New York's Performa 09

Performa 09 is the third biennial of new visual art performance, held in collaboration with 80 institutions, and featuring more than 150 international artists in about 110 events organised by 40 international curators—all in just three weeks. Read more…

Manchester International Festival

This is the second Manchester International Festival, which got off to an impressive start two years ago with the debut of “Il Tempo del Postino” (the theatrical presentation of 15 artists curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno that also showed at Art Basel in June) and Damon Albarn’s Monkey opera. 2009’s offering has some equally headline-grabbing events, including the major performance event “Marina Abramovic Presents…”. Read more…

Kienholz: the Hoerengracht

The Hoerengracht (Whore’s Canal) is a dark, intricate, large-scale installation work by US artists Ed Kienholz (1927-94) and his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz (b1943). The piece, made between 1983 and 1988, has been shown in venues around the world since 1989, but never before in London. Read more…

Quiet counterpoint to the Frieze frenzy

Object Retrieval”, which opened at the stroke of midnight last night, offers a considered counterpoint to the frenzy of Frieze week. The project allows the viewer a break from the usual experience of breezing past the thousands of works on display in London’s art fairs, viewed superficially at a frenetic pace. Read more…

Paula Rego museum

Portuguese figurative painter Paula Rego, 74, now has her own museum, which opened on 18 September in Cascais, 30km west of Lisbon, Portugal. Read more…

Jenny Holzer

US artist Jenny Holzer’s text works are so prolific she even has a regular Twitter feed, posting in uppercase (as with her other text works). The exhibition of her works at Fondation Beyeler shows pieces from various phases of her career, and she has been closely involved in its presentation. Read more…

Philippe Parreno at the Pompidou

2009 is French artist Philippe Parreno’s year, and the pinnacle is his first major presentation in his home country since 2002. Read more…

Netherlands restitution

Following recommendations by the Restitutions Committee in the Netherlands, the Dutch government is to return 13 paintings to heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis. Read more…

Loan brings end to dispute over Nolde painting

The long-term dispute between Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and the heirs of Otto Nathan Deutsch has finally been settled. Read more…

Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting

“Each piece cultivates its own labyrinth that you can enter in to, if you were to spend a little time thinking about it.” So says Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff, but it’s not a sentence you would immediately associate with the often stark, minimal paintings of Ed Ruscha. Rugoff says that through his experience of curating this autumn’s exhibition, he has discovered “layers and layers” to these “deceptively simple-looking” paintings. “The more you think about them, the more you can spin out all sorts of references and resonances that these works are setting into play,” he told The Art Newspaper. Read more…