Mom & Popped: In a Market Contraction, the Middle-Class Gallery is Getting Squeezed

The vacant space on Orchard Street where Feuer/Mesler used to be. KATHERINE MCMAHON Steven Stewart opened his gallery in 2011 in Tribeca and called it Kansas, a reference to his home state. He built a collector base, a following. In 2015 he moved across town to the Lower East Side to be in the thick of a district some see as New York’s most vital: a place where art dealers can focus on a single storefront venue, not on world domination, and survive by selling work by exciting artists that Chelsea mega galleries haven’t stolen yet. Kansas Gallery was a […]

‘Dear Ivanka, Your Daddy Is Scary as Hell’: Art Workers Address President-Elect’s Daughter in New York Protest

PHOTOS: ANDREW RUSSETH/ARTNEWS And so it begins. Donald J. Trump has been president-elect of the United States of America for three weeks—a sentence that still feels bizarre and appalling to type—and protests in the New York art community are starting to take shape. Last night, around 200 artists, curators, writers, and art workers gathered outside the Puck Building in SoHo, holding a demonstration aimed at Ivanka Trump, the future president’s art-collecting daughter, who has an apartment in the building with her husband Jared Kushner. A sign by Borna Sammak. Click to enlarge. The protest, titled Dear Ivanka, was organized by protesters […]

Preview Art Basel Miami Beach 2016, Part One

Sprüth Magers, Berlin and Los Angeles, will offer Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Cast of Characters) 2016). ©BARBARA KRUGER/COURTESY SPRÜTH MAGERS The 15th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach opens Thursday, December 1, with VIP previews beginning tomorrow, November 30. The 2016 edition of the fair, which runs through Sunday, December 4, will bring 269 galleries from 29 countries to the Florida city. Of these exhibitors, 50 percent operate spaces in the Americas. Part 1 of the preview looks at the galleries in the main “Galleries” section of the fair. (Part 2, which will be published tomorrow, looks at the galleries participating […]

In an Open Letter, Zaha Hadid Architects States That Director’s Controversial Views ‘Will Not Be Our Future’

Schumacher. COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS Zaha Hadid Architects, the firm founded by the British architect Zaha Hadid, who died earlier this year, issued an open letter today about its director, Patrik Schumacher. Responding to Schumacher’s provocative claims that London should get rid of all social housing, the firm wrote that Schumacher’s views “[do] not reflect Zaha Hadid Architects’ past—and will not be our future.” Schumacher has come under fire for an “urban policy manifesto” he delivered in the form of a keynote speech at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin on November 17. Over the course of an hour, Schumacher urged […]

Mexico City’s Material Art Fair Doubles Footprint for 2017 Edition

COURTESY MATERIAL ART FAIR The Material Art Fair will turn four next year, and its organizers are planning to do something they have never done before. “We’re going to stay in the same venue for the first time ever,” Brett W. Schultz, one of the fair’s founders, told me yesterday during a Skype call from Mexico City, where the fair is based. As it did last year, Material will set up shop in the Expo Reforma convention hall near the city center. It will run from February 9 through 12, at the same time as the stalwart Zone Maco fair. There […]

Absent Snow White: Paul McCarthy’s Brilliant Show in New York Mixes Politics With the Detritus of Childhood Memories

Installation view of “Paul McCarthy: Raw Spinoffs Continuations,” 2016, at Hauser Wirth, 18th Street. GENEVIEVE HANSON/©PAUL MCCARTHY/COURTESY HAUSER WIRTH You put the kids to bed, and you look around the room. What you see is either a battlefield or a junkyard. Toy sets are broken up, G.I Joe is consorting with Barbie, other action figures are dead, and you wince as you stomp on another Lego piece. Not quite as chaotic, but much more fun is Paul McCarthy’s show, which fills up Hauser Wirth’s vast space on West 18th Street in New York. You first meet up with a phalanx […]

Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach Take on Trump as Art World Reacts to the Election Results

Rirkrit Tiravanija, The Tyranny of Common Sense Has Reached its Final Stage, 2016. MATTIA DE LUCA’S INSTAGRAM/GAVIN BROWN’S ENTERPRISE At first glance, there’s little sign of any political unrest here on the sun-dappled, palm-lined streets of Miami Beach, where the art world has decamped for this city’s edition of Art Basel. On the opening night, there was a rosé-soaked picnic at the Standard Spa, an opulent ribbon-cutting at the Faena Forum, and a party for an art advisor on a yacht. While the art cognoscenti still in New York were protesting Ivanka Trump at the Puck Building, those already in Miami […]

‘Mystery Is Everything’: John Zorn Makes Music for Agnes Martin

John Zorn performing Praise (2016), with William Winant and Carol Emanuel, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s 2016 International Gala. DAVID X PRUTTING/BFA.COM Quietude might be better suited than music for the art of Agnes Martin, but as the post-punks used to say: silence is a rhythm too. Certainly it is in the realm of Martin’s lines and grids, where hushed demarcations of empty space suggest so much, and in the context of her decades-long career, which was guided by a muted devotion to repetition, repetition, repetition. How best, then, to write music in tribute to paintings so disquieting and spare? In the case of John […]

‘My Philosophy in Presenting an Exhibition Is You Don’t Hold Back, You Gotta Go All the Way’: Jeffrey Deitch Talks ‘Desire,’ His Very Erotic Show With Larry Gagosian in Miami

Jeff Koons, Dirty – Jeff On Top, 1991. ARTNEWS It was two hours before the Tuesday night opening of “Desire”—a show of erotic works curated by Diana Widmaier-Picasso and presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch—but the gawkers were already filling up every inch of window space outside the Moore Building in Miami’s Wynwood district, cupping their hands to the glass to get a look at what’s inside. There are 150 works in the show, but it’s likely they were just staring at one: Jeff Koons’s epic and epically graphic sculpture Dirty – Jeff On Top (1991), a work from his “Made in […]

Maurizio Cattelan at Monnaie de Paris

Maurizio Cattelan, La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), 1999, polyester resin, wax, pigment, natural hair, cloth, clothes, accessories, stone, and carpet, installation view. ZENO ZOTTI Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Maurizio Cattelan: Not Afraid of Love” is on view at Monnaie de Paris in Paris through Sunday, January 8. From the press release: “With his show ‘All,’ presented at Guggenheim NY in 2011, we thought that all had been said. But, as often with Maurizio Cattelan, we were on the wrong track…” Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2007, silicone resin, natural hair, wooden […]