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Maria Lassnig Prize 2021 awarded to Atta Kwami
October 29, 2020
The Maria Lassnig Foundation and the Serpentine Galleries announced today, 29 October, that the 2021 Prize has been awarded to UK-based Ghanaian artist Atta Kwami, known for his paintings, murals and kiosk-sculptures that are conceived as expanded three-dimensional paintings, incorporating his signature use of colour and abstract painting style. The artist will receive a major grant and a project with Serpentine Galleries, the institutional partner for the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize.
Awarded biennially to a mid-career artist in association with an international institutional partner, Atta Kwami is the third artist to be granted the Maria Lassnig Prize, following Cathy Wilkes, in partnership with MoMA PS1, New York (2017), and Sheela Gowda, in partnership with Lenbachhaus, Munich (2019).
Atta Kwami’s project with Serpentine – a comprehensive monograph publication and a public art commission – will be launched in 2022.
Daniel Crews-Chubb joins Timothy Taylor
October 28, 2020
Crews-Chubb (b. 1984, Northampton, England) is known for his vibrant collage-based works, which deconstruct symbols, archetypes and motifs taken from over a millennium of Western and Eastern painting, craft and sculpture.
Visually echoing the labyrinthine accretions of art history, Crews-Chubb hand-paints layered surfaces composed of canvas and fabric, encrusted with heavy impasto, charcoal drawing and graffiti. His work frequently challenges the traditional vocabulary of classical painting, as in his solo presentation Flowers with the gallery at Frieze Online in May, which featured savagely torn paintings of flowers inspired by van Gogh's Sunflowers series.
Modern Art announces representation of Justin Caguiat
October 27, 2020
Caguiat’s idiosyncratic style is informed by varied fields including science fiction literature, the baroque-folk hybrid aesthetic of early Filipino Catholic Santos, 60s psychedelia, les Nabis, Ukiyo-E, urban graphic art and the historical legacy of Manga. In scale and format his paintings can be read like murals and landscapes, and while not narrative, have a reverential or devotional purpose akin to a fresco. Born in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, Caguiat now lives and works in New York City.
Gagosian presents Rachel Whiteread as part of Artist Spotlight series
October 23, 2020
Available now for 48 hours only, Rachel Whiteread’s new work Untitled (Pinboard) is cast from a studio bulletin board that holds images, notes, sketches, and other information. Whiteread has likened this type of visual arrangement to “looking out of a window.” In sculptures such as this, her use of casting subverts the technique’s usual role as a replicative process; the works differ from their originals and bear the haptic traces of human intervention, evoking narratives and memories belonging to the source objects.
Thomas Dane Gallery, Kate MacGarry, Lisson Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ launch The Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC)
The Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC) is a non-profit organisation founded by a group of gallerists and professionals working in the arts as an attempt to develop a meaningful and industry-specific response to the growing climate crisis. The GCC is actively recruiting galleries, art workers and artists to join the coalition and work towards its core goal of collectively reducing carbon emissions by 50% over the next ten years (in line with the Paris Agreement), as well as promoting near zero-waste practices.
Alison Jacques Gallery announces representation of Nicola L. (1932 – 2018)
October 22, 2020
As the only gallery working with Nicola L., the partnership between Alison Jacques and the Nicola L. Collection and Archive provides an invaluable opportunity to further enhance the profile of the L.’s pioneering work and foreground underexposed aspects of the artist’s prolific practice. Born in 1932 in Mazagan, Morocco, L. relocated to Paris in 1954 to study abstract painting at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. By the time she rose to prominence in the mid-1960s, she had developed an ambitious interdisciplinary practice that spanned performance, film and collage, as well as the better-known interactive sculptures. But in spite of her technical dexterity, Nicola L. maintained an unwavering commitment to the global feminist movement and the political potential of the collective. The first project will be an exhibition of Nicola L.’s work from the 1960s and 1970s including many previously unseen series, scheduled to open in 2021.
Lévy Gorvy opens a new space in Paris
October 20, 2020
Located in the heart of the Marais district, at 4 Passage Sainte-Avoye in the 3rd arrondissement, Lévy Gorvy Paris will open on 22 October with Günther Uecker: Lichtbogen, the artist's first solo exhibition in Paris since 1968. Lichtbogen constitutes a dramatic development in the master’s seven-decade practice with a monumental new body of works, the first of their kind.
South London Gallery named as a winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020
October 13, 2020
In a unique edition of the prize and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges that all museums face this year, five winning museums have been named. They will equally share the £200,000 award, a 40% rise over previous years, receiving £40,000 each.
The winning museums are: Aberdeen Art Gallery (Aberdeen, Scotland); Gairloch Museum (Gairloch, Scotland); Science Museum (London, England); South London Gallery (London, England); and Towner Eastbourne (Eastbourne, England).
Artist Frank Bowling joins Hauser & Wirth and is awarded Knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours
During his six-decades long career, Bowling’s relentless pursuit of excellence in painting underpins a lifetime of service to British art. At age 86, he still is an active painter with an irrepressible work ethic, working in his South London studio almost every day. Now represented by Hauser & Wirth, his first solo exhibition with the gallery is set to open in London in May 2021.
The Birthday Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
Cristea Roberts Gallery announces representation of Paula Rego’s prints
October 1, 2020
Over the past sixty years Dame Paula Rego RA (b. 1935) has established herself as one of the most important figurative artists of her generation. Rego explores themes of power, rebellion, sexuality and gender, grief and poverty, often through female paragons. Her work ranges from painting, pastel, and prints to sculptural installations. Cristea Roberts Gallery will include the artist’s important body of prints in a solo exhibition in Autumn 2021 as well as its ongoing programme of art fairs and catalogue publications, bringing this vital element of her practice to a wider international audience.
Pitzhanger launches Artists for Pitzhanger, a sale of limited edition artworks
Featuring works by Emily Allchurch, Anish Kapoor, Karen Knorr, Miyu Kurihara, John Riddy and Othello De’Souza-Hartley, the initiative will raise vital funds to help Pitzhanger’s recovery at this time of need, supporting its recent reopening, and future learning and outreach programmes.
ICP Museum in New York reopens on 1 October
September 22, 2020
The International Center of Photography (ICP) Museum at Essex Crossing will reopen by timed entry on Thursday 1 October with four exhibitions that address this tumultuous time, marked by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and political crises, and the rise of antiracist and antiauthoritarian movements around the world: #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, COVID New York: Five ICP Alumni, George Georgiou: Americans Parade, and Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good.
Lisson Gallery to open on Cork Street, Mayfair for six months
September 21, 2020
Launching during Frieze Week 2020, the new space at 22 Cork Street will be at the heart of London's Frieze activity, alongside the fair's planned off-site projects, performances and events. Supplementing the gallery's historic locations on Bell and Lisson Streets, Lisson's new Mayfair outpost will present a variety of solo and group exhibitions, opening with Horizon on 6 October with work by artists including Ai Weiwei, John Akomfrah, Allora & Calzadilla, Mary Corse, Ryan Gander, Hugh Hayden, Anish Kapoor, Lee Ufan and Stanley Whitney.
Fergus McCaffrey announces the death of luminary Mono-ha artist Noriyuki Haraguchi (1946–2020)
September 17, 2020
The Japanese artist rose to prominence in the late 1960s through the development of painting and sculpture that engaged with cultural and environmental issues through a post-minimalist vocabulary. Born in 1946, the artist spent most of his life in the town of Yokosuka, Japan, the home port of the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. Located south of the massively industrialized city of Kawasaki, the environment indelibly shaped Haraguchi’s aesthetic and instinct for pure construction. A special tribute to the artist is now available on the gallery's new digital platform.
Gagosian launches new season of Artist Spotlight with Ed Ruscha
Working in diverse media with humor and wit, Ed Ruscha oscillates between sign and substance, locating the sublime in landscapes both natural and artificial. the artist’s formal experimentations and clever use of the American vernacular have evolved in form and meaning as technology alters the essence of human communication. Artist Spotlight: Ed Ruscha features five recent works on paper by the artist. The works will be unveiled on Friday, September 18, at 6am EDT, and a surprise offering by the artist will be revealed on Sunday, September 20.
FIAC announces the cancellation of its 2020 edition
September 15, 2020
Initially scheduled to take place at the Grand Palais from 22 to 25 October, the fair announced the decision on Monday, following discussions between the organizers and exhibitors, collectors, visitors and partners over the past weeks. The 47th edition of FIAC will now take place from 21 to 24 October at the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac announces European representation of Sean Scully
September 11, 2020
Born in Dublin in 1945, Sean Scully is widely admired as one of the most significant painters working today, whose works have been exhibited and housed in the most prestigious institutions worldwide. Over the course of his 50-year career he has created an influential body of work that has marked the development of contemporary abstraction. Fusing the traditions of European painting with the distinct character of American Abstraction, his work combines painterly drama with great visual delicacy. The first exhibition of his new work is due to take place in the Paris Marais gallery in the spring of 2021. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will represent the artist in Europe, alongside Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Kewenig Galerie, Berlin.
Hauser & Wirth launches ‘Artists for New York’, a major initiative to raise funds for key visual arts organizations in New York City
Beginning 1 October 2020, works by more than 100 artists will be sold online to benefit 16 non-profit institutions and charitable partners that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dia Art Foundation, The Drawing Center, El Museo del Barrio, High Line Art, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Public Art Fund, Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Swiss Institute, and White Columns.
Almine Rech announces representation of contemporary Newark-based artist Genesis Tramaine
September 8, 2020
Through a mixture of acrylic and oil-based paintings, Genesis Tramaine (b. 1983) creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, race, and social structures. The blueprint of Tramaine’s style is rooted in a strong mix of 1980s New York graffiti and imagined images of gospel hymns sung on Sunday morning during church. In addition to representing Tramaine in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Asia, Almine Rech will also be working with the artist in the United States in partnership with Richard Beavers Gallery (Brooklyn), who has represented Tramaine since 2018.
Pitzhanger re-opens on 10 September with the postponed Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives exhibition
As part of the reopening, visitors will be able to see William Hogarth’s celebrated series of paintings A Rake’s Progress on display at Pitzhanger for the first time in 200 years, on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum. Hogarth’s paintings are the centrepiece of Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives, an exhibition that reflects voices and issues of living in London today and features contemporary photography, film and sound. Click here for more details, including booking information.