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Five Artists in the News: Chuck Close’s Last Paintings, an Etel Adnan Epic in Saudi Arabia and Yhonnie Scarce’s Glass Inspired by Nuclear Fall-Out Go on Show

3 min read  ·  12 Feb 2024

Chuck Close, Michael Ovitz (Unfinished) (2020-21), Copyright estate of Chuck Close, Courtesy of Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, Michael Ovitz (Unfinished) (2020-21), Copyright estate of Chuck Close, Courtesy of Pace Gallery

Chuck Close’s longtime gallerist and Pace Gallery founder, Arne Glimcher, has organized a belated farewell to the artist, who died aged 81 under the shadow cast by allegations of impropriety. The first Close show in New York since 2016 will feature paintings he created in his final years, The NYT reports.

Frank Bowling is selling prints of his work to fund art-supply kits to thousands of elementary school children across England. The veteran artist has signed 100 prints and aims to raise more than $600,000, his son, Ben Bowling, told The Guardian.

Etel Adnan’s paintings, a 25-meter ceramic mural, plus tapestries inspired by Persian rugs, feature in the late artist’s first solo show in Saudi Arabia. The exhibition is presented by Ithra, the vast cultural center funded by oil giant Aramco.

Yhonnie Scarce has filled two floors of the Art Gallery of Western Australia with large-scale glass works that link nuclear fallout, the impacts of uranium mining and the South Australian indigenous artist’s family history, ABC Perth reports.

Pedro Reyes and his partner, the fashion designer Carla Fernández, opened the house-studio they co-designed in Mexico City to invited guests during its art week. Creative Time’s director, Justine Ludwig, posted some suitably elegant images on Instagram.

And in other news

New York's MoMA was forced to close galleries on Saturday, February 10, when pro-Palestinian protesters staged a sit-in. They called out museum trustee's alleged financial links to Israel's defence and surveillance industries, Hyperallergic reports. The Brooklyn Museum was also targeted by similar protests.