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Atelier Van Lieshout Work to Go to Centre Pompidou

Design group Atelier Van Lieshout’s Domestikator sculpture, originally deemed too lewd for an installation outside the Louvre, will go on view outside the Centre Pompidou.“To have this major piece in front of the Pompidou is a victory,” says Julien Lombrail, director of the London-based gallery Carpenters Workshop, which represents the artists. “It’s an incredible moment for Paris... | Read More

New York Times Spotlights Challenges for Fall Auction Calendar

A piece in the New York Times notes the growing stature of the London Contemporary Art auctions each October, and the challenges of two sets of major auctions each fall focusing on marquee works between New York and London. “There’s a volume issue,” says advisor Anthony McNerney of this month’s sales in the British capital. “A lot of […]... | Read More

Never-Before-Auctioned Léger Leads Christie’s Auction with $65 Million Estimate

Fernand Léger’s Contraste de formes, a work which has never been auctioned, will go on sale at Christie’s next month in New York, carrying with it an estimate of $65 million.  The price would set a new record for the artist. “Executed just months before the First World War, Contraste de formes, with its groundbreaking abstract conception and its thrillingly preserved physical... | Read More

Claes Oldenburg is Profiled in New York Times

Claes Oldenburg is profiled in the New York Times this week, as he reflects on his career and his first bodies of work. “I felt like the Ab Ex painters weren’t saying very much, and I wanted work that would say something, be messy, be a little mysterious,” he says. “Nineteen fifty-nine was the turning […]... | Read More

Met Issues Statement on US Withdrawal from Unesco

The Met has issued a statement in protest against the U.S.’s decision to pull out of Unesco, claiming the decision will have disastrous effects on the country. “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong […]... | Read More

Russian Performance Artist Sets Fire to Doors of Bank of France

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of Bank of France in Paris over the weekend, continuing a series of confrontational performances that have seen him imprisoned multiple times in Russia.  Pavlensky was quickly detained by French police. Read more at Art Newspaper... | Read More

Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

Ai Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, […]... | Read More

Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

Alex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if […]... | Read More

United States Withdrawing from Unesco

Citing an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova. Read more at NYT  ... | Read More

Guggenheim Bilbao Launches Series of Events for 20th Anniversary

The Guggenheim Bilbao has embarked on a series of projects celebrating its 20th anniversary, including a massive lighting installation outside the museum by artist group 59 Productions. “We are very proud and lucky to have a building that is a masterpiece,” says director, Juan Ignacio Vidarte. Read more at Art Newspaper... | Read More
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