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Art on the Catwalk: Op Art and Politics at Chanel Spring-Summer 2015

Protestors Topple Lenin Statue, Guggenheim Plans Expansion, and More

— Protestors Topple Lenin Statue: On Sunday, a group of Ukrainian nationalists took down the country’s tallest statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, which once stood 66 feet tall. Residents of Kharviv, the statue’s former home and Ukraine’s second-largest city, had initially been reluctant to remove it — making its destruction a potent symbol in the ongoing conflict. [NY Mag]

— Guggenheim Plans Expansion: While local controversy around the Guggenheim’s Helsinki outpost rages on, the museum has announced more expansion plans for its New York space. Few details are being released, but the Guggenheim has said that this new building will be called the Collection Center and that it will be “one efficient, multi-use building” with a “dynamic public-programming component.” The space will hold the museum’s collection and staff. [TAN]

— Da Vinci Painting Drafts Revealed: French scientist Pascal Cotte used an innovative scanning technique to uncover new layers of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Lady With Ermine.” Underneath the portrait of his patron’s mistress holding a white ermine, Da Vinci painted two different drafts — one in which she’s holding nothing at all, another in which she’s holding a different rodent. “We know that he fiddled around a good deal at the beginning, but now we know that he kept fiddling around all the time and it helps explain why he had so much difficulty finishing paintings,” said Oxford art history professor Martin Kemp. “Leonardo is endlessly fascinating, so getting this intimate insight into his mind is thrilling.” [GuardianBBC]

— Van Gogh Flowers Up For Sale: An 1890 Van Gogh still life, one of the few paintings by the artist to make it to the open market in the past 30 years, is set to hit the block at Sotheby’s with an estimate of $30 million to $50 million. [NY Observer]

— Kazakh Ancient Land Art Revealed: Via Google Earth, a research team in Kazakhstan has uncovered 50 ancient geoglyphs. [Hyperallergic]

— Another Day, Another Banksy: A new Banksy piece in Folkestone has popped up just in time to coincide with the town’s triennial. [Telegraph]

— Berlin gallery Mathew will open Mathew NYC at 47 Canal Street on Friday. [ARTnews]

— RIP Robert Ellis, former director of the Hardwood Museum of Art. [Taos News]

— In gallery roster news, Priska Pasquer added Pieter Hugo, while Lehmann Maupin added Roberto Cuoghi. [Art Media AgencyArtnet]


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Room for Error: Brett Littman On the Nuances of Creative Thinking

Drawing Center director Brett Littman helms an institution that is anything but predictable: Exhibitions this year have included an examination of the cooking philosophies of Ferran Adrià, as well as a group show organized around Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Intuitionist.” Currently, the non-profit is hosting the textile-focused “Thread Lines,” on view through December 14. ARTINFO caught up with Littman during last week’s Blouin Creative Leadership Summit to discuss the nuances of creative thinking. 



New works heading to San Francisco today; catching the morning light. #zenerschongallery #urbangeode #chrome #artwork #sf #sanfrancisco

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“Gone Girl”: A Modern Love Story

“Gone Girl,” the new film from David Fincher based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, does not need much explanation. If you don’t know what it is or have never heard its name, you probably don’t pay attention to things like the Internet or TV or newspapers. But to get it out of the way, the gist is this: the missing girl at the center of the book is Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) and the main suspect in her disappearance is her husband, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck). What happens within that one line synopsis is weirdly funny, constantly on edge, and horribly depressing. The film premiered September 26 at the New York Film Festival to a packed crowd of journalists, and it has retained tight control on my fragile headspace ever since. If you’ve read the book you’ll know that’s not a great headspace to be in, especially if you’re in a relationship.


Reviews in Brief: 3 Gallery Shows in Berlin

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
Arratia Beer // September 11–October 18

At first glance, there seems to be little dialogue between Velarde’s geometric paintings and music videos, but upon closer examination, they playfully expose the failures of two modernist aesthetic strategies: abstraction and montage. “Sketches for an Airport’s Hallway,” a series of canvases, whose title implies banal corporate design, toys with the former. In his videos, Velarde employs the latter to criticize Peru’s consumerist modernity; yet the mesmerizing images set to catchy electronic beats provocatively drown out the message.

“Pictures, Before and After”
Galerie Buchholz // August 28–October 31

This fascinating tribute to art historian, cultural theorist, and activist Douglas Crimp brings together an array of objects and figures from Agnes Martin to Gran Fury, divulging the many aesthetic, social, and political issues that have occupied him during his long career. Unfortunately, the University of Rochester professor’s published texts lie in vitrines, restricting the viewer from accessing the works that make Crimp so deserving of the exhibition.

Fernando Bryce
Galerie Barbara Thumm // September 20–November 8

Newspaper articles, film stills, portraits, book covers, and advertisements dating from both World Wars fill the gallery, but only by way of Bryce’s mimetic analysis: his signature practice of copying archival material by hand. In reproducing these artifacts with such an imperfect process and installing them in politically divergent constellations, Bryce strips these images of their historical and mechanical authority, showing them to be just as subjective and suspicious as any scribbled note.


"I’m Not Making Hippie Pottery": A Q&A with JJ PEET and Tom Sachs


Marc Camille Chaimowicz at Galerie Neu.


"Art cannot help directly. Art is the way to make it obvious. Art is cynical, it shows the negativity of the world, it’s the first condemnation."
 Anselm Kiefer


Snohetta Designs a Library in Calgary Straddling Railway Line


Tauba Auerbach I "Plate Distortion I, II, III," 2011 I The September Contemporary Auction I Sep 16 — Sep 30

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