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Noah Becker's Art World: The Frick will reopen to the public, Sotheby’s announces John Richardson: A Scholar Collects and other art world news

The Frick Madison, formerly The Met Breuer. 

Compiled By NOAH BECKER July, 2020

Noah Becker's Art World: Some news from around the art world this week in New York and other international locations...

The Frick will reopen to the public in early 2021 in the modernist Marcel Breuer building, the former site of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer. The temporary location, called Frick Madison, will house the Frick’s collections, programs, and staff during the renovation and expansion of their historic building at 1 East 70th Street. 

From early 2021 through 2022, Frick Madison will present an installation of masterworks in the permanent collection, inviting new perspectives while still offering the intimate experience for which the Frick is known. Frick Madison will also include a reading room with resources of the Frick Art Reference Library available to the general public. 

Works by Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Georges Braque, and more pictured in Richardson's famed Fifth Avenue loft. Photograph by François Halard.

Sotheby’s announced John Richardson: A Scholar Collects, a unique collection of more than 50 paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and prints spanning contemporary art, Old Masters, modern art, and more from the renowned art historian and award-winning biographer of Pablo Picasso. Among the many remarkable works in Richardson’s collection are pieces he received personally from many of the leading luminaries of 20th century art, such as Picasso, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Georges Braque. The collection is comprised of works from Richardson’s Fifth Avenue loft, noted for its aristocratically bohemian interiors that mixed antiquities with modern and contemporary art for a uniquely eclectic style, and was recently chronicled in John Richardson: At Home (Rizzoli, 2019) with photography by François Halard. 

The sale series will kick off with a special single-lot Prints & Multiples auction of Andy Warhol’s 1975 portrait of The Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger (inscribed by Warhol “To John R”), which is set to take place in September. The sale series will then continue throughout the fall at Sotheby’s New York and London. There will also be a corresponding sale of furniture, decorative items and other objet d’art from Richardson’s Fifth Avenue home by STAIR on 17 September. 

Intersect Aspen is an online-only art fair in 2020 due to COVID-19, which will resume its physical presence in Aspen in 2021. The online viewing room includes 110 exhibitors from 28 countries, and will be live from July 22-26, 2020 at IntersectAspen.com. Intersect Aspen will also be live on Artsy from July 22-August 22, 2020. Kopeikin Gallery will participate, Visit intersect Aspen Here

The pulsating Hamptons art fair scene has gone online with the 2020 Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, 600+ national and international galleries will showcase post-war and contemporary art at the VIP Sneak Peek from July 23 at 12 pm to July 26 at 8 pm.  This is your invite to log into the most cutting edge, widest ranging and dynamic marketplace of important artworks ever presented in the Hamptons.  

Register now:  https://www.hamptonsvirtualartfair.com/visitors

The long-awaited Berlin Art Week is approaching with more than 100 international galleries will present their most important positions in contemporary and modern art at this year's POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair and paper positions.berlin from September 10 - 13, at Berlin-Tempelhof Airport. In addition, photo basel and the second edition of FASHION POSITIONS will take place simultaneously as special guests. 

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Jay Pahre: ecologies on the move Sliding between drawing, sculpture and writing, Pahre's practice examines transness and queerness where they rub up against the nonhuman. He considers through prose and sketches the myriad ecologies present on the island of Minong, or Isle Royale, located in northwestern Lake Superior: "it’s sliding out along damp ground, it’s scooting over leaves meshed thick with sodden mold, it’s springing underfoot and pushing heaving against the movement of bodies up above, it’s wriggling, a shivering, bolting, gnarly thing that chews at the bristling it thrushes itself against" ...READ MORE 

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Portraits of a president Contributed by Sharon Butler / CNN reported that the official portraits of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have been removed from the Grand Foyer of the White House and replaced with portraits of Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.Who directed that McKinley and Roosevelt supplant Bush and Clinton? In the absence of publicly reported facts, Butler considered some plausible scenarios. Read more.

Looted by American Artist debuts on artport, the Whitney’s portal to Internet art and online gallery space for commissions of net art.

Looted temporarily replaces all of the images on whitney.org with textures of plywood while the webpage backgrounds change to black and the text on them fades. The artwork symbolically and literally boards up the Museum and its website in an act of both redaction and refusal.

Through this project, American Artist examines the distinction and tension between protest and looting, extending this physicality to the online space, which has been the primary site for viewing art and cultural programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an intervention into a museum website, Looted underscores that no space can remain unaffected by the examination of and demands for racial justice. The work also alludes to larger discussions of restitution and critiques of those cultural institutions who hold looted objects.

Artport is the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet art and an online gallery space for commissions of net art and new media art. Originally launched in 2001, artport provides access to original art works commissioned specifically for artport by the Whitney; documentation of net art and new media art exhibitions at the Whitney; and new media art in the Museum's collection. 

Galerie Eva Presenhuber is presenting Positions on Photography, an online-only exhibition featuring Doug AitkenWalead BeshtyLucas BlalockMartin BoyceShannon EbnerHadi FallahpishehSam FallsPeter Fischli David WeissWyatt KahnKaren Kilimnik,Diane Severin NguyenTorbjørn RødlandUgo Rondinone, and Steven ShearerPositions on Photography, online until September 19, examines myriad approaches to the medium both within their gallery program and beyond.

They are donating 10% of gross profits from sales of all works from this online exhibition to the Food Bank for New York City.

To explore the exhibition, please click here. Their sales team is reachable here. WM

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Noah Becker

Noah Becker is an artist and the publisher and founding editor of Whitehot Magazine. He shows his paintings internationally at museums and galleries. Becker also plays jazz saxophone. Becker's writing has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, Garage, Art in America, Interview Magazine, Canadian Art and the Huffington Post. He has written texts for major artist monographs published by Rizzoli and Hatje Cantz. Becker directed the New York art documentary New York is Now (2010). Becker's new album of original music "Mode For Noah" was released in 2023. 


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