July 10 | LACMA to have first ever Instagram artist in residency
Whilst the Los Angeles institution opens up to one of the latest evolutions of digital art, Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art could undergo a (very) ambitious expansion. Elsewhere, France will get a new photography museum.
LACMA to host first residency for an Instagram Artist
Los Angeles-based artist Guadalupe Rosales was selected by LACMA as the museum’s first ever Instagram Artist in residence.
Rosales is behind the two accounts Veteranas and Rucas (@veteranas_and_rucas) and Map Pointz (@map-pointz), digital archives documenting the lives of “women raised in [South California] from '90s and earlier” and “[South California’s] 90s party crew/rave scene”, respectively. Rita Gonzalez, curator and head of contemporary art at LACMA, has cited Rosales’ original use of Instagram, noting that the artist “ thinks about the platform in the way that curators and artists use research to approach their work”. More via LACMA’s website.
MONA to undergo major expansion?
The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, (Tasmania) might undergo a major expansion, its multimillionaire owner David Walsh has announced at a lunch for Tasmania's tourism industry last week.
The project includes the building of HOMO, a 172-room hotel, five-star hotel just north of Hobart, as well as what Walsh has defined as an “anti-casino”: a "private, members-only, high-limits, poker machine-free facility for non-Tasmanians" which will act as an outlet for art and design, although it has not been revealed how. Architects Fender Katsalidis, who have designed the museum, are also responsible for the planned expansion, which is set to be completed by 2022. Walsh is yet to submit the AUS$300 million project to the Glenorchy City Council for approval. Read more on ABC news.
A new photography museum for France
Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France in Northern France, has announced plans for the creation of a new photography museum in Lille, a project he has entrusted to Sam Stourdzé, director of the Rencontres d’Arles.
Musée de l’Elysée curator Anne Lacoste, one of France’s top experts in photography, was chosen as project manager. According to Stourdzé, the museum will be “one of the most ambitious” art projects in France in the last decades; the institution will be dedicated to the creation, exhibition, research and preservation of photography. The future museum’s first initiatives will be launched in Spring 2018. More details will be announced later this year. More via Rencontres d’Arles website.
Press conference @ Rencontres d'Arles
Pierrette Bloch has passed away
Swiss-French artist Pierrette Bloch passed away last Friday, aged 89.
Born in Paris in 1928, she studied in the French capital with Henri Goetz and André Lhote between 1947 and 1948. Bloch made her debut at Galerie Mai, Paris, in 1951. Her name quickly became synonymous with her signature black and white, abstract paintings and works on paper, as well as for the use of “poor” materials such as ink, paper, horsehair and mesh. Bloch was represented by galerie Karsten Greve, where she had a retrospective earlier this year. More on the artist via the gallery’s website.
Pierrette Bloch @ Galerie Karsten Greve, Courtesy Vernissage TV Didier Didier