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Art Newspaper Explores Issues with Third-Party Auction Guarantees

November 19th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via SothebysA piece in Art Newspaper looks at the recent trend toward auction guarantees, and the damage some say it’s causing to larger art market health. “Guarantees have the potential to be the next big art-market scandal, if they are not carefully managed,” says Harry Smith, the executive chairman and managing director of the London-based art advisory firm Gurr Johns. “We seem to have one every 20 years, so maybe we’re due for another. And most crises come out of conflicts of interest.”
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Romanian Theater Group Tricks Writer into Believe He Found Stolen Picasso

November 19th, 2018

Rotterdam Kunsthal theft, via GuardianA prank by a Romanian theater group led many in Europe to believe a Picasso stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in 2013 had been found under a tree.  “We never assumed this would be easy, but wanted to find out at which point in the process things would falter, with whom and why,” a statement by the theater group read. “The work is one of the storylines of a performance, which as a whole focuses on the value of truth. What is real and what is not?”
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Sol LeWitt Wall-Drawing Show at MassMOCA Extended Throguh 2043

November 19th, 2018

Sol LeWitt, Mass MOCAMassMoCA will add another decade to the run-time of its iconic Sol LeWitt wall-drawing show, Art Newspaper reports. They will now be exhibited until 2043.
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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 »

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 »

Los Angeles – Olafur Eliasson: The Speed of Your Attention at Tanya Bonakdar Through December 22nd, 2018

October 19th, 2018

Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed
Olafur Eliasson, Straight Back (2018), via Art Observed

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is currently presenting Olafur Eliasson: The speed of your attention, the first solo exhibition dedicated to Eliasson at the gallery’s recently inaugurated Los Angeles location. The phrase “the speed of your attention” was introduced to Eliasson by Joe Dumit, an anthropologist at UC Davis who conducted a movement experiment during a workshop at Eliasson’s Berlin studio this summer. Dumit learned the phrase from Nita Little—one of the pioneers of contact improvisation, a contemporary dance technique in which movements arise through contact between two or more dancers—in the form of the instruction to “move at the speed of your attention.” Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair, October 18th – 21st, 2018

October 18th, 2018

Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
Xavier Veilhan at Perrotin, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

Spread out along the spacious aisles and picturesque dome of the Grand Palais in Paris, the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, also known as FIAC, has returned once again for another year of sales in the French capital.  With Wednesday evening slowly dragging into the late hours, the fair’s VIP opening is now concluded, once again garnering strong praise and enthusiastic response from its attendees.  This year, the list of galleries brings together exhibitors from 25 countries, marking its 45th edition with a fitting reflection of its storied history, one echoed by the prestigious locale of the Grand Palais.  With an exacting selection of modern art, contemporary art, and design galleries, among the most emblematic of the international scene, the fair’s opening hours once again underscored its vitality in the modern fair circuit. 

Alicja Kwade at 303, via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed
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New York – Ugo Rondinone: “drifting clouds” at Gladstone Gallery Through October 27th, 2018

October 15th, 2018

Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.
Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.

Currently on view at Gladstone Gallery, artist Ugo Rondinone has opened a show work that spans a broad range of his creative output over several years.  Mixing together his practice in installation, sculpture, drawing and performance, the show sees Rondinone reanimating commonplace objects—such as tree branches or window frames—in his signature approach towards the Neo-Romantic. Read More »

New York – Ivy Haldeman: “The Interesting Type” at Downs and Ross Through October 21st, 2018

October 14th, 2018

Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit, 2018
Ivy Haldeman, Chartreuse Suit (2018), all images courtesy Downs and Ross

Ivy Haldeman’s body of new paintings, on view currently at Downs and Ross, have a distinctly playful quality, poetic and energetic while referencing surrealist twists on the everyday.  The current show, on now through October 21st, presents itself as a playful update on prior work, filling the canvas with the same colorful, enthusiastic energy.  Read More »

New York – Daniel Buren: ‘Tondi, situated works’ at Bortolami Through October 13th, 2018

October 12th, 2018

Daniel Buren Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed
Daniel Buren, Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Bortolami Gallery in New York, the renowned French conceptualist Daniel Buren has brought his Tondi to bear on the gallery, offering striking continuation and renewal of his interest in place, space and perception that he has continually refined and occasionally redefined over the course of 50 years of practice.  The Tondi were initially exhibited at Le Centquatre-Paris in France in 2015, and subsequently at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia, in 2017. In their new, third configuration at Bortolami, they are situated within the specific architecture of the gallery, allowing the well-lit, spacious TriBeCa room to participate expressively in their presentation and form.  They are patterned arrangements of colored glass, filtering light into patterns of expressive color that underscore the work’s position and relationship to the gallery.   Read More »

New York – Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth Through October 20th, 2018

October 10th, 2018

Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth.
Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth

On view through October 20th, Hauser & Wirth in New York is presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition of the work of Lygia Pape, the gallery’s first United States solo exhibition of the artist since announcing its worldwide representation of Projeto Lygia Pape in 2016.  Pape, a founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement, created work that foregrounded the sensorial experience of the viewer and spanned a range of media from sculpture to drawing, engraving to filmmaking, and even large-scale installation. Her expansive body of work, and the elaborate series of themes and concepts demonstrated throughout make for a thrilling exhibition, as the gallery seeks to explore Pape’s work in all of its breadth and depth. Read More »

New York-Liza Lou: “Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds” at Lehmann Maupin Through October 27th, 2018

October 9th, 2018

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Liza Lou, Pyrocumulus (2018), All images via Lehmann Maupin.

Now through October 27th, Lehmann Maupin will host Liza Lou: Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds as its inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new West 24th Street location. The show continues at the gallery’s West 22nd Street location, in which a room is dedicated to works from Lou’s Terra series. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York City in over a decade, and includes works of painting, sculpture, drawing, and video. Read More »

New York – Zhang Xiaogang: “Recent Works” at Pace Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

October 7th, 2018

Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed
Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed

Pace Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting a selection of new works by the renowned Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang, a body of works that sees him continuing to explore and interpret his unique painterly language.  Mixing together domestic scenes and surrealist iconographies, then populating them with a mixture of shared cultural symbols and figures from his own childhood memories. Xiaogang’s work is a remarkable window into complex psychological states and cultural moorings.  Read More »