Have a minute? Get caught up on the art news people are taking about. Keep reading to discover news revealing the art world at large including Trump trounced in art, ownership settled over a van Gogh painting valued at $200 million held by Yale, artist awards and more.
Turner Prize winner Martin Creed will have his first U.S. retrospective at the Park Avenue Armory in June. "The Back Door" will fill the entire first floor of the Park Avenue Armory and will be the Martin Creed's largest U.S. installation to date. Held from June 8 to August 7, 2016, the show will present sculpture, paintings, installations, performances, film and video works made over the artist's 20-year career and reveal his ongoing exploration into rhythm and scale. Expect doors that open and close, a slamming piano and the balloons that make his installations a fun one for all ages.
During opening week, Creed himself is expected to perform with his band in the drill hall and as a solo artist in the officers room, reported Art Forum. Tickets are $15 or free for Armory members. Tickets go on sale on May 9, 2016 or May 2, 2016 for Armory members. Click here for details.
Meanwhile, across town in Brooklyn, Creed will continue to break records for size when he unveils his largest public sculpture to date at Brooklyn's Pier Six. Work No. 2630, UNDERSTANDING is a 25-foot high rotating red neon sign that will be visible from Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge, according to the Public Art Fund who commissioned the work. The exhibition, "UNDERSTANDING" will be on view from May 4 to October 23, 2016.
The J. Paul Getty Medal will be bestowed upon artist Ellsworth Kelly and cellist Yo-Yo Ma announced the J. Paul Getty Trust on March 23, 2016. The award will be presented on October 17, 2016 at a celebratory dinner. The award honors people who have made extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding and support of the arts. Yo-Yo Ma is being honored for his contributions to the "...conservation and understanding of the world's many and diverse cultures and Ellsworth Kelly for his mastery in paintings and sculptures of the highest quality and originality," said Maria Hummer-Tuttle, board of trustees chair, in the announcement.
Modern Painters has named Scott Indirsek and Rachel Corbett as new Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor. Iniresk is formerly the senior editor at Anthem magazine and takes his new post in May 2016. Corbet formerly worked at Art Newspaper. Novelist Chris Kraus joins Modern Painters as a contributing editor.
Donald Trump is drawing the ire (and the muse) of artists around the globe. In Hong Kong, British artist James Ostrer created a portrait using raw pig and sheep parts collaged with a photograph of a model wearing a blonde wig and a suit, reported Reuters. The face was constructed from a real pig snout and sheep eye balls. Clothing was created by weaving a chomped upon croissant, raw fish, rubble cloaked in gold leaf and crude oil splashes, according to Reuters. The work was created as part of the series the "Ecosystem" for a Hong Kong art show. "I wanted to create a visual icon of the megalomania that has got to the point where his need for attention is overriding any kind of relationship or care for anyone else in the world," artist James Ostrer told Reuters.
Other celebrities receiving an Ostrer treatment include portraits of U.S. golfer Tiger Woods, singer Miley Cyrus and realty star Kim Kardashian. Subjects selected were based on the number of Google searches registering at the time of the exhibition using Google Trends data, according to Reuters. The analytics used to gauge the most popular search terms determined the portrait subjects and not personal feelings, explained the artist, and are representative of aspects of contemporary society right now.
In New York City's Central Park, "an installation" popped up in the form of a Donald Trump's tombstone on March 27, 2016 in Central Park. The piece was quickly removed, according to New York magazine. No word on identity of the persons originating and placing the work. The tombstone included Trump's date of birth but no date of death (probably since he's still alive!). Etched as legend was "“Made America Hate Again,” according to New York magazine.
The ownership of a Yale University painting by Vincent van Gogh, valued at $200 million, was settled when the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal on March 28, 2016 filed by Pierre Konowaloff to contest the art work's ownership, reported the New Haven Register. Konowaloff claimed van Gogh's painting, Le café de nuit (The Night Café), was stolen from his family during the Russian Revolution and was subsequently purchased by a New York art dealer who bequeathed it to Yale when he died in 1960, according to the New Haven Register. Yale has had the painting since 1961. It hangs in the Yale Art Gallery at 1111 Chapel St. in New Haven, C.T., according to the New Haven Register.
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