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ARTnews in Brief: Mary Bauermeister Awarded Germany’s Highest Honor—and More from June 16, 2020

ByJune 15, 2020 4:56pm

Mary Bauermeister in New York in
Mary Bauermeister in New York in 2017. NINJA ELISA FELSKE

Tuesday, June 16

Mary Bauermeister Awarded Germany’s Highest Honor
Mary Bauermeister has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed on any German individual by the nation. The accolade is awarded in recognition of achievements in the political, economic, humanitarian, and cultural realms. Bauermeister, whose practice spans drawing, installation, sculpture, and music, was selected for her significant contributions to Germany’s postwar art scene. Nordrhein-Westfalen’s Minister of Culture and Science, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, said in a statement, “Her work as a determining and sustainable initiator in the art world and her great commitment to young artists deserve special recognition.” Previous recipients in the cultural field include Anselm Kiefer, Josef Albers, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Almine Rech Heads to Shanghai

June Art Fair to Partner with Hauser & Wirth for Online Edition
The second edition of June Art Fair, which debuted in Basel last year, will take place online as part of a collaboration with ArtReview and Hauser & Wirth gallery, which will host the fair on its website. Running from August 20–31, exhibitors include Green Gallery (of Milwaukee), Misako & Rosen (Tokyo), Document (Chicago), Embajada (San Juan), and other enterprises.

Monday, June 15

Kenny Scharf Joins Almine Rech
Almine Rech gallery has added American painter and graffiti artist Kenny Scharf to its roster. Scharf, who describes his fantastical paintings and installations as “pop-surrealism,” first gained notoriety in the 1980s East Village art scene. His work was featured in the 1985 Whitney Biennial and has since been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Queens Museum in  New York. He will debut new work this fall in the solo exhibition, “Kenny Scharf: DystopianPainting,” at Almine Rech in New York. Running September 10–October 24, the show will feature 15 paintings and one sculpture by Scharf.

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Kenny Scharf, ZOOM WAY!, 2020, oil and acrylic on linen with powder coated aluminum frame. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ALMINE RECH

Hamptons Virtual Art Fair Set to Launch This Summer
The new Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, which will showcase postwar and contemporary art, will open with a VIP preview running July 23–26. (The fair will officially launch over Labor Day weekend.) The event was founded by Southampton local and collector Rick Friedman in response to Covid-19’s impact on the art market and his community. “Anyone who travels here during the summer for the arts knows what a loss the shutdown is,” Friedman said in a statement.

Modern Art Gallery Adds Sarah Rapson to Roster
The London-based gallery Modern Art now represents Sarah Rapson, who creates contemplative paintings and collages using a variety of materials. The artist’s understated works frequently incorporate newsprint, and her practice also extends to filmmaking. Rapson has previously shown work at Essex Street gallery in New York, the Seattle Art Museum, Spazio Ostrakon in Milan, and elsewhere.

Artist Wayne Ngan Is Dead at 83
Wayne Ngan, whose practice spanned pottery, painting, sculpture, and other mediums, has died at age 83. Having immigrated to Canada from China in 1951, the artist has lived and worked on Hornby Island in British Columbia since 1967, where he has nurtured his love of gardening. Since the 1960s, Ngan has exhibited works at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the American Crafts Museum in Massachusetts, Hanart Art Gallery in Taipei, and other venues. 

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