Damien Hirst’s Medium is the Art Market

He might be Britain’s richest artist, but with each attempt to monetize his talent, Hirst’s originality as a conceptual sculptor becomes an ever more distant memory.

#art, #auctions, #claridges-london-england-hotel, #content-type-personal-profile, #gagosian-gallery, #heni, #hirst-damien, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sculpture, #sothebys, #white-cube-gallery, #young-british-artists

Hugh Hayden, Surrealist Sculptor, Addresses the Education Debate

His public art installation in New York’s Madison Square Park takes on the thorny issues roiling American classrooms.

#art, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #hayden-hugh-1983, #institute-of-contemporary-art-miami, #lisson-gallery-manhattan-ny, #madison-square-park-manhattan-ny, #sculpture

How John Powers Filled a Gap in His Hand With Big Ideas and Art

The sculptor lost several fingers on a table saw. His project to design new ones and regain his craft is the most important art work he’s done yet.

#amputation, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #beacon-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #hands, #postmasters, #powers-john, #prostheses, #putnam-county-ny, #sculpture

In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.

#africa, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #egypt, #mali, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria, #rockefeller-michael-c, #sculpture, #the-african-origin-of-civilization-exhibit

As the Mayor Promised Millions for New Monuments, Old Ones Crumbled

Without dedicated funding for conservation, many of New York City’s public memorials and artworks are decaying from neglect.

#art, #battery-park-city-authority, #bogart-michele-h, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #housing-authority-nyc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mccray-chirlane, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #puryear-martin, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

Rodin Bronze From Family Plot Is Heading to Auction

Experts criticize the decision to remove this grave site memorial and sell it privately. The family says it’s a way to provide safekeeping.

#auctions, #cemeteries, #merrill-elizabeth-musgrave-croswell-1853-1928, #rodin-auguste, #samuel-t-freemanco-freemans, #sculpture, #virginia

Kim Abeles Turns the Climate Crisis Into Eco-art

She doesn’t just make art about pollution, she makes art out of it. Now her “Smog Collectors” series is on view at California State University, Fullerton.

#air-pollution, #california-state-university-fullerton, #carter-jimmy, #culver-city-calif, #environment, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sculpture

Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

#art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #black-reconstruction-collective-art-collective, #books-and-literature, #capitoline-museums, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #culture-arts, #gardner-isabella-stewart-museum, #hauserwirth, #high-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-public-library, #photography, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #two-thousand-twenty-one

10 Works of Art That Evaded the Algorithm This Year

Contemplation, not clicks: Our critic looks back on marble sculptures in Rome, songs of “atmospheric anxiety” and the Frick Collection in a new light.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #barney-matthew, #cezanne-paul, #drive-my-car-movie, #hamaguchi-ryusuke, #libraries-and-librarians, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #museums, #sanders-pharoah, #sculpture, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #weather-station-music-group

The Wandering Creativity of Sophie Taeuber-Arp

The Swiss artist did it all — paintings and puppets, sculpture and tapestry — and was underestimated because of it. At MoMA she joins the major leagues.

#art, #museums, #puppets, #sculpture, #switzerland, #taeuber-arp-sophie-1889-1943, #textiles

A Collector Who Fills His Los Angeles Home With Carefully Sourced Clutter

Jonathan Pessin has stuffed his apartment with the fruits of his obsessive search for the “best, weirdest version” of seemingly everything.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #flea-markets, #furniture, #holiday-issue-2021, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lofts, #los-angeles-calif, #loughlin-robert, #pessin-jonathan, #sculpture

After 20 Years, Frank Stella Returns to Ground Zero

The installation of his sculpture marks a homecoming for the 85-year-old artist, whose diptych at the World Trade Center was destroyed on 9/11.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #johns-jasper, #new-york-city, #sculpture, #september-11-2001, #silverstein-larry-a, #stella-frank, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Jimmie Durham, Sculptor Who Explored Indigenous Themes, Dies at 81

He played with and challenged Native American stereotypes, then was criticized by Cherokee artists for tracing his ancestry to their tribe.

#cherokee-indians, #deaths-obituaries, #durham-jimmie-1940, #native-americans, #sculpture

The ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Is in Limbo

Its permit expires on Nov. 29, but the statue famous for staring down the New York Stock Exchange won’t get a city hearing on a more permanent home until December, at the earliest.

#advertising-and-marketing, #art, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #fearless-girl, #landmarks-preservation-commission, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #public-design-commission-nyc, #sculpture, #state-street-global-advisors, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visbal-kristen

Looking for a Stolen Idol? Visit the Museum of the Manhattan D.A.

Investigators have seized so many looted artifacts — more than 3,000 — that storing and caring for them until they can be returned is now a full-time job.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bogdanos-matthew, #kapoor-subhash-1949, #manhattan-nyc, #medici-giacomo, #salmon-richard, #sculpture, #smuggling, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Donors Withhold Gifts to Protest Changes at Hamptons Sculpture Garden

Some patrons of the LongHouse Reserve are upset that its veteran director was let go, but the board says it needed new leadership to expand the garden into a museum with a broader mission.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #barratt-carrie-rebora, #boards-of-directors, #east-hampton-ny, #larsen-jack-lenor, #longhouse-reserve, #museums, #philanthropy, #sculpture, #tomicic-matko

Bettina Grossman, an Artistic Fixture at the Chelsea Hotel, Dies at 94

Her apartment was so crowded with her artwork that she slept in the hallway. But she did not become widely known until near the end of her life.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #europe, #grossman-bettina, #hotel-chelsea-manhattan-ny, #photography, #sculpture

Salon Fair, Still Focused on Decor, Now Back at the Armory

On Park Avenue, booths display an intersection of design and art, from Japanese metalwork to an American artist who trained with Tiffany.

#art, #design, #furniture, #goldberg-bernard-fine-arts, #hostler-burrows-manhattan-ny-retailer, #lobel-modern, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #salon-art-design-exhibit, #sculpture

What to See in N.Y.C. Galleries Right Now

Don’t miss Reynaldo Rivera’s photos of 1970s drag bars, Genieve Figgis’s mordant gentry paintings, plus more exhibitions this weekend.

#52-walker-manhattan-ny-gallery, #almine-rech-gallery-manhattan-ny, #andrew-edlin-gallery-manhattan-ny, #art, #artists-space, #broadway-gallery-manhattan-ny, #cheimread-manhattan-ny-gallery, #deli-gallery-brooklyn-ny, #hanley-jack-gallery, #la-mama-galleria, #photography, #ppow-manhattan-ny, #sculpture, #shrine-manhattan-ny-gallery, #spaulings-reena-fine-art

With Splendor and Saints, Hispanic Society Shows Its Treasures

This gem of a museum in Upper Manhattan has reopened with an operatic eye-filler of religious sculptures we’re just learning to appreciate.

#art, #audubon-terrace-manhattan-ny, #gold, #grolier-club, #hispanic-society, #museums, #sculpture

In Washington, a Beloved Birthplace for Artistic Giants

At the Walla Walla Foundry, one of the largest contemporary fine-art foundries in the world, all sorts of artistic behemoths rise. Yet it’s little-known outside of the art world.

#art, #sculpture, #walla-walla-wash, #walla-walla-foundry

David Finn, Co-Founder of a Public Relations Power, Dies at 100

While running Ruder Finn, with big clients like Philip Morris, Exxon and Coca-Cola, Mr. Finn pursued a parallel career as a painter, photographer and sculptor.

#como-perry, #deaths-obituaries, #finn-david-1921-2021, #philip-morris-companies-inc, #public-relations-and-publicity, #ruder-finn-inc, #ruder-bill-1921-2011, #sculpture

A ‘Holy Grail’ of American Folk Art, Hiding in Plain Sight

A collector’s keen eye — and willingness to knock on a stranger’s door — led to the rediscovery of a sculpture by a renowned stone carver, William Edmondson.

#american-folk-art-museum, #art, #black-people, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #edmondson-william-1874-1951, #kaws-1974, #museums, #sculpture, #st-louis-mo

A Designer Who Finds Beauty in Decay

In a Warsaw warehouse, Marcin Rusak turns decomposing plant material into polished pieces that degrade over time.

#art, #design, #flowers-and-plants, #rusak-marcin, #sculpture, #the-greats-2021, #warsaw-poland

A Glittering Honor for a Master of Glass

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s sparkling sculptures have earned him one of France’s most prestigious awards and a huge new Paris exhibition.

#academie-des-beaux-arts, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #othoniel-jean-michel, #paris-france, #petit-palais-paris-france, #sculpture

‘Greater New York,’ a Show of the Moment, Dwells in the Radical Past

In the wake of an election, pandemic, protest movement, extreme climate and rising debt ceilings, MoMA PS1 comes back with a cautious display of art.

#agematsu-yuji, #art, #graves-milford-1941, #greater-new-york-exhibit, #maristany-hiram, #mayer-rosemary-1943-2014, #michelson-alan-1953, #moma-ps1, #museums, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #peavy-paulina-1901-99, #queens-nyc, #sculpture, #varo-remedios

An Artist Couple Who Live Among the Furniture They Create Together

Though they maintain separate practices, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson regularly collaborate on hand-hewn pieces that are subtly autobiographical.

#art, #chairs, #design, #handicrafts, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #jackson-johanna-artist, #johanson-chris, #sculpture, #t-presents-2021, #tables, #wood-and-wood-products

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis Statues Go Up in N.Y.

Sculptures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis are on display in a Manhattan park known as a site of protests. “These monuments have meaning,” Mr. Floyd’s brother said.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #carnabuci-chris, #floyd-george-d-2020, #floyd-terrence, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lewis-john-r, #manhattan-nyc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sculpture, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #union-square-manhattan-ny

Bringing a Deathly Michelangelo Sculpture Back to Life

The restoration of a statue the artist created for his own tomb shines light on the psychology of the aging Renaissance master.

#accademia-gallery, #art, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #florence-italy, #museo-dellopera-del-duomo, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #santa-maria-del-fiore-cathedral-florence-italy, #sculpture, #vasari-giorgio

On a 19th-Century Farm, an Otherworldly Creative Retreat

The French artist Agnès Debizet populates every nook of her rustic estate outside of Paris with her fantastical forms.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #content-type-personal-profile, #debizet-agnes, #france, #marais-paris-france, #saint-maurice-aux-riches-hommes-france, #sculpture, #t-design-and-luxury

Some Asked, ‘Does Chattanooga Need a Lynching Memorial?’

Yes, said Jerome Meadows, who designed the Ed Johnson Memorial to help bring the city’s history to light, with reconciliation and healing.

#black-people, #chattanooga-tenn, #content-type-personal-profile, #johnson-ed-d-1906, #lynching, #meadows-jerome-b, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #sculpture

Behind Jasper Johns’s New Exhibition ‘Mind/Mirror’

Two major museums teamed up for “Mind/Mirror,” only to realize they disagreed. Alike yet different, the two shows offer a revelatory look at America’s most famous living artist.

#art, #carlos-basualdo, #cezanne-paul, #content-type-personal-profile, #duchamp-marcel, #johns-jasper, #lauder-leonard-a, #manhattan-nyc, #museums, #philadelphia-pa, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #rauschenberg-robert, #rothkopf-scott, #sculpture, #sharon-conn, #south-carolina

At Future Fair, Discovering Emerging and Undersung Players

The new art fair wants to be a “change agent” with more collaboration, global locations and a hyperlocal New York scene.

#art, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #future-fair, #leibowitz-cary, #nguyen-tammy, #sculpture, #sokol-apolonia

Nick Cave Digs Deep, With a Symphony in Glass

For his new installation of mosaics in New York, the artist ventures below Times Square.

#art, #cave-nick-1959, #content-type-personal-profile, #mayer-michael, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #sculpture, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #transit-systems

Denmark Now Has Two Little Mermaids. The Famous One Is Suing.

The heirs of the artist behind the Copenhagen landmark want a similar statue torn down. And they want compensation, too.

#asaa-denmark, #copenhagen-denmark, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #denmark, #eriksen-edvard, #moerk-palle, #sculpture, #wills-and-estates

Overlooked No More: Hettie Anderson, Sculptors’ Model Who Evaded Fame

Her image has been rendered on gold coins and monuments around the United States. But little is known about this Gilded Age model.

#anderson-hettie-1873-1938, #art, #biographical-information, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #french-daniel-chester, #manhattan-nyc, #models-professional, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #saint-gaudens-augustus, #sculpture

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Not at Opus 40.

The scenic vistas of this landscape art and the legacy of its creator, Harvey Fite, are being challenged by a persistent feud and a big fence.

#fences-and-property-barriers, #harvey-fite, #nonprofit-organizations, #opus-40-exhibit, #quarries, #rock-and-stone, #saugerties-ny, #sculpture, #suits-and-litigation-civil

George Rhoads, Designer of Fantastical ‘Ball Machines,’ Dies at 95

In his ingeniously conceived sculptures, balls seem to travel randomly and trigger various sounds. “Each pathway that the ball takes,” he said, “is a different drama.”

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #rhoads-george, #sculpture

What to Know About the Vote Tally Fiasco

A revised unofficial count of ranked-choice voting results suggested a tight race among the top three Democratic candidates for mayor.

#absentee-voting, #adams-eric-l, #board-of-elections-nyc, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #high-line-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #sculpture, #wiley-maya

Lamps and Sculptures That Evoke New York City Skyscrapers

The designer Umberto Bellardi Ricci’s metal lighting and cement objects feel of a kind with the buildings outside his window.

#bellardi-ricci-umberto, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #lighting, #new-york-city, #sculpture

Artists on Artists to Watch, and Maybe Even Collect

We asked 16 established names to suggest a fellow talent they feel should be better known.

#adnan-etel, #art, #calo-giorgio-andreotta, #collarts, #hassinger-maren, #khan-baseera, #photography, #red-star-wendy, #sculpture, #shibuya-sho

Art Blooms Alongside Nature in Riverside Park

In an exhibition that sprawls across nearly 100 blocks of park, 24 contemporary artists address literal, metaphoric and poetic ideas of regrowth.

#art, #bravin-karin, #coronavirus-reopenings, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #regrowth-a-celebration-of-art-riverside-park-and-the-new-york-spirit-exhibit, #riverside-park-manhattan-ny, #riverside-park-conservancy, #sculpture

When Reviving a Forgotten Sculptor’s Reputation Is a Family Affair

Some 30 years after his death, Costantino Nivola’s relatives team up with Magazzino Italian Art to restore the midcentury artist’s legacy.

#art, #cold-spring-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #magazzino-cold-spring-ny-gallery, #nivola-costantino, #sculpture

Send in the Bugs. The Michelangelos Need Cleaning.

Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles.

#art, #bacteria, #buonarroti-michelangelo, #florence-italy, #leo-x-1475-1521, #medici-chapel, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture, #tombs-and-tombstones

Nina Katchadourian’s Eccentric Existentialism

In her first show at Pace, an artist driven by curiosity and a penchant for the absurd tries to understand the world. The results are touching and sometimes hilarious.

#armenians, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #katchadourian-nina-1968, #pace-gallery, #sculpture, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

At His Moment of Triumph, Arthur Jafa Is Looking for Trouble

With a survey in Europe and stark new sculptures in New York, he is bringing to the fore darker, more personal themes. “I’m an undertaker,” he said. “I don’t do the uplift thing.”

#art, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #gladstone-64-manhattan-ny-gallery, #jafa-arthur-1960, #los-angeles-calif, #louisiana-museum, #manhattan-nyc, #museums, #new-museum-of-contemporary-art, #race-and-ethnicity, #sculpture, #venice-biennale

The Vessel at Hudson Yards Will Reopen With Changes

Visitors to the structure, located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards complex, will no longer be able to enter alone, but its protective barriers will not be raised.

#accidents-and-safety, #hudson-yards-manhattan-ny, #sculpture, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #vessel-the-manhattan-ny

Richard Nonas, Who Explored Art and the Space It Inhabits, Dies at 85

A part of the early-1970s art scene in SoHo and TriBeCa, he created Post-Minimalist sculptures out of steel, stone and wood.

#112-greene-street-manhattan-ny-gallery, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #moma-ps1, #museums, #nonas-richard, #sculpture

The Art-Filled Studios Gertrude Whitney Left Behind

The sculptor, who founded the Whitney Museum, created her own art in studios on Long Island and in Greenwich Village. The future of both is uncertain.

#art, #chanler-robert-winthrop, #content-type-personal-profile, #cushing-howard-gardiner, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #long-island-ny, #old-westbury-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #sculpture, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #whitney-gertrude-vanderbilt

How Plywood From Last Year’s Protests Became Art

During the George Floyd marches last year, businesses boarded up. This year, hundreds of those boards will be displayed in exhibitions in Minneapolis, New York and Chicago.

#art, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #minneapolis-minn, #murals, #museums, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sculpture, #volunteers-and-community-service