A New York Summer Must-See : The MoMA's "Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends"

This summer, the Museum of Modern Art presents “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends,” the artist’s first retrospective exhibition of the 21st century. The exhibition, which will run May 21st – September 17th, presents over 250 works that range in medium and span the length of his eminent career.

The exhibition identifies Rauschenberg as a connector and makes the argument that his genius resided in his remarkable openness to others. He brought together mediums and artists of seemingly unrelated fields. Such artists included Jasper Johns, Jean Tinguely, choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown, experimental composer John Cage, and and electrical engineer Bill Klüver.

Curator Leah Dickerman’s inspired decision to portray Rauschenbeg not as an individual star but as a creative collaborator distinguishes her presentation from more traditional career retrospectives. Rauschenberg’s groundbreaking mixed-media work that resulted from his singularly forward-thinking attitude continues to inspire young artists today. “Among Friends” breaks down the etymology of Rauschenberg’s most daring works, his past and most influential relationships that were accrued throughout his life. Dickerman’s study of Rauschenberg’s creative collaborations offers rare insight into the artist’s attitude vis-à-vis artistic creation. These principles Rauschenberg developed as an artist resonate today and serve as inspiration to a new generation of artists. 

The exhibition illustrates Rauschenberg’s pioneering approach to art with works such as “Mud Muse” (1968 -1971), a pool of 1,000 pounds of bentonite clay mixed with water which bubbles in bubbles and spurts as air is released in response to the sound levels created by the mud bubbling. Mud Muse, like other early Rauschenberg works, creates an intersection between art and science. One of Rauschenberg’s earliest collaborations was with his fellow artist and wife Susan Weil. The couple created this series of ghostly figures on light-sensitive paper when they were fresh out of their first year at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Black Mountain College was committed to an integrative approach to education, and the school’s interactive ethos lent itself to Rauschenberg’s interdisciplinary and collaborative art.

Other pieces that resulted from Rauschenberg’s close affiliation to other artists include “Auto mobile Tire Print” (1953), for which he had John Cage drive his car over 20 sheets of typewriting paper; “Erased de Kooning Drawing” (1953), a de Kooning drawing it famously took Rauschenberg a month and 40 erasers to rub out; “Set and Reset” (1983), an interactive set with which Trisha Brown’s dancers could perform.

The exhibition “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends” itself was a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Museum London, as well as artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas. Atlas, who worked with Rauschenberg in the past, participated in the installation of works pertaining to the medium of moving image. His participation in the MoMA’s exhibition moved to pay tribute to Rauschenberg’s life-long interest in dance and performance.

Among Friends is more than a chronological survey of Rauschenberg’s career—it establishes the artist as an early and frequent collaborator who was inspired by some of the greatest creative thinkers of his time, and one who continues to inspire generations of artists today.

 

Megan Fox Kelly is the Advisor for Sales to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

International Exhibitions of Interest for the Summer Season

As highly-anticipated events such as the Venice Biennial, ArtBasel and Documenta make their mark on 2017’s summer art season, real enthusiasts may want to extend their travels beyond the main events. For these art enthusiasts looking to break away from the rush to Kassel or Venice, it might be of interest to be aware of notable local and international exhibitions running during the summer. Following a year of political upsets, tumultuous international relations and somewhat strained social landscapes, these exhibitions range in subject and message.


Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov: Fate of Nations, at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

The contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer dedicated his very first solo exhibition in Russia to the famous Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov. The exhibition is centered around the theme of the tragic cyclicality of conflict. Inspiring himself from Khlebnikov’s lyricism, Kiefer pays tribute to rusted ships and vessels in his paintings. These relics of war serve as reminders of the past as well as ominous tools for foreshadowing.

Exhibition will run May 30 – September 9, 2017. Admission 700 rubles ($12)


Carolee Schneeman: Kinetic Painting, at the Museum für Modern Kunst, Frankfurt

Freshly awarded the Golden Lion 2017 at the Biennale di Venezia, Carolee Schneeman will go down in art history as an artist unafraid to push the limits of her public. Her unprecedented performative use of the female body in her work challenged society’s attitude towards a woman’s sexuality. In its summer exhibition, the MMK presents some of her most famous works alongside previously unknown works, in an effort to draw attention to unexplored aspects of Schneeman’s artistry.

 Exhibition will run May 31 – September 24, 2017. Admission 16 euros ($18)


Sarah Lucas: The Good Muse, at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

With her work, Lucas takes a stand against stereotypical conception of femininity and sexuality. Her androgynous approach to self-portraiture, sculptures and installations confronts traditional understandings of the female body. The museum chose to exhibit her work in conjunction with Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Lucas’ works are to serve as a counterbalance to Rodin’s notorious embrace of the eroticizing male gaze on the female body.

Exhibition runs July 15 – September 17, 2017. Admission $15


Dana Schutz, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

The controversial inclusion of Shutz’s painting of the brutally murdered African-American teenager Emmett Till in the Whitney Biennial this year thrust her onto the public stage. This summer, Boston’s ICA puts on an exhibition studying the artist’s visually evocative style and use of vibrant color.

Exhibition runs July 26 – November 26. Admission $15


David Hockney, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the French museum is to present one of the most comprehensive retrospectives ever devoted to the English artist David Hockney. As Hockney approaches his 80th birthday, the exhibition presents works spanning six decades of his career. These include his most iconic paintings as well as his early works and more recent creations. The exhibition is set to celebrate Hockney’s influence on contemporary art as well as his artistic versatility.

Exhibition runs June 21 -  23 October, 2017. Admission 14 euros ($16)


Constructing Identity, at the Portland Art Museum

Following a year where race relations took center-stage and the discussion surrounding race in America gained traction, the Portland Art Museum brings together prominent contemporary African-American artists as well as lesser-known contributors who worked in the adverse social framework of the 1930s to the Civil Rights Era. The exhibition presents the work of over 80 artists and strives to bring voice to communities often under-represented in museums and galleries and give stage to a wider range of talents and perspectives.

Exhibition runs January 28 – June 18, 2017. Admission $20


Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde, at the Dallas Museum of Art

This exhibition brings together nearly 200 works spanning the first half of the twentieth century. Mexican icons such as Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera are shown alongside lesser-known artists, in an effort to showcase Mexico’s most influential artistic decades. As a cohesive unit, this exhibition pushes to broaden perceptions of Mexican art.

Exhibition runs March 12 – July 16, 2017. Admission $10

President, Association of Professional Art Advisors

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The Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA), the sole organization to establish guidelines for ethical art advisory practice and uphold standards of education and expertise, has elected Megan Fox Kelly (Principal, Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory, New York) President.  Megan is an advisor to private collectors, foundations, and estates and is a leading specialist in artist estates and artist-endowed foundations.  

Newly-elected fellow officers include Vice President Elizabeth Szancer (ESKart LLC, New York); Secretary, Lisa Austin(President, Lisa Austin & Associates, Miami); and Treasurer, Jennifer Duncan (Director, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, Washington, DC). 

New APAA Board members include Gabriel Catone (Ruth|Catone, New York), Patricia Dellorfano (Lead Curator, Fidelity Investments, Boston), and Mary Hoeveler (M.G. Hoeveler, Ltd., New York).

They join the current board: Cynthia Altman (Curator, Kykuit, New York), Kay Childs (Topol Childs, New York), Wendy Cromwell(Cromwell Art, LLC, New York), Lee White Galvis (Attorney, New York), Patrick Legant (Patrick Legant-Art Consultancy, London), and Todd Levin (Levin Art Group, New York). 

The organization salutes Joe Houston (Curator, Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City) who is completing a two-year term as President. “Joe has raised APAA’s profile as a resource for collectors, and the general public through on-line platforms and our newly designed APAA News,” says Megan Fox Kelly, “Thanks to his work, we continue to educate the public, media, and broader art community as advocates for standards of professional practice for qualified art advisors.”

About APAA

APAA, founded in 1980, is comprised of the leadingindependent art advisors and corporate art curators internationally.  Our advisors acquire, maintain and present art on behalf of private and public collections. Representing collectors in diverse areas of specialization, APAA members collectively purchase over $350 million annually at auction and over $400 million at galleries, private dealers and art fairs; and sell over $135 million for their clients on an annual basis.  Our members are required to adhere to specific standards of practice and the APAA’s Code of Ethics that establish and uphold professional standards and ethical work. 

 

APAA’s Affiliate members are individuals and companies, such as appraisers, auctioneers, conservators, insurance providers, shippers/handlers and registrars, who support art advisors and corporate art curators and in their practices. Membership is by nomination.

 

“APAA members are the leading practitioners in the field of art advisory internationally, and are distinguished as much by their independent, impartial advice, as by their years of education and experience.” says New York advisor Megan Fox Kelly. “We are not private dealers or auction house personnel and do not maintain inventories of art for sale. APAA members are independent advisors and advocates on behalf of their clients. We continue to grow our membership and look forward to welcoming art advisors and private collection curators who share our level of connoisseurship, scholarship, expertise in the art market, and ethical business practices. Our goal is to build a strong, representative international membership organization of art advisors who share our standards of practice.”  

 

         

 

ART LAW DAY

Megan Fox Kelly was honored to be a part of Art Law Day at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. As a member of a professional panel,“The Nitty-Gritty on Knoedler: The Details and the Practical Take Away,” the group discussed insights, information, and practical tips for appraisers and related art world professionals gained from the Kneodler gallery scandal.  Leading attorney, Emily Reisbaum and FBI Special Agent, Meredith Savona, both of whom were involved in the criminal investigation and civil cases, provided the details and background of the events of the case as it unfolded, untangling for the audience what was a complex and multi-layered fraud.  Attorney John Cahill moderated the discussion.  The group discussed how Knoedler has affected the art market and its methods of operating.  Megan provided the perspective of an art advisor and board member of the APAA, which upholds a standard Code of Ethics for its members designed to protect clients from fraudulent conduct.

 

Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum

Megan Fox Kelly was honored to join The Aspen Institute Artist Endowed Foundation’s Initiative as a part of the panel discussion on “Strategy Spotlight: Navigating the Art Market and the Art Dealer Relationship.” She joined panelists Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director, Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation; Leah Levy, Executive Director, Jay DeFeo Foundation; Morgan Spangle, Executive Director, Daedalus Foundation; Derek Gillman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Art History and Museum Leadership, Drexel University. The panel successfully examined the nature of gallery representation within the global, multi-platform art market.

 

 

 

Armory Show Panel on Quality and Value in Contemporary Art

Please join us at The Armory Show, Pier 94, in New York for a panel discussion on how experts assess quality  and value  in the current art market.

With the expansion of the art market in the last decade to one that is truly global, the vast amount of information and choices can make it challenging for collectors to determine what works have truly lasting quality.  Art advisors Megan Fox Kelly and Todd Levin will join in a discussion with leading international gallerists Thaddaeus Ropac and Marianne Boesky, moderated by renowned arts journalist and Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews, Sarah Douglas, Friday March 4th at 11:00.  The panel will address the meaning and relevance of quality and value in contemporary art and how experts make qualitative judgements.  

This panel is sponsored by the APAA, the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

2015 Art Books for Holiday Gifting

If your family, friends and clients love art and architecture, we have the solution to gift giving this holiday season. We’ve put together a list of our favorite exhibition catalogues, monographs and books published this year about American, Modern and Contemporary art. These publications will transport you to exhibitions around the world and place you within the walls of the world’s most important art institutions. These insightful and beautiful books are perfect for collectors, art enthusiasts and book lovers, and those you wish to inspire… 

Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season!


Picturing the Americas:  Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic

by Peter John Brownlee (Editor), Valéria Piccoli (Editor), Georgiana Uhlyarik (Editor)
$65 | Yale University Press


One of our favorite museum exhibition catalogues from 2015 is Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, published in conjunction with the exhibition co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, currently on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, through January 18, 2016. 

As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940. The catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O’Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico’s José María Velasco, Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, and Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral.

Exhibition: Art Gallery of Ontario; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil June 2015 - May 2016


Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail
by Jennifer Raab (Author)
$65 |Yale University Press


This book takes you on an adventure around the world as Jennifer Raab analyzes Frederic Church’s stunning landscape paintings.

Frederic Church (1826-1900), considered the most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-19th century, created monumental landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. The book traces Church’s movement away from working in oil on canvas to shaping the physical landscape of Olana, his self-designed estate on the Hudson River, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while also engaging with pressing ecological questions. Beautifully illustrated with dramatic spreads and striking details of Church’s works, Raab’s reconsideration of Church’s paintings is both insightful and engaging.
Source: yalepress.yale.edu 



Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
by Mark D. Mitchell (Editor), Bill Brown (Contributor), Katie A. Pfohl (Contributor), Carol Troyen (Contributor)
$65 | Yale University Press


Published in conjunction with the exhibition Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, should be on the shelf of every American art lover and collector.

The first survey of American still life in three decades, this fully illustrated catalogue documents 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media and divides American still life into four discrete eras, each characterized by a predominant form of vision: describing, indulging, discerning, and animating. Insightful introductory texts examine the connection between still life and America culture, the lasting impact on the genre and numerous other topics. Featuring masterpieces by John James Audubon, the Peale family, William Michael Harnett, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others, this survey of American still life from its beginnings in the late 1700s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s is newest standard reference on the subject.
Source: yalepress.yale.edu  

Exhibition: Philadelphia Museum of Art October 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016


Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio
by Timothy Standring
$45 | Yale University Press


We love books that give us the opportunity to enter an artist studio and this publication does just that.

Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition catalogue reveal how their art making converged and diverged over the years. This 224-page illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition "Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio," on view through February 7, 2016 at the Denver Art Museum. Author Timothy J. Standring provides the reader with a rare personal glimpse into the artists’ world by chronicling his visits to their studios in the Brandywine Valley and Midcoast Maine over the course of four years. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, this father and son produced strikingly different work. Standring situates each artist’s oeuvre in the context of their shared biographies, place, and artistic practices and should be on the top of any holiday wish list. 
Source: denverartmuseum.org

Exhibition: Denver Art Museum, November 8, 2015 - February 7, 2016


Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
by Helen Molesworth, Ruth Erickson
$75 | Yale University Press


While it is impossible to fully measure the tremendous impact Black Mountain College had on the development of contemporary art in America, this book certainly highlights it invaluable contributions.

In 1933, John Rice founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina as an experiment in making artistic experience central to learning. Though it operated for only 24 years, this pioneering school played a significant role in fostering avant-garde art, music, dance, and poetry, and an astonishing number of important artists taught or studied there. Among the instructors were Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Karen Karnes, M. C. Richards, and Willem de Kooning, and students included Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert De Niro Sr. and Cy Twombly.
Source: yalepress.yale.edu/


Ellsworth Kelly
by Tricia Paik
$125.00 | Phaidon Press


The only complete monograph to cover Ellsworth Kelly's entire career from the 1940s to today.

Created in close collaboration with the artist, this monograph encompasses his paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, postcard and prints, focusing on key phases and works of art from all periods. Enriched with in-depth interviews with Kelly, images from his personal archive, artworks by the artists who have inspired him, and his own works, this survey celebrates Kelly's individual approach to his art. This monograph also features short essays by leading writers and critics, including Robert Storr and Richard Schiff, and an illustrated narrative chronology, with many never before published images.
Source: phaidon.com



Frank Stella: A Retrospective 
By Michael Auping; With essays by Jordan Kantor and Adam D. Weinberg, and an interview with Frank Stella by Laura Owens.
$75 | whitney.org


Currently on view is the Whitney Museum of America Art’s inaugural retrospective, a career survey of Frank Stella (b.1936), one of the most important living American artists.

Frank Stella: A Retrospective is the most thorough examination to date of Stella’s astounding contributions in all media, which cemented his role as one of the significant practitioners of modern abstraction. Filled with an outstanding plate section comprises more than 100 works - many reproduced for the first time, a detailed chronology and an interview with Stella conducted by American painter Laura Owens, the art and life of Frank Stella is illuminated like never before.

Exhibition: Whitney Museum (October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2015); The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Apr 17, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016).

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
by Nancy Princenthal
$39.95 | Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (June 16, 2015)


Agnes Martin
by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell
$55| D.A.P (2015)


This year has brought renewed focus on the work of Agnes Martin, with the release of the first book-length biography on the artist and the debut of her first posthumous retrospective at the Tate Modern, London.

A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists though often identified with Minimalism, Martin was one of the few women artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and became a particularly important role model for younger women artists. After Martin left New York and moved to Cuba, New Mexico, in 1967, she did not paint for seven years, until the late 1970s when she began to exhibit regularly and have major traveling exhibitions. Together these publications tell the story of Martin’s successes and hardships and contain beautiful reproduce many of her abstract masterpieces.
Source: artbook.com and thamesandhudsonusa.com


Barnett Newman: The Late Work, 1965–1970
Bradford A. Epley and Michelle White; With a contribution by Sarah K. Rich
$55 | Yale University Press (Apr 28, 2015)


In the first scholarly publication devoted to the late work of Barnett Newman (1905–1970), the Menial Collection’s curator Michelle White and conservator Bradford A. Epley provide a rare glimpse into Newman’s somewhat mysterious studio practice, giving insight into his full body of work and an eye-opening analysis of three unfinished paintings. Best known for his zip paintings—in which vertical lines traverse large planes of color—Newman has come to define the spiritual aspirations and material innovations of American painting in the mid-20th century. His work was a departure from his contemporaries’ gestural abstraction and seems to have anticipated the Color Field paintings of the next generation. During the last five years of his life Newman worked primarily in acrylic rather than oil, used increasingly vibrant colors, and experimented with shaped canvases.
Source: menil.org


Roy Lichtenstein: Drawing First
by Danilo Eccher
$60 | Skira


Drawing remained at the center of Roy Lichtenstein’s artistic process, as complete works of art and original ideas that served as the source inspiration for his great, world-famous masterpieces. Written in close collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Estate and Foundation, this monograph is a stunning book which contains over 200 works on paper by the American artist, currently in important museum and private collections, as well as a rich selection of photographs documenting the artist at work.
Source: rizzoli.com



Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian, Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)
by Jonathan Fineberg
$60 |Pace Gallery (2015)


Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian, Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun) is a beautiful exhibition catalogue documenting a pivotal period for Rauschenberg’s work beginning in the mid-1990s.

The book celebrates the artist’s late work and is fundamental to understanding Rauschenberg’s powerful technique of combining dye transfer with novel supports including plaster, large-scale paper and polylaminate panels. The resulting approach would inspire the artist’s practice over the remainder of his life. Included in the catalogue is an  essay by art historian Jonathan Fineberg and full-color reproductions of works from his Anagram, Arcadian Retreat and Anagram (A Pun) series, including several work from Rauschenberg’s personal collection, which now makes up the holdings of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Exhibition: Pace Gallery, October 23 2015 to January 16, 2016



On Kawara
by Jeffrey Weiss, Anne Wheeler and On Kawara
$65 | Guggenheim Museum

When On Kawara opened at the Guggenheim Museum in February, Robert Smith described the exhibition as an “enthralling experience” that was “supremely beautiful.” The catalogue, published in conjunction with the show, reflects the success of the exhibition.

Kawara’s paintings were first shown at the Guggenheim Museum in the 1971 Guggenheim International Exhibition. Over 40 years later this large exhibition transformed the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda into a site within which audiences could reflect on an artistic practice of cumulative power and depth. Like the exhibition itself, the structure of the book was devised in close collaboration with the late artist. The exhibition catalogue contains essays on Kawara’s work by leading scholars and critics in various fields, including art history, literary studies, and cultural anthropology. It also includes substantial, authoritative descriptions of every category of his production—the first time such comprehensive information has appeared in print. The catalogue also contains reproductions of paintings and drawings produced in Paris and New York in the years that precede the works for which Kawara is best known, as well as rare images of materials related to his working process. The volume is published in four differently colored covers.
Source: guggenheimstore.org


Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray
$60 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Elaine De Kooning Portraits
by Brandon Brame Fortune
Prestel


They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, these catalogues accompany two exhibitions which showcased the ability to capture the true essence of their friends and colleagues in a single image---Sargent in the late 19th century, and DeKooning in the mid-20th.

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book is the first publication devoted to the brilliant portraits produced by the renowned American painter. Sargent’s captivating portraits are universally admired for their insight into character, radiance of light and color, and painterly fluency and immediacy. This unprecedented book showcases Sargent's cosmopolitan career in a new light—through his bold portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of them his close friends—giving us a picture of the artist as an intellectual and connoisseur of the music, art, and literature of his day.
Source: store.metmuseum.org

Elaine de Kooning Portraits was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC through January 10, 2016. De Kooning made both abstract and figurative paintings and drawings during the height of Abstract Expressionism in New York City. She is best known for her portrayals of men, including such well-known Americans as poets Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg, critic Harold Rosenberg, choreographer Merce Cunningham and painters Willem de Kooning, Robert De Niro Sr.  and  Fairfield Porter. 

Exhibition:  Elaine de Kooning Portraits, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, March 13, 2015 – January 10, 2016


Picasso Sculpture
Edited by Ann Temkin, Anne Umland. Text by Luise Mahler, Virginie Perdrisot
$85 | The Museum of Modern Art, New York


New York Times critic Roberta Smith wrote Picasso Sculpture is a “Touch down almost at any point, and you’ll learn something new.” Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at MoMA, this catalogue documents the first museum exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s innovative and influential work in three dimensions  in the United States in nearly half a century. This publication presents approximately 150 sculptures—many of them captured in newly commissioned and multi-view photographs—alongside a selection of works on paper and photographs. Organized into chapters that correspond to distinct periods during which Picasso devoted himself to sculpture, the publication features an introduction by the exhibition curators as well as a richly illustrated chronology focusing on the sculptures included in the exhibition.
Source: moma.com

Exhibition: The Museum of Modern Art, through Sunday, February 7, 2016


Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works
Edited by Marianne Stockebrand; With essays by William C. Agee, Richard Shiff, Marianne Stockebrand and Donald Judd
$45 | Yale University Press


We are always looking for smart books that focus on particular motifs, techniques or periods in an artist’s career.

This book colorfully illuminates how Donald Judd’s signature work transformed in 1984 when he radically revised his approach to color after learning of an industrial process for shaping and enameling aluminum in an array of colors from a commercial color chart. Focusing entirely on Judd’s multicolored works, this book features essays by leading scholars who examine the relationship between these works and his oeuvre as a whole. We were especially excited that this book contains a reproduction of Judd’s important 1993 text, “Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular,” and dozens of multicolored works accompanied by preparatory drawings and collages, as well as photographs from the studio and the factory.
Sources: yalepress.yale.edu/


Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting
By Emily Braun. Contributions by Megan Fontanella, Carol Stringari
$65 | Guggenheim Museum Publications


Another of our favorite museum shows of 2015.

Published to accompany the first U.S. retrospective of Italian artist Alberto Burri in more than 35 years, this book features a multichapter essay on the pioneering artist and his work; an examination of his reception in the United States; and an analysis of his materials and processes across various series, informed by a detailed conservation study. More than 250 images illustrate Burri’s diverse artistic production, which both demolished and reconfigured the Western pictorial tradition. This well written catalogue reenforces Burri’s important position in the history of modern art and illuminates the beauty and complexity of Burri’s process-based works.

Exhibition: Guggenheim Museum, October 9, 2015–January 6, 2016


Paul Gauguin
by Paul Gauguin, Raphaël Bouvier, Lukas Gloor, Sam Keller
$95 | Hatje Cantz


As one of the great European cultural highlights of this year, the exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler this spring brought together about fifty masterpieces by Gauguin from leading international museums and private collections. This extensive publication traces Gauguin's artistic development through reproductions of his masterworks of both painting and sculpture-from the multifaceted self-portraits and sacred paintings of his period in Brittany, and the idyllic, wistful paintings and archaic, mystical sculptures from Tahiti, to the late works made during his last years on the Marquesas Islands. In addition, this 230 page catalogue emphasizes his invaluable influence on modern and contemporary artists.
Source: barnesandnoble.com


Whitney Museum of American Art: Handbook of the Collection
by Dana Miller (Editor), Adam D. Weinberg (Introduction)
$35 |The Whitney Museum of American Art


Renzo Piano Whitney Museum
by Renzo Piano
$60 |Fondazione Renzo Piano


After closing their doors on the Upper East Side of Manhattan The Whitney Museum made its highly anticipated move downtown. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, situated between the High Line and the Hudson Rive, engages the Whitney directly with the bustling community of artists, galleries, educators, entrepreneurs, and residents of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village. In the Renzao Piano’s book he explains how his design takes a strong and strikingly asymmetrical form—one that responds to the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings and overhead railway.  Also published to coincide with the Whitney’s move, is this 432 page collection handbook which celebrates the museum’s storied past and vibrant present as it looks ahead to its future. Help celebrate this momentous event in the museum’s history with these exciting publications.
Source: whitney.com


MoMA Masterpieces: Painting and Sculpture
by Ann Temkin (Author)
$55 | Thames & Hudson Ltd (July 6, 2015)


Since its founding in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has brought the history of modern and contemporary art to life through its extraordinary holdings. Ann Temkins introduction addresses the historical construction of the Museum’s collection and explores the shifting issues that have guided its acquisitions, while the thoughtful selection of reproduced works highlights the range of art and ideas that constitute the evolving foundation of the Museum’s collection. It is a great survey of modern and contemporary art for new collectors and perfect for someone who hasn’t visited the museum.
Source: moma.com


High Art: Public Art on the High Line
Edited by Cecilia Alemani, Foreword by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Contribution by Johanna Burton and Linda Yablonsky
$45 | Skira Rizzoli


Since 2009, when the High Line opened to the public, over 23 million visitors have been witness to public art projects by over 120 national and international artists, animating the grounds of this unique "park in the sky.” High Art: Public Art on the High Line is the definitive book on the first five years of High Line Art, the public art program presented by Friends of the High Line. This 208 page book includes beautiful full color-photographs of installations, billboards, videos, performances, and sound works created by acclaimed artists, such as El Anatsui, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, Louise Lawler, Ed Ruscha, Carol Bove, Mark Grotjahn, and Sarah Sze. Short texts on artworks, artists' texts, an introduction by High Line Art Director & Chief Curator Cecilia Alemani, an essay on the history of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District will instantly transport you to the unique elevated park on New York City created on abandoned elevated railway line. Plus when you purchase this book you will help fund the non-profit Friends of the High Line, who raises 98% of the High Line’s annual budget.
Source: thehighline.org


China: Through the Looking Glass
by Andrew Bolton
$45 | Metropolitan Museum of Art


China: Through the Looking Glass made headlines this fall when the exhibition, produced by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was extended through Labor Day, putting it in fifth place among the Museum’s most visited exhibitions.

This catalogue is nothing short of breathtaking. For centuries, China has fueled the creative imagination and served as an enduring source of fashion inspiration. This stunning publication explores the influence of Chinese art, film, and aesthetics on international fashion designers, including Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. The exceptional gold- stamped silk cover gives way to a 296 page book filled with new photographs and Chinese- fold pages intermixed with translucent, printed vellum overlays.

Source: store.metmuseum.org 

Art Basel Miami Beach

This week, Miami will once again play host to some of the world’s largest and most important art fairs. The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. Collectors, dealers, art advisors and art lovers will all travel to Miami Beach to view and acquire art by established and emerging artists.

 

Megan Fox Kelly will be at Miami Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

 

Here is a guide to the key venues:

 

Art Basel Miami Beach

When: Dec. 3-6, 2015

Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive

in Miami Beach

 

Art Basel's flourishing Miami offshoot will take over Miami Beach from December 3 - 6, 2015, with a special VIP opening on December 2nd. 267 international galleries are set to show as part of the fair's main sectors along with numerous events to present art and design throughout Miami Beach through the week. 

Art Basel is comprised of multiple sectors, each of which has its own selection process and committee of experts, who review applications from galleries all over the world and select this year's participants. The nine sectors offer a diverse collection of artworks, including established artists and newly emerging artists, curated projects, site-specific experiential work, and video.

 

Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as pieces by a new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.

 

For fairgoers who are looking for art beyond the booths, as part of Art Basel's show in Miami Beach, the Miami’s Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Street near the Convention Center, will be transformed into a massive sculpture park filled with over 20 large-scale installations, kinetic artworks and an array of performances by leading and emerging international artists. This is the fifth year Art Basel and the Bass Museum of Art have partnered to produce the Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach. 

Art Basel Miami Director Noah Horowitz gives his forecast for this week's fair in the Observer: http://observer.com/2015/11/art-basel-miami-beach-director-noah-horowitz-gives-his-fair-week-forecast/







 

 

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

When: December 1 - December 5

Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

212-255-2327

www.pulse-art.com

 

Founded in 2005, PULSE is an established part of the annual art calendar with editions in New York and Miami Beach. The fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE Miami Beach welcomes galleries from three continents, with over 85% presenting three artists or fewer. Over a quarter of the fair is comprised of first-time exhibitors and nearly half participated in last year’s Miami edition.

 

 

 

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach

When: December 3-5, 2015

Where: Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach

http://nadaartfair.org/Fairs/2015/MiamiBeach 

Each December in Miami, NADA holds a renowned art fair to vigorously pursue our goals of exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.” NADA Miami Beach is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art.  Artinfo reports on the art, the dealers and NADA's new venue for 2015: http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2015/10/16/nada-miami-beach-brings-new-talent-to-a-new-home/

Other fairs: Aqua Art Miami; Art on Paper; Design Miami; Fridge Art Fair; Ink Miami; Miami Project; Satellite; Scope Miami; Untitled, Miami Beach

Wynwood Area  

Art Miami

When: December 1 - 6, 2015

Where: Midtown Miami | Wynwood

3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137

http://www.artmiamifair.com/ 
Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 82,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe annually. Entering its 26th edition, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries. 

Collections and Galleries:

The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation

95 NW 29 ST Miami, FL 33127 

http://rfc.museum

NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, will be on view in Miami from December 2, 2015 through May 28, 2016. This exhibition will focus on and celebrate work made by more than a hundred female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations that will entirely occupy the Foundation’s 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum. 

 

De La Cruz Collection, Contemporary Art Space

23 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137

http://www.delacruzcollection.org


The de la Cruz Collection presents their 2016 exhibition You've Got to Know the Rules...to Break Them which will be on view from December 1, 2015 to November 2016. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have selected a group of artists from their personal collection who have been associated with defining 21st century practice. Self-aware of the influence that technology and the rise of consumerism has had on their work, artists exhibited follow the cool forms of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Abstract Expressionism, while injecting their works with subtle negations of their own process. Looking at traditional techniques behind painting and sculpture, these works co-exist timelessly as strategies of stylistic appropriation raise questions of subjectivity and originality.

 

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

591 NW 27th Street Miami, FL 33127

ww.margulieswarehouse.com

 

The Warehouse exhibitions showcase art of our times featuring 20 and 21st century sculpture, photography, video, painting and large scale installation are by international artists culled from the renowned collection of Martin Z. Margulies. 

 

Permeant Exhibition includes art by:  

Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Flavin, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Amar Kanwar, Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, George Segal, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Franz West. 


Wynwood Arts District


The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.

Wynwood is a neighborhood in the City of Miami located north of downtown and roughly bounded by NW 36th Street (north), NW 20th Street (south), I-95 (west) and NE 1st Avenue (east). Gallery nights are held monthly, and the area is bustling during many of the annual art fairs held in Miami. 

 

The Value of An Appraisal

Having your fine art and antiques professionally appraised and knowing that your valuables are appropriately  insured be can a crucial step in the proper care and management of your collection.   An  understanding of the process and a little preparation will make the process go smoothly.

Your works of art, antiques and collectibles have an aesthetic and emotional value for you which cannot be quantified.  They likely have a significant financial value as well, and determining that value accurately requires expert advice.  Arranging for a professional appraisal of your fine art and collectibles can give you  peace of mind, knowing that your collection is properly managed and cared for.  An appraisal is essential to properly insuring your fine items; thereby protecting your investment in the event of damage or loss.  It is also an important part of estate planning, as the IRS requires one for determining the tax implications of inheritances and charitable donations.

Click here to read about the importance of appraising your collection: 

ADAA Art Show: Finest and longest running U.S. Art Fair

The Art Show, this country's most prestigious art fair, opens tonight for a private preview to benefit the Henry Street Setttlement House.  Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, the ADAA Art Show features carefully curated presentations of some of the finest modern and contemporary artists in the world. Dorsey Waxter, President of the ADAA spoke with Eileen Kinsella of Blouin ArtInfo about why the ADAA Art Show is so important and how they keep it relevant in the midst of the cacaphony of contemporary art fairs: We have tried to look carefully at what we do well and what we can do better, especially because of the competition. We have differ­ent constraints because our pool of applicants is from our member­ship which is 180 dealers within the United States. Because our fair is not large – 72 booths – we try to keep intact what we do best, which is to present a wide range of the highest caliber works by the best of our dealers. I think our audience appreciates our fair because there are not many other distractions. Keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization that benefits Henry Street Settlement. The proceeds of the gate go to Henry Street. Though The Art Show is all about dealers in the US, the works that they present are reflective of the global art scene. Was The Art Show always a little global in its tilt or is it a recent development? Although The Art Show comprises US dealers, the fair has always had galleries that have exhibited artists from other countries and conti­nents. Our members represent dif­ferent and diverse areas of art and ­often have an international roster of artists. Marian Goodman is a contemporary dealer that has shown a variety of European artists. Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art is dedicated to showing the work of modern Latin Americans. Galerie St Etienne, who have celebrated their 75th anniversary, specialize in the work of German Expressionists. The Art Show has always been as diverse as the dealers we represent. How has The Art Show survived the global financial fluctuations in all these 27 years? The most immediate reaction to financial fluctuations in the world is the number of applicants to the show. Yes, it can vary depending on the economy. We have always had more applicants than booths in the fair. In all these years, has there also been a change in the way artists handle their careers? Have you seen any noticeable evolution that makes artists of this age different from those of the time when the fair had just begun? Definitely. Artists are more pro-active in their careers and they have to be because the landscape of the market is so much more complex. One of the most interest­ing observations I can make con­cerning artists and art fairs is that years ago, an artist would not be caught dead at an art fair. Now, to have a one-person presentation by a dealer is prestigious. Artists fre­quently attend the opening of the fair and are involved in the instal­lation, just like in a gallery. Any issue related to the arts community that the ADAA advocacy is presently active on? We have been active in a state law that would protect art experts from frivolous lawsuits when they give their opinions on artworks. And we are hopeful that the Artists Museum Partnership Act will be proposed in the Congress which would allow artists to receive the full tax credit for the fair market value of their work when they donate it to a museum or not-for-profit institution. The Art Show will be held from March 4 through 8, at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at the 67th Street, New York City. Log on to www.artdealers.org.

The Art Show, this country's most prestigious art fair, opens tonight for a private preview to benefit the Henry Street Setttlement House.  Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, the ADAA Art Show features carefully curated presentations of some of the finest modern and contemporary artists in the world.

Dorsey Waxter, President of the ADAA spoke with Eileen Kinsella of Blouin ArtInfo about why the ADAA Art Show is so important and how they keep it relevant in the midst of the cacaphony of contemporary art fairs:

We have tried to look carefully at what we do well and what we can do better, especially because of the competition. We have differ­ent constraints because our pool of applicants is from our member­ship which is 180 dealers within the United States. Because our fair is not large – 72 booths – we try to keep intact what we do best, which is to present a wide range of the highest caliber works by the best of our dealers. I think our audience appreciates our fair because there are not many other distractions. Keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization that benefits Henry Street Settlement. The proceeds of the gate go to Henry Street.

Though The Art Show is all about dealers in the US, the works that they present are reflective of the global art scene. Was The Art Show always a little global in its tilt or is it a recent development?

Although The Art Show comprises US dealers, the fair has always had galleries that have exhibited artists from other countries and conti­nents. Our members represent dif­ferent and diverse areas of art and ­often have an international roster of artists. Marian Goodman is a contemporary dealer that has shown a variety of European artists. Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art is dedicated to showing the work of modern Latin Americans. Galerie St Etienne, who have celebrated their 75th anniversary, specialize in the work of German Expressionists. The Art Show has always been as diverse as the dealers we represent.


How has The Art Show survived the global financial fluctuations in all these 27 years?

The most immediate reaction to financial fluctuations in the world is the number of applicants to the show. Yes, it can vary depending on the economy. We have always had more applicants than booths in the fair.

In all these years, has there also been a change in the way artists handle their careers? Have you seen any noticeable evolution that makes artists of this age different from those of the time when the fair had just begun?

Definitely. Artists are more pro-active in their careers and they have to be because the landscape of the market is so much more complex. One of the most interest­ing observations I can make con­cerning artists and art fairs is that years ago, an artist would not be caught dead at an art fair. Now, to have a one-person presentation by a dealer is prestigious. Artists fre­quently attend the opening of the fair and are involved in the instal­lation, just like in a gallery.

Any issue related to the arts community that the ADAA advocacy is presently active on?

We have been active in a state law that would protect art experts from frivolous lawsuits when they give their opinions on artworks. And we are hopeful that the Artists Museum Partnership Act will be proposed in the Congress which would allow artists to receive the full tax credit for the fair market value of their work when they donate it to a museum or not-for-profit institution.

The Art Show will be held from March 4 through 8, at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at the 67th Street, New York City. Log on to www.artdealers.org.

American Embassy in Rome and Rome Film Festival

The European premiere of the HBO documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr. was celebrated at the 2014 Rome Film Festival. The Fondazione Cinema per Roma and the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts organized a screening of the documentary by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, dedicated to the life and work of Robert De Niro, Sr. After the film, Italian film critic, and Rome Film Festival senior programmer Mario Sesti moderated a panel discussion with the artist’s son Robert De Niro.  In honor of the European premiere of the documentary, United States Ambassador to Italy John Phillips and his wife Linda Douglass hosted a private screening of the film at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. The event was attending by Robert De Niro, HBO filmmaker Perri Peltz, art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, art industry professionals in Rome and other distinguished guests..

The European premiere of the HBO documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr. was celebrated at the 2014 Rome Film Festival. The Fondazione Cinema per Roma and the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts organized a screening of the documentary by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, dedicated to the life and work of Robert De Niro, Sr. After the film, Italian film critic, and Rome Film Festival senior programmer Mario Sesti moderated a panel discussion with the artist’s son Robert De Niro. 

In honor of the European premiere of the documentary, United States Ambassador to Italy John Phillips and his wife Linda Douglass hosted a private screening of the film at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. The event was attending by Robert De Niro, HBO filmmaker Perri Peltz, art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, art industry professionals in Rome and other distinguished guests..

Art Expo Chicago 2014

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO CHICAGO features over 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. 

In addition to the galleries and artists on view, the exposition also includes a Special Exhibitions program, featuring select non-profits and institutions, /Dialogues panel discussions in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works, and IN/SITU, a curated selection of site-specific projects.

Drawing upon the city's rich history as a destination for arts and culture, EXPO CHICAGO bridges a critical gap for Chicago's contemporary art community by engaging with regional, national, and international institutions and collectors.


Megan Fox Kelly will be at Expo Chicago again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

In addition to the exposition, EXPO CHICAGO, in conjunction with CHOOSE CHICAGO, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and DCASE, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, introduce EXPO ART WEEK (September 15–21, 2014). With EXPO CHICAGO itself as the centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK joins together with over 45 of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions to highlight and align the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago has to offer to collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts – including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art projects, and special dining experiences.

Location

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

New York Museum Shows to See This Fall

Whether you're coming to New York this fall for business, fun, or to see the upcoming art auctions, take some time to see the vast array of terrific shows at the city's museums.  
Roberta Smith of the New York Times highlights the shows of the new season that are not  to be missed:

One of the biggest events for New York is the unveiling of Leonard Lauder’s magnanimous donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 80 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures by Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso.  Through February 16th, 2015.  

The Modern, in turn, will look to the final flowering of an early modernist who ignored Cubism with “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opening on Oct. 12, a show that is bound to reshape the understanding of midcentury abstraction.

Another high-profile effort is the quadricentennial commemoration of El Greco’s death with exhibitions that group 29 of his paintings at three East Coast museums: 15 can be seen at the Met — six lent by the Hispanic Society of America — and three at the Frick Collection in New York (both opening on Nov. 4); 11 others will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (opening on Nov. 2). If these paintings were consolidated in one museum, they would rival the Prado’s holdings in El Greco.

New York’s recent run of strong museum retrospectives is sure to be extended by the Modern’s tribute, opening on Oct. 4, to the enigmatic American sculptor Robert Gober, who has been turning American life inside out since the 1980s. This show should also continue the schooling of New York’s curators in the craft of exhibition-making initiated by the Modern’s Christopher Williams show and the Whitney’s Jeff Koons survey. The installation of the Modern’s retrospective of the irreverent early appropriationist Elaine Sturtevant, starting on Nov. 9, may be iffier because she died in May, but she probably left the curators with plenty of ideas about how she wanted things done.

Other surveys include the one of the great Judith Scott, who wrapped fabric and wood in colored yarn to create mysterious talismanic forms. It will open at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Oct. 24, making it one of the only recent surveys of an outsider artist in a New York museum other than the American Folk Art Museum.

Speaking of enigmatic, on Nov. 23 the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwill mount the first major survey of the French artist Pierre Huyghe. Down the coast are two shows that are a bit more overdue: a five-decade overview of the abstract painter Jack Whitten at the La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens Sept. 20, and opening on Nov. 1 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park is “Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition,” a three-decade examination of the achievement of one of postwar American art’s best ceramic sculptors.

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Some 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3000 attendees comprise the annual Festival, launched in 2005, on the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado. Imagine some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world – gathered in a single place, ready to teach, speak, lead, question and answer – all interacting with an audience of thoughtful people who have stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.   The Aspen Institute produces the Aspen Ideas Festival in concert with its partner, The Atlantic. The mission of the Festival is to create a stimulating and invigorating convocation that links some of the foremost thinkers in the world today with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy, and so forth, who will both share ideas and questions and drive thought to action.

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Some 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3000 attendees comprise the annual Festival, launched in 2005, on the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado.

Imagine some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world – gathered in a single place, ready to teach, speak, lead, question and answer – all interacting with an audience of thoughtful people who have stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.  

The Aspen Institute produces the Aspen Ideas Festival in concert with its partner, The Atlantic. The mission of the Festival is to create a stimulating and invigorating convocation that links some of the foremost thinkers in the world today with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy, and so forth, who will both share ideas and questions and drive thought to action.

Evening Session Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. (Film and Discussion) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014 Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of artists who enjoyed success in his early career during the 1940s and 50s in New York City. But the art market of post-war France offered little opportunity for De Niro. He returned to the United States and continued to paint in relative obscurity. He found solace writing about his hopes and dreams in his journals and poems, hoping that one day his work would be rediscovered. Finally, his dreams were realized, orchestrated by the man who knew him best—his son, the actor, Robert De Niro. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue," made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner. Robert De Niro, Perri Peltz, Jane Rosenthal, Megan Fox Kelly Paepke Auditorium

Evening Session
Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. (Film and Discussion)

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014

Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of artists who enjoyed success in his early career during the 1940s and 50s in New York City. But the art market of post-war France offered little opportunity for De Niro. He returned to the United States and continued to paint in relative obscurity. He found solace writing about his hopes and dreams in his journals and poems, hoping that one day his work would be rediscovered. Finally, his dreams were realized, orchestrated by the man who knew him best—his son, the actor, Robert De Niro. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue," made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.

Robert De NiroPerri PeltzJane RosenthalMegan Fox Kelly

Paepke Auditorium

Basel: The Olympics of The Art World

The premier international art show of its kind for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World,' Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars. Megan Fox Kelly will be at Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace. Art Basel's individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks, and Megan Fox Kelly will be there as VIP events begin early Tuesday morning. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week. Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews.  

The premier international art show of its kind for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World,' Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

Megan Fox Kelly will be at Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

Art Basel's individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks, and Megan Fox Kelly will be there as VIP events begin early Tuesday morning. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews.
 

The Life and Career of Robert De Niro, Sr. on HBO, Monday June 9th

HBO hosted a premiere for the documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. on June 5, 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, followed by a private opening reception and dinner at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea, where De Niro Sr.’s paintings and drawings are on display and for sale.  The film will air on HBO on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9pm. The exhibition continues at DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, NY through July 11, 2014. Follow information about the film on Facebook and Twitter.

HBO hosted a premiere for the documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. on June 5, 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, followed by a private opening reception and dinner at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea, where De Niro Sr.’s paintings and drawings are on display and for sale. 

The film will air on HBO on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9pm.

The exhibition continues at DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, NY through July 11, 2014.

Follow information about the film on Facebook and Twitter.

Pictured are Megan Fox Kelly, art advisor to The Estate of Robert De Niro Sr., Perri Peltz, the film's producer and co-director, and Geeta Gandbhir, co-director and editor, on the red carpet preceding the premiere at MoMA. 

Pictured are Megan Fox Kelly, art advisor to The Estate of Robert De Niro Sr., Perri Peltz, the film's producer and co-director, and Geeta Gandbhir, co-director and editor, on the red carpet preceding the premiere at MoMA. 

HBO Documentary Films presents Remembering the Artist

Studio of Robert De Niro, Sr., New York Photograph by Rudy Valdez

Studio of Robert De Niro, Sr., New York Photograph by Rudy Valdez

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

Film debuts Monday, June 9th at 9:00 pm on HBO

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST is a deeply moving portrait of the painter told by art experts, the artists who worked alongside him, by De Niro Sr. himself via found footage interviews, and most affectingly by his son, the actor Robert De Niro, Jr.  De Niro, Jr. reads from his father’s letters and journals and provides his own moving recollections of his father’s personal and professional struggles, as part of his own mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy and artwork. Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, Irving Sandler, scholar and critic, art advisor, Megan Fox Kelly, and fellow artists Albert Kresch and Paul Resika explain how De Niro, Sr.'s professional career fell in and out of step with the American art scene--a scene that changed drastically throughout his lifetime.   

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST was directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir and produced by Perri Peltz.  Rudy Valdez served as director of photography and Geeta Gandbhir served as editor.  Music is by Phillip Glass.  Megan Fox Kelly served as Art Advisor.  

The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO June 9th at 9 pm.

An exhibition of the artist's work will open at DC Moore Gallery, New York on Friday, June 6th and will run through July 11th.

Among Top Art Advisors Featured in Art+Auction magazine

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT
CHOOSING AN ART ADVISOR

By Eric Bryant, Art+Auction
Published: October 7, 2013

Buying art is an increasingly complex endeavor. Professional art advisors are at the ready to help with all these tasks and more. But with the range of collecting areas increasing all the time and no regulators overseeing the industry, finding the right advisor can be a challenge.

Art+Auction magazine spoke with several leading art advisors, including Megan Fox Kelly, about how clients should go about seeking their best match and maximizing that relationship.

Some excerpts follow:

Collectors of all stripes can benefit from working with an advisor, but they may require different services depending on their level of knowledge at the outset. “Many new collectors dive in too quickly,” says Megan Fox Kelly, an advisor who has run her own firm for nearly 15 years. “Taking the time to look, read, learn—to go to museums, private collections, galleries, studios, and art fairs with your advisor and to really learn what kind of art is truly exciting to you—will make for a much more meaningful collection in the long run.” Once you establish your tastes, introductions to top dealers and access to works not available to the man off the street are the basic starting points.

For those whose walls are already crowded, an adviser can provide a clear eye to help analyze the quality of holdings and identify gaps. Maintaining diverse holdings of art can involve many tasks—some esoteric and some mundane—that may be unfamiliar to collectors, and advisors can help.

Advisors can also bring experience to bear on a range of questions touching on charitable donations and estate planning. “A great deal of my work focuses on museums,” says Megan Fox Kelly. “For many of my clients, the most rewarding aspects of collecting involve supporting shows and making loans and gifts. I research where the gifts will make the greatest impact. On the financial planning side, we explore options for bequests to museums or family members, [or for] designating works for eventual sale to benefit a charitable institution.”

Read the full Art+Auction article.

Sundance Film Festival Premieres Documentary Short Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR.  IS A MOVING, DEEPLY PERSONAL LOOK AT THE LIFE AND CAREER OF THE ESTEEMED FIGURATIVE PAINTER

HBO Documentary Films Presentation Premieres in the Short Film Program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival


HBO Documentary Films Presentation Premieres in the Short Film Program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

In 1945, painter Robert De Niro, Sr.’s work was included in the fall exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery alongside the work of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.  The following year, De Niro had his first solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s gallery, an extremely prestigious honor for a young painter. However, this well-received exhibition would prove to be the highpoint of De Niro, Sr.’s public success. As his work soon fell out of step with the popular art movements of the time, De Niro struggled with poverty and desperation.

The HBO Documentary Films presentation REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. is a deeply moving portrait of the painter told by art experts, the artists who worked alongside him, by De Niro, Sr. himself, via found footage interviews, and most affectingly by his son. Actor Robert De Niro, Jr. reads from his father’s letters and journals and provides his own moving recollections of his father’s personal and professional struggles as part of his own mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy and artwork.

In REMEMBERING THE ARTIST, Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art, art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, and fellow artists Albert Kresch and Paul Resika explain how De Niro, Sr.’s professional career fell in and out of step with the American art scene – a scene that changed drastically in the years leading up to World War II. In the early 1930s, avant garde European artists, politically oppressed by the Nazi party, came to the U.S. and took up teaching positions, exposing young American art students to the newest trends in European art.  


One of the most important of these teachers was Hans Hofmann, an Abstract Expressionist who set up schools in New York City and Provincetown, Mass., where an entire generation of young American painters studied.  De Niro, Sr. studied in Provincetown and New York with Hoffman, who called him one of his most promising students ever.

De Niro, Sr.’s two shows at Guggenheim’s Art of This Century followed.  At a young age, he had found his artistic voice and was greatly admired by his colleagues.  He was part of the celebrated New York School of artists who were well-known during the 1940s and ‘50s. His paintings blended abstract and expressionist styles with a representational subject matter, bridging the divide between European Modernism and Abstract Expressionism.

De Niro, Sr.’s initial success was short-lived, as his work was eclipsed first by the American Abstract Expressionist painters and later by the emergence of Pop Art. As the art world embraced these new movements in the late 1950s and early 1960s, more traditional painters like De Niro were marginalized. De Niro went to Paris to immerse himself in the art of the masters and enliven his own work and career. But the art market of post-war France offered him little opportunity. He returned to the United States and continued to paint in relative obscurity until his death from prostate cancer in 1993 on his 71st birthday. He found solace writing about his hopes and dreams in his journals, hoping that one day, his work would be rediscovered and afforded the critical acclaim that had eluded him throughout his career.

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST also traces De Niro, Sr.’s personal story from his childhood in Syracuse, NY, where he felt misunderstood by his demanding father, to his marriage to Virginia Admiral, an up-and-coming painter herself, whom he met at Hofmann’s school, to the birth of his child, Robert De Niro, Jr. in 1943.   When De Niro, Jr. was a toddler, his parents separated, likely because of De Niro, Sr.’s unacknowledged homosexuality. They would, however, always remain close.  As De Niro, Jr., grew up, he observed his father’s career disappointments and bouts of depression.  De Niro, Jr. movingly talks of the irony of dealing with the early days of his own success as an actor while taking trips to France to try to help his father, literally carrying paintings under his arm from art gallery to art gallery. Robert De Niro, Jr. has remained committed to honoring his father’s legacy after his death, maintaining his art studio as it was when his father worked there so that his children will appreciate their grandfather’s work.

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. was directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir and produced by Perri Peltz.  Rudy Valdez served as director of photography and Geeta Gandbhir served as editor.  Megan Fox Kelly served as art advisor.  Music is by Phillip Glass.

ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. (Photograph ©1966 Paul Waldman)

ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. (Photograph ©1966 Paul Waldman)

Frieze London 2013

The 11th edition of Frieze London, the leading international contemporary art fair, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 17–20 October 2013. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the tenth consecutive year.

World’s leading contemporary art galleries

Redesigned for 2013, Frieze London brings 152 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries to the UK this October. The change in the design of the fair will introduce more sizable public areas and wider aisles as well as a new layout of galleries.

The fair is housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke to provide the best conditions for showing and viewing art. Additions to last year’s participants include: Blum & Poe (Los Angeles);Marian Goodman (New York); Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin); Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg); Maccarone (New York); Overduin and Kite (Los Angeles); and Rodeo (Istanbul).

Exhibitors from 30 countries will participate in the 11th edition of the fair confirming the fair’s position as one of the world’s leading contemporary art events. This year’s gallery list includes those from territories including Brazil, China, Columbia, Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico and South Africa.

The eleventh edition features two specialist sections: Focus, dedicated to galleries up to ten years old presenting projects specifically conceived for Frieze, and Frame, for young galleries who will show solo artist presentations.

The selection of the Frame galleries was advised by curators Rodrigo Moura and Tim Saltarelli. For the second time Frieze will present Frieze Masters, to coincide with Frieze London, a new fair with a contemporary perspective on historical art. Together the crossover between the two fairs build a broad international art audience.