September 14, 2012

Vincenzo de Bellis Named Artistic Director of MiArt

Vincenzo de Bellis has been appointed artistic director of Milan’s International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, MiArt, reports Outside Media Source in an article posted on LiveAuctioneers. Cofounder of Milan-based project space Peep-Hole and contributor, de Bellis states, “I have, for some time, expressed myself as curator in the attempt to redefine the sense of the institution of art. At a time like the present, when the traditional role of institutions is in crisis, I believe that art fairs are flexible models that can adjust to and grasp the complexity of the system with extreme synthesis and incisiveness.” MiArt will open at Fiermilanocity on April 5 and runs through April 7.

September 14, 2012

L&M Arts in New York Closes, Dealers to Reopen Respective Spaces

Carol Vogel of the New York Times reports that after seven years Robert Mnuchin and Dominique LÚvy, partners in L&M Arts, are splitting their Manhattan operation, effective January 2013. The existing L&M space on East Seventy-eighth Street will continue to stay open under the name of Mnuchin Gallery. LÚvy plans to open a space of her own in the Upper East Side by early spring, dedicated to postwar and contemporary art. Vogel reports that the dealers will remain partners in L&M Los Angeles, which they opened two years ago. Said LÚvy: “LA is different. It’s very contemporary. It’s also something we really built together.”

September 14, 2012

Film Society of Lincoln Center Appoints Two Directors

The Film Society of Lincoln Center named Kent Jones director of programming of the New York Film Festival, and Robert Koehler director of programing year round. Jones and Koehler's appointments follow the departure of New York Film Festival selection committee head Richard Pe˝a, who after twenty-five years has stepped down from his post; he will continue his involvement with the center in helping design and organize a new educational initiative. Said executive director Rose Kuo: “Richard Pe˝a has played a fundamental role in defining our organization and its commitment to discovering and supporting the best and most important cinema in the world. Kent Jones and Bob Koehler, whose thinking and writing about cinema I deeply respect, are the perfect team to build upon Richard’s vision and carry it forward.”

September 13, 2012

Perelman and Gagosian File Suits Against Each Other

According to Bloomberg, art collector Ronald Perelman and dealer Larry Gagosian have filed suit against each other in the New York Supreme Court. Gagosian alleges that Perelman agreed to pay $12.6 million for a sculpture by an “unidentified living artist,” but later backed out, offering a lower price in combination with works from his collection. The gallery asserts that the same thing happened with a painting as well. Perelman, on the other hand, says that Gagosian let him buy the Jeff Koons work Popeye for $4 million without informing him that Koons receives around 70 percent of any amount over the original sale price if the gallery later resold the work.

September 12, 2012

International News Digest


After the controversy generated by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation’s plan to move the collection of old masters out of Berlin’s Gemńldegalerie in order to make way for twentieth-century art, officials have announced that they are reconsidering their decision, according to Bloomberg’s Catherine Hickley. Berlin’s museum directors have now “commissioned a feasibility study to look at alternative options for housing its collections,” writes Hickley. The reprieve comes as a relief, no doubt, to the 13,000-plus people who signed the petition inviting city officials to “reconsider the plan to empty the Gemńldegalerie of old masters.”

Composer and theater director Heiner Goebbels spoke with Monopol about his role as curator of the 2012 Ruhrtriennale. After being asked about the inevitable comparisons to Documenta, Goebbels explained that while the two exhibitions did share a few artists, one difference was that he chose to focus on the music production practices of artists like Christian Marclay and Carsten Nicolai. He stated, “In the visual arts [to make the Conceptual something to be experienced] is rather outmoded. So we tried to expand the program with a notion of theater that makes possible the kinds of experiences that one might have at Documenta, for instance.” The Ruhrtriennale 2012 takes place from August 17 to September 30.

Die Zeit recently asked Benjamin Mandel, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to weigh in on the state of the current art market. Observing the recent tendency of the art market’s highest-priced tier to flourish even more than the middle or lower tiers, Mandel noted that this boom corresponds to the latest income increases amongst the highest earners—the “0.1 percent” as it were. But this isn’t so much a new development as an ongoing historical reality: The market has always grown in parallel with the income of the Řber-wealthy. Mandel suggested that the most important (and most expensive) works are often seen by buyers as the safest investments. He concluded with the point that buying the most expensive paintings also tends to be more attractive to the Řber-wealthy because the act of buying these works itself tends to be a highly public endeavor, lending buyers a certain measure of visibility and prestige.

In honor of the Vladimir Tatlin exhibition at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland, the Neue ZŘrcher Zeitung’s Maria Becker has written a comprehensive piece on the show that also looks back at the life of the influential Russian artist, who notably created work in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. The Tinguely Museum’s retrospective, which was curated by Gian Caspar Bott and which features more than a hundred loans from several Russian museums, presents the entire range of the artist’s oeuvre, including painting, sculpture, drawing, architectural models, flying machines, theatrical artifacts, and costume sketches. According to Becker, the exhibition’s best moments are Tatlin’s “Counter Reliefs”: towering, abstract assemblages of wood, metal, and rope. These works, wrote Becker, are “experiments with space and material, and Tatlin is showing their force, as if it were about hitting Western modernism with a particular Russian avant-garde.”

September 12, 2012

Cai Guo-Qiang, Cecco Bonanotte, and Philip Glass Among Winners of 2012 Praemium Imperiale

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang, composer Philip Glass, architect Henning Larsen, dancer Yoko Morishita, and sculptor Cecco Bonanotte have been named the winners of this year’s Praemium Imperiale, an international prize given by Japan’s ruling family, according to Farah Nayeri of Bloomberg. The award recipients receive approximately $192,000. The Praemium Imperiale prizes were inaugurated in 1989. Last year’s winners include artists Bill Viola and Anish Kapoor.

September 12, 2012

Move to Berlin Planned for Jean Arp Foundation

Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper that the Hans Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp Foundation has announced that it will relocate to Berlin later this year from Rolandseck in West Germany. Established in 1977 by dealer Johannes Wasmuth in consultation with Arp’s widow (Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach) the foundation will move to Berlin to more effectively shift its focus to “scholarly and public-access issues, supporting discourse on Hans Arp,” according to a spokesperson for the foundation—who also noted: “Rolandseck was too far away for many interested scholars and large parts of the public.” Meanwhile, a survey of Arp’s works organized by this foundation drew vocal criticism from two other Arp foundations—the Fondation Arp in Clamart, France, and the Fondazione Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach in Locarno, Switzerland. The Rolandseck-based foundation responded with a statement noting that it owns the largest body of pieces by Arp, as well as the copyright to his entire oeuvre.

September 12, 2012

Cincinnati Art Museum Receives $1.5 Million for Renovation

According to Jackie Demaline and Janelle Gelfand of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission has agreed to allocate $1.5 million in funding to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The amount will cover a portion of the total $11.1 million needed to renovate the three-story Art Academy building along with the basement of the museum’s Emery Wing. The renovation will bring all the administrative offices into the first and second floors of the Art Academy building, while making way for a terrace and public-access library on the third floor.

September 11, 2012

Pauline Yao Named Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s Museum for Visual Culture

Pauline Yao has been named curator with a specialization in Asian contemporary art at M+, the museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, which is expected to open in 2017 in in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Yao is an independent curator and art historian based in Beijing and San Francisco. She is a founder of the Arrow Factory in Beijing and an adjunct lecturer in the arts-administration department of the city’s Central Academy of Fine Arts.