Morning Links: Mary Boone Speaks Out Against Alec Baldwin Edition

Denials Mary Boone has finally spoken out against Alec Baldwin, who claimed earlier this year that the gallerist sold him a possibly faked Ross Bleckner painting. Rather than simply denying what Baldwin already said, Boone, through her lawyer, has accused the actor of trying to evade taxes. [The New York Times] The National Gallery in London is denying claims that a 1908 painting by Henri Matisse is Nazi-looted art. [The Art Newspaper] Museums Michael Wellen is now Tate’s curator of international art. He comes from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he organized shows of Latino art. [Artforum] Roberta […]

Candid Caricatures, Candy Coffins, and Cringe-Inducing Catharsis: A Walk Through Pedro Reyes’s ‘Doomocracy’

Lady Liberty in Doomocracy. COURTESY WILL STAR SHOOTING STARS PRO/CREATIVE TIME During the second presidential debate, it took a chubby-cheeked man named Kenneth Bone to break the unbearable tension in the room. Perhaps Bone succeeded because in him we saw the everyman—a Guess Who? card, as one person characterized him. Although it could have just been his great red sweater, or the fact that he is named Kenneth Bone. Or even that he managed to ask a substantive question. Regardless, Bone’s bumbling presence amidst the excruciating proceedings provided a welcome catharsis. A similar dynamic is at play in the latest Creative Time–produced site-specific public art installation, […]

‘I Want to Combine Super Know-How with Childish Innocence’: Pipilotti Rist on Her Dreamy Videos, in 1998

Pipilotti Rist, (Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler ([Absolutions] Pipilotti’s Mistakes), still, 1988, single-channel video, sound, color. ©PIPILOTTI RIST/COURTESY THE ARTIST, VIDEOART.CH, HAUSER WIRTH, AND LUHRING AUGUSTINE With a Pipilotti Rist show having just opened at the New Museum in New York, we turn back to the November 1998 issue of ARTnews, in which Jonathan Turner profiled the Swiss artist. At that time, in addition to having already made a name for herself through some 25 solo shows, Rist had recently been named the artistic director of Expo Schweiz 01, a short-lived biennial in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Here, Rist discusses her new job, and […]

Light Shows: Marco Breuer’s Photographs at Yossi Milo Gallery Charm and Confound

Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1813), 2016, embossed/scraped chromogenic paper, 29⅜ x 20⅜ inches. ©MARCO BREUER/COURTESY YOSSI MILO GALLERY, NEW YORK Marco Breuer has spent his career working out new ways to abuse photos materials. He has burned, scraped, sanded, and folded light-sensitive paper, marking it with unorthodox tools, including shotguns and record players, as he stakes out territory between photography, drawing, and printmaking. In this freewheeling show at Yossi Milo, Breuer trades his recent dark grids for two-tone works featuring wobbly organic shapes and expanses of white, pushing and pulling negative space to suggest maps or outlines of the human body. […]

Annette Kelm at Herald St, London

Annette Kelm, Radish, 2016, archival pigment print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HERALD ST Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: Annette Kelm’s latest solo exhibition is on view at Herald St in London through Sunday, November 6. Annette Kelm, Pepper / Pac Man, 2016, archival pigment print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HERALD ST Annette Kelm, Radish, 2016, archival pigment print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HERALD ST Annette Kelm, Desert Plants, 2016, archival pigment print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HERALD ST Annette Kelm, Welcome, 2016, archival pigment print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HERALD ST […]

Morning Links: Old Master, Modern Forgery Edition

Portrait of a Man, which may not have been painted by Frans Hals after all. COURTESY SOTHEBY’S Modern Forgery In 2011 Sotheby’s in New York brokered the $10 million private sale of a supposedly undiscovered masterwork by Frans Hals titled Portrait of a Man. Earlier this month, the auction house declared that the painting was actually a work of “modern forgery” (and reimbursed the buyer). [The New York Times] Goings-on at the British Museum Jonathan Jones’s high praise of “South Africa: The Art of a Nation” currently on at the British Museum: “Something grabs this exhibition, shakes it, and fills […]

Anne Imhof Will Represent Germany at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Imhof. ©NADINE FRACZKOWSKI It was announced today that the Frankfurt-based artist Anne Imhof will represent Germany at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The news came via a cryptic message on the German Pavilion’s website that recapped some news that was already announced, that Susanne Pfeffer, a curator at the KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin, will oversee the pavilion. Over the past few years, Imhof’s work has been steadily popping up in biennials around the world, and making appearances at European and American galleries. Her performances typically look at the body and its relationship to larger systems. SOTSB for DEAL (2015), […]

Donald A Moore Elected ICA London Council Chair

Moore. COURTESY ICA The Institute of Contemporary Art in London announced this morning that Donald A Moore, the chair of Morgan Stanley Group Europe, has been elected as chair of the ICA Council. Moore takes the place of outgoing ICA Council Chair Alison Myners, who has stepped down after six years of service. Myners’s term marked a period of change for the ICA. Along with implementing a new governance structure, Myners most recently chaired the recruitment committee that hired Stefan Kalmár, the former executive director of New York’s Artist Space, to be its new director. “I am looking forward to […]

Lawrence Abu Hamdan Wins the 2016 Nam June Paik Award

Abu Hamdan. COURTESY MUSEUM FOLKWANG The Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, announced today that Lawrence Abu Hamdan has won its 2016 Nam June Paik Award. Given to an artist working with the digital media, the prize comes with €25,000, or about $27,000. Abu Hamdan won for his installation earshot, which was on view earlier this year at Portikus in Frankfurt. That work, like many others by the Beirut-based artist, considers the way that sound can be political. Abu Hamdan chose to focus on the shooting of teenagers by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. After he and Defence for Children […]

Sotheby’s Acquires Mei Moses Art Indices, an Analytic Tool that Evaluates Market Strength on Basis of Repeat Sales

Sotheby’s New York offices. COURTESY SOTHEBY’S Sotheby’s announced today that it has acquired the Mei Moses Art Indices, a data-mining art market analytics tool that judges strength of the art market against other asset classes. It does so by looking at works that have been sold at Sotheby’s or Christie’s more than once, and tracking the changes in purchase value over time. The indices will be renamed Sotheby’s Mei Moses. The database contains information on 45,000 works of art that have been sold at auction more than once; about 4,000 of these are sold again each year. The information gleaned from […]