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.
As London loses yet another gallery, Sotheby’s continues to deliver impressive results in the British capital, smashing artist’s records multiple times in only one night. Elsewhere, Kassel prepares to welcome the documenta Institute, whose program begins to be defined.
Lower East Side gallery Envoy Enterprises will close this summer, but not without dishing out some strong words to the art world on their way out. The gallery’s owner Jimi Dams has released a damning, but poignant letter — confronting the art world’s growing relationship with consumerism and obsession with profit-making, and marketing.
Over the years, 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair has consistently increased the number of galleries participating in its London edition. Its fifth edition marks no difference — the upcoming fair in the British capital broadens its horizons even further for 2017.
What distinguishes an established artist from an emerging artist? Good auction results, of course. Top prices are often considered a sign of success — however this premise can now only really apply to a handful of contemporary artists, whose practices have become so intangible or transgressive. Participation in major biennales, works acquired by prestigious museums, representation by important galleries all factor into a contemporary artist’s success. Then, there are awards...
In a show of remarkable equanimity, Ei Arakawa has begun work on a replacement for the “painting” stolen at Skulptur Projekte Münster last week. In other news, André Saraiva a.k.a. ANDRÉ joins the Magda Danysz Gallery and The Sunday Painter - one of the most interesting galleries in London - is moving.
As the death toll continues to rise, it has been officially confirmed that the 24-year-old London-based artist Khadija Saye, currently on show at Venice in the Diaspora Pavilion, was among the victims. In other news, the four German recipients of the 2018 Villa Romana Fellowship have been announced in Florence.
Today, twenty-four year old Andriu Deplazes is taking a day off from the LISTE art fair to go and play a concert in the Swiss mountains. Yet, it was for his paintings currently on show at LISTE that the recently-graduated artist won the Helvetia Art Prize. Selected by a jury of young curators, who scoured last year’s graduate shows for a group of 13 artists to feature in an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Glarus, Deplazes will receive the 15,000 CHF as part of the award.
Los Angeles’ Getty Museum receives yet another huge donation from film industry mogul Bruce Berman, as NEA prepare to shut down operations. They won’t be going quietly however, handing out $82 million in grants in their last 2017 installment.
It seems that the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London is swelling its ranks, after the appointment of new director Stefan Kalmár in January. The past six months have seen the institute grow sizably — with three new heads of departments and now the election of Wolfgang Tillmans, Delya Allakhverdova and Maria Sukkar to the ICA council.
As Sydney’s premier Art Gallery of New South Wales receives a staggering $244 million grant from the state government to expand and evolve onto the world stage, New York’s The Met continues to reorganise its internal structure in the hope of bringing the institution back to life.
Writing this from one of the corridors on the third floor of the Warteck — the former brewery on the banks of the Rhine that has played host to LISTE since the fair’s second edition in 1998 and where H A P P E N I N G has a little table equipped with a projector and some flyers — is quite an opportune place to catch snippets of conversations, and take stock of the fair’s general atmosphere. The mood is jubilant and the smell of frying bratwurst floats in the hot air. Most people make it
Born in 1978 in Italy, Rossella Biscotti currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Throughout her career, she has confronted both present and past history by creating works that explore the collective significance of sometimes dramatic, but always poignant events.
Seven days in the evolving business of fine art. This week, assessing the merits and misfires of immersive installations... Every Monday Tim Schneider, Director of Research at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery and the brains behind The Gray Market Blog, dissects the most important stories of the week from the art market.
When Art Basel opened its first edition in 1970, the complex ecosystem of art fairs was non existent. Now, a tangle of alternative events running concurrently is synonymous with any major art fair. Opened in 1996, LISTE was at the forefront of this movement, with a focus on providing a space for young artists and gallerists while capitalizing on the influx of visitors to Basel during Art Basel.
Born in Rijeka, Croatia in 1984, Maja Čule lives and works in New York — a place where it’s easy to be confronted with several of the themes she has explored throughout her practice, notably the “Do What You Love” culture she takes issues with in one of her latest projects.
As Art Basel announce Astha Butail as winner of the BMW Art Journey Award, Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta are named winners of the upcoming 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards. Meanwhile, estate of the late Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni is to be acquired by Hauser & Wirth.
When Sven Eisenhut founded Photo Basel three years ago, he wanted to create a new platform for photography enthusiasts amidst the plethora of events running simultaneously in Basel every June, giving life to a fair that was both approachable and highly specialized.
Despite the general consensus that women (especially those of colour) are underrepresented in the art market, the Sobey Art Award has triumphed women in the arts with a shortlist comprised of four out of five female artists. In other news, Christie’s looks likely to break records with the charity auctioning of the Rockefeller estate, which comes just months after the air to the Rockefeller dynasty passes away at the age of 101.
In today’s news, Pope.L’s meat-filled installation at the Whitney Biennial grants him a prestigious prize. Just outside New York, the Hamptons lose yet another fair, whilst Tate Britain undergoes a major reorganization.
After reports surfacing that Blouin’s media empire is experiencing financial woes, a total company restructure will see its entire workforce fired and requested to re-apply on freelance contracts. Though they hope to up their workforce numbers because of it — this is a risky move for the company, and might see employees work less hours with unstable pay. In other news, Google update art search engines, and it’s rumoured drag-king artist Diane Torr has passed away.
The Tunisian-born, Paris-based curator and writer, Myriam Ben Salah, has been appointed curator of the tenth edition of the renowned Abraaj Group Art Prize. She follows in the footsteps of Omar Berrada — director of the Marrakech-based library and artist residency Dar al-Ma’mûn — who was responsible for curating the prize’s 2017 edition.
Despite a particularly undermining response from artist Roger Bernat, whose sculpture was stolen from the Documenta 14 exhibition by LGBTQI+ Refugees GR activist group, the event has drawn attention to the exhibition’s use of refugees as casual workers on the project and the large number of asylum seekers disappearing — deported to neighbouring countries, trafficked, exploited and neglected.
Contemporary Istanbul draws in 22 new participating galleries, whilst California-born artist Kara Walker looks set to create a new large-scale installation for this year’s Prospect New Orleans — if it is anything like her last public work, it’s sure to draw crowds.
Despite the growing market excitement surrounding contemporary African art, it seems that art museums such as Paris’ Musée Dapper, long dedicated to the field, are experiencing a slump. In other news, French-Chinese artist Zao Wou-ki sets records in Hong Kong, and Tracy Emin makes a dig at those “male artists.”
In what is a largely unprecedented turn of events, a performance work — notably Anne Imhof’s (almost) universally applauded five-hour performance Faust — was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation at the Venice Biennale.
Considering the tumultuous period of unrest Cuba has witnessed over recent years, and taking into account the current state of global affairs, to call upon poet, writer and philosopher Edouard Glissant (who passed away in 2011) is hugely refreshing. Curator and art historian Sara Alonso Gómez has developed such a project, to inaugurate the first edition of Festival ON/OFF in Havana.
Exciting news coming from the Tate! Joan Jones and Anni Albers to feature in two solo shows in 2018 at the Tate Modern, whilst Tate Britain debuts All Too Human, which will feature London-based artists from the second half of the 20th century, including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, there's trouble in Italy with courts making an unprecedented decision to halt the appointment of five museum directors. It seems Skype calls aren’t substantial enough to secure such prestigious positio
It is hard to keep up with art auction records these days, with last week’s gigaweek in New York totting up a staggering $1.6 billion worth of art exchanged — seeing three auction houses squeeze 11 sales of Impressionist, Modern, postwar and contemporary art into just five days. However it seems Jean-Paul Riopelle from Quebec has surprised audiences far and wide with the $ 7.4 million sale of his Vent du nord (1952-1953).
Jad El Khoury isn’t only an artist who has turned the city’s streets and its urban environment into his own studio, where he has cultivated his very own field of experimentation. He is also an interior designer — he worked with Nadim Karam on the Hapsitus Intern building in Dubai — a photographer, and a sportsman… out of obligation.
Two exhibitions exploring the use of music in art are currently on show at the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and at Dunkirk’s LAAC. At the FRAC, exhibiting artists explore the intricacies of sound and experimentation, whilst at the LAAC, visitors can delve into the history and the use of music in the arts from the end of the nineteenth century onwards. Two reflective exhibitions, each exhibiting a complex point of view.
In today’s news, more comings and goings in New York galleries whilst in Berlin a new art fair is born from a merger between abc Berlin and Art Cologne. Elsewhere, the first edition of the Anna Morettini prize is awarded to Stéphane Thidet.
Another closure was announced yesterday in New York as CRG Gallery, a longtime player on the contemporary art scene, is closing its doors. Meanwhile, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has launched the Roy Lichtenstein Award, the result of a $1 million gift from the Lichtenstein Foundation.
Established in 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica, (AEC) at the crossroads of art, technology and society, has recognized artists hailing from Congo, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Slovenia and Austria this year, with artists Maja Smrekar and Lisa Buttinger taking home the top prizes in their categories.
Posters cropping up around London last week caused quite a stir. With a simple but resonate statement, British artist Jeremy Deller called PM Theresa May out on her election slogan — “strong and stable leadership” — for the upcoming elections, in light of a number of political U-turns regarding economic reforms. The affordable posters, at £30 each, have been praised widely for hitting the nail on the head.
With summer fast approaching, the announcements are flooding in. The Frick Collection reveals the details of its project to digitize a vast number of works, whilst in Germany, Chris Dercon, after his controversial appointment, announces the details of his first programming at the Volksbühne theater in Berlin.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sunyoung Hwang moved to Belgium in 2007 when she was 18, to study at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. This was where she decided apply to Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in London. She graduated from Slade in 2012, and embarked on a Master’s at London’s Royal College of Art, graduating in 2016.
At Sotheby’s, a 1982 work by Basquiat smashes all records. Elsewhere, the Contour Biennale chooses its next curator, whilst 26 artists are announced as the finalists of the John Ruskin prize.
The Dutch photographer was awarded the £30,000 prize for her project Imperial Courts, which she worked on between 1993 and 2015, capturing the lives of the community of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts, Los Angeles. Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers’ Gallery, and non-voting president of the 2017 jury, has commented, saying that Lixenberg’s work represents an “affirmation of photography’s power to address important ideas through pure image.”
With it’s scandalously cheap rent prices, the recent influx of international youth and a growing tourism sector, will Lisbon rise up as a new art capital for Europe? It’s a possibility that New York’s Monitor gallery is taking advantage of quick. Their relocation marks the gallery’s transition from temporary to permanent space. This is significant. With the recent cascade of gallery closures in major art capitals, will Lisbon be able to attract more of those galleries left floating?
After Frieze and 1:54 in London last October, the art world descended once again on the British capital this week for the 2017 edition of Photo London. Running from May 18 through 21, this marks the fair’s third edition at Somerset House.
Despite the faulty start, the sale was said to have experienced a “confident room.” Where the Impressionist works failed to excite, Modern sculptures saw a brisk bidding. In other news... with the upcoming 2022 Doha World Cup, it seems Qatar’s art scene is picking up the pace, and embarking on a huge project—Art Mill.
It was a premier long-awaited. Sotheby’s "Modern and Contemporary African Art" sale took place last night, May 16. In the wake of successful art fairs such as 1:45, the art world has witnessed a surge in attention paid to the continent and its diaspora, creating a certain air of pressure in the auction house.
With the buzz of the Venice Biennale behind us, the art market returns to its everyday business. Christie’s inaugurates a week of Spring auctions with record-breaking sales, whilst one of Austria’s leading feminist artists receives a deserved prize.
The importance of the event — its history, its wealth, its weight within the art world ecosystem, leads to an interpretive force, a desire to find unity and a common path through the myriad exhibitions.
Artist Jean Boghossian has been based in Brussels since 1975, having fled his native Lebanon during the civil war. However he is in Venice paying homage to his Armenian roots, exhibiting at the national pavilion during the Biennale at the Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael, at Palazzo Zenobio, and at Chiesa di Santa Croce degli Armeni, on Calle Dei Armeni.
The 57th Venice Biennale sees the Belgian Pavilion showcase the work of photographer Dirk Braeckman, under the curatorial supervision of Eva Wittocx, General Coordinator of M-Museum Leuven. Happening spoke with Wittocx a few weeks prior to the event.
One New York gallery merger is announced as the city reassesses financing for its public institutions. Municipal funding might be being spread thinner, but one international auction house is launching a prize supporting museum exhibitions.
While the majority of art fairs and biennials have a plethora of satellite, OFF and collateral events, it’s mainly taken as a given that these cannot exist independently from the main event itself. That’s just how the art world is.
Chang Kai-Chun, 28, grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2012, he left for France. After graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art in Bourges, he embarked on his Master's degree at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Kai will graduate this year, in 2017.
Photographer Richard Mosse is awarded one of the leading international prizes for photography and the Swiss Foundation Beyeler announces the details of an ambitious extension. In New York, the Whitney Museum is the stage of important protests.
As contemporary African art slowly but surely makes itself more visible across the world, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, initiated in 2013 by Moroccan founder Touria El Glaoui, continues to distinguish itself as a leader in this endeavor, returning to New York for its third consecutive edition on May 5.
With just nine days to go, the Venice Biennale has finally revealed its judging panel. The biennale looks set to impress on May 13 when it opens with prolific performance artist and radical feminist, Carolee Schneemann receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award. In other news, sadly the East German Neo-Expressionist artist, A.R. Penck has died, aged 77.
As the Turner Prize enters into its thirties, this year’s nominees surpass theirs. In other news, Auctionata have supposedly sold off its assets to Berlin’s Historia Auction House, whilst Francesco Manacorda, former artistic director of Tate Liverpool, joins Moscow’s V-A-C Foundation.
Great news for the NEA and NEH, who are set to receive a sturdy $150 million via Trump’s botched budget plan, after having anticipated their elimination. Meanwhile, the 10th Berlin Biennale fires up its engines, hiring a new curatorial team; and British artist Cornelia Parker is elected as the UK’s official 2017 Election Artist.
Asuka Anastasia Ogawa, 28, spent her childhood in Tokyo, Japan and Petrópolis, Brazil. She moved to Stockholm, Sweden at the age of 16 and spent four years there before heading to Central Saint Martins in London, graduating in 2015.
A hot topic in the news recently, has been the running trend of contemporary artists using animals — for their bodies — in performance and installation work. Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch looks set to stage a performance in Tasmania this June, using the dead carcase of a bull. However, animal rights activists are joining forces with a 20,700-strong petition to halt the event. In other news, Do Ho Suh wins the 2017 Ho-Am Prize in South Korea.
Daniel Androvski calls Aurélie Dubois an “artist on duty”. The psychoanalyst and writer means by this appellation that Dubois is alert, the protector of an artistic duty, seeking to reveal the deeper nature of things, elements that have been hidden or negated. She is always on the lookout, aware of the world that surrounds her.
Sad news in Dakar as celebrated Senegalese painter, Issa Samb, otherwise known as Joe Ouakam, passes away, April 25. However, with news of Jean Pigozzi’s plans to build a foundation to house his 10,000 strong collection of contemporary African art, along with the upcoming inaugural Sotheby’s sale scheduled for May 16, it seems there is no slowing in the furore of contemporary art from the African continent succeeding in the European art market.
In Berlin, Aedes Architekturforum pen a petition demanding a critical public discussion on plans to go ahead with the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed Modern Art Museum. Whilst, in other news, Marisol has bequeathed her entire life’s work to New York’s Albright-Knox Gallery, and Christie’s and Sotheby’s reign supreme in the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.
Tapping into the LA’s studio production vibe, Lauri Firstenberg has embarked on a new initiative — ‘there-there’. The arts production studio hopes to fill a gap, where the closing down of galleries has seen artists struggle to harmonise the production of their work with its exhibition. In other news, Hiroshi Senju wins the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award, whilst the American Academy in Rome announces its residency fellowships.
Artist studios are both workplaces and places of study, spaces where an artist’s momentary passions are made visible, where abandoned works and works in progress are heaped together, regardless of whether they will eventually be realized or left behind for good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In today’s news: Jeff Koons is once again in legal trouble, and this time, he has dragged Paris’ Centre Pompidou down with him. Elsewhere, Jenny Holzer stands out for entirely different reasons: she will be the first woman artist to be featured at Blenheim Palace, following in the footsteps of Ai Weiwei, Lawrence Weiner, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. As for the Royal College of Art, the institution is recognized as the world’s leading in the arts. Great way to celebrate turning 180!
For the first time in the history of the prize, four women artists have been chosen as the finalists of the 2017 edition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie. Sol Calero (Venezuela), Iman Issa (Egypt), Jumana Manna (US) and Agnieszka Polska (Poland) will show their work as part of a group exhibition at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, running from September 29 to January 14, 2018.
Following a 13 year hiatus between 1996 and 2010, the Musée de Flandre has radically rethought its identity, offering a programming designed to both revitalize its collection, and to attract visitors from the rest of France to this commune two hours west of Paris.
Superb sales at Christie's last night in London signal the good health of the contemporary art market, with many records surpassed. In the rest of the news, the closure of a beautiful Australian photography gallery, and a new museum project in Paris for Bernard Arnault.
On occasion of Women's history month and international women's day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has launched and social media campaign #5WomenArtists, challenging internet users worldwide to name five women artists, in order to call "attention to the inequity women artists face" and to bring awareness to a larger audience.
Despite sales having dropped by 40% in the US in 2016, New York’s premiere art fair has still managed to deliver strong results. Elsewhere, Beijing gets its own gallery week-end and New York its own Arab cultural institute.
It's New York art week again, and with at least a dozen art fairs all over the city, you probably can’t make it to everything, logistically or emotionally. So, which ones should you make time for? We can’t say for sure, but Independent New York should be somewhere on the docket.
With yet another Anti-Trump petition being signed across the US, the country continues to respond to its new presidential administration. Elsewhere, New York might soon become a (fiscal) paradise for art dealers...
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England has announced the winners of the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award. The biennial award, which was launched by the contemporary art institution last November, provides each winner with £25,000 towards creating new work and a £5,000 artist fee. The winners will also be featured in a 13-week group exhibition at the museum.
It is our pleasure to present H A P P E N I N G’s first art market study carried out in collaboration with AXA ART. It marks the end of the first phase of our research program and the release of our new product, ARTIST PROFILES. In Spring 2016, we began working with LIST (the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology) specialized in data science and its application. Thus, we have begun to analyze a huge breadth of art world data.
This week, New York readies itself for one of the most exciting weekends in the city’s art calendar. No less than 10 fairs will run parallel to the fair, and there will be something for every taste. But for those who are still hungry for art shows, or who prefer smaller gallery spaces to the commercial feasts of art fairs, we have picked a few exhibitions to see in New York this week.
Several international galleries get things moving this week, with new representations and new spaces being opened. In other news, Sotheby’s and China continue to dominate the art market.
In light of the past year’s global political upheavals, the art world has felt like a rare space for hope, with many looking to art as a mode of resistance in the face of oppression. However, art and the platform it provides can also be used for the dissemination of messages of hate, and the potential for propaganda is the inevitable flip side of the coin. In recent weeks debate has flared up around the subject of a gallery in east London that has been heavily criticized for having an ‘alt-r
Where do we begin? Marlborough Chelsea (New York) and Marlborough Contemporary (London) are now going to be collectively known as Marlborough Contemporary, Art Basel Hong Kong has revealed an exciting film program for 2017, whilst US senators defend the nation’s arts funding, threatened by the Trump administration.
IZOLYATSIA, the Ukraine’s leading art institution, has announced that calls are now open for a temporary public intervention in Kiev on the former site of the Lenin monument, as part of the 2017 edition of its Social Contract project.
Over the past decade, Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene has expanded at breakneck speed. Many of the city’s less affluent areas have begun to feel this change dramatically, and perhaps none more so than Boyle Heights, just east of downtown. The neighbourhood has experienced an influx of galleries in the last few years, but residents are pushing back. Anti-gentrification activists in Boyle Heights, which has long been seen as the heart of LA’s Mexican-American community, have waged a pers
ARCO, Spain’s leading art fair which is now in its 36th edition, has made a name for itself as a high prestige fair with a unique identity. Among the almost 3000 artists exhibited this year, five of the youngest, hailing from Europe, the US and South America, have caught our attention.
We now have more information on the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster (SPM) — the German sculpture festival which began in 1977 and takes place once every ten years in the German city widely considered to be Westphalia’s cultural centre.
Who knew a row over colors could get so heated? But this is precisely what happened last November, when Dorset-based artist Stuart Semple spoke out against Anish Kapoor’s acquisition of exclusive artistic rights to the world’s blackest substance.
Established in 1994, the African Photography Encounters is organized biennially in Bamako, celebrating photography and video produced in Africa. Its next edition, which will take place between December 2, 2017 and January 31, 2018, has recently announced the name of the curator. German-Cameroonian cultural consultant and independent curator Marie-Ann Yemsi has been chosen to succeed Nigerian-born Bisi Silva.
“For a city to be a great destination for contemporary art, there are five key requirements,” says Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the new Zeitz MOCAA, which is set to open its doors to the public this September. “Galleries, collectors, a good art school, an art museum and a great art fair.”
After having attracted alt-right saboteurs, and having cost him an arrest before being shut down, Shia LaBeouf’s performance ““He Will Not Divide Us” has now found a new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Elsewhere, the art world runs more or less smoothly, with new appointments on the one hand, and business as usual for Sotheby’s on the other.
With an impressive list of 164 international exhibitors — including some of our favorites: Galerie Jérôme Poggi, gb Agency (Paris), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam), KOW, (Berlin) and more — ARCO Madrid will be in full swing from Wednesday evening. Should you be hit by fair fatigue, however, we have listed five of the most exciting exhibitions to catch in Madrid, running parallel to ARCO. From the opulent video artworks of Julian Rosefeldt to the more conceptual mute videos at Nog
Last Friday, in the latest attack on Donald Trump by artist activists, a group of several dozen protesters and hundreds of other attendees stormed the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York to demand the immediate removal of Larry Fink from the institution’s board. Fink, CEO of BlackRock, Inc., is also a member of President’s Strategic and Policy Forum – a collection of business leaders who advise the Trump administration.
Today, the art world celebrates the life and work of Jannis Kounellis, who passed away yesterday. In other news, the Essl Collection has at last found a new home and Paul Kasmin takes his first steps in the digital world.
More than 200 artists, musicians, writers and curators have banded together to form an international coalition committed to fighting the rise of rightwing populism in Europe, the US and elsewhere.
Art Basel has revealed its long awaited exhibitors list! Elsewhere in art world today there are some surprises: the Chapman brothers leave their longtime London gallery, and Donald Trump appoints an art historian to the National Security Council.