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‘Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video’ at the Guggenheim

'Untitled (Woman and daughter with makeup)' (1990) by Weems. (© Carrie Mae Weems/The Art Institute of Chicago, courtesy the Guggenheim)

Last week, in a feat of inept timing, a magazine published, on Martin Luther King Day, a photograph of the pert Russian art collector Dasha Zhukova posed on a Bjarne Melgaard chair crafted to resemble a voluptuous and supine black woman.

It so happens that later in the week the Guggenheim opened a retrospective of the work of Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibition, curated by Kathryn Delmez, surveys the MacArthur Grant-winning artist’s 30-year career, over which she has contributed considerable thought to the place of the black, female body in American life and art. Read More


Peter Lewis, Guggenheim’s Biggest Donor, Dies at 80


Peter B. Lewis, the philanthropic former chairman and chief executive of Progressive Corporation, died yesterday at home in Coconut Grove, Fla. Lewis was known for his gifts to places like Princeton University and Democratic campaigns, along with ones to legalize marijuana. The art world, however, will probably best remember his contentious relationship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  Read More


Retrospective: At the Guggenheim’s Memorial for Director Thomas M. Messer

Messer in 1985. (Photo by David M. Heald, courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

On Monday evening, a smart but solemn art set, which included Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and his art historian wife, Milly, as well as longtime Art News magazine publisher Milton Esterow, gathered at the Guggenheim to honor the memory of perhaps the museum’s most esteemed director, Thomas M. Messer, who passed away in May. He served at the museum from 1961, two years after it moved to its Frankl Lloyd Wright-designed home, until 1988, and oversaw numerous landmark shows, including an important 1979 show of German artist Joseph Beuys’s work. Read More

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Todd Boehly and Alexander Nemerov Join Guggenheim Foundation Board

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which operates the museums of that name around the world, announced today that it would add two new members to its board. Todd Boehly, president of Guggenheim Partners LLC (which recently purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers), and Alexander Nemerov, a professor of art history at Stanford University, join the board following a vote on May 21. Read More


A Penetrating Discussion: Jeff Koons Talks Picasso at the Guggenheim

Koons. (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

Last Friday evening in the Guggenheim’s basement auditorium, Jeff Koons, in his trademark smooth, soothing tone, told a sold-out crowd about something he often does before he goes to sleep. “At night, what I like to do, as an individual, when my wife is getting ready to go to bed and my children are already in bed, I go online,” he said excitedly, “and I just look at Picasso’s work.”

Mr. Koons said that Marcel Duchamp has long been a huge influence on him, but that he has become more impressed with Picasso over the past two decades. In fact, he’s started collecting the artist’s work, and has loaned one of his paintings to the exhibition on view in the Guggenheim’s galleries upstairs, “Picasso Black and White.” A 1969 scene of a bald man aggressively kissing a woman, it hangs near the top of the rotunda. Read More


Next Year, the Guggenheim Will Become a Giant James Turrell Sculpture

James Turrell 
Rendering of installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012 
Artificial and natural light 
Courtesy the artist

In June the Guggenheim Museum will present James Turrell’s first solo museum exhibition in New York since 1980, an ambitious project that will close the museum’s ramps and use its architecture to create a mass of shifting color similar to his Skyscapes. The show will also feature studies and drawings for his magnum opus, Roden Crater (1976–). The show is part of a tripartite retrospective that will occur simultaneously at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Read More

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s Suzanne Cotter to Direct Portugal’s Serralves Museum

Cotter. (Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation)

Suzanne Cotter, the curator of the Guggenheim’s Abu Dhabi project, has been selected to lead the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, in Porto, Portugal, Art in America reports. She’ll be taking the place of João Fernandes, who is stepping down after almost a decade as director to become deputy director of Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía. Ms. Cotter had served in her Guggenheim role since 2010. Read More


From Brush and Palette to Printer and Cartridge: ‘Picasso Black and White’ at the Guggenheim, ‘Wade Guyton OS’ at the Whitney

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Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman (Dora), 1941 (cast 1958)

IN ADDITION to being the most celebrated artist of the 20th century, Picasso is also the most difficult to pin down. So it is not surprising that an austere exhibition of his paintings, sculptures and drawings, ostensibly all in black and white, actually yields smudges of color: jade, olive, lemon-meringue yellow, midnight blue. Less surprising is the fact that the pieces on view—some 118 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including 38 being shown for the first time in the United States and five displayed for the first time in public—are full of his signature muscular shapes. The show’s curator, Carmen Giménez, brought Richard Serra to the Guggenheim Bilbao in 1999, and her taste for the sculptural is evident in this exhibition. Read More