Good morning. Here is the latest.
ELLSWORTH KELLY, 1923–2015: Deeply sad news. One of the great artists of the past century years, Ellsworth Kelly, who inexorably altered the course of abstract painting, died on Sunday. He was 92. Many outlets have run obituaries, including this website. Some follow below.
“Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92,” by Holland Cotter. [The New York Times]
“Ellsworth Kelly dies at 92; artist was master of geometric abstraction,” by Suzanne Muchnic. [Los Angeles Times]
“Ellsworth Kelly, the American abstract painter and sculptor, dies at 92.” [Reuters]
“Prominent artist Ellsworth Kelly, whose work carried strong ties to Dallas, dies at 92,” by Michael Granberry. [The Dallas Morning News]
“Artist Ellsworth Kelly, Master Of Colorful Abstraction, Dies At 92, NPR,” by Neda Ulaby. [NPR]
“Ellsworth Kelly, Giant of Abstract Painting, Dies at 92,” by Andrew Russeth. [ARTnews]
And here is Yve-Alain Bois on the artist’s 1996 Guggenheim retrospective. [Artforum; registration required]
CHELSEA EXODUS CONTINUES: Alexander and Bonin, a West Chelsea stalwart for nearly two full decades, is decamping for TriBeCa. The new space, which measures more than 7,000, is being designed by Bade Stageberg Cox. It will open this summer. [NYT]
HOLZER GOES DEEPER INTO TECH: Jenny Holzer is working with Google on an app to accompany the New York City AIDS Memorial, which is set to open in the West Village next year. The memorial includes a text pieces by the artist. [The Art Newspaper]
THE PRICE OF DIPLOMACY: Gareth Harris and Javier Pes report that officials from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art are negotiating fees of “up to $3 million” for a show in Germany of the choice modern and contemporary works in its collection. The Hirshhorn, in Washington, D.C., is also considering taking the exhibition. U.S. lawmakers will no doubt be excited about this.
A LOOK BACK: Culture Type has been publishing a month-by-month recap of “The Year in Black Art.” Here is its post for April. [Culture Type]
‘THE HIGH COST OF CURATING HISTORY’S DUSTBIN’: Following South Carolina’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, a commission with the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has proposed a $3.6 million plan “to expand the facility and show off the flag, along with an electronic display of the names of the state’s Civil War dead.” Politicians from both parties are rather displeased with that figure. [NYT]
ALEX ISRAEL: Some on-brand thoughts on art school. [The Brooklyn Rail]
AND FINALLY, JUST BECAUSE: Robert Longo’s 1986 video for New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.”