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Brian Faucette Leaves Derek Eller for Night Gallery

December 12th, 2018

Brian Faucette, via Art NewsBrian Faucette, a director at Derek Eller Gallery, will head to Night Gallery in Los Angeles, Art News reports. “It’s been an honor working at Derek Eller Gallery these past years,” he says, “and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Derek and Abby for giving me the opportunity to organize some amazing exhibitions.”
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Tania Bruguera Pulls Out of Kochi-Muziris Biennale

December 12th, 2018

Tania BrugueraTania Bruguera will not attend the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and instead will stay in Cuba to fight the implementation of the newly announced Decree 349 in the country, which limits artistic speech. “We are all waiting for the regulations and norms the Ministry of Culture will put forward to implement Decree 349 in the hope that they include the suggestions and demands so many artists shared with them,” she said in statement. “I would like to add that the instructor from the Ministry of Interior who is in charge of my case [threatened] me yesterday, saying that if I didn’t leave Cuba and if I did ‘something’, I would not be able to leave in the future.”
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Protests at Whitney Museum This Weekend Call for Weapons Supplier’s Ouster

December 11th, 2018

Whitney Protests, via Art NewsA protest at The Whitney this past Sunday called for the departure of Warren B. Kanders, the vice chair of the museum’s board, from his post. “We are not fools,” the group Decolonize This Place said in a statement. “We know law is not justice. Your statement makes it clear which side you are on: the side of Safariland, and this we simply cannot accept.”
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New York – Ken Price: “Sculpture” at Matthew Marks Through December 22nd, 2018

December 11th, 2018

Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks
Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks

Currently on at Matthew Marks Gallery’s New York exhibition space, a body of small-scale works by American sculptor Ken Price dot the room, each drawing the visitor’s eye with a meticulously arranged series of loping curves, compellingly evocative forms and lumpy, surrealist modes of expression.  This range of pieces, underscoring Price’s intuitive knowledge of bronze and its potential sculptural capacities, makes for a colorful, striking break from the chilling cold and overcast days of December in the city.  Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 at Miami Beach Convention Center, December 5th – 9th, 2018

December 9th, 2018
Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber, via Art Observed
Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber, via Art Observed
Closing its doors this evening, the week of sales at Art Basel Miami Beach came to a close, capping off a strong week for galleries in South Florida, and a strong opportunity to close out the year with a flourish.  Sales percentages with new clients were particularly high this year, underscoring the fair’s crucial role in connecting collectors across continents and drawing so many to the city.

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AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios Through December 9th, 2018

December 8th, 2018

Myrlande Constant, via Art Observed
Myrlande Constant, via Art Observed

With the proceedings of Art Week Miami winding on, the halls at the Miami Beach Convention Center continue to draw massive crowds of both buyers and visitors, its luxe appointments and impressive stock of established blue chip works commanding big headlines and even bigger price tags. But across Biscayne Bay, the New Art Dealers Alliance had kicked off its annual take on the Miami Fair Week. NADA Miami, set up inside the Ice Palace Film Studios, puts itself forward as showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe, exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment,” by their words. NADA Miami is also the one of the only major American art fairs to be produced by a non-profit organization, and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art.

Nathan Hylden, via Art Observed
Nathan Hylden, via Art Observed

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 6-9th, 2018

December 6th, 2018

Daniel Buren at Bortolami, via Art Observed
Daniel Buren at Bortolami, via Art Observed

The doors have opened at the Miami Beach Convention Center yet again for another December sales event at Art Basel Miami Beach, as collectors, dealers and artists flock to its cavernous halls and pack its renovated structure for several days of sales and showings.  The fair’s place as the final major sales event of the year always seems to bring a last flutter of enthusiasm before the last weeks of December give dealers a chance to catch their breath, and this year was no exception, with collectors packing into the queue early in the morning for a first crack at the event’s VIP opening.   Read More »

AO Preview – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week, December 4th – 9th, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach, via Miami New Times
Art Basel Miami Beach, via Miami New Times

Another year come and gone, another sojourn for the global art community to the southern tip of Florida for a week of fairs, exhibitions and parties on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach, all centered around the sprawling US hub of the Art Basel fair franchise, and spreading out across the city’s streets and parks, boardwalks and beaches.

Liz Larner, via Regen Projects
Liz Larner, via Regen Projects

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New York – Peter Halley: “Unseen Paintings: 1997 – 2002, From the Collection of Gian Enzo Sperone” at Sperone Westwater Through December 22nd, 2019

November 18th, 2018

Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed
Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

During the years 1992 to 2002, Peter Halley’s paintings were rarely seen in New York City — during that entire ten-year span there was only one exhibition of his paintings in the city. The artist, whose body of work helped to define a return to abstract, painterly language in the New York avant-garde during the 1980’s, was noticeably absent, a note that often leaves his work somewhat divorced from some of the other artists living and working during that era. Now, an exhibition at Sperone Westwater aims to reintroduce the artist’s work from that era to the city, culling together a body of eight works that emphasize his aesthetic interests during the period, and continuing his exploration of geometric and geographic forms. Read More »

Berlin – Nairy Baghramian at Galerie Buchholz Through November 17, 2018

November 16th, 2018

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Installation View. All images via Art Observed.

Nairy Baghramian’s third solo exhibition at Galerie Buchholz in Berlin is on view at the gallery through November 17, 2018. It is accompanied by a publication produced alongside Déformation Professionelle. This exhibition, shown over the last two years at SMAK, Ghent, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, was originally conceived as a retrospective. However, the artist decided to modify this approach and instead construct a show around new pieces that refer back to earlier ones. At Galerie Buchholz, many of these self-reflexive pieces are on view in the gallery’s first floor exhibition space. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Evening Sale of the Collection of Barney Ebsworth, November 13th, 2018

November 13th, 2018

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie's
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), Final Price: $95,937,500, via Christie’s

Following an unsteady outing this past Sunday, Christie’s has turned on a dime with this evening’s special sale of works from the collection of Barney Ebsworth, capping off a 42-lot sale with a strong final result of $317,801,250, leaving only a few works unsold (5 of 42 lots) and a number of major world auction records left broken (at least 10 records in total before the sale reached its conclusion). Read More »

AO Auction Recap – New York: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, November 11th – 12th, 2018

November 12th, 2018

Rene Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (1937) final price $26,830,500, via Sotheby's
Rene Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (1937) Final Price: $26,830,500, via Sotheby’s

The first batch of sales for New York’s bustling auction week have come to a close, as Christie’s and Sotheby’s capped their Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales in New York.  Both sales seemed to rock back and forth between major milestones and less impressive results, as buyers seemed tentative to pursue large trophy works or pieces boasting higher estimates.   Read More »

Berlin – Petra Cortright: “Platinum Blonde Black Knight” at Société Through November 17, 2018

November 10th, 2018

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Petra Cortright, Platinum Blonde Black Knight (Installation View), all images via Anna Corrigan for Art Observed.

 

On view through November 17, Société presents Petra Cortright’s Platinum Blonde Black Night. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for her early works of webcam self-portrait videos posted to her YouTube account. Recently, Cortright has incorporated works in painting, sculpture, and video into her practice. This is the artist’s third exhibition with the gallery. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – New York Auction Week, November 11th – 15th, 2018

November 9th, 2018

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie's
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie’s

This next week, New York City will see a string of Modern and Contemporary Auctions take place at the major auction houses, following up a tense season of political uncertainty in the U.S. with a series of sales that may offer a referendum on the nation’s current economic climate.  With a number of special sales joining the traditional major evening sales, the week should offer an intriguing picture of just how healthy the market is, or perhaps how daring its collectors are feeling. Read More »

London – Tania Bruguera: “10,145,233” at Tate Modern Through February 24th, 2019

November 8th, 2018

Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern (Installation View), via Art Observed
Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern (Installation View), via Art Observed

Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera has been tapped for the most recent commission project at Tate Modern, which opened this past October during Frieze Week. The piece, which unifies disparate social threads under the museum roof, is a striking moment for the artist under the shadow of the nation’s Brexit negotiations. Read More »

London – AA Bronson and General Idea at Maureen Paley Through November 11, 2018

November 7th, 2018

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General Idea, Untitled (AIDS with Cockroaches) (1989), all images via Maureen Paley

Now through November 11th, 2018, Maureen Paley in London is presenting AA Bronson + General Idea, an exhibition marking fifty years since AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal met in 1968 and formed the collective General Idea. The Canadian collective is known for producing over 100 solo exhibitions, as well as countless group shows and temporary public art projects. For the years of 1969-1994 they lived and worked together, creating a “living artwork of their being together” and working through various surfaces or ‘host’ media for their ideas and engagement with punk, queer theory, ad AIDS activism. Read More »

London – Amy Sillman: “Landline” at Camden Arts Centre Through January 6th, 2019

November 5th, 2018

Amy Sillman, Landline (Installation View), via Camden Arts Cenre
Amy Sillman, Landline (Installation View), via Camden Arts Cenre

Perhaps one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American painting, artist Amy Sillman has relentlessly and repeatedly pushed her own style towards the furthest reaches of her capacity, always in an attempt to interrogate and re-evaluate the language and practice of painting against the backdrop of modern history and the attendant shifts from analog to digital technologies and labor processes.  Based in New York, the artist has opened her first major solo institutional show in the UK this fall, an ambitious and expansive walk through her work at the Camden Arts Centre in North London.   Read More »

New York – Ajay Kurian: “Nine Flags” at 47 Canal Through November 9th, 2018

November 4th, 2018

Ajay Kurian, Nine Flags (Installation View), via Art Observed
Ajay Kurian, Nine Flags (Installation View), via Art Observed

Artist Ajay Kurian returns to 47 Canal Gallery for a show of new works this month, delving into the recent American political landscape, and the fraught politics of identity, interiority and authenticity that have dominated the political discourse in the past years.  Responding in particular to the near-constant presentation and proliferation of the American flag in the language and iconography of a resurgent American nationalism, Kurian has created his own series of flags, fragmented transformations of this same language to explore new possibilities for an American populace.  

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London – Georg Baselitz: “A focus on the 1980s” at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Through November 21st, 2018

November 1st, 2018

Georg Baeslitz, A focus on the 1980s (Installation View), via Art Observed
Georg Baselitz, The Orange Eater VI (1981), via Art Observed

Gallerie Thaddeus Ropac London is currently offering a museum-quality show of ground-breaking inverted paintings, drawings and sculptures by Georg Baselitz, tracing the artist’s shift to a freer, more expressionistic use of paint and of color, while still staging works of startling intensity and solemn power. The exhibition presents seminal works from each of the series Baseliz developed during the 1980s such as Orangenesser, Strandbilder and Trinker, as well as works on paper from the era evoking religious icons, drawings from the Strandbilder series, and untitled figure sketches. Standing alongside his paintings, the show’s deep array of archival works establish the evolution of his personal iconography across media. Read More »

London – Kerry James Marshall: “History of Painting” at David Zwirner Through November 10th, 2018

October 31st, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Morning) (2018), via Art Observed
Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Morning) (2018), via Art Observed

It’s been a good few years for Kerry James Marshall.  The Chicago-based painter opened his landmark show at The Met Breuer, a critically-lauded exhibition that toured the U.S. and earned the artist an impressive response from both viewers and critics.  Now, the artist turns his attention towards a body of new paintings, the first new series produced since the Mastry exhibition, for a new show at David Zwirner’s exhibition location in London.  Read More »

London – Julie Mehretu: “SEXTANT” at White Cube Through November 3rd, 2018

October 30th, 2018

Julie Mehretu, SEXTANT (Installation View), via White Cube
Julie Mehretu, SEXTANT (Installation View), via White Cube

Moving through a range of historical and aesthetic modes of exploration for her most recent exhibition at White Cube in London, artist Julie Mehretu has offered a new fold in an already complex and multilayered body of work.  Her new exhibition, which opened just this past month, brings together a diverse and challenging arrangement of pieces that sees the artist mining contemporary image archives and newspaper headlines for her grounding material, a mode that moves beyond her prior practice and into new ground.  Read More »

Los Angeles – “Positioner” at Matthew Marks Gallery Through December 22nd, 2018

October 29th, 2018

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A1237) (2017), via Matthew Marks
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A1237) (2017), via Matthew Marks

Matthew Marks Los Angeles has given over its West Hollywood exhibition space to a striking group show, exploring a younger generation of artists under the name Positioner.  The show takes its name from work by exhibiting artist Julia Phillips, and, much in the same way that the artist explores institutional power and discrimination in her own works, this exhibition focuses on the the manner in which artists today are currently focusing on depictions, representations, or consolidations of the individual within the modern field of art practice.   Read More »

New York – Chelsea Culprit: “DMing Purgatory” at Queer Thoughts Through October 28th, 2018

October 28th, 2018

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Chelsea Culprit (Installation View) all images via Queer Thoughts

For her second solo show at Queer Thoughts, Mexico-City based American artist Chelsea Culprit presents a body of new work which expands upon her exploration of female representation in the visual arts, one which aims to dismantle the typically male view point of our Western art history. Read More »

New York – Carmen Herrera: “Estructuras” at Lisson Gallery Through October 27th, 2018

October 24th, 2018

Carmen Herrera, Estructuras (Installation View), via Art Observed
Carmen Herrera, Estructuras (Installation View), via Art Observed

Entering Lisson Gallery’s 24th Street New York space, visitors are greeted with a vibrant, colorful arrangement of works, geometric forms mounted on walls, arranged along the floor, and in some cases, even propped up on tables, creating the impression of momentary voids in the perception of the gallery space, or even that of the viewer’s own visual field.  The show is the first ever large-scale presentation of Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera’s Estrcuturas works, and underscores the artist’s ongoing contributions to the languages of minimalism and conceptualism. Read More »

New York – Fausto Melotti: “The Deserted City” at Hauser & Wirth Through October 27th, 2018

October 23rd, 2018

Fausto Melotti, The Deserted City (Installation View), via Art Observed
Fausto Melotti, The Deserted City (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Hauser & Wirth’s expansive 22nd Street location in New York, a body of work by the Italian master Fausto Melotti spreads across the upper floors, a snaking, intricate series of pathways that draw the viewer into an intimate, almost theatrical relationship to the works on view. Presenting a series of varied scenes and arrangements of the artist’s delicate, surreal formal arrangements, the show is an exemplary demonstration of Melotti’s capacities to create other worlds and new sensations within the gallery. Read More »

New York – Pope.L: “One Thing After Another (Part Two)” and “Circa” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through October 27th, 2018

October 22nd, 2018

PopeL, Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version:the vitrine problem:one of three) (2007), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Pope.L, Rebuilding the Monument (chicago version/the vitrine problem/one of three) (2007), via Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Currently on at both of Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s New York locations, artist Pope.L presents an exploration of various projects both current at historical at its Chelsea exhibition space and uptown gallery.  Pope.L’s practice often focuses on the uncertain but productive space between differences in language, class, race, and gender to create works that simultaneously enlist, mock and re-write convention. For Pope.L this gap is where ignorance, the unknown, or the unintended collides with human meaning and, even hubris to create fresh tensions around authenticity, self and icon. Read More »

London – Pierre Huyghe: “UUmwelt” at Serpentine Gallery Through February 10th, 2018

October 21st, 2018

Pierre Huyghe, Uumwelt (Installation View), via Serpentine
Pierre Huyghe, UUmwelt (Installation View), Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, (3 October 2018 – 10 February 2019). Copyright Ola Rindal. Courtesy of the artist and Serpentine Galleries

Artist Pierre Huyghe is known for his complex immersive ecosystems, creating impressive arrangements of space and material that incorporate living organisms, active agents and forces that gradually transform or reactivate the gallery in which its placed.  For his new exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in the UK, which opened during Frieze London this past month, the artist has turned the museum into a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviors. Read More »