Articles to read this week include a guide to the art fairs, gallery closing news, a reconstructed Barnett Newman painting, many thank yous, a painting looted by Nazis is returned, database of public art in the UK, and Francis Bacon’s last painting…
[Image at top: Francis Bacon’s last painting, Study of a Bull, 1991. ]
According to The Guardian, Francis Bacon’s final painting is going on public display for the first time ever. Art historian Martin Harrison discovered the painting in a private family collection when he was editing a catalogue raisonne of Bacon’s work. Read more here.
The New York art fairs are upon us next week. For links and info, check out the ArtForum Guide Art Fairs section. Or just use these links: artdealers.org/artshow, springbreakartshow.com, ny.voltashow.com, thearmoryshow.com, thepaperfair.com, independentnewyork.com, moving-image.info, pulse-art.com/new-york, scope-art.com
Sad news: Laurel Gitlen has closed her Lower East Side gallery. She mounted a lot of good paintings shows over the years, including excellent solos from Ryan McLaughlin and Emily Mae Smith. Read more at ArtNews.
Greg Allen writes an interesting piece about David Diao’s recreation of an old cut up Barnett Newman painting here. The recreation is in an exhibition at Office Baroque in Brussels. Image above: David Diao, Barnett Newman: The Cut Up Painting, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 153 × 127 cm.
THANK YOU: To everyone for stopping by my show at Theodore:Art, to the writers and publications that wrote about it, and, most of all, to Stephanie Theodore for inviting me to show in her space. The full list of review links is available here. Her next show, opening on Friday, February 26, features Michelle Vaughn’s disturbing exploration of the Hapsburg royal family’s gene pool.
The University of Oklahoma has agreed to return a painting looted by the Nazis. Camille Pissarro’s 1886 painting La bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep) was stolen from a bank vault in 1941 during the German occupation of France. The university is returning it to a woman whose parents were murdered at Auschwitz. Image above. Read about it here.
Good news: The Art Newspaper reports that the art in public collections, so much of which is not on display, will be organized into an online database. “A project that has recorded and photographed more than 200,000 paintings in the UK is to widen its scope in a unique project that will produce a public database of millions of works of art….Cataloguing the UK’s oil paintings took ten years, at a cost of £6m. It has resulted in 87 volumes of printed catalogues and a fully-searchable web resource. Of the 213,000 paintings, two thirds are in museums and the rest belong to institutions such as local authorities, universities and hospitals. Ninety per cent of the paintings, owned by 3,000 bodies, had never been photographed and 80% are not on display.” Read more.
Check out AMNewYork‘s guide to Bushwick. “Bushwick is not pristine. It can be dirty, grimy and industrial. Which is part of why I like it…” Hell yes: Theodore:Art and Life on Mars are mentioned. Read more.
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