US Prosecutors Investigate Art Purchases by Russians – And More Art News –

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The headlines

THE WAR IN UKRAINE. US prosecutors have subpoenaed auction houses, including Sotheby’s And Christiesas part of an effort to track down artworks that sanctioned Russians could use to evade sanctions, Bloomberg reports. Among the high-profile arts patrons reportedly named in the subpoenas are Viktor Vekselberg And Roman Abramovich; they were not accused of wrongdoing, nor were the auction houses. Meanwhile, in Russia, police confiscated works by artists from an anti-war exhibition in St. Petersburg Elena Osipovastating that the materials “possibly contain false information about the Russian Armed Forces.” AFP reports. Under a new law in the country, publishing information about the Russian military that is deemed false can be punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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Drone photo of Tell al-Hiba in southern Iraq, 2019.

LIFE OF ARTISTS. The sculptor Brandon Ndifethat conjures up macabre and unsettling sights is now represented by New York Green Naftali gallery, per ArtDaily. painter Cy Gavinwho made abstract views of nature opens an exhibition in the Gagosian in Manhattan today and was profiled in the New York Times. The seemingly tireless multi-media phenomenon Nicolas party has an appearance at Xavier Hufkens in Brussels, and spoke with eyepiece. And the National Gallery of Australia said it will stage a Jordan Wolfson Solo show – his first Down Under! – in December, which will include new animatronic work. Buckle up.

The abstract

NADA New York will be moving to West Chelsea this year at 548 West on West 22nd Street. Around 88 exhibitors have registered to take part. [ARTnews]

Lisson GalleryThe forthcoming Los Angeles office, originally scheduled to open last fall, will now open in April due to construction delays. First of all: a Carmen Herrera solo exhibition. It will stage a pop-up on February 14th Ryan Gander Exhibition in the city at Designer Dries van Noten‘S Small house Gallery. [Financial Times]

Jenny Moorewho resigned as director Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas, was appointed the founding director of after nine years last summer Tinworks item no in Bozeman, Montana. Tinworks, established four years ago, presents art programs in a sprawling former warehouse complex. [Artforum]

The first section of Target Crenshawthe $100 million project to create an art-filled public space along a 1.3-mile stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles is slated to open in the fall with works by Kehinde Wiley, Maren Hassingerand more. [Los Angeles Times]

A new documentary about artists Robert Irvin, Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Emotionis displayed at South of Southwest in Austin, Texas, in mid-March. Producers include the Light and Space legend’s longtime dealer, pace gallery founder Arne Glimmer. [Deadline]

An exhibition in LGDR & Wei Hong Kong gallery focuses on pioneering modern painters from Singapore and Vietnam. “The works reflect the artist’s complicated relationship with national identity,” says the curator of the exhibition. Karen Oenwho directs the institute for art history Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. [South China Morning Post]

The kicker

MEASURE THE TEMPERATURE. In the New York Timesjournalist Alex Marshall takes a look at how some museums are relaxing their strict climate regulations to save on energy bills. The Guggenheim Bilbao, for one, is said to save more than $20,000 a month. Still, many loan agreements include strict temperature and humidity clauses, and some. Museum professionals are reluctant to make such changes. As one sustainability consultant told him Just“You don’t want to be the restorer who says it’s okay to flip the switch and suddenly you are picassos melt.” [NYT]