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Los Angeles – Nicolas Party: “Sottobosco” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 12th, 2020

Nicolas Party, Portrait with Snakes (2019) Currently on view at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles exhibition space, the Swiss artist Nicolas Party has inaugurated his representation with the gallery, opening up an impressively arranged exhibition of new works just in time for the bustle of Frieze Week in the Californian metropolis. Born in Lausanne, Party’s […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, Hauser, Wirth, Hauser Wirth, Frieze Week, Nicolas Party, Nicolas Party Portrait, Lausanne Party


Aspen Art Museum Closing Kusama Infinity Room Show Over Building Code Violation

The Aspen Art Museum will close its Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room show 11 weeks early due to an unresolved building code violation.  “The AAM and the City of Aspen have reviewed the museum’s [Kusama] installation to ensure its compliance with municipal building codes,” the museum says. “It is the determination of both parties that fulfilling the artwork’s […]
Tags: Art, News, Aspen, Art News, Minipost, Kusama, Aspen Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room


Christopher Knight Wins Rabkin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

LA Times critic Christopher Knight has won the $50,000 Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation’s lifetime achievement award.  “He was always the one who chose the important things and wrote in detail and beautifully,” says Executive Director Susan C. Larsen. “The most outstanding thing about his career, that lifts him and distinguishes him across the country, is […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, LA Times, Christopher Knight, Dorothea, Leo Rabkin Foundation, Christopher Knight Wins Rabkin Foundation, Susan C Larsen


David Geffen Named as Buyer of Hockney’s ‘Splash’

Bloomberg reports that David Geffen was the buyer of David Hockney‘s The Splash at Sotheby’s last week. “Everyone was thinking about Brexit,” says gallerist and former auctioneer Brett Gorvy. “No one wanted to consign unless there was a financial situation that guaranteed security.” Read more at Bloomberg  
Tags: Art, News, Bloomberg, David Hockney, Art News, Minipost, David Geffen, Sotheby, Hockney, Brett Gorvy


6 Board Members Resign from Cooper Hewitt Over Removal of Director

Six trustees have resigned from the Cooper Hewitt board in  protest over the dismissal of director Caroline Baumann. “Caroline’s treatment violates every principle of decency, and I feel that remaining on the board tacitly condones this behavior,” says board secretary Judy Francis Zankel. Read more at NYT  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Cooper Hewitt, Caroline, Caroline Baumann, Judy Francis Zankel Read


NYT Looks into Ouster of Cooper Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann

The Cooper Hewitt’s ouster of director Caroline Baumann is profiled in the NYT this week, as some point to controversy behind her wedding and a perceived conflict of interest in her work with a wedding dress designer. “I know the circumstances of the investigation that led to Caroline’s dismissal and I must say I am appalled […]
Tags: Art, News, Nyt, Art News, Minipost, Cooper Hewitt, Caroline, Caroline Baumann


Dawoud Bey Interviewed in The Guardian

Artist Dawoud Bey gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens a retrospective at SFMoMA. “What I hope to create is work that makes it apparent that black people exist not only in a social world,” Beys says at the press preview for the SF Moma opening, “but they also have rich interior lives […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, SF Moma, Dawoud Bey, Beys


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Arrested in Paris

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky is once again facing possible imprisonment over his recent stunt leaking a politician’s sex tape. “[Candidate Benjamin Griveaux] despises his constituents,” the artist says in a statement. “He was the only candidate to use his family to promote a political image. He told a big lie; he began his campaign with a big lie.” […]
Tags: Art, News, Paris, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux


LA Times Charts Demise of Marciano Foundation

The LA Times has a piece this week on the closure of the Marciano Foundation, noting issues with unionizing labor alongside organizational breakdowns and a lack of internal structure. “[Maurice Marciano] didn’t really know how expensive it is to run his own private museum,” says an unnamed source. “He did it in a very generous, very first-class […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, LA Times, Maurice Marciano, Marciano Foundation, LA Times Charts Demise of Marciano Foundation


AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Spring/Break LA at Skylight ROW DTLA, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Jonathan Paul Continuing its own intriguing and honed perspective on booth its surroundings in Los Angeles and on the model of the art fair, SPRING/BREAK has once again touched down in the City of Angels, launching a supplementary event that offers an ample supply of artists and galleries presenting in a concept that stands as a stark contrast to the traditional fair […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, Art News, Featured Post, City Of Angels, Jonathan Paul


AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Felix LA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, February 14th – 16th, 2020

Korakrit Arunanondchai at Clearing, all images via Art Observed As Frieze opens up shop for the week on the West Coast, the bevy of satellite fairs and event openings are underway across the city.  One particular highlight, and also a second-time event for Frieze Week, Felix LA, the joint effort of collector Dean Valentine and dealers Al […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Show, West Coast, Art News, Featured Post, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Dean Valentine, Felix LA, Frieze Week Felix LA


MoMA Hires Top SFMoMA Curator

Clément Chéroux, senior curator of the photography center at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is heading to MoMA’s to serve as the museum’s chief curator of photography. “It was a pleasure to work at SFMOMA for three years and to have the support of a fantastic Bay Area photo community,” Chéroux said in a statement. “I am […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Bay Area, Minipost, Moma, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA, MoMA Hires Top SFMoMA, Chéroux


James Turrell’s Roden Crater Gets $3 million Pledge from Online Gaming Billionaire

Billionaire Mark Pincus, founder of online gaming firm Zynga, has pledged $3 million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater project. “The project itself feels, to me, like modern-day pyramids,” he says. “The ambition and scale and scope of it is something that has the potential to be something that people, many generations from now, will be able to […]
Tags: Art, News, Zynga, Mark Pincus, Art News, Minipost, James Turrell, Roden Crater


Private Museum Closings Explored in Art Newspaper Piece

A piece in Art Newspaper asks why so many private museums are already shuttering. “It’s more fun building a museum and a collection and opening it than running it,” says Adrian Ellis, the founding director of AEA Consulting. Read more at Art Newspaper  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Adrian Ellis, AEA Consulting Read


Heiress and Art Benefactor Anne Marion Has Passed Away at Age 81

Oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion, founder of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has passed away at the age of 81. “Anne Marion was one of the most generous, admirable, and inspirational people I have ever known,” says Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, where Marion was an active […]
Tags: Art, News, Fort Worth, Art News, Minipost, Marion, Santa Fe New Mexico, Modern Art Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Art Benefactor Anne Marion, Anne Marion, Marla Price


Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Wades in Parisian Mayoral Elections, Causing Candidate’s Resignation Over Explicit Video

Russian provocateur and artist Pyotr Pavlensky, whose prior stunts involved setting the doors of a Russian security organization aflame, has taken reportedly taken responsibility for interfering in the Parisian mayoral elections, leaking compromising sexually graphic videos of candidate Benjamin Griveaux online. “He is someone who is always playing up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux, Pyotr Pavlensky Wades


Yayoi Kusama to Show Infinity Rooms in London

Yayoi Kusama will stage another major show of her Infinity Rooms at the Tate Modern this May, the museum has announced.  The show will feature two such works as well as documentation of early performance pieces by the artist.  Read more at Art News    
Tags: Art, London, News, Tate Modern, Art News, Minipost, Yayoi Kusama


Fast Company Previews Rothko Chapel Reopening

Fast Company has a piece on the renovation of the Rothko Chapel in Houston and a look at the space’s improvements. “The Chapel was built with a vision that brought together modern art and a sacred space to promote human unity, solidarity, justice and peace,” says Christopher Rothko, Opening Spaces chairman and the artist’s son. “The universality of this vision […]
Tags: Art, Houston, Fast Company, Art News, Minipost, Rothko Chapel, Christopher Rothko


MoMA Acquires 56 Photographs from Gordon Parks’s “The Atmosphere of Crime”

MoMA has acquired 56 prints from Gordon Parks’s series of color photographs for a Life magazine photo essay titled “The Atmosphere of Crime.”  The works will go on view this May as part of the museum’s first seasonal rotation of its collection. Read more at MoMA  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Moma, GORDON PARKS


AO On-Site – Los Angeles: Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Studios, February 16th, 2020

Lorna Simpson, all images via Art Observed As the early hours of the second Frieze Los Angeles Art Fair draw to a close this evening, and the sun sets over the Pacific, the fair seems to have once again hammered home its vital engagement with the city, and with its thriving art scene, launching another strong event spread across […]
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Paramount Studios, Show, Pacific, Art News, Featured Post, Lorna Simpson, Frieze Los Angeles


Artist Blasts Stefan Simchowitz for Flipping His Work

Artist Amoako Boafo criticizes Stefan Simchowitz over the collector’s attempt at flipping one of his works at auction tonight at Phillips. “Now he wants to make profit from it,” he says. “It’s only sad. The painting is so recent.” Read more at Bloomberg  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Phillips, Stefan Simchowitz, Amoako Boafo


Art Newspaper Charts Legal Challenges Around Breaks Between Artist and Gallery

A piece in the Art Newspaper this week documents a series of court cases around gallery-artist splits, noting the various ways and legal issues around the break of a business relationship in the art world. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost


Luchita Hurtado Profiled in WSJ

Artist Luchita Hurtado gets a profile in the WSJ this week, as she finds a more responsive market for her work. Read more at WSJ
Tags: Art, News, WSJ, Art News, Minipost, Luchita Hurtado


Luxury Tower Residents Lose Appeal Case Against Tate Over Viewing Platform Proximity to Homes

Residents of the luxury flat next to the Tate Modern, who sued over the the museum overlook’s vantage point into their apartments, have lost their court appeal.  “These properties are impressive, and no doubt there are great advantages to be enjoyed in such extensive glassed views, but that in effect comes at a price in terms […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost


AO Auction Recap – London: Post-War and contemporary Evening Sales, February 11th-13th, 2020

David Hockney, The Splash (1966), final price: £23,117,000, via Sotheby’s With the bustle of LA’s numerous art fairs opening their doors across the Atlantic and all the way across the country, one could be understood for overlooking the string of auctions taking place in London this week.  Yet a trio of sales went over all the […]
Tags: Art, London, La, Atlantic, David Hockney, Art News, Featured Post, Sotheby, Auction Results, AO Auction Recap


MoMA to Show Automobiles in Outdoor Sculpture Garden This Summer

As part of its summer show Automania, MoMA will park a series of cars in its outdoor sculpture park.  The exhibition will include a series of automobiles in the museum collection never shown before. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Moma


The Guardian Interviews Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing her work and the contemporary moment. ”There are moments of recognition and significant changes but we’re living at a time where global white grievance is rampant,” she says, “and there is also a reaction against those symbolic changes. In these brutal and threatening times, I believe it necessary to […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Barbara Kruger


Collector Pamela Joyner Featured in Art Newspaper

Collector Pamela Joyner is interviewed in Art Newspaper this week, discussing her collection and her passion for the works she owns. “My favorite part of the response is when I go to the museum and encounter really young people interacting with the art,” she says. “So in the first venue where we opened, I will never forget a […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Pamela Joyner


Blain Southern to Close

Blain Southern is closing all of its current spaces, after several high profile departures.  “Despite the support of dedicated gallery staff, I deeply regret that I have been unable to secure the gallery’s future long term,” says Harry Blain. “I want to thank all the artists, collectors, institutions, museums, staff and everyone who has worked with the gallery over the […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Blain Southern, Harry Blain


Art in America Documents Museum Efforts to Make Collections Accessible to the Blind

A piece in Art in America this week looks at how museums are working to make their collections more accessible to the blind.  The piece details various naming strategies and techniques for describing and representing works. Read more at Art in America
Tags: Art, News, America, Art News, Minipost



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