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Ray Johnson Spree Continues at Richard L. Feigen & Co.

On Thursday, November 6, Richard L. Feigen & Co. will open “Ray Johnson’s Art World,” an exhibition that pairs the artist’s work with that of his contemporaries — including Andy Warhol, Lynda Benglis, John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, and Yoko Ono, among others. The show runs parallel to that of Johnson’s previously unseen works at Karma (which was also co-organized by Feigen & Co. director Frances Beatty, the executor of Johnson’s estate). Plus, both exhibitions come on the heels of Elizabeth Zuba’s “Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994,” published this past July. Though Johnson may once have been dubbed “the most famous unknown artist” in a 1965 New York Times review, given this lineup, he’s not likely to remain unknown much longer.


Pace Hosts Show to Benefit APJ

For the second year in a row, non-profit Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is organizing a selling exhibition to benefit its education programs. Curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin and held at Pace Gallery, “Fierce Creativity” features work from nearly 50 artists with prices that have been set by the makers themselves. Among those offering work are Rita Ackermann, Sanford Biggers, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and many other bold-faced names. The show will be up from October 22 through 25 at Pace’s E 57th Street location.


SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection Head to France in 2015

In advance of SFMOMA’s reopening in 2016, a selection of the museum’s American masterworks will be on view in France in 2015 — first at Paris’s Grand Palais from April 8 through Jun2 22, then at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence from July 9 to October 18. “American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection” brings together highlights from SFMOMA’s permanent collection with pieces from the Donald and Doris Fisher collection — a partnership that will continue into the museum’s 2016 program. Among the sixty paintings and sculptures traveling abroad are boldfaced names such as Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others.


MTA Commissions Blue-Chip Artists to Beautify the Second Ave Subway

The Second Avenue Subway is finally starting to take shape under the streets of the Manhattan’s East Side and the MTA has recruited some top names to produce art for the four major stations along the line’s first leg. Slated to open in 2016, they are planning to commission blue-chip artists like Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin to do site-specific works for the stations.


Art Fair Meme Watch: U.S. President Portraits Abound During ABMB [2 UPDATES]


While ambling along the aisles at Art Basel in Miami Beach and its satellite fairs we came across celebrities, collectors, and celebrity artists, but we also spotted a few U.S. Presidents. There were Barack Obama portraits aplenty at Miami Project, including Peter Wilde’s painting installation “52 Obamas” (2013) in the Freight + Volume booth (above). Nearby, a pair of black-and-white photo portraits from 2013 of the current president by Chuck Close (below) were on view in the Two Palms booth. (more…)

Live Nudes Livened Up Wednesday’s Titillating Whitney Studio Party

Last night’s Whitney Museum gala and studio party drew an eclectic mix of attendees to Midtown Manhattan that included the usual suspects (Larry Gagosian, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons), the Hollywood crowd (Michelle Williams, Sofia Coppola, Lake Bell) and a few randos (Salman Rushdie, Padma Lakshmi). The Whitney gave partygoers a full sensory experience as guests listened to a surprise performance by David Byrne, watched people sketch live nude models atop a pile of giant Louis Vuitton luggage, and ate truffled tater tots. The whole affair was in honor of Ed Ruscha and raised more than $2.75 million for the museum. See photos from the night after the jump.


Andrew Garfield, John McEnroe, and More Visit Frieze New York’s VIP Preview


“Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield swung through Frieze New York during yesterday’s VIP preview, pausing in Gavin Brown’s booth to check out works by Jonathan Horowitz (above), while famed designer Valentino Garavani added a dash of style to the proceedings, and drew stares. (more…)

Artist Joe Fig Makes Miniature Sculptures of Famous Artists Working in Their Studios


The artist Joe Fig creates meticulous dioramas of famous artists working in their studios, including Chuck Close (above), Jackson Pollock, Ross Bleckner, Malcolm Morley, Jasper Johns, Inka Essenhigh, Alex Katz (below), Constantin Brancusi, James Rosenquist, and, in a particularly meta piece, himself (at bottom). Fig, who also creates figurative paintings that he shows with Chelsea’s Cristin Tierney Gallery, pays attention to every detail, from the architecture of the artists’ studios, to paint splatters, furniture, and in some cases he even recreates the entire building where they work. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: All Movember’s Facial Hair in One ‘Stache-Tastic Place

As you may have noticed, we’ve spent much of the last month poring over art history’s best mustaches, like the would-be surgeons curiously leaning over the corpse in Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” (1632, above), which was the penultimate pick in our Movember series. Now, for the sake of convenience, we’ve gathered all 17 featured artworks in one convenient place. (more…)

Art History’s Best Mustaches: Chuck Close’s Obsessive Neo-Pointillist Portrait of Robert

While facial hair lends itself just as readily to being portrayed with either smooth or frenzied brushstrokes — as we’ve seen throughout our Movember-long survey of art history’s best mustaches — the idea of painting a hyperrealist ’stache with every bristle and whisker sharply defined and delineated seems, with good reason, excruciating. That has never dissuaded Chuck Close, whose oeuvre includes beards and mustaches aplenty, foremost among them the fellow in “Robert/104,072” (1973-74). (more…)