Habitat: Obsessions—A Look at Tony Oursler’s Spiritualist Paraphernalia

Tony Oursler in his New York apartment, holding an antique stereoscope viewer from the mid-1800’s. Habitat: Obsessions is a ten-part series of visits to the surprising non-art collections of art-world professionals. Tony Oursler’s multimedia works often take the form of a video of a talking head or a blinking eye projected atop an inanimate object—a fabric dummy, a monochrome painting, or even a tree. These somewhat spooky pieces have their roots, in part, in Oursler’s extensive collection of magic and spiritualist paraphernalia. A selection of his holdings is included in “Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive,” an exhibition curated by Tom Eccles and Beatrix Ruf […]

Morning Links: Former Saddam Hussein Palace Turned Museum Edition

The former palace. COURTESY FRIENDS OF BASRAH MUSEUM Museums “Despite pressure to resign as head of the board at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the controversial arts patron Diane (Dede) Wilsey managed to hold onto most of her power at a board meeting here Tuesday.” She gave up her CEO title but remains head of the board. [New York Times] The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has laid off 34 employees from its 2,200-member work force in an effort to help cut its $30 million deficit. Other cost-cutting measures include potential plans by the Met to reduce […]

Here’s the Exhibitor List for the Kabinett Sector at Art Basel Miami Beach

Outside of Art Basel Miami Beach. COURTESY ART BASEL Among the many offerings at the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach will be the Kabinett sector, in which galleries offer curated shows within their booths. There are 30 of these exhibitions, which will run within the fair when it is open from December 1 to 4. What’s in Kabinett this year? Well, fairgoers can expect a full-on candy store at Kavi Gupta courtesy the artist Irena Haiduk. Per the press release: “Since 1911, Kraš Candies has produced sweets for every successive political regime, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to communist Yugoslavia to […]

Habitat: Obsessions—A Look at Barbara Bloom’s Collection of Braille Objects

Barbara Bloom and a Braille typewriter in her collection. Habitat: Obsessions is a ten-part series of visits to the surprising non-art collections of art-world professionals. Artist Barbara Bloom became interested in Braille because, in her words, “The letters are hard to see.” As Bloom told me, “This creates a kind of poetic parity; what is clear to the blind is obscure to the sighted.” The first piece in her collection was a Braille Playboy magazine. “In the 1980s,” she says, “I read about a court case. Zealots were trying to stop the Library of Congress from publishing the Braille edition of Playboy. […]

Apparently Ivanka Trump Is Taking Some Time Off From Her Dad’s Presidential Campaign to Buy Some Mediocre Art at Frieze

Ivanka Trump. COURTESY THEARTOFIVANKATRUMP.TUMBLR.COM Six apartments that are for sale in London come with art on the walls. This is a cause for celebration! Here’s some info on the party, per the Evening Standard: About 500 have been invited to a lavish launch party in the crescent’s eight acres of private gardens on October 6 to coincide with the start of the Frieze art fair in Regent’s Park. Names on the guestlist include Angelina Jolie — who is believed to be looking for a London home following her split from Brad Pitt — Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Donald Trump’s […]

London Dealer Stuart Shave Now Reps Peter Halley and Josh Kline

Peter Halley, Get Low, 2010, acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, Roll-a-Tex on canvas. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MODERN ART, LONDON Stuart Shave, the proprietor of the London gallery Modern Art, announced today that he now represents Peter Halley and Josh Kline. Both artists are currently based in New York. Kline has made the news quite a bit lately late, with a critically acclaimed show earlier this year at 47 Canal, which represents him in New York, and a growing market. That show, a dystopic look at software putting humans out of work, is set to travel to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy, later this […]

Team Gallery to Open Second L.A. Space in Historic Venice Beach Post Office

The new Team Satellite space in Los Angeles. COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS Two years after opening Team Bungalow steps off the main drag in Venice Beach, California, Team Gallery is opening another Los Angeles space just a few blocks away, a gallery representative told ARTnews in an email. The new space, dubbed Team Satellite, will be housed in a 1,000-square-foot renovated former post office, built in 1928, at 310 Venice Way. It officially opens January 29 of next year, but at the moment it’s being used to show work by artists on the roster—including Cory Arcangel, Ryan McGinley, and Carina Brandes—and is open […]

Norman Rockwell Museum Receives $1.5 M. Grant From George Lucas Family Foundation

Norman Rockwell Museum. WIKIPEDIA Today,the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, announced it has received a $1.5 million grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The grant will be used to develop a set of interactive educational resources that the museum plans to use for a traveling exhibition that will be announced later this fall. In keeping with the current digital trend, the planned resources will help engage the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions through mobile device-friendly virtual and augmented reality apps that offer gallery tours and online resources. And the connection between Norman Rockwell and George Lucas? The press statement […]

Suzanne Blank Redstone at Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Suzanne Blank Redstone, Portal 2, 1967, acrylic on masonite. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JESSICA SILVERMAN GALLERY Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Suzanne Blank Redstone: 1960s Portal Paintings” is on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco through Saturday, October 29. The solo exhibition presents early works by the artist, rendered in, according to the show’s press release, only “90- and 45-degree angles in gray, white and primary color acrylics.” Suzanne Blank Redstone, Portal 8, 1968, acrylic on masonite. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JESSICA SILVERMAN GALLERY Suzanne Blank Redstone, Portal 3, […]

Los Angeles’s Young Art Gallery Closes

An installation view of Paul Cowan’s 2011 solo show at Young Art, ‘Caesurian Complex.’ COURTESY YOUNG ART Young Art, the venturesome Los Angeles gallery that operated in various locations for a decade, announced in an email blast that it has closed. During its long run, Young Art gave early solo shows to a number of superb artists, including Asher Penn, Paul Cowan, Milano Chow, and Kayla Guthrie. It also hosted two-person shows with Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff and group shows that included work by Jared Madere, Greg Parma Smith, Dena Yago, Robert Bittenbender, Heather Guertin, Martine Syms, and many more. […]