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ArtistsFairs

January 19 | Artist Ed Moses has passed away

Sadly, the art world has lost one of the Californian contemporary arts scene's leading artists. In other news, Frieze New York has announced its 2018 participants.


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Institutions

How many employees hail from minority backgrounds in British museums?

According to a report by Arts Council England, (ACE) British cultural organizations still have a lot of work to do in terms of improving the diversity of their workforces; in particular, the report finds that people from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, women and disabled people are still very much under-represented.


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Auction HousesBiennials & Triennials

January 18 | Auction sales increased by 25 % in 2017

The auction market has known an unprecedented growth in 2017. Elsewhere, the second edition of Art Berlin will take place in a new location.


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Auction Houses

January 17 | Phillips to offer works by Latin American artists in its main contemporary art auctions

In today’s news, Phillips announces new plans for its contemporary art sales, whilst two galleries announce ventures in new locations.


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GalleriesArtists

January 16 | Galerie Cécile Fakhoury announces representation of artist Ouattara Watts

One of Africa’s leading galleries has announced that it is now representing one of the continent’s most talented artists. In other news, NADA awards two galleries and London’s auction season has officially started.


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Fairs

January 15 | The Armory Show’s Focus section to center around art, technology and the body

Ahead of its upcoming edition, the Armory Show has announced that it will feature a section focusing on the relationship between contemporary art and technology. Elsewhere, yet another sexual scandal shocks the art world, whilst the ARCO Foundation gives out its annual “A” Awards for Collecting.


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Institutions

Google’s new feature matches your selfie with classical art portraits

If classical art is becoming more and more popular among younger generation of art lovers, it is often thanks to Facebook pages such as Classical Art Memes — bringing together masterpieces of Western art and meme culture.


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InstitutionsFairs

January 12 | Rhizome receives $1 million to fund its new web preservation tool

Having received an important donation, Rhizome will be able to work on its new project, a tool for the preservation of digital art. Elsewhere, another London gallery closes its doors, whereas Art Cologne reveals its 2018 program.


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InstitutionsFairs

January 11 | Condo expands to São Paulo with a new model

As the art world adjusts to new models of producing and promoting art, Condo announces a brand new installment, this time in São Paulo. In other news, six international museums will benefit from a major collection of Latin American art.


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ArtistsInstitutions

January 10 | Saâdane Afif joins Parisian gallery mor charpentier

In today’s news, a Parisian gallery announces a new artist representation, artist Linda Sanchez is awarded an important prize and the Delfina Foundation is hiring!


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PeopleArtists

Oprah Winfrey | After the Golden Globes, an art collector at the White House?

Whilst Donald Trump is convinced of owning the painting Les Deux Soeurs by Pierre-Auguste Renoir — which is actually on show at the Art Institute of Chicago — Oprah Winfrey, whose inspiring Golden Globes speech unleashed a wave of global support, and incidentally sparked rumours about a potential 2020 presidential candidacy, is one of America’s finest art collectors.


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GalleriesArtists

January 9 | A new space in New York and a new artist estate for David Zwirner

In today’s news: David Zwirner Gallery is not about to slow down, whilst an important Texas art center is closing its doors.


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Fairs

January 8 | Stockholm’s Magasin III Museum to open a Tel Aviv outpost

In today’s art-world news, business as usual: more fairs, new exhibition spaces and yet more polemics.


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People

Art investment in 2018: what you need to know

The art market has come a long way in the past two decades. During that time, global sales have quadrupled as a growing number of people embrace art as an asset class on a par with equity bonds or real estate. Along the way, art funds have emerged and found their footing as a serious investment option, allowing investors to access the market with the help of market experts. Meanwhile, art as collateral is becoming increasingly popular, allowing collectors to borrow against the value of their art


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InstitutionsArtists

January 5 | Andy Warhol’s Orange Marilyn might have sold for €250 million

Following a rumoured private sale to American investor Kenneth Griffin, a new sales record might have been set for artist Andy Warhol. Elsewhere, Damien Hirst teases the art world — yet again.


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Artists

January 4 | Artist Betty Woodman has passed away

An icon of contemporary art has passed away. In other news, the Weinstein effect hits the art world… yet again.


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Galleries

January 3 | Tomoo Gokita joins Blum & Poe

US galleries continue to snatch representation of important artists, whereas Norway awards its most important art award.


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MovementsArt Business

Kickstarter | When the king of crowdfunding looks to the art market

Whether for a gift, a wedding list or a charity project, crowdfunding has become increasingly popular over the last few years.


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PeopleBiennials & Triennials

January 2 | The Fine Art Group to target $1 billion lending in Asia

The year opens with Europe increasingly looking to the Asian market, polemics in Paris and a restructured Lahore Biennale.


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Auction HousesArtists

December 22 | Sotheby’s annual sales total up 13.1% from last year

As 2017 draws to a close, Sotheby’s announces excellent results for the year. Elsewhere, a new Richard Avedon biography sparks outrage.


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InstitutionsAuction Houses

December 21 | New auction records for Chinese artists

2017 was a record-breaking year for both the Western and the Eastern market: after the Qi Baishi record set a few days ago, another painting by a Chinese artist hits a staggering price tag at auction. In other news, Art Los Angeles Contemporary announces its exhibitors for 2018 and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie has a new president.


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InstitutionsArtists

December 20 | Artist Chuck Close accused of sexual misconduct

In the post-Weinstein era, more and more women are coming forward sharing their stories of sexual harassment, many of which involve high-profile art world figures. In Beijing, the government’s eviction of mass workers is having an impact on the art community.


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FairsPeople

Condo London 2018 | Bigger is better

The first London edition of Condo had welcomed 24 international galleries in eight exhibition spaces across the British capital, with the second edition bringing together 36 galleries.


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ArtistsInstitutions

December 19 | Paintings by Qi Baishi fetch $144 million at auction

Qi Baishi’s work became the most expensive Chinese art in Beijing last night. Elsewhere, museums are increasingly opening up to performance art.


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Biennials & TriennialsPeople

December 18 | Ralph Rugoff will curate the 58th Venice Biennale

Weeks after wrapping up its 57th edition, the Venice Biennale has announced its upcoming curators. Elsewhere, the NEON Curatorial Award has revealed its 2017 laureate.


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AwardsInstitutions

December 15 | In Australia, artists come together in support of refugees

In Melbourne, artists protest the National Gallery of Victoria’s involvement with Wilson Security, known for its violent repression and treatment of refugees. Elsewhere, the K11 Art Foundation will expand to nine cities, and the Prix Sam has chosen its 2017 laureate.


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Biennials & TriennialsInstitutions

December 14 | Finalists announced for the Guggenheim’s 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

The Hugo Boss Prize — one of the most prestigious around — has revealed its shortlist. Who is your favorite to win? In other news, details of the next Venice Biennale begin to crop up, and the Whitney Biennial announces a curatorial duo for its 2019 edition.


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Artists

Artist Kamel Yahiaoui on Africa, slavery and love

As part of the Contemporary African Art sale organized by Cornette de Saint Cyr in Paris on December 14, artist Kamel Yahiaoui is presenting the work Once Upon a Time on Île de Gorée. Half of the profits from the sale will be given to the Île de Gorée museum, a memorial to the Atlantic slave trade. H A P P E N I N G met with the artist ahead of the sale.


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InstitutionsArtists

December 13 | The Delfina Foundation announces four finalists for the inaugural Artevue Arte Prize

The first edition of the Arte Vue Arte Prize, organized in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, has announced four finalists for its first edition. Elsewhere, an important artist gets its own catalogue raisonné.


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Artists

The most talented art prize winners of 2017

Every year, a plethora of art prizes are given out, recognizing an artist’s career or supporting younger creators through their often generous endowments. They also allow us to discover new talents, who are given a chance to show in some of the world’s leading institutions. We’ve rounded up our favorite art prize winners of 2017.


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Artists

The Mozilla Foundation to fund art projects exploring surveillance and hacking

Weeks after the launch of Firefox Quantum — the single most important update to the web browser since its launch in 2004 — the Mozilla Foundation has announced that it will award creative grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 to artists, media producers and storytellers tackling the issues of “surveillance, hacking and tracking and the erosion of online privacy.”


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Fairs

1:54 announces 17 exhibitors for inaugural Marrakesh edition

The fair — whose first Marrakesh iteration will take place on February 24 and 25, 2018, after two preview days on February 22 and 23 — has announced the list of exhibitors for its inaugural edition on the African continent.


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ArtistsInstitutions

December 12 | Beirut gets a new contemporary art gallery

In Beirut, a new contemporary art gallery seeks to establish a dialogue between the Middle East and international artists. Elsewhere, an art historian wins an important prize, and Brussels’ prime art fair announces its 2018 exhibitors.


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ArtistsAuction Houses

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art.


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InstitutionsFairs

December 11 | Boston art institutions team up for art and technology

In Boston, a series of exhibitions will look at artistic production at the crossroads of art and technology over the past few decades. In Miami, Pulse awards its annual prize, and New York welcomes a new gallery.


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Fairs

What’s selling and what’s on show in Miami?

A few hours after its opening on Thursday, Art Basel | Miami Beach registered important sales.


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Fairs

What to buy at Galeristes

“Give it all you’ve got” — this seems to be the overarching theme of the second edition of the most Parisian art fair of them all: Galeristes. Founded by gallerist, curator, collector and art critic Stéphane Corréard, the fair returns for the second year in a row to the Carreau du Temple from December 7 through 10, with a public opening on Saturday 9.


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Institutions

Works by women artists sell for almost half at auction compared to men’s

What else is new? According to a study published by the University of Luxembourg, artworks by women sell for almost half the price (47.6% to be exact) compared to men’s at auction.


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Art BusinessFairs

What drives collectors to acquire artworks? A new study by UBS sheds light on collecting habits

A new study by UBS released on the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach has shed light on collector habits and, in particular, on what drives them to buy and how they go about the management of their art collection. In spite of commonly held assumptions, the majority of art collectors affirm that they see art as a means to nurture their passion and rarely as an investment.


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ArtistsInstitutions

December 8 | In Havana, artists come together to support the #00 Biennial

With the Cuban government actively trying to prevent the launch of a new art biennial in Havana, local artists are not willing to give up. Elsewhere, Paris’ Fondation Ricard launches a new editorial platform.


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InstitutionsAuction Houses

December 7 | Salvator Mundi will go to the Louvre Abu Dhabi

It turns out that the record-breaking Da Vinci did not go to an investment fund in the end — but to an important cultural institution. In other news, a new study reveals a dire reality in UK institutions when it comes to sexual harassment.


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FairsArtists

In Miami, art is a lifestyle

In 2005, Design Miami launched as the first satellite fair to Art Basel, before expanding to the hometown of the world’s premier art fair. Today, an average of 85,000 people attend Miami Art Week, making their way through more than 20 satellite fairs running parallel to the two main events.


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FairsGalleries

Mexico City’s Material Art Fair reveals ambitious plans for its 2018 edition

The Zona Maco satellite fair, one of the world’s leading art events dedicated to emerging artists next to LISTE and Paris Internationale, has announced major changes for its 2018 edition.


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AwardsArtists

December 6 | Curator and activist Lubaina Himid wins the 2017 Turner Prize

For the second year in a row, the Turner Prize goes to a woman! Elsewhere, artist Fair Brane is awarded an important grant, and Paris’ Centre Pompidou welcomes a major donation.


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InstitutionsArt Business

How are the art market and the growth of Bitcoin correlated?

Days after the record-breaking sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at Christie’s New York for $450 million, Bitcoin hit an all-time high of over $11,000. While Bitcoin remains somewhat obscure to the wider public, the virtual currency is having a more and more “real” impact. Despite its volatility, the solutions that Bitcoin could offer to the art market might be very attractive in the (near) future.


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InstitutionsFairs

December 5 | Les Rencontres de Bamako announces prize laureates for 2017

Following its opening last week, the leading photography event in Africa has awarded its 2017 prizes. Elsewhere, cases of sexual harassment in the art world continue to emerge...


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ArtistsFairs

December 4 | Italian artist Enrico Castellani has passed away

Italy has lost one of its most influential artists, and Lévy Gorvy Gallery scoops up another artist estate. After a stint in Christie’s video campaign for the sale of the Salvator Mundi, Leonardo DiCaprio announces new plans to fight climate change through art.


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Biennials & TriennialsInstitutions

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art.


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FairsArt Business

Art Basel parent company acquires 67.5% stake in London’s Masterpiece fair

After having acquired a holding of 25% in art.fair International GmbH, MCH group — the company responsible for organizing Art Düsseldorf earlier this year, and the parent company of Art Basel, as well as Art India — has announced that it has acquired a majority stake (67.5%) in the London-based art fair, Masterpiece.


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InstitutionsArtists

December 1 | Salvator Mundi might soon be on show at Paris’ Louvre

After announcing that it might soon show Leonardo da Vinci’s prized Salvator Mundi, the Louvre might well hold its title as the world’s most instagrammed museum for the second year in a row. Elsewhere, the New Museum announces its 40th birthday celebrations, and the Andy Warhol Foundation recognizes the work of 23 arts writers.


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MovementsBiennials & Triennials

How the first Biennial of Digital Art changed our definition of exhibiting art

The Wrong Biennial is a unique event; it’s almost a Venice Biennale of digital art. Established six years ago, the Wrong Biennial is currently taking over both the internet, with artworks by 1,400 artists presented through 70 pavilions, and physical spaces known as embassies.


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InstitutionsPeople

November 30 | The Louvre is the world’s most instagrammed museum

The Instagram post in an absolute must of a museum visit — and it grants new, unexpected records for art institutions. Elsewhere, François Pinault’s right-hand woman resigns and artist Marlene Dumas makes a generous donation to younger artists.


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Online Sales

How much do independent artists earn? Not a lot according to a new report by Art Finder

How much do artists that aren’t money-making machine like Anish Kapoor or Jeff Koons earn? Not much, according to the report “Artfinder Independent Art Market Report: 2017”, published by online art marketplace Artfinder and written by a-n, the UK’s largest artists’ membership organization, boasting 20,000 members.


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Biennials & TriennialsAwards

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

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


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InstitutionsMediums

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize announces shortlisted artists

Established in 2005, the prize recognizes the work of a living artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution, either through an exhibition or publication, to the photography in Europe in the previous year. The shortlisted artists for the 2018 edition have been announced as follows: Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.


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InstitutionsFairs

November 28 | Documenta CEO to step down amidst budget controversy

Despite defending her management of “documenta”, Annette Kulenkampff is stepping down as CEO of the quinquennial event. Elsewhere, Adidas and Art Basel reach a settlement out of court.


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ArtistsAuction Houses

November 27 | A new record for artist Zao Wou-Ki at Christie’s

Christie’s continues to break records, this time in Hong Kong, whilst artists in Malaysia still struggle with censorship...


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ArtistsInstitutions

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three alternate views on the much-hyped "democratization of the art market"...


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ArtistsAwards

Chinese artist Li Ming wins the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award

Chinese artist Li Ming (b. 1986) was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, the biennial prize recognizing the work of emerging contemporary artists in the early stages of their career. Li Ming succeeds Kwan Sheung Chi and Maria Taniguchi, who were awarded the prize in 2013 and 2015, respectively.


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ArtistsInstitutions

November 24 | Paris’ Louvre debuts first particle accelerator dedicated to art

At Paris’ Louvre, art and technology are getting even closer. In Berlin, the opening of a major institution dedicated to Modern Art is being postponed...


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ArtistsGalleries

The London shows to see before the end of the year

Ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach wrapping up the 2017 fair calendar, and as galleries prepare for a much-needed break, we take a look at the London shows to see before the end of the year.


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InstitutionsArtists

November 23 | Curator of “Queermuseu” to appear in front of Brazil’s Senate

In Brazil, things don’t seem to improve for the LGBTQ+ community, whilst France recognizes an activist for gender and sexual minorities with its highest honor. In Paris, Lafayette Anticipations begins to take shape.


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FairsArtists

November 22 | Frieze New York launches “Live” program dedicated to performance

Following the example of its London counterpart, Frieze New York will also feature an extensive performance program. Elsewhere, Karma International is moving to a new space in Zurich, whilst The Smithsonian Museum and Christo are in trouble...


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Galleries

joségarcía, mx | Galleries, Earthquakes, Relocations and Passion

If you’ve ever been to the FIAC, EXPO Chicago or Art Basel, you’ve certainly crossed paths with the Mexico City-based joségarcía, mx, a gallery that has been virtually everywhere in the past three years. We’ve met with José García Torres following the opening of a new space after the natural disaster that struck the country.


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Auction HousesArtists

November 21 | Kemang Wa Lehulere wins Performa’s Malcolm McLaren Award

In New York, Christie’s auction calendar begins to take shape, with new masterpieces set to hit the market next Spring, and Performa awards its fourth Malcolm McLaren Award. In Cuba, authorities have released an artist after an unjust arrest...


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InstitutionsMovements

November 20 | Collector and Inhotim museum director Bernardo Paz sentenced to nine years in prison

Bernardo Paz, founder of the Inhotim museum which welcomes thousands of visitors every year, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for money laundering. Elsewhere, Paris’ museum of digital art begins to takes shape and the Shanghai Biennial announces new appointments.


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FairsArtists

November 17 | Independent New York announces 2018 exhibitors

The New York and Brussels-based art fair strives to achieve gender equality among its exhibitors. In other news, this season’s New York auction sales are coming to a close, with good results.


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Fairs

Pillows and Panic, an art attack at the Istanbul Biennial

Earlier this year, Panickattack Duo (the artists otherwise known as Naz Balkaya and Emilia Demetriou) participated at the Istanbul Biennial with the performance Jiwar, which is Moroccan Arabic for “neighborhood”, evoking the theme of the Elmgreen & Dragset-curated event, “A Good Neighbor”. Created during a residency in Barcelona, it was inspired by and filmed in the room the artists were staying in.


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People

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund distributes first round of grants

Following the establishment earlier this year of the Art for Justice Fund — launched by art collector and patron Agnes Gund after the $165 million sale of her prized painting Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein (1962) — the organization, dedicated to supporting criminal justice reform in the US, has announced that it has awarded its first round of grants.


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FairsArtists

November 16 | Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi realizes a staggering $450 million!

At Christie’s New York, the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi broke all records. Elsewhere, art fair Zona Maco has a new director, whilst Miami welcomes a new fair dedicated exclusively to women artists.


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Artists

One artist, one studio —Part 3

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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Artists

One artist, One Studio | Alison Bignon

Although it might come across as quite eclectic, there is a common thread running through the work of artist Alison Bignon. A story-teller at heart, Bignon explores intimate, personal narratives through watercolor paintings.


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ArtistsInstitutions

November 15 | The Edvard Munch Art Award goes to Kerstin Brätsch

The New York-based, German-born artist has won a major award. Elsewhere, Modern and Impressionist sales in New York continue to break records, whilst the Walker Art Center has a new director.


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Artists

How has our perception of conflict changed since 9/11? A London show addresses the question

Sixteen years after 9/11 and just a couple of years after the Paris attacks, a London exhibition looks to the long-lasting effects of the wave of terrorism that has hit the West in the last two decades through the work of 40 contemporary artists, among whom Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Lida Abdul, Khaled Abdul Wahed, Fiona Banner, Omer Fast, Alfredo Jaar, Julie Mehretu, Hrair Sarkissian and Taryn Simon.


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Auction HousesFairs

November 14 | The New Museum Triennial announces 2018 program

In New York, the New Museum looks to emerging artists, whilst Christie’s past and future sales continue to feature all-time classics.


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InstitutionsFairs

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three stories about accelerating toward oblivion...


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ArtistsGalleries

November 13 | A new foundation dedicated to catalogues raisonnés

Scholar and St. Etienne gallery director Jane Kallir will launch a new foundation dedicated to catalogues raisonnés and related research. Elsewhere, David Zwirner announces representation of a new artist . In Paris, Sotheby’s photography auctions were a success.


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FairsGalleries

AKAA | Highlights from the fair’s successful second edition

Speaking to director Victoria Mann, it is very clear that AKAA — Also Known As Africa — is not settling for being a mere addition to Paris Photo week. Although photography features prominently — partly due, of course, to the presence of specialized collectors in the capital this week — the fair stands as a truly independent event. The fair boasts a program that is, in its second year, richer than AKAA’s inaugural edition, with countless talks, performances and special projects on sho


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Auction HousesArtists

November 10 | Man Ray breaks all records at Christie’s

In Paris, photography takes center stage at both the Grand Palais and at Christie’s, where early photography continues to attract prestigious collectors, ready to bid and break all records. In other news, prizes are awarded, and some spark debates.


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FairsAuction Houses

Paris Photo | What’s the secret?

For Jorg Grimm, director of the eponymous gallery, “Paris Photo is THE photography art fair of course”. Ahead of the opening of the 21st edition of the fair, which will bring together 159 galleries and 30 publishers, Paris Photo’s supremacy on the art market remains unaffected.


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FairsPeople

November 9 | Armory Show director Benjamin Genocchio accused of sexual harassment

Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the art world has also seen high-profile names such as Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman fall from grace. Thousands of artists, curators, gallerists, art critics, and other art-world workers have also signed an open letter in The Guardian, denouncing sexual harassment within the art world. Today, Benjamin Genocchio has been revealed as the latest of the sexual predators who will lose their job in the wake of the Weinstein scandal.


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AwardsInstitutions

November 8 | The Yale School of Art launches new initiative at the crossroads of arts & social justi

The oldest university for the arts has announced the launch of a new program aiming to support projects at the crossroads of arts and social justice. In other news, Cuba’s government has arrested yet another artist.


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FairsArtists

Samia Ziadi | The politics of fashion

This year, in its second edition, AKAA Art Fair stays true to itself; dedicated to so-called “contemporary African Art” — whose definition is still very much up for interpretation — the fair continues to support emerging galleries showcasing talent from the continent; notably, initiatives such as the Brussels-based Galerie Number 8.


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InstitutionsBiennials & Triennials

November 7 | The Armory Show changes things up, welcoming 186 galleries to its 2018 edition

Very much like fellow art fairs — notably Frieze and Art Basel — the Armory Show will make more room for emerging galleries. In other news, the 2018 Sharjah Biennial reveals its program and the American Association of Art Dealers has a new director.


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Auction HousesFairs

November 6 | US tax reform to suppress important art market loophole

In the US, collectors might soon wave goodbye to a tax loophole that has decidedly boosted the acquisition of artworks in recent years. For its part, Sotheby’s releases its third quarter results, whilst Artissima announces the awardees for the 2017 edition of its many prizes.


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Galleries

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three industry-specific legal matters worth reviewing...


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Fairs

The Others Art Fair | Decidedly Anti-Art Basel

Founded in 2010, The Others Art Fair is a hybrid project dedicated to emerging artists, a “gathering space for new voices and for the latest, most avant-garde trends of artistic research”.


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InstitutionsGalleries

November 3 | Lehmann Maupin to open Seoul space

In today’s news, a lot of moving around: another mega-gallery looks to expand its market in Asia, whilst the Marseilles art fair Art-O-Rama and the Paris Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson will both move to new exhibition spaces soon.


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GalleriesFairs

DAMA | Turin’s youngest art fair

Following a successful first edition, the Turin-based art fair DAMA, founded by gallerist Giorgio Galotti, returns to the 18th-century Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana until November 5, for a markedly international edition.


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ArtistsArt Business

Art Review’s Power 100 | German artist Hito Steyerl tops the list

It’s that time of the year again: the London-based contemporary art magazine Art Review has just published its Power 100 for 2017, listing the most powerful — and influential — personalities of the art world, chosen by an anonymous panel of 20 experts, spread across the five continents. This year, 26 artists, 39 dealers, 10 museum directors, 15 collectors, 17 curators, 5 writers, 6 fair directors and 8 other art world personalities make the list.


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GalleriesInstitutions

November 2 | Venice to wave goodbye to the Australian pavilion?

In today’s good news, Paris’ Ricard Foundation awards its 2018 fellowships, Simone Leigh receives an important prize and David Zwirner announces a main appointment at his Hong Kong gallery. As for the bad news, Australia might no longer participate in the Venice Biennale.


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FairsArt Business

PRNCPL | A new shazam for art fairs?

MCH Group — behind fairs such as Art Basel and Art Düsseldorf, whose first edition will take place next month — has announced the launch of a new mobile application.


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ArtistsInstitutions

October 31 | EVA International Biennial announces first participating artists

Ireland’s most important art event will welcome big names and more emerging artists. In other news, the British Museum cuts its ties with an Abu Dhabi institution, whilst Jeff Koons has another go at fashion!


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Biennials & TriennialsPeople

The 2018 Dak'art Biennial | Simon Njami’s “New Humanity”

Following a successful 2016 edition, the Dak’art Biennial has chosen curator Simon Njami — the Hans-Ulrich Obrist of African Art — as its artistic director. The Biennial’s upcoming edition will return to Dakar’s former courthouse from May 3 through June 2, 2018.


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InstitutionsAuction Houses

October 30 | Turner Contemporary gets bigger

South of London, one of England’s most exciting contemporary art hubs has announced an expansion. Elsewhere, Sotheby’s scoops yet another artist estate, while Tyburn Gallery has added a new artist to its roster.


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People

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, a trio of angles on the scoop that consumed the art-industry news cycle: the sexual misconduct allegations against longtime Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman...


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Galleries

The art world stands up against sexual harassment

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, women and men from all industries have stood up against sexual harassment. Last week, Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman resigned after his name was cited in a sexual harassment complaint filed with the supreme court of the state of New York.


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ArtistsGalleries

October 27 | Ron Mueck sculpture becomes most recent victim of Istanbul’s Far Right

The tense atmosphere pervading Turkey at the moment — stirred up by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — has once again provoked an incident during a contemporary art exhibition. In other news, the Art Jameel organisation is launching a request for proposals for its future art centre in Dubai, and the Prix Art [ ] Collector reveals its winner.


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Ali Kazma | The intuition of the instant

Evoking Gaston Bachelard’s rejection of Bergson's intuitionism in "The Intuition of the Instant", artist Ali Kazma’s practice explores the succession of instants that constitute human time. His videos, currently on show at Paris’ Jeu de Paume, capture time variations, gestures and sometimes abandoned spaces and attest to the need to save moments of human experience from oblivion.


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Mona Hatoum receives the 2018 Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon award

The Palestinian artist, who was born in Beirut in 1952 but is based in London since 1975, was awarded the 2018 Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon award, a prestigious prize recognizing the “work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to contemporary art, influencing their own and subsequent generations of artists”.


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October 26 | Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 is even bigger

With the 2017 fair season soon coming to a close, we already know the galleries participating at the 2018 Art Basel, Hong Kong. In other news, more on the Bouvier-Rybolovlev affair...


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The 2017 Sobey Art Award goes to Ursula Johnson

The 2017 Sobey Art Award went to artist Ursula Johnson, who was presented with the prize during a ceremony held on October 25 at the Art Museum at the University Toronto.


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October 25 | The Stedelijk Museum has a new director

In the wake of Beatrix Ruf’s resignation, the Amsterdam institution has named a new director. In other news, the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie has announced its 2017 laureate.


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October 24 | Brazilian artists and activists against censorship and oppression

In Brazil, artists and activists come together to fight against repeated attacks on free speech and artistic freedom. Elsewhere, an important family of collectors is having trouble, whilst Sotheby’s will feature an important Bacon work at auction next month.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, questioning alternative aspects of three art-industry scandals...


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October 23 | The Armory Show looks to mid-level galleries

In New York, The Armory Show expands its feature section. On this side of the pond, Christie’s delivered excellent sales during the FIAC’s week, whilst in Serbia, art and politics don’t get on too well.


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Poppositions launches open call for its 7th edition

The 7th edition of Poppositions — the Brussels-based art fair, aiming to rethink the format of the fair itself — will take place in the Belgian capital next April, in a location to be announced soon. With booths priced at between €500 and €1500, the fair was established in 2012 in opposition to the tired logics of the art market.


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In Saudi Arabia, culture is the driving force behind a new society

After its participation in the “Biennale de Lyon”, the young Saudi gallery Hafez, is currently showing at YIA Art Fair in Paris, running parallel to the FIAC. The gallery, based in Jeddah, was chosen by the fair for the diversity of its program and the quality of its artistic offerings, reflecting the societal changes taking place in Saudi Arabia.


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October 19 | Artists in New York will soon work with former inmates

In New York, artists will contribute to the rehabilitation of former prisoners through three new residencies within the criminal justice system, and the Met appoints its new senior vice president. In London, the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery has two new senior curators.


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FIAC | The Lafayette Sector remains the fair’s most promising

This year in its 44th edition, Paris’ FIAC is almost a museum of absolute masterpieces for both modern and contemporary art lovers. However, for those in the art world who have already attended fairs such as New York’s Armory Show or Art Basel, a similarly-sized fair might come across as slightly repetitive. Very much like its competitors, the FIAC is a supermarket, an upscale one for sure, but one where visitors can hardly discover anything new.


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Paris Internationale 2017: the uncompromising art fair

The third edition of Paris Internationale opened on October 17 in a new, somewhat unexpected location. Leagues away from the bourgeoisie of the hôtels particuliers that have hosted the fair in previous years, Paris Internationale’s new home in a former parking space, previously occupied by French newspaper Libération, might come as a surprise to many.


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October 18 | Doug Aitken takes home the Frontier Art Prize

After receiving the International Prize at the “Venice Biennial” in 1999 and the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize in 2012, the American artist takes home yet another prize. In other news, Cape Town Art Fair will feature a section dedicated to female artists, whilst a new record might soon be set for Fernand Léger at Christie’s.


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October 17 | A Lebanese artist duo takes home the Prix Marcel Duchamp

One of France’s most prestigious prizes was awarded to an artist duo from Lebanon during an event held at Paris’ Centre Pompidou. In other news, Milan has a brand new arts space, whilst Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum will soon have to start looking for a new director...


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October 16 | Yasmina Benabderrahmane wins a prestigious prize

Ahead of the opening of the FIAC, French artists are in the spotlight and artist Yasmina Benabderrahmane takes home an important prize. In other news, controversial artist Petr Pavlensky is playing with fire...


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Six finalists for the 7th Max Mara Prize

The finalists for the seventh edition of the Max Mara prize have been announced as follows: Mandy El Sayegh (1985), Eloise Hawser (1985), Athena Papadopoulos (1988), Helen Cammock (1970), Celine Condorelli (1974) and Lis Rhodes (1942). They were chosen by a jury consisting of Whitechapel gallery director Iwona Blazwick, gallerist Vanessa Carlos, collector Marcelle Joseph, artist Laure Prouvost and art critic Rachel Spence.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. Since it's felt like a pack of tiny demons has been tending a bonfire in my throat this weekend, two takes on suffering and salvation in the industry...


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October 13 | Kader Attia receives the Joan Miró Prize

Kader Attia, the laureate of the 2006 Prix Marcel Duchamp, was awarded another prestigious prize. Elsewhere, Chinese billionaire Adrian Cheng launches a new initiative to support brands and services targeting millennials.


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What consequences will the rise of the far right have on Germany’s culture?

Last month, Germany’s federal elections saw the far-right, nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) gain 13.5 percent of the vote. Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU still secured the majority, but what consequences will the entry of the anti-islam, eurosceptic party into the Bundestag have on Germany’s cultural panorama, especially in the areas where it amassed the most votes?


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Artists come together to fight xenophobia and the closing of borders

Launched by artist Laurie Anderson, TV producer Laura Michalchyshyn and writer Tanya Selvaratnam, the artist-run organization The Federation, aims to “keep cultural borders open in response to the threatened closing of physical borders and increased xenophobia”.


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October 12 | Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Trevor Paglen and Dawoud Bey receive the MacArthur “Genius

Three artists are among the recipients of the 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships — one of the world’s most prestigious awards. In other news, Los Angeles’ gentrification continues to cause a stir among the local community, whereas the New Museum has chosen the architecture firm that will be in charge of its $85 million expansion.


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13 Art Fair Urban Contemporary | A turning point for urban art?

Ahead of the opening of the first edition of “13 Art Fair Urban Contemporary” in Paris, there is still much debate surrounding the definition of “urban art”.


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Food as a lens to two diverging cultures | First Food Residency at The Koppel Project

Last Thursday, amidst the furore of Frieze week, a resolutely different kind of exhibition opened its doors to the public.


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October 11 | New artist representations for US galleries

New artists join galleries Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles) and Luhring Augustine (New York). In other news, Leonardo da Vinci’s last known work is coming back to the market after the Bouvier-Rybolovlev scandal.


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October 10 | The International Center of Photography is moving… again

In an unexpected move, an important New York institution announces it is changing home. In Munster, locals have come together to acquire a work shown as part of the Sculpture Project, which had been defaced with nazi slurs.


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Morgan Courtois’ fragrance wins him the 10th Prix Meurice

Artist Morgan Courtois, (b. 1988) represented by Balice Hertling gallery, was chosen from a strong line-up of finalists — including Mel O'Callaghan (Galerie Allen) and Kapwani Kiwanga (Galerie Jérôme Poggi) — as the winner of the 10th edition of the Prix Meurice.


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October 9 | The Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art has found a new buyer

A year after its founder put it on the market, The Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art sold to a Shanghai-based private equity group. In other news, London auction sales have wrapped up this week-end with good results, whereas Sandy Brown gallery is now representing a new artists.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, looking over developments in the fair sector, the auction sector, and the digital frontier...


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October 6 | Some artists fare better than others

As time goes by, artists begin to think about their posterity; for some, plans go smoothly ahead, whereas other have to abandon ambitious projects. In other news, Sotheby’s contemporary art sale realized £50 million, whereas Nissan has awarded its biennial art award.


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Frieze Sex Work: what place does radical feminist art have within the art fair?

Come October, the art world descends on London for Frieze and for the most part, the surprises are few. Year in and year out, the fair wraps up with important sales, happy gallerists and impressive attendance, running like a well-oiled machine. For this 2017 edition, however, a whole new section brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the London fair.


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October 5 | Luisa Strina gallery was awarded the 2017 Frieze Art Fair Stand Prize

Frieze has officially kicked off and London is the focus of today’s news. At the fair, galleries and artists are awarded important prizes, whereas at Christie’s, a new record was set for Robert Mapplethorpe.


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At 1:54, a young(er) generation of artists takes the spotlight

Over the past five years, 1:54 has made a name for itself for being several things at once: a platform for so-called Contemporary African Art and its booming market, a champion of emerging galleries and artists, but also one of the few critically engaging fairs, offering authoritative perspectives on the questions surrounding the production and consumption of art produced by artists from the continent and its diaspora.


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October 4 | The first Biennial of Riga looks to the future

If biennials often look to the past and its utopies, the first edition of the Riga Biennial will explore the present and the near future. In other news, New York’s new Institute of Arab and Islamic Art announces several appointments, whereas gallery Isabella Bortolozzi is now representing an important artist estate.


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Lawrence Abu Hamdan awarded the 2018 Abraaj Group Art Prize

This year in its tenth edition, the prestigious prize — recognizing the work of artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia — was awarded to the Beirut-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan. (B . 1985 in Jordan) Following in the footsteps of artists Rana Begum, Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Yto Barrada, Abu Hamdan will receive a $100,000 cash prize to fund the production of a “dream project”, which will be revealed during the upcoming edition of Art Dubai. (March 21-24, 20


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The MAXXI Bulgari prize announces three finalists for its inaugural edition

The three finalists of the inaugural edition of the MAXXI Bulgari Prize have been announced yesterday during an event held at London’s Bulgari Hotel, and they are: Talia Chetrit (1982, lives and work in New York), Invernomuto — Simone Bertuzzi 1983 & Simone Trabucchi 1982 (live and work between Vernasca in the province of Piacenza and Milan) and Diego Marcon (1985, lives and work in Paris)


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October 3 | The Liverpool Biennial turns 20

This year, the Liverpool Biennial invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil. In other news, Athena Art Finance will continue to support emerging galleries at the Armory Show, whilst a new firm offering estate planning consulting services was launched.


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Snapchat to launch Virtual Reality platform featuring Jeff Koons and others

The 173 million users strong social media has announced that it will launch an augmented reality platform that will allow users to visualize art works in AR by using their phones.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, assessing the industry through matters of principle...


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October 2 | A good week for women in the arts

As eleven of the art world’s most powerful women call for increased efforts in achieving gender equality within the industry, new appointments internationally recognize the important role women play at art institutions worldwide. Elsewhere, Sotheby’s first sale of Post-war and Contemporary photography sees mixed results.


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Haig Aivazian | History cracked open

No artist is quite as relevant as the Lebanon-born Haig Aivazian when it comes to cracking open — as he says — a moment in history in unexpected, unforeseen ways.


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September 29 | “We Dream Under the Same Sky”, exhibition to raise funds to help refugees raises

In Paris, galleries, artists and art dealers have come together to raise funds in favor of refugees. Elsewhere, two US institutions are the winner of the first Sotheby’s Prize, whereas Almine Rech announces an important representation.


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One Artist, One Studio | Sarah Trouche, the anthropology of the body

Born in 1983, Sarah Trouche lives and works in Paris. A graduate of Paris’ National School of Fine Arts, Trouche worked in the studios of fellow artists Jean-Marc Bustamante, Jacky Chriqui and Guillaume Paris before attending the Art Center College of Los Angeles, where she studied with Mike Kelley. Trouche returned to Paris in 2008, where she established an artist collective with architect Benjamin Herr. H A P P E N I N G met with the artist in her Montmartre studio.


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September 28 | Hoor Al Qasimi is the new president of the International Biennial Association

In today’s news, several appointments internationally. In New York, The Studio Museum has revealed plans for an ambitious expansion.


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Beirut | A safe haven for artists from the Middle East

Sixteen years after the end of the civil war, Lebanon is still scarred by the conflict that ravaged the country between 1975 and 1991. In spite of this, its capital Beirut has become both the country’s artistic hub and a shelter of sorts for artists fleeing the neighboring countries, torn by the war and the economic crisis and where creativity is very much subjected to censorship.


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September 27 | Gavin Brown’s Enterprise to raise funds for Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria left it devastated, the island of Puerto Rico is facing an uncertain future — in the meantime, New York gallery Gavin Brown has announced it will host a fundraising to help those affected. In other news, David Hockney gives a major gift to the Centre Pompidou, whereas Barcelona’s Joan Miró Foundation has a new director.


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Art and architecture in dialogue in Chicago

Last year, Paris’ Palais de Tokyo worked alongside Manifesta on the off-site exhibition “Your Memories are our Future”, presented in Zurich as part of the roving Biennial’s 11th edition.


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September 26 | Loring Randolph, the new director for Frieze Americas

Following Abby Bangser’s departure to the Dia Art Foundation, and days before the opening of its London edition, Frieze announces a new director for the Americas. In other news, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has an exciting project in Madrid, whereas the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program is developing.


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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.


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September 25 | Travel Ban: the art world resists, but Trump goes even further

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...


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Sotheby's new photography sale | The highlights

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.


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September 22 | Hauser & Wirth looks to Asia

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...


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September 21 | Exhibitions sponsored by a weapons manufacturer? No thanks

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.


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What all art enthusiasts should be reading this Autumn

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


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September 20 | Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ will soon be on your hoodies

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.


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September 19 | Wolfgang Tillmans addresses German voters ahead of federal elections

“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.


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The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has a new director

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. In this edition, a comprehensive look at the week's single biggest art-business story: the documenta budget debacle...


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FairsGalleries

September 18 | London gets two new art spaces

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.


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Eva Hober opens new, ambitious space in Paris’ upscale 8th arrondissement

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.


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September 15 | Documenta curator Adam Szymczyk has penned an outraged response to his critics

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.


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The New Museum | At the forefront of art & technology

Launched in 2014, New Inc, the New Museum’s Cultural Incubator dedicated to supporting “innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology”, continues to develop its educational program.


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September 14 | Mother’s tankstation limited opens London project space

A Dublin-based gallery opens a temporary project space in London, Art Basel Cities announces its first installment whilst the Tate welcomes an outstanding photobook collection.


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The Biennial of Photography in the Contemporary Arab World | A second edition raising questions

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.


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September 13 | An exhibition dedicated to queer art closes in Brazil after facing criticism

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!


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ArTech | When Cryptocurrencies enter the art market

Gadget, artistic medium, marketing tool or actual disruptive force? Whatever they may be, cryptocurrencies have already made their presence felt within the art market…


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AKAA 2017 | More ambitious than ever

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.


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The five galleries changing the landscape of LA’s contemporary art scene

Events like Condo (London and New York) or Okey-Dokey in Germany show that increasingly,galleries are looking for new, alternative models to support artists and their art.


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September 12 | BP Award winner to fund the anti-BP fight

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.


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September 11 | London’s Arebyte gallery to offer affordable artist studios

In London, an arts organization works with real estate developers to saveguard artist studios. Elsewhere, NADA has welcomed 13 new members, whilst Rhizome has awarded the 2017 Microgrant awards.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, stories about financial uncertainties for gallerists, artists, and museums alike...


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September 8 | Art Basel Miami Beach 2017: bigger is better

The Miami Beach outpost of the world’s biggest art fair reveals an outstanding gallery list for its 2017 edition, whilst a Rotterdam institution decides to break away from the country’s colonial past.


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Joburg Art Fair | A decade of art in Johannesburg

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.


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September 7 | New artists for galleries in London, Paris and New York

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.


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September 6 | The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open at last!

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.


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Edi Rama, the artist politician

If you’re not well versed in Albanian politics, here is a fun fact for you: the Balkan country’s Prime Minister is a gallery-represented, Venice Biennale-exhibiting artist.


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September 5 | Haegue Yang receives the Wolfgang Hahn Prize

Korean artist Haegue Yang receives an important award, while elsewhere the first Aren Biennale (China) has announced its program.


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Women and contemporary art, how to redress the years of silencing

How many women artists can you name? Do you know any orchestras conducted by women? Why are we perpetually obliged to specify when we talk about ‘women artists’ but never male artists?


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September 4 | Italy makes a decisive change in export laws

Italian dealers have obtained much more leeway with new legislation easing export taxes. In other news, California has a new foundation, whilst Christie’s adds a new London sale to its calendar.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, folding much of what I read, watched, and heard into a single serving...


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September 1 | Rashid Rana steps down as artistic director of Lahore Biennial

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...


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Contemporary art goes to space with Trevor Paglen

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”.


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August 31 | Performa Biennial to focus on African artists

Good news: New York’s performance biennial Performa has announced that it will give center stage to African artists. Bad news: a group of Berlin-based artists might soon lose their working spaces...


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Crossroads is not coming back until… 2018

Despite having appointed a new director — Liv Vaisberg — and the hopes for a promising second edition, Crossroads art fair, which was set to open on September 30 at Victoria House, has been postponed to 2018.


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Sunday Art Fair announces 2017 exhibitor list

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.


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The London shows to see this Autumn

As the 2017/2018 art season is about to kick off, several exhibitions by both emerging and established artists are in the works in London. New galleries are opening and the countdown to Frieze and 1:54 has finally begun.


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August 30 | The Agnes Gund Curatorial Award goes to Jochen Volz

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.


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Art-o-Rama rewards Sabot gallery and artist Stefano Calligaro

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.


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August 29 | The Hirshhorn Museum acquires works of avant-garde Japanese photography

A New York institution welcomes an important acquisition whilst a new project space opens in the city. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Para Site has a new director.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three different forms of narrative-building in our industry of choice...


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August 28 | 2017 Tbilisi Photo Festival to focus on… fashion

In Georgia, photographers prepare for the Tbilisi Photo Festival, whilst in Portugal they take a much more political stand. Elsewhere, a Pakistani artist is recognized for his curatorial work.


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London's Barbican Centre accused of alleged anti semitism

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”.


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August 25 | Superstars VS the Rest

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.


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Gallery 1957 doubles its offer in Accra

In March 2016, business magnate Marwan Zakhem — who also serves on the board of Tate’s Africa Acquisitions Committee — opened Gallery 1957 in Accra.


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Herald St to launch new London space

Founded in 2005 by Nicky Verber and Ash L’ange, Herald St. gallery has announced that it is launching a new London space.


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August 24 | Dimitri Rybolovlev in hot water

The never-ending saga continues with more updates from the Rybolovlev-Bouvier scandal! In other news, the Moscow Biennial has announced the program for its upcoming edition, whilst the MoMA PS1 has strengthened its curatorial team.


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Marseilles to launch the autumn contemporary art season with three major events

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


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FairsBiennials & Triennials

23 August | documenta 14 engenders further controversy

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.


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22 August | Kassel city councillor brings art into his far-right discourse

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.


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MovementsPeople

The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, thoughts on the intertwined good and bad of contemporary arts patronage...


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FairsPeople

August 21 | President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities quit

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.


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Institutions

August 18 | Culture driving the Californian economy

A new study measuring the impact of art and culture in San Francisco has been released, whilst the Tate Modern invites visitors to participate in the creation of ceramics.


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FairsGalleries

17 August | Artist Peju Alatise awarded the FNB Art Prize

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.


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16 August | Youngest member of the feminist collective iQhiya has died

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.


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FairsMediums

14 August | Swedish Photography Museum expands to London

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.


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Exodus: A Mirror of Hope for the Future of Art Biennials

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.


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Fairs

11 August | New York art fair NADA relocates

In an art world that is becoming more competitive by the minute, the New York art fair NADA gets closer to its colleagues.


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Institutions

August 10 | Open access collection marks success for the Met

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.