Current Visual Arts News


September 9, 2018

Backed by Damien Hirst and Other Illustrious Alumni, Goldsmiths Opens Its New Contemporary Art Center

artnet News

The public gallery designed by Turner Prize-winners Assemble launches with a topical exhibition from Mika Rottenberg.


Elaine de Kooning’s Old House Is Art’s New Home


In East Hampton, the modern artist’s former residence is emerging as an unexpected cultural hub.



September 8, 2018

Arius Technology Collaborates with British Museum Powerhouse, Tate, for 3D Scanning and Reproduction of Art

Markets Insider

An art-technology first for the British institution, Arius has worked closely with Tate conservators and historians to capture 3D scans of several masterpieces, some of which are not currently on display. …


A Good Year for Younger Artists, Immigrant Citizens and Outrage

New York Times

In 2018, the United States stands with dukes up against much of the world. And a scan of the upcoming art season suggests that museums are tightening borders too. Where are the big shows of art from the Global South: Africa, Asia, South America? The United States and Europe dominate the turf. …


New film follows the steps of Andrew Wyeth


A new documentary about the artist Andrew Wyeth will premiere on PBS' ... During the midcentury heyday of abstract expressionism and pop art, Andrew Wyeth’s somber and gritty images of wooden barns and grassy fields seemed like a different planet, ...


Irving Petlin, Artist Who Recorded Injustice, Dies at 83

New York Times

Irving Petlin, whose idiosyncratic paintings and pastels reflected a moral commitment to document inhumanity — during the Vietnam War, in the Middle East and on the streets of Paris and Los Angeles, among other examples — died on Sept. 1 at his home on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. He was 83. … Irving Burnell Petlin was born in Chicago ... attend(ed) children's classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


How Tony Shafrazi Went from Vandalizing “Guernica” to Inventing a Market for Graffiti Art


On February 28, 1974, Tony Shafrazi entered the Museum of Modern Art in New York, went to the third floor, took out a can of red spray paint, and defaced Pablo Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece Guernica (1937) after months of planning. Over the famous canvas, Shafrazi wrote the words “KILL ALL LIES,” …



September 7, 2018

Gallerist Mary Boone Pleads Guilty for Filing False Federal Tax Forms, Over $3M in Unpaid Taxes


Art world giant Mary Boone, a dealer who first launched onto the art scene in the 1980s, has pleaded guilty to filing false federal tax forms today, September 5. Boone faces up to six years in prison. …



September 5, 2018

Brazil’s Largest Queer Art Exhibition Reopens After Being Censored Last Year


RIO DE JANEIRO — Nearly one year after far-right groups caused Brazil’s largest queer art exhibition, Queermuseu (Queermuseum), to shut down, it has reopened to much fanfare in Rio de Janeiro. Queermuseum: Cartographies of Difference in Brazilian Art boasts a total of 214 artworks, including pieces by renowned artists like Cândido Portinari, Lygia Clark, and Fernando Baril. …


40 Years After His Death, Gordon Matta-Clark Takes on New Relevance


Border walls were anathema to Matta-Clark, an artist best known for making monumental cuts, holes, apertures, and excisions into the walls of derelict buildings in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and abroad. Indeed, in 1976 he proposed making an art hole in the Berlin Wall. In light of Trump’s Mexican border-wall proposal, Matta-Clark’s artistic holes have a gleam of renewed symbolism and allegory about them.  …


The Water Lilies: American Abstract Painting and the Last* Monet

Brooklyn Rail

At different points in history, contemporary artists have led revived appreciations for earlier painters or styles. … The new relevance of later work of Impressionist Claude Monet for mid-twentieth century Abstract Expressionist painters offers both a case in point and a special corollary to this phenomenon. …


Educated in Chicago, painter Elizabeth Murray created a genre of her own

Chicago Sun-Times

Of the many elements that attracted Robert Storr to the ebullient, cartoony paintings of Elizabeth Murray, none was more important than their sheer dynamism. “In every little bit of her painting, there is energy,” said the esteemed artist, critic and curator who organized a retrospective devoted to her at New York’s Museum of Modern art in 2005-06. …





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