ArtistsFairs 07-02-2017

February 7 | Tracey Emin donates money to refugee scholarship program

It’s been a philanthropic week for the art world so far: yesterday, Anish Kapoor announced he will donate $1 million worth of prize money to help refugees, and today news comes of Tracey Emin funding a scholarship for a Syrian refugee and NADA art fair donating money from ticket sales to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Tracey Emin funds refugee student

British artist Tracey Emin is funding a four year scholarship for a refugee student at Bard College Berlin.

She is one of five benefactors who are helping undergraduates complete a four-year course at the liberal arts university. Three of the five scholarships are specifically intended for students who have fled from Syria. Each donor has given €80,000, which has been matched by a contribution from Bard. The scholarships are part of the Program for International Education and Social Change, a program intended for students hailing from countries that are experiencing severe economic and political crisis. Bard, which also has a college in New York, has a long history of welcoming refugees – something its president, Leon Botstein, wished to emphasize in the context of Donald Trump’s recent “Muslin ban.” The Art Newspaper has further details.


NADA stands up for human rights

The New Art Dealers Alliance announced today that 50% of the proceeds from its tickets sales for this year’s NADA New York art fair will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The other half of the revenue raised will aid international galleries who are working to gain more exposure in the United States. NADA’s 2017 edition will run from March 2 to March 5, and will feature galleries from fourteen different countries. Executive director Heather Hubbs said in a statement: “We depend on and admire the talents of artists and gallerists the world over, regardless of nationality, religion, sexuality, or gender, and no organization works harder to protect the rights of all than the ACLU.” More information via ARTnews.

Installation view of works by Sarah Faux at Stems Gallery’s booth at NADA New York, 2016. Photo via Object Studies for Artsy



Dirk Boll appointed President, Christie’s EMERI

Christie’s has announced that Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll has been appointed President of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India.

Boll is Professor of Art Management at the University of Hamburg, board member of the Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum, and a member of the Advisory Board of University of Zürich. He joined Christie’s in 1998 in London before moving to Germany to head the Stuttgart office. In 2004, he transferred to Zurich to become Managing Director of the region and was subsequently promoted to Managing Director, Continental Europe in 2011. Christie’s Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Cerutti commented, “Dirk combines being a true art connoisseur with long, proven commercial experience and acumen.” More on artdaily.



Berlin Gallery Weekend galleries announced

Berlin Gallery Weekend has announced the list of participating artists for its 2017 edition, which takes place from April 28 to 30.

Of the 47 Berlin galleries participating, only ChertLüdde is a first time exhibitor. The gallery will  show work by video artist Kasia Fudakowski. Eight galleries that participated last year are not exhibiting at the 2017 edition, including Croy Nielsen which moved to Vienna last year, Mathew gallery which now focuses exclusively on its New York location, and VW (Veneklasen/Werner) closed last July. See the full list of exhibitors via Berlin Gallery Weekend’s website.

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