Gregory Crewdson’s newest series, An Eclipse of Moths presents a series of sixteen large scale prints that act like portals into desolate American scenes. First released in 2020, a year that will be remembered for the stark political division and a health crisis that ravaged the country, Crewdson’s work here continues his reputation for cinematic visual languages, which he pursues with a large production team. He goes location scouting, and carefully lights his sets and directs actors as if they were in a film. His cohesive choice of four by eight foot prints allows the viewer to step back to grasp a grand scene that must be approached closely in order to take in the meticulous details, of signals and characters that, despite their distance, communicate with each other.
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New York – Haim Steinbach: “1991-1993″ at Tanya Bonakdar Through February 27th, 2021

January 26th, 2021

Haim Steinbach, Display #28 - Rustic Wall (1991), via Tanya Bonakdar
Haim Steinbach, Display #28 – Rustic Wall (1991), via Tanya Bonakdar

For more than four decades, artist Haim Steinbach has explored the psychological, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of collecting and arranging found objects, selecting items that range from the obscure to the ordinary, the private to the ethnographic and using them as a meditative element to emphasize notions of circulation and human connection.  For his most recent show at Tanya Bonakdar in New York, a selection of works on view highlights a concentrated three-year period in the artist’s career, and offers a recontextualization of his own historic practice and an occasion for reflection. Read More »

New York – Joyce Pensato: “Fuggetabout It (Redux)” at Petzel Through February 27th, 2021

January 25th, 2021

Joyce Pensato, Fuggetabout It (Redux) (Installation View), via Petzel
Joyce Pensato, Fuggetabout It (Redux) (Installation View), via Petzel

Marking the gallery’s first show of works by Joyce Pensato following the artist’s passage in 2019, Petzel’s current show, Fuggetabout It (Redux) marks a fitting summation and reflection on the work of an artist who long mined the languages of pop culture and mass media to create her supercharged mode of painting and sculpture.   Read More »