Gallery Nine5 to represent Ryan Roa

The New York gallery Nine5 is to represent the sculptor Ryan Roa. Ryan Roa’s works are often referred to as Minimalist. He uses mainly industrial materials such as plywood and expanded steel to create his works, which respond to their surrounding environments. With an intimate knowledge of the properties of each material that he uses, Roa tries to express all their capabilities. Specifically he explores the relationship between control and freedom as each of his sculptures pushes the physical limits of their material. Ryan Roa’s drawings reveal the meticulous nature of his approach. He believes that shapes should be able to speak for themselves. The Nine5 gallery concerns itself with artists who develop new creative processes. The gallery’s aim is to allow innovation by challenging established practices. It was set up in 2008 by Sébastien Le...

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Gerhard Richter disowns early works

Gerhard Richter refuses to include some of his early works in his catalogue raisonné. The decision of the artist raises questions about the power of an artist over his work and his artistic legacy. Richter was born and raised in Dresden, Germany. In 1951, he enrolled in the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and later attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 1962 to 1968, he adopted a realistic and figurative painting style, very different from his current work. Richter is now editing his own catalogue raisonné, which normally includes every single work of art he has created throughout his career in order to be exhaustive and academically accurate. However, according to Tagesspiegel, the painter has decided to exclude works from his early West German period from the catalogue. The main consequence of Richter’s decision concerns the owners of these works, as it will inevitably diminish the works’ value. Richter’s involvement with his own catalogue has provoked a more general debate: should an artist be able to shape his own artistic legacy or should the task be left to art historians? Richter’s work is currently being exhibited at the Albertinum in Dresden, Germany, until 27 September...

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Lawyer withdraws representation in Danh Vo and Bert Kreuk case due to witness intimidation allegations

The lawyer of artist Danh Vo, Gert-Jan van den Bergh, has withdrawn his representation from the trial against Dutch collector Bert Kreuk, after the latter accused him of witness intimidation. At the start of this case, Bert Kreuk filed a complaint against Danh Vo who had sent him an already existing piece for the exhibition of his collection, “Transforming the Known”, at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague — instead of creating a new one for the occasion, as he had agreed upon with the collector. In June 2015, the artist was sentenced to creating a new work for June 2016, for a price of up to $350,000, paid by Bert Kreuk. In the beginning of August, the former accused the lawyer of the artist of having tried twice to intimidate witnesses in allowing confidential emails to fall into the hands of journalists. On 4 August, Gert-Jan van den Bergh left the case, which appears to confirm the accusations of Bert Kreuk. Born in 1975, Danh Vo is a Danish-Vietnamese artist. Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012, he saw his work exhibited in institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Modern Art Museum of Paris and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others. Bert Kreuk has been seeking justice in court since September...

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Picasso painting discovered on ship

On 31 July 2015, a painting by Pablo Picasso worth $25 million, whose exportation was forbidden by the Spanish authorities, was found by French customs on a boat, in Calvi, Corsica (France). After having asked the captain for certification, customs discovered a judgement notice given in Spanish, dated from May 2015 from the National Spanish Assembly, stating that the work is considered a national Spanish treasure, that is forbidden from leaving the national territory. Moreover, the export demand done in Bastia, Corsica, was not made in the name of the owner, banker Jaime Botin. In 2012 a first demand had been rejected by the Minister of Spanish Culture before the National Court judged the work “unexportable” three years later, because of its great value for Spain’s artistic...

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Death of Susan Hauptman

American artist Susan Hauptman passed away on 21 July 2015, at the age of 68. The artist, born on 8 December 1947 in Michigan, United States, was especially known for her still life paintings made in charcoal and her androgynous self-portraits, through which she challenged the feminine ideal. A graduate from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the Wayne State University in Detroit, Hauptman received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1985, 1991), and two from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2002, 2009). Her work has entered the collections of numerous institutions including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York; the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery, in Washington D.C.; and the Triton Museum of Art, in Santa Clara. Hauptman was the Lamar-Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia, from 1997 through...

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