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Arne Glimcher, Artist? The Pace Patriarch Sold a Photograph He Took of His Dog, Max, at the Gallery’s Summer Staff Show


Ah, the summer staff show. It’s a beloved tradition. Every year, as all the VICs (very important collectors) scuttle away to the Hamptons, dealers across New York turn to their employees and say, “Hey, you guys are artists, right? Maybe we should do a group show?”

Some version of that conversation is what brought us “Atmospheres” (through August 20), Pace New York’s humble nod to its staffers’ many creative talents.

The exhibition presents works by nearly 90 Pace employees and contractors from around the world, including examples by Robert John Hodge (an archivist in London), Paul Paillet (an art handler in Geneva), and Natalja Kent (a freelance photographer in Los Angeles). Most of the artists, however, live and work in New York—including one who’s not quite an employee.

I’m speaking, you already know, of Arne Glimcher, the gallery’s founder who established the business way back in 1960 in Boston before relocating it to New York three years later.

Arne Glimcher's photograph of his dog sold for a cool $250 (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation)

Arne Glimcher’s photograph of his dog sold for a cool $250 (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation)

Arne’s contribution to the show is a sight to behold: a lovely little photographic portrait of his dog, Max, a gray schnauzer, covered in a gray blanket that makes him look like a canine Joseph Beuys.

By now, you likely know that Arne’s a filmmaker (he directed Mambo Kings in 1992 and Just Cause three years later), so it probably comes as no surprise that he’s comfortable behind the camera.

But did you also know that his current work revolves around gardening and writing, according to his bio on the website for “Atmospheres”? That was news to me.

All the works in the staff show are for sale, and range from just a few hundred dollars ($225 for Nancy Rattenbury’s black-and-white picture of a lampshade, which comes matted and framed) to five figures (Corey Escoto is selling a bronze sculpture of two hands for $12,000).

Arne’s print, which already found a buyer according to the gallery, is a steal: just $250. And if you’re wondering, the money doesn’t go straight into his wallet. According to the gallery, it went to a charity of the collector’s choice. All they had to do was provide receipt of their donation, and the print was theirs.

Glimcher could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Get an Exclusive Look at the Totally Wacky NFTs Urs Fischer Is About to Sell Through Pace (And Do Your Best to Make Sense of Them)


Next week, half a dozen newly minted NFTs by artist Urs Fischer will go on view in a digital exhibition hosted by Pace, another step in the gallery’s full-fledged commitment to crypto-art.  

The show, presented in collaboration with the Loïc Gouzer-founded Fair Warning auction app and the digital market platform MakersPlace, will live on Pace’s website. 

Each of Fisher’s NFTs features two quotidian objects floating in a blank white space like a trippy screensaver, constantly converging with one another to form Frankensteinian compound-sculptures: a broccoli stalk bisecting a green sponge, a showerhead merging with a red Nike shoe. Weird stuff. 

The works belong to “CHAOS,” a larger series of 501 NFTs produced by the Swiss artist.

For buyers, each piece comes with a reference rendering, access to the raw data behind the visuals, and instructions for how to exhibit it.

“The individual objects selected for ‘CHAOS’ are engineered, cultured, or manufactured by humans and sourced from the physical world and transformed into a 3D digital model through 3D scanning,” the project’s website explains. They’ll be offered up for $50,000 a pop, according to the gallery. 

The artist will offset the carbon emissions involved in the minting of each work through a partnership with the nonprofit Conservation International

Urs Fischer, <i>CHAOS #23 Splendor</i> (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, CHAOS #23 Splendor (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Fischer debuted “CHAOS” in April when he partnered with Pace to sell the first entry in the series, CHAOS #1 Human, which depicts a lighter colliding with an egg.

The work sold through Fair Warning for $97,700. (The collaboration reportedly caused a rift between the artist and his longtime dealer, Gagosian.) Pace did not disclose the prices for the new NFTs.

The first 500 “CHAOS” works will be unveiled over the course of several months. After that, a capstone 501st artwork, composed of all the objects in the pieces that came before it, will be minted. 

Among mega-galleries, Pace has been perhaps the most ardent embracer of the crypto art wave. Earlier this month, the gallery announced that it would accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment for all artworks, physical or digital. And in September, it will launch its own dedicated platform for selling artists’ NFTs.

See more examples from Fisher’s upcoming show below.

Urs Fischer, <i>CHAOS #20 Sashay</i> (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, CHAOS #20 Sashay (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, <i>CHAOS #22 Simulacrum</i> (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, CHAOS #22 Simulacrum (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, <i>CHAOS #24 Analysand</i> (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, CHAOS #24 Analysand (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, <i>CHAOS #25 Gratis</i> (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Urs Fischer, CHAOS #25 Gratis (2021). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

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9 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Show of Cringeworthy Art to a Christie’s Conference on NFTs


Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events in person and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)

 

Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 13

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Manhattanhenge (2001), sunset looking down 34th Street. One of two days when the sunset is exactly aligned with the grid of streets in Manhattan. Photo ©Neil deGrasse Tyson, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Manhattanhenge (2001), sunset looking down 34th Street. One of two days when the sunset is exactly aligned with the grid of streets in Manhattan. Photo ©Neil deGrasse Tyson, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.

1. “Manhattanhenge” in New York City

The four-times-a-year phenomenon that is Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with the city’s street grid, was rained out over Memorial Day Weekend, but we get a second chance at this eminently photographable event this week. For the best Instagram fodder, post up on the east side about a half hour before sunset, and be sure that whatever street you’re on aligns with the grid—if you can’t see through to New Jersey, find a different block!

Location: Crossstreets in Manhattan
Price:
Free
Time:
Monday 8:20 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:21 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Wednesday, July 14

"Nrityagram: Samhāra Revisited" at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

“Nrityagram: Samhāra Revisited” at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

2. “Women and the Critical Eye: The Intersection of Performance and Art” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This edition of the Met’s annual “Women and the Critical Eye” series features a conversation on the intersection of performance and art with Sarah Arison, board chair of the National YoungArts Foundation; dancer and choreographer Bijayini Satpathy; and Met Modern art assistant curator Lauren Rosati, moderated by Limor Tomer, general manager of Live Arts at the Met.

Price: Free registration, but donation suggested
Time: 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Thursday, July 15

Representation of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible token. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Representation of cryptocurrencies and non-fungible token. Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

3. “Christie’s Art and Tech Summit: NFTs and Beyond” at Christie’s 

In the wake of its $69 million Beeple sale, Christie’s continues to explore the NFT art space with its Art and Tech Summit, an annual one-day conference. The schedule includes topics like “NFT’s Impact on the Art Market: Democratization, Monetization, Emergence, and Sustainability” and “Creating Technology for the Metaverse.” Speakers include leading NFT artists such as Mad Dog Jones (now Canada’s most-expensive living artist, thanks to his recent Phillips sale), crypto art collector Justin Sun (who has also ventured into more traditional fine art trophies), and software engineer and NFT collector Tim Kang (who has launched a nonprofit to help artists mint NFTs).

Location: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
Price:
$250 in person/$100 virtual
Time: 9 a.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Opening Thursday, July 15

The Museum of Chinese in America. Image courtesy of Ajay Suresh via Flickr

The Museum of Chinese in America. Image courtesy of Ajay Suresh via Flickr

4. “Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism” at the Museum of Chinese in America

After more than a year of shuttered operations and a five-alarm fire at its collections space, the museum’s main space will reopen with a show on the historical roots of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American Pacific Islander racism from the earliest days of U.S. history. The exhibition is the culmination of the museum’s year-long “OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection” initiative that gathered submissions of creative, artistic, and public responses to the tumultuous events of 2020 and ’21. Art, essays, videos, music, and physical artifacts were donated by people from across the U.S. and Asian diaspora.

Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York
Price: 
General admission: $12; seniors, military, educators, students and children two and over $8; members, free
Time: Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

 

Thursday, July 15–Friday, August 27

Ron Tarver, <em>David's Last Ride</em> (1996), detail. Courtesy of Chart Gallery.

Ron Tarver, David’s Last Ride (1996), detail. Courtesy of Chart Gallery.

5. “Horses?” at Chart Gallery

When confronted with the essential question of “What is art?” 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy did not have to think long to respond. “We know what art is,” he said. “It’s paintings of horses!”

While Donaghy’s definition—which he later expanded to also include “ships with sails” and “men holding up swords while staring off into the distance”—is a little narrow, it’s true, there has been a ton of great art made about our equine friends. Chart, the gallery opened in Tribeca in 2019 by Clara Ha, celebrates this long history with a show called “Horses?” that celebrates the presence of the steed across media. Patricia Cronin’s large installation Tack Room (1997-2021) will be staged at the gallery nearly 25 years after debuting at White Columns, and will feature an entire barn locker room peppered on the walls with postcards of horse-centric works by Delacroix and Degas. And Will Cotton’s work appears—the guy can paint a pretty fantastic gigantic pink unicorn, believe you me.

Elsewhere, Ron Carver’s photos document the culture and history of black cowboys in Philadelphia and East Texas, while David Wojnarowicz snaps a male sex worker dressed as a hat-clad John Wayne type to dig at the idea of the cowboy as a hyper-straight trope. The idea of the “horse girl” is toyed with in Laurel Nakadate’s self-aware on-saddle self-portraits. And, of course, there’s a contribution from Susan Rothenberg, the late artist who spent decades exploring and abstracting the horse as symbol and shape. Clearly, this summer group show isn’t held back all that much by sticking to one subject. Maybe Jack Donaghy was right. Here’s to hoping for a ships-with-sails group show before the summer ends.

Location: Chart gallery, 74 Franklin Street, New York
Price:
Free
Time: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Nate Freeman

 

Though Sunday, July 18

Isaac Peifer, White Boy Summer (2020). Courtesy of THNK1994.

Isaac Peifer, White Boy Summer (2020). Courtesy of THNK1994.

6. “Cringe: Portraits from the Pandemic by Isaac Peifer” at THNK1994

Isaac Peifer’s painted portraits of celebrities are all a little off in an uncanny valley sort of way. It’s as if they were copied from an iPhone covered in vaseline. There are practical reasons for this: the artist just started painting in 2019, for one, and most of his canvases are completed in one sitting—a hyper-reactive form of making that echoes the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of the artist’s meme-orable subjects.

But the distortions are thematic, too: “My use of portraiture is a commentary on the role notoriety, disgrace, and ‘cringe’ increasingly play in capturing public interest (however briefly) in the digital age,” the artist wrote in a statement for his new show at THNK1994, a roving gallery now operating out of a residential building’s basement in Chinatown.

Each of Peifer’s paintings in the show was made during lockdown—and it’s obvious. On view are portraits of people that, for better or worse (usually for worse), dominated our timelines at various points in the last year: Chet Hanks, Ghislaine Maxwell, Anna Delvey. “Cringe” is the name of the exhibition; it’s also a description of what you’ll probably do upon seeing the work therein.

Location: THNK1994, 9 Monroe Street, basement
Price:
Free
Time: Friday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Taylor Dafoe

 

Adolph Gottlieb, <em>Black and White On Pressed Wood</em> (1950). Photo © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/licensed by VAGA at ARS, N.Y., courtesy of Pace East Hampton.

Adolph Gottlieb, Black and White On Pressed Wood (1950). Photo © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/licensed by VAGA at ARS, N.Y., courtesy of Pace East Hampton.

7. “Thomas Nozkowski” and “Adolph Gottlieb” at Pace, East Hampton

New Yorkers who have decamped to the Hamptons for the summer can enjoy a pair of solo shows at the Pace outpost, featuring Thomas Nozkowski and Adolph Gottlieb. The former offers never-before-seen abstract, colorful paintings on paper; the latter features eight pictographs by Gottlieb, a pioneering Abstract Expressionist who spent much of his later years, beginning in the 1960s, living and working in East Hampton.

Location: Pace, 68 Park Place, East Hampton
Price:
Free
Time: Tuesday—Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

—Tanner West

 

Through Sunday, August 1

Mark Van Wagner, <em>Greenie</em> (2020). Photo courtesy of Marquee Projects.

Mark Van Wagner, Greenie (2020). Photo courtesy of Marquee Projects.

8. “John Perreault and Mark Van Wagner” at Marquee Projects, Bellport, New York

Beverly Allan Starke and gallery owner Mark Van Wagner co-curated the inaugural exhibition at Bellport’s Marquee Projects, with a retrospective of work from the late artist, poet, and art critic John Perreault. Now, Starke has convinced Van Wagner to show his work in conversation with pieces by his friend. She’s paired Perreault’s “Scratch Paintings”—made by applying white acrylic paint to insulation panels and scraping it off to created abstract line drawings— with Van Wagner’s “Sandboxes” sculptures, made from recycled cardboard boxes covered in beach sand.

Location: Marquee Projects, 14 Bellport Lane, Bellport
Price:
Free
Time: Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Through Saturday, August 21

Benjamin Langford’s flowers are installed on the walls of the gallery's courtyard in "但聞人語響:Yet, Only Voice Echoed" at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art. Photo courtesy of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art.

Benjamin Langford’s flowers are installed on the walls of the gallery’s courtyard in “但聞人語響:Yet, Only Voice Echoed” at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art. Photo courtesy of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art.

9. “但聞人語響:Yet, Only Voice Echoed” at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, New York

Our colleague Cathy Fan, editor-in-chief of Midnight Publishing Group News China, is the curator of this group photography show featuring work by Michael Cherney, Lois Conner, Shen Wei, Su Jiehao, Cheng Ronghui, and Benjamin Langford. The unifying theme is imagery drawn from Tang Dynasty poem “Deer Enclosure,” by Wang Wei, an ode to the beautiful scenery of a mountain with a deer pen, which lends the show its title. Like the poem, the photographs in the show don’t have a narrative, instead capturing the sensory experience of a given moment, like Langford’s larger than life sculptural prints of flowers and fruits.

Location: Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, 65 East 80th Street, New York
Price:
 Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

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The Best & Worst of the Art World This Week


Introducing Fewocious – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, the 18-year-old NFT star reveals how art saved his life, and how an auction of his work crashed the Christie’s website.

Hunter Biden’s White House Pact – The first son’s art dealer agreed to keep sales figures ultra private so as not to encourage deals with ethically dubious parties.

Leonardo’s Lineage – Researchers analyzing Leonardo da Vinci’s family tree have found 14 living relatives, including an artist.

Picking Up the Pace – The mega-gallery has created a dedicated NFT platform to sell digital wares, and will now accept cryptocurrency as payment.

The North Face Removes Lookalike Logo – The outdoor apparel company will phase out a logo that street artist Futura said was a rip-off of his work.

Samsung Collection Finds a Home – In a surprising turn of events, the multibillion-dollar collection of the late Samsung chairman will now get a massive new museum in Seoul.

Beeple’s New Business – The digital-art wunderkind has launched a new platform with a British tennis star to sell “iconic moments” from sports and entertainment history as NFTs.

Wearing a Masterpiece – An artist has created a limited-edition dress based on one of the figure’s outfits in Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

Rethinking Neanderthals – It turns out that the archaic human species were capable of creating symbolic art, researchers found in a new study.

Brooklyn Museum Makes Good – Without any legal pressure or public shaming, the museum voluntarily returned 1,300 pre-Columbian artifacts to Costa Rica.

 

Canada Day Protesters Topple Statues – Protesters toppled statues of colonizing Queens Victoria and Elizabeth, who they say contributed to crimes against Indigenous people.

Nonprofit Misconduct – Scores of young employees are leaving small nonprofits after allegations of mismanagement go unaddressed.

Glitzy Grifter Pleads Guilty – Socialite art dealer Angela Gulbenkian pleaded guilty to scamming clients who never got the art she promised to deliver.

Notre Dame Neighbors Sue – Residents are suing the city of Paris for downplaying the lead pollution that resulted from the massive fire at the cathedral.

Sleepover at Versailles – The luxurious palace is now operating as a hotel, where guests can stay for the princely fee of $2,000 a night.

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Pace Gallery Jumps Headfirst Into the Crypto-Art Market With a Dedicated NFT Platform


Marc Glimcher, president and CEO of Pace Gallery, and among the most vocal proponents of the crypto-art market—at least among the mega-dealer set—has announced the gallery’s first dedicated platform for selling artists’ NFTs.

Due to open in September, the as-yet-unnamed platform will debut with a series of new NFTs by Lucas Samaras based on his archive of digital prints, making them the 84-year-old artist’s first foray into the medium.

The goal is not to compete with established crypto-art marketplaces such as Nifty Gateway or Rarible, Glimcher told Midnight Publishing Group News, and collaborations will be considered “on a case-by-case basis,” he said.

Instead, the platform, which will live on the gallery’s website and be overseen by Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle, Pace’s online sales director, is intended as an outlet for Pace artists to produce and sell digital artworks while the gallery controls the price point. 

“By offering artists’ work on our own platform, we can better support them in setting appropriate prices and by managing the sales process more seamlessly than through third parties,” Glimcher said.

The impetus, he said, came in part from the gallery’s artists.

“We work with a number of artists who want to make NFTs, so building a dedicated platform where they can show their work is an obvious solution,” he said.

In April, Pace partnered with Urs Fischer on the sale of his first NFT through the auction app Fair Warning, which reportedly caused a rift between the artist and his longtime dealer, Gagosian. The artwork, a digital animation of a lighter merging with an egg, sold for $97,700.

Pace will join forces with Fischer again this month when it hosts an online exhibition of the artist’s NFTs. The show is set to go on view July 21. Later this summer, Pace will showcase an NFT project from one of its newest roster artists, Glenn Kaino.

Pace is also now accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for all artworks, physical or digital.

“I’m a crypto person,” Glimcher told Bloomberg, which first reported the news of the NFT platform. “It’s really painless to accept crypto. It’s just: Why would you not?”

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