June 6 | Artist Pope.L takes home the Whitney Biennial’s Bucksbaum Award
In today’s news, Pope.L’s meat-filled installation at the Whitney Biennial grants him a prestigious prize. Just outside New York, the Hamptons lose yet another fair, whilst Tate Britain undergoes a major reorganization.
The Whitney Biennial awards artist Pope.L
Chicago-based artist Pope.L is the recipient of the $100.000 Bucksbaum Award, given out each biennial year. This year, the artist presented the installation Claim, (Whitney Version) which consisted of 2,755 bologna sausages, which have cured over the course of the show, leaking juice into basins at the bottom of the piece. Each slice of sausage was also associated to the photograph of a random New Yorker.
“The Bucksbaum Award recognizes extraordinary artists whose works are inventive, urgent, and promise to be enduring,” Mary E. Bucksbaum Scanlan—the daughter of the prize’s namesake, Melva Bucksbaum, who died in 2015—said in a statement. Former laureates include Raymond Pettibon, Omer Fast, and Michael Asher. Read more on Artnews.
The Hamptons: less and less trendy?
Following the cancellation of Art Hamptons last February, fellow fair Art Southampton has also announced that it will not run its 2017 edition. Market Art + Design will be the only remaining fair to take place in the Hamptons this year, running from July 6 through 9.
The cancellation was attributed to market conditions, but also to the increase in “operational costs, difficulties in site selection, local regulatory restrictions and buyer fatigue”, as Art Southampton director nick Korniloff has added. More details via The New York Times.
Lisson gallery to close its Milan space
Lisson gallery has announced that it will close its Milan space after six years. The news comes just months after the gallery opened a new space in New York.
The gallery has commented that the decision “has been difficult”, but that it reflects its future goals. Founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail, Lisson gallery will continue operating at its fours spaces in New York and London. Read more on artnet.
A change of plans for Tate Britain
In an interview with the Telegraph, Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson has announced its intention to reorganize the institution’s collection. Works will be now regrouped thematically, and labels will be reintroduced, in a “bid to improve audience experience”.
Farquharson’s choice goes decidedly against the curatorial intentions of former Tate director Penelope Curtis — who left the gallery in 2015 — and who had rehung the collection in chronological order, cutting down on the information provided to visitors, in order to leave audiences a greater freedom of interpretation. According to Farquharson, “there could be big themes, like London as an urban space in the 18th century or Britain in the post-war age of anxiety.” More via The Telegraph.
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