Considering the staggering number of galleries in this city, and the recent trend for revisiting under-appreciated modern masters, it boggles the mind how many aging postwar greats still await proper exposure in New York. The latest to receive well-deserved attention is French artist Martial Raysse, who is typically grouped with the 1960s European avant-garde movement known as Nouveau Realism. Mr. Raysse’s first show in more than 40 years in New York, where he lived for part of the 1960s, is a piquant look at his early work, which handily shrugs off any single label. Read More
Even as more art is being made, seen, bought and sold than at any point in human history, there is a feeling in many quarters of listlessness. Reviewing the Venice Biennale in Newsweek two weeks ago, Blake Gopnik rehearsed the already-tired idea that it showed that art is at an end, “nothing more than a series of moves in a series of games.” We’re stuck or adrift and, as New Museum curator Lauren Cornell put it last fall, “deeply obsessed with the past.”
But there are signs of life. Artists are finding interesting ways forward, and in a number of recent books, philosophers and critics are too. The results are all over the map, but there is a feeling that new ideas are beginning to simmer. Read More
This exhibition, in the Whitney’s lobby gallery, is a thriller—two young artists have stepped up to a larger platform and are clearing new, still-shadowy pathways for art. Coming not long after the Whitney’s 2012 biennial and a Trisha Baga show in this same space, it gives the impression of a museum in touch with art’s zeitgeist. Read More
Dirty Looks, which hosts monthly screenings of queer film and video around New York, just released details of its On Location festival, which will bring film presentations to a different venue each day of July. It looks like it will really be something.
Among the events on tap are Merce Cunningham’s Variations V on the High Line, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s Community Action Center (created with Fire Island Artist Residency) at the Cherry Grove Community House on Fire Island, N.Y., and Ken Jacobs’s Star Spangled to Death at Spectacle in Williamsburg. Read More
Taking a break from the G8 summit in Northern Ireland today, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron painted a G8-themed work on paper with schoolchildren. The Telegraph, which has a video of them at work, reports that the photo op “quickly turned into a painting contest between the pair.” From the paper: “Whilst Read More
TUESDAY, JUNE 18
Opening: Ken Price, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010,” at the Drawing Center
Just before Los Angeles-born sculptor Ken Price died last February, he approved two traveling exhibitions of his work, both of which are arriving in New York on Tuesday. Though he is best known for Read More
Seth Siegelaub, the venturesome dealer and curator of conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s who helped lead efforts for artists’ rights and devoted his life to studying textiles, died on Saturday in Basel, Switzerland, according to a friend, confirming a report by Metropolis M. He was 71.
After closing a gallery he ran on 56th Street in Manhattan from 1964 to 1966, where he showed contemporary art and Oriental rugs, Mr. Siegelaub, still in his 20s, presented the work of artists who would become some of the core members of what would be termed conceptual art, like Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner. He showed them in experimental curatorial formats that often eschewed gallery shows in favor of publications. In a busy period between 1968 and 1971, he organized 21 projects, according to MoMA, which holds a collection of his papers that it presented in an exhibition earlier this year. When Mr. Siegelaub donated his art-related archive to MoMA in 2011, the museum also acquired a number of works from his art collection, which included a number of important early conceptual works. Read More
The Frick Collection announced today that Sidney R. Knafel, the managing partner of New York’s SRK Management Company, an investment firm, has joined its board. Mr. Knafel is a collector of French faience, and previously sat on the Frick’s Decorative Arts Visiting Committee. He has also served on a number of philanthropic boards. Read More