March 21, 2014

Sarah Lucas to Represent Britain in the 2015 Venice Biennale

Sarah Lucas will represent Britain at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Lucas graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 1987 and was included in the 1988 group exhibition “Freeze,” along with Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and Gary Hume. She debuted her first two solo exhibitions in 1992, both titled, “The Whole Joke and Penis Nailed to a Board,” and during the ensuing years began using furniture and other found objects as substitutes for the body, making works that punned on sex, death, and gender. Lucas participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale and her work is included in collections of institutions around the world. Her most recent retrospective took place this past fall at Whitechapel Gallery in East London; she currently has a solo show at Barbara Gladstone in New York. Of the London show, Jo Applin wrote in Artforum: “Patriarchy is a major target of Lucas’s recent work; she lampoons, ridicules, and deflates the aggressive pomposity and power of the phallus as it is endlessly rehashed in popular culture . . . . Lucas prefers a wink and a nod to polemical browbeating, and her witty commentary on contemporary life is more powerful for that.”

March 21, 2014

Adam D. Sender Consigns Collection to Sotheby’s

Collector Adam D. Sender has announced that he will sell his entire collection, which is comprised of some eight hundred works by 139 artists and is valued between $70 million to $80 million, to Sotheby’s. Artists represented in the collection include John Baldessari, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavin, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, and Rosemarie Trockel among others. Carol Vogel of the New York Times reports that he is also planning to donate several “oversize works” to museums, namely Vito Acconci’s three-room installation Other Voices for a Second Sight, 1974. Sender this year closed his hedge fund company, Exis Capital Management, and is also getting divorced from his wife of eleven years. Said Sender: “I grew up Jewish, but more and more I find myself embracing a Buddhist philosophy. All things must pass.” The sale is slated for May 14.

March 21, 2014

Larry Gagosian Opens Two New Galleries in New York

Larry Gagosian will open two new spaces in New York—one a ground floor gallery uptown on Park Avenue at Seventy-fifth Street and the other, a pop-up gallery in the Lower East Side on Delancey, in a former bank building, reports Carol Vogel of the New York Times. Sculptures by Urs Fischer will inaugurate both spaces, slated to open April 3. Of the uptown gallery, Gagosian, who will now have fourteen permanent spaces worldwide, commented: “I wasn’t looking for another space, but I drove by it a few times this winter when it was too cold to walk to work, and I saw a sign in the window that it was available. I loved the fact that it’s small and isolated on Park Avenue where there’s no other retail. That’s what made it compelling to me.”

March 20, 2014

Heirs of Peggy Guggenheim Sue Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York is being sued for a second time by descendants of Peggy Guggenheim for failing to adhere to the terms she left regarding her collection. David Ng of the Los Angeles Times reports that Guggenheim’s bequest included strict provisions for the display of her art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and that these terms are being violated. The family previously sued over the same claim in the 1990s and the lawsuit was settled with the foundation, which agreed to keep the family informed about exhibitions and other developments. The family now claims that the foundation has failed to meet these stipulations. The Guggenheim Foundation made a public statement last week noting that the family’s claims have “no merit” and that the family members are “simply wrong to state that there were any conditions associated with the gift of the collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.” As part of their suit, the family members are demanding the revocation of Peggy Guggenheim's donation to the foundation. A Paris court is expected to hear the new case starting May 21.

March 19, 2014

Markus Brüderlin (1958–2014)

Markus Brüderlin passed away three days ago, reports Die Welt. Since 2006, the Swiss curator and art historian had served as director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. In the 1990s, Brüderlin worked as an art curator of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science, Research, and the Arts. After founding the Kunstraum Wien and the art magazine Springer, he moved on to the Beyeler Foundation, where he worked as a curator until 2004. Since 2008, Brüderlin had also taught as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig.

March 19, 2014

Baldessari, Kruger, Opie Return to LA MoCA Board; Grotjahn Joins

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin report that artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie have rejoined the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s board—just as the museum, with the recent appointment of Philippe Vergne, tries to bring an end to over a year of uncertainty and financial catastrophe. In 2012, the three artists, as well as Ed Ruscha, had resigned from the board in protest against the direction the museum was taking under former director Jeffrey Deitch. While Ruscha has not returned (he’s since joined the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), LA MoCA has elected artist Mark Grotjahn to join the board as well.

“I really believe in Philippe,” said Opie. “It seems natural at this point that I come back to serve and support him as well as the other board members.” Added Baldessari, “I hope now that some of LA MoCA’s former luster can be restored. I was impressed with Philippe and want to be supportive. There's nowhere to go but up.”

March 19, 2014

Richard Prince Settles Suit

Randy Kennedy reports in the New York Times that artist Richard Prince has settled an ongoing lawsuit with photographer Patrick Cariou. Prince was accused of violating copyright by using Cariou’s photographs of Rastafarians in paintings that have since sold for millions. In 2011, a federal court had ruled largely in favor of Cariou, but an appeals court sided more with Prince last year, saying that the large portion of Prince’s paintings were protected by fair-use exceptions because they demonstrated “an entirely different aesthetic.” The settlement’s terms haven’t been disclosed.

March 19, 2014

Fresno Art Museum’s Director Steps Down

Donald Munro reports in the Fresno Bee that Linda Cano will be stepping down from her role as executive director of the Fresno Art Museum, where she’s served for the past four years. She began her tenure at a moment when the city’s cultural future was uncertain: The Fresno Metropolitan Museum had just closed, the economic downturn had hit, and the art museum’s roof was leaking. Under Cano’s oversight, the museum not only survived but expanded its membership and increased its national presence, reports Munro. Cano will leave the museum to run her own arts consulting firm, AXIS Art Consulting; one of her first jobs will be to consult with the city of Fresno itself, on the public-art component of the Fulton Mall Reconstruction Project.

March 18, 2014

Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Winners of Grant Program

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the recipients of its biannual grant program. Artists Marwa Arsanios, Elena Artemenko, Ali Cherri, Ahmad Ghossein, Jumana Manna, Zineb Sedira, and Raed Yassin will all receive funding to produce new projects. Said president and director Hoor Al-Qasimi: “With so many strong applications for the production program this year, the review process was both exciting and challenging for the jury. In the end, we selected seven artists whose proposals we found particularly compelling. We look forward to working with these artists to realize these new works in the coming years.” Previous grantees include Bani Abidi, CAMP, Sean Gullette, Mario Rizzi, and Lindsay Seers; the program is currently in its seventh edition.