ARTnews in Brief: Stephen Westfall Joins Alexandre, MoMA Wins Bessie Award—and More from October 16, 2019 – ARTnews

Stephen Westfall, 'After Sunrise,' 2018

Stephen Westfall, After Sunrise, 2018.


Wednesday, October 16

Stephen Westfall Joins Alexandre Gallery in New York
Stephen Westfall, who’s known for richly colored hard-edged abstractions that are inspired by a wide array of historical precedents, now shows in New York with Alexandre Gallery, the Midtown Manhattan specialist in American art that also represents Lois Dodd and the estates of Will Barnet and Neil Welliver. Westfall had previously been repped in the city by Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., which went into private practice earlier this year after more than 30 years in business, operating first in SoHo, then Chelsea. The artist’s first solo show with Alexandre will take place next fall. New Yorkers who cannot wait that long to see some Westfall should take the N or W train over to the 30th Avenue subway station in Astoria, Queens, where he recently unveiled permanent installations in laminated glass that were commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. —Andrew Russeth

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ugo Rondinone Pays Tribute to John Giorno in Paris Show
An exhibition on view now in Paris at Kamel Mennour gallery is dedicated to John Giorno, the famed artist and poet who died last week at age 82. Ugo Rondinone, Giorno’s husband and partner of more than 20 years, is the one paying homage. A dedication for Rondinone’s solo show, spread across the gallery’s three Paris locations, reads: “In memory of John Giorno. The love of my life.” At one location, a Rondinone sculpture that reads “WE ARE POEMS” alludes to Giorno’s idiosyncratic experiments with text by making reference to his work.

Public Art Group Raises Funds for U.S. Asylum Seekers
The Immigrant Yarn Project, a collaborative public art initiative founded in 2017 by artist and activist Cindy Weil, will donate proceeds from sales of 25 works to two nonprofits: the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and the International Rescue Committee, both of which work with refugees and other immigrants in the United States. Sculptural totems, which are made from yarn and fibrous materials and were exhibited at San Francisco’s Fort Point National Historic Site earlier this year, are available for purchase on the IYP’s website. Weil said in a statement, “Art can do more than just reference social injustice, it can become a physical act of social good. … By putting money towards the organizations providing frontline services and support to immigrants in peril at the border and across the country, we aim to make a positive impact.”

MoMA Exhibition Wins Bessie Award
The Museum of Modern Art‘s exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done” has won a 2019 Bessie Award for outstanding revival. The show, which ran from September 2018 to February 2019, focused on the choreographers and artists whose collaborations at the Judson Memorial Church in New York’s Greenwich Village resulted in innovative and disruptive new art forms. The Bessie Awards lauded the exhibition—which included photography, sculpture, film, and live performances—for “placing the work in the larger social and political context in which it was made, and giving it new relevance in the current moment.”

DC Moore Gallery Adds Estate of Stephen Mueller to Roster
The New York–based DC Moore Gallery now represents the estate of Stephen Mueller jointly with Texas Gallery in Houston. Mueller is best known for vibrant abstract canvases in the Color Field tradition that incorporate a variety of influences, from Mexican pottery to non-Western religious traditions. Works by Mueller, who died in 2011 at the age of 63, can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Denver Museum of Art, and other institutions. An exhibition of Mueller’s later works is currently on view in DC Moore’s project gallery through November 9.

Marie Karlberg, 'Limited Moves,' performance at Tramps, London, 2017

Marie Karlberg, Limited Moves, performance at Tramps, London, 2017.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Gavlak Gallery Moves to New Spaces in Los Angeles and Palm Beach
After closing her operations in Los Angeles and Palm Beach, Florida, for part of the summer, dealer Sarah Gavlak is reopening her galleries in two new exhibition spaces this fall. Gavlak will move from Hollywood to a 4,500-square-foot location, complete with a private showroom and a separate project space, in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s part of an arts complex that also includes Susanne Vielmetter and Nicodim Gallery. The inaugural exhibition in the L.A. venue, which opens October 26, will feature works by Lisa Anne AuerbachMarilyn MinterBetty Tompkins, and others. In Palm Beach, Gavlak will take up residence at the Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping center. The Florida outpost will open in November with a solo presentation by Candida Alvarez.

NADA Miami Names 2019 International Gallery Prize Recipient
The Paris-based gallery Bonny Poon is the winner of the fourth annual NADA Miami International Gallery Prize, which gives enterprises outside the United States the opportunity to exhibit at the NADA Miami fair. Bonny Poon will present works by Marie Karlberg, Ilya Lipkin, Kunle F. Martins, and Julian Tromp in its debut presentation at the fair, which runs from December 5 to 8. In a statement, gallery cofounder and director Bonny Poon said, “At a time when fairs can be financially difficult, the International Gallery Prize is a vital and urgent reminder of what it means to actually support young galleries.”

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