Writings by Karley Klopfenstein

Claire Gilman

New Curators at P.S. 1 and The Drawing Center


Two major New York art institutions have announced changes in their chief curators: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and The Drawing Center. P.S. 1 Director Klaus Biesenbach announced that Peter Eleey will assume the role of Curator, effective July 1.  Eleey is currently the Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, a…


Pawel Wojtasik, At the Still Point, 2010, 5-channel video installation with soundscape by Stephen Vitiello. Photo by Etienne Frossard. Image courtesy of Smack Mellon.

Pawel Wojtasik at Smack Mellon


The size of the projection is matched by the scale of its content.


Reeve Schley, Summer Reading, 2009 Oil on canvas 46 x 60 inches. Courtesy of James Graham & Sons, New York

Gallery nights: Concurrent Openings of Adjacent Galleries


Last October, 64 Galleries around the 57th Street Art District stayed open late on the same night, offering a staggering array of painting, sculpture, video, photography and elbow rubbing and hobnobbing. In May, seven Madison Avenue Galleries are having a private, invitation-only viewing night of their exhibitions titled “Masterworks of Six Centuries.” It seems curious…


Pace Splits with Wildenstein


After 17 years, the gallery we have known as PaceWildenstein will be no more.  In April 2010, Pace and Wildenstein announced that the partnership has been amicably dissolved. The Pace Gallery, regaining its independence, is also celebrating its 50th year. The two companies jointly stated that they would continue to pursue business opportunities together. Pace…


Phillis Ideal, Zowie, 2008, 48” x 48”, mixed media on canvas, Photo Credit: Phillis Ideal

The Painting Center Moves to Chelsea


After 16 years in SoHo, the Painting Center opens its doors in Chelsea at a new location at 547 West 27th Street on the 5th Floor.  Their inaugural show opens on April 13 with a group invitational show titled Continuing Color Abstraction, curated by Rella Stuart-Hunt the main gallery and Phillis Ideal: Recent Paintings in…


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American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces New Members and Award Recipients


Each year, the American Academy of Arts and Letters honors of 50 composers, artists, architects and writers with cash awards ranging from $5000 to $75,000.  This year’s winners are to be announced in a private ceremony that takes place on May 16, 2010.  In addition, four Honorary Members will be inducted into the Academy: the…


Kenneth Noland Bridge 1964, 89 x 98 inches

Kenneth Noland Estate is now represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash


New York gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash announced that it now exclusively represents the estate of American Color Field painter Kenneth Noland. Noland, who died in January 2010 of kidney cancer in his home in Port Clyde, Maine, was one of the best-known Color Field painters to emerge in the 1960s. Art critic Clement Greenberg championed…


Memorial Celebrates Life and Work of Nancy Spero (1926-2009)


Cooper Union hosted a public commemoration of the life and work of Nancy Spero, pioneering feminist artist, on April 18, at 3pm. Speakers were slated to include friends, artists, arts professionals and writers: Benjamin Buchloh, Donna De Salvo, writer Christopher Lyon, Bartomeu Marí, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kiki Smith, Robert Storr, and Nora York, among others,…


Marlene Dumas, Reinhardt's Daughter, 1994. oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 39 3/8 inches. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery

Loose Talk Costs $$$


Can sharing a bit of gossip cost you $8 million?  It might if you are high-powered art dealer and gallery owner David Zwirner. It all started when Miami collector Craig Robins resold a painting, Reinhardt’s Daughter, (1994) by Margaret Dumas through David Zwirner’s Chelsea gallery in 2004.  Zwirner apparently told the South African artist about…


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Literally, the End of Metaphor


The downtown Brooklyn gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art had its final show in March 2010.  The owners, Rene Lynch and Julian Jackson, have been wearing two hats since the gallery space opened in October 2001—both artist and dealer/curator.  After almost a decade of the balancing act of “being both” they have decided to dissolve the physical…