News Recap: February 15, 2019

A weekly update of art world news.

Robert Ryman. Screenshot from Art21 documentary.

Robert Ryman. Screenshot from Art21 documentary.

Abstract Painter Robert Ryman Dies at 88
The distinguished abstract painter, Robert Ryman died last Friday, February 8, 2019. Ryman was a significant minimalist abstract painter post-World War II. His all-white paintings utilized an abundance of materials, some unusual such as coffee filter paper (wax paper, fiberglass, and more). In an interview with Art21 he describes the experience of viewing a white painting as, “If I look at some white panels in my studio, I see the white—but I am not conscious of them being white. They react with the wood, the color, the light, and with the wall itself. They become something other than just the color white. That’s the way I think of it. It allows things to be done that ordinarily you couldn’t see.” Ryman’s works highlighted the interaction between surface and materials to create the presence of the object that are his paintings.
Read the full story (Washington Post)

Gallerist Mary Boone Sentenced to 30 Months Prision Time
As reported five weeks ago, scandalous Queen of the Art Scene, gallerist Mary Boone, had her sentencing date yesterday, February 14, for pleading guilty to filing false federal income tax claims. These claims surmounted to over $1.6 million in personal expenses as well as claiming loss in business revenue when in fact the gallery had profited $3.7 million. Before sentencing, many prominent figures in the art community came forward with written testimony for Boone’s character, including Ai Weiwei and Jerry Saltz. Boone was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 180 hours of community service.
Read the full story (Art News)

Cracking Down on the Largest Forgery of Native American Arts
Nael Ali and Mohammad Manasra have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the largest forgery ring of Native American arts and crafts, having distributed $12 million in fake products. Ali, owner of two major retail stores in New Mexico that sold counterfeit Native American jewelry, and Manasra, wholesaler of counterfeit jewelry, violated the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

In 1935, the United States Congress formed the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) to promote the economic development of Native Americans and Alaska Natives arts and crafts. Congress and the IACB passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act in 1990 to make illegal the importation of counterfeit Native American arts. This act was intended to preserve the cultural heritage of the Native Americans and maintain the Native American economy.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)