In a major coup, the Getty Museum has recently acquired 29 photographs from the late artist Cy Twombly. Considering that Twombly is more well-known for his abstract works on canvas does not diminish his photographic abilities. The collection, which spans 57 years, is lush, vibrant and uniquely Twombly. Here: Lemon, Gaeta, 2008 and The Artists Shoes, 2002.
Right now at the J. Paul Getty Museum is a stunning display of physiognomy titled “Messerschmidt and Modernity”. This novel exhibition features the facial busts of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt from the 18th century and dissects how his innovative approach to sculpture is reflected and interpreted throughout the following centuries; particularly by the likes of Bruce Nauman and Arnulf Rainer (whose work is pictured below, “Bart Im Aug” 19776-77). Shown on top: “The Ill-Humored Man” 1771-1783
Last night saw the end of this years Art Basel in Switzerland where upwards of $2 billion worth of art exchanged hands. Among the crowd on the walls was this Gerhard Richter abstract from 1986: A.B. Courbet, which was up for $20 million. Also in attendence was this gem from Rodney Graham: Small Modernist Paintings, 2005.
The FLAG Art Foundation is taking an obscure ‘step’ towards innovation: they are hosting a group exhibition of works of art that are displayed in situ…on the floor. Various forms of sculpture and light installation from artists such as Lynda Benglis and Michael Phelan are featured. Here, Phelan’s Tomorrow’s A New Day…, 2009-2011 and Benglis’ Untitled, 1970
Brice Marden reemerges with a successful show at Matthew Marks gallery. The minimalist painter proves he can push his creativity forward by painting Chinese-influenced works of abstraction on marble slabs. Here, First Square, 2011.
Helmut Lang’s latest exhibition at 24 Washing Square North in Manhattan features phallic sculptures made from industrial and found materials; proving that though the end result is different, Lang still knows how to work with fabrics.
Has the sculptor Zaha Hadid entered into designing furniture? Here is Liguid Glacial which will be featured alongside her more typical wares at London’s David Gill Showroom.
Newly graduated MFA Allison Gildersleeve currently has a show of her multi-layered abstracts at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York. Read an article on the prolific artist by clicking the image.
George Condo has once again designed a cover for a Kanye West single. This time: Theraflu
Damien Hirst has a major survey of his work up at The Tate Modern in London. The swirling debate is whether Hirst deserves a museum retrospective or is just a flash-in-the-pan commodity. Either way, he is still one of the talked about figures in contemporary art today. Here: In and Out of Love, 1991