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Mel Chin Prepares Augmented Reality Project for Times Square

November 22nd, 2017

Study for 'Unmoored' via NYTArtist Mel Chin is preparing an augmented reality project for Times Square, which will illustrate the potential impacts of climate change on one of the city’s most recognizable areas. “We’re working on a mass phenomenon, extending from 45th to 47th streets in the air, that can convey the gravity of what we have before us,” he said.
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Grave of Schiele Muse Wally Neuzil Discovered in Croatia

November 22nd, 2017

Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally Neuzil, via Art NewspaperThe grave of Walburga “Wally” Neuzil, Egon Schiele’s young muse, has been found in Croatia, the Art Newspaper reports, and will be commemorated by a monument. “It’s an interesting monumental project for the European identity,” says researcher Robert Holzbauer.
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Christie’s to Launch Standalone Sale of Works from Rockefeller Collection

November 22nd, 2017

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, via Art NewsChristie’s will offer the first set of works from the collection of David Rockefeller next year in a standalone sale.  The offerings include Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (1905), a Rose Period Picasso estimated at $70 million, and Matisse’s Odalisque couchée aux magnolias (1923), which is already estimated to break the artist’s auction record of $41 million. 
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Christie’s da Vinci Sale Explored in Art Market Monitor

November 22nd, 2017

Christie's, via Art Market MonitorThe Art Market Monitor has a strong analysis around the sale of da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, exploring the motivations of its seller, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and the strategies Christie’s used to attract its buyer, including the inclusion of the Andy Warhol piece, and the spectacle drummed up around the sale by near constant lines to see the painting. “Among the smart moves Christie’s made was bringing the work to San Francisco where there were lines around the block to see it,” Marion Maneker writes. “More importantly, Christie’s got calls from major Silicon Valley figures who had previously been tough to contact. (For those wondering who bought it, there’s a greater chance it went to someone with crazy tech money than someone in Asia).”
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Missing Piece of Magritte Work Found Under Another Work

November 22nd, 2017

X-Ray of Magritte, via momaA missing piece of Rene Magritte’s The Enchanted Pose has been found underneath another of the artist’s works, Reuters reports. Pieces of the artist’s painting were painted over by Magritte to create other works, leaving the location of its pieces a longstanding mystery.
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The Met Makes Strides Towards Stability

November 22nd, 2017

Met Museum, via Art DailyThe NYT reports on the recent gift of $80 to the Met, noting that the donation may signal a new level of stability for the museum after several years of financial and institutional turbulence. We’ve made really good progress,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president and chief executive.
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Work Discovered in North Wales

November 22nd, 2017

Lost Murillo, via The GuardianA lost 17th Century masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has been rediscovered in North Wales. “It is an absolute masterpiece,” art scholar Benito Navarrete Prieto says. “Magnetic.”
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Telegraph Notes Focus on Liquidity Energizing Recent Auctions

November 22nd, 2017

Cy Twombly, Untitled (2005), final price $46,437,500, via Christie'sThe Telegraph has an interesting article on the wildly successful recent cycle of art sales, noting collectors’ increasing draw towards liquid assets like art.  The piece draws connections to other assets currently burgeoning on the market, including Bitcoin, and notes the appeal of these goods as collectors seek stable investments outside national currencies and stock.
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Met Museum Receives $80 Million Gift

November 19th, 2017

Irvings, via Art NewsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports.  “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.”
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Laura Owens Makes Statement on Protests Against 356 S. Mission Rd

November 16th, 2017

356 MissionArtist Laura Owens has penned a public statement on the current pressure her project space, 356 S. Mission, is facing from anti-gentrification activists. “Alongside the protesters’ demands to close, we have also heard the voices of artists, community groups, families, and individuals in the area who want 356 to remain open,” she writes. “In addition to urgent basic needs and facilities, people in all neighborhoods, of all ethnicities and classes, benefit from quality education and art. We do not believe that access to one should sacrifice the other in a healthy and thriving society. I have always been and remain committed to engaging in productive dialogue that results in effective actions to battle the issues facing our communities.”
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AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair, October 5th – 8th, 2017

October 7th, 2017

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, via Art Observed
Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, via Art Observed

On a cloudy Wednesday morning in London’s Regent’s Park, the doors opened on this year’s edition of the Frieze art fair, marking the latest edition of an event that has long billed itself as the premiere at event in the British capital.  This year’s opening continued to show why, as strong sales and an increasingly attentive approach towards curating and showing works made for an immersive and nuanced whole. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, October 5th, 2017

October 6th, 2017

Cy Twombly, Untitled (1962), via Sothebys
Cy Twombly, Untitled (1962), via Sothebys

After closing out the second day of proceedings across town at Regent’s Park yesterday, collectors and dealers flocked to Sotheby’s London for the first of the week’s Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales.  Held in conjunction with the cutting edge works on view at Frieze London this week, the sale at Sotheby’s seemed to offer something of a moment of reflection for the contemporary market, looking back at some of the masters of the 20th Century, while also offering buyers a chance to bring them home. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 5-6th, 2017

October 4th, 2017

Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version (1971), via Christie's
Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version 1971 (1971), via Christie’s

Making its stamp on Frieze auction week in London, the big auction houses are planning a string of major Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales in the coming weeks, marking the first time the secondary market will be tested in the second half of 2017.  With sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips packed into a pair of evenings in the British capital, the first days of October should offer an interesting look at how the market has continued to respond to turbulent world events, unstable buying patterns, and the demanding pace of the current market schedule.

Andreas Gursky, Los Angeles (1999), via Phillips
Andreas Gursky, Los Angeles (1999), via Phillips

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AO Preview – London: Frieze London and London Art Week, October 4th – 8th, 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Outside the Frieze Fair, via Art Observed
Frieze London, via Art Observed

The flagship event of London’s bustling art week, Frieze London opens this week at Regent’s Park, opening the month of October with one of the fall’s largest art fair events around the globe. Bringing over 160 galleries from around the globe to the fair’s grounds, the fair will turn 15 years old this year, looking back on its run as an increasingly vital part of the international art circuit, and one of the main players in the shifting landscape of the art market’s move towards more temporary, globally distributed events. Read More »

New York – Amy Yao: “Weeds of Indifference” at 47 Canal Through October 8th, 2017

October 2nd, 2017

Amy Yao, Foreign Investments (Baked Alaska) (2017), via Art Observed
Amy Yao, Foreign Investments (Good Ramen) (2017), via Art Observed

For the last several years, the artists represented by 47 Canal have stood at the forefront of contemporary sculpture. It is easy to see the influence of artists like Josh Kline, Anicka Yi, and Amy Yao when looking at the work of younger artists exhibiting at galleries like Hotel Art Pavilion and Real Fine Arts, and their investigations of materials inextricable from the landscape of modernity makes them a distinctly notable entry in the evolution of New York’s arts history.  Amy Yao, who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, brings her work back to 47 Canal this month with her new exhibition, Weeds of Indifference. Though Yao has had solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Oslo, and Paris within the last two years, Weeds… is her first solo show in NYC since 2013. In that interval, Yao’s work has lost none of its bite, but that is not to say that things are still the same.

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New York — Hélio Oiticica: “To Organize Delirium” at the Whitney Museum of American Art Through October 1st, 2017

October 1st, 2017

Hélio Oiticica, P15 Parangolé Cape 11, I Embody Revolt (P15 Parangolé Capa 11, Eu Incorporo a Revolta) worn by Nildo of Mangueira, 1967. Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica. Photograph by Claudio Oiticica
Hélio Oiticica, P15 Parangolé Cape 11, I Embody Revolt (P15 Parangolé Capa 11, Eu Incorporo a Revolta) worn by Nildo of Mangueira, 1967. Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica. Photograph by Claudio Oiticica

One of the most innovative artists and thinkers of the past century, Hélio Oiticica is currently being honored with an in-depth survey that breaks down key moments and artistic endeavors from the artist’s short but impressive career at the Whitney Museum of American Art. From his early days as part of the Neo-Concrete movement in his native Brazil to his time in New York’s East Village during the 1970s’, Oiticica’s inventive practice unfolds in sequences and segments throughout To Organize a Delirium, offering the audience a nuanced and participatory experience that exceeds traditional limits of art viewing experience, a point that strengthens his own conceptual engagement with art itself. Read More »

Münster – Skulptur Project Münster, Through October 1st, 2017

September 28th, 2017

Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead (2017), via Art Observed
Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead (2017), via Art Observed

Placing monumental works and nuanced environmental engagements across the city of Münster once each decade, the Skulptur Projekte touched down in the city again this summer,  spreading its wings over the German city for its fifth edition. Offering yet another take on the massively-scaled European art festivals, biennials and other curated events, Münster’s entry in this summer’s calendar is noteworthy in its engagement with the city itself. Embracing the location-sensitive capabilities of sculpture and public art, Skulptur Projekte welcomes meditations on what art might be capable of when inserted into the fabric of daily life, presenting a city where nuanced, conceptually-rich pieces of art can be encountered and experienced at almost any turn. Read More »

New York — Andreas Schulze: “Vacanze 365″ at Team Gallery Through September 30th, 2017

September 27th, 2017

Andeas Schulze, Vacanze 15 (2016)
Andeas Schulze, Vacanze 15 (2016)

While today painting may often present draw critique as something of an exhausted genre, Cologne-based painter Andreas Schulze‘s surreal arrangements of bodies in space always manage to serve up a convincing protest.  This contrarian approach is perhaps best seen at Team Gallery where Schulze has arranged a series of smoky, slender depictions of beachgoers, bearing the apropos title Vacanze 365. Focusing particularly on torsos and pelvises, the painter captures vacationers sporting different types of beach attire in catchy patterns and bright colors, carrying smoke dispensers emerging as puffy clouds from belt-like stripes on waistlines. The gallery walls—covered in bright blue with traceable painterly gestures—bear an efficiently immersive installation, playing each work’s spry bodies against the soaring walls, with works hanging in untraditional angles in proximities to the ceiling. Read More »

AO On-Site: Bushwick Open Studios, September 22nd-24th, 2017

September 25th, 2017

Joanne Carson, via Art Observed
Joanne Carson, via Art Observed

As the month of September nears its conclusion, the 11th year of Bushwick Open Studios returned to Brooklyn this past weekend, with artists around the neighborhood opening the doors to their project studios, galleries, rehearsal spaces and even their homes to intrepid viewers. Presenting a broad look at the city’s young and practicing artists in their native environment, this year offered a series of surprises and strong works that once again underscored the fair’s reputation as a first-hand look at the Bushwick art scene in close focus. Read More »

AO On-Site: Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, September 22nd – 24th, 2017

September 22nd, 2017

NYABF, via Art Observed
NYABF, via Art Observed

Opening its doors once again this Thursday evening at MoMA PS1, the 2017 NY Art Book Fair got underway with a bang, marking its 12th edition with a new selection of exhibitors, shows, projects and installations that have made the fair a compelling part of the fall art calendar. Inviting well over over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions, and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries to the event, this year’s edition of NYABF continued its engaging work connecting both small press publishers, artists and zine-makers with a broader network of special interest publishers from across the spectrum of both art and writing.

NYABF, via Art Observed
NYABF, via Art Observed

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