An appeals court in France has upheld a suspended two-year jail sentence given to a former electrician to Picasso, who was convicted of having stolen 271 works by the artist. [Al Jazeera]
The publication of artist Celia Paul’s new book about her time with the painter Lucian Freud, who has long dominated her narrative, is “of great significance,” writes Frances Spalding. [The Guardian]
Lisson Gallery now represents the estate of Hélio Oiticica, one of
- Hélio Oiticica may have lived to be just 42 years old, but over the course of his short career, his restlessly inventive spirit made him one of the most important Latin American artists of all time. He effectively helped define modern art in his home country, Brazil, though his interest in chance operations and utopian societies earned him a global audience. And now a major gallery is taking on the artist’s estate with the hope of growing that audience even more.
Lisson Gallery, whi
- The artist Celia Paul, increasingly frustrated by frequent mentions of her turbulent relationship in books and articles, decided to tell her own revealing storyThe sight of just one painting by Celia Paul is enough to stamp her artistic personality in the viewer’s mind. In the past, occasional encounters with her work revealed her liking for single figures in a darkish, indeterminate setting. A deep melancholy prevails. She herself admits that these intensely personal and private paintings
- Sydney and Perth’s festivals champion local work that reckons with Australia’s past, but Adelaide’s could be happening anywhere in the world Australia invests heavily in its major festivals: $5m in state government funding for Sydney festival, $7m for Perth, and $9m for Adelaide.Funding has remained relatively constant over the past five years even as it has been slashed for other arts. Adelaide festival will even receive an additional $1.25m a year for the next three years whi
- “Art of the City” is a weekly column by Andrew Russeth that runs every Tuesday.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Calvin Tomkins’s first artist interview. He was in his early 30s at the time, and working for Newsweek, which asked him to go visit Marcel Duchamp. They met at the storied King Cole Bar in Midtown Manhattan. “I’d had about 45 minutes to prepare for it, so my questions were predictably dumb,” Tomkins writes in a preface to a new collectio
6 Pounds and 1,600 Pages of Art Writing! New Calvin Tomkins Collection Chronicles Postwar Art in Intimate, Albeit Incomplete, FashionMarking the 60th anniversary of his meeting with Marcel Duchamp, the volume includes pieces on Jean Tinguely, John Cage, Jennifer Barltett, and many more. Read More
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UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing Cancels Exhibition Amid Fraught Relations Between U.S. and ChinaIt was not immediately clear why Liu's work was denied an import permit. Read More
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- The work had been estimated to sell for £750,000 to £1 million. Read More
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- Last-minute move follows claim by artist Andy Link that he is rightful ownerA Banksy sculpture called The Drinker, a comic riff on Rodin’s The Thinker, has been withdrawn at the last minute from a major London auction – two days after an allegation it was stolen.The artist Andy Link, also known as Art Kieda, said the sculpture, which is more than 180cm tall was taken from his garden a number of years ago and he regarded himself as the rightful owner. Continue reading...
- Dora Maar exhibition includes self-portrait The Conversation featuring Marie-Thérèse WalterA painting of a chilly and awkward encounter between two women who were both lovers of Picasso has gone on display for the first time in the UK.The large painting from 1937 is part of the first UK retrospective of the work of Dora Maar, opening to the public at Tate Modern on Wednesday. Titled The Conversation, it shows Maar with her back to the viewer, alongside a blank-faced Marie-Thé
- Susanne Oberbeck sings sexually charged songs in a German accent while standing topless and sporting a moustache – and at last she’s found an audience that understands herTwo decades ago, Susanne Oberbeck saw a headline in the Sunday Sport referring to a member of S Club 7. “Rachel Stevens,” it said, “with no bra.” Oberbeck, who is German, was sufficiently intrigued by this sleazy tabloid prurience to name her own band No Bra.Originally a duo, No Bra soon beca
- The winner will receive $100,000 and a solo show at the Guggenheim in 2021. Read More
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KAWS Pays $17 M. for Brooklyn Building, Contested Banksy Sculpture Withdrawn from Auction, and More: Morning Links from November 19, 2019Here's what we're reading this morning. Read More
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- Its evocative, crowdsourced everyday snaps capture working-class British life in a time before smartphones. Paul Wright tells us how he shone light on a hidden historyOn a patch of grass on an estate, a kid attempts a dicey BMX stunt in front of his mates. In a barber’s, a hairdresser puts the finishing touches to a spiky mohican. Outside a Jobcentre, teenagers kick a ball around. In front of pebble-dashed terraces, Ford Cortinas sit in a long line. Elsewhere, an old man sunbathes in nothi
- A short-lived museum that she founded exhibited seminal D.C. artists such as Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, and Paul Reed. Read More
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- The first episode of the latest season of the show traces a scandal involving the art historian Anthony Blunt. Read More
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ARTnews in Brief: Untitled, Art Releases Exhibitor List for 2020 San Francisco Edition—and More from November 19, 2019A continually updated post of goings-on around the world.Read More
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ARTnews in Brief: Art Dealers Association Reveals Exhibitors for 2020 Art Show in New York—and More from November 18, 2019A continually updated post of goings-on around the world.Read More
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- Samuel West as Anthony Blunt in The Crown on Netflix.
The third season of Netflix’s The Crown, which traces the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the years 1964 to 1977, premiered last night with a look at the salacious past of the monarch’s former art surveyor, Anthony Blunt. Veteran English actor Samuel West plays the part.
Blunt, a British art historian, is believed to have been recruited by Soviet spies while he was studying at Cambridge University in the 1930s. The KGB a
- Andy Link has alleged that the work was plucked from his garden in 2006. The auction house says it is in the clear. Read More
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Just Five Years After Starting Ambitious Contemporary Art Program, Paris Mint Nixes It Over Low AttendanceIts current exhibition of American artist Kiki Smith will be its last.Read More
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- Just 3,800 of the 95,000 pieces in its collection are by women. Read More
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- National Gallery to get Titian in return after Wallace Collection decides to begin loaning worksTwo landscapes by Peter Paul Rubens intended as companion pieces are to be reunited for public display for the first time in more than 200 years thanks to a decision most thought improbable.The National Gallery is loaning A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning to the Wallace Collection for reunification with Rainbow Landscape. Going the other way will be a Titian, allowing for the first time in more
Sackler Protest in London, Activists Push Marciano Labor Campaign, and More: Morning Links from November 18, 2019Here's what we're reading this morning. Read More
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- Criss-crossed with picturesque canals, this historic town also offers great art and eating – to a soundtrack of popping prosecco corksTreviso is a cycling city. We all get around the historic centre on two wheels: it’s a good way to avoid traffic jams, and tourists have to get used to bikes weaving between them in what look like pedestrianised streets. The surrounding region is perfect for both serious 70 to 80km routes – around picturesque hilltop Asolo and the climb up 1,775-
- The Feminist Art Coalition will bring female exhibitions to more than 60 US institutions in time for the 2020 electionIn 1985, the feminist art collective the Guerrilla Girls asked on a public billboard: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?”They are still asking. When the group revisited the artwork last, in 2012, only 4% of artists in the Met’s modern art wing were women, with 76% of the nudes still female. Related: Only 2% of global art auction spending is o
- The Feminist Art Coalition will bring all-female exhibitions to more than 60 US institutions in time for the 2020 electionIn 1985, the feminist art collective the Guerrilla Girls asked on a public billboard: “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met Museum?”They are still asking. When the group revisited the artwork last, in 2012, only 4% of artists in the Met’s modern art wing were women, with 76% of the nudes still female. Related: Only 2% of global art auction spending
- In the 1950s, photojournalist Lennart Nilsson set out to capture the earliest stages of existence. His foetus images seized the public imagination – and sparked a controversy that has raged ever sinceIn April 1965, Life magazine put a photograph called Foetus 18 Weeks on its cover and caused a sensation. The issue was a spectacular success, the fastest-selling copy in Life’s entire history. In full colour and crystal clear detail, the picture showed a foetus in its amniotic sac, with
- New generation of artists, many of them women, use figurative painting to redress imbalanceA new wave of figurative painters – many of whom are women of colour – are breathing new life into a form that has traditionally been dominated by white male artists and has been described as “anachronistic, inert, crusty”.Joy Labinjo was a star at Frieze London last month. The 24-year-old, who has already had two major solo shows: Recollections at Tiwani Contemporary and Our histor
- New generation of artists, many of them women, use figurative painting to redress imbalanceA new wave of figurative painters – many of whom are women of colour – are breathing new life into a form that has traditionally been dominated by white male artists and has been described as “anachronistic, inert, crusty”.Joy Labinjo was a star at Frieze London last month. The 24-year-old, who has already had two major solo shows: Recollections at Tiwani Contemporary in London and
- What are three decrepit beasts doing washed up on Dover sands? Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor reveals why The Pride of Brexit protests the ‘most unpatriotic events’ Britain has ever seenBritish lions aren’t supposed to look like this. They’re meant to be fierce, mighty and indomitable, lords of all they survey. But the three creatures here on Dover Beach look sick, emaciated and exhausted. They seem to be crawling to their deaths.These sculptures were recently installed b
- The American winner of the 2019 Taylor Wessing portrait prize tells the story behind his extraordinary portraits of his troubled motherIn 2015, while standing in front of a series of portraits by the American photographer Larry Sultan in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pat Martin suddenly found himself in tears. “For weeks my friends had been telling me, ‘You have to see the Sultan retrospective, you’ll love it,’” he recalls. “And I did, but it triggered
- Conservation experts tackle risky climbs to save art that dates back to the 12th centuryStephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede need a head for heights. As wall painting conservation experts, they often clamber up scaffolding to view rare surviving images in churches across Britain.But this year they have faced risks that are extreme even by their standards: scaling death-defying heights and sheer cliff faces to reach extraordinary paintings within churches in remote areas of northern Ethiopia. Contin
- Sculpture, which references Rodin’s The Thinker, was originally left in a small square off London’s Shaftesbury AvenueA British artist claims that a £1m Banksy sculpture that is the centrepiece of a contemporary art auction this week was stolen from him and is being sold illegally.The Drinker is a subversive nod to Rodin’s The Thinker, the famous statue of a man lost in thought with his chin resting on his hand. Banksy’s sculpture has a similar posture, but the man
- Tate Britain; National Gallery, LondonBy photographing 76,000 of London’s year 3 pupils in all their endless variety, Steve McQueen allows each and every one of them to single themselves outTheir shining morning faces cover the walls of the Duveen galleries from floor to ceiling: beaming, laughing, awkward, exuberant. Who could not love them, all these eager young children from primary schools across London? Seventy-six thousand year 3 pupils, aged seven or eight, arranged on the diminutiv
- Artist Andy Link claims sculpture was stolen from him and is being sold illegally at Sotheby’sA British artist claims that a £1m Banksy sculpture that is the centrepiece of a contemporary art auction this week was stolen from him and is being sold illegally.The Drinker is a subversive nod to Rodin’s The Thinker, the famous statue of a man lost in thought with his chin resting on his hand. Banksy’s sculpture has a similar posture, but the man seems collapsed in a drunken s
- The cultivation of memory is a vital part of contemporary Spanish society. It informs conflicts between federalists and nationalists, socialists and neoliberals. During a recent visit to Madrid, I saw on the same day, just blocks apart, mass protests by impoverished seniors pining for the pensions they had been promised and by regional separatists railing against prison sentences given to leaders who had vowed to restore a fabled Catalonian glory. Such antagonisms play out in the museums as much
- At the height of tensions during the cold war, Russian artists never imagined their work being appreciated outside the eastern bloc. But in 1960 the American art collector Eric Estorick travelled to the Soviet Union and was so taken with the work of artists from Leningrad Experimental Graphics Laboratory that he bought up hundreds of works, exhibiting them at his Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1961. Inspired by that landmark show, the Estorick gallery is now mounting a display of work by 15 such
Nan Goldin’s P.A.I.N. Group Protests ‘Proud’ Support from Sackler Family at Victoria & Albert Museum in London [UPDATED]Earlier this year, the museum's director said the institution was "proud" to receive funding from the family. Read More
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Nan Goldin’s P.A.I.N. Group Protests ‘Proud’ Support from Sackler Family at Victoria & Albert Museum in LondonEarlier this year, the museum's director said the institution was "proud" to receive funding from the family. Read More
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- Mainstream economists nowadays might not be particularly good atpredicting financial crashes, facilitating general prosperity, or comingup with models for preventing climate change, but when it comes toestablishing themselves in positions of intellectual authority,unaffected by such failings, their success is unparalleled. – New York Review of Books
- “I do not believe in board retreats,” Kaiser said. “I believe we make amistake by trying to engage everyone equally in developing a qualityplan. Good plans are not written by committees. Good plans are vetted bycommittees. – Baltimore Sun
- “Abundance can be its own kind of scarcity. Without a sense of occasion,without the idea that a given experience is special, even rare, allexperiences become equivalent, and our attention follows the path ofleast resistance.” – The New York Times
- David Turner has denied having played a role in the theft of 13 masterworks. Read More
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City Of Seattle Is Reorganizing Support For A “Creative Cluster.” Movie And Music Unions Aren’t HappySeattle is losing music and movie production. The City is “reorganizing” its film and music office into a a larger office that broadens the definition of creative industries to software and gaming. Workers in the film and music industries say they fear support for their work will diminish. – Crosscut
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- The iconic structure has famously been under construction since 1882, with a projected completion date of 2026.Read More
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- The Dulwich Picture Gallery will remain closed until further notice as part of the investigation.Read More
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- All across the podcast realm, from the heights of self-help to thedepths of true crime, imagined relationships are blossoming. Listenersmay press play for the content, but many of them eventually come tonurture something like a one-way friendship with the hosts. – New York Times Magazine
‘She Walks Like A Bird, But That Bird Is A Duck’ — Loie Fuller, The Unlikely Dance Superstar Of Fin-De-Siècle ParisOffstage, she was a dumpy little frump of a Midwestern girl who lived openly with her mother and her female lover. Onstage, she was “la fée éléctricité,” who manipulated with sewn-in rods a gown made of massive lengths of white silk to create natural images and fantastical shapes under rotating colored spotlights — an act that made her a huge celebrity for decades. – The Public Domain Review
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