April 13 | Art Cologne and abc join forces for Art Berlin
This September, Berlin with host a new fair, Art Berlin — a joint venture via Art Cologne and abc (art berlin contemporary). In other news, ArtHamptons 2017 has been cancelled, though New York City’s art scene seems to be thriving with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council placing 100 artists in residency programs, and announcing 140 days of free cultural events. For its part, Carriage Trade Gallery is reopening at a new space.
Art Cologne to establish new fair Art Berlin in partnership with abc
Germany’s leading art fair, Art Cologne, is in discussions with abc (art berlin contemporary) to set up a new fair, scheduled for September 2017, called Art Berlin.
A letter to exhibitors, and subsequent press release, revealed that “Art Berlin will take place from the September 14 through 17 in the Station in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After nine years of abc art berlin contemporary, Art Berlin will focus on a new direction elevating the two most important art centers in Germany — Berlin and Cologne — nurturing and supporting these two cities as art fair destinations.” Artistic direction will be determined by abc's director, Maike Cruse, and Art Cologne director, Daniel Hug — who hope to revive Germany's international standing as a marketplace by joining forces. Details via The Art Newspaper
ArtHamptons 2017 is cancelled
The tradeshow company, Urban Expositions, has cancelled the tenth edition of ArtHamptons art fair. Scheduled for June in Bridgehampton, New York, the fair looks likely to skip a year, sending out additional information on “the coming year” instead.
The success of the fair, whose price point last year ranged between $10,000 and 50,000 and whose dress code imposes a “Hamptons Chic” attire, has been hit-and-miss. Whilst the future of ArtHamptons looks questionable, Urban Expositions has turned its attention to Art Aspen, which takes place August 4-6 at Aspen Ice Garden. Details via Blouin Artinfo
Klaus Leidorf's Remember Summertime, at the previous ArtHampton Fair
Things are looking up for New York City’s art scene
Recipients of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)’s Creative Engagement and Creative Learning Manhattan Arts Grant will receive more than $650,000 this year. LMCC will also place 100 artists in residency programs and organize more than 140 days of free cultural events throughout the city. Residencies include Workspace, encouraging emerging artists to take creative risks; SU-CASA, a community arts engagement program; and Process Space, to help established artists find venues for upcoming projects.
Later on this month, Carriage Trade Gallery will reopen at a new space on the Lower East Side. Following the closure of its TriBeCa gallery in 2014, the gallery now has 1,800 square feet of space to play with. Inaugurating the space will be a group show titled “American Interior,” featuring Richard Artschwager, Richard Bosman, Dorothea Lange, Louise Lawler, and Paul McCarthy.
Paul McCarthy, Plaster Your Head and One Arm into a Wall (1973/2005)
Somerset House appoints Ceri Hand as Director of Programmes
Ceri Hand was appointed director of programmes at Somerset House in London. The move comes after Hand served for almost two years as Associate Director at Simon Lee Gallery, where she was responsible for liaisons betweens institutions. With over twenty five years’ experience of working in the art world, Hand also spent six years directing her own eponymous gallery in London and Liverpool.
Hand will oversee the Studios program at Somerset House — an artist residency programme involving artists working with new technology and digital culture. Details via ArtReview
Ceri Hand | Somerset House's Residency Program © Somerset House
Documenta artwork creates chaos for Kassel fire department
To mark the opening of Documenta 14 in Athens, Romanian artist Daniel Knorr released artificial white smoke from the tower of the Fridericianum Museum as part of an installation, titled Expiration Movement. However, after alarmed residents spotted the smoke billowing from the building, they were quick to let Kassel’s firefighter department know. This has led to over thirty concerned calls, said fire official Norbert Schmitz on Monday.
Running throughout the duration of the show, the work looks to have already caused quite a stir. “It is good that the public cares about it,”said Schmitz, though he highlighted, “if the smoke was coming from an actual fire it would be black.” Details via artforum