Mexico’s Casa Maauad is closing its doors
Founded in 2010 by Mexican artist Anuar Maauad, Casa Maauad featured artist residencies and exhibition spaces in Mexico City’s Colonia San Rafael neighborhood.
Weeks after the launch of an initiative by New York’s Guggenheim de New York and the Association of Art Museum Directors, (AAMD) aiming to oppose Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban”, the president of the United States has announced the extension of the travel ban to three new countries. In other news, Münster’s Skulptur Projekte continues to be the target of vandalism...
On September 28, Sotheby’s New York will feature its first ever Postwar and Contemporary Photographs sale, with 94 lots including works by artists including Thomas Struth, Matthew Barney and David Hockney, as well as photographs documenting the performances of the likes of Sophie Calle and Helena Almeida.
The term “mega-gallery” seems to no longer reflect the frantic rhythm at which Hauser & Wirth is moving within the business. In other news, artist Angelika Markul receives an important prize in Paris, whilst NADA Miami Beach was forced to change location due to technical difficulties...
In Germany, artists refuse to have their exhibitions financed by a weapons manufacturer, sparking debates similar to those surrounding the Tate-BP partnership. In Paris, gallery Balice Hertling launches a new space, whilst on the other side of the pond, Theaster Gates is awarded an important prize.
Earlier this Summer, we’ve listed the five books all arts students should be reading right now, as suggested by a selection of gallerists, professors and curators. Today, we look at the new Autumn releases from some world-class publishing houses that also focus on writings on contemporary art. From contemporary art theory to discourses surrounding t
After Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein and street artist KAWS, Supreme reveals its latest artist collaboration with artist Andres Serrano — which might or might not raise a few eyebrows. In other news, East Wing gallery has teamed up with a young and talented artist, whilst Florence Derieux waves goodbye to the Centre Pompidou.
“Every vote counts. Print the posters and ask in a pub, bakery, or workplace whether you can hang one. Or post it online.” After his anti-Brexit posters, Tillmans enters once again the political debate, this time in Germany. In other, more light-hearted news, Phillips and Mark Grotjahn can’t figure out whether the artist is, indeed, the painter behind one of the lots the auction house was planning to feature at their upcoming New York sale.
As of January 2018, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy will be the new director of Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Hernández Chong Cuy, who has served as curator of contemporary art for the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros for the past six years — based in New York and Caracas — will succeed to Defne Ayas, who had taken up her post in 2012.
If you thought Frieze week was a busy one… you were right. Amongst a plethora of satellite events, London will see the opening of two new important spaces for the arts during Frieze week. Elsewhere, the Rybolovlev-Bouvier affair has taken even greater proportions, whilst an artist and a gallerist from Cuba team up for promoting their country’s art history.
Eva Hober has opened a new, 120 square meter space at 156 Boulevard Haussmann — a stone’s throw from the Musée Jacquemart-André, in one of Paris’ most expensive neighborhoods — in what is a symbolic move from the Marais district, where the gallery ran its business for 14 years.
Accused of squandering taxpayers’ money, the curators of documenta have promptly responded to their critics. Elsewhere, Sotheby’s can boast another successful sale, whilst Berlin gets a new museum.
What are we? Where are we going? What will our society become? These are the questions addressed by the photographs featured in the second edition of the Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World — questions that resonate with the recent history of several Middle East countries — and especially those of Maghreb.
Following the introduction of the same-sex marriage equality bill in Taiwan, the country welcomes its first ever exhibition dedicated to “queer art”. Over in Brazil, Spanish bank Santander has announced that it has has closed a similar exhibition at its Porto Alegre cultural center after facing criticism from the far-right. In other news, Budi Tek announces plans to make his Yuz Museum public, whilst the Centre Pompidou in Brussels has an official opening date!
If art fairs have to stay relevant to attract a significant audience of buyers, then Paris’ Also Known As Africa, directed by the Franco-American Victoria Mann — born to a family of collectors — is one of the most relevant fairs out there. Its aim? To make sure that the recent renewed interest in contemporary art from Africa does not fade away and that this booming market continue to grow.
If artists have been known to compromise their independence for the sake of their career, Henry Christian-Slane shows as that freedom also requires a lot of will power. In other news, 1:54 has revealed details of its much anticipated talks program, whilst the Performa Biennale has given carte blanche to artist Barbara Kruger.
This year Joburg Art Fair is returning to Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre, where it will celebrate its first ten years of existence. We spoke to fair producer Nicole Siegenthaler about Joburg Art Fair’s decade in the business.
In London, New York and Paris, it’s back to school and galleries are announcing new representations left, right and center. In other news, London’s Condo is headed to Mexico in April, whilst Luxemburg solidifies its presence at the Venice Biennale.
It is a few years late, but the museum designed by Jean Nouvel will (finally) open this November. In other news, an Edinburgh museum is saved from closure, whilst Gerhard Richter will have his works on show at the German Parliament.
In New York, a new gallery pledges to fights against the city’s gentrification by supporting underrepresented artists. Elsewhere, two galleries will make their debut at NADA Miami Beach, whilst the Lahore Biennial might have to rethink its program...
The Nevada Museum of Art and US artist Trevor Paglen have launched a kickstarter campaign in a bid to raise funds for an ambitious project: launching “the first satellite into space that would exist purely as an artistic gesture”.
Launched in 2010 by a group of galleries comprised of Croy Nielsen and the now defunct Tulips and Roses and Limoncello — who were also behind the inaugural edition online fair, Dreams — Sunday Art Fair has announced its list of exhibitors for its 2017 edition.
Jochen Volz receives the Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, following in the footsteps of several of the world’s most brilliant curators. In other news, American museums fare worse than their European counterparts, although visitors of US institutions are fighting to preserve them.
The third edition of the Roger Pailhas prize, awarded each year on occasion of the Marseilles art fair Art-O-Rama has awarded Romanian gallery Sabot, presenting the project “Unbuffering Room” by artist Stefano Calligaro.
One of London’s most prestigious institutions has been accused of alleged anti semitism after the Board of Deputies of British Jews claimed that a video work — In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain by Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, shown as part of the exhibition “Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction” — as being no more than “blatant propaganda about the Israel-Palestine conflict”.
It’s almost too predictable to be called news, but auction superstars such as Basquiat still make for the largest portion of the art market’s total sales. Elsewhere, MoMA is developing its communication strategy, whilst one of America’s most important folk artists has passed away.
Since becoming the European City of Culture in 2013 Marseilles has famously undergone a radical transformation. Not only has the city welcomed eight new cultural venues, with the reinvention of Le Corbusier’s iconic social housing project the Cité Radieuse and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM) on the seafront, but its appeal is still on the rise for those interested in art and culture. With Paris and Brussels-based galleries opening new spaces in the city this wee
documenta is almost drawing to a close, but the event has — yet again — caused a stir. Elsewhere, the post-war German artist Karl Otto Götz has passed away, whilst New York will welcome a new street art fair.
As August is drawing to a close and the art world is starting to get back to business, however comments from one politician in Kassel have shaken many. Elsewhere in the news, Cattelan’s golden toilets are to leave the Guggenheim, while NADA Miami Beach announces its participants.
As the world reels from the US president’s reaction to the Charlottesville protests, the national committee on Arts and Humanities quit in defiance. In other news, the India Art Fair gets a new director, whilst the Ullens Center in Beijing faces censorship during a major solo show, and London’s National Portrait Gallery is bequeathed a collection of portraits of black British personalities.
Three weeks before the inauguration of the Joburg Art Fair, the event has announced that artist Peju Alatise will be awarded the FNB Art Prize, while gallery Luhring Augustine announce a new artist and the Outsider Art Fair is to return to Paris. Young Italian artist Chiara Fumai has died age 39.
The South African artist collective announced the sad news via social media, elsewhere in the news, the Turkish photographer Yusuf Sevinçli is now represented by a gallery in Istanbul and the David Roberts Art Foundation is leaving London for Somerset.
The UK Capital, which has hosted the renowned fair Photo London since 2015, is to soon welcome a new museum dedicated to the medium. Elsewhere in the news, a new online sales platform is to be launched while artist Martha Rosler wins (another) prize.
Interview by artist and biennial participant Anne Murray, — Master of Fine Arts and Master of Science in Theory, History, and Criticism of Art and Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA — with the curators and co-founders of the Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art of Oran, Algeria, Sadek Rahim, and President of Civ-Oeil Gallery Tewfik Ali Chaouche.
Following an announcement made last February regarding the digitization of 375,000 HD images of its artworks, the Met in New York has completed the task, while in London the first artists to exhibit at the Battersea Power Station have been selected.
The New York institution, whose permanent collection includes 25,000 photographs, has decided to get rid of 400 pieces. Elsewhere the Tito Prize has announced its 2017 winner, whilst conflict is brewing among museums in London.
While Montreal is facing financial troubles that threaten its future, Christie’s is to sell one of the most emblematic photos of the 20th century. In more somber news, one of Lebanon’s most prolific photographers has died.
There’s already several hundred articles promoting art books, art market publications, artist biographies and so on — all of which are arguably more or less fundamental reading. We have asked a number of art world figures — including gallerists, artists, professors, critics — what all art students should be reading right now — whether they’re books about art or not.
Since its inception in 1895, and especially in the last decades, the Venice Biennale has received criticism for its stiff nation-based system. Most recently, a panel organized during the 2017 edition of Miart, titled “Thinking beyond the Nation in the National Pavilion Model” saw curators Sebastian Cichocki and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi discuss the relevance of national representation in Venice, a debate which raised questions as to the legitimacy of this system and the type of the relationshi
One of Italy’s most important photographers has passed away in Rome yesterday. Elsewhere, Sotheby’s experiences a ‘modest’ second quarter downturn as compared to 2016, whilst a Brussels gallery is now representing Sherrie Levine.
Today, more exciting news for Istanbul, where galleries are moving around and the city’s most important fair — Contemporary Istanbul — reveals an impressive exhibitor list for 2017. Elsewhere, Christie’s is looking to the Middle East with a new sale in London...
“From the moment I arrived in Japan I was overwhelmed by the number of tools they had. Even in the most basic DIY store, the sheer multiplicity of tools they offered, each with their own specificity, astounded me — it made me feel powerless, you know?”
Some fifty works by female photographers exploring facets of politics, history, and identity through the medium have been gifted to Chicago’s biggest museum of contemporary art. In other news, the streets of New York will today host a march, organised by arts foundation Kindred Arts, in commemoration of the civil rights Silent Parade protest of 1917.
The art world doesn’t seem to want to take its ritual summer break yet. In New York, a former museum director enters the commercial sector. Elsewhere, Dana Schutz’s works continue to spark protests, whilst LACMA officializes plans for a new expansion.
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Whilst Sotheby’s registers a steady growth as compared to last year, Abounaddara Films’ on the Syrian refugee crisis are no longer available for streaming because of… Milan’s Triennial.
Ahead of the fair’s inaugural Marrakesh edition, (24-25 February 2018) 1:54’s fifth London edition, taking place next October, has announced that its traditional solo show organized in partnership with Somerset House will be dedicated to British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will open on October 5 and run through January 7, 2018.
With the uncertain impact of Brexit rapidly approaching on the horizon, the UK’s a-n has initiated a campaign to protect the free movement of creative professionals across Europe. In other UK news, a study hopes to push arts therapy into the NHS’s mental health program in order to save money and maximise patient support.
“Always be drunk. That's it! The great imperative! In order not to feel time's horrid fardel bruise your shoulders, grinding you into the earth, get drunk and stay that way.” Charles Baudelaire. But drunk on what? On wine, poetry or art?
As it’s often the case, another big brand seems to have overlooked the significance of copyright in one of their marketing campaigns. In other news, the 2018 art world calendar is taking shape, whilst Damien Hirst is reconsidering some of his business ventures.
In 2007 Paris’ Jeu de Paume initiated its Satellite programme, commissioned with CAPC Bordeaux and MABA in Nogent-sur-Marne; welcoming a visiting curator each year to create a series of exhibitions, inviting young — often international — artists to present their work. The Jeu de Paume is best known for its polished photography-oriented retrospectives and thematic shows, and the Satellite series stands visibly apart from the rest of the institution’s visual identity, with this year’s el
In the face of New York’s skyrocketing rent prices, artists are being given a helping hand from Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has unveiled ambitious plans to create affordable studios. In other news, San Francisco's Untitled Art Fair has appointed its first official director after five years under the guidance of founder Jeff Lawson, and mega gallery David Zwirner opens a space in Hong Kong.
In 2016 a group of galleries launched Condo, a novel initiative in which local spaces hosted incoming galleries, creating a sort of anti art fair where exhibitors incurred minimal costs and the city was flooded with art from across the globe.
Museums across the globe have released their visitor numbers for the fiscal year April 2016 — March 2017, whilst the Hamptons gets a new art far, replacing the cancelled Art Hamptons and Art Southampton. In Italy auction turnover is on the rise.
France is infamously defined by its sleepy summer months. The habitual vacating of city centres in favour of the coast and the countryside often mean that galleries and museums close their doors as Paris (and other arts hubs) empty out. However there are a few spaces that keep running, and the August exodus can be an opportune moment to visit the city’s exhibitions with minimal crowds.
The Delfina Foundation in London is partnering up with ArteVue — the first App dedicated to the discovery, curation, sharing and acquisition of work by emerging artists — to launch an annual artist prize for artists whose practice revolves around art’s interaction with technology. The prize will include a three-month residency at Delfina Foundation and $15,000 USD.
In a world full to the brim with oversubscribed “Like” buttons and junk mail mayhem, perhaps San Francisco’s MOMA has found the perfect solution to overshared, unfiltered, algorithm-driven art data circulation with an old school “Send Me…” text service.
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.
Maja Bajevic’s major exhibition on show at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich, titled ‘Power, Governance, Labour,’ is as unnerving as it is illuminating — navigating constellations and the distribution of power in art and politics.
In today’s news, one art world gallery opens up to the newest payment technologies, whilst a contemporary art museum looks to the past. Elsewhere, the city of Kassel has awarded Nigerian-born artist Olu Oguibe for his Documenta works.
The four artists on the jury for Baltic’s inaugural Artist’s Award – Monica Bonvicini, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Lorna Simpson and Mike Nelson – were picked because of their ongoing relationships with the institution, and because of their art-world prestige. They were also chosen, as director Sarah Munro said at the exhibition’s opening, because of their ‘dude’ status. It’s a sentiment that speaks to the young, fresh-faced outlook of the award – the first of its kind in the UK to g
The first edition of Art Berlin, co-directed by Art Cologne director Daniel Hug and former abc berlin director Maike Cruse, will welcome an impressive list of galleries at abc’s traditional home at Gleisdreieck, Berlin. Elsewhere, OMA reveals more details of its Manifesta 12 Palermo Atlas project.
An ambitious project embarked upon by a professor at Boston University: the compiling of data in order to trace the origins of artworks in a collection — whilst in Italy, the CRAMUM Award unveils the names of its 2017 finalists, and in London, the $300 million record sale of a Gauguin is undermined by lawsuit.
In its 21st edition, Paris Photo remains the biggest international event dedicated to photography, with its 2017 edition welcoming a 20% of new galleries and reinventing itself with new sections and projects. In other news, TEFAF’s art market report is now available online, whilst contemporary art sales in London deliver impressive results.
The much anticipated memorial project, Memory Wound, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been abandoned by the Norwegian government due to prolonged complications and environmental hazards. In other news, New York’s MoMA receives $50 million donation from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, as it pushes forward with expansion project.
Mapping out a unique and dynamic journey, IN SITU invites its audience to take part in the (re)discovery of listed heritage sites dotted around the Occitan region — all through the prism of contemporary art. Until September 17, ten artists will occupy and engage with the 11 chosen heritage sites, spread between Ariège, Aude, Hérault and Aveyron. The sixth summer edition of IN SITU, in association with Le Passe Muraille, and overseen by curator Marie-Caroline Allaire-Matte, seduces its audien
One of the most prestigious prizes for artists working with film has announced the shortlisted artists for its 2017 edition. Elsewhere, Paris’ Palais de Tokyo reveals more details on its first ever US offshoot exhibition, curated by Katell Jaffrès.
With a career spanning three decades, Guy Tillim’s catalogue of photographs documents scrupulously the transformation of Africa — drawing on the paradoxes and contradictions of the colonial and postcolonial years. Awarded by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tillim will continue to expand upon his Museum of the Revolution project. In other news, a six hundred-piece strong art collection is to take shape in Bavaria, by way of Susanne Klatten.
There are some 120 works by artist Magdalena Abakanowicz currently on show across Wroclaw. All, but one, have been sourced from the artist’s studio — unusual for a large posthumous exhibition. Such an event would normally require an extensive number of loans from institutions, galleries and private collectors. But this format of work taken directly from the artist is a testament to her meticulous nature, holding on to pieces from every period of her six-decade-long career until the end of he
Artist Matthias Bruggmann takes home the second edition of the Prix Elysée, established by the Musée de l’Elysée in partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier. Meanwhile, the Art Gallery of Ontario has become the second largest holder of Diane Arbus’ works in the world with the purchase of 522 prints via the Fraenkel Gallery.
The Prix Thun, in its second edition, has announced photographer, women’s rights activist, writer, filmmaker and installation artist, Sheba Chhachhi, as its 2017 laureate. In other news, the proposed bill for the American Art Revival Act is to go to before congress — it marks an attempt to cut student loan debt for arts professionals who are giving back to the public arts sphere.
As London loses yet another gallery, Sotheby’s continues to deliver impressive results in the British capital, smashing artist’s records multiple times in only one night. Elsewhere, Kassel prepares to welcome the documenta Institute, whose program begins to be defined.
Lower East Side gallery Envoy Enterprises will close this summer, but not without dishing out some strong words to the art world on their way out. The gallery’s owner Jimi Dams has released a damning, but poignant letter — confronting the art world’s growing relationship with consumerism and obsession with profit-making, and marketing.
Over the years, 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair has consistently increased the number of galleries participating in its London edition. Its fifth edition marks no difference — the upcoming fair in the British capital broadens its horizons even further for 2017.
What distinguishes an established artist from an emerging artist? Good auction results, of course. Top prices are often considered a sign of success — however this premise can now only really apply to a handful of contemporary artists, whose practices have become so intangible or transgressive. Participation in major biennales, works acquired by prestigious museums, representation by important galleries all factor into a contemporary artist’s success. Then, there are awards...
In a show of remarkable equanimity, Ei Arakawa has begun work on a replacement for the “painting” stolen at Skulptur Projekte Münster last week. In other news, André Saraiva a.k.a. ANDRÉ joins the Magda Danysz Gallery and The Sunday Painter - one of the most interesting galleries in London - is moving.
As the death toll continues to rise, it has been officially confirmed that the 24-year-old London-based artist Khadija Saye, currently on show at Venice in the Diaspora Pavilion, was among the victims. In other news, the four German recipients of the 2018 Villa Romana Fellowship have been announced in Florence.
Today, twenty-four year old Andriu Deplazes is taking a day off from the LISTE art fair to go and play a concert in the Swiss mountains. Yet, it was for his paintings currently on show at LISTE that the recently-graduated artist won the Helvetia Art Prize. Selected by a jury of young curators, who scoured last year’s graduate shows for a group of 13 artists to feature in an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Glarus, Deplazes will receive the 15,000 CHF as part of the award.
Los Angeles’ Getty Museum receives yet another huge donation from film industry mogul Bruce Berman, as NEA prepare to shut down operations. They won’t be going quietly however, handing out $82 million in grants in their last 2017 installment.
It seems that the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is swelling its ranks, after the appointment of new director Stefan Kalmár in January. The past six months have seen the institute grow sizably — with three new heads of departments and now the election of Wolfgang Tillmans, Delya Allakhverdova and Maria Sukkar to the ICA council.
As Sydney’s premier Art Gallery of New South Wales receives a staggering $244 million grant from the state government to expand and evolve onto the world stage, New York’s The Met continues to reorganise its internal structure in the hope of bringing the institution back to life.
Writing this from one of the corridors on the third floor of the Warteck — the former brewery on the banks of the Rhine that has played host to LISTE since the fair’s second edition in 1998 and where H A P P E N I N G has a little table equipped with a projector and some flyers — is quite an opportune place to catch snippets of conversations, and take stock of the fair’s general atmosphere. The mood is jubilant and the smell of frying bratwurst floats in the hot air. Most people make it
Born in 1978 in Italy, Rossella Biscotti currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Throughout her career, she has confronted both present and past history by creating works that explore the collective significance of sometimes dramatic, but always poignant events.
Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, assessing the merits and misfires of immersive installations... Every Monday Tim Schneider, Director of Research at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery and the brains behind The Gray Market Blog, dissects the most important stories of the week from the art market.
When Art Basel opened its first edition in 1970, the complex ecosystem of art fairs was non existent. Now, a tangle of alternative events running concurrently is synonymous with any major art fair. Opened in 1996, LISTE was at the forefront of this movement, with a focus on providing a space for young artists and gallerists while capitalizing on the influx of visitors to Basel during Art Basel.
Born in Rijeka, Croatia in 1984, Maja Čule lives and works in New York — a place where it’s easy to be confronted with several of the themes she has explored throughout her practice, notably the “Do What You Love” culture she takes issues with in one of her latest projects.
As Art Basel announce Astha Butail as winner of the BMW Art Journey Award, Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta are named winners of the upcoming 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards. Meanwhile, estate of the late Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni is to be acquired by Hauser & Wirth.
When Sven Eisenhut founded Photo Basel three years ago, he wanted to create a new platform for photography enthusiasts amidst the plethora of events running simultaneously in Basel every June, giving life to a fair that was both approachable and highly specialized.
Despite the general consensus that women (especially those of colour) are underrepresented in the art market, the Sobey Art Award has triumphed women in the arts with a shortlist comprised of four out of five female artists. In other news, Christie’s looks likely to break records with the charity auctioning of the Rockefeller estate, which comes just months after the air to the Rockefeller dynasty passes away at the age of 101.
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.
After reports surfacing that Blouin’s media empire is experiencing financial woes, a total company restructure will see its entire workforce fired and requested to re-apply on freelance contracts. Though they hope to up their workforce numbers because of it — this is a risky move for the company, and might see employees work less hours with unstable pay. In other news, Google update art search engines, and it’s rumoured drag-king artist Diane Torr has passed away.
The Tunisian-born, Paris-based curator and writer, Myriam Ben Salah, has been appointed curator of the tenth edition of the renowned Abraaj Group Art Prize. She follows in the footsteps of Omar Berrada — director of the Marrakech-based library and artist residency Dar al-Ma’mûn — who was responsible for curating the prize’s 2017 edition.
Despite a particularly undermining response from artist Roger Bernat, whose sculpture was stolen from the Documenta 14 exhibition by LGBTQI+ Refugees GR activist group, the event has drawn attention to the exhibition’s use of refugees as casual workers on the project and the large number of asylum seekers disappearing — deported to neighbouring countries, trafficked, exploited and neglected.
Contemporary Istanbul draws in 22 new participating galleries, whilst California-born artist Kara Walker looks set to create a new large-scale installation for this year’s Prospect New Orleans — if it is anything like her last public work, it’s sure to draw crowds.
Despite the growing market excitement surrounding contemporary African art, it seems that art museums such as Paris’ Musée Dapper, long dedicated to the field, are experiencing a slump. In other news, French-Chinese artist Zao Wou-ki sets records in Hong Kong, and Tracy Emin makes a dig at those “male artists.”
In what is a largely unprecedented turn of events, a performance work — notably Anne Imhof’s (almost) universally applauded five-hour performance Faust — was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at the Venice Biennale.
Considering the tumultuous period of unrest Cuba has witnessed over recent years, and taking into account the current state of global affairs, to call upon poet, writer and philosopher Edouard Glissant (who passed away in 2011) is hugely refreshing. Curator and art historian Sara Alonso Gómez has developed such a project, to inaugurate the first edition of Festival ON/OFF in Havana.
Exciting news coming from the Tate! Joan Jones and Anni Albers to feature in two solo shows in 2018 at the Tate Modern, whilst Tate Britain debuts All Too Human, which will feature London-based artists from the second half of the 20th century, including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, there's trouble in Italy with courts making an unprecedented decision to halt the appointment of five museum directors. It seems Skype calls aren’t substantial enough to secure such prestigious positio
It is hard to keep up with art auction records these days, with last week’s gigaweek in New York totting up a staggering $1.6 billion worth of art exchanged — seeing three auction houses squeeze 11 sales of Impressionist, Modern, postwar and contemporary art into just five days. However it seems Jean-Paul Riopelle from Quebec has surprised audiences far and wide with the $ 7.4 million sale of his Vent du nord (1952-1953).
Jad El Khoury isn’t only an artist who has turned the city’s streets and its urban environment into his own studio, where he has cultivated his very own field of experimentation. He is also an interior designer — he worked with Nadim Karam on the Hapsitus Intern building in Dubai — a photographer, and a sportsman… out of obligation.
Two exhibitions exploring the use of music in art are currently on show at the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and at Dunkirk’s LAAC. At the FRAC, exhibiting artists explore the intricacies of sound and experimentation, whilst at the LAAC, visitors can delve into the history and the use of music in the arts from the end of the nineteenth century onwards. Two reflective exhibitions, each exhibiting a complex point of view.
In today’s news, more comings and goings in New York galleries whilst in Berlin a new art fair is born from a merger between abc Berlin and Art Cologne. Elsewhere, the first edition of the Anna Morettini prize is awarded to Stéphane Thidet.
Another closure was announced yesterday in New York as CRG Gallery, a longtime player on the contemporary art scene, is closing its doors. Meanwhile, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has launched the Roy Lichtenstein Award, the result of a $1 million gift from the Lichtenstein Foundation.
Established in 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica, (AEC) at the crossroads of art, technology and society, has recognized artists hailing from Congo, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Slovenia and Austria this year, with artists Maja Smrekar and Lisa Buttinger taking home the top prizes in their categories.
Posters cropping up around London last week caused quite a stir. With a simple but resonate statement, British artist Jeremy Deller called PM Theresa May out on her election slogan — “strong and stable leadership” — for the upcoming elections, in light of a number of political U-turns regarding economic reforms. The affordable posters, at £30 each, have been praised widely for hitting the nail on the head.
With summer fast approaching, the announcements are flooding in. The Frick Collection reveals the details of its project to digitize a vast number of works, whilst in Germany, Chris Dercon, after his controversial appointment, announces the details of his first programming at the Volksbühne theater in Berlin.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sunyoung Hwang moved to Belgium in 2007 when she was 18, to study at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. This was where she decided apply to Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in London. She graduated from Slade in 2012, and embarked on a Master’s at London’s Royal College of Art, graduating in 2016.
At Sotheby’s, a 1982 work by Basquiat smashes all records. Elsewhere, the Contour Biennale chooses its next curator, whilst 26 artists are announced as the finalists of the John Ruskin prize.
The Dutch photographer was awarded the £30,000 prize for her project Imperial Courts, which she worked on between 1993 and 2015, capturing the lives of the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts, Los Angeles. Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers’ Gallery, and non-voting president of the 2017 jury, has commented, saying that Lixenberg’s work represents an “affirmation of photography’s power to address important ideas through pure image.”
With it’s scandalously cheap rent prices, the recent influx of international youth and a growing tourism sector, will Lisbon rise up as a new art capital for Europe? It’s a possibility that New York’s Monitor gallery is taking advantage of quick. Their relocation marks the gallery’s transition from temporary to permanent space. This is significant. With the recent cascade of gallery closures in major art capitals, will Lisbon be able to attract more of those galleries left floating?
After Frieze and 1:54 in London last October, the art world descended once again on the British capital this week for the 2017 edition of Photo London. Running from May 18 through 21, this marks the fair’s third edition at Somerset House.
Despite the faulty start, the sale was said to have experienced a “confident room.” Where the Impressionist works failed to excite, Modern sculptures saw a brisk bidding. In other news... with the upcoming 2022 Doha World Cup, it seems Qatar’s art scene is picking up the pace, and embarking on a huge project—Art Mill.
It was a premier long-awaited. Sotheby’s "Modern and Contemporary African Art" sale took place last night, May 16. In the wake of successful art fairs such as 1:45, the art world has witnessed a surge in attention paid to the continent and its diaspora, creating a certain air of pressure in the auction house.
With the buzz of the Venice Biennale behind us, the art market returns to its everyday business. Christie’s inaugurates a week of Spring auctions with record-breaking sales, whilst one of Austria’s leading feminist artists receives a deserved prize.
The importance of the event — its history, its wealth, its weight within the art world ecosystem, leads to an interpretive force, a desire to find unity and a common path through the myriad exhibitions.
Artist Jean Boghossian has been based in Brussels since 1975, having fled his native Lebanon during the civil war. However he is in Venice paying homage to his Armenian roots, exhibiting at the national pavilion during the Biennale at the Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael, at Palazzo Zenobio, and at Chiesa di Santa Croce degli Armeni, on Calle Dei Armeni.
The 57th Venice Biennale sees the Belgian Pavilion showcase the work of photographer Dirk Braeckman, under the curatorial supervision of Eva Wittocx, General Coordinator of M-Museum Leuven. Happening spoke with Wittocx a few weeks prior to the event.
One New York gallery merger is announced as the city reassesses financing for its public institutions. Municipal funding might be being spread thinner, but one international auction house is launching a prize supporting museum exhibitions.
While the majority of art fairs and biennials have a plethora of satellite, OFF and collateral events, it’s mainly taken as a given that these cannot exist independently from the main event itself. That’s just how the art world is.
Chang Kai-Chun, 28, grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2012, he left for France. After graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Bourges, he embarked on his Master's degree at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Kai will graduate this year, in 2017.
Photographer Richard Mosse is awarded one of the leading international prizes for photography and the Swiss Foundation Beyeler announces the details of an ambitious extension. In New York, the Whitney Museum is the stage of important protests.
As contemporary African art slowly but surely makes itself more visible across the world, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, initiated in 2013 by Moroccan founder Touria El Glaoui, continues to distinguish itself as a leader in this endeavor, returning to New York for its third consecutive edition on May 5.
With just nine days to go, the Venice Biennale has finally revealed its judging panel. The biennale looks set to impress on May 13 when it opens with prolific performance artist and radical feminist, Carolee Schneemann receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award. In other news, sadly the East German Neo-Expressionist artist, A.R. Penck has died, aged 77.
As the Turner Prize enters into its thirties, this year’s nominees surpass theirs. In other news, Auctionata have supposedly sold off its assets to Berlin’s Historia Auction House, whilst Francesco Manacorda, former artistic director of Tate Liverpool, joins Moscow’s V-A-C Foundation.
Great news for the NEA and NEH, who are set to receive a sturdy $150 million via Trump’s botched budget plan, after having anticipated their elimination. Meanwhile, the 10th Berlin Biennale fires up its engines, hiring a new curatorial team; and British artist Cornelia Parker is elected as the UK’s official 2017 Election Artist.
Asuka Anastasia Ogawa, 28, spent her childhood in Tokyo, Japan and Petrópolis, Brazil. She moved to Stockholm, Sweden at the age of 16 and spent four years there before heading to Central Saint Martins in London, graduating in 2015.
A hot topic in the news recently, has been the running trend of contemporary artists using animals — for their bodies — in performance and installation work. Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch looks set to stage a performance in Tasmania this June, using the dead carcase of a bull. However, animal rights activists are joining forces with a 20,700-strong petition to halt the event. In other news, Do Ho Suh wins the 2017 Ho-Am Prize in South Korea.
Daniel Androvski calls Aurélie Dubois an “artist on duty”. The psychoanalyst and writer means by this appellation that Dubois is alert, the protector of an artistic duty, seeking to reveal the deeper nature of things, elements that have been hidden or negated. She is always on the lookout, aware of the world that surrounds her.
Sad news in Dakar as celebrated Senegalese painter, Issa Samb, otherwise known as Joe Ouakam, passes away, April 25. However, with news of Jean Pigozzi’s plans to build a foundation to house his 10,000 strong collection of contemporary African art, along with the upcoming inaugural Sotheby’s sale scheduled for May 16, it seems there is no slowing in the furore of contemporary art from the African continent succeeding in the European art market.
In Berlin, Aedes Architekturforum pen a petition demanding a critical public discussion on plans to go ahead with the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed Modern Art Museum. Whilst, in other news, Marisol has bequeathed her entire life’s work to New York’s Albright-Knox Gallery, and Christie’s and Sotheby’s reign supreme in the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.
Tapping into the LA’s studio production vibe, Lauri Firstenberg has embarked on a new initiative — ‘there-there’. The arts production studio hopes to fill a gap, where the closing down of galleries has seen artists struggle to harmonise the production of their work with its exhibition. In other news, Hiroshi Senju wins the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award, whilst the American Academy in Rome announces its residency fellowships.
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.