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How the Whitney's top Latino curator is shaking up the art world

Marcela Guerrero, an associate curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, with a scale model of an exhibition she curated, “no existe un mundo poshuracan: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria,” now at the museum, Nov. 3, 2022. In her five years at the museum, Guerrero has helped broaden the scope of artists and audiences as the Hispanic population continues to grow and museums try to reflect more diverse audiences. (Sabrina Santiago/The New York Times)

by Robin Pogrebin

NEW YORK, NY.- Marcela Guerrero had just started as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2017 when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. “I was thinking, ‘How can I help?’” she recalled in a recent interview. “I have an important platform. There is something I can say.’” The result is “no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria,” which opened Nov. 23 at the museum, in New York, and bills itself as “the first scholarly exhibition focused on Puerto Rican art to be organized by a large U.S. museum in nearly half a century.” Five years after becoming the Whitney’s first curator specializing in Latino art, Guerrero has made a meaningful impact on the field as the nation’s Hispanic population continues to grow and museums try to reflect and attract more diverse audiences. ... More

The Best Photos of the Day

Hauser & Wirth opens the second in a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to Lucio Fontana   Getty Research Institute acquires major collection of Indian and South Asian photographs   Pace opens an exhibition by Alexander Calder selected and installed by artist Richard Tuttle

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale [Spatial Concept, 1968. Lacquered copper and cut, 20 x 56 x 6 cm / 7 7/8 x 22 x 2 3/8 in. Photo: Riccardo Gasperoni.

NEW YORK, NY.- Hauser & Wirth is presenting the second in a trilogy of exhibitions dedicated to the late Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana, considered among the 20th century’s most inventive artists. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, and focused on Fontana’s prolific breakthroughs and experiments in the medium of sculpture, this exhibition fills the gallery’s uptown location at 32 East 69th Street, the very same address where, in 1961, Fontana’s first solo show in the US was presented at the galleries of the legendary art dealers Martha Jackson and David Anderson. ‘Lucio Fontana. Sculpture’ features over 80 works on loan from important institutions and museums, the Fondazione Lucio Fontana and both private and public collections and shines a light on a critical dimension of the artist’s revolutionary practice ... More

Jung Bahadur Rana (1816–1877), first minister of Nepal and founder of the Rana dynasty and his second wife, 1870s, Bourne & Shepherd. Albumen print. Getty Research Institute. Jacobson collection.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Research Institute has acquired a collection of Indian and South Asian photographs from Ken and Jenny Jacobson. Numbering approximately 4,625 images from the 19th and early-20th centuries, the collection documents the people, social customs, religious practices, architecture, and landscape of the subcontinent during the princely state era under the British Raj, which ended with Indian independence in 1947.  “Created during the European domination of the subcontinent and often through a colonial lens, this remarkable group of photographs contains copious research material that will support the study of South Asian culture and enable critical examination of this complex historical period,” says Mary Miller, director of the Getty Research Institute. “The Jacobson collection stands as a unique and foremost ... More

Alexander Calder, Gothic Construction from Scraps, 1939 © 2023 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Pace is presenting an exhibition of work by Alexander Calder, selected and installed by artist Richard Tuttle, at its Los Angeles gallery. Running from January 21 to February 25, the show, titled Calder/Tuttle:Tentative, is being presented in collaboration with the Calder Foundation. Brought to life through Tuttle’s vision, the exhibition focuses on Calder’s artistic output in 1939, bringing together small- and medium-scale sculptures— including a masterful untitled mobile that is being exhibited for the first time—as well as a selection of works on paper created by the artist that year. Concurrently with the exhibition at Pace, David Kordansky Gallery in LA presents works made by Tuttle as freewheeling analogies to Calder’s storied practice and the contexts in which the artist worked. Best known for his mobiles, which transformed the modern ... More

Exhibition documents Bob Colacello's long-standing collaboration with Andy Warhol   Exhibition of new and recent limited-edition furniture by Marc Newson to open at Gagosian Paris   Brazil's defender of the Indigenous brings their fight to the Shed

Bob Colacello, Paloma Picasso, Red Ball, Paris, 1980. Gelatin silver print, 40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in), 59,7 x 45,1 cm (23,5 x 17,76 in) +AP, Ed. 3 of 20. © Bob Colacello. Courtesy of the artist.

PARIS.- It Just Happened is an exhibition of photographs by the American photographer and writer Bob Colacello, documenting his long-standing collaboration with Andy Warhol and the cycle of parties and travelling that animated their frenetic lives. Curated by Elena Foster and the Ivorypress team, the exhibition includes letters, magazines and memorabilia along with the photographs, which help bring to life the era’s feeling of hedonism and endless possibility. As Colacello writes in his introduction to the exhibition catalogue: ‘It just happened that the 1970s was the most wide-open decade since the Roaring Twenties.’ Between 1971 and 1983, Colacello was the editor of Interview magazine and Andy Warhol’s right hand. On one of his many trips with Warhol, Colacello acquired a Minox – a tiny camera said to have been used by spies during the Cold War. From that moment on, he carried this pocket camera ... More

Marc Newson, Blue Glass Chair, 2017. Cast glass, 29 1/8 x 27 1/4 x 21 5/8 in. Edition of 3 plus 2 AP. © Marc Newson.

PARIS.- Gagosian announced an exhibition of new and recent limited-edition furniture by Marc Newson, opening January 25 at 9 rue de Castiglione. Newson has remained at the forefront of contemporary design for four decades. Working across disciplines, he is renowned for his innovative exploration of form and medium. Reenvisioning the possibilities of classical materials via contemporary fabrication techniques, Newson creates iconic designs that resonate with the past and present. The Paris exhibition features Cloisonné White and Blue Lounge and Cloisonné White and Blue Chair (both 2022), two works that exemplify Newson’s concerns with both shape and surface. The designer ornaments their copper bodies with elaborate allover patterning in his signature circle and molecular “orgone” motifs in white and blue. Newson’s employment of the ancient technique of cloisonné—typically used to craft small decorative objects— ... More

Claudia Andujar analyzes some of her 35mm negatives from the Catrimani River in 1974, at her apartment in São Paulo, Jan. 19, 2023. Andujar has photographed the Yanomami in the Amazon during a lifetime of activism — at 91, she is still helping protect their rainforest homeland. (Gabriela Portilho/The New York Times)

SAO PAULO.- Every night at 7, renowned photographer Claudia Andujar sits down at her desk, puts on her headphones and turns on her computer. She has a standing Skype date with Carlo Zacquini, a missionary she met almost 50 years ago, when she started her groundbreaking work with the Yanomami people of the Brazilian Amazon. The two, along with anthropologist Bruce Albert, worked for decades to help the Indigenous group, some 38,000 strong, protect their land, spending extended periods of time in their villages before coming back to the same apartment she lives in now, overlooking São Paulo’s famous Avenida Paulista. There, in 1978, the trio sat at the light table next to the wall-to-wall windows in Andujar’s stark white living room and made a plan. Strewn with negatives ... More

David Kordansky Gallery opens an exhibition featuring work by Richard Tuttle inspired by Alexander Calder   London Museum removes 'Irish Giant' skeleton from display   Xiao Kegang's first solo exhibition in the US opens Eli Klein Gallery

Richard Tuttle, Black Light #19, 2021, paper, watercolor, tape, glue, graphite, and t-pins, 30 x 19 1/2 x 2 inches (76.2 x 49.5 x 5.1 cm). Photography: Richard Gary, courtesy of Pace Gallery.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- David Kordansky Gallery opened Calder/Tuttle:Tentative, an exhibition featuring work by Richard Tuttle inspired by the seminal American artist, Alexander Calder, on view in Los Angeles at 5130 W. Edgewood Pl. from January 21 through February 25, 2023. Concurrently, Pace Gallery, in collaboration with the Calder Foundation, presentd an exhibition of Calder works from 1939 selected and installed by Tuttle. On the occasion of Calder/Tuttle:Tentative, Pace Publishing and David Kordansky Gallery produced a catalogue featuring new texts and poems by Tuttle and a poem by Alexander S. C. Rower, President of the Calder Foundation. Calder/Tuttle:Tentative comprises several parts. At David Kordansky Gallery ... More

Hunterian Museum, main hall Stephencdickson /

LONDON.- Charles Byrne never wanted to end up in a museum. Byrne, who stood at least 7 feet, 7 inches tall, had found fame and wealth in 18th-century Britain by showcasing himself as the “Irish Giant.” People from Edinburgh to London would pay to gawk at his height, and, legend has it, by the time he died at in 1783, at age 22, he had told his friends to bury him at sea to prevent surgeons or anatomists from obtaining his body. He did not get that wish. Instead, John Hunter, an 18th-century British surgeon and anatomist, paid Byrne’s friends 500 pounds for his skeleton, which joined hundreds of plant and animal specimens on display in Hunter’s home in London’s Leicester Square. It became the centerpiece of a collection that eventually formed the Hunterian Museum, which in modern times has seen more than 80,000 people a year pass ... More

Xiao Kegang, Goya and Flower, 2022 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 47 1/4 x 59 inches (120 x 150 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- Eli Klein Gallery is presenting “Detour,” Xiao Kegang’s first solo exhibition in the US. In “Detour,” life’s most unanticipated occurrences have guided the artist’s painting and his incorporation of setbacks have created a visually distinct artistry. “Detour” consists of 19 paintings on a variety of scales, ranging from 16 inches to 10 feet, “detouring” through the totality of the artist’s recent experiments in painting. Xiao Kegang’s practice has centered around the observation of the world from different perspectives and principles, or “cognitive alternatives.” A half-face of an owl could resemble an ionic column. A left foot could invoke a right-leaning shrub. These paintings are visually harmonic, but cognitively puzzling. Xiao Kegang expects viewers to tour through his canvas, identifying their own objects of interest ... More

Bland, yes. But they satisfy a lot of needs.   New marketplace launches today to take on eBay   "David Simpson & John Beech: Coast to Coast" opens at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art

A boxy, modern townhome in Denver, Jan. 5, 2023. (Andrew Miller/The New York Times)

by Anna Kodé

NEW YORK, NY.- Charles Mudede was at the Post Pike Bar in Seattle in November, nursing a glass of white wine and having a heated discussion about a topic he felt strongly about: the state of new development in the city. Last year, residential construction in Seattle hit a record high, with over 13,000 units built, according to data from Seattle in Progress, an organization that tracks construction. Mudede, 53, who has lived in the city for 30 years, was expressing his distaste for some of those “architectural abominations.” “What’s that new building?” he asked the bartender. “It’s an apartment building, but they put some bright blue, splashy thing on its facade.” “The Motorworks building?” the bartender responded, referring to the luxury apartments a few blocks from the bar. “No, no.” “It’s the one with the juice bar on the bottom floor, right?” another person sitting at the bar asked. ... More

The new Goldin Marketplace offers buyers and sellers a superior collecting experience by providing access to PSA’s leading authentication and grading services and the Collectors Vault all in one place.

RUNNEMEDE, NJ.- Goldin, the trusted destination for collectors, announces the launch of Goldin Marketplace as the leading way to buy and sell collectibles including trading cards, pop-culture and historical items, video games, VHS tapes, toys and more. Building upon Goldin’s industry-leading auctions, the new platform will combine authentication and grading services from PSA with vaulting, buying and selling to create the market-leading one-stop-shop for collectors. The new Goldin Marketplace offers buyers and sellers a superior collecting experience by providing access to PSA’s leading authentication and grading services and the Collectors Vault all in one place. The integration of these leading services creates the only true one-stop-shop platform for collectors to research, grade, buy, sell, vault and insure items seamlessly. The new Marketplace also offers sellers an improved ... More

David Simpson, God's Eye, 2022. Acrylic (with interference pigment) on wood panel, 12 x 9 x 2.75. in.

SANTA FE, NM.- Extraordinary objects. From one wall of the gallery to the other, the viewer walks, pulled by the gravity of each piece. Color draws the eye. A shadowy blue recess within a bright orange construction. A shimmer of dripping gold, fringed with electric blue against a black matte background. Coast to Coast brings together the work of two artists connected by personal history beyond a shared minimalist aesthetic. Many years ago, David Simpson taught art at UC Berkeley, where John Beech received his degree. Simpson remembers Beech as an “ideal” student who already knew what he was doing. His role with the young Beech, Simpsons says, was merely that of “cheerleader.” On his side, Beech asserts that he benefited from Simpson’s “calm presence and openness as a teacher.” Beech now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, while Simpson continues to live and work in the Berkeley hills. But despite the continent between them ... More

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Artists Germane Barnes and Edouard Duval-Carrié join Oolite Arts' Board of Trustees
MIAMI, FLA.- Oolite Arts announced that prominent artists Germane Barnes and Edouard Duval-Carrié have joined the board of the nonprofit, one of Florida’s largest artist support organizations. Oolite Arts has championed visual artists since its founding in 1984, helping them advance their careers by providing studio space, financial support, professional development workshops and more. Barnes and Duval-Carrié join the board at a critical time, as Oolite prepares to build a new campus in the City of Miami to meet the needs of the region’s growing arts community. “Edouard and Germane are prominent arts leaders who will bring an important perspective to Oolite Arts and our work building Miami’s next creative chapter,” said Dennis Scholl, the organization’s president and CEO.  Barnes, who had a solo exhibition at Oolite Arts this winter, is the founder of Studio Barnes. ... More

Almine Rech announces the representation of American artist Alexis McGrigg in Europe and Asia
NEW YORK, NY.- Alexis McGrigg is a contemporary artist who examines themes of Blackness, space, spirituality, identity, and collective consciousness. Her artwork utilizes the mediums of painting, drawing, and interdisciplinary media to explore the multiplicity of Blackness through figurative abstraction and conceptual narratives. She integrates poetry, sound, and performance in her arts practice and research. Her artwork is included in several private collections and has been featured in exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally in New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Las Vegas, NV, and Oakland, CA – most recently in her solo exhibition The Labour of Being at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France, The Ether - Journey In Between at Richard Beavers Gallery, Salon de Peinture at Almine Rech, NY, and LIGHT at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) in South Korea ... More

"Black Cowboys: An American Story" opens at the African American Museum, Dallas
DALLAS, TX.- Shining light on the rich history of Black cowboys and their impact on Texas and American history, “Black Cowboys: An American Story” opened Jan. 21, 2023, at the African American Museum, Dallas. With more than 50 artifacts, photographs, documents and films, the exhibition explores the lives and work of the numerous Black men, women and children – enslaved and free – who labored on the ranches of Texas and participated in cattle drives before the Civil War through the turn of the 20th century. Free and open to the public, “Black Cowboys” will run through April 15, 2023, at the African American Museum, Dallas in historic Fair Park. By revealing stories that have largely been untold, “Black Cowboys” offers insight into the legendary cowboy, a clearer picture of the Black West ... More

Isabella Mellado presents 'Magical Realism' exhibition at Walter Otero Contemporary Art
SAN JUAN, PR.- The Puerto Rican artist Isabella Mellado presents at the Walter Otero Contemporary Art Gallery in San Juan, an exhibition of his works from 2017 to the present titled Magical Realism. The paintings that are part of the exhibition address themes related to the artist's belonging to the queer community, the gender binary and the sense of duality inherent in living in the diaspora. The exhibition will also be presented until February 25 from Tuesday to Friday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays by appointment. Through her paintings, Mellado studies her identity and how she has experienced it in different contexts, keeping in mind that, for most, life is a process of masking and acting in order to feel that we belong. For this very reason, the artist herself states that her artistic practice is best described with the phrase “jumping the puddle” ... More

Circa-1914 surfing photo book could catch a big wave of bidder interest, Jan. 27
BURBANK, CALIF.- Whether you’re an armchair surfer or can confidently hang ten alongside Kelly Slater, you’ve probably heard of The Surf Riders of Hawaii – the earliest and most important book pertaining to the sport of surfing. Only eight copies of the book – all of which contain actual photos of surfers in Hawaii around 1910-1914 – are known to exist. One of those extraordinarily rare books will be auctioned on January 27th in an online-only event through LiveAuctioneers. It is the top prize in a 350-lot selection of goods being offered with no reserve by Los Angeles Estate Auction. The Surf Riders of Hawaii books were handmade by A R Gurrey Jr, who had a shop in downtown Honolulu that sold photos, either loose or framed. He also did custom framing and produced and sold greeting cards and holiday cards that were printed as photographs ... More

Artpace San Antonio announces Spring 2023 International Artists-in-Residence
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Artpace San Antonio announced the Spring 2023 International Artists-in-Residence, selected by guest curator Gabriela Rangel, independent curator, writer, and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Resident artists Reynier Leyva Novo (Houston, Texas), Yuliya Lanina (Austin, Texas), and Nohemí Pérez (Bogotá, Colombia) begin their residency on January 23, 2023, and will live and work at Artpace until March 20, 2023. Reynier Leyva Novo is one of Cuba’s leading conceptual artists. Working across media, Novo combines anthropological research with cutting-edge technology to examine the psychological and sociological effects of complex issues throughout the history of Cuba and the Caribbean. He develops his projects through mining historical data and official documents, transforming their contents into minimalist and conceptually ... More

2023 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship recipients announced
PLEASANTVILLE, NY.- The Gordon Parks Foundation has announced its 2023 fellowship recipients: Artists Jammie Holmes and José Parlá are Fellows in Art, and art historian and scholar Melanee C. Harvey as the Genevieve Young Fellow in Writing. Since 2017, the fellowship program has championed individuals who share the foundation’s dedication to advancing Parks’s vision for social change through the arts and humanities. Each recipient receives $25,000 to support new or ongoing projects that explore themes of representation and social justice. The 2023 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellows will be celebrated at the annual Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner on May 23, 2023 in New York City. “This year’s art fellows are both painters whose work moves Gordon Parks’s legacy forward in important ways ... More

Newcomb Art Museum presents "Unthinkable Imagination: A Creative Response to the Juvenile Justice Crisis"
NEW ORLEANS, LA.- The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University opened the exhibition, Unthinkable Imagination: A Creative Response to the Juvenile Justice Crisis, an original exhibition exploring one of the most critical issues facing our communities today – mass incarceration. A follow up to the 2019 award-winning show Per(Sister) which explored the overlooked and misunderstood impacts of the carceral system on women, Unthinkable Imagination focuses the lens on young people’s experience with the justice system. As a state Louisiana ranks last in the economic well-being of children and 48th in education yet spends $155,000 a year per child imprisoned as compared to $11,000 a year per child in public education. 73% of children in Louisiana’s juvenile prisons suffer from mental illness, 57% of the youth are adjudicated for offenses that involve neither violence nor weapons ... More

Hank Willis Thomas 'The Embrace' unveiling at Boston Common
BOSTON, MASS.- Mayor Michelle Wu, together with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Art Commission (BAC), and Embrace Boston, unveiled The Embrace and the 1965 Freedom Plaza by artist Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group on the Boston Common. The new memorial, initiated by a partnership between the City of Boston and Embrace Boston, aims to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, celebrate their history in Boston, and spark a public conversation on advancing racial and social justice in Boston today. "The Embrace will be a revolutionary space in our country's oldest public park for conversation, education, and reflection on the Kings’ impact in Boston and the ideals that continue to shape the fabric of our city,” said Mayor Michelle Wu ... More

How a group of Brooklyn beatboxers became ambassadors to the world
NEW YORK, NY.- Members of the Beatbox House, a group of five vocal percussive artists from Brooklyn, will follow in the footsteps of American music legends Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong when they travel abroad this month to serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States. Chris Celiz, Gene Shinozaki, Amit Bhowmick, Kenny Urban and Neil Meadows (better known as NaPoM), all beatboxing champions, will visit Indonesia and Singapore with the State Department for three weeks of beatbox competitions, workshops and collaborations with local musicians as part of American Music Abroad, an outreach program sponsored by the department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Beatbox House, a group that has tens of thousands of fans, creates drum and instrument sounds with accented speech, distorted singing and lip oscillations ... More

'The immortal Jellyfish Girl' review: A 26th-century love story
NEW YORK, NY.- The first time Bug and Aurelia kiss is as romantic as can be, even if Bug has to get past his initial reaction. “That really hurts,” he says. “That stings so much!” Which is what you get when smooching a part-jellyfish humanoid. Aurelia is the title character of “The Immortal Jellyfish Girl,” though if 23andMe still exists in her postapocalyptic world, it might locate traces of kangaroo, frog, naked mole rat and other beasties in her makeup. Above all, “she is also 100% puppet,” as the narrator, a mischievous masked fox in shorts and red tails, informs us. Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock’s play, devised with help from the ensemble and presented by Wakka Wakka Productions and the Norwegian company Nordland Visual Theater at 59E59 Theaters, is indeed a puppet show, and an ambitious one at that ... More

Insider Insights—Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit (in English)

On a day like today, French painter Édouard Manet was born
January 23, 1832. Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 - 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. In this image: Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Le Printemps oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 20 1/4 in. (74 x 51.5 cm.), painted in 1881 Estimate: $25-35 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014.

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