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MARK YOUR CALENDARS. This year lacks a Documenta or a Venice Biennale, or even a Berlin Biennale or a Biennale of Sydney, but the absence of major biennials has left plenty of room for international museums to make up for it with big retrospectives and touted surveys. Luckily for our readers, we’ve rounded up the 25 best shows opening across the globe this fall. But for New Yorkers without the means or motivation to leave national borders, art collectors Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg are set to show their collection publicly for the first time from November 2 through the following January at 548 West 22nd Street.
COMINGS AND GOINGS. Mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth, best known for scooping up hot art stars worldwide, has also begun to build out its curatorial team, ARTnews reports . The latest hire is Ingrid Schaffner, who had formerly served as curator of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and will now be the gallery’s curatorial senior director. Schaffner will organize shows for the gallery’s LA location, while also working as a writer and an editor for the gallery’s in-house magazine, Ursula. Meanwhile, Gagosian has scooped up Carol Bove, a New York–based sculptor who plays with mystical elements of scale and materiality, from David Zwirner, her representation of 12 years.
Previews are rolling in for the can’t-miss New York art fairs opening this week. Based on this glowing write-up, attendees of Independent 20th Century fair should keep their eyes out for the intricate baskets of Washoe weaver Louisa Keyser. [The New York Times]
From September 12 through 20, Christie’s will offer five of Keith Haring’s never-before-exhibited computer drawings as NFTs in the online auction “Keith Haring: Pixel Pioneer”. The psychedelic doodles were commissioned for a video game adaptation of William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer, which sadly did not pan out. [Artnet News]
Having won the Golden Lion award at last year’s Venice Biennale, British artist Sonia Boyce has joined a mega-gallery: Hauser & Wirth, which has well over a dozen locations spread around the world. Hauser & Wirth said her first solo show with the gallery would take place in 2025, although it did not specify to ARTnews which of their many locations would stage it. [ARTnews]
Day-trippers to Venice will soon be charged a €5 admission fee in a bid to save the city’s landmarks from rampant tourism. The plan will be implemented next spring; residents, students, and Airbnb property owners will be exempt. [The Art Newspaper]
ISLAND TIME. Jimmy Buffett, the reigning relaxer of the Florida West Keys, died of cancer on Friday. Lora Kelly, writing in the Atlantic , has a thoughtful retrospective on the kitschy glory of his Margaritaville-branded lifestyle empire. At the cavernous Times Square outpost of his restaurant chain, Kelly remembers how “an enormous shiny flip-flop greets you at the door” while “a massive replica of the Statue of Liberty holding a margarita glass pokes through the floor”. The longevity of Buffett’s business seems shaky sans the charisma of its founder, so plan a pilgrimage while you still can. [The Atlantic]
[Correction: The 09/05/2023 newsletter misidentified Cape Town-based gallery Southern Guild as South Guild.]