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Hellos and Goodbyes in the Art World
let's embark on a journey through the latest "Hellos and Goodbyes" in the art world
Art Stuff 20 Dec 2023

As we step into the festive season, let’s embark on a journey through the latest “Hellos and Goodbyes” in the art world, where adaptability meets creativity amidst economic shifts and global transformations.
Scroll down to discover a series of updates, announcements, and a celebration of the journeys taken by artists who have made an impact on our ever-evolving creative landscape:

1. Prominent Cheim & Read Gallery Concludes Operations in December 2023.

The esteemed New York contemporary art gallery, Cheim & Read, bids farewell on December 23rd after 26 years of enriching the art scene. Kathewith’s solo show marks the final public exhibition. Maria Bueno, the gallery’s devoted director and partner, is set to unveil Bueno & Co., a new dealership next year, with a focus on private sales of historical and contemporary artworks.

Cheim & Read made its debut in February 1997 in Chelsea on West 23rd Street, featuring an exhibition by Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer. In 2001, they relocated to 547 West 25th Street. Throughout its twenty-six-year journey, the gallery earned acclaim for its dedication to showcasing and uplifting the work of women.

2. Parisian Gallery Mennour Announces Representation of Romanian Artist Mircea Suciu.

Mennour, established in Paris in 1999, boasts a diverse artist portfolio and stands as a prominent player in contemporary art and the art market. The gallery has recently revealed its official representation of Romanian artist Mircea Suciu. Reflecting the artist’s ongoing interest in the psychological undercurrent of history, Suciu’s paintings, characterized by a predominantly dark palette, intricately blend powerful symbols from history, pop culture, and art-historical references with recycled and restored images. This approach is deeply rooted in Suciu’s childhood spent in political unrest under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu. His compositions often unfold in dual narratives, like two stories running in parallel yet converging into a singular image.

3. Manifesta Barcelona 2024 Dates Revealed with Innovative Pre-Biennial Concept.

Europe’s Nomadic Biennial, Manifesta Barcelona 2024, is set to kick off on September 8, unveiling a captivating pre-biennial conceptual framework. Manifesta 15 will reveal itself across 12 cities in Barcelona’s metropolitan region over 12 weeks, with support from municipalities, including Badalona and Sant Cugat del Vallès, among others. The vision is to incorporate new local perspectives into the unfolding stories of the region, utilizing symbolic venues that resonate with its themes. The biennial prioritizes accessibility, community engagement, and green initiatives, fostering cross-pollination among metropolitan cities. Manifesta Barcelona 2024 promises a dynamic exploration of art, culture, and societal change through this innovative and immersive approach.

4. Robert De Niro Collaborates with French Artist JR for Unprecedented Documentary: “The Past Goes Fast”.

Award-winning actor Robert De Niro embarks on a groundbreaking project with French artist JR for the documentary “The Past Goes Fast.” Unlike any previous pursuit by the acclaimed actor, this intimate exploration delves into De Niro’s father’s life through art, journals, and photographs. Robert De Niro Sr., a prolific yet unrecognized painter, emerges as a mysterious figure to his son, with layers of hidden dimensions. His journals reveal struggles with loneliness and feelings of failure. In a departure from De Niro’s usual work, this documentary promises to unravel the enigma of a father whose artistic career never truly flourished, offering a poignant glimpse into the complexities of family and artistic legacy
The short 2022 documentary version offers a glimpse into the untouched studio, left dormant for nearly 30 years since his father’s passing.

5. Nancy Brooks Brody, a cofounder of the artist collective fierce pussy has died at 61.

New York City’s LGBTQ+ community is mourning the sudden and unexpected loss of one of its most passionate advocates. Nancy Brooks Brody, a founding member of the Fierce Pussy Projects and a beloved figure in the community, has passed away. Painter, sculptor, and activist Nancy Brooks Brody, a core member of the pathbreaking lesbian collective fierce pussy, died on December 8 at the age of sixty-one.

As part of fierce pussy, who saw themselves as a single entity, referred to as “she” and “hers,” Brody channeled the rage born of invisibility into incisive and often humorous acts aimed at shining a spotlight on lesbian identity and at winning lesbians their rightful place in society. Utilizing cheap, easily obtained materials and working in easily reproducible formats, fierce pussy transformed activism into an accessible art form, gaining the attention of those who might otherwise have looked away and empowering generations of future activists. 

6. Hauser & Wirth Represents Artist Ambera Wellmann in Partnership With Company Gallery, New York.

Recently, Hauser & Wirth shared the news of representing artist Ambera Wellmann in collaboration with Company Gallery, New York. Wellmann’s art explores the seamless interaction between humans and animals, earning global recognition for its nuanced defiance of artistic hierarchies and subtle echoes of Renaissance and Baroque influences. The upcoming showcase includes her latest works at FOG Design + Art in San Francisco in January 2024, followed by a significant solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s Soho space in Fall 2024, along with another at Company Gallery on Elizabeth Street. Additionally, Wellmann is set to be featured at the 15th Gwangju Biennale in September 2024, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud around the theme ‘PANSORI—a soundscape of the 21st century.

7. Oprah Winfrey’s Portrait Unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

A striking portrait of the iconic Oprah Winfrey has been revealed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian leaders gathered to honor the media mogul’s significant contributions to American pop culture during a private event within the Kogod Courtyard. This life-size masterpiece, created by Chicago-based artist Shawn Michael Warren, is currently showcased and will grace the gallery’s walls until October of next year.

In this oil-on-canvas painting, Winfrey beams, adorned in a royal purple taffeta dress, while gracefully holding an olive branch among the trees in her private prayer garden at her California home. Personally chosen by Winfrey to capture her essence, artist Shawn Michael Warren expressed gratitude for the opportunity, thanking her for the confidence she placed in him.

Text by Maria Nitulescu

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