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Telegraph Notes Trends Towards Art as a Real Estate Tool in New Developments

May 25th, 2017

Park Crescent, via TelegraphThe Telegraph has a piece on recent placements of art in homes and apartments as a way to boost real estate sales, noting many collectors’ practices leasing works to private homes rather than holding them in private collections.  “In the 18th century many great houses were built around the works of art, collected by people taking the grand tour of Europe,” says Andrew Kafkaris of Bruton Street Management.  “We are returning to that situation today, with homes being built or refurbished around art collections.”


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Mass MoCA Expansion Profiled in WSJ

May 25th, 2017

MassMoca via WSJMass MoCA’s recent expansion is profiled in the WSJ this week, and its goal of becoming a destination museum for New Yorkers.  “Year ’round, our attendance consists of about 40% New Yorkers,” says director Joseph C. Thompson, “and during the summer it’s about 70%.”
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Deutsch Bank Planning Cultural Hub in Central Berlin

May 24th, 2017

Prinzessinnenpalais, via Art NewspaperDeutsch Bank is embarking on plans for a new cultural hub in Central Berlin, the Art Newspaper reports, located in the Prinzessinnenpalais at 5 Unter den Linden.  The institution already holds one of the largest corporate art collections in the work. “We are working on an exciting program,” says Klaus Winker, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank.
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Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Launches New Grant Program with Foundation for Contemporary Arts

May 24th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, NurseNew York’s Foundation for Contemporary Arts is launching a new grant for supporting artists, seeded by a $1 million gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.  “Roy was always both amazed and very happy to not just not have a day job but also be able to do his work,” Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist’s wife and president of the artist’s foundation says. “This is a great way for an individual artist to get support.”
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Turner Contemporary to Host 2019 Turner Prize Show

May 24th, 2017

Turner Contemporary Margate, via GuardianThe Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate will serve as the 2019 home of the Turner Prize exhibition, The Guardian reports.  “This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent,” says director Victoria Pomery.
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Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Offers $10 Million Reward for Return of Stolen Paintings

May 24th, 2017

Isabella Stewart Gardner, via Boston GlobeBoston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has posted a $10 million reward for the return of any works from the infamous theft at the institution, with the caveat that anyone coming forward must do so by the end of the year.  “These works of art were purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner for the ‘education and enjoyment of the public forever,’ ” says Steve Kidder, president of the museum’s board. “It is our fervent hope that by increasing the reward, our resolve is clear that we want the safe return of the works to their rightful place and back in public view.”
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WSJ Tours Massive New Zealand Sculpture Park

May 23rd, 2017

Andy Goldsworthy, via WSJCollector Alan Gibbs gives the Wall Street Journal a tour of his massive sculpture park in Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand.  “It’s hard to hide this place,” he says of the park, which holds works by Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Maya Lin, among others.  “People see things from the road. That’s how it first got known.” 
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Ai Weiwei to Debut Lego Works at Hirshhorn Next Month

May 23rd, 2017

Ai Weiwei, Trace, via NYTAi Weiwei will mark the East Coast debut of “Trace” (2014), one of his popular lego portrait pieces from his show at Alcatraz Island several years ago, at the Hirshhorn this summer.  “Throughout his distinguished career, Ai has redefined the roles of both an artist and an activist,” director Melissa Chiu said in a statement. “With this new presentation, visitors will experience a special focused consideration of Ai’s most influential and critically acclaimed recent works.”
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Perry Rubinstein Facing Six Months Jail Time After Plea Deal

May 23rd, 2017

Perry Rubinstein, via Art NewspaperArt dealer Perry Rubinstein will serve a six month prison sentence after cutting a plea deal in his court case for grand theft by embezzlement, Art Newspaper reports.  Rubinstein was arrested after failing to pay former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz on the proceeds from a pair of Richard Prince works he sold. 
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New York Times Asks if African Art is Being “Gentrified”

May 23rd, 2017

El Anatsui, via NYTAn article in the New York Times looks at the landscape of African Modern and Contemporary art, and asks if the recent market popularity might indicate a certain type of “gentrification” in its consumption and production.  
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RIP: Glenn O’Brien, Writer and Downtown Icon, Aged 70

April 8th, 2017

Glenn O'Brien, via NYT
Glenn O’Brien, via NYT

Glenn O’Brien, writer, editor, creative director and founder of the famed downtown public-access television show TV Party, has passed away at the age of 70.   Read More »

New York – Vija Celmins at Matthew Marks through April 22nd, 2017

April 4th, 2017

Vija Celmins, Night Sky #20 (2000-2016)
Vija Celmins, Night Sky #20 (2000-2016), all photos via Matthew Marks Gallery

It’s been almost seven years since New York has seen a Vija Celmins show.  Often working in small scales, Celmins has been painting realistic impressions of nature and man-made objects since the 1960’s. Known to take years to finish a painting, Celmins’s relentless pursuit of her work sees the artist often trying to rework pieces even after they have been hung.  The New York show is worth the wait, however, with Celmins presenting a beautiful group of new paintings, drawings, objects, and prints with Matthew Marks Gallery, on view through April 22nd.

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Vija Celmins (Installation View)

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New York — Jack Whitten at Hauser & Wirth Through April 8th, 2017

April 3rd, 2017

Jack Whitten, Black Monolith X, Birth of Muhammad Ali (2016)
Jack Whitten, Black Monolith X, Birth of Muhammad Ali (2016), images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

Artist Jack Whitten has opened an exhibition of new work in New York this spring at Hauser & Wirth, his first show with the gallery since joining its roster last year.  Presenting pieces from the last two years of practice, Whitten’s work, on view at the gallery’s temporary 22nd Street location, continues his exploration of the canvas as a site for engagement with the material consistency and visual expressivity of paint in a manner that often eludes easy classification as abstraction or minimalist technique.

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Los Angeles – Joe Bradley: “Eric’s Hair” at Gagosian Gallery Through April 8th, 2017

April 2nd, 2017

Joe Bradley, Out Joy (2017), via Art Observed
Joe Bradley, Out Joy (2017), via Art Observed

Currently on at Gagosian Beverly Hills, artist Joe Bradley is presenting a body of new works, continuing the artist’s complex and occasionally irreverent visual language through a wide range of formats and materials.  Marking the gallery’s most recent entry in its annual Oscars Weekend exhibition series, the exhibition is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery in Los Angeles, a fitting introduction to his work that draws widely from his recent output.

Joe Bradley, Eric's Har (Installation View), via Art Observed
Joe Bradley, Eric’s Hair (Installation View), via Art Observed

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RIP: James Rosenquist Passes Away at the Age of 83

April 1st, 2017

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James Rosenquist, via Art Observed

James Rosenquist, one of the foremost voices in the landscape of American Pop Art, has passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness.  Rosenquist’s work, known for its dizzying movements and explosive combinations of forms, marked him as a stand-out in the Pop discourse, balancing his interest in the language of advertising and marketing with a studied awareness of the art historical.  His innovative and often surreal juxtaposition of images pioneered new approaches to his medium during the late 1960’s, and would continue to evolve over the next several decades. Read More »

New York – Ryan McGinley: “Early” at Team Gallery Through April 1st, 2017

April 1st, 2017

Ryan McGinley, Dash (Manhattan Bridge) (2000), via Team Gallery
Ryan McGinley, Dash (Manhattan Bridge) (2000), via Team Gallery

Over nearly two decades, photographer Ryan McGinley has explored the deep emotional character and vivid energy of American youth, capturing its subcultures, heroes and creative communities in moments of joy and exuberance, desire and rebellion.  This long engagement with the broad cultural underground of the United States has seen the artist build a striking and diverse oeuvre, one which receives a well-deserved reflection in the artist’s most recent show at Team GalleryEarly, a survey of the artist’s work between 1999 and 2003.

Ryan McGinley, Early (Installation View), via Team Gallery
Ryan McGinley, Early (Installation View), via Team Gallery

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New York — “Serialities” at Hauser Wirth Through April 8th, 2017

March 31st, 2017

August Sander, Untitled (Group for Sherrie Levine Composed by Gerd Sander in 2012),
August Sander, Untitled (Group for Sherrie Levine Composed by Gerd Sander in 2012), all photos by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

Currently occupying the top floors at Hauser & Wirth’s temporary 22nd Street space, Serialities provides the viewer with an ample range of works adopting visual repetition in photography, sculpture, and drawing as a manifestation and elaboration of their conceptual and narrative crux.  Organized with French art dealer Oliver Renaud-Clément, the exhibition finds its source of inspiration in August Sander’s decades-spanning photography project People of the 20th Century, a massive collection of 600 photographs in which Sanders chronicled German daily life through images of individuals of his home country between the 1910’s and the beginning of the 1950’s.  While Sanders sub-categorized his collection based on occupation or social class, People Who Came to My Door, one of his more personal and intimate groupings, anchor this group exhibition.  Through Sanders’s mellow, balanced approach to his subjects, he captures poses of deliberation and vulnerability, exposing their inner selves for the artist’s lens and viewer’s eyes.  His interest in depicting various social and economic groups in Germany before and after World War II delivers an inquisitive social landscape overall. Read More »

Los Angeles – Jimmie Durham: “At the Center of the World” at the Hammer Museum Through May 7th, 2017

March 30th, 2017

Jimmie Durham, At The Center of the World (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jimmie Durham, At The Center of the World (Installation View), via Art Observed

For nearly fifty years, artist Jimmie Durham has worked at a unique junction of material and focus, exploring the modern world through his haphazard material sensibility.  Compiling works from broken planks of wood, reclaimed oil drums, signs, blown glass and other objects, the artist’s assemblages delve into the modern landscape, repositioning one’s perspective on the landscape of modernity, and the often challenging disconnects between human progress and the day to day world.  Currently presenting a survey of his work at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the artist gives the viewer a moment to catch up to the times, bringing together a range of interests in history and politics that constantly undergird his approach to his work.

Jimmie Durham, Homage to David Hammons (1997), via Art Observed
Jimmie Durham, Homage to David Hammons (1997), via Art Observed

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New York – “Alice Neel, Uptown” Curated by Hilton Als at David Zwirner Through April 22nd, 2017

March 28th, 2017

Alice Neel, Anselmo (1962), via Art Observed
Alice Neel, Anselmo (1962), via Art Observed

Drawing on painter Alice Neel’s longtime residence in the northern reaches of Manhattan, David Zwirner is currently presenting a body of paintings by Alice Neel, curated by author and critic Hilton Als, and exploring Neel’s longtime practice in portraiture.  Encouraging an exploration of visual art history and politics, social commentary and painterly craft, the exhibition is a striking exploration of the artist’s work in all of its nuance and power.   Read More »

Los Angeles – Ron Nagle: “Ice Breaker” at Matthew Marks Gallery Through April 8th, 2017

March 24th, 2017

Ron Nagle, Glorious Assemblage (2016), via Art Observed
Ron Nagle, Glorious Assemblage (2016), via Art Observed

Ron Nagle’s miniature sculptures function in part as narrative fragments, scenes and situations held in time and added a certain sense of life and energy by their imaginative, curving forms or remarkably evocative relations of space.  Some conjure the effect of domestic scenes, others a moment of geological rupture, while others present themselves as somewhere between the two, always emphasizing the artist’s patient craft and attention to detail that has made his connections with fellow West Coast artists like Ken Price all the more apparent.  Nagle returns to Los Angeles this spring for a show with Matthew Marks Gallery, bringing a new body of sculptures and drawings created over the course of 2016, once again illustrating these elements in play with his ever-growing body of work. Read More »