Author Archives: M.H. Miller


Cops Called on Melgaard’s Munch Museum Show

Bjarne Melgaard’s show at the Munch Museum in Oslo has resulted in wide ranging coverage in the Norwegian press–some of it positive, a lot more of it sensational, going so far as to accuse the artist and the exhibition’s organizers … Read More

Bjork, still from "Black Lake," commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, 2015.COURTESY OF WELLHART AND ONE LITTLE INDIAN

State of Emergency: Biesenbach’s Björk Show Turns MoMA Into Planet Hollywood

One gloomy morning this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, I was standing in a snaking, claustrophobic line–the first of many–for the press preview of a retrospective of the Icelandic singer Björk, when a woman with … Read More

Market News

Here Is the Exhibitor List for Art Basel 2015

Art Basel announced today the full line-up for its 46th edition, which runs June 18–21 in Basel, Switzerland. There are 283 galleries from 33 countries, spread out over four sections–the main fair, Edition (for prints and multiples), Feature, wherein galleries … Read More


Chelsea Restaurant Moran’s, Longtime Staple for Gallery Dinners, Has Closed

Moran’s, a Chelsea restaurant on Tenth Avenue where auction house specialists, Upper East Side gallery directors, and Lower East Side art dealers have all joined together at some point to eat french fries at the bar and snort cocaine in … Read More

Koons Watch 2015
Rendering of Jeff Koons's future in front of the Sacremento Kings' arena.COURTESY SACRAMENTO KINGS

Sacramento Commissions $8 M. Jeff Koons Sculpture

In 1934, as America was suffering from the worst economic depression in the country’s history, an unimaginably destructive drought overtook the prairie states, centered particularly in Oklahoma, the Sooner State, whose motto is labor omnia vincit–work conquers all things. All … Read More

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The Getty’s Associate Director for Collections Is Retiring

Thomas Kren, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s associate director for collections, is retiring after 35 years with the museum, the Getty announced today. He joined the Getty in 1980, first as an associate curator of paintings, then senior curator of … Read More

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Rudi Fuchs Will Curate ArtZuid 2015

Rudi Fuchs will curate the fourth edition of ArtZuid, an open air sculpture biennial in Amsterdam. The selected artists–which include Ai Weiwei, Georg Baselitz, James Lee Byars, Tony Cragg, and KAWS–will each have their own podium to display ensembles of … Read More

Bjarne Melgaard, Untitled, 2010.

The War at Home: Norwegian Critics Rain Fire on Prodigal Son Bjarne Melgaard for Munch Show

Bjarne Melgaard’s current show at the Munch Museum in Oslo, “The End of It Has Already Happened,” which pairs the work of Norway’s most celebrated contemporary artist with one of its national icons, has turned into “a huge national scandal … Read More


James Turrell Allowing Limited Visitors to Roden Crater for $6,500 a Person

On May 14, 15, 16, and 17 this year, the Roden Crater, artist James Turrell’s unfinished but still legendary piece of land art in the Arizona desert, will be open to a select group of people for a fundraising event–meant … Read More


L.A.’s Mistake Room Will Honor Isaac Julien at First Biennial Fundraiser

Los Angeles nonprofit the Mistake Room will hold its first biennial fundraising event on March 28, which will “celebrate a philanthropist and an artist whose unique contributions have had a profound and lasting impact on the world at large,” according … Read More

Ahmed Mater's "Cowboy Code (Hadith)" (2012)COURTESY THE ARMORY SHOW

Here Is the Lineup of Special Projects for the 2015 Armory Show

The Armory Show at Piers 94 and 92 in New York has announced the full line-up of special projects for its 2015 edition, which are part of the fair’s Focus section, centering this year around the Middle East. Projects at … Read More


Christie’s Will Auction ‘American Pie’ Manuscript

Christie’s New York will auction Don McLean’s original manuscript of “American Pie” in April, sold by McLean himself and estimated at $1–$1.5 million. I’d hate to meet the person who likes “American Pie” enough to blow seven figures on it, … Read More


Performa Starts Curatorial Fellowship Program With Mellon Grant

New York-based nonprofit Performa has started a curatorial fellowship program with a $460,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships will go to four post-doctoral scholars specializing in performance, with the aim of providing intensive training–over a two year … Read More

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Anne Hawley, Director of Boston’s Gardner Museum, Will Step Down

Anne Hawley is stepping down as director of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Hawley has been at the helm of the museum for 25 years, and she will leave at the end of the year. More from The New York … Read More