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How matter frames technique | Jean-Baptiste Lagadec

“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?”


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July 28 | MCA Chicago acquires collection of contemporary female photography

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.


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Paris Internationale announces 2017 exhibitors

After having doubled in size for its 2016 edition, Paris Internationale continues to be one of the most ambitious satellite events running parallel to the FIAC.


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Artists announced for the 11th Rencontres de Bamako

Mali’s Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français have announced the participating artists for the eleventh edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, taking place from December 2 to January 31, 2018 in the Malian city.


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July 27 | Philippe de Montebello joins Acquavella Galleries

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.


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July 26 | Galleries announced for 2017 Abu Dhabi Art

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.


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Hassan Hajjaj to feature in for 1:54 London solo show

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.


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July 25 | More biennials and triennials

Whilst feminist group Pussy Riot plan on having London audiences experience the harrowing conditions of Russian prison camps, the art calendar for the latter part of 2017 is beginning to take shape.


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July 24 | Beirut to get a new museum of Arab Art

A project for a new, private museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is the latest addition to Beirut’s burgeoning arts scene. Elsewhere, Christie’s shuffles things around, whilst a Parisian gallery changes location.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. In this week's back-from-vacation mega-edition, a trio of stories where comparisons brought devastating clarity…


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London | Breese Little is (also) closing its doors

The Bethnal Green gallery, which opened in Clerkenwell seven years ago, has announced that it is closing.


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The death of a nation | The Serbian pavilion in Venice

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


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July 21 | Campaign for free movement launched by a-n

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.


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Château Chasse-Spleen | Where everything’s only order and beauty

“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?


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July 20 | Lygia Pape’s daughter files against LG Electronics

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.


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The Economy of Living Things

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


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July 19 | Artsy, king of the online art market

Great news for both Artsy and Christie’s as the companies welcome positive upward trends. Elsewhere, New York loses yet another gallery...


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July 18 | Mayor de Blasio invests in the New York arts communities

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.


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Okey-Dokey, the new cooperative gallery project to launch in Cologne & Dusseldorf

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.


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July 17 | Istanbul gallery Rampa to close

Sad news for one of the most exciting Turkish galleries, as the director of Rampa announces its closure. Elsewhere, FIAC and the Rencontres de Bamako announce more details of their 2017 program.


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July 13 | A record year for the Tate

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.


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Paris’ Crèvecoeur gallery to open Marseilles outpost

One of Paris’ most cutting edge galleries — Crèvecoeur, based in the trendy Belleville neighborhood of the city — is to open a second gallery space in Marseilles in the south of France.


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What to see in Paris this summer

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.


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July 12 | Things aren’t looking good for Blouin

Yet again, there is more bad news to report for Louise Blouin’s media empire. Elsewhere, TEFAF gets a new president, while staffing gets a shake up at Christie’s and Phillips’.


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Delfina Foundation launches The ArteVue ArtePrize

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.


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July 11 | Text Me Art

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. In this edition, stories that hinged on the fine print––or lack thereof...


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July 10 | LACMA to have first ever Instagram artist in residency

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.


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July 7 | Spain closes its “biggest cultural deal” in 20 years

Good news for Spain as the country closes its most important cultural deal since 1993. Elsewhere, Gagosian gallery adds a rising star to its roster of artists.


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Maja Bajevic | The power of propaganda

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.


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Marion Verboom | The architect of experience and time

Inspired by the research she conducted at the Archaeology Museums of Istanbul and Madrid, it was at The Pill Gallery in Istanbul where Marion Verboom began working on the sculptures that make up her Achronies series.


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July 6 | And the Museum of the year award goes to...

In today’s news, a West Yorkshire institution receives an important honor, whilst the color war between Stuart Semple and a certain Anish Kapoor continues raging.


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July 5 | This Mayfair art gallery will take your bitcoins!

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.


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Baltic Artist's Award | The prize with no winner

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


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July 4 | List of galleries for inaugural art berlin 2017

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.


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July 3 | Provenance of artworks at the heart of a new platform for research

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, stories that pose eye-opening questions about art-world identities...


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June 30 | Details revealed for 21st edition of Paris Photo

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.


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June 29 | Jonas Dahlberg’s “wound” project abandoned

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.


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Road trip through Occitania

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


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Arts funding: the Arts Council England looks well beyond London

The Arts Council England has revealed details of its 2018-2022 National Portfoilo, with a clear effort to shift funds away from the UK’s capital.


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June 28 | The Derek Jarman Award announces 2017 finalists

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.


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June 27 | Postcolonial South African photographer wins Henri Cartier-Bresson Award

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.


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Remembering Poland's most influential woman artist | Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wroclaw

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


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FRAC’s loan to Israeli Biennial sparks heated debate

Last week, e-flux announced details regarding the third edition of the Mediterranean Biennale, which will run from June 29 through September 30 in Sakhnin, Israel, bringing together 57 artists.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three industry stories featuring trends that synced to the wider world...


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June 26 | Photographer documenting conflict in Syria awarded Prix Elysée

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.


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2KM3 | A new platform for urban art (in a former parking garage)

One of the most ambitious projects dedicated to urban art has just opened in the south-eastern town of Saint-Gervais, France, June 2.


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June 23 | 2017 Arts and Ethics award goes to Sheba Chhachhi

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.


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Crossroads | The ambitious art fair returns to London

The London fair Crossroads is returning to the British capital for a second edition under the newly appointed director Liv Vaisberg.


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June 22 | Institute for documenta cements future prospects

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.


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June 21 | ‘It is not fun anymore’

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.


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1:54 | Stability and openness for the fair’s fifth London edition

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.


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Awards: Career-boosting rewards or marketing tools?

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...


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June 20 | Theft at the Skulptur Projekte

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three takes related to Art Basel, the summertime royalty of the art-fair realm...


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June 19 | Diaspora artist Khadija Saye confirmed victim of Grenfell Tower fire in London

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.


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Interview with Andriu Deplazes | painting as understanding

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.


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photo basel l The young photography fair aiming for success

For the third year in a row, photo basel has returned to the beautiful setting of Volkshaus Basel, providing a much-needed breath of fresh air, away from the overwhelming chaos and crowds of Art Basel.


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June 16 | Getty’s contemporary American photography collection expands

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.


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June 15 | London’s ICA strives for success

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.


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Donna Kukama | The past, present and future tense of performance

Born in Mafikeng, South Africa, in 1981 Donna Kukama is a multimedia artist, working in video, sound and performance.


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June 14 | Movement in museums around the world

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.


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Twenty two years of LISTE, the fair for emerging art

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


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Rossella Biscotti | Mapping history through art

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.


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June 13 | Swiss Art takes center stage

As Swiss art fairs unfold across Switzerland this week, with Art Basel, LISTE and Photo Basel drawing in the art fair crowd, the 2017 Swiss Art Award ceremonies taking place today and tomorrow ensure all eyes are on Switzerland this week.


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June 12 | Art for Justice

A philanthropist sells a Roy Lichtenstein painting for a record price and a good cause. Elsewhere, Thaddaeus Ropac and Lisson gallery are now representing the Rosenquist and the Leon Polk Smith estates, respectively.


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The Gray Market Weekly

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.


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LISTE | The satellite art fair with its own orbit

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.


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Maja Čule | Facing the same direction

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.


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June 9 | Awards far and wide...

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.


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Photo Basel | Stay small, stay relevant

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.


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Carmen Argote | Architecture of emotions

Born in Mexico in 1981, Carmen Argote is a multidisciplinary artist, whose practice, combining installation, painting, photography and video, explores the delicate and complex notion of home.


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June 8 | Prep for upcoming fairs gets well underway

The upcoming edition of New York’s 2018 Armory Show looks set to focus on contemporary curatorial discourses, whilst PULSE Art Fair take on Katelijne De Backer as new director of the Miami fair.


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Finalists unveiled for Le Prix Ricard’s 19th edition

The Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard has just announced the six finalists of its eponymous award this year — with a parity of men and women.


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June 7 | Women dominate Canada’s 2017 Sobey Art Award shortlist

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. For this edition, "in groups versus out groups" emerged as the flavor of the week...


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June 6 | Artist Pope.L takes home the Whitney Biennial’s Bucksbaum Award

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.


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June 2 | Louise Blouin to turn employees into contract freelance workers

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.


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The Abraaj Group Art Prize names Myriam Ben Salah curator of its 2018 edition

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.


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June 1 | Disappearing art work draws attention to disappearing refugees at Documenta 14

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.


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May 31 | Exciting details revealed for Prospect New Orleans and Contemporary Istanbul

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.


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Google and Rhizome team up to preserve digital art

Over the last two decades, Rhizome spearheaded new media art, becoming the leading international-born digital art organization in the field.


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May 30 | Parisian African art museum abandons permanent space

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.”


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Block Universe returns to London, bringing performance to the forefront

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.


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Navigating Cuba’s evolving art scene | Festival On/Off Cuba Video

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.


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May 29 | Tate 2018

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


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May 26 | Riopelle explodes at auction

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).


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One Artist, One Studio | Jad El Khoury, memories carved in stone

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.


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Music takes centre stage at FRAC and LAAC

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.


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May 25 | The NEA prepares to close down

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.


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May 24 | Coming and goings in New York

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.


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Maja Smrekar and Lisa Buttinger awarded the Prix Ars Electronica 2017

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.


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May 23 | ‘Stable and strong my arse’

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, surveying the New York evening sales for meaningful activity...


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May 22 | The Frick Collection at the forefront of digitization

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.


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Sunyoung HWANG | naïveté series

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.


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May 19 | Basquiat becomes the most expensive US artist with $110.5 record at Sotheby’s

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.


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Dana Lixenberg awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation 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.”


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One Artist, One Studio | Samuel Yal, seeking the gold of time

Born in 1982, Samuel Yal lives and works in Saint-Cloud — occupying a little studio, suitable for the delicate and fragile work he creates.


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May 18 | Lisbon, a new safe-haven for gallerists?

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?


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Has Photo London (finally) caught up with its Paris counterpart?

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.


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May 17 | Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale ruffles some feathers

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.


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The highs (and lows) of Sotheby’s debut African Art Sale

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.


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May 16 | At Christie’s, a Brancusi bronze fetches a record-breaking $57.4 million

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, stories that raise hard questions about what the art market is and isn't…


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May 15 | Anne Imhof steals the show, and the prize at the 57th Venice Biennale

German artist Anne Imhof holds the attention of the contemporary art world, winning on Saturday the Golden Lion for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


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At the Giardini, the Venice Biennale delivers well beyond the “Viva Arte Viva” motto

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.


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Jean Boghossian, Armenian Pavilion | Venice Biennale

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.


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May 11 | National Gallery of Canada receives a $12 million bequest

This week new artist-gallery collaborations are established, while others come to an end.


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Dirk Braeckman, Belgian Pavilion | Venice Biennale

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.


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May 9 | New York mayor to dedicate city’s arts budget to smaller municipal institutions

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. Reviewing a week of dubious solutions around the industry…


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Domesticated Generation | Operating on the outskirts of the system

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.


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Chang KAI-CHUN | naïveté series

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.


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One artist, One studio | Kasper de Vos and snacking culture

Kasper de Vos is a young artist from Antwerp, currently in residence at the prestigious Hoger Instituut Voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Gent, whose doors are open to the public this May.


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May 5 | Richard Mosse takes home the 2017 prix Pictet

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.


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African Art and its Representation in the Western World | An interview with 1:54 Founder Touria El G

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.


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May 4 | Dynamic jury in place for upcoming Venice Biennale

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.


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May 3 | 2017 Turner Prize nominees

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.


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Contesting power and expectation | The artists of Belarus

Since February, a series of significant protests in Belarus have lead to a violent, heavy-handed response by authorities, leading to numerous arrests.


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May 2 | NEA awarded $2 million budget boost

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.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, three cases of the industry treating an extreme as the new normal…


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Asuka Anastasia OGAWA | naïveté series

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.


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Three-month Safe Haven Residency Scheme launched by Artists At Risk in UK

Artists At Risk have announced an open call for their new three-month artist residency program located at Wysing Arts Centre, just outside of Cambridge, UK.


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April 28 | Animal sacrifice for the arts

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.


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One artist, One studio | Aurélie Dubois, artist on duty

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.


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April 27 | Laboratoire Agit’Art founder, Issa Samb, passes at 71

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.


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FairsPeople

Art Cologne 2017 | The world’s oldest fair battles with newcomers

For the 51st edition of Art Cologne, the oldest art fair in the world appears more dynamic and international than ever.


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April 26 | Public review demanded of Herzog & de Meuron's Berlin Museum of Modern Art

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.


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PeopleAwards

April 25 | New cross-platform art production studio set up in LA

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.


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One artist, one studio — Part 2

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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April 24 | The NEA releases report on the economic impact of the arts in the US

Good news for the arts in the US, as the NEA notes a positive increase of arts and cultural workers throughout the country. Over in Paris, artist William Kentridge sees a work on paper go at auction for a top price.


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Art Cologne, beyond the convention center

Despite having had a stable foothold on the market since 1967, Art Cologne is still innovating, with a number of new initiatives appearing in recent years, as well as the appearance of concurrent events — notably since the arrival of Daniel Hug, oft-credited with the revivification of the veteran fair.


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Brussels | the exhibitions to see in the coming months

Art Brussels, Independent and Poppositions wrapped up on Sunday for another year, yet the Belgian capital continues to put on an impressive show. The fairs may have packed up but there is still time to tour the city’s burgeoning local scene with high quality exhibitions from non-profits, private foundations and commercial galleries.


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Brussels art week, a tale of two cities

As the art world convenes in the Belgian, and de facto European, capital for the most important week of the Brusselian art calendar, we see the persistence of Art Brussels’ white cube formula with big names, big collectors and most likely big sales, with a handful of booths standing out — Selma Feriani, The Hole NYC and Nathalie Obadia, (with two booths one which features work by Laure Prouvost in the SOLO section) — and very little surprises.


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21 April | Karen Archey leaves e-flux for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum

From new appointments and representations at the Stedelijk Museum and at Malborough Contemporary to international recognition for two artists, one at the end of his career, the other just beginning to consolidate her status in the art world.


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Art-O-Rama reveals exhibitor list for 11th edition

From August 25 through 27, la Friche de la Belle de Mai in Marseille will once again host the 11th edition of Art-O-Rama.


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Seema MATTU | naïveté series

Seema Mattu, 23, was born in Birmingham, UK, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL in London last year, 2016.


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naïveté | A series on up-and-coming young artists

Fertile ideas, distinctive voices


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One artist, One studio | Benitha Perciyal

Benitha Perciyal is a young artist from Chennai (formerly Madras) in the Tamil Nadu region of south India. Such a geographical location proves a complex one for artists in a country where much is centralized in the north.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, begging to differ with some of the finer points of good industry reportage...


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Do we no longer care for criticism? And other reflections on journalism within the arts

FAKE NEWS journalism in the art world


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April 20 | A $65 million Basquiat to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s

It’s business as usual for the art market: big galleries continue to expand and to represent more and more prestigious artist estates, whilst at auctions, records are — of course — made to be broken.


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April 19 | The art world says goodbye to two major figures

Two major figures from the art world have died this week, an artist and a gallerist from each side of the Atlantic. In other news, the Oran Biennale will take place in July following its hiatus.


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April 18 | A new Brussels space for Clearing gallery

One of China’s most respectable institutions for contemporary art is going through a rough patch, whilst London can claim a victory for gender equality in the arts.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art —This week, stories driven by the forces of art-industry attraction...


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April 14 | And the Golden Lion goes to… Carolee Schneemann

A pioneer of the happening, body art and feminist art, Carolee Schneemann will be awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. In other news, the New Museum’s newest initiative receives a welcome boost, whilst Geneva’s Art & Public gallery moves from Switzerland to Portugal.


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One artist, One studio | Imran Qureshi

Born in Hyderabad, Imran Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Like the majority of his fellow compatriots, Qureshi’s studies, research and artistic practice were largely influenced by the longstanding tradition of miniature art.


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IZOLYATSIA announces Isa Carrillo as winner of the 2017 Social Contract Project

IZOLYATSIA, the Ukraine’s leading art institution, has announced that Mexican artist Isa Carrillo has been chosen to transform the former site of Lenin’s monument in Kiev, as part of the 2017 edition of its Social Contract project.


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April 13 | Art Cologne and abc join forces for Art Berlin

This September, Berlin with host a new fair, Art Berlin — a joint venture via Art Cologne and abc (art berlin contemporary). In other news, ArtHamptons 2017 has been cancelled, though New York City’s art scene seems to be thriving with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council placing 100 artists in residency programs, and announcing 140 days of free cultural events. For its part, Carriage Trade Gallery is reopening at a new space.


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April 12 | Julian Charrière is now represented by Sean Kelly Gallery

Exciting times for Olafur Eliasson’s protégé, Julian Charrière, as he is picked up by art world powerhouse, Sean Kelly Gallery. MOCA’s ex-director, Jeffrey Deitch, looks to be turning over a leaf and investing in a new LA space, after leaving the museum’s staff and exhibition program in disarray in 2013. Whilst, in other news, Dak’Art’s Contemporary African Art Biennale announces open call for its 2018 edition.


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Dallas Art Fair | Capital of America’s Republican heartland goes “trendy”

Over the years, Dallas Art Fair has accrued a solid base of collectors and art lovers, with considerable purchasing power. Yet, it hasn’t exactly benefitted from its reputation as one of the most anticipated events of the art world calendar. Over recent years though, things have evolved considerably — the fair has acquired a larger, more diverse gallery base, with a growing interest in regional fairs.


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April 11 | Protests far and wide, from Athens to Los Angeles

Artists Against Evictions calls out Documenta 14 for its silence on the recent mass eviction of artists and refugees in Athens. Whilst on the other side of the Atlantic, Hysteric Curators stage a protest against the recent opening at Los Angeles’ MOCA of a retrospective dedicated to Carl Andre — who was charged with the murder of partner Ana Mendieta, the feminist artist-extraordinaire. In other news, Hilton Als wins the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art — This week, stories that knowingly or unknowingly steered clear of the larger issue...


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April 10 | Controversy over Crimea at the inaugural Russian Art Triennial

A month since its inauguration, the Russian Art Triennial, held at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, is beginning to draw some heavy criticism regarding the inclusion of Crimea in its programming. In other news, 173 fellowships are awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, whilst Brazil’s SP-Arte draws minimal crowds.


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Against all odds, the Lebanese art scene is flourishing

This year marks the third time that Lebanon will participate at the Venice Biennale since the country obtained a national pavilion in 2007.


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April 7 | Gallery shake-up in Venice, New York and Shanghai

The art world shifts slightly with Victoria Miro opening an outpost in Venice, “gallery of the year” Magda Danysz relocating to a bigger space in traditional Shanghai, and David Zwirner returning to Upper East Side with a new specialist space. In other news, the Baltic states look set to launch first biennale in Latvia in 2018.


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Documenta 14 | Athens, the transitory city host to transformative art

As the curtain is lifted at the immense Athens Concert Hall s, the curators, their teams, and of course the exhibiting artists of this year’s Documenta are revealed in a somewhat dramatic fashion. They observe us — the first visitors to the 14th edition of the event — observing them.


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April 6 | V&A to open new Photography Centre in London 2018

Australia’s leading contemporary art event reveals an impressive list of participating artist for its 2018 edition, whilst some of the art world’s most talented personalities receive awards they have rightly deserved.


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Contemporary African art according to African artists

“African art is a bit like bitcoin: it doesn’t cost a lot” — half-jokes artist Emo de Medeiros when asked by curator Marie-Ann Yemsi whether it is possible — or indeed viable — to define African art.


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April 5 | New York defends the Arts

Yesterday saw protesters in New York take to the streets—objecting to Trump’s proposal to cut National Endowments for the Arts. Meanwhile, internationally renowned American artist, Lorna Simpson, is to be represented worldwide by Hauser & Wirth.


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April 4 | African-American art takes to center stage

With a substantial investment in civil rights’ photographer Louis Draper’s archive signalling NEH is not dead yet, and the abstractionist from Alabama, Jack Whitten, being awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Painting, it’s clear that the contemporary art world is still in the process of re-orientating it’s (tunnel) vision. If anything, the reaction to Dana Schutz’s Open Casket could be read as a response to the new generation of historians and curators who are working to pluck from obscuri


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Philippe Bischof is the new director of Pro Helvetia

From among 104 candidates, Philippe Bischof has been appointed new director of Pro Helvetia and will take up the post as of November 2017. The move comes after six years at Basel-Stadt, where Bischof served as head of the Department of Culture.


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Four exhibitions to catch in São Paulo this month

This week São Paulo welcomes the 12th edition of SP-Arte. Running from April 6 through 9, the fair will see more than 120 international galleries descend on the city that has become the centre of Latin America’s art scene over the last decade. Mega-gallery White Cube might have packed up their Brazilian outpost in 2015, but local galleries seem to be going from strength to strength. Here is our pick of some of the exhibitions that will be running concurrently to the fair.


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April 3 | UK ploughs forward funding the arts in Post-Brexit Britain

With Article 50 triggered last Wednesday, Sky Arts initiates a fund to respond to the implications of one of the most dramatic political shifts in the last decade. Meanwhile, six British curators receive huge sum of £300,000 to help enrich the collections of their respective institutions.


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The Gray Market Weekly

Seven days in the evolving business of fine art — This week, a set of fresh reminders about familiar ideas...


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FairsGalleries

Milan finds its footing in the contemporary art world

Things are changing in Milan. Slowly, but surely. Whilst there is still some work to be done, the city can now finally call itself a leading hub for contemporary art.


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31 March | The Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize announces shortlisted artists

In Porto the municipal prize releases an impressive list of artists and curators, whilst elsewhere Art Paris awards its annual prize and 1:54 announced details of its New York edition.


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March 30 | Britain’s Turner Prize changes the rules

In today’s news, the art world business runs as smoothly as usual, except for the Centre Pompidou, whose 40th anniversary dinner party was postponed due to strike action.


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Anita Dube takes to the reins at the Kochi Biennale

As in previous years, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has chosen an artist as its curator: in 2018, the biennial (KMB 2018) will be curated by Anita Dube.


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Contour Biennale 8 | Justice as a medium for the arts

The Contour Biennale 8, titled “Polyphonic Worlds : Justice as Medium”, takes place in Mechelen, Belgium, until May 11.


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March 29 | Sir Nicholas Serota defends arts education & launches Durham Commission

“Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin collection” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton will go down in history as the most popular exhibition of 2017, but what about 2016? The Art Newspaper has revealed the blockbuster shows of last year. Elsewhere, Nicholas Serota’s priority as the new chair of the Arts Council England is to defend arts education.


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AG Galerie first participation in AIPAD New York thwarted by Trump policy

Having participated in recent editions of Paris Photo and Art Dubai, AG Gallery from Tehran was due to attend their first edition of Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) from March 30 through April 2. The gallery was supposed to be the only exhibitor from Iran, however Donald Trump’s recent legislation has disrupted plans.


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

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


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Kathmandou hosts its first ever triennale in the wake of the destruction of its city center

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


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The Gray Market Weekly

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


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March 27 | South London Gallery invests in Peckham community enterprise

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


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

Things look set to change in London.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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March 23 | Financial worries for Documenta

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


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Taking the Arts into her own hands | Meet Ingrid LaFleur

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


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March 22 | The ever-expanding Asian art market

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


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New Museum announces partnership with Kvadrat to support emerging artists

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


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

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


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

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


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March 20 | Innovation in the arts

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


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The Gray Market Weekly

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


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

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


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

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


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Olaf Breuning | a love-hate relationship with contemporary art

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


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Art Dubai, the “glocal” art fair

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


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East London waves goodbye to Limoncello gallery

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


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March 16 | Trump dumps National Arts Endowment

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


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

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


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

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


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The fluctuations of the Russian avant garde under the spotlight

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


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

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


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Frac Dunkirk: a living relationship with art in Northern France

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


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A new collector residency at London’s Delfina Foundation

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


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

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


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In Maastricht, changes are made thanks to YIA

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


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

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


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March 13 | Culture, the engine of social wellbeing

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