May 29, 2015: Chinese Artist Detained for Photoshopping President & Jeff Koons Moves Studio to Hell’s Kitchen
In New York …
“Travis Boyer: Como La Flor, with Caitlin Keogh” opens at SIGNAL; “Douglas Paulson and Heidi Neilson: The Menu for Mars Kitchen” opens at Pierogi; İnci Eviner opens at The Drawing Center; “Neon Eon,” with works by Gerard & Kelly, Scott Nedrelow, Nathlie Provosty, and Alina Tenser, opens at Kate Werble Gallery; “Kevin Reuning (aka kevvy metal): source material” opens at Microscope Gallery.
On Saturday, May 30th, “The Inaugural” opens at Lyles & King.
In Los Angeles …
Chinese artist Dai Jianyong has been detained for posting a photoshopped picture of the country’s president, Xi Jinping, on social media and could receive up to five years’ prison time if convicted. The doctored image slapped a mustache on the Chinese leader and contorted his features into Dai’s signature “chrysanthemum face.” (The flower’s name is slang for anus.) The incident points to more severe “crackdown[s] on artistic expression” in the country, effective since last October. (via The Independent)
Chris Ofili’s controversial painting The Holy Virgin Mary (1996)—which depicts a monumental black Virgin Mary using elephant dung and pornographic images—will hit the auction block next month, as part of Christie’s June 30th sale, and is expected to bring in around $2.3 million. (via the New York Times)
Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art has added three works by female contemporary artists to its collection: Girl on a Swing (2004) by Cecily Brown (to go on view next year), Opposite of White, v. 2 (Large) (A) (2006–07) by Roni Horn (to go on view by the end of this year), and Cleaning the Drapes (1967–1972) by Martha Rosler. Additionally, the museum now counts amongst its holdings two drawings by Joseph Yoakum, an outsider artist from Chicago. (via The Washington Post)
Jeff Koons is moving his studio to West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen, having been evicted from his Chelsea space as reported on last fall. If the artist ends up purchasing the adjoining lot, his combined studio space will be 25,000 square feet. (via ARTnews)
Best of Instagram
Via @metmuseum: “‘A multimedia extravaganza that moves between quiet contemplation and brilliant visual assault.’ —@WSJ on ‘China: Through the Looking Glass,’ on view through August 16. #metmuseum #ChinaLookingGlass”
Via @gagosiangallery: “‘I didn’t want them to be anything, to have the graspability of a figure or a statue. They had to be something that you really took time to understand visually and emotionally.’ —Anthony Caro”
“Will Emma Sulkowicz’s Protest Mattress Wind Up in a Museum?” (via Vulture)
“Mmuseumm 2 to Open in TriBeCa, All 20 Square Feet of It” (via the New York Times)
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