PeopleGalleries 25-10-2016

October 25 | Emmanuel Perrotin extends to Tokyo

Parisian art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin has announced he is launching a gallery in Tokyo next spring, adding to his existing array of international galleries in Paris, New York, Seoul and Hong Kong.

It was revealed in a press release that the 1400-square-foot space, located in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, is being redesigned by Hong Kong architect André Fu. Over the past 25 years, Perrotin has sought to develop strong relationships with Asian artists, and has helped to propel many to success. In 1993, his became the first gallery outside of Japan to represent the Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. Perrotin has gone on to represent major Asian artists including Aya Takano, Chen Fei, Mr., Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seo-Bo, Xu Zhen and Bharti Kher. Read more on The Art Newspaper.


Independent Curators International has announced that Miguel A. Lopez, chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San Jose, Costa Rica, is the winner of this year’s Independent Vision Curatorial Award. The biannual award recognizes curators who have demonstrated outstanding creativity in exhibition making, research and related writing, and includes a $3,000 prize in support of new projects. Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, selected Lopez from a pool of 12 international curators. Lopez is co-founder of Red Conceptualismos del Sur, a research platform focusing on Latin American art of the 1960s and the ‘70s, and a founding member of Bisagra, a curators and artist-led project in Lima, which develops experimental exhibitions. More via ARTnews.  


Vasif Kortun will be stepping down as director of research and programs at SALT — a Turkish cultural institution founded in 2011 that is spread across three venues in Istanbul and Ankara, housing galleries, a theater, a library and archives. Kortun, who spearheaded institutions such as the Project Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, directed and co-directed two Istanbul Biennials and curated the Turkish pavilion for the 2007 Venice Biennale, will step down in 2017 but will remain on the institution’s board of directors. Meriç Öner, one of SALT’s associate directors of research and programs, is tipped to take over from Kortun. Artforum has more details.


A monumental painted stage curtain by Salvador Dalí is going up for private sale at Kunsthaus Lempertz auction house in Brussels. The vast canvas backdrop belongs to a more esoteric part of the surrealist artist’s oeuvre: his work in theatre. The curtain was designed specifically for Dalí’s Wagner-inspired ballet Tristan Fou (written 1936-38), one of the few theatrical projects by the artist that actually came to fruition. Dalí wrote the libretto, directed and designed the stage and costumes, and even helped choreograph the whole piece with Russian choreographer Léonide Massine. Dalí’s stage curtain, produced in 1944 — the year the ballet was eventually performed — depicts Tristan and Isolde transfigured into tortured, surrealist beings. A preview is taking place until December 3 at Lempertz in Brussels. More on artnet News.


London’s Mayor Gallery has become embroiled in a legal dispute regarding the work of Canadian-born American abstract painter Agnes Martin. The gallery filed a lawsuit in a New York state court on October 17 against the company responsible for the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné and the members of its authentication committee. The gallery claims the committee have wrongly rejected 13 works submitted to it by the gallery’s clients. Sotheby’s and Christie’s have refused to accept works by Martin for auction or private sale if they have not been included in the catalogue raisonné, rendering the Martin works sold to collectors by the Mayor Gallery essentially worthless. The gallery has promised to return the combined $7.2 million paid by collectors and is seeking that amount in damages. More details via The Art Newspaper.

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