February 17, 2015: Photographer Sends Cease and Desist Letters to Richard Prince, MoMA Keeps a Matisse Cut-Out on Permanent Display, and Rema Hort Mann Names L.A. Emerging Artist Grantees

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Feb 16, 2015 11:00PM


In New York … “In the Studio: Paintings,” curated by John Elderfield and featuring works by Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, and more, opens at Gagosian Gallery (522 West 21st Street); “In the Studio: Photographs,” curated by Peter Galassi and featuring works by Eadweard Muybridge, Walker Evans, Cindy Sherman, and more, opens at Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue); “Of Human Bondage,” featuring works by Steven Cavallo, Eleni Lyra, Yiannis Christakos, Angelo Gavrias, and Photini Papahatzi, opens at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

In Milan … François Morellet opens at A arte Invernizzi.

Today’s Notable News

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation has named its 2015 Los Angeles Emerging Artist grantees: Lindsay August-Salazar, Neal Bashor, Rafael Esparza, Mariah Garnett, Lauren Halsey, Nancy Lupo, Lauren Mackler, and Christopher Richmond. The recipients were chosen by a jury including Rosson Crow and Suzanne Hudson. (via Artforum)

Photographer Donald Graham has taken legal action against Richard Prince and for unauthorized use of his photograph in last year’s Instagram-filled exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. (via Hyperallergic)

Art exports from Britain increased by 7.6 percent last year, with $17.4 billion in artworks exported in between April 2013 and April 2014. (via Reuters)

In April, MoMA will put Matisse’s cut-out The Swimming Pool (1952) on display with its permanent collections for the first time in more than 20 years. (via New York Observer)    

Fourteen prominent artists have written an open letter to The Guardian expressing disapproval of the confinement of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. (via The Guardian)

Innovative artist and accomplished student at the Royal Academy of Art Sheila Caro passed away this weekend. (via Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Via @davidzwirner: “‘Suzan Frecon: oil paintings and sun’ opens at DZ NY 19th Street Thursday, February 19 & will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by @davidzwirnerbooks featuring an essay by art critic David Cohen #suzanfrecon”

Good Reads

Ai Weiwei Creates Phone Cases With Lego Portraits of Political Prisoners(via FastCo Design)

Nasa has a flare for the dramatic(via The Art Newspaper)

Galleries around the world are finally ‘starting to take digital art seriously’(via dezeen)

The Artist’s Reality: Mark Rothko’s Little-Known Writings on Art, Artists, and What the Notion of Plasticity Reveals about Storytelling(via Brain Pickings)

Artist of the Day

Born on this day in 1948, Hung Liu grew up in communist China before emigrating to the United States. Her collage-like work blends socialist realism with touches of abstraction (such as colorful circles), referencing photographs and motifs from China’s recent and traditional history. While Liu’s work is a testament to her Chinese heritage and homeland, it also evinces influence from her years spent in the west. Odalisque (2014), for example, can be fitted into a longstanding lineage in western art, reaching back as far as Ingres’s famous La Grande Odalisque (1814) from 200 years prior.

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