Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

  What happens when curators moonlight as art consultants? A line gets blurred between public museum governance, profit, and individual self-interest, as per Artnet: Beatrix Ruf—one of the most influential curators working today—sent shockwaves through the art world when she abruptly resigned as director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in September. Her departure followed a series of investigative reports in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that raised questions about her ties ...
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Estevan Maestas Talks About Art and the Challenges of Setting Up a New Gallery Online — Check It Out

Written by Deianira Tolema Based in Northern New Mexico, Estevan Maestas is a young art enthusiast turned gallerist and founder of the emerging online gallery, Contemporary Collective Gallery. Estevan founded the gallery in 2015 with a vision to create a global platform to showcase new, up and coming contemporary artists from around the world. His goal is to invite and encourage his audience to connect ...
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Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Nov. 20-27)

Major Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale Pavilion, sparking worry and outrage from Australian Arts Council  Funders are furious that they have been excluded from the selections process of artists to represent the country. “An acrimonious rift over Australia’s participation in the Venice Biennale in 2019 has split the upper echelons of the art world in the country, with wealthy and influential patrons pulling ...
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Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Nov. 13-20)

Rihanna and Vatican costumes set to go on display side-by-side at the Metropolitan Museum’s next Costume Institute exhibition, according to Artnet News: It is rare that Rihanna and the Vatican would find themselves together in a headline—but if any institution could be responsible for such a feat, it is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The institution looks poised to continue its track record of ...
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Matthew Quick’s “Monumental Nobodies” Investigates Human Follies Throughout History

Written by Audra Lambert Matthew Quick is a wry investigator of the human condition, cleverly exhuming and re-interpreting the follies of history through his lush imagery. Nowhere is this triumphant impulse more apparent than in his recent body of work, Monumental Nobodies. Quick’s images immediately juxtapose memory and contemporary society, weaving new narratives from historical events with the layered nuance of a modern perspective. Transforming ...
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Kohn Gallery’s Josh Friedman Talks About “Engender,” A Provocative New Exhibition Exploring Gender As Construct

Written by Deianira Tolema Since its inception in 1985 the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles has become one of the most important sites of contemporary art in the city, founded by former Flash Art editor Michael Kohn. In 1986, the gallery mounted an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Boxes, just weeks prior to the pop icon’s death. The gallery includes notable works by Richard Prince ...
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Robert Feintuch on the Vicissitudes of the Body

Written by Deianira Tolema Robert Feintuch draws upon historical, mythological and religious sources such as The Assumption, Bacchus, Icarus, and Tom and Jerry. His work has been described as simultaneously “tragicomic,” “tender,” and “subversively ironic.” I interviewed the artist during the current exhibition Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying.  This is the first show which juxtaposes Feintuch’s paintings with Pondick’s ...
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Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Nov. 7-13)

Louvre diplomacy as the venerable French institution opens in Abu Dhabi with a total cost of over $1.1 Billion, as per the New York Times: “Among the exhibits are a Koran, a Bible and a Torah, open at verses carrying the same message. The design, by France’s prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, evokes up the image of an Arab medina. Authorities have put in place strict measures to ...
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Catching Lols with Brian Lutz

Written by Deianira Tolema Brian Lutz’s work upends the mundane, evoking uncommon twists on what passes for the quotidian. Lutz captures the essence of mid-20th century American illustrations and cartoons with the savvy of artists like Robert Crumb, Ralph Steadman, Gary Larson and even Thomas Eakins. Reality for Lutz is plastic and the artist takes a certain glee in stretching the viewer’s preconceptions to ironic ...
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William Norton on Battling Depression Through Art

Written by Deianira Tolema William Norton‘s fascination into the spiritual cult of the artist spans decades. Having spent his formative years in Japan, the artist has grown particularly intuned to both Eastern and Western influences. Using drawing and carving to draw out the Shamanistic potential of art, Norton has for years been using his art to cope with personal trauma and depression. In an exclusive ...
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