• Gladys Nilsson at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

    Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday Read More
  • Warhol Foundation Names Igor DaCosta Board Chair, Adds Pasternak, Lerner, Ha to Board

    The Andy Warhol Foundation has elected Igor DaCosta the chair of its board and brought on three new board members: Paul Ha, Ruby Lerner, and Anne Pasternak. DaCosta, who is succeeding Larry Rinder in the top spot, is currently managing director … Read More
  • Marguerite Humeau Wins 2017 Zurich Art Prize

    The Museum Haus Konstructiv has awarded the French-born artist Marguerite Humeau the Zurich Art Prize, which is given annually to an artist whose work balances “the cultural heritage of constructivist-concrete and conceptual art” with contemporary trends. She will now receive $80,000 toward … Read More
  • Will a hard Brexit spell disaster for London's cosmopolitan art scene?

    Art is the definitive globalised marketplace, and London’s dealers are at its centre. Is the UK’s spectacular period of cultural eminence about to collapse?At London’s Frieze art fair last autumn some friends from Vienna and Lahore took me to the Deutsche Bank VIP lounge. There we ate – what else? – micro portions of fish and chips, an ironically British gourmet snack in surroundings that stressed the global nature of the art economy.Now the postmodern canapes are g
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  • Morning Links: ‘Nasty Women’ Edition

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  • Will Frieze chairman Robert Devereux’s collection of art from Africa and the diaspora return to the continent?

    Robert Devereux, the chairman of Frieze and a collector of contemporary art connected to the African continent, as he describes it, is showing part of his collection for the first time in public next month.
    The exhibition, When the Heavens Meet the Earth, features more than 35 works from his 350-strong collection, which is usually housed in a restored merchants house in Lamu, Kenya. It opens at The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge, where Devereux studied history, on 25 February (unti
  • Feminism and playfulness at heart of United Arab Emirates pavilion in Venice

    Five established and emerging artists will represent the United Arab Emirates at the 57th Venice Biennale this summer in an exhibition focusing on aspects of play in contemporary art practice, says the curator Hammad Nasar. The exhibition, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play (13 May-26 November), will be overseen by the influential Abu Dhabi-based philanthropic organisation, the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.Nasar co-founded Green Cardamom, the London-based non-profit focused on
  • Independent Brussels Releases 2017 Exhibitors List

    Good morning! Hot on the heels of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s major speech on Brexit earlier today, here’s a bit of news from the Continent. Independent, the art fair company that stages shows every year in New York during Armory … Read More
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  • Tomás Saraceno’s project takes flight at Davos

    The Argentine artist Toms Saraceno is bringing his own brand of environmentally friendly art to the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the high-powered annual meeting attended by around 3,000 heads of government, business leaders, scientists and economists. Since 2003, Saraceno has focused on fossil-fuel free flight, creating a series of floating, air-fuelled sculptures made of silver and transparent Mylar (test flights were conducted in Germany and Bolivia, among other locations). Saracen
  • Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France

    The St Petersburg-based protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky, famous for nailing his scrotum to Moscows Red Square, has fled to France where he plans to apply for political asylum. The radical artist left Russia in mid-December with his partner, Oksana Chalyguina, and their children, after the opening of a criminal investigation brought against him for sexual assault.On Monday, 16 January, Pavlensky told the Russian opposition television channel Dojd that a complaint had been filed against him and hi
  • Maria Balshaw's Tate appointment confirmed by prime minister

    Official naming of key figure in cultural renaissance of Manchester as first woman director will be welcomed in arts worldMaria Balshaw is to become one of the the most important figures in British arts after her appointment as the new director of Tate was approved by the prime minister.She is the first woman to be appointed director of Tate and starts on 1 June.Related: Maria Balshaw: the Tate's new director-electContinue reading...
  • In her own words: Maria Balshaw, new director of Tate

    As 2016 drew to a close, we asked Maria Balshaw, the director of Manchester Art Galleries and the Whitworth at the University of Manchester, to pick her highlights of the year. Last week, the news leaked that she will succeed Nicholas Serota as the next director of the Tate, which its trustees confirmed today, 17 January.Balshaw is due to take up the post in June, the first woman to fill the post. Last June, she told us why Jeremy Deller's "ghost soldiers" and Anya Gallaccio's "ghost tree" were
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  • Is the Ringling Museum's Velázquez the real deal?

    Curators at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Florida hope that infrared scans will help to prove that its portrait of Philip IV of Spain is by the 17th-century Spanish master Diego Velzquez. The paintings attribution has divided experts since the 19th century, with opinions oscillat[ing] wildly between people who are super in favour of it and people who say absolutely not, says Virginia Brilliant, the Sarasota museums curator of collections.
    New research may help tip the scale. Usin
  • Sadie Coles HQ celebrates 20th birthday and chases the Monday blues away

    Yesterday (17 January) may have been Blue Monday but it was a red-letter day for Sadie Coles who threw an extremely jolly lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her gallery, which she opened in 1997 on Heddon Street with a show of John Currin. Serendipitously, Currins most recent paintings are currently to be seen at her Davies Street space.Gathered at the Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch to toast two decades of Sadie Coles HQ, in cheerily unseasonal Campari-and-blood-orange cocktails, were t
  • Rothko and Rauschenberg to lead Christie’s London auction in February

    Post-war American art has taken centre stage in London in the past months thanks to blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy (Abstract Expressionism, which closed on 2 January) and at Tate Modern (Robert Rauschenberg, which closes on 2 April). Now the market is following suit, with a work by each of these artists leading Christies Post-war and contemporary evening sale in London on 7 March.Mark Rothkos warm and vibrant No.1 (1949), estimated at 8m-12m, is part of a series of 12 works that w
  • Piccadilly Circus: still London’s heart of darkness

    The famous illuminated advertisements have been switched off – but the junction will always be tinged with a neon-hued hint of sex and dangerThe young Alfred Hitchcock was so obsessed with the bright lights of London’s Piccadilly Circus that he gave them a starring role in no fewer than five of his films. In his eyes, the illuminated hoardings first introduced in 1908 to the West End’s great popular intersection symbolised everything glamorous and exciting about
  • With Help From a Cross-Institutional Collaboration, Markus Lüpertz Gets First U.S. Retrospective

    Marking a momentous move for the 75-year-old German artist Markus Lüpertz —and the first-ever formal collaboration between two institutions with weight in Washington, D.C.—a pair of exhibitions on the neo-expressionist painter will open this spring at the Phillips Collection and … Read More
  • Manchester arts centre The Factory finally gets off the ground

    Plans for the long-awaited arts hub known as The Factory, the permanent home for the biennial Manchester International Festival, are moving ahead after Manchester City Council approved the scheme last week. The cube-shaped construction will be the first major UK commission for Rem Koolhaass OMA practice.
    The hub for art, theatre, dance and music events will form part of the new St Johns neighbourhood, to be built on the site of the former Granada TV studios in the city centre. Manchester City C
  • Munch’s $54m Girls on the Bridge will be highlight of billionaire's new museum in Potsdam

    Edvard Munchs Girls on the Bridge, which sold for $54.5m at Sothebys New York in November, will be one of the biggest attractions of a new private museum in Potsdam, Germany that is due to open to the public on 23 January.
    The painting, which will form part of the inaugural exhibition Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky (until 28 May), is thought to have been bought by Hasso Plattner, the software billionaire behind the new Museum Barberini, according to sources. The museum
  • RISD Celebrates MLK

    Each year, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island hosts the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Series (MLK Series) of programming to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader, as well as continue his legacy of pursuing social justice, which includes a community service day, workshops and a keynote speech, among other celebrations. The 2017 keynote will be given by the artist, educator and activist Emory Douglas, who was the Blank Panther Partys minister of c
  • Matt Mullican delivers a mind-muscle workout at Camden Arts Centre

    The performative talks that the artist Matt Mullican has been presenting for more than four decades are the stuff of legend. And his most recent, That World and My Workdelivered yesterday (15 January) as the grand finale on the last day of his show at the Camden Arts Centredidn't disappoint.
    Although the event lasted for well over two hours, the time flew by as a rapt audience, including fellow artists Cornelia Parker and Jeff McMillan, were treated to a three-stage journey via blackboard, proj
  • New York City's 2nd Ave subway stations – in pictures

    It’s taken almost 100 years to come to fruition, but the new subway stations on the Upper East side are beautiful. Impressive, open spaces with modern mosaics by artists like Chuck Close define the three new stations Continue reading...
  • War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-18 review – a brush with the enemy

    Estorick Collection, London
    Artist and first world war fighter pilot Sydney Carline blazes a trail at the newly refurbished Estorick CollectionThe painter is flying above the Alps in a Bristol Fighter. It is the autumn of 1918. He is sitting in the rear observer’s seat, trying to get the dogfights down in rapid watercolour but the water in the paint keeps freezing at this altitude, no matter how hard he tries to warm it with his breath. The paper is nearly ripped from the drawing board by
  • ‘Film-making lost its lustre’: how Alan Parker found solace in art

    Two years ago the acclaimed director of Bugsy Malone swapped his camera for canvasFrom Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning to The Commitments, Sir Alan Parker has a hugely impressive back catalogue of cinema successes. But almost two years ago, at the age of 70, he decided to call time on a career that touched the heights.He had written “a contemporary anarchic piece – a sort of Glaswegian Commitments,” he says, “only with darker humour. A friend of mine said he’d f
  • Pompidou Centre gets a £90m facelift 40 years on

    The love-it-or-hate-it Paris museum will have a makeover for its anniversary – but the inside-out look will stayIt became the butt of jokes and insults even before it opened in 1977, and they have continued to this day, but the Pompidou Centre is still striking an irreverent pose in the historic heart of Paris. This year, to the enduring frustration of its critics, the building hits the venerable age of 40.The anniversary is to be celebrated with preparations for a two-year facelift expect
  • Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out Of Inaugural Concert

    In an open letter, provided exclusively to TheWrap, the “Dreamgirls” star apologized to the LGBT community, saying she was “uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”
  • Eiffel Tower to get a €300m facelift

    The Eiffel Tower is to undergo a 300m, 15-year refurbishment, Pariss mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Friday.The landmark, which receives more paying touristsabout 7 million a yearthan any other monument in the world, was built as the centerpiece of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capitals bids to host another Worlds Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games, according to a statement from the mayors office.
  • A stitch through time: embroidery gives 1970s objects a second life – in pictures

    Over the past decade, Swedish designer Ulla-Stina Wikander has collected cross-stitch embroideries from flea markets and vintage stores; her collection now contains more than 100 designs. In 2012 she started to use these embroideries to cover household objects from the 70s: a sewing machine, a vacuum cleaner, an electric mixer. “These embroideries have mostly been made by women and are seen as kitsch and pretty worthless,” she says. By combining the old items and embroideries, both a
  • The 24-Year-Old Choreographer Who Puts Branding At The Center Of His Art

    Sometimes it seems like the arts retreat further and further into their own arts bubbles. That is - the arts play to particular arts audiences, continually reinforcing those audiences but finding it more and more difficult to reach general audiences. So how to break out beyond dance audiences if you're a dancer?
    Twenty-four-year-old dancer/choreographer Jacob Jonas has an idea, reports the Los Angeles Times. He's a former skateboarder, and his work borrows from range of traditions and forms
  • Two Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conferences to Choose From – Get 3-for-1 by Jan. 31!

    Two Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conferences to Choose From – Get 3-for-1 by Jan. 31!Two Arts Marketing, Development & Ticketing Conferences to choose from, presented by Arts Reach -- New York City, March 16-18 & Seattle, May 3-4. This is the conference for your entire revenue-building team! Register by the Early Bird Deadline of January 31 and bring 2 colleagues for FREE! Includes a Digital Marketing Track.Space is limited; register today to guarantee your place. It
  • Today's AJBlog Highlight 01.13.17

    Art Errors: Steve Cohen Evades Not Only the Feds, But Also the New Yorker’s Fact-Checkers When I read the art-related passages in the New Yorker‘s Total Return: When the feds went after a hedge-fund legend (aka Steve Cohen, the mega-collector ), all I could think of was: Where are the ... read more
    AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-13
  • Kennicott: Controversy Over Loan Of Painting For Trump Inaugural Is A Test

    "The St. Louis museum isn’t backing off its commitment to send the painting to Washington, and the effort to stop it is a small pre-election skirmish in what will be a long, fraught and likely disorganized boycott of the Trump administration by artists, scholars, and citizens who align themselves with the arts and humanities sector. The petition, and the flurry of attention it raised, is important as a moment of what might be called the “stress testing” of this country’s
  • The Choice Of Tristram Hunt To Lead The V&A Museum Is Shocking

    Few would doubt his interest in the art and heritage sectors, or his knowledge of his own academic field. But now that he is to be the director of one of them, does he still support the reintroduction of admission fees in national museums, which he proposed in 2011 as ‘a truly equitable cultural policy’?
  • Jennifer Holliday To Sing At Trump Inaugural Concert

    “I’m singing on the mall for the people,” she said. “I don’t have a dog in this fight — I’m just a singer, and it’s a welcome concert for the people on the mall.”
  • How Algorithms Designed Hamburg's Stunning New Concert Hall

    "The auditorium—the largest of three concert halls in the Elbphilharmonie—is a product of parametric design, a process by which designers use algorithms to develop an object’s form. Algorithms have helped design bridges, motorcycle parts, typefaces—even chairs. In the case of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking p
  • Another Day in Paradise review – a raw, emotional insight into Bali Nine artist's life on death row

    Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
    The first major exhibition of Myuran Sukumaran’s art is showing at Sydney festival and reflects his struggle to come to terms with his own death• Another Day in Paradise: Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran’s art – in pictures Myuran Sukumaran looks over his shoulder, chin up-titled, appraising you with a wary expression in the portrait that greets you as you walk through the doors of the Campbelltown Arts Centre gallery. It is a self portrai
  • Another Day in Paradise: Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran's art – in pictures

    The first major exhibition of the artwork by executed Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran is showing as part of Sydney festival. Co-presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre and curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, Another Day in Paradise features Sukumaran’s paintings alongside a selection of commissioned works from Australian artists responding to issues such as justice, racism and capital punishment• Another Day in Paradise review – a raw, emotional insight into Bali Nine a
  • From the Archives: Lawrence Alloway and William Feaver on Anthony Caro’s Gritty Sculptures

    With an Anthony Caro show currently on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery in New York, we turn back through the ARTnews archives. Because the show brings together very early and very late work from the British artist’s career, we … Read More
  • Soil, Dust, Life: Dineo Seshee Bopape on Her Earthy, Searching Art

    Dineo Seshee Bopape’s first solo exhibition in the United States—“sa ___ ke lerole, (se lerole ke __),” at Art in General through January 14—considers history, gender, politics, and memory contained within land itself. Bopape has used actions and symbols to … Read More
  • Montaigne Was The Inventor Of Liberalism. But What Do We Really Know About Him?

    “What do I know?” was Montaigne’s beloved motto, meaning: What do I really know? And what do we really know about him now? We may vaguely know that he was the first essayist, that he retreated from the world into a tower on the family estate to think and reflect, and that he wrote about cannibals (for them) and about cruelty (against it). He was considered by Claude Lévi-Strauss, no less, to be the first social scientist, and a pioneer of relativism—he thought that
  • Nasty Women art exhibit aims at taking power back from Trump

    A collection of pieces from more than 700 artists celebrates femininity and strength in the face of adversityYesterday, while the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was sipping coffee at Trump Tower, volunteers gathered at a converted factory building in Queens to put the finishing touches on the Nasty Women installation, an art exhibit staged as a visual protest. More than 700 female-identifying artists contributed works to the show, which was named after the slur that Trump called Clinton i
  • "Fake Art" - Has Richard Prince Invented A New Kind Of Conceptual Art?

    The phrase sort of made my head spin — is it possible Prince had just invented a whole new conceptual category of art? What could “fake art” mean? It certainly doesn’t mean “forgery,” and it can’t simply mean “bad art.” But it doesn’t seem to me simply to mean “work bought by someone the artist disapproves of” or even “work no longer condoned by the artist.” It seems — to me, anyway — to suggest somet
  • V&A celebrates life and work of the other Kipling

    Hear the name Kipling and you are more likely to think of The Jungle Book than of Indian Arts and Crafts. Yet the lesser-known Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), father of the English writer and poet Rudyard, was an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement in England and a champion of traditional Indian craftsmanship.
    Having begun his career as a designer, Lockwood Kipling spent almost 30 years teaching and working in the arts in India. In the early 1860s, he joined the South Kensington Mus
  • A musical performance through AI eyes

    How do machines see a musical performance? The artist Trevor Paglenwhose probing work has included locating underwater cables and charting US military bases in the desertwill explore this in a new performance piece, Sight Machine, to be staged at Pier 70 in San Francisco today (14 January) at 8pm. The San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet will play a live 12-song set that ranges from Bach to blues, to an audience of both people and machines. During the first song, Bachs Contrapuntus II, a live vid
  • Seydou Keïta at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels

    Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday Read More
  • Why Hypocrisy Is The Unforgivable Sin

    Researchers: "We contend that the reason people dislike hypocrites is that their outspoken moralizing falsely signals their own virtue. People object, in other words, to the misleading implication — not to a failure of will or a weakness of character."
  • 'Red Bull Flying Bach' - Break-Dancing To 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'

    "When German break-dancer Vartan Bassil came up with the idea for Red Bull Flying Bach, he hoped to bring together those who sneer at pop culture and those who snore at high culture. And he hoped to impress the other parents in the room."
  • LA's Construction Boom Is Provoking An Existential Crisis

    "On the same Tuesday in March that will see Mayor Eric Garcetti facing no real opposition for reelection, L.A. voters will consider Measure S (once known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative), which calls for a two-year moratorium on major new development projects. Its backers say new construction is out of control — and out of scale with historically low-rise Los Angeles. What they can’t quite bring themselves to say is that the measure itself is an expr

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