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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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New York Times Details Galleries’ Shifting Relationships to Physical Spaces

March 1st, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week notes the shifting relationships galleries are taking towards physical spaces, including the possibility that galleries may soon abandon their physical locales.“The question is whether galleries will continue to have space in London,” says Frieze’s Simon Fox. The organization has opened its own gallery space at No. 9 Cork Street that works with a range of galleries and dealers. “The answer to that, in time, might be ‘no.’” 
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New Munch Museum Building to Open Soon

February 24th, 2021

After a lengthy construction period, the new Munch Museum building in Oslo is preparing to open, the Architectural Digest reports.
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UK Reopening Plans See Shops Opening a Full Month Before Museums

February 24th, 2021

The UK has announced that museums will not be able to reopen until Mid-May, a full month after shops and retail galleries.  “It just makes no sense,” says Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts . On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly. It just doesn’t feel joined up to me … I’m angry.”
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NYT Looks at Artists Commemorating Those Lost to Covid-19

February 24th, 2021

A piece in the NYT looks at the artists already thinking of the best way to commemorate those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. “They want to recognize the deaths of those individuals, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance,” says geographer Avril Maddrell.
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Paris Painting by Vincent van Gogh to Go on View Publicly for First Time Since 1887

February 24th, 2021

A major Paris scene painted by Vincent van Gogh and not yet seen in public since 1887 will go on view publicly this year, taking a tour of Europe before selling at Sotheby’s this May. “Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands – most are in the collections of prestigious museums around the world,” says Aurélie Vandevoorde of Sotheby’s. “The appearance on the market of a painting of this calibre, from such an iconic series, undoubtedly marks a major event.”
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Abandoned Hong Kong Retail Spaces Fill with New Art as Curators and Artists Seize on Covid-19 Shutdowns

February 22nd, 2021

A piece in the SCMP looks at the trend of independent curators and gallerists filling abandoned retail spaces with art in Hong Kong.  “You have to go through a lot to get funding, or be noticed by institutions and galleries. But there is this regenerative energy that exists here – we always find a way to work around things,” she says curator Eunice Tsang.
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Research Confirms Scrawl on “The Scream” as Written by Edvard Munch

February 22nd, 2021

New research has determined that writing on a version of Edvarrd Munch’s The Scream is by the artist himself. “It’s been examined now very carefully, letter by letter, and word by word, and it’s identical in every way to Munch’s handwriting,” says curator and researcher Mai Britt Guleng. “So there is no more doubt.”
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AO Online – NADA Miami, December 1st – 5th, 2020

December 5th, 2020

Soyeon Shin at MRS
Soyeon Shin at Mrs., all images via NADA

Returning to Miami amidst the pressures and concerns of the current Covid-19 crisis, this year’s iteration of NADA Miami from the New Art Dealers Alliance feels a bit different.  Reworking the format to fit the travel concerns and logistical issues posed by the virus, this year’s iteration, its 18th, manages to showcase an international series of presentations from a diverse roster of 47 NADA Members and 27 first-time exhibitors for a total of 97 galleries from 44 cities, both in gallery spaces and online. Read More »

AO Online – Art Basel Online Viewing Room: December 4th – 6th, 2020

December 3rd, 2020

Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar, via Art Basel
Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar, via Art Basel

As the year rolls into December, and businesses remain shuttered over Covid-19, the Art Basel fair franchise has launched another edition of its Online Viewing Rooms series, marking off the string of days normally occupied by Art Basel’s famed Miami Beach fair with a more restrained, but equally well-stocked outing that seems to have notched strong response in its early hours.  Long marking the end of the art world’s fall season, and serving as a much-needed last bash of the year for art lovers and art workers worldwide, this year’s edition of Art Basel’s December fair comes without the endless string of afterparties, replaced with a range of online offerings. Read More »

AO Online – Untitled Art Fair Online, December 2nd – 6th, 2020

December 3rd, 2020

Evgen Copi Gorisek at Plan X, via Untitled
Evgen Copi Gorisek at Plan X, via Untitled

Each year, the first week of December is normally reserved for Miami Beach, a bastion of sun and sand that welcomed international hordes of art lovers to its Art Deco havens and bustling streets for the proceedings of Miami Art Week and, at its center, Art Basel Miami Beach.  Yet with the new surge of Covid-19, and the challenges the disease has posed to the art world, this year sees the annual end of year fair and its hordes of parties practiced in proxy, with a similar bevy of sales events heading online.  Not least of those is Untitled Art Fair. Read More »

New York – Theaster Gates: “Black Vessel” at Gagosian Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

November 27th, 2020

Theaster Gates, Black Vessel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Theaster Gates, Black Vessel (Installation View), via Art Observed

Marking his first solo exhibition in New York City, artist Theaster Gates has touched down at Gagosian Gallery, bringing with him a diverse and conceptually-rich selection of works that underscore his work as a prominent activist and cultural force in American art.  Underscoring the artist’s complex and intuitive work with a range of materials, equally anchored in the histories of racial and social justice movements, and in the canon of art history, not to mention the artist’s own personal narrative, the show traces a range of ideas and concepts through the artist’s body, making for a powerful first show in the Big Apple.

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London – Alex Da Corte: “Helter Shelter Or: The Red Show! or…” at Sadie Coles HQ Through January 13th, 2021

November 25th, 2020

Alex Da Corte, Helter Shelter Or The Red Show! or... (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ
Alex Da Corte, Helter Shelter Or: The Red Show! or… (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ

Marking a new wrinkle in an ever-evolving artistic oeuvre, artist Alex Da Corte touches down this month at Sadie Coles HQ for a show of works that continues his approach towards larger than life spaces and gestures, orchestrating a surreal series of physical pairings and semiotic exchanges within the framework of the gallery. Taking his expressive and intriguing body of works into a broader bend of language and understanding, the artist makes the most out of a relatively minimal setup. Read More »

New York – George Condo: “Internal Riot” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 23rd, 2021

November 23rd, 2020

George Condo, Father and Daughter with Face Mask (2020), via Hauser & Wirth
George Condo, Father and Daughter with Face Mask (2020), via Hauser & Wirth

Currently on at Hauser & Wirth, artist George Condo has opened a show of new works created this past year.  Composed during the early months of quarantine, the works by the artist reflect the unsettling experience of physical distance and the absence of human contact during a prolonged social isolation. Comprising a new incorporation of abstraction into his already complex figurative project, the works on view here are a fascinating reinvention of the artist’s work.   Read More »

Los Angeles – Kader Attia: “The Valley of Dreams” at Regen Projects Through December 23rd, 2020

November 18th, 2020

Kader Attia, The Vally of Dreams (Installation View), via Regen
Kader Attia, The Vally of Dreams (Installation View), via Regen Projects

Marking his first exhibition in Los Angeles, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has opened The Valley of Dreams at Regen Projects, marking a new wrinkle in an already expansive and complex body of work.  Spanning a selection of both new and preexisting works in various media including a lightbox photograph, ceramics, sculptures, and a large-scale installation that continue his material and philosophical investigation of the notion of repair as a global, cultural phenomenon, the show is a perfect introduction to the artist’s work for the West Coast. Read More »

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 »