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- The Erasmus Prize, an award that’s been dubbed the “Dutch Nobel Prize,” doesn’t always go to an artist, but when it does, that person is someone who ends up being historically significant. Architects Renzo Piano and Jean Prouvé, photographer duo Bernd and Hilla Becher, and painter Marc Chagall are among the members of the art world who’ve won it in years past, putting them in a group of winners that also includes art historian Ernst Gombrich, filmmaker Ingmar
In His Writings and Public Statements, Donald Judd Wrestled With What It Means to Be an American ArtistIn 1961 Donald Judd wrote a letter to the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) on behalf of fellow artist Yayoi Kusama. Such letters, meant to be included with applications for visas or residency permits, can be rote exercises. Judd could have noted Kusama’s exhibition history and vouched for the Japanese-born painter’s professional reputation. Instead, he took the opportunity to plunge the border-control bureaucrat reviewing the file into the kind of aesthetic
Bernardo Paz, Top Brazilian Art Collector and Founder of Inhotim, Cleared of Money Laundering ChargesAfter more than two years, in what was perhaps one of the most shocking decisions in a criminal case to roil the Brazilian contemporary art scene, that ruling has been reversed. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in the capital city of Brasília handed down a unanimous decision that Bernardo Paz, the eccentric collector who built the Instituto Inhotim, a massive sculpture park that reads as a who’s who of international contemporary art, has been cleared of charges in a money
- Fishermen and women along the Magdalena River in rural Colombia tend to use the same kind of handmade net, but each fisher casts it differently. The artist Carolina Caycedo, who spent her teenage years there, noticed this around ten years ago, during a visit. Such nuances in casting, she said, represent an “embodied knowledge” based on a “relationship you build with the river.” She was fascinated by the beauty of the nets and began buying them directly from the people who
ADAA Art Show Opens, Met Museum Updates Painting’s Provenance, and More: Morning Links from February 27, 2020To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter.
The ADAA Art Show opened with a gala preview last night. Highlights from around the fair include work by Ramiro Gomez, Nina Chanel Abney, Jeffrey Gibson, and Sam Gilliam. [ARTnews]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has updated the provenance of the 17th-century painting The Rape of Tamar, to acknowledge that a Jewish art dealer had owned it prior to
- The gala opening for The Art Show, the annual fair put on by the Art Dealers Association of America, has historically provided a smooth landing into the fair-packed Armory Week in New York. The evening, a benefit for the Henry Street Settlement, is the epitome of a civilized affair, with top-notch hors d’oeuvres and liberally flowing champagne. Dealers and collectors tend to be in a good mood, coming off the sleepy winter season. The gala for the 32nd edition of the fair took place on Wedn
The stock market is a fickle beast. Is there such a thing as a philosophically responsible investment?The stock market is a fickle beast. Is there such a thing as a philosophically responsible investment?
In Regency England, even aristocratic younger sons had to work. Their choices: the army, navy, clergy, or law. Each had its indignitiesvia lrb.co.ukIn Regency England, even aristocratic younger sons had to work. Their choices: the army, navy, clergy, or law. Each had its indignities
By 1960, Norman Rockwell's paintings had become kitschy curios at best and objects of derision at worst. Then he underwent a political transformationvia vox.comBy 1960, Norman Rockwell's paintings had become kitschy curios at best and objects of derision at worst. Then he underwent a political transformation
- On Tuesday, the scientific committee at the Uffizi gallery in Florence, a group of experts tasked with evaluating which artworks are fit for loan, quit en masse in protest over the decision to loan a famed Raphael painting for a blockbuster retrospective of the artist in Rome.
According to a letter sent to its administering body, which includes the education ministry and Florence’s city council, the panel said it had deemed the 1518 portrait of Pope Leo X unfit for travel fr
- When he was the mayor of London, in 2008, Boris Johnson endorsed a proposal to erect a £4-million bronze statue memorializing the survivors of British slavery. The figures in the proposed monument were to be Black, making it unlike other statues of its kind, which typically pay homage to white abolitionists like William Wilberforce. Johnson agreed that Hyde Park, just a short walk from Buckingham Palace, was “a fitting site for a permanent memorial to the millions who lost their live
- The centerpiece of Troy Brauntuch’s exhibition, “A Strange New Beauty” (all works 2019 or 2020), is a set of thirty-two photo-engravings depicting installations of academic landscapes, neoclassical nudes, and equine statues in the marble-accented galleries of a conspicuously empty museum (A Strange New Beauty [32 Prints]). Handwritten numerical annotations indicate that the source images are archival, but Brauntuch transforms them into something more ambiguous: he not only repr
Prominent Lawyer Suggests That Officials Committed Fraud to Keep Elgin Marbles in England During 19th CenturyFor the last two centuries, the British Museum in London has claimed ownership of the Elgin Marbles without producing documentation that can establish beyond reasonable doubt that Lord Elgin, a Scottish diplomat, legally acquired the Parthenon sculptures from the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. Historians have struggled to ascertain the facts in what some consider the world’s most infamous case of cultural theft. Meanwhile, British authorities have consistently denied assertions that t
- An artwork by the famed 20th-century sculptor Isamu Noguchi is in danger of being disassembled as part of a real estate developer’s plans to remodel a midtown Manhattan building across the street from the Museum of Modern Art. The sculpture in question, which the artist created in 1957 and called Landscape of the Cloud, is situated in the lobby of a structure at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York. The work comprises wave-like aluminum pieces that span the lobby’s ceiling, but, according to
- Paul Gauguin once recorded a salty exchange with an art critic who had the audacity to ask to see his sketchbooks. “My drawings?” the painter replied. “Never! They are my letters, my secrets.” One wonders what Gauguin would have made of the new media artist and programmer Zach Lieberman. Unlike his furtive precursor, Lieberman has gone out of his way to share his secrets, developing open-source tools for creative coding.
“Future Sketches,” Lieberman’s ex
Art Basel Reveals Its 2020 Exhibitor List, Barcelona Rejects Hermitage Outpost, and More: Morning Links from February 26, 2020To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter.
Here’s the exhibitor list for the 2020 edition of Art Basel’s Swiss fair. [ARTnews]
A lobby designed by artist Isamu Noguchi in a building in Midtown New York could soon be disassembled, thanks to a developer’s plan to remodel the space. [The New York Times]
With the Ahamson Foundation having broken off its relationship with the Los Angeles Coun
- For its 50th anniversary edition, Art Basel, the world’s largest art fair, has revealed the 288 galleries that will participate in its upcoming edition in Switzerland, slated to run from June 18 to June 21.
The galleries who will offer their wares at Art Basel come from 35 countries, and 23 of them will be participating in the fair for the first time, including several New York galleries—Bridget Donahue, Company Gallery, Garth Greenan Gallery, Kasmin, and Queer Thoughts—as well
- The last British monarch to reign over the American colonies had a collection of more than 55,000 maps, each with their own story to tell
In the early modern world, melancholy was no trivial matter. It could manifest as flatulence, migraine, or the belief that one is a shellfishvia aeon.coIn the early modern world, melancholy was no trivial matter. It could manifest as flatulence, migraine, or the belief that one is a shellfish
Because few bankers are men of letters, and few men of letters are bankers, Walter Bagehot remains unique. As does his supercilious literary styleBecause few bankers are men of letters, and few men of letters are bankers, Walter Bagehot remains unique. As does his supercilious literary style
Gershwin and race. Whether Rhapsody in Blue or “blackface” numbers like “Swanee,” his work is central to understanding the American soundscapevia the-tls.co.ukGershwin and race. Whether Rhapsody in Blue or “blackface” numbers like “Swanee,” his work is central to understanding the American soundscape
- One of the highlights of the ADAA Art Show, the annual New York fair put on by the Art Dealers Association of America, is its solo and two-artist booths. The booths at this fair, which is held in the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, are not large, so these are less like solo shows in galleries than they are tightly curated, jewel-box installations, often focusing on a specific aspect of an artist’s work—and sometimes even on a single piece. If a monographic mu
Sotheby’s to Sell $25 M. Clyfford Still, Other Major Works from the Collection of Hunk and Moo AndersonOn Tuesday, Sotheby’s announced that it will sell 26 works of postwar art from the collection of renowned West Coast collectors, the late Harry “Hunk” and Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, including Clyfford Still’s 1947-Y-No.1 valued at $25 million–$35 million. The full group of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper come with a pre-sale high estimate of $55 million, and will be included in Sotheby’s contemporary art evening and day sales on May 13
In New Lawsuit, Former Mary Boone Gallery Director Alleges That Imprisoned Dealer Conducted ‘Unlawful Scheme’ Involving Sales of Artworks Worth MillionsLast spring, famed New York art dealer Mary Boone headed to prison after she was found guilty of filing false tax returns. After receiving a sentence of 30 months in jail, Boone closed her gallery in what many considered a final chapter in a controversy that had roiled the city’s art scene. But a new lawsuit filed by a former director who worked with Boone suggests that the controversy may not be over after all.
On January 14, James Oliver, a former director at Mary Boone Gallery who is no
- The world’s most visited museum has broken its own attendance records for attendance to a single exhibition by almost double. The Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci retrospective, timed to the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death, brought in 1,071,840 visitors over the four months it was on view. This figure easily smashed its previous attendance record of 540,000 visitors, which was held by a 2018 Eugène Delacroix retrospective.
The exhibition, which
Dealers Set Sights on Africa at 1-54 Art Fair’s Third Moroccan Edition, in Sign of Continent’s Expanding Collector BaseThe pink-hued ancient city of Marrakech has long dazzled the popular imagination from its position on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The bustling Maghreb locale is known for its majestic palaces and hustling vendors in the old medina, as well as belly dancers, tagine, and restorative hammams. It’s now also becoming a center for a new phenomenon: contemporary African art.
When the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair returned last week for its third edition in Marrakech, the enterprise—
João Ribas, Curator Who Resigned Over Mapplethorpe Censorship Controversy in Portugal, Named Director of L.A.’s REDCATAfter more than a year since its founding director stepped down, the Los Angeles art space REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), which is part of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), has named a new executive director: João Ribas, who succeeds Mark Murphy and who will start in the new role on June 1.
Most recently Ribas has worked as an independent curator, organizing the Portuguese Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, which presented the work of Leonor Antunes
Armory Show Releases Addresses Coronavirus Concerns Ahead of Fair Next Week: Safety Remains a ‘Top Priority’Concerns over the coronavirus may have cooled in China, where the rate of reported cases each day has continued to slow, but elsewhere, the virus is continuing to elicit anxiety—South Korea, Italy, and Iran are among the latest countries to experience significant outbreaks. Ahead of its fair scheduled to open in New York next week, the Armory Show has released a statement regarding the virus’s potential impact on its forthcoming edition, which is set to continue as planned.
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- Concerns over the coronavirus may have cooled in China, where the rate of reported cases each day has continued to slow, but elsewhere, the virus is continuing to elicit anxiety—South Korea, Italy, and Iran are among the latest countries to experience significant outbreaks. Ahead of its fair scheduled to open in New York next week, the Armory Show has released a statement regarding the virus’s potential impact on its forthcoming edition, which is set to continue as planned.
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