July 24, 2014: Sigmar Polke at MoMA, John Waters on Art and Sex, and Alex Katz's 87th Birthday

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Jul 24, 2014 8:52PM

Notable News

James Turrell will receive a 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. The White House released in a statement: “Capturing the powers of light and space, Mr. Turrell builds experiences that force us to question reality, challenging our perceptions not only of art, but also of the world around us.” 

Dean Levin, a young artist known for his paintings and sculptures that experiment with standards of geometry, light, and color gradients, is now represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Giuseppe Penone has won the Praemium Imperiale Award for sculpture. The Japan Art Association has awarded the prize annually since 1989; past recipients include Antony Gormley, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Anish Kapoor.

London’s Whitechapel Gallery announced Lydia Yee as its new Chief Curator beginning in 2015. Yee was previously a curator at Barbican Art Gallery and will be co-curating the eighth British Art Show next year.  

What to See

“To do as one would” at David Zwirner Gallery closes on July 25th. The exhibition, organized by gallery staff members Mary Mitsch, Martha Moldovan, and Poppy Pulitzer, borrows its name from John Stuart Mill and includes works from Christopher Williams, Zak Kitnick, Harry Schleiff, Ann Greene Kelly, and Charles Harlan, among others.

“Albis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010” at MoMA closes August 3rd. This is the first major retrospective of the artist, exploring Polke’s diverse body of work and celebrating his resounding influence on Postwar art. 

“Kasper Sonne: New Territory” at West Den Haagis on view through August 30th and is the New York-based artist’s first exhibition in the Netherlands. Visit Sonne’s Brooklyn studio with Artsy’s Marina Cashdan, here.

Good Reads

Overworked and underpaid, artist assistants flock to the positions after graduating art school and often acquire skills that can’t be learned in sheltered academic settings, but are these jobs really worth it? (via Gallerist)

The 72nd installment of the Hyperallergic series “A View from the Easel,” in which an open invitation is extended to all artists to send pictures and descriptions of their studios. 

Transgressive trailblazer John Waters talks about film, sex, death, God, and the art world. (via frieze)

On the realities and memories of artists. (via New York Review of Books)

Artist of the Day

Alex Katz celebrates his 87th birthday this week. One of the few figurative artists to emerge from the New York School era of American painting, Katz’s concerns with graphical depictions of human figures and flat planes of color preceded Pop Art and have continued to influence multiple generations of painters. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.  Katz has said, “The one thing I don’t want to do is things already done.”

Charlie Ambler

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