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Art Newspaper Asks if Biden Presidency May Galvanize Climate Activism in Art World

January 22nd, 2021

A piece in the Art Newspaper asks if Biden’s inauguration will finally galvanize the US art world to take action on climate change. “The arts sector is going to have to contribute and institutions are where you are going to start to see that more,” says Ellen Langan of the New York-based climate change and arts org Art to Zero.
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$80 Million Botticelli Sale at Sotheby’s Mystifies Experts

January 22nd, 2021

The sale of a Botticelli estimated at $80 million this month at Sotheby’s has drawn speculation and questions over the attribution and origin of the work, Art Newspaper reports. “It is surprising how often scholars have questioned its attribution to the master,” says author David Alan Brown.
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Critic Antwaun Sargent Joins Gagosian as Director and Curator

January 22nd, 2021

Critic Antwaun Sargent has joined Gagosian as a Director and Curator, the New York Times reports. “It’s a wonderful platform,” Sargent says. “It’s a place where you come and view art, but it’s also a place where discussion happens.”
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Art Basel Postponed Until September

January 21st, 2021

Art Basel has once again been postponed from June to 23 to 26 September as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose threats this year. “The decision was made after extensive discussions and analysis in consultation with gallerists and collectors, as well as external experts, putting foremost the health and safety of all concerned while aiming to achieve the broadest possible international attendance for the show,” a statement reads.
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NYT Details Museums Opened by Financier Roberto Polo

January 21st, 2021

A piece in the NYT details the recent efforts of financier Roberto Polo to open a pair of museums, the Center for Modern and Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha, in the Spanish city of Cuenca. “Spain has a particular talent to create public museums for private collections,” Polo says.
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Peter Doig Tapped by Dior for Men’s Fall Collaboration

January 20th, 2021

Dior and Peter Doig will collaborate for the brand’s AW21 Men’s line. “Paintings with fascinating colors condense and reflect powerful meaning with a singular, poignant vision, in particular in terms of the relationship between mankind and nature,” the brand said of his work.
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Helly Nahmad Pardoned by President Trump

January 20th, 2021

Helly Nahmad is among those pardoned by President Trump in the last hours of his administration.  Nahmad was imprisoned for his part in an illegal gambling ring. “Since his conviction, he has lived an exemplary life and has been dedicated to the well-being of his community,” the White House says.
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NEA Head Steps Down

January 20th, 2021

NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has resigned as the Biden administration takes over, the Washington Post reports. “Understanding that the arts play such a crucial role in everyday life. That’s how you expand the arts, broaden the support for arts funding,” she says of her time in the position.
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Tony Oursler Interviewed by Hong Kong Tatler

January 20th, 2021

Tony Oursler speaks with the Hong Kong Tatler this week, as he opens a show in Taiwan.  Television was really a drug, but it was never controlled like a drug. People are realizing the same thing about smartphones,” he says.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Collection of Pierre Le-Tan

January 19th, 2021

Sotheby’s will auction off the collection of the late French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, which includes a portrait by David Hockney.  “We’re trying to stay true to his spirit. It’s not one of these collections where you’re going to have a $20 million Picasso. It’s a universe we want to re-create, one we hope will appeal to all kinds of collectors around the world. There’s something for everybody,” says Etienne Hellman, the auction house’s senior director of modern art.
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New York – Paul Chan: “Drawings for Word Book by Ludwig Wittgenstein” at Green Naftali Through December 19th, 2020

November 17th, 2020

Paul Chan, Spekulieren (to speculate) (2020), via Greene Naftali
Paul Chan, Spekulieren (to speculate) (2020), via Greene Naftali

Opening his fifth solo exhibition, Drawings for Word Book by Ludwig Wittgenstein, at Greene Naftali in New York, artist Paul Chan has installed a series of loosely rendered, childlike drawings, a swirling body of playful images rendered in black and white, sprawling across the walls of the gallery.  Marking a continuation of his practice between producing art works and printed materials through his publishing company, Badlands Unlimited, the show marks an intriguing engagement with the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.   Read More »

New York – Cecily Brown at Paula Cooper Through December 12th, 2020

November 16th, 2020

 

Cecily Brown, The Splendid Table (2019-2020), via Paula Cooper
Cecily Brown, The Splendid Table (2019-2020), via Paula Cooper

Currently on view at Paula Cooper’s 26th Street Exhibition Space, artist Cecily Brown has brought forth a striking body of new paintings, continuing her unique exploration of the liminal spaces between abstraction and figuration.  Across a range of works exploring a rich color palette of warm polychrome hues and deep black, Brown’s work demonstrates a prolonged exploration of color’s potential to fill in this space between modes of depiction.

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New York – Jonathan Lyndon Chase: “Wind Rider” at Company Gallery Through November 21st, 2020

November 13th, 2020

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Wind Rider (Installation View), via Company
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Wind Rider (Installation View), via Company

Hyper-loaded with material and imagery that spans a range of cultural signifiers so often ascribed to the American cowboy as a standard of heterosexual, white heroism, painter Jonathan Lyndon Chase has opened a powerful new show at Company Gallery, titled Wind Rider.  Rich subject matter and made all the more nuanced and powerful by the artist’s own experiences and history, the show is a fluid, charged affair, mixing memory and iconography into a series of pieces that open new lines of discourse and awareness.   Read More »

Somerset – Nicole Eisenman: “Where I Was, It Shall Be” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 10th, 2020

November 12th, 2020

Nicole Eisenman, Where I Was, It Shall Be (Installation View), via Hauser & Wirth
Nicole Eisenman, Where I Was, It Shall Be (Installation View), via Hauser & Wirth

Having established herself as a central figure in American painting throughout the 1990s, Nicole Eisenman has only continued to grow and expand her impact and practice over the following decades, building her practice outwards into a range of media formats and frameworks that explore her particular experience of the construction of 2-dimensional, and now 3-dimensional space.  Marking her first show with Hauser & Wirth in the gallery’s picturesque Somerset compound, the artist showcases a diverse multidisciplinary language through mixed media works on paper, sculpture and painting. Read More »

New York – Brian Calvin: “Waiting” at Anton Kern Gallery Through December 5th, 2020

November 10th, 2020

Brian Calvin, Minor Difference (2020), via Anton Kern
Brian Calvin, Minor Difference (2020), via Anton Kern

Artist Brian Calvin returns to Anton Kern this fall for his seventh solo show with the gallery, continuing his unique approach to portraiture and figuration that twists cartoonish color and form into a nuanced depiction of the human visage. Read More »

New York – Hélio Oiticica at Lisson Gallery Through December 12th, 2020

November 9th, 2020

Helio Oiticica (Installation View), via Lisson
Helio Oiticica (Installation View), via Lisson

Taking over both New York City Lisson Gallery spaces this fall, the Brazilian master Hélio Oiticica has a set of works on view documenting his engaging and expansive practice, underscoring his luminary role in the pioneering development of Brazilian contemporary art.  An influential and all-consuming vision, Oiticica’s work ranged across visual art, music, theater, literature and more, each of which is explored here in this pair of exhibitions. Read More »

Los Angeles – Senga Nengudi at Sprüth Magers Through December 18th, 2020

November 6th, 2020

Senga Nengudi, Sandmining B (detail) (2020), via Sprüth Magers
Senga Nengudi, Sandmining B (detail) (2020), via Sprüth Magers

Always deeply connected to the human body, Senga Nengudi’s work invokes ritual, narrative and connections between cultures disparate in geography and time. For her newest show, on view now at Sprüth Magers’s Los Angeles exhibition space on the Miracle Mile, the artist has erected a series of large-scale installation works, offering profound insights into her way of thinking and working.

Senga Nengudi, Sandmining B (2020), via Sprüth Magers
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London – Trevor Paglen: “Bloom” at Pace Through November 10th, 2020

November 5th, 2020

Trevor Paglen, Octopus Live Stream (2020), via Pace
Trevor Paglen, Octopus (2020), via Pace

Taking over the Pace Gallery space at 6 Burlington Gardens in London, artist Trevor Paglen opens a show that seeks to find a shared physical and digital space, mining the artist’s long engagement with technology and aesthetics to present a set of new works that explore the society-shaping power of computing, and the massive troves of data collected every day online.   His new show, Bloom explores central themes of artificial intelligence, the politics of images, facial recognition technologies, and alternative futures, marking his second show with the gallery.   Read More »

New York – Sam Falls at 303 Gallery Through November 14th, 2020

November 4th, 2020

Sam Falls, Midnight Coronado Paradise (2020), via 303
Sam Falls,  Paradise (2020), via 303

A look at the work of Sam Falls illustrates a vibrant interior universe, one populated by swirling undergrowth, alien forms and a series of linkages connecting human and non-human agents. This sensibility hits a high point at his most recent exhibition with 303 Gallery, where Falls has selected a series of new works for his fall show.   Read More »

London – Jim Shaw: “Hope Against Hope” at Simon Lee Through January 16th, 2021

November 3rd, 2020

Jim Shaw, One Percent for Art (2020), via Simon Lee
Jim Shaw, One Percent for Art (2020), via Simon Lee

Jim Shaw returns to Simon Lee Gallery this month for a show of new works in London, continuing the artist’s incisive and often comical adaptations of recent events, comic book iconographies and the last 75 years of American history.  Read More »