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March 28 | MA in Middle Eastern contemporary arts to launch at Birmingham City University

Despite a number of galleries having closed up shop in New York, the art world’s big names continue to invest in bigger and sleeker spaces. The Western world is also continuing to open up to Middle East and Indian art, despite a global political shift toward populism.


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The Triennale bringing back to life the art of Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Triennale opened its doors on March 22 for its first edition, under the umbrella of the Siddhartha Arts Foundation and the S.M.A.K. of Gent.


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The Gray Market Weekly

This week, stories that tested the industry's faith in some long-beloved ideas...


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March 27 | South London Gallery invests in Peckham community enterprise

New hires across multiple institutes sees the Northern American art world slowly refreshing its vision. Whilst across the pond South London Gallery is making advances having raised £3.3m in funds for its new space at the former Peckham Road Fire Station.


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Two London gallery opt out of traditional models as the art market witnesses relentless changes

Things look set to change in London.


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March 24 | The art world is still far from gender equality

Despite an increase in the number of female museum directors worldwide, the gender gap persists, especially when it comes to money. Elsewhere, two Polish artists might risk incarceration, whilst documenta continues to reveal more details about its upcoming edition.


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“Success does not exist. You have to transcend failure” | Marta Minujin

Marta Minujin is an avant-garde, rebellious artist, popular in both her native Argentina and internationally. In the 60s, she hung out with Andy Warhol, and later, she was one of the first artists recognized for her happenings, which she began staging in 1966. Today, Minujin is working on the Parthenon of Books, a work conceived in 1983 that she will present at documenta 14, consisting of a parthenon made of 100,000 books, all of which were censored at some point in history.


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How are Poland’s artists subtly undermining the government’s nationalist agenda?

When the Polish people elected the right-wing, nationalist Law and Justice party in October 2015, it was clear that change was afoot. However, the exact consequences for the country’s art and culture infrastructures were not immediately obvious.


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March 23 | Financial worries for Documenta

Documenta is in two weeks, and it is the time for the organizers to make their demands heard. In other news, Lionel Sabatté has won the 2017 Drawing Now Prize at the fair in Paris, as Sophie Calle embarks on a 25-year project at the age of 63.


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ArtistsMovements

Taking the Arts into her own hands | Meet Ingrid LaFleur

The artist running for Mayor of Detroit. Ingrid LaFleur’s step into politics is unprecedented.


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GalleriesBiennials & Triennials

March 22 | The ever-expanding Asian art market

The highly anticipated Art Market report written by Clare McAndrew for Art Basel HK offers different conclusions from that recently published by TEFAF. Whilst it appears that Asian buyers are the most dynamic, it's clear that such an opaque market has proved difficult to measure. In other news, Pace Gallery expands in Hong Kong, and response to Whitney Biennale stands divided.


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New Museum announces partnership with Kvadrat to support emerging artists

New York’s New Museum and Danish company Kvadrat have announced a three-year partnership aimed to support emerging artists.


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March 21 | Chinese outpost for the Centre Pompidou finally underway?

In today’s news, the art market appears strong as Christie’s announces that one of the finest works by Cy Twombly will be featured at their New York sale in May. Whilst the MoMA sadly loses one of the most important donors and philanthropist of its history, the ICA and ICI acquire new staff.


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Four exhibitions to visit in Hong Kong when you're bored of Basel

Running from March 23 through 25 Hong Kong will host the fifth edition of Art Basel HK. Such an event is emblematic of the globalisation of the art market, with 242 galleries hailing from 34 countries, it is a truly international fair; once inside you could easily be in Miami, Hong Kong or Switzerland. In light of this, H A P P E N I N G has picked out 5 local exhibitions outside the fair, many of which with a focus on national identity in the sphere of global politics, to help you get to know t


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March 20 | Innovation in the arts

The 2017 Venice Biennale looks set to host two new additions this summer: The Green Light Project, pioneering engagement with refugees within the arts – rather than commenting on the “crisis” from the outside – and the 1st Antarctic Biennale, making its debut as “a unique sociocultural phenomenon,” showcasing an exhibition on the future of arts innovation on a global-scale.


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The Gray Market Weekly

This week, stories that continued unflattering trends in unadvertised ways...


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March 17 | 7 artists and 7 tech figures for Rhizome's Seven on Seven

New York, Rhizome unveils details of the new edition of Seven on Seven, where artist meets geek. In other news, Guggenheim Foundation Board elects a new director, and a Swiss gallery gives up its physical space.


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Pinchuk’s 2017 Future Generation Art Prize goes to South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape

Last night, the PinchukArtCentre announced Dineo Seshee Bopape as the winner of the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize in Kiev, Ukraine. Bopape will receive $100,000 of which $40,000 is to go towards the production of a new work.


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Olaf Breuning | a "love-hate relationship" with contemporary art

“I wish I could be a painter and I wish I could be a writer.” Despite having worked with a plethora of mediums — including drawing, sculpture, photography, film and installation — during his 18-year long career, artist Olaf Breuning is still pining for more.


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Art Dubai, the “glocal” art fair

With 270 artists hailing from 70 countries, Art Dubai, which welcomed 94 exhibiting galleries for its 11th edition, has never offered so much variety, despite big European and American names being among the most notable absences this year. In spite of this, countries such as Algeria, Peru and Uruguay — for the first time at Art Dubai this year — bring a breath of fresh air to the fair.


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East London waves goodbye to Limoncello gallery

The quirky, fresh little gallery in East London, Limoncello, has closed definitively. Having spoken to a former employee, Happening can report that the gallery internally announced its closure a month ago.


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March 16 | Trump dumps National Arts Endowment

As Trump submits his first federal budget plan, the US might actually wave goodbye to the National Arts Endowment. In other news, Art Basel Hong Kong takes a step into the virtual reality world, whilst Versailles announces that it will now change its format to group shows.


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March 15 | The Met joins forces with Art Jameel and the Middle East

At a moment when many of the art world's key players are gathering in Dubai, the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York announces its renewed partnership with the region. In other news, Henri Cueco, iconic painter of the Nouvelle Figuration movement, passes away.


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UAE plows ahead with legions of construction projects in an aim to highlight arts and culture

On the opening of the 11th edition of Art Dubai, the Emirati artistic scene remains a mixed bag.


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The fluctuations of the Russian avant garde under the spotlight

“I would underline two major challenges for young artists in Russia,” says Kirill Garshin, a Russian artist born in 1990, “Firstly, there is a level of misreading and rejection of contemporary art by the majority of people in Russia. The reason for this is probably due to an underdeveloped education system in terms of art history, as well as an overlooking of contemporary art by the Ministry for Culture. Secondly, even the art system itself doesn't give enough support to young art.”


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London’s ‘Alt-Right’ art gallery has been shut down

Following weeks of campaigning, Dalston-based far right gallery LD50 has been shut down.


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Frac Dunkirk: a living relationship with art in Northern France

Though the building and framework are sublime, the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais has for some years now given the impression of being somewhat lost, fumbling in the dark. But things look set to change for the institution based in northern France, a region rapidly emerging as the second most important artistic and museum hub in the country.


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A new collector residency at London’s Delfina Foundation

London’s Delfina Foundation is to launch “Collecting as Practice”, a new program created for collectors whose aim won’t be pure investment, but rather to raise questions as to the philosophy and psychology of collecting.


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March 14 | New York’s art scene looks set to expand and diverge

Brooklyn’s Batclave harks back to its industrial roots with the help of Tate Modern Power Station duo, Herzog & de Meuron. Meanwhile, the West Chelsea art gallery scene will expand dramatically with an additional 15 spaces added to its crowd, along with the new concept ‘High Line Nine’ galleria. In other news, archives acquired for photographers Annie Leibovitz and Allan Sekula to go on public display.


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FairsPeople

In Maastricht, changes are made thanks to YIA

Is 2017 the year of change for TEFAF? The most significant element undoubtedly would be the departure of Clare McAndrew, who since 2008 has authored the famous report published each year at TEFAF. Clare McAndrew has been replaced by Rachel A.J. Pownall. As for the rest, little changes.


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Get to know the local gallery scene during Art Dubai this week

From 15 to 18 March, the 11th edition of Art Dubai will take place, hosting 79 contemporary galleries from across the globe. Yet the excitement of an art fair is also getting to know local galleries on their home turf. Here is a small selection of what is to be found.


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March 13 | Culture, the engine of social wellbeing

In the news, the TEFAF announces a new report on sales online, the Andy Warhol Museum has a new Director, and it is confirmed, where culture flourishes, wellbeing follows...


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, stories that remind us the industry constantly straddles the line between "haha" and "WTF"...


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March 10 | London’s Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university for art and design

In today’s news: Jeff Koons is once again in legal trouble, and this time, he has dragged Paris’ Centre Pompidou down with him. Elsewhere, Jenny Holzer stands out for entirely different reasons: she will be the first woman artist to be featured at Blenheim Palace, following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei, Lawrence Weiner, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. As for the Royal College of Art, the institution is recognized as the world’s leading in the arts. Great way to celebrate turning 180!


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Fairs

Art Cologne announces 20 finalists for 2017 New Positions Award

Art Cologne has announced the finalists for the 2017 edition of the New Positions Award, to be presented during the fair’s upcoming edition, running from April 26 through 29.


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Four women finalists for Berlin’s coveted Preis der Nationalgalerie

For the first time in the history of the prize, four women artists have been chosen as the finalists of the 2017 edition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie. Sol Calero (Venezuela), Iman Issa (Egypt), Jumana Manna (US) and Agnieszka Polska (Poland) will show their work as part of a group exhibition at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, running from September 29 to January 14, 2018.


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Institutions

Gentrification threatens London’s artistic scene

Whilst the biggest names in the London art scene revel in their success at auctions, and the most prestigious are perpetually expanding to new and bigger spaces, emerging artists still struggle to establish themselves.


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InstitutionsAuction Houses

March 9 | Stephanie Rosenthal takes to the helm at Martin-Gropius-Bau

The German art world thrives: the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum steals away the Hayward's curator, whilst Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter realize new records at Sotheby's.


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À poils et à plumes: politicizing animal art

Following a 13 year hiatus between 1996 and 2010, the Musée de Flandre has radically rethought its identity, offering a programming designed to both revitalize its collection, and to attract visitors from the rest of France to this commune two hours west of Paris.


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March 8 | Setting Records for Oehlen, Crosby, Tillmans: last night’s Christie’s

Superb sales at Christie's last night in London signal the good health of the contemporary art market, with many records surpassed. In the rest of the news, the closure of a beautiful Australian photography gallery, and a new museum project in Paris for Bernard Arnault.


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HAPPENING names #5WomenArtists

On occasion of Women's history month and international women's day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has launched and social media campaign #5WomenArtists, challenging internet users worldwide to name five women artists, in order to call "attention to the inequity women artists face" and to bring awareness to a larger audience.


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GalleriesFairs

New gallery models | What if nothing’s changed?

Times are hard for both emerging and middle-market galleries. In spite of the rising costs dealers face in order to participate in art fairs, these remain the places where the majority of a gallery's business.


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March 7 | #SaatchiSelfie judges announced, including Tracey Emin, Idris Khan and Juergen Teller

Young faces rising to prominent positions in New York, whilst London taps into the selfie craze with 8,000 faces from around the globe.


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LISTE announces its 2017 lineup | New faces, same structure

Among 250 candidates, 79 galleries have been selected for the 2017 edition of LISTE - organized in Basel from 13 to 18 June.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art... This week, a trio of stories that compelled us to look a little further toward the horizon for answers…


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March 6 | Institute of Arab and Islamic Art to open in New York

Despite sales having dropped by 40% in the US in 2016, New York’s premiere art fair has still managed to deliver strong results. Elsewhere, Beijing gets its own gallery week-end and New York its own Arab cultural institute.


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HACK + ART = HART

Over the last three years, 42, the Paris-based, nonprofit computing programming school, has revolutionized the way we conceive education.


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How Independent became the hottest fair of New York art week

It's New York art week again, and with at least a dozen art fairs all over the city, you probably can’t make it to everything, logistically or emotionally. So, which ones should you make time for? We can’t say for sure, but Independent New York should be somewhere on the docket.


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March 3 | Mariane Ibrahim wins Armory Show's inaugural Presents Booth Prize

With yet another Anti-Trump petition being signed across the US, the country continues to respond to its new presidential administration. Elsewhere, New York might soon become a (fiscal) paradise for art dealers...


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March 2 | Boston’s ICA to open a new seasonal space

Boston’s ICA is opening a new space intended for the warmer months, which is slated to open in Summer 2018. In other news, Sotheby's London sales see success and museum selfies prove dangerous...


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Baltic names winners of first ever Artists’ Award

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England has announced the winners of the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award. The biennial award, which was launched by the contemporary art institution last November, provides each winner with £25,000 towards creating new work and a £5,000 artist fee. The winners will also be featured in a 13-week group exhibition at the museum.


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The Art World: Paradise for Big Data?

It is our pleasure to present H A P P E N I N G’s first art market study carried out in collaboration with AXA ART. It marks the end of the first phase of our research program and the release of our new product, ARTIST PROFILES. In Spring 2016, we began working with LIST (the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) specialized in data science and its application. Thus, we have begun to analyze a huge breadth of art world data.


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Four New York exhibitions remind us that art is a powerful means of resistance

This week, New York readies itself for one of the most exciting weekends in the city’s art calendar. No less than 10 fairs will run parallel to the fair, and there will be something for every taste. But for those who are still hungry for art shows, or who prefer smaller gallery spaces to the commercial feasts of art fairs, we have picked a few exhibitions to see in New York this week.


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March 1 | It's all over for Auctionata

Launched in 2012, online auction house Auctionata has ceased its activities. Elsewhere, Thomas P. Campbell’s resignation from the MET comes as a bolt from the blue.


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ArtistsAuction Houses

February 28 | Esther Schipper thinks bigger in Berlin, moves to the heart of the city’s gallery di

Several international galleries get things moving this week, with new representations and new spaces being opened. In other news, Sotheby’s and China continue to dominate the art market.


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LD50 the east London art gallery accused of Infiltrating the art world with its fascist agenda

In light of the past year’s global political upheavals, the art world has felt like a rare space for hope, with many looking to art as a mode of resistance in the face of oppression. However, art and the platform it provides can also be used for the dissemination of messages of hate, and the potential for propaganda is the inevitable flip side of the coin. In recent weeks debate has flared up around the subject of a gallery in east London that has been heavily criticized for having an ‘alt-r


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The Gray Market Weekly

This week, a trio of departures with nearly 100 combined years of art history behind them...


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February 27 | Alison Jacques Gallery now represents Juergen Teller

There have been a lot of changes for galleries today, with Alison Jacques and Marc Straus adding new artists to their roster, and Lisson Gallery opening another space in New York.


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FairsPeople

A Marrakech edition for 1:54 art fair?

Could 1:54 the world’s preeminent African art fair launch an outpost in Africa?


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GalleriesFairs

February 24 | Marlborough London and New York become one

Where do we begin? Marlborough Chelsea (New York) and Marlborough Contemporary (London) are now going to be collectively known as Marlborough Contemporary, Art Basel Hong Kong has revealed an exciting film program for 2017, whilst US senators defend the nation’s arts funding, threatened by the Trump administration.


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IZOLYATSIA’s open call for artists to transform former site of Lenin’s monument in Kyiv, Ukraine

IZOLYATSIA, the Ukraine’s leading art institution, has announced that calls are now open for a temporary public intervention in Kiev on the former site of the Lenin monument, as part of the 2017 edition of its Social Contract project.


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Institutions

Take your art someplace else | The LA activists waging guerrilla warfare against gentrification

Over the past decade, Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene has expanded at breakneck speed. Many of the city’s less affluent areas have begun to feel this change dramatically, and perhaps none more so than Boyle Heights, just east of downtown. The neighbourhood has experienced an influx of galleries in the last few years, but residents are pushing back. Anti-gentrification activists in Boyle Heights, which has long been seen as the heart of LA’s Mexican-American community, have waged a pers


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FairsArtists

ARCO’s youngest, most promising artists and where to find them

ARCO, Spain’s leading art fair which is now in its 36th edition, has made a name for itself as a high prestige fair with a unique identity. Among the almost 3000 artists exhibited this year, five of the youngest, hailing from Europe, the US and South America, have caught our attention.


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February 23 | Prado appoints Miguel Falomir as director

As expected, the Prado directorship is handed from one Miguel to another. In more surprising news, Nara Roesler has decided to relocate her spaces in North and South America.


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Münster Sculpture Projects 2017 reveals list of participating artists

We now have more information on the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster (SPM) — the German sculpture festival which began in 1977 and takes place once every ten years in the German city widely considered to be Westphalia’s cultural centre.


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Color Wars | Stuart Semple discusses feud with Anish Kapoor, pigments and politics

Who knew a row over colors could get so heated? But this is precisely what happened last November, when Dorset-based artist Stuart Semple spoke out against Anish Kapoor’s acquisition of exclusive artistic rights to the world’s blackest substance.


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FairsGalleries

February 22 | Times are hard for arts funding

Huge government cuts are devastating Bath’s art funding in the UK, and, across the pond, Trump plans to axe the entire arts budget.


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February 21 | Royal Academy of Arts announces partnership with 60 London galleries

In the wake of Brexit, the art world gets organized and hopes for a renewed dynamism. In other news, Istanbul’s art space Alt is now looking for a new director.


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FairsMediums

Marie-Ann Yemsi to curate the 2017 African photography biennale, "Bamako Encounters"

Established in 1994, the African Photography Encounters is organized biennially in Bamako, celebrating photography and video produced in Africa. Its next edition, which will take place between December 2, 2017 and January 31, 2018, has recently announced the name of the curator. German-Cameroonian cultural consultant and independent curator Marie-Ann Yemsi has been chosen to succeed Nigerian-born Bisi Silva.


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FairsGalleries

Cape Town Art Fair: From local to global

“For a city to be a great destination for contemporary art, there are five key requirements,” says Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the new Zeitz MOCAA, which is set to open its doors to the public this September. “Galleries, collectors, a good art school, an art museum and a great art fair.”


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February 20 | “He Will Not Divide Us” moves to New Mexico

After having attracted alt-right saboteurs, and having cost him an arrest before being shut down, Shia LaBeouf’s performance ““He Will Not Divide Us” has now found a new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elsewhere, the art world runs more or less smoothly, with new appointments on the one hand, and business as usual for Sotheby’s on the other.


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FairsGalleries

Top five exhibitions to see in Madrid during ARCO

With an impressive list of 164 international exhibitors — including some of our favorites: Galerie Jérôme Poggi, gb Agency (Paris), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam), KOW, (Berlin) and more — ARCO Madrid will be in full swing from Wednesday evening. Should you be hit by fair fatigue, however, we have listed five of the most exciting exhibitions to catch in Madrid, running parallel to ARCO. From the opulent video artworks of Julian Rosefeldt to the more conceptual mute videos at Nog


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Anti-Trump protest erupts inside MoMA

Last Friday, in the latest attack on Donald Trump by artist activists, a group of several dozen protesters and hundreds of other attendees stormed the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York to demand the immediate removal of Larry Fink from the institution’s board. Fink, CEO of BlackRock, Inc., is also a member of President’s Strategic and Policy Forum – a collection of business leaders who advise the Trump administration.


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Online SalesPeople

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, from regional hunts to failing wings, stories about the changing nature of expansion within the industry...


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Artists

One artist, one studio | Marcela Armas

Marcela Armas was born in Durango (Mexico) in 1976. Today, she lives and works between Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, where she has recently established a new studio.


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February 17 | Arte Povera master Jannis Kounellis has passed away

Today, the art world celebrates the life and work of Jannis Kounellis, who passed away yesterday. In other news, the Essl Collection has at last found a new home and Paul Kasmin takes his first steps in the digital world.


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InstitutionsMovements

Rhizome’s Prix Net Art 2017 | Who is the future of digital art?

Rhizome, the New York nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of digital art, has announced the winners of the annual Prix Net Art.


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ArtistsInstitutions

Hands off our Revolution | Artists join forces in the face of rightwing populism

More than 200 artists, musicians, writers and curators have banded together to form an international coalition committed to fighting the rise of rightwing populism in Europe, the US and elsewhere.


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InstitutionsPeople

February 16 | Nancy Spector to return to the Guggenheim

In today’s news, renowned curator Nancy Spector returns home to New York’s Guggenheim after a year-long hiatus, whilst US museums continue to take stands against Donald Trump.


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ArtistsOnline Sales

February 15 | Who are the newcomers at Art Basel 2017?

Art Basel has revealed its long awaited exhibitors list! Elsewhere in art world today there are some surprises: the Chapman brothers leave their longtime London gallery, and Donald Trump appoints an art historian to the National Security Council.


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InstitutionsArtists

Zeitz MOCAA: The Roger Ballen Foundation and Azu Nwagbogu jump on board

We now know more about the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), which will be inaugurated near Cape Town, South Africa, in September, and its ambitious photographic program.


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People

Art Philippines | Manila, Southeastern Asia’s new contemporary art hub

This year, Art Fair Philippines celebrates its 5th edition, which will welcome 46 galleries from the region and offer an engaging program of talks, including “Curating across Asia”, bringing together MACBA director Ferran Barenblit, writer Sarah Thornton and curator Diana Campbell Betancourt.


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February 14 | Stuart Semple creates “better black” in ongoing war with Anish Kapoor

Semple's latest “fuck you” to Kapoor is a new, publicly available black paint. In other news, the “Made in LA” biennial curators are announced and rare Picasso works go up for sale.


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Art Business

.com is dead, art on the Internet gets organized

The online editorial platform-cum-artist project/archive, e-flux, recently announced the creation of a new Internet domain pertaining specifically to art-related online resources.


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Artists

One artist, one studio | Joël Andrianomearisoa

Joël Andrianomearisoa is a travelled artist, one who plays with words and feelings and is capable of switching from superficiality to depth in order both to surprise us and to let us forget ourselves. His poetic, immaterial practice — which eludes any firm classification — engages with all kinds of materials: from paper and photography to text and fabric, all cloaked in black, his signature color.


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Fairs

Mexico's flourishing art fairs prove the art scene is borderless

If Zona Maco is now 14 years old, and has gone from strength to strength, quickly becoming Latin America’s biggest art fair in terms of visitor numbers, then like many fairs around the world it has a little brother. Material Art Fair is in its fourth edition, and this year it fits comfortably into this more affordable, smaller scale, less commercial bracket, and feels more self-confident and established than in previous years too. It’s in the same building as last year, in Expo Reforma, but


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FairsArt Business

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, from regional hunts to failing wings, stories about the changing nature of expansion within the industry...


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GalleriesInstitutions

February 13 | Maureen Paley to open new space in Hove, England

This week, both Maureen Paley gallery and Toronto's Museum of Contemporary Art announce plans to expand with new exhibition spaces.


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Auction HousesArtists

February 10 | Christie’s to open new location in Beverly Hills

Despite seeing a drop in sales in 2016, Christie’s continues to think big, with the announcement of a new location in Beverly Hills, whilst Hauser & Wirth now represents one of the leading German photographers of the 20th century.


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New North and South program builds artistic bridge between UK and South Asia

A new network of eleven Northern English and South Asian arts institutions have announced the launch of the three-year long program “New North and South,” which aims to showcase the work of major artists from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK.


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PeopleInstitutions

February 9 | Oprah cashes in with sale of $150 million Klimt

One of the world’s richest celebrities just got even richer, artists and art institutions continue their resistance against the Trump administration, and Rachel Whiteread receives a well-earned honour.


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Biennials & TriennialsArtists

February 8 | BIENALSUR announces shortlisted projects

While BIENALSUR releases an exciting shortlist of artists projects and Hans Haacke is given a respected award, elsewhere in the artworld the news is more macabre… the trial continues for the Indian artist suspected of having his wife murdered and her corpse dumped in a sewer.


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Biennials & TriennialsArtists

A who’s who of the exhibiting artists at this year’s Venice Biennale

On May 13, “Viva Arte Viva” — the exhibition organized by French curator Christine Macel — will open in the Venice Giardini.


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ArtistsFairs

February 7 | Tracey Emin donates money to refugee scholarship program

It’s been a philanthropic week for the art world so far: yesterday, Anish Kapoor announced he will donate $1 million worth of prize money to help refugees, and today news comes of Tracey Emin funding a scholarship for a Syrian refugee and NADA art fair donating money from ticket sales to the American Civil Liberties Union.


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InstitutionsArtists

See all the works featured at MoMA’s anti-Trump rehang

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has shown its contempt for President Trump’s heavily criticized executive order — which bans citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States — by installing 12 works by artists from those countries. The controversial order, which was issued on January 27 and has since been blocked by a Seattle federal judge, was met with widespread protests across the country.


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From cave to gallery | Mel O’Callaghan’s entrancing new exhibition

Mel O’Callaghan is no stranger to hostile environments. In 2012, she travelled to a remote, wind-battered ruin located on a promontory in Corsica to film "Endgame", a work in which performers carry out absurd, cyclical actions in the harsh setting. Two years earlier she filmed "Move", a seven-minute 16mm film in which a group of people shift rocks between two decaying forts in the wilderness. Now, the laureate of the Prix Sam for Contemporary Art is bringing one of her most ambitious projects


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At Turner Contemporary, 40 women artists turn embroidery into a political statement

Embroidery is conventionally regarded in Western culture as a low art form, a soft, spongy medium consigned to the domestic sphere. Reacting against this reality, many feminist artists across the 20th century have remodelled craft-based artwork into sites for subversive and political mechanisms.


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February 6 | Dallas Art Fair reveals exhibitor list for 2017

Details are announced of art fairs in Dallas, Sao Paulo and New York, and Anish Kapoor shows his support for refugees by donating $1 million worth of prize money.


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Five exhibitions at New York’s top not-for-profit art spaces in February

New York isn’t just the high-end galleries of the Bowery and Chelsea: the city also boasts a wealth of non-profit spaces for visual arts, whose programming often rivals those of the Big Apple’s powerhouse dealers. This week, we caught five of the most exciting shows to see at New York’s not-for-profit spaces.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, a trio of stories that illustrate the appeal and absurdity of art-industry blacklists..


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One artist, one studio | Jennifer Caubet

Settling back into her studio in the Parisian suburbs after a long period of travelling, observing and taking topographical samples in the Californian desert, artist Jennifer Caubet is currently preparing for her first solo show at the gallery Jousse Entreprise in September 2017. Born in 1982, Caubet’s practice is focused on sculpture that creates and occupies new spaces.


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February 3 | Finalists announced for 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp

In Paris, the selection of finalists for this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp displays a trend: the shortlisted artists are older each year. The Prix SAIMA, on the other hand, has been awarded to young, up-and-coming artist Fethi Sahraoui.


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1:54 returns to New York with new participants

The third edition of the New York iteration of the African art fair 1:54 is to take place between 5 and 7 May, running concurrently to Frieze fair. Returning to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the fair, organised by Touria El Glaoui has just announced its 2017 lineup.


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February 2 | Nari Ward is awarded Vilcek Prize for Fine Arts

In the context of the immigrant-demonizing policies currently issuing from the White House, the Vilcek Foundation’s award recognizing exceptional immigrant artists seems much needed. Elsewhere in the artworld, Moving Image New York announces the exhibitors for 2017 and Gagosian represents a new artist’s estate.


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February 1 | Saatchi Gallery launches SALON

Today, the Saatchi announces it is opening a commercial subsidiary in London, and Glafira Rosales is not given further jail for her involvement in large-scale art fraud.


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Pompidou at 40 | The ten most attended exhibitions ever

This week the Centre Pompidou celebrates its 40-year anniversary — an opportunity to look back over four highly successful decades of art. The institution, whose annual budget totals around €135 million, has welcomed over 102 million visitors since its opening. But, of the 325 exhibitions held at the Pompidou over the years, which ones have been the most attended?


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January 31 | Glasgow School of Art library is reborn

Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor turn ashes into art, while the Israel’s participation in the “Creative Europe” project goes up in flames.


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Günter Herzog is awarded 2017 Art Cologne Prize

Professor Günter Herzog, head of the Zentralarchiv des Internationalen Kunsthandels (the Central Archive of International Art Trade) or ZADIK, has been awarded the prestigious Art Cologne Prize.


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A new cultural and artistic centre for Paris’ Western suburb

During a press conference held at the Hôtel de Ville of Boulogne-Billancourt — West of Paris — this Monday, Laurent Dumas, president of real estate group Emerige, and the city’s mayor Pierre-Christophe Baguet, have revealed plans for the transformation of the île Seguin into a major artistic and cultural centre.


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Miguel Calderón and the sequestered world of falconry

Working across film and photography, artist Miguel Calderon offers us a very personal snapshot of Mexican society.


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January 30 | Alison Jacques and Luhring Augustine now co-represent estate of Lygia Clark

This Monday there is news of Lygia Clark's estate, Sotheby’s invest in “5D” imaging technology, and SmithDavidson expands its international presence.


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January 27 | John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi and gives powerful acceptance speech

New York and London both recognize politically engaged artists: John Akomfrah takes home the Artes Mundi prize and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation awards its Art and Social justice grants.


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One artist, one studio | Rana Begum

It seems like 2017 could be Rana Begum’s year. This March, she will be awarded the prestigious Abraaj Group Art Prize at Art Dubai.


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January 26 | Christo calls off project in protest against President Trump

Christo abandons his major project in outrage at Donald Trump’s inauguration, and the winners of the Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham awards are announced.


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January 25 | Grisha Bruskin, Sasha Pirogova, and the Recycle Group will represent Russia at 2017 Ven

Russia announces an exciting selection of artists for the Venice Biennale, Blouin Media is having money troubles, and the Whitney welcomes two new assistant curators.


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The woven dreamscapes of Joana Vasconcelos

The universe of Joana Vasconcelos is entrancing. It is as though you have been plunged into a world of dreamlike apparitions which make you question your understanding of history and society. Her landmark retrospective at the Patinoire Royale in Brussels — the first ever held in Belgium — was well earned. In 2012, she became the first female artist to occupy Versailles, where her tampon chandelier courted controversy. Her "A Noiva" was the first work to be shown in the 2005 Venice Biennial,


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How six Amsterdam galleries are countering international populism with collaborative initiatives

As the Netherlands prepares for the general elections on March 15, and the far-right Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders is adding fuel to the fire of populism we’ve been experiencing internationally, six Amsterdam galleries (Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Galerie Fons Welters, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden and Martin van Zomeren) have come together for the joint initiative Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), a collaborative effort denouncing the “fragmentation, ind


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January 24 | Polys Peslikas will represent Cyprus at 2017 Venice Biennial

Details of the Cypriot Pavilion are announced, Cuban dissident artist “El Sexto” is released from prison, and Wim Pijbes changes jobs (again).


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Camille Henrot the most Google-able artist in France

According to a study carried out by the Observatoire du Web Social dans l’art contemporain, directed by Alexia Guggémos, “2016 saw a 460% increase of Internet visibility for Camille Henrot, the figurehead of the French art scene,” making her the artist with the most increased online visibility in France this year.


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January 23 | Tina Gverović and Marko Tadić to represent Croatia at 2017 Venice Biennale

More details on the Venice Biennale are revealed, there are new faces at the Serpentine and Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Brussels art scene loses a great asset.


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Brafa makes a foray into contemporary art

In this year’s edition of Brafa, the Brussels fair opened itself up to contemporary art with an hommage to Julio Le Parc, the founding member of G.R.A.V (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel).


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Top four exhibitions to see in Berlin

Although Berlin Art Week is long behind us, and the city’s Gallery Weekend will not get underway until late April (clashing controversially with Art Cologne this year), there is plenty of contemporary art to be excited about in the German capital right now.


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The art world reacts to Donald Trump’s inauguration

It is fair to say that Donald Trump has been received pretty poorly by the vast majority of the art world. Following Richard Prince’s disavowal of his Ivanka Trump work, which the artist has dismissed as “fake art”, the art community continues to respond to what remains one of the most controversial elections to date.


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January 20 | Zurich's Rotwand gallery closes its doors

As another Zurich gallery announces it is closing its doors, the art world’s big names announce exciting news for the coming months, including partnerships, blue-chip sales and new appointments.


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One artist, One studio: Atef Berredjem

Atef Berredjem lives between Annaba and Algiers, and has a studio in each city. His Algiers studio is that larger of the two, where he works on his large-scale projects, whilst the Annaba studio is devoted to his theoretical research.


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Geta Brătescu to represent Romania at the 2017 Venice Biennale

It was announced this morning that nonagenarian artist Geta Brătescu has been selected to represent Romania at the 2017 Venice Biennale in May. According to a press release issued by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, Brătescu’s proposal was chosen ahead of two other contending projects in the second round of the selection process.


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January 19 | New Paddle8 investors to lead buy back of the company

Paddle8 partners with a new investor to attempt a buy back from Auctionata. Meanwhile new curators at Expo Chicago are appointed, and Marianne Boesky expands her reach to Aspen.


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Condo | How London’s new art festival is circumventing the domination of the art fair

Through merging resources and mobilizing a collaborative effort, Condo art festival is repurposing the staid formulations of the contemporary art world. Diffused across London’s urban diaspora from South-East London to central North-West this mutual exhibition involves the convergence of 36 galleries across 15 of London’s hidden creative spaces.


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January 18 | Survey by London Art Fair shows that dealers are wary of Brexit deal

If London’s art dealers are showing uncertainty as to the outcomes of Brexit, Contemporary Istanbul and the city’s biennial are determined to respond to the country’s political turmoil. Meanwhile, US artists continue to fight against Donald Trump.


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January 17 | 25 newcomers for the 2017 edition of Independent Brussels

For its second Brussels edition, Independent will welcome an impressive number of new galleries. As for Christie’s, the auction house has announced more details of its upcoming sales in London, whilst the United Arab Emirates have revealed the five artists that will represent the country at the Venice Biennale.


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January 16 | Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba

Artist Tania Bruguera has once again got into a sticky situation with the Cuban authorities, the Ukraine has announced their choice for the Venice Biennale and Auctionata | Paddle 8 might be in financial trouble.


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HAPPENING this month | The politics of change: art in the political sphere

What purpose does art which calls itself political actually serve? Does it really have the power to change our environment, to change artists or to change the art world? Must we limit ourselves to speaking about what we know and what surrounds us in order to change things?


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The recent past is a foreign country | Rhizome and the long lost story of net art

In the early 1990s, when the World Wide Web was in its infancy, artists began to explore the internet’s potential as a new medium.


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January 13 | Former Labour MP to head the Victoria & Albert Museum

New director has been named for the V&A whilst various prizes have been awarded this week to artists across the globe. Plus, a partnership has been announced between Jeffrey Deitch and Uniqlo.


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One artist, one studio: Shay Zilberman

Artist Shay Zilberman has been collecting books for many years; his works, mostly collages, are made from bits and pieces cut up from his vast collection.


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One artist, one studio — Part 1

Artist studios are both workplaces and places of study, spaces where an artist’s momentary passions are made visible, where abandoned works and works in progress are heaped together, regardless of whether they will eventually be realized or left behind for good.


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Goldsmiths gallery appoints Sarah McCrory as Director

Sarah McCrory — curator of the art festival Glasgow international — has been appointed Director of the new contemporary art gallery that will open at Goldsmiths University in London in 2018.


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January 12 | Frieze announces 2017 exhibitor list

Frieze announces its 2017 exhibitors, New York’s High Line gets a permanent public art fixture and businessman Guy Wildenstein escapes criminal conviction.


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January 11 | Will London’s Tate get its first female director?

A new face for the Tate, as the museum looks set to welcome its first female director, and an old one for the Tuvalu Pavilion, which will welcome back artist Vincent J. F. Huang.


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January 10 | Kerry James Marshall & Faith Ringgold awarded by the College Art Association

The College Art Association names prize winners, Trump’s potential tax reforms worry art institutions, whilst FIAC and Paris Photo announce they will take place at the Grand Palais for another four years.


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January 9 | Elizabeth Bick is the 2017 recipient of the Rudin Prize for emerging photographers

The Rudin Prize goes to Elizabeth Bick, Phillips widens its reach to Brazil, and Central Saint Martins teams up with Tate.


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The exhibitions to look forward to in 2017

There’s more to the 2017 art calendar than documenta, the Tate’s Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, the Venice Biennale, or the Russian Art Triennial at the Garage Museum. We made a small selection of the upcoming shows that grabbed our attention.


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A Daily digest of art news | post holiday edition

The winter break is over and the art world is back to business. Here’s a selection of the news you might have missed in the last two weeks.


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Shirin Yousefi wins the 2017 KADIST — Kunsthalle Zürich Production Award

The Iranian artist Shirin Yousefi is the recipient of the 2017 KADIST — Kunsthalle Zürich Production Award, aimed at enabling young artists based in Switzerland to realize new projects within the institutional context.


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Five exhibitions to see in Paris this week

Following the close of Galeristes — the last fair of the year in the French capital — we take a look at the five most exciting exhibitions to catch in Paris this week. From Omer Fast's video pieces to important retrospectives, the Parisian artistic panorama ends the year in style.


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December 13 | BelgianArtPrize announces 2017 finalists

As all leading international art fairs have had their 2016 run, next year’s calendar begins to take shape as the first 2017 events release their list of exhibitors and the first prizes announce their finalists.


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Georgia Russell | The beauty of repetition

Parisian Gallery Karsten Greve are presenting an intriguing exhibition to cap off the year. We’re talking about Georgia Russell, a young Scottish artist living in France whose main working tool is a scalpel. Far from surgical sterility, the artist uses this unusual artistic instrument to “fight” with her materials — typically canvases, but sometimes books, which she carefully works and takes apart, revealing new, poetic universes.


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December 12 | Details of Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale are announced Details

Details of the Venice Biennale, the California-Pacific Triennial and Poppositions art fair are announced.


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Photography and young artists | The week’s top 5 shows in Milan

Between the inauguration of Fondazione Prada’s Osservatorio in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the opening of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a new space dedicated to promoting culture through seminars, workshops, conventions, exhibitions and talks, Northern Italy’s first city continues in its role as a major center for the development of arts and culture.


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Galeristes: Paris' new fair brings dealers back into the limelight

Twenty-six French galleries, mostly Parisian and half located in the neighboring Marais, have taken over the Carreau du Temple between December 8 and 11 for Galeristes, the fair conceived by Stéphane Corréard, formerly director of the Salon de Montrouge.


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December 9 | kurimanzutto donates 2016 Stand Prize to support refugees

kurimanzutto opens its heart to refugees, whilst New York loses an important space for emerging artists.


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December 7 | Sharjah Biennial reveals exhibitor list for “Act I”

In todays news, we discover the program of the upcoming Sharjah Biennial, review the year in auctions and look back at the photographs that made history.


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Enrique Ramirez | Mapping the past through poetry

“La Gravedad” (Gravity, 2016) is the second solo exhibition by artist Enrique Ramirez at Michel Rein gallery, on view until January 11, 2017.


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Brett Gorvy quits Christie's to join forces with Dominique Lévy

Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s New York since 2011, has announced this morning that he is leaving the company.


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December 6 | Helen Marten takes home the 2016 Turner Prize

The Turner Prize announces its 2016 winner, whilst Sotheby’s and Artist Pension Trust take steps forward.


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December 5 | Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo to curate Iraqi pavilion at 57th Venice Biennale

More news of the Venice Biennale, stark comments from Putin, and a record for Villa Grisebach.


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Five exhibitions to catch before the new year in London

The general consensus is that 2016 has been a bit of a crap year for everyone, and most people will be glad to see the back of it. The London art scene collectively gasped in horror as the British people decided to vote themselves out of Europe, whilst some are holding out hope in the belief that only the greatest art is created in times of despair.


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A post-Trump detox for Art Basel Miami Beach?

Art and politics are so clearly intertwined, it hardly needs saying. But for the record, last time America was blindsided by the election of a non-career political conservative (Ronald Reagan), the art world freaked out, sure, but the argument could be made that it inaugurated a decade of fruitful and experimental, if sometimes culturally fraught, artistic production.


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Miami 2016 | A quick run down of the state of affairs

Nearly 73,000 visitors and professionals flock to Miami this week to discover work by 4,000 artists from 29 countries, spread across the 21 faires that run from November 29 through December 4.


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December 1 | Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow passes away

The art world loses two important figures, Kader Attia accuses a French rapper of plagiarism, and plans for a seafront Helsinki Guggenheim appear dead in the water.


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Fiona Banner | Our contemporary Heart of Darkness

In 1997, her book "The Nam" hit the art world, a thousand-page, frame-by-frame transcription of cult Vietnam films and an almost endless and “unreadable” stream of consciousness. In 2005, bizarre, full stop-shaped statues sprouted on the riverfront by Tower Bridge in London. In 2013, she transformed Joseph Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" into a luxury magazine, with photographs by reporter Paolo Pellegrin.


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November 30 | Lazarides opens gallery dedicated to Banksy

London gets a devoted Banksy gallery, whilst new curators are announced for the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Ural Biennale.


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November 29 | The 2016 Film London Jarman Award goes to artist Heather Phillipson

Miami collection expands to huge new premises, Jack Shainman takes on a new artist, and the winner of the Film London Jarman award is announced.


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November 28 | Cuban artist El Sexto abducted from his home following Castro's death

A young artist is arrested in Cuba, Dakar’s beloved arts space is in danger, and Hong Kong has some successful sales.


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Is Paris becoming fertile ground for private foundations?

Following François Pinault’s return to the French capital, after an unceremonious departure from the country following the failure of the Ile Seguin project — which was then realized at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, private foundations in the French capital are beginning to blossom. Thanks to businessmen and collectors, the foundations, some longstanding and others newly established, are fighting to gain the best locations and develop the most powerful set of guiding principles.


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Five shows to see in Miami this week that aren't Art Basel

The beach is back. As the world’s powerhouse galleries are about to take over Miami Beach Convention Center’s for the 15th edition of Art Basel Miami, running December 1 through 4 — and no less than other 23 parallel art and design fairs have sprouted across the city — we take a look at the must-see shows to see in Miami that are NOT at Art Basel.


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November 25 | Almine Rech and Gagosian to jointly represent Tom Wesselmann's estate

In today’s news, some of the leading European fairs and biennials announce their exhibitor lists, Gabi Ngcombo gets busy as she is appointed to curate Berlin’s biennial and Nicholas Serota receives long-awaited recognition.


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Contemporary artists still living and working in their native Iran

After years of negotiations between Iran, the P5 + 1 (made up of Russia, US, China, France, UK and Germany) and the European Union, an agreement was set up in Vienna in July 2015, guaranteeing the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program in return for a gradual alleviation of economic sanctions on the country. Donald Trump considered it, “the worst agreement ever negotiated,” with the potential to unleash a “nuclear holocaust.”


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November 24 | Bureau gallery supports fight against inequality

Kunstmuseum Basel sees a change of leadership, Canadian artist breaks record at auction, and UK culture scene gets a much needed boost with tax credit for museums and galleries.


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Galeria Fortes Vilaça becomes Fortes, D’Aloia & Gabriel, and expands to new Rio space

In celebration of its 15 year anniversary, Galeria Fortes Vilaça — now known as Fortes, D’Aloia & Gabriel — has launched a new space in Rio de Janeiro, which opened its doors to the public on November 20, 2016.


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The advent of art & technology may be upon us but Artlogic is where it all started

When looking at the evolution of the art market over the last 15 years, there are two things that stand out. Firstly, that sales price records have been coming thick and fast and secondly that art fairs are now the most dominant cog in the art market machine. But for those who work in galleries there have also been huge advances in the field of digital organization.


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November 23 | Jenni Lomax to step down from Camden Arts Center

In today’s news, London loses one great asset but gains another, Canada continues to be the trailblazing, welcoming country it’s always been, and art patron Victor Pinchuk becomes embroiled in dubious affairs.


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Fayçal Baghriche, The Night of Doubt | Humor, Derision, Religion and Propaganda

Last spring, Galerie Jérôme Poggi hosted Fayçal Baghriche’s first Parisian solo show, titled “La nuit du doute” (“Night of Doubt”). The artist, who has reflected throughout his career on the creation of collective symbols, has worked with sculpture, photography and film for his first exhibition in Paris. In the muslim calendar, the night of doubt corresponds to the observation of a thin crescent moon in the night sky, announcing the beginning of Ramadan.


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November 22 | Artnet acquires Tutela in the battle for big data

In a bid to further harness the power of big data, German-owned online price database and auctioneer Artnet has acquired Tutela Capital SA, a boutique analytics firm created by Fabien Bocart, for an undisclosed sum.


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Art Dubai announces 2017 programme, first under new director Myrna Ayad

Art Dubai has announced the full program and exhibitor list for its 11th edition, the first ever to be organized under the direction of Myrna Ayad, the former arts writer appointed last April as the fair’s new director.


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How the underground proved that Lenin was a mushroom — audiovisual actions in Eastern Europe 1968-

As hard as it is to believe, in 1991 musician Sergey Kuryokhin and reporter Sergey Sholokhov managed to broadcast on what was then known as “Leningrad Television” a documentary entitled Lenin Was a Mushroom — a highly influential hoax narrating the story of Vladimir Lenin’s alleged transformation into a mushroom following a heavy use of psychedelic substances.


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November 21 | Future Generation Art Prize announces 21 finalists

Today, Kiev’s PinchukArtCentre announced the nominees for the fourth edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. The prize, which was set up by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, recognizes international, up-and-coming artists aged 35 and under.


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Fondazione Prada's new Milan space brings contemporary photography to city's heart

Fondazione Prada is expanding from the outskirts of Milan to the city’s financial and fashion center: Osservatorio, the institution’s new space dedicated to photography, will open above Prada’s stores in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just off the famous Piazza del Duomo and across the street from the Museo del Novecento, Milan’s museum of twentieth-century art.


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November 18 | $1.1 million work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby smashes artist’s previous record at Sot

As New York’s autumn sales begin to come to a close, Sotheby’s evening contemporary art auction that took place in New York on November 17 racked up a total of $237.4 million before premium, at the lower end of its $209 million to $302 million estimate.


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Adding a quiet voice to a conversation of change in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma stands gazing pensively over his right shoulder, his chest out, stomach in – authoritative and leaderly as it befits South Africa’s citizen number one.


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November 17 | New auction records for Carmen Herrera & Mira Schendel

Phillips’ evening sale of 20th century art, which took place in New York on September 16, realized $111.2 million, falling significantly short of its pre-sale high estimate of $144 million. Of the 37 lots, the auction house sold 34 — a sell-through rate of 92%.


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This 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize goes to Claudio Rasano

Swiss-Italian artist Claudio Rasano was chosen from a group of 1,842 photographers as the winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.


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Abraham Cruzvillegas, the matchmaker | Sculpture and performance meet politics

Like a Charlie Chaplinesque conductor, Abraham Cruzvillegas orchestrates the reconstitution of found objects he has gathered from different places around the globe.


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November 16 | A new direction for la Monnaie de Paris

After five years with La Monnaie de Paris, Cultural Programming Director Chiara Parisi has announced that she is soon to leave the institution and will be replaced by curator Camille Morineau, formerly curator at the Centre Pompidou.


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Luxembourg Art Week | Small sales and big dramas

As the second edition of the Luxembourg Art Fair opened its doors last week, we learnt that the director of Luxembourg’s national Modern art museum, Enrico Lunghi, is to quit after eight years at the institution.


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November 15 | Italy announces representing artists for 57th Venice Biennial

Italy's minister of culture has chosen the artist that will represent the country at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennial, running from May 13 through November 26, 2017.


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‘Habeas Corpus’ or the American Gulag

Happening has recently been tackling the link between art and politics in its most recent series of articles, a discussion which has led to the observation — particularly in the run-up to the American elections — that artists have seemingly distanced themselves from the politicians in the campaign.


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The lost art object | 5 photobooks to discover this week

This week, the Parisian art world turns its eyes to photography. As the leading international galleries showcase works by superstar photographers under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais for Paris Photo, there is no shortage of photography-related events in the French capital.


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Reporting back from ARTBO, the internationalisation of Bogota’s art scene

From art fairs and galleries to project spaces, Bogotá’s thriving scene has enabled the capital to establish itself as a key cultural hub in Latin America. As the country goes through a period of political uncertainty, we ask the art community where it’s all going.


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German Cultural Leaders Launch Call for Release of Jailed Artists in Turkey

Spurred on by an initiative launched by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, the leaders of numerous German cultural institutions are responding to the ongoing crisis in Turkey.


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France: a platform for a conversation on contemporary African art?

Recent cultural events highlighting work originating from the African continent are not lacking in the French capital. Following a cancelled first edition, the contemporary art and design fair AKAA — Also Known As Africa — will take place this weekend at the Carreau du Temple in Paris.


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Massinissa Selmani, Art Collector 2016 laureate

Massinissa Selmani is the 10th laureate of “Art Collector, collectors invite an artist."


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November 9 | What ramifications will Trump have for the art world?

Following what was for many the unexpected result of the U.S. election, what speculations can be made about how Trump’s presidency will affect the art market?


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Paris Photo 2016 | Where to find the most talented young photographers

The 2016 edition of Paris Photo, the fair’s twentieth and the second organized by duo florence and Christoph Wiesner, brings together more than 1,200 artists, represented by 178 exhibitors worldwide.


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November 8 | Zimbabwe returns for the 2017 Venice Biennale

The National Gallery of Zimbabwe has announced that it will exhibit in a pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, marking the country’s fourth appearance at the event.


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November 7 | Bernardo Oyarzún to represent Chile at 2017 Venice Biennale

The National Council of Culture and Arts Chile announced today that artist Bernardo Oyarzún and curator Ticio Escobar will represent Chile at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.


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Islamophobia in Australia, can artists combat growing prejudice?

With 49% of Australians in favor of a Muslim immigration ban, artists are finding creative ways to resist the country’s growing fear of Islam.


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Turkey’s precarious political situation affects Contemporary Istanbul

More bad news for Turkey. A group of fundamentalists have broken into the capital’s art fair Contemporary Istanbul in an attempt to destroy a work of art they considered blasphemous.


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Art doesn't win votes | The absence of culture during the US elections

As the international press wonders which of the candidates running for the US presidency would be better — or rather the lesser of two evils — for the arts, the question of culture remains largely absent from both the candidates’ policies.


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November 4 | Sprüth Magers to reopen London space

German Modern and contemporary art dealers Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are reopening their former Grafton Street Home in the heart of London’s Mayfair.


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3 November | Hockney and Jannis Kounellis among the Apollo Awards finalists

The shortlist for Apollo magazine’s 2016 Apollo Awards has been announced. The nominees for the Artist category are David Hockney, Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson, Jannis Kounellis, Carmen Herrera, Helen Marten and Cornelia Parker.


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Artissima preview | Seven stands to look out for this weekend

Dai! The 23rd edition of Italy’s most important contemporary art fair kicks off today, bringing — as usual — both emerging and somewhat forgotten artists to the fore. This year, Artissima welcomes 193 galleries to the Oval, built in 2006 to host the Winter Olympics. The number is slightly less than last year, and 65% of the participants are non-Italian.


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November 2 | Switzerland and South Africa announce representing artists for 57th edition of Venice B

London’s Tyburn Gallery has announced today that Mohau Modisakeng, one of its artists, will team up with Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz to represent South Africa at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale.