Biennials & TriennialsAwards 29-11-2017

November 29 | The Whitney Museum to acquire 32 works presented during biennial

Several artists will enter the Whitney Museum’s collection for the first time. Elsewhere, UK museums are at odds with a group of art-world figures over copyright fees, whilst in Venice, the Biennale wrapped up, and it was a success.

The Whitney Museum to acquire 32 works presented during biennial

Thirty-two out of the 63 artists who participated at the last Whitney Biennial will see their work acquired by the New York institution. For artists Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Shara Hughes, Carrie Moyer and  Puppies Puppies will enter the museum’s collection for the first time.

“At a time when so many emerging artists are being pursued so broadly by the market, including museums, we’ve found this strand of our program really serves as the bedrock of our contemporary acquisitions, because they grow out of a meaningful and publicly visible dialogue with our curators” said Scott Rothkopf,  deputy director for programs and chief curator at the Whitney Museum. More details via Artnews.


Legal experts challenge UK museums’ right to charge for artwork images

Following a letter signed by 28 academics and art-world figures, published in The Times earlier this month, protesting UK museums’ widespread practice of charging five or six-figure sums to reproduce out-of-copyright artworks, legal experts seem to agree that UK institutions do not have a right to collect this type of fee. However, not all agree on this, as interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s ruling on copyrighted images can vary.

Signatories of the letter alleged that fees “pose a serious threat to art history”, and that UK museums should adopt the open-access policies pioneered by “a growing number of international museums”. Read more on The Art Newspaper.


The National Gallery. Courtesy the museum.


A successful 57th Venice Biennale

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale, which closed on Saturday, drew a whopping 615,000 visitors — including 23,531 people on preview day — registering a 23% increase as compared to the 2015 edition, which attracted 501,502 visitors. The biennial event also drew a significant number of young visitors, with under-26 attendees accounting for 31% of total visitors.

As for the 2019 edition of the Biennale, calls are open for proposals for the Finland Pavilion through January 10, 2018. Elsewhere, the choice of an open call might cause the Australian Pavilion to lose one of its biggest sponsors. Read more on La Biennale di Venezia’s website.


Courtesy the Venice Biennale.

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