“Whitney Museum of American Art”

Works hang back-to-front to protest against Trump’s election

The work Left Right Left Right (1995), presented at the “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection” exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will now be hanging back to front. The museum has granted the request made by artist Annette Lemieux who wanted to react to the recent election of Donald Trump, according to Cary Dunne on Hyperallergic. The artist’s 30 photolithographs represent raised fists taken from newspapers from the 1930s to the 1950s, namely those of Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon, Jane Fonda, alongside anonymous...

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Sanford Biggers joins artists at the Marianne Boesky gallery

New York gallery Marianne Boesky now represents artist Sanford Biggers, who will feature in an exhibition at the gallery next year. The gallery will also be presenting his work at its stand at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. A monographic Biggers exhibition is currently being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, “Subjective Cosmology”. Recently, he was also shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Sculpture Center and the MASS MoCA, and he took part in group exhibitions at the Tate Britain and Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum in...

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Sanford Biggers joins artists at the Marianne Boesky gallery

New York gallery Marianne Boesky now represents artist Sanford Biggers, who will feature in an exhibition at the gallery next year. The gallery will also be presenting his work at its stand at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. A monographic Biggers exhibition is currently being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, “Subjective Cosmology”. Recently, he was also shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Sculpture Center and the MASS MoCA, and he took part in group exhibitions at the Tate Britain and Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum in...

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Frank Stella, in the heart of Manhattan

On the occasion of his exhibition at the Whitney Museum, Frank Stella welcomed us into his studio in the West Village, the district where he has lived since 1967. In this space that also serves as his study and library, where he keeps a few works and presents his models, the artist born in 1936 retraces the golden age of American painting and his ties with Europe. At the moment your work is on show at the Whitney Museum in New York, a city where the MOMA already held a retrospective on you in 1986. Is it interesting for you to rediscover works that have been held for years by private collectors? It’s true that every time, the pieces come from different places, and here the Whitney called on numerous American collectors before I added some pieces from my own collection. But what I tend to think about more is what institutions would call a retrospective, namely at the MOMA, where it was more a matter of a selection from about fifteen years of work… But the truth is many people, including new generations, have not seen the other exhibitions, so in fact we sometimes need to go right back to the beginning… On that note, to place your work in a historical perspective, if we take Black Paintings, produced in 1959, had you heard of painter Pierre Soulages at the time? In fact I knew him because at Princeton University where I studied, there was already a debate on who, Pierre Soulages or Franz Kline, was the first… But to stay on the topic of French artists, I was less familiar with the work of François Morellet, that I discovered when I worked on ideas on diagrams even if this was different from his own research. But at that time,...

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Vija Celmins to be represented by Matthew Marks

Vija Celmins is now being represented by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York after her former representative gallery, McKee Gallery, announced its closing. Based in New York, Celmins is a Latvian-American visual artist best known for her photo-realistic paintings and drawings of natural landscapes and phenomena. Matthew Marks comments on Celmins, “I have always loved her work and I’ve known her for a very long time. But she was very loyal, which I respected,” as it was only at the closing of McKee Gallery that Celmins considered coming on board. Celmins’ work has been displayed at over forty solo exhibitions, with major retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Matthew Marks boasts a number of clients, including Jasper Johns, Robert Gober, Ellsworth Kelly and Martin...

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