Nothing about George Simenon’s career is like anyone else’s. He was wildly prolific at hackwork and writing detective novels. And then he dictated 22 autobiographical worksvia lrb.co.ukNothing about George Simenon’s career is like anyone else’s. He was wildly prolific at hackwork and writing detective novels. And then he dictated 22 autobiographical works
For some “intellectually displaced” women in the 1960s, a haven beckoned — the Radcliffe Institute, feminism’s first think tankFor some “intellectually displaced” women in the 1960s, a haven beckoned — the Radcliffe Institute, feminism’s first think tank
As an experience and an idea, solitude is no simple matter. It is both a necessary refuge and a public health menacevia the-tls.co.ukAs an experience and an idea, solitude is no simple matter. It is both a necessary refuge and a public health menace
- Sprüth Magers’s Richard Artschwager exhibition, “New Mexico,” on view through June 30 at the gallery’s location in Berlin (where businesses began reopening late last month), features an assortment of pastel drawings that bring viewers along for a ride through the plains of the state where the artist spent his teenage years. Artschwager lived in New York City and its surroundings for most of his career, and made these drawings in the decade before his death, in 2013.
- One of the most publicized cases of potentially Nazi-looted art began in 2010, when customs officers stopped 80-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt for a routine check aboard a train traveling from Zurich to Munich. They found that he was carrying a large sum of money, which he claimed was from a recent sale of art. In 2012, Bavarian authorities searched his Munich apartment, expecting to find evidence of tax evasion, and instead discovered approximately 1,500 works by artists including Paul Klee, &Eacut
- Peter Alexander, whose unfussy, winsome sculptures enlisted industrial materials toward transcendent means, has died at 81. His galleries—Parrasch Heijnen in Los Angeles and Franklin Parrasch in New York—confirmed the artist’s death. In a joint release, the galleries said, “Whether through resin sculpture or velvet painting, Alexander actively sought to capture light through environmental sensation.”
Alexander is most commonly associated with the Light and Space mov
- A stench of desperation permeates the manic buffet of content available on Quibi, the mobile-only streaming service born from the groundbreaking insight that people are on their phones a lot. Short for “quick bites,” Quibi has spent over a billion dollars marshalling celebrities, writers, and comedians to create slick, miniature TV shows with episodes that run about six minutes long, designed to kill time between other, more important activities. It is a deeply cynical proposition: e
Sotheby’s Brings Key African Statue to Marquee Contemporary Art Sale, Secures Works from Sidney and Bernice Clyman CollectionAs auction houses announce highlights for their marquee sales this summer, Sotheby’s has revealed that one of the lots due to appear in its contemporary art evening sale next month wasn’t even produced in the past century. In that sale, dated for June 29, the house will offer a Fang-Betsi reliquary head, which will appear alongside masterpieces by postwar giants like Francis Bacon, Richard Diebenkorn, and others.
The statue, which hails from the collection of Sidney and Bernice Clyma
- As soon as you enteredthe building, your body temperature was checked. Then you took the elevator to the desired floor, and upon stepping out, you were asked to complete a declaration form stating that you showed no symptoms of Covid-19 and had not been out of town for the past 14 days. At last you were permitted to enter, but only after rubbing your hands with sanitizer from the dispenser on the reception desk. You had to keep your face mask on. Once you were in, you had to make sure to keep a
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, carhop service is making a comeback. Is it here to stay?
- Last week, dealer Adam Lindemann filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to break his gallery Venus Over Manhattan’s $365,000 lease at the tony 980 Madison building, home to mega-gallery Gagosian. Lindemann’s lawyers are arguing that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s temporary shuttering of all nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has produced unforeseen circumstances that prevent the gallerist from doing business. The motion sets the gallerist at odds with
- For the first time in decades, view a major reimagining of the battles that made the nation
- The legend has done the impossible again by bringing skateboarding into the mainstream
Philadelphia Museum of Art Employees Push to Unionize, Biennale of Sydney to Return, and More: Morning Links from May 27, 2020To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter.
Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art have made steps toward forming a union. Employees are now calling on the museum’s director to voluntarily recognize the potential union. [The Art Newspaper]
Research on true provenance of pieces from the Gurlitt Trove, a group of 1,500 artworks that may have been looted by the Nazis, has been completed. But scholars
Success requires flirting with the public, said George Bernard Shaw. He was more accomplished as a flirt than as a playwrightvia newcriterion.comSuccess requires flirting with the public, said George Bernard Shaw. He was more accomplished as a flirt than as a playwright
The world is turbulent and tragic, while philosophers are cool and rational. Their field would gain so much if they could be movedThe world is turbulent and tragic, while philosophers are cool and rational. Their field would gain so much if they could be moved
Jonathan Haidt on culture war: “This year or into next year will be kind of a pit of despair or a pit of darkness — and then we’ll emerge from it”via theatlantic.comJonathan Haidt on culture war: “This year or into next year will be kind of a pit of despair or a pit of darkness — and then we’ll emerge from it”
- Celia Stahr, Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 2020; 400 pages, $29.99 hardcover.
Circe Henestrosa, Gannit Ankori, with Hillary C. Olcott, Frida Kahlo and San Francisco: Constructing Her Identity, San Francisco, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Munich, Hirmer, 2020; 96 pages, 70 color plates, $22.95 paper.
Few women artists have used their own face and wardrobe in their work as extensively as Frida Kahlo. Two recent publicati
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Cy Twombly Foundation Donates $500,000 to Italian City for Medical CenterThe Cy Twombly Foundation has donated $500,000 (around €478,000) to the coastal city of Gaeta, Italy, to build the Cy Twombly Centre of Specialist Diagnostics, which will aide in the region’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The medical center will be on the site of a former hospital, and the gift will help it acquire state-of-the-art medical equipment. The city is of spec
- Photographer Stephen Shore, who famously got his work into the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art at the age of 14, is best known for his vivid images of landscapes, spaces, and people across the United States. Among the artist’s most storied series is “American Surfaces,” which comprises hundreds of photographs taken in the early 1970s during a road trip from New York to Amarillo, Texas. Once derided by critics put off by his then-new taste for color photograp
- Richard Anuszkiewicz, the pioneering American Op Art painter who manipulated color and light to mesmerizing results, died on May 19. He was 89. The news was first reported by Artforum.
The term Op art, short for optical art, had yet to be coined when Anuszkiewicz began his formal experiments into the effects of vibrant color and geometry on the human eye in the 1950s. It was a lifelong project for the artist, and throughout his career he assembled increasingly hypnotic compositions with a
- Made with rosewater, nigella seed and stuffed with dates or nuts, the bite-size 'kleicha' evokes layers of meaning and memory
- London’s Tate Britain museum revealed on Tuesday that it would not award its prestigious Turner Prize as usual because of the coronavirus pandemic and the ways it has dramatically altered the activities of artist and museums around the world.
The prize, which typically awards a top British artist with £25,000 ($30,900), will be replaced by a series of £10,000 ($12,300) grants that Tate is terming Turner Bursaries. Ten artists will be selected to receive the grants at the end of
- Moyra Davey’s book Index Cards, 2020, New Directions.
Moyra Davey repeats herself. Or, as she puts it, she “cannibaliz[es].” She reframes beloved references across her repertoire of media. In various interviews, in one of her essay-films (Les Goddesses, 2011), and in her writing in her new collection—Index Cards, out today from New Directions—I find a sentence attributed to German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder: “The more honestly you put yourself into the
- The PBS show, she says, is about “how we got where we are and where are we going next”
- Executive producer Renee Tajima-Peña says the program is about “how we got where we are and where are we going next”
Art That Stirs Creativity: Filmmaker Josh Safdie, Chef Ferran Adrià, and More on Work That Inspires ThemFor “Touchstones,” ARTnews asks creative figures from different disciplines—writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, and so on—about one artwork that has inspired them.
Ferran Adrià — chefCulinary star at the legendary restaurant elBulli and founder of elBullifoundation in Spain…
…on Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1503–15) [pictured above]
When you see The Garden of Earthly Delights, you say, “It’s not possible
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The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston reopened to visitors. “It’s good to be out of the house,” one of them said. “I’ve been looking for something uplifting, something beautiful.” [The New York Times]
Nancy Kenney checked in to see what’s going on in the shutdown-affected minds and eyes of conservators at
In a New Collection of Genre-Bending Essays, Wayne Koestenbaum Swerves from Literary Criticism to Sex DreamsWayne Koestenbaum’s prose can be picked out of a lineup more quickly than that of almost any living American writer. Other contemporary stylists have easily identifiable signatures, but few of them are as relentless. There are no quiet lines to offset the exuberant ones in his work. Across Koestenbaum’s essays, criticism, and fiction, it’s rare to find a single paragraph that doesn’t contain some combination of the following: the imperative mood, a memory or dream, a fant
László Földényi leads an assault on rationalism. In his prosecutorial zeal, is he missing the bigger picture?via newyorker.comLászló Földényi leads an assault on rationalism. In his prosecutorial zeal, is he missing the bigger picture?
From Knausgaard to Lerner to Heti, we’re plagued by goodness — as if readers were scandalized by immoral characters in fictionvia bookforum.comFrom Knausgaard to Lerner to Heti, we’re plagued by goodness — as if readers were scandalized by immoral characters in fiction
Why do we use categories — fantasy, literary, gothic — to describe novels? Tim Parks proposes a new taxonomyvia nybooks.comWhy do we use categories — fantasy, literary, gothic — to describe novels? Tim Parks proposes a new taxonomy
- When Tate Modern opened in London in 2000, it was perceived by many as a marker of a seismic shift in the British art scene. “This is the beginning of something enormous in British art, a re-ordering, a great tempest of cultural energy which will blow apart all the old certainties, all the traditional hierarchy of law and money and God,” artist Antony Gormley told the Guardian at the time. Sentiment of the sort would go on to ring more or less true, and Tate Modern is now a major ins
The value of science as a credential seems stronger than ever. Is this ubiquity a symptom of its decline?The value of science as a credential seems stronger than ever. Is this ubiquity a symptom of its decline?
Coffee, “the most grateful lubricant of the human machine,” has made — and destroyed — entire societiesvia the-tls.co.ukCoffee, “the most grateful lubricant of the human machine,” has made — and destroyed — entire societies
- via tabletmag.comHow well do we know Philip Roth? Too well? Or not well enough? Let’s check his archive
- Pastel paper, which is specially designed to hold pastel dust, can be pricey. One way to cut costs is to make your own by coating papers in a premixed primer, which adds rough texture to their surface. The process can be relatively quick, and it gives you control over the coarseness of your surface—perfect for artists who are picky about their materials. This is also a smart way to recycle nice papers bearing unwanted or practice artworks: simply brush on a layer of primer to make them pas
- Creating your own paint is a great way to cut costs while exerting greater control over the shades and effects you desire. Dry pigment powder can be combined with binders from oils to gum arabic to create a variety of painting media, and you usually need just a small amount of pigment. Like paint, however, the quality of powders is wide-ranging, to suit projects from slime-making to painted masterpieces. No matter what powder you favor, you should always handle these particles carefully and prot
- Suitable for artists of all ages, poster paint is water-based distemper paint that is a breeze to work with. Available in many colors, it’s one of the most eye-catching media you can use to create and color signs and banners. Poster paint is sold in a number of forms, including markers, which are perfect for lettering and create much thicker lines than a typical marker. As a bonus, most of these paints are easily washable so you can work with them freely without worrying about clothing sta
- One of the most accessible and therapeutic ways to paint, acrylic pouring can produce surfaces saturated with mesmerizing swirls and dizzying color. Key to this process is a good pouring medium, which aids the flow of acrylics. Good additives will retain the original color of paints, and some even add a beautiful sheen. Our picks will help you decide which one is best for your needs.
The poetry of Paul Valéry seems the work of a man behind his times. But beneath the old-fashioned veneer is the shock of the modernvia lrb.co.ukThe poetry of Paul Valéry seems the work of a man behind his times. But beneath the old-fashioned veneer is the shock of the modern
John Cage stroking bits of wire, Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth: The strangely addictive joy of classical YouTubevia spectator.co.ukJohn Cage stroking bits of wire, Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth: The strangely addictive joy of classical YouTube
Everyone wants a glimpse of the post-Covid world, so the public square is thick with prophets. Ignore themvia nytimes.comEveryone wants a glimpse of the post-Covid world, so the public square is thick with prophets. Ignore them
- From the perspective of 2020, the 1970s glimmer with lost opportunity. In a decade of scandal, stagflation, and political turmoil, an ecological consciousness awakened in tandem with critiques of patriarchy, militarism, and industrialization. Together, these issues prompted discussions about the limits of growth, the dangers of reckless technological development, and the potential for environmental disaster—concerns that still resonate today.
Both the environmental movement of the 1970s an
- Egyptian artist Adam Henein, whose acclaimed sculptures and paintings united modernist abstraction with pharaonic iconography, died on Friday at 91. Essam Darwish, the deputy director of Henein’s foundation, told the Associated Press that the artist died of “age-related complications” at a hospital in Cairo.
Henein counts among the most influential Arab artists of his generation, with a practice that centered Egypt’s working-class citizens and their natural surround
- Francesco Bonami, whose curatorial credits include the 2003 Venice Biennale and the 2010 Whitney Biennial, has returned for the seventh edition of his column, “Ask a Curator,” in which he addresses the allegations that Marina Abramović is a Satanist and the Venice Biennale’s postponement. He can be found on Instagram at @thebonamist. If you have queries for him for a future column, please write to [email protected] —The Editors of ARTnews
The jet-setting curator
- Faced with a volatile stock market and plummeting economic prospects owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Wall Street could use a mascot to burnish its once bullish reputation. But a planned symbol of the sort is not coming anytime soon, after a meeting that was supposed to launch a privately financed initiative to relocate Charging Bull—a famous 1989 sculpture by artist Arturo Di Modica—a few blocks from its current site in Lower Manhattan to the steps of the New York Stock Exchange i
Gallerist Adam Lindemann Is Suing Real Estate Mogul Aby Rosen, and More: Morning Links from May 22, 2020To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter.
Adam Lindemann, owner of New York’s Venus over Manhattan gallery, is withholding rent paymentsand suing real estate mogul Aby Rosen to break his lease. [The Art Newspaper]
In April, a flood damaged Boston’s SoWa gallery district. Now, just as the city attempts to reopen, the district faces millions in repair costs. [Boston Globe]
- In an interview a few years ago, the artist Susan Rothenberg said she had just read that a group of ravens is called an unkindness. She thought it an unfair characterization because ravens, to her mind, were “great. They do somersaults in the air. They play. They chase hawks away. They do so many things.” She and her husband, the artist Bruce Nauman, regularly saw those famously fickle creatures at their ranch in Galisteo, New Mexico, and they’d earned enough of the birds&rsquo
Sotheby’s to Auction Storied Ginny Williams Collection in June, Featuring Leading Women Artists Mitchell, KrasnerThe top offerings for the upcoming marquee auctions are beginning to be unveiled. Sotheby’s has announced it will bring selections from the collection of dealer Ginny Williams to the auction block on June 29 in New York.
Sotheby’s plans to offer the collection of more than 450 lots across a series of sales that will take place over the course of the year. The first selection of which will be scheduled to go on the auction block in a dedicated sale directly following the contemporary
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