Friday, October 8
Lehmann Maupin Now Represents Chantal Joffe in Asia
Lehmann Maupin, which has spaces in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London, now represents London-based artist Chantal Joffe in Asia. The English painter’s figurative works often depict women or girls in a characteristic fluid style. Her creamy brushstrokes are deceptively casual yet her works, often large-scale, have an intense impact. In 2020, the gallery exhibited Joffe at a solo exhibition at its Seoul space. The gallery will show Joffe’s work in its booth at the KIAF Seoul art fair later this month and at the gallery’s forthcoming pop-up in Beijing later this year.
FOG Design + Art Names 2022 Exhibitors
Forty-five galleries will exhibit at the eight edition of the FOG Design + Art fair, which will take place January 20-23, 2022 at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco. Exhibitors include David Gill Gallery (London), David Zwirner (Hong Kong, London, New York, and Paris), Hauser & Wirth (Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere), kurimanzutto (Mexico City and New York), Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris), and R & Company (New York). FOG will also be featuring Bay Area–based galleries. “We are thrilled to come back to Fort Mason after a year’s pause due to the pandemic,” said steering committee member Sarah Wendell Sherrill in a press release. “FOG is a vital part of the San Francisco cultural landscape which is coming back stronger than ever.”
Thursday, October 7
Untitled Art Launches New Section for Upcoming Miami Beach Fair
For its upcoming 10th edition of its Miami Beach fair, which runs November 29–December 4 and will feature over 140 galleries, Untitled Art will debut a new section of the fair titled “Nest” that will give emerging galleries an opportunity to participate in the high-profile fair for a minimal cost of $5,000. For Nest, Untitled has lined up 23 participants, including Bogotá’s Casa Hoffmann, Miami’s Dimensions Variable, Richmond’s Eden Airlines, Guadalajara90210, and Monica King Projects of New Milford, Connecticut. (The full exhibitor list for the main section and Nest can be found here.) In a statement, Untitled artistic director Omar López-Chahoud said “The challenges of the past year presented an opportunity for us to work with a new group of individuals, many of whom are first-time participants at an art fair. With ‘Nest,’ we wanted to react to the lack of opportunity for smaller galleries, collectives, and non-profits in a landscape dominated by corporation-backed mega fairs.”
NADA Names Exhibitors for Miami Fair
The New Art Dealers Alliance named the 139 exhibitors that will participate in the 2021 edition of the NADA Miami art fair, which runs from December 1–4 at Ice Palace Studios. Among the galleries and art spaces that will offer their wares are New York’s Calderón Ruiz, Dubai’s Carbon 12, Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center, San Juan’s Embajada, Vienna’s Exile, Minneapolis’s Hair+Nails, Los Angeles’s Ochi Projects, and Chicago’s Western Exhibitions. (The full exhibitor list can be found here.) In a statement, NADA executive director Heather Hubbs said, “The last year and a half has allowed us to reevaluate the needs of our community and experiment with new formats and initiatives, which has greatly expanded our base of artists and supporters.”
Baer Faxt Launches Database of Auction Buyers and Bidders
Following investments from Museum of Modern Art board member Glenn Fuhrman and boutique New York financial firm LionTree last year, the art industry newsletter the Baer Faxt has announced it will launch a database dedicated to information on auction clients. The Baer Faxt Auction Database takes advantage of the company’s archive of auction buyers and bidders who have taken part in evening and day sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Phillips dating back more than two decades. The new search engine comprises an index of identifying information about sale participants, including collectors and art advisers, who vied for 10,000 auction lots sold between 1996 to present. The information was collected on-site by the newsletter’s founder, Josh Baer. “It’s not enough for you in the business to know what a work of art sold for at auction,” said Baer in a statement. “What’s more important is who bought it—or, perhaps even more valuably if you’re the one looking to sell.”
Collector Amalia Amoedo Launches New Artist Residency
Argentine collector Amalia Amoedo has created a new artist residency program in José Ignacio, Uruguay. The Fundación Ama Amoedo Residencia Artística (FAARA) will open in November 2021 and offer artists of Latin American background living and studio space, a program of activities tailored to each artist, additional grant opportunities, and an opportunity to showcase work at an annual group exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to take place in Miami during Miami Art Week. The FAARA residents for this cycle have already been announced: Liliana Angulo Cortés, Andres Bedoya, Adriana Bustos, Noé Martínez, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, and Marcela Sinclair. The inaugural selection committee included Inti Guerrero, artistic director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines; Aimé Iglesias Lukin, director and chief curator of Visual Arts at Americas Society in New York; and Magalí Arriola, director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Amoedo said in a statement that the program is meant to help artists “step away from their studios and daily routines to a place where they have time and space to think and to create without distraction.”
Christie’s to Auction $30 M. Picasso After 60 Years in Private Hands
A painting by Pablo Picasso that has spent more than 60 years in private hands and has never been sold at auction will be among the highlights to be offered at Christie’s New York as part of its 20th-century art evening sale in November. Painted in 1955, Crouching Woman in Turkish Costume (Jacqueline) features a Cubist-style portrait of the artist’s second wife and has been in the same collection since 1957. The work is expected to fetch a price between $20–$30 million.
GRIMM to Represent German Artist Matthias Franz
GRIMM gallery, which has locations in Amsterdam and New York, will now represent German-born artist Matthias Franz. Featuring dark and muted tones, his paintings invoke varying perspectives and reference the works of 20th-century German painters Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, and Daniel Richter. GRIMM will include new paintings by Franz in its presentation at Frieze London and in the forthcoming group exhibition “Condition Humaine” at the gallery’s New York location. The artist’s first solo exhibition with GRIMM will take place at its Amsterdam space in March 2022.
Dallas Art Fair Names Exhibitors
The Dallas Art Fair named the 58 galleries that will participate in its upcoming 13th edition, scheduled to run November 11–14 at the Texan city’s Fashion Industry Gallery. The exhibitors include Beatriz Esguerra Art(Bogotá and Miami), Erin Cluley Gallery (Dallas), Marlborough Gallery (New York), Sicardi Ayers Bacino (Houston), and Simon Lee Gallery (London, Hong Kong, and New York). (The full list can be found here.) “After such a long absence, our audience is eager for the energy of a live event, and this year’s participating galleries are bringing incredible work,” Dallas Art Fair directorKelly Cornell said in a statement.
Wednesday, October 6
Rhizome Receives $1 M. Grant from Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundation has awarded Rhizome, an organization which provides a platform and support for digital-only artworks and initiatives, a five-year, $1 million “Change Capital” grant. Funds will be used to underwrite two new full-time positions: a development director dedicated to strengthening and expanding the organization’s financial capacity and a community designer who will liaise with communities around Rhizome to guide the design of rhizome.org and its partner sites. The grant will also support the launch of a new annual fellowship to help foster developer communities.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Names 2021–22 Artists in Residence
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs has announced its 2021–22 public artists in residence. The artists will be placed within the city’s Department of Sanitation, Department of Records and Information Services, and Department of Design and Construction. The artists are Melanie Crean, an artist and educator whose multimedia practice focuses on the representations of power in media and culture, and the role technology plays in them; sTo Len, a Queens-based artist who has most recently applied their disciplinary practice to the investigation of polluted water systems; and Kameron Nea, whose videos and performances reconsider government agencies’ archival footage. Each artist will receive $40,000 to fund a project.
Tuesday, October 5
Almine Rech to Represent Contemporary Artist Jorge Galindo
Almine Rech, which has space in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, and Shanghai, now represents contemporary Spanish artist Jorge Galindo in France, Belgium, the U.K., and Asia. Galindo, who refers to his own work as “dirty pop,” makes monumental expressionist style paintings that use collage and various media. His work is currently on view at the Hall Art Foundation Schloss Derneberg in Germany
Ex-Christie’s Director Joins Brussels Gallery to Head Private Sales
Roland de Lathuy, the former managing director of Christie’s Belgium location, is joining the Brussels contemporary art gallery Baronian Xippas this month to launch a department devoted to private sales. De Lathuy left his position at Christie’s Belgium after two decades. Lathuy will be responsible for leading the team in securing private sales and acquisitions for clients. “After all those years at Christie’s, I wanted to be part of a small but ambitious team and work on long-term relationships,” Lathuy said in a statement.
Monday, October 4
Ortuzar Projects and Hannah Hoffman to Co-Represent Anita Steckel Estate
New York’s Ortuzar Projects gallery has announced it will jointly represent the estate of Anita Steckel with Hannah Hoffman gallery in Los Angeles. The enterprises, along with the Stanford Art Gallery, will show Steckel’s work throughout the year in dedicated showcases at their respective exhibition spaces. Steckel, who died in 2012, was a feminist artist known for her satirical style; she used erotic imagery in her mixed media paintings to critique Western art history. Ortuzar Projects will exhibit Steckel’s work at Frieze Masters in November. Her work is currently on view in a solo exhibition at Hannah Hoffman.
Jenny Saville Gifted the Keys to the City of Florence
British artist Jenny Saville was gifted the keys to the city of Florence this past Wednesday. The honor is meant to mark the opening of five new exhibitions across the city at the city’s leading museums: the Museo Novecento, the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the Museo degli Innocenti and the Museo di Casa Buonarroti. The works Saville has prepared for these exhibitions respond to the themes of the Italian Renaissance and especially the work of Michelangelo. The exhibitions opened will run through February 20, 2022.
David Ross Reappointed as Chair of London’s National Portrait Gallery
British philanthropist David Ross has been reappointed by the U.K. Secretary of State to serve as a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery in London for another four-year term. The position begins this month and will last until October 2025. Following the government’s reappointment, the trustees of the museum reelected Ross as chair of the board, a role he has held since 2017. Ross, the cofounder of mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, has served as a trustee at the museum since 2006 and has held positions on the museum’s audit and risk committee and development board. In 2020, Ross made headlines for purchasing a prized David Hockney portrait sold by the financially embattled London Royal Opera House, where he served as chairman, for £12.8 million ($16.9 million) at Christie’s. The telecom mogul pledged to return Hockney’s Portrait of Sir David Webster (1971) to the London venue, where it had been displayed for five decades. He also promised to loan it to a 2023 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery when the institution reopens following a renovation.
Walters Art Museum Names Director of Learning & Community Engagement
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has appointed Theresa Sotto as its new director of learning & community engagement. Sotto joins to the Walters from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she served as the associate director of academic programs and spearheaded the formation of the museum’s diversity and inclusion affinity group. Prior to joining the Hammer, Sotto worked for seven years as an education specialist at the Getty Museum and held consulting roles for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.