ArtistsFairs 02-02-2017

February 2 | Nari Ward is awarded Vilcek Prize for Fine Arts

In the context of the immigrant-demonizing policies currently issuing from the White House, the Vilcek Foundation’s award recognizing exceptional immigrant artists seems much needed. Elsewhere in the artworld, Moving Image New York announces the exhibitors for 2017 and Gagosian represents a new artist’s estate.

Winner of Vilcek Prize for Fine Arts announced

The Vilcek Foundation has named Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward the winner of the Vilcek Prize for Fine Arts.

The prize is one of a number awarded annually by the foundation to recognize immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society through exceptional achievements in biomedical research and the arts and humanities. Ward, who is represented by Lehmann Maupin and Continua, explores black history and the politics of immigration in his work. More information via Artforum.


Artist representations

Gagosian Gallery now represents the estate of artist and architect Arakawa — an important forerunner of conceptual art.

Arakawa, who died in 2010, kicked off his artistic career when he moved to New York from Japan in 1961. He quickly became close friends with Marcel Duchamp and, drawing on the veteran artist’s influence, developed paintings that were designed to be “read” and which posed philosophical questions. Gagosian’s partnership with Arakawa’s estate will focus largely on photographing and cleaning decades’ worth of work held in storage by the artist with the aim of staging an initial show by 2018. The exhibition is likely to be centered on Arakawa’s painting, drawing, and printmaking. ARTnews has more details.

Arakawa, Courbet’s Canvas, 1972, acrylic on canvas, courtesy Gagosian Gallery



Movements at Sotheby’s?

Sotheby’s has announced that David Schrader — a contemporary art collector who has enjoyed a long Wall Street career at outfits including Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse and, most recently, J.P. Morgan — will become head of private sales.

According to the auction house’s announcement, Schrader began collecting in the 1990s and has “particularly deep” knowledge of the markets for Josef Albers, Mark Grotjahn, Yayoi Kusama, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel and Andy Warhol, among others. Find out more on Bloomberg.


Corporate lawyer turned art advisor Adam Chinn has been appointed as Sotheby’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his appointment Chinn was working at the auction house as head of transaction support. Read more via Art Market Monitor.



Moving Image announces exhibitors

Moving Image New York, the art fair focused on video, film, and time-based installation and sculpture, has announced the list of exhibitors for its 2017 edition, which runs from February 27 through March 2.

Curators Fatma Çolakoğlu, Sergio Edelsztein, Suad Garayeva, Christiane Paul, and Sherry Ridlon Dobbin put together the program, which features  galleries and non-profit spaces from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Participating artists include Jacques Perconte (Galerie Charlot, Paris), Casey Reas (DAM, Berlin) and Arda Yalkın (Gaia Gallery, Istanbul). The fair has also announced announce the debut of a section of Moving Image art fair devoted specifically to artists working in immersive media — i.e. augmented reality and virtual reality. See the full list here.

Jacques Perconte, Impressions, 2012, 48 minute video, via Triptyque Films



UOVO expands further still

UOVO, the leading provider of fine art storage and collections management services, has opened its third facility in New York.

Located 17 miles north of Manhattan in Rockland County, the new warehouse adds to the company’s rapidly-growing portfolio of facilities, and will serve to expand the range of high-caliber services and cost-effective storage options UOVO offers. Further details via artdaily.


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