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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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Sotheby’s Achieves $246.1 Million in Second Sale of Work from Macklowe Collection

May 17th, 2022

The second leg of Sotheby’s sale of works from the collection of real estate magnate Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife Linda Macklowe has netted $246.1 million, bringing the total sale price for the collection to a record $922 million, with fees. “Either art is one of the few assets that seem to have a good immunological protection against recession, or inflation is much stronger than we think,” says specialist Loic Gouzer. “The art market feels very close to the spare parts market — good works are hard to find and very expensive.”
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Warhol ‘Marilyn’ Sells for $195 Million, Smashing Records for American Artist

May 10th, 2022

An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for $195 Million last night at a Christie’s charity auction, making it the most expensive American work of art to sell at auction. “We did sell the most expensive painting of the 20th century,” says Christie’s specialist Alex Rotter. “This is a big achievement.”
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AO Preview – New York: Frieze New York at The Shed, May 18th – 22nd, 2022

May 17th, 2022

Roe Etheridge via Andrew Kreps
Roe Etheridge via Andrew Kreps

With the increasingly lively schedule of a spring art season in New York that feels like it’s finally finding its pacing again, attention and anticipation once again turns to the opening of this year’s edition of Frieze New York, set to open its doors in just a few days at its new home at The Shed. With the fair now nearing 10 years of operation in the city, this year’s edition should once again prove to be a strong note in the spring fair season.  Read More »

New York — Gabriel Orozco: “Spacetime” on view 24 West 57 Street, Room 305

May 16th, 2022

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Gabriel Orozco, Spacetime

Third floor of the Gallery Building, 57th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue, in a sinuous corridor, a discreet sign on one of the doors: SPACETIME. The faint lighting inside sets the tone.

An array of artworks is on view: floating sculptures, abstract paintings, a black suitcase facing a plasticine ball, a tree adorned with paper disks, large prints, small models including detergent caps and yogurt lids, a shoebox on a shelf, flying boomerangs, and a Japanese scroll greet the viewer in the first two rooms. The gallery is intimate, and the experience is total. Gabriel Orozco’s ongoing project is a secret which spreads from word of mouth to fortunate visitors and passersby. The show encapsulates 30 years of work masterfully staged in these tight quarters.

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Venice — Joseph Beuys: “Fine-Limbed” at Palazzo Cini through October 2nd, 2022

May 16th, 2022

untitled, 1954
Joseph Beuys, Untitled, 1954. All images courtesy of Aidan Chisholm for AO.

Alongside the 59th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Cini presents a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Joseph Beuys, the acclaimed German-born artist, teacher and theorist. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, director of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Art History, and presented in conjunction with Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, Joseph Beuys: Fine-limbed is displayed on the second floor of the Campo San Vio, the museum and former home containing the historic art collection of Italian patron Vittorio Cini (1885-1977). Featuring thirty eight works with particular attention to Beuys’s early artistic development and drawings, this solo-exhibition explores his engagement with the body as a malleable conceptual and formal framework. Read More »

New York – Josh Sperling: “Daydream” at Galerie Perrotin through June 11th, 2022

May 12th, 2022

Josh Sperling, To Be Titled (2022), via Galerie Perrotin
Josh Sperling, To Be Titled (2022), via Galerie Perrotin

Marking a new iteration of his continued engagement with color, geometry and form, the New York outpost of Galerie Perrotin presents Daydream, a solo exhibition by artist Josh Sperling, organized across three floors of the gallery’s New York space, and on view April 28th through June 11th. The exhibition, Sperling’s largest, marks a return to key motifs in the artist’s practice, developed over the course of the last decade and re-articulated by Sperling in this new body of work. Additionally, in Daydream, the Ithaca-based painter will debut a new series, continuing his investigation into the material possibilities of color and form.

Josh Sperling, To Be Titled (2022), via Galerie Perrotin
Josh Sperling, To Be Titled (2022), via Galerie Perrotin

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New York – Michaël Borremans: “The Acrobat” at David Zwirner Through June 4th, 2022

May 11th, 2022

Michaël Borremans, The Racer (2022), via David Zwirner
Michaël Borremans, The Racer (2022), via David Zwirner

On view this month at David Zwirner in New York, the painter Michaël Borremans presents The Acrobat, an exhibition that continues the artist’s meticulous study of the history of painting and the structure and language of painterly composition.Taking place at the gallery’s 525 West 19th Street location in New York, this will be the artist’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in New York since 2011.  Read More »

Greenwich, CT – Spencer Sweeney: “Perfect” at The Brant Foundation Through September 15th, 2022

May 10th, 2022

Spencer Sweeney at The Brant Foundation (Installation View)
Spencer Sweeney at The Brant Foundation (Installation View)

Just opened this past weekend during the run of fairs over the course of the last week, The Brant Foundation Art Study center presents an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Spencer Sweeney, the painter and artist whose rich, figurative compositions span a range of modes and practices, from show flyers to portraiture, abstractions to historical interpretations. Read More »

VENICE – “SURREALISM AND MAGIC: ENCHANTED MODERNITY” AT PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022

May 9th, 2022

Leonora Carrington The Chair-Daghda Tuatha dé Danann 1955
Leonora Carrington, The Chair: Daghda Tuatha dé Danann, 1955. All images courtesy of Aidan Chisholm for AO.

Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity marks the first major international exhibition focusing on Surrealist engagements with magic, alchemy and the occult. A two-part exhibition first on display at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice before traveling to Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Surrealism and Magic features approximately 60 works from more than 40 international museums and private collections. The exhibition coincides with the theme of the 59th Venice Biennale, The Milk of Dreams, which draws its title from the otherworldly book by Leonora Carrington, the English-born painter and storyteller whose work features prominently in both the Guggenheim show and the main exhibition of the Biennale. Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: Independent New York at Spring Studios, May 5th – 8th, 2022

May 7th, 2022

Kenny Schachter at Allouche Benias
Kenny Schachter at Allouche Benias

Taking over once again at Spring Studios in downtown Manhattan, the Independent Art Fair opened its doors this week on a string of new works, curated exhibitions and special projects that once again illustrated its place as a premier fair event in the city. Now over ten years old, the fair has proven itself as something of a special case in the presentation of an art fair.  Smaller in scale and more focused in terms of its gallery selections, the fair’s presentation feels more like a presentation of a series of small gallery shows run side-by-side.  Offering a more nuanced, mellow browsing experience in conjunction with the fair’s invite-only exhibitor structure and immense glass windows, the fair has built a reputation as a boutique event with impressive draw.

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola at Night Gallery
Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola at Night Gallery

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AO On-Site – New York: NADA New York at Pier 36, May 5th – 8th, 2022

May 6th, 2022

Mickey Lee at One Trick Pony
Mickey Lee at One Trick Pony, all images via Art Observed

This weekend marks a return of the New Art Dealers Alliance art fair to New York City, bringing with it a range of exploratory and expressive new work from emerging artists, smaller galleries and new projects. For those looking for new insights and fresh perspectives on contemporary art practice, its hard to ignore the call of the fair, which reprises its role as a central tentpole of a weekend of fairs, even as the city’s string of fairs has split up between several weeks this May. Set up in the sprawling Pier 36 complex on downtown Manhattan’s Eastern edge, the show is a dense pathway through the landscape of new art, mixing playful performance pieces, studied painting and anything in between, making the fair one of the more expansive and freewheeling events of the week. Read More »

Venice – Danh Vo, Isamu Noguchi, Park Seo-Bo at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia Through November 27th, 2022

April 29th, 2022

Isamu Noguchi at Querini Stampalia
Isamu Noguchi at Querini Stampalia

Continuing a string of curatorial outings during the run of the Venice Biennale, Danh Vo has once again popped up in the City of Bridges, this time with a show co-curated with Chiara Bertola. Drawing on his own work, executed in conversation with that of Isamu Noguchi and Park Seo-Bo, the show makes for a dynamic and shifting series of conversations, delving into perceptions of space and culture, power dynamics, architecture and form.

Isamu Noguchi at Querini Stampalia
Isamu Noguchi at Querini Stampalia

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Venice – Louise Nevelson: “Persistence” at The Procuratie Vecchie Through September 11th, 2022

April 28th, 2022

Louise Nevelson, Persistene (Installation View), via Art Observed
Louise Nevelson, Persistence (Installation View), via Art Observed

Operated during Venice Biennale as an official Collateral Event of the exhibition, and curated by Julia Bryan-Wilson, professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley, the Procuratie Vecchie in Venice’s Piazza San Marco plays home to an expansive and expressive body of work by the American artist Louise NevelsonPersistence, which marks the 60th anniversary of Nevelson’s representation of the United States in the American Pavilion at the Biennale Arte in 1962, it includes more than 60 works created by Nevelson between the 1950s and the 1980s.

Louise Nevelson, Persistene (Installation View), via Art Observed
Louise Nevelson, Persistence (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Venice – Anish Kapoor at the Gallerie dell’Accademia Through October 9th, 2022

April 27th, 2022

Anish Kapoor (Installation View), via Art Observed
Anish Kapoor (Installation View), via Art Observed

Marking a major retrospective including recent and new works going on view in conjunction with the opening of the Venice Biennale, Anish Kapoor is the subject of a new show at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in the Dorsoduro neighborhood of the city. Curated by Taco Dibbits, General Director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the show focuses on the artist’s investigations of perception and the body, space and time, it features a range of works drawing on his recent work with the hyper-black pigment Vantablack in pursuit of new experiments with “the void” and human experience.  Read More »

Venice – Georg Baselitz: “Archinto” at Museo Palazzo Grimani Through November 27th, 2022

April 26th, 2022

Georg Baselitz at Palazzo Grimani, via Art Observed
Georg Baselitz at Palazzo Grimani, via Art Observed

On view as part of the broader offering of works surrounding the Venice Biennale this summer, painter Georg Baselitz has brought forth a body of new and recent works to bear on the halls of the Museo Palazzo Grimani, continuing a long and fruitful series of shows and projects in the city. Baselitz, who previously was the subject of a major retrospective at the Gallerie dell’Accademia during the last Biennale in 2019, here continues his recent adventures into bright colors, abstracted brushstrokes, and new iterations of his familiar formats and images.  Read More »

AO On-Site – The National Pavilions at the 59th Edition of the Venice Biennale: “The Milk of Dreams,” April 23rd – November 27th, 2022

April 25th, 2022

Gian Maria Tosatti at the Italian Pavilion
Gian Maria Tosatti at the Italian Pavilion

Spread between the Arsenale and Giardini, the second half the Venice Biennale’s usual run of exhibitions, the National Pavilions, have now opened, with a range of concepts and interests contending for viewers’ attention alongside the fair’s main show. Serving as a central draw in the exhibition, and a chance to elaborate and expand on the concepts and ideas of the Biennale itself, the National Pavilions offer a fresh series of perspectives to build on and elaborate the themes developed.

Zineb Sedira at the French Pavilion
Zineb Sedira at the French Pavilion

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AO On-Site – Sonia Boyce: “Feeling Her Way,” the Golden Lion-Winning British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, April 23rd – November 27th, 2022

April 25th, 2022

Sonia Boyce, Feeling Her Way (Installation View), via Art Observed
Sonia Boyce, Feeling Her Way (Installation View), via Art Observed

With the history-making announcement of the Golden Lions on Saturday, Sonia Boyce‘s work took center stage for the night in the art world, with her British Pavilion work Feeling Her Way earning the nod for best National Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. The work, which draws on a series of shifting, evolving audio and video pieces, is a powerful meditation on expression and collective experience in an increasingly challenging era.

Sonia Boyce, Feeling Her Way (Installation View), via Art Observed
Sonia Boyce, Feeling Her Way (Installation View), via Art Observed

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AO On-Site – Simone Leigh: “Sovereignty” at the US Pavilion Through November 27th, 2022

April 24th, 2022

Simone Leigh, Sovereignty (Installation View), via Art Observed
Simone Leigh, Sovereignty (Installation View), via Art Observed

On view amidst the bustling landscape of the Venice Biennale’s Giardini pavilion, artist Simone Leigh has transformed the U.S. Pavilion, covering its surface with a thatched roof and situating one of her iconic sculptural arrangements outside. The show, which features a new body of work made for the show, continues her interest in performativity and affect, drawing on the artist’s expansive practice to explore the construction of Black femme subjectivity.

Simone Leigh, Sovereignty (Installation View), via Art Observed
Simone Leigh, Sovereignty (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Venice – Stanley Whitney: “The Italian Paintings” at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi Through November 27th, 2022

April 23rd, 2022

Stanley Whitney at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, via Art Observed
Stanley Whitney at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, via Art Observed

Amid the bustle of the Biennale in Venice this week, artist Stanley Whitney brings a series of works made during the 1990’s in Italy, a tribute and ode to the country that here finds its voice spread across the Noble Floor of the sixteenth century Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, located along the central stretch of the Grand Canal.

Stanley Whitney at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, via Art Observed
Stanley Whitney at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, via Art Observed

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Sonia Boyce, Simone Leigh Take Home the Golden Lions at 59th Venice Biennale

April 23rd, 2022

Screen Shot 2022-04-23 at 10.09.57 AMSonia Boyce, Feeling Her Way, featuring Errollyn Wallen, Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha and Tanita Tikaram. Photo: Cristiano Corte © British Council

The awards for the 59th Edition of the Venice Biennale have been announced, with artist Sonia Boyce taking home the Golden Lion for the Best National Pavilion, while Simone Leigh took the Golden Lion for participation in the Main Exhibition. This is the first time in Biennale history that both of the top awards at the event were won by black women.  Read More »

AO On-Site – Venice: “The Milk of Dreams” The 59th Venice Biennale, April 23rd – November 11th, 2022

April 22nd, 2022

Marguerite Humeau
Marguerite Humeau, all images via Art Observed

Spread between above the green lawns and trees of Venice’s Giardini, and the winding streets and canals of the Arsenale nearby, the Venice Biennale’s Central Pavilion has opened its doors for its Vernissage event, kicking off the 59th annual edition of the exhibition, and welcoming visitors to its first open viewings before it opens to the public this coming Saturday. Curated by Cecelia Alemani, Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the show draws on the book by surrealist Leonora Carrington, where “life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination.” Here, Alemani invites a series of artists to imagine new worlds, visualize and pose them throughout the exhibition sites.

Katharina Fritsch
Katharina Fritsch

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AO Preview – Venice: “The Milk of Dreams,” the 59th Venice Biennale, Curated by Cecilia Alemani, April 23rd – November 27th, 2022

April 18th, 2022

Venice, via Art Observed
Venice, via Art Observed

For the first time since 2019, the Venice Biennale will open amidst the waterways and winding streets of the lagoon city, with the 59th edition of the event returning to its position of prominence. The crown jewel of the art world’s circuit of international art exhibitions and curated projects, with over 100 years of history behind it, the return of the exhibition sees the Most Serene Republic filled with countless shows and projects alongside the main exhibitions at the Arsenale and Giardini.

Cecilia Alemani, via the curator
Cecilia Alemani, via the curator Read More »

New York – Joe Bradley: “Bhoga Marga” at Petzel Through April 30th, 2022

April 15th, 2022

Joe Bradley, Nothing Ever Happened (2022), via Petzel
Joe Bradley, Nothing Ever Happened (2022), via Petzel

On view this month at Petzel Gallery, artist Joe Bradley touches down for a show of new works that underscore the artist’s continued evolution and exploration of a certain type of wide-eyed abstraction, balancing color, stroke and structure through a range of vivid fields of paint. Marking his first solo show with the gallery since leaving Gagosian last year, Bhoga Marga, roughly translated from Sanskirt as “the enduring path of experience,” showcases the artist’ on a new plane of gesture and composition here.

Joe Bradley, Bhoga Marga (Installation View), via Petzel
Joe Bradley, Bhoga Marga (Installation View), via Petzel

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Los Angeles – Fiona Connor: “My muse is my memory, an archive of Closed Down Clubs” at Château Shatto Through April 30th, 2022

April 14th, 2022

Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Hop Louie (2020), via Chateau Shatto
Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Hop Louie (2020), via Chateau Shatto

On view this month at Château Shatto in Los Angeles, the gallery presents Fiona Connor’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, My muse is my memory, an archive of Closed Down Clubs. Presented as a quite literal archive of closed spaces, vacant sites of cultural memory, the show makes much of the landscape of Los Angeles, introducing and removing works from the show over the course of its staging.

Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Once Upon a Page (2020), via Chateau Shatto
Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Once Upon a Page (2020), via Chateau Shatto
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Los Angeles – Alvaro Barrington: “91–98 jfk–lax border” at Blum & Poe Through April 30th, 2022

April 13th, 2022

Alvaro Barrington, The Rose That Grew from Concrete Frank Miller Batman LA (2022), via Blum and Poe
Alvaro Barrington, The Rose That Grew from Concrete: Frank Miller Batman LA (2022), via Blum and Poe

On view this month at Blum & Poe’s Los Angeles exhibition space, artist Alvaro Barrington presents a powerful, challenging show dedicated to the music and culture of Los Angeles and New York during the 1990’s. Bearing the title 91–98 jfk–lax border, the show presents itself as an expression of joy and hope, and a tribute to the thriving hip-hop culture of both cities during the decade.  Read More »

New York – Ryan Foerster: “Frictional Archaeology” at Martos Gallery Through April 30th, 2022

April 12th, 2022

Ryan Foerster, Looking Negative (2015-2022), via Martos
Ryan Foerster, Looking Negative (2015-2022), via Martos

Marking his first exhibition with Martos Gallery since 2012, artist Ryan Foerster presents Frictional Archaeology this month in New York, presenting a series of works examining the artist’s wide-ranging practice through the prism of his photography, and showcasing works from the last decade in which Foerster excavates technical slippages in the photographic medium and the apparatus of the camera, achieving plastic effects through manipulating and embracing faded emulsion, deteriorated film, defective lenses and chance occurrences in the darkroom. Read More »