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Andrew Kup and Pascal Spengemann’s Clothing Colab Profiled in GQ

August 21st, 2019

Andrew Kuo and dealer Pascal Spengemann are profiled in GQ this month for their ongoing clothing collaboration, creating bootlegged homages to Marc Chagall and Claude Monet, among others. “My memories of the Met store and museum shops growing up in New York were a big part of my experience with art, not necessarily the actual object,” Kuo says. “Like my mom wearing a Marc Chagall shirt all summer. It’s less cynical and more emotional, I think, to kind of dredge up all of these memories of your experiences with art and reframe it as something affordable, fun, whatever.”
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The Guardian Profiles Artist Showing Works in Their Homes

August 21st, 2019

The Guardian profiles recent trends towards showing works in collectors and artists’ homes. “Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” says artist Isobel Atacus. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.”
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British Museum to Move Hundreds of Thousands of Works to New Facility

August 21st, 2019

The British Museum will bring hundreds of thousands of stored artifacts currently to a new £64m storage and research facility in Berkshire, UK, the Art Newspaper reports. The move comes as an effort to make more of its collection publicly accessible.
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MOCA Denver Selects Nora Burnett Abrams as Director

August 21st, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has selected Nora Burnett Abrams as its new director. “They want to continue in the direction we have been heading,” she says of her selection, calling it a “vote of confidence.”
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British Museums See 6% Growth in Attendance for 2018

August 21st, 2019

British museums and art galleries saw a 6% increase in attendance last year, recovering from several years of dropping numbers.  “It’s not surprising to see our museums and galleries returning to the top spot, confirming England’s position as a cultural hub,” says VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe. 
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Rebecca Wei Out as Christie’s Asia Chair After 8 Months

August 20th, 2019

Rebecca Wei has resigned just eight months after being named Asia chairman of auctioneers Christie’s.  “I am immensely proud of the growth that has been achieved during my time with Christie’s, in regional sales as well as Asian contribution to Christie’s global revenue,” she said in a statement. “We are well positioned to further expand and serve collectors in the region in the years ahead.”


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Lynda Benglis Interviewed in NYT

August 19th, 2019

Lynda Benglis gets a profile in the NYT, as she gives the paper a tour of her New Mexico studio, and talks about her process. “My mind is always working with ideas but sometimes they pop and quickly disappear,” she says. “I have to wait until the idea crystallizes again before I go back to working. Otherwise, I have no reason to work.”
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Betty Sue Hertz to Head Up Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

August 19th, 2019

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery has tapped Betti-Sue Hertz as its new director and chief curator. “I think we absolutely need to be part of that ecology and playing a leadership role in the Upper Manhattan community,” she said. 
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Boy Thrown from Tate Modern Platform in Stable Condition

August 19th, 2019

The parents of a six-year-old boy allegedly thrown from a Tate Modern viewing platform have made a statement, claiming their son is in stable condition, but that the full extent of his injuries are not yet known.  “Our son has already undergone two long and difficult operations,” they said in a statement. “But he is alive, struggling with all his strength, and we remain hopeful.”
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Met Reviews Holdings of Indian Art

August 19th, 2019

The Met is reviewing its holdings of Indian art donated by dealer Subhash Kapoor, after pressure from the country to recover thousands of looted idols and relics. “As we have since learned of the multiple law enforcement actions, and in the spirit of our enhanced procedures over recent years, we are now seeking to identify additional provenance information,” the museum said in a statement.
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AO Auction Results – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, June 26th, 2019

June 26th, 2019

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), via Sotheby's
Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), Final Price: £16,542,650 via Sotheby’s

Following up on a steady, reliable auction last night at Christie’s, Sotheby’s came out swinging this evening, marking a £69,720,050 sale in London that showcased a relatively strong market and ample interest for works at the highest levels of the blue-chip market.  The evening’s sale, which saw 4 of the 43 lots on offer go unsold, marked a strong closing for the first half of the year at Sotheby’s, and brings the season one step closer to conclusion. Read More »

New York – Joan Mitchell: “I carry my landscapes around with me”

June 26th, 2019

Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner
Joan Mitchell, La Seine (1967), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at David Zwirner’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, the gallery is presenting  a selection of multi-paneled paintings by American master Joan Mitchell, the first exhibition to look specifically at Mitchell’s work in this format, and the possibilities for her work brought forth through the use of expansive amounts of space. Read More »

AO Auction Results – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 25th, 2019

June 25th, 2019

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984), via Christie’s

Marking the first of the week’s trio of Contemporary and Post-War Auctions in London this week, Christie’s has capped a 35-lot offering to a final of $45,346,950, a strong figure that saw only three works go unsold with ample interest from buyers to keep the evening moving quickly and relatively smoothly.  The sale marks something of a snap back into form for the auction house following a dire struggle last week during its Impressionist/Modern offering, and seemed to signal emerging blue-chip markets for several younger artists. Read More »

Berlin – Adam Pendleton: ‘Who We Are’ at Galerie Max Hetzler Through June 29th, 2019

June 24th, 2019

Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (2018), via Max Hetzler
Adam Pendleton, Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones (still) (2018), via Max Hetzler

On view at Berlin’s Galerie Max Hetzler, artist Adam Pendleton is presenting a body of new works under the title Who We Are, spread between both locations in the German capital: Bleibtreustraße 45 and Goethestraße 2/3, and marking Pendleton’s first show with the gallery.  The show, drawing on a range of cultural and aesthetic touchstones, presents itself as a sort multi-layered cultural history, intersecting music and film, dance and personal narrative through a series of video and wall-mounted works. Read More »

New York – Yuji Agematsu: ‘1995 & 2003′ at Miguel Abreu Through June 21st, 2019

June 21st, 2019

Yuji Agematsu, Zip 10.01.03 ... 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu
Yuji Agematsu, zip: 10.01.03 … 10.31.03 (2003), via Miguel Abreu

Currently on view at Miguel Abreu, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Yuji Agematsu has brought forth a diverse and expressive body of works to the galleries’ 88 Eldridge space, a selection of works delving into notions of urban space and the dense material fusions that it is capable of producing. Connecting the various processes and movements of the New York City streets into a productive engine of its own, the Agematsu’s work chains together disparate spaces and perceptions of reality. Read More »

RIP – Artist Robert Therrien Has Passed Away at 71

June 19th, 2019

Robert Therrien (Installation View), via Art Observed
Robert Therrien (Installation View), via Art Observed

Robert Therrien, an artist whose impressively-scaled sculptures of banal objects and everyday scenes was capable of twisting a viewer’s sense of time and space, has passed away at the age of 71 .  The news was broken by Gagosian, which represents him.   Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 19th, 2019

June 19th, 2019

Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), via Sotheby's
Amedeo Modigliani, Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les geno (1918), Final Price: £18,422,000 via Sotheby’s

The first batch of Summer auctions are in the books in London tonight, as Sotheby’s capped off its Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale with results that seemed to emphasize a steadied ship following the announcement of the auction house’s sale to Patrick Drahi earlier this week.  The auction house, capitalizing on a strong offering of works, moved methodically through the evening, selling 23 of the 25 works on offer for a final tally of £98,875,924. Read More »

New York – Tarek Atoui: “Organ Within” at kurimanzutto Through June 25th, 2019

June 19th, 2019

Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto
Tarek Atoui, Organ Within (Installation View), via kurimanzutto

Walking into Kurimanzutto’s cabinet space on New York’s Upper East Side, one is greeted with a slow, droning sonic atmosphere, a series of prickly overtones and delicate aural structures that emanate from a series of plastic tubes, fabric resonators and other materials spread across the floor in a seemingly haphazard fashion. This is artist Tarek Atoui’s ‘Organ Within,’ an installation of the artist’s “open sound laboratory” project. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 18th, 2019

June 18th, 2019

Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), via Christie's
Pablo Picasso, Homme et femme nus (1968), final price: £12,464,250, via Christie’s

With several strong auctions behind them in the past months, the last Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale of the first half of 2019 looked to be a victory lap for Christie’s, a last shot at European collectors after a bustling spring season capped off by Basel and the Biennale. But a last burst of buyer interest wasn’t in the cards this evening, as the London auction house struggled royally over the course of a 34 lot sale that saw 10 of the works go unsold, including several major trophies that drove the sale to an anemic final of £36,413,750. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London Auction Week: June 18th – 27th, 2019

June 17th, 2019

Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie's
Fernand Léger, Femme dans un fauteuil (1913), via Christie’s

With the hottest months of the year settling in across the US and Europe, the secondary market will get one last chance to catch some heat of its own. Over the course of the next two weeks, the major auction houses will present a final look at the strength of the secondary market before the summer recess, capping off what has been something of a rebound after a few sluggish years of growth from 2017 to late last year. With two weeks of sales lined up in London this month, interested parties should get a look at just how the auction houses will look to keep that momentum going. Read More »