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The New York Times

Dec 06 2019
That Banana on the Wall? At Art Basel Miami It’ll Cost You $120,000.
Maurizio Cattelan’s latest provocative work is buzzy and fun. But is it art?
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Zona Maco Reveals Gallery List for 2020 Edition, Untitled, Art Miami Beach Awards Otazu Art Prize, and More
Zona Maco has announced that more than one-hundred galleries hailing from twenty-six countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia will participate in its next edition, which will take place in Centro
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Teresita Fernández
Each day the sinking reality of climate change deepens, manifesting in rising sea levels and blazing fires. A human reckoning is unavoidable. Teresita Fernández’s retrospective immerses viewers in a
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Ira Watkins
With images drawn alternately from memory and imagination, self-taught artist Ira Watkins has been telling stories about the lives and histories of African Americans for more than four decades. Watkins
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Hilary Lloyd
Sited within the manicured, mawkish snow globe that is Mayfair during Christmastime, Hilary Lloyd’s exhibition proves a welcome antithesis to the surrounding ostentation. The show opens with Moscow,
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The New York Times

Dec 06 2019
A Graffiti Museum Where the Writers Are in Charge
A Graffiti Museum Where the Writers Are in Charge
The Museum of Graffiti, the first of its kind, opens in Miami with a ticktock history of the art form’s early development
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Kara Joslyn
The grayscale paintings in Kara Joslyn’s “Tragic Kingdom” portend surreal, vaporous worlds that might have been plucked from the depths of Platonic allegory or Jungian psychology. Spindly saplings,
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces NADA Acquisition Gift
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) have announced the selection of the third annual NADA acquisition gift for the museum. PAMM associate curator María Elena Ortiz and
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Renata Boero
The six works on view here, spanning from 1968 to 2019, illustrate Renata Boero’s ongoing, stratified interest in the fields of nature, alchemy, and painting. Although the artist’s practice inevitably
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The Guardian

Dec 06 2019
One banana, what could it cost? $120,000 – if it's art

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s work, Comedian, a piece of fruit duct-taped to a wall, has been snapped up at Art Basel in Miami

Sometimes a banana is just a banana. And sometimes, like the one duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000 this week, it’s an expensive piece of art.

The questionably genius work by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was being shown by the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami when it was sold. One in a series of three, a second version of the piece has also been sold for a similar price, Perrotin told the Guardian.

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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Sophie Nys
Much of Sophie Nys’s work deals with the relationship between domestic and political space; her practice is often associated with a Germanic literary imaginary that, though slightly out-of-date, she
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Franklin Williams
Franklin Williams recently retired from the California College of the Arts, where he taught for more than half a century and earned the honorific in this exhibition's title: “The Inimitable Professor
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
From Sotheby's: Fabrizio Moretti x Fabrizio Moretti | In Passing
Meet Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti, visual artist and drummer for The Strokes. Then, meet Fabrizio Moretti, art dealer and proprietor of the London-based Galleria Moretti. At Sotheby’s New York headquarters,
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Kyung-Me and Harry Gould Harvey IV
Quoth Milton’s Satan: “The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” Kyung-Me certainly does the latter. In her sequential suite of exquisitely proportioned
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Ragen Moss
There is something peculiar about the beginning of a party, the conspicuous amounts of empty space fostering an ambient anticipation of what will come, who will arrive, and how I, you, or we will respond.
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
Tufts University Rids Sackler Name from Its Buildings
Tufts University in Massachusetts will remove the Sackler name from several buildings on its campus as well as from its programs over the family’s role in the United States opioid crisis. The school
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The New York Times

Dec 06 2019
New York Art Galleries: What to See Right Now
Alina Szapocznikow’s bits of body; Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg’s triggering Claymation; Sonya Kelliher-Combs’s poignant picturing of abuse; and Amy Brener’s urethane goddesses.
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artforum.com

Dec 06 2019
The Ringling Gifted Major Photography Collection by Stanton and Nancy Kaplan
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, has received a significant donation of more than one-thousand photographs by artists such as Eugène Atget, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston
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The Guardian

Dec 06 2019
Futuristic daring and Renaissance reveals – the week in art

Life in the Jewish East End of London, the forgotten history of a 19th century multiracial experiment and a new wave of indigenous art – all in your weekly dispatch

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
David Bomberg depicted life in the Jewish East End of London in canvases of futuristic daring before 1914 – and drew on Renaissance art to do so, reveals this exhibition.
National Gallery, London, until 1 March.

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The Guardian

Dec 06 2019
Buy a classic Guardian photograph: Anti-poll tax demonstration, London, 1990

This week in our ongoing series of exclusive Guardian photography we have a shot from a demonstration in Islington in March 1990 by the Guardian photographer Sean Smith

Nearly 30 years ago, anti-poll tax demonstrations swept across Britain, culminating in riots in Trafalgar Square in London on 31 March 1990 where more than 100 people, including police officers, were hurt. The tax was seen as deeply unfair – a flat rate that penalised the poor and favoured the rich. A few weeks earlier, on 13 March, the Guardian photographer Sean Smith covered a protest outside Islington town hall, one of several local demonstrations that took place around the capital, in angry scenes would not look out of place today.

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The Guardian

Dec 06 2019
Ted Cullinan obituary
Architect who was an early proponent of sustainability and social awareness, as well as a master of ingenious design

Founded on ideas about ecology, sustainability and social responsiveness, the buildings of Ted Cullinan, who has died aged 88, prefigured the intensifying debate around the role of architecture in society.

His best-known project was the Downland Gridshell (2002) for the Weald and Downland Living Museum in West Sussex. It was the first timber building of its kind in the UK, and the method of its construction was unorthodox. A diagonal grid of slender oak laths was first laid flat on a scaffolding framework and then literally bent into shape, inch by inch, to create a three-dimensional structure resembling a giant peanut shell, seductive and zoomorphic.

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The Guardian

Dec 06 2019
Bridget Riley’s Movement in Squares: anxiety inducing illusion

The English painter achieves precision with geometric lines and shapes that have become synonymous with her style

Op art legend Bridget Riley’s breakthrough work from 1961 uses a staggeringly simple technique: lines of squares whose width contracts. Knowing how this trick is done, though, does not diminish its impact: a painting whose perfectly balanced building blocks seem to suddenly bend and vibrate. One early critic described the experience as “anxiety”.

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The New York Times

Dec 06 2019
Best Art of 2019
Best Art of 2019
This was a year of highs that included political protest in the art world, a historic Whitney Biennial, inspiring monuments and a revamped MoMA.
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The New York Times

Dec 06 2019
On the Rooftops of Paris, a New Kind of Urban Garden
On the Rooftops of Paris, a New Kind of Urban Garden
The landscape architect Arnaud Casaus is creating green spaces wilder and warmer than those found at street level.
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The Guardian

Dec 05 2019
Apartheid South Africa from both sides – in pictures

David Goldblatt was a white South African photographer. Ernest Cole was one of the country’s first black photojournalists. Each had access to places the other was denied – and together their work captures a divided land

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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
Times Critics’ Top Art Books of 2019
The Times’s art critics select 26 of their favorite art books and books related to art of the year.
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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
Debts of Gratitude Paid in Paintings, Silkscreens and Collages
Debts of Gratitude Paid in Paintings, Silkscreens and Collages
The novelist Rachel Kushner also writes about art. Her collection is a reminder of those essays and features.
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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon
Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon
The gold-standard shelter magazine runs on a brass-tacks budget and refuses to kowtow to the internet.
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
“The End of Expressionism”
The raw image of an ash heap in Sokol Beqiri’s photograph The End of Expressionism: Painted by a Madman, 2001, is clearly visible even from outside the gallery. The work is displayed on a central wall
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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
18 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
A Design Dealer Who Lives Among His Wares
A Design Dealer Who Lives Among His Wares
Rhett Baruch has transformed his compact Los Angeles apartment into a showroom for the colorful, unconventional items that he sells.
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Alvin Li at the opening of the second “Spectrosynthesis”
I LANDED IN BANGKOK in the midst of an identity crisis: Having lost my Chinese ID just before the Singapore Biennial, my original itinerary was out the window—I had planned to travel from Shanghai
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Hepworth Wakefield Wins $132,000 Freelands Award
The Freelands Foundation has selected Hepworth Wakefield as the fourth recipient of its $132,000 Freelands Award, which will support the presentation of a major exhibition of Belfast-born photographer
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Susanna Jablonski
The Stockholm-based artist Susanna Jablonski’s inaugural show at Obra is titled “Dinkinesh.” It means “You are marvelous” in Amharic, and it is also that language’s name for the famous fossil known in
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Ryan Foerster
Bataille thought the freedom to dispose of excess—psychically, materially—was a sign of sovereignty. Ryan Foerster’s multimedia exhibition, “A MECCA BLUR,” presents an alternate vision that seeks to
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Solveig Øvstebø Named Executive Director of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museet
Solveig Øvstebø, the director and chief curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, will join the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo as its new executive director in May 2020. Øvstebø
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Howard Hampton on Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe (2019)
A TRUE “HOTHOUSE FILM,” Little Joe opens with a fluid overhead shot from a rotating surveillance cam, circling rows of genetically modified plants. They’re the creation of workaholic geneticist Alice
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
David Wojnarowicz and Marion Scemama
David Wojnarowicz’s canonization cemented his reception as a forever outcast, the self-proclaimed Rimbaud of a quickly gentrifying New York. The poet, painter, photographer, activist, and filmmaker’s
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Rijksmuseum Receives Donation of Early Mapplethorpe Works
Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen and his husband, Henk van Dijk, have gifted the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam twenty-four works by the late American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989). Among
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Museums Close as Workers of Various Industries Strike Across France
As nationwide protests sweep France, several cultural institutions have temporarily shuttered. Unions representing the transportation sector called for workers to stage a mass walkout today to protest
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Gillian Jagger (1930–2019)
SOMEHOW, AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST 1988, I ended up in the Catskills with Nancy Graves and my husband, Paul Greengard, hell-bent on trying out our riding talents on Gillian Jagger’s horses. We were
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Small Arts Organizations Recognized by Canada’s New $68,000 Lacey Prize
The National Gallery of Canada has named Hamilton Artists Inc. in Ontario the first recipient of its new biennial Lacey Prize, which was launched by John Lacey in partnership with the gallery earlier
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The New York Times

Dec 05 2019
3 Choice Museums and a Treat for Kids, No Subway Trips in Between
These midsize institutions, all in Midtown, are close enough for a single afternoon’s tour (and with enough time in there for a bite).
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artforum.com

Dec 05 2019
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Appoints Hesse McGraw Director
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) announced today that Hesse McGraw has been named the institution’s tenth director. McGraw will oversee all aspects of the noncollecting museum’s artistic and
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The Guardian

Dec 05 2019
Michael West obituary

My colleague and friend Michael West, who has died aged 80, had a long and distinguished career in architecture and planning. After early years in private practice, in 1970 he was appointed director of the Central London Planning Conference, which co-ordinated planning throughout the central London boroughs, and in 1975 became borough planner of Southwark.

He commuted by train daily from Ipswich, Suffolk, to Liverpool Street, and from there charged south to his office on Peckham Road on a folding bicycle, dressed in a long leather overcoat and a sailor’s cap in the winter, with plastic bags over his shoes when it was particularly wet.

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The Guardian

Dec 05 2019
The way she looks: female gazes in African portraiture – in pictures

The exhibit The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, currently on display at Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, features the perspectives of women as both subject and photographer. The show, which spans the beginnings of photography in the colonial period to the present day, draws from The Walther Collection and features work by Zanele Muholi, SJ Moodley, JD ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Lebohang Kganye

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The Guardian

Dec 04 2019
A fan's-eye view at the football – a photo essay

Photographer and lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan Martin Andersen has turned his camera on fellow fans to create an intimate and often visceral collection of images taken at home, away, and across Europe from
2013 until the last game played at White Hart Lane in 2017. Interview by Felix Petty

My first game at White Hart Lane was Tottenham v Wimbledon on Saturday 10 November 1990. We won the game 4–2. I sat in Park Lane watching a Spurs side featuring Gazza, Lineker, Mabbutt, Walsh … But my love for Tottenham started long before that. We all have our stories as to why we support the club. Mine might be a little different to most, having grown up in Denmark.

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The Guardian

Dec 04 2019
Rory Doyle's best photograph: the black cowboys of Tallahatchie

‘The story of the American cowboy is so white, which is frustrating for black riders – right after the civil war, more than a quarter of cowboys were African American’

I shot this on a trail ride with the Delta Hill Riders in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The gentleman in the foreground, Joe Wrenn, organises this group ride every fall in the hilly terrain to the north of the Mississippi delta. I’ve been going for a few years.

Trail rides are universal in the American cowboy tradition. In other states you might find thousands of people on a single ride. Here there were about 100 people, many riding, and others, who you can’t see in the photo, on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

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The Guardian

Dec 04 2019
China Light Festival at Cologne Zoo

Light sculptures glow in the dark at the venue

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artforum.com

Dec 04 2019
Stephen Garrett (1922–2019)
British architect and veteran museum director Stephen Garrett, who became the first to lead the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu after the death of founder J. Paul Getty in
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