London Diary: Art After Lockdown

October 26, 2020

Visiting the Whitechapel Gallery after lockdown was the first time, to my knowledge, that I had my temperature read in public. I can tell you that I saw Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium on Sunday, July 26 at 4:30, because I had to book in advance and I still have the confirmation email. […]

David Ebony’s NYC Autumn TOP 10

October 1, 2020

David Ebony As New York City galleries and museums begin to reopen this fall, masks and social distancing are mandatory. Some proprietors have implemented added precautions, asking to take visitors’ temperatures as they enter the gallery, or requesting names and phone numbers for possible contact tracing in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of […]

Words and Images Commingle in Social-distance Intimacy

August 17, 2020

In a time long ago, before photography, and certainly before the internet or widespread world travel, words were the primary conduit to experiencing an artwork from afar. Words aspired to, in the best of circumstances, convey the essence and the sensation of being in the presence of an artwork to readers who might never see […]

As Monuments to the Mighty Fall, Museums Confront Their Legacies

July 16, 2020

If history is written by the victors, then Bristol is yet to declare a winner. In fact, it’s precisely this one-sided view of history that is on trial throughout Europe and the US. The port city in Southwest England was built on the transatlantic slave trade, and sustained by the beneficence of Edward Colston of […]

TOP 10 NEW YORK GALLERY EXHIBITIONS CAUGHT IN THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN

May 20, 2020

David Ebony Highlights of New York Contemporary Art Galleries at the Shutdown As Covid-19 spread, with social distancing restrictions in place and most workplaces shuttered in response, New York City’s art galleries and museums entered lock-down mode in mid-March. As of mid-May, there were still no reopening plans in sight. The art world has practically […]

David Zwirner Takes Younger Galleries Under Wing During CV Crisis

May 1, 2020

To confront the new reality of social distancing under COVID-19, galleries are engaging in a virtual arms race. Whether experimenting with virtual and augmented reality, or building more basic digital platforms to keep connected with clients, dealers and auction houses are fast-tracking their digital strategies. On a superficial level, these efforts appear to be paying […]

Report from London

March 27, 2020

Over the past several weeks Londoners have been living in a time warp. On Friday, March 12, I visited White Cube Bermondsey where, as my phone convulsed with push notifications and emails of museum closures in the United States, a gloved gallery attendant stood by the entrance to open the door for me. As each […]

10 Highlights of the 2020 Armory Show

March 8, 2020

2. Edward & Nancy Kienholz at Pier 94’s Town Square/L.A. Louver.    Known for poetically grotesque sculptures and installations laden with acerbic, socio-political commentary, American artists Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) and partner Nancy Reddin Kienholz (1943-2019) created The Caddy Court (1986-1987) as a scathing critique of the U.S. Supreme Court. On view in the U.S. for […]

SPRING/BREAK 2020: Less Rowdy and a Little More Grown Up

March 6, 2020

It seems almost comical that this year’s theme for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York is “IN EXCESS.” I feel obligated to ask: When was that never the case? Celebrating its ninth edition in the borough of Manhattan, the preeminent satellite fair of New York’s Armory Week, has always celebrated surplus, overabundance, and superfluity: […]

David Ebony’s 10 Highlights of The Art Show 2020

March 2, 2020

1. Pablo Picasso at Jeffrey H. Loria & Co. Each year The Art Show, hosted by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), affords the rare opportunity to see what treasures some of the country’s preeminent private dealers and appointment-only galleries have sequestered behind those mysterious closed doors. This year, Jeffrey H. Loria & Co., […]