Cover Stories

Article date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The Aestheticized Interview with Mohamed Thara (Morocco)

"The ability to create is first perceived as a rare skill reserved for a few exceptional individuals, and is now considered a widespread and easily accessible phenomenon. This new conception of creation, referred to as the new word "creativity", has taken on such importance that it has now invaded all sectors of human activity".

Article date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Flemish Politicians about Art and Culture

ArtDependence Magazine is based in Antwerp, Flanders, where a regional election is about to take place. We asked the key players in the election to share their views on art and culture and to tell us when they last visited a museum. We also asked what they would be doing for art and culture if they win the elections.

Article date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Elias Cafmeyer: The Choice of Ria Pacquée

Working mainly in video installations and sculptures, artist Elias Cafmeyer creates site-specific installations. His work is often inspired by and placed in public spaces that show a context with the city that contains them. Cafmeyer sees the city landscape as a metaphor for social construction and focusses on the traces of urban development and the signs and symbols that orchestrate our mobility within those environments.

Article date: Monday, May 6, 2019
Is Digital Culture Developing as a Significant Game-Changer in the Arts Sector?

In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the world witnessed the rise of the Internet, dramatically changing our everyday lives. Digital culture has become an effective and vital affiliate in reaching wider audiences and achieving key objectives for arts and cultural organizations. In the last few years there has been exponential growth in technology - Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, Sophia the humanoid robot, and more. But the question that arises is, to what extent has digital culture changed the art industry?

Article date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Zhou Li, Original State of Mind, at White Cube Bermondsey, London

White Cube Bermondsey is hosting a solo exhibition of the Chinese abstract artist Zhou Li, running until 30th June. Nine paintings are on display from three of her 2018 series: The Peach Garden, Wind and Thunder, and Blue. ArtDependence spoke to Professor Zhou at the gallery.

Article date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Beyond Stardom: Museum Barberini in Potsdam Shows an Intimate Side of Picasso’s Work

The new exhibition Picasso: The Late Work. From the collection of Jacqueline Picasso (Until 16th June 2019) which only opened in March in Museum Barberini in Potsdam sheds light on these precious decades of the works by employing around 140 works exclusively from the collection of Jacqueline Picasso (second wife of Picasso), most of which have never seen the public light before and are only known to exist through the circulated photos of famous photographers like Lucien Clergue, David Douglas Duncan, and Edward Quinn, showing Picasso and his wife in the studios of La Californie, in his workshop at Mougins and in their family retreat at Château de Vauvenargues in Provence.

Article date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
The Full Story Behind Leonardo’s Last Supper

'It was just a theory, but I thought: what if the king asked for the next best thing: a faithful copy made by Leonardo on canvas. The latter was a new medium in those days. I started to go through the archives in France and Florence and in the latter found a letter where the king of France asks the Signoria to send Leonardo to work for him for a while. So, da Vinci goes to Milan a second time as the painter of the king, why? Because he’s making a copy of the Last Supper.'

Lead Stories

Article date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Jannis Kounellis's Retrospective at Fondazione Prada, Milan “Jannis Kounellis”, curated by Germano Celant, is the major retrospective dedicated to the artist following his death in 2017. Developed in collaboration with Archivio Kounellis, the project brings together more 60 works from 1959 to 2015, from both Italian and international museums , as well as from important private collections both in Italy and abroad. The show explores the artistic and exhibition history of Jannis Kounellis (Piraeus 1936 – Rome 2017), establishing a dialogue between his works and the eighteenth-century spaces of Ca’ Corner della Regina.
Article date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Birth of the World by Joan Miró at MoMA “You and all my writer friends have given me much help and improved my understanding of many things,” Joan Miró told the French poet Michel Leiris in the summer of 1924, writing from his family’s farm in Montroig, a small village nestled between the mountains and the sea in his native Catalonia. The next year, Miró’s intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, and material experimentation inspired him to paint The Birth of the World.
Article date: Monday, May 20, 2019
4,500-Year-Old Ancient Tomb Discovered in Egypt Archaeologists have discovered an ancient cemetery near Egypt's famous pyramids in the Giza plateau near Cairo, said the country's ministry of antiquities. Wooden tombs painted in various colours and limestone statues were among the treasures found in the 4,500-year-old burial ground.
Article date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Glyptotek Opens its Exhibition 'Pierre Bonnard. The Colour of Memory' This is the first time in more than 25 years that it has been possible to experience a solo exhibition of the French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in Denmark: an exhibition which will follow Bonnard as a modern artist into the 20th century.
Article date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Frank Bowling’s First Major Retrospective at Tate Britain This exhibition offers a chance to experience the entirety of Bowling’s 60-year career. It showcases his sensual use of colour and bold experimentation. The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as the iconic 'map paintings', the visually arresting ‘poured paintings’ made by pouring paint down an inclined surface, and the sculptural paintings of the 1980s evoking riverbeds, all the way to mature work selected from a recent period of explosive productivity.​
Article date: Friday, May 17, 2019
I M Pei, Louvre Pyramid Architect, Passed Away Aged 102 I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102. Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide. Pei's designs are renowned for their emphasis on precision geometry, plain surfaces and natural light. He carried on working well into old age, creating one of his most famous masterpieces - the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar - in his 80s.
Article date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Susan Meiselas Wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas was announced as the 2019 winner of the prestigious £30,000 prize at a special award ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery, London for her first European retrospective Mediations at Jeu de Paume, Paris 2018.
Article date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Jeff Koons's Iconic 'Rabbit' Sets a New World Auction Record for a Work by Living Artist Iconic sculpture sells for $91,075,000 making Koons the most expensive living artist. Rabbit was one of 11 works offered during 20th Century Week from The Collection of S.I. Newhouse. ‘On behalf of the family and myself I want to express our gratitude for the great work Christie’s has done,’ said Tobias Meyer, adviser to the Newhouse family, after the total for the grouping reached $216,287,500. ‘We are delighted with the results.’
Article date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
The First Major David Hockney Exhibition to Travel to Asia is Open in South Korea Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), in collaboration with Tate, holds the exhibition David Hockney, which spans 60 years of Hockney's life - from his time as an art student in London to his iconic depictions of southern California.
Article date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
World Auction Record for Monet Record-Breaking 'Haystacks' Painting by Claude Monet Leads Sotheby's $350 Million Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on Tuesday, 14 May. Regarded as the finest example from this celebrated series, the radiant canvas was one of only four Haystacks pictures to come to auction this century, and one of only eight remaining in private hands.
Article date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
'A Thousand Crossings' by Sally Mann at Jeu de Paume, Paris For more than forty years, Sally Mann (born 1951) has been taking hauntingly beautiful experimental photographs that explore the essential themes of existence: memory, desire, mortality, family, and nature's overwhelming indifference towards mankind. What gives unity to this vast corpus of portraits, still lifes, landscapes and miscellaneous studies is that it is the product of one place, the southern United States.
Article date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Louisiana (Copenhagen) Presents a New Series by Liu Xiaodong from an Expedition to Uummannaq, Greenland Liu Xiaodong is one of China's pre-eminent contemporary artists. His masterly and often large-scale paintings depict scenes of modern life around the globe. Louisiana presents a new series by Liu from an expedition to Uummannaq, Greenland. The exhibition UUMMANNAQ, installed in the Louisiana Modern Art Museum’s Column Gallery (Copenhagen), shows around 12 paintings, 18 ink drawings and a few entries from the artist’s diary.
Article date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
‘Netherlands ⇄ Bauhaus – Pioneers of a new world’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Before commencing its large-scale renovations, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen pulls out all the stops with the exhibition ‘netherlands ⇄ bauhaus – pioneers of a new world’. 2019 is the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the revolutionary art and design school whose influence can still be felt today. Almost 800 objects – artworks, furniture, ceramics, textiles, photographs, typography and architectural drawings – provide a unique insight into the inspirational interactions between the Netherlands and the Bauhaus.
Article date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Venice Biennale’s 2019 Golden Lions' Top Prize Goes to Lithuanian Pavilion An opera performance “Sun & Sea (Marina)” — presented by the artists Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite — on an artificial beach, in which swimsuited performers break from sunbathing to sing warnings of ecological disaster, won Lithuania the top prize on Saturday at the Venice Art Biennale, the world’s oldest and most high-profile international exhibition of contemporary art, beating 89 other national pavilions.
Article date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Portland Art Museum Unveils the Portrait of African American Life: Color Line In an exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, W.E.B. Du Bois presented a remarkable portrait of African American life. A selection of these photographs and data charts at the Museum invites visitors to critically engage with the visual dynamics of race.
Article date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Guggenheim Establishes Conservation Fellowship with Support from Trustee Vladimir Potanin Announcement made in conjunction with discussion “Preserving the Future: Conserving Contemporary Art in the Digital Age” at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, held on the occasion of the vernissage of the 2019 Venice Biennale, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and F Trustee Vladimir Potanin.
Article date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance at National Gallery See the dazzling works of Spanish 15th-century genius, Bartolomé Bermejo. This exhibition brings together six of Bermejo’s paintings that have never been seen outside of Spain, including the triptych of the 'Madonna of Montserrat' from the cathedral at Acqui Terme, Alessandria (Italy) and the 'Piedad Desplà' from Barcelona Cathedral.
Article date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Three Acquisitions for the Van Gogh Museum Collection The Van Gogh Museum has secured three new acquisitions for its collection: an Impressionist still life by Gustave Caillebotte, a landscape with a house by Gabriele Münter – the first painting by Münter to enter a Dutch museum – and a significant Vincent van Gogh letter, which he wrote to Albert Aurier in response to the art critic’s comprehensive review praising his work.
Article date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Axel Ruger Appointed as New Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academy of Arts announced that Axel Rϋger has been appointed as the new Secretary and Chief Executive. He replaces Sir Charles Saumarez Smith who stepped down at the end of 2018. Rϋger is currently the Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Article date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Moderna Museet Receives Donation from the Irving Penn Foundation The Irving Penn Foundation has donated eight photographs to Moderna Museet. The Museum already has one of the world’s largest collections of Irving Penn’s photographs, most of which was donated by Penn himself.
Article date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Multispectral Scans Reveal Major Da Vinci Breakthrough Multispectral scans, taken last week of a life-size canvas of the Last Supper, have revealed that Leonardo da Vinci very likely painted the beautiful face of the Apostle John. The scans, which were conducted at the Abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium where the painting has hung for more than 450 years, confirm the findings of a new book, The Da Vinci Legacy (Apollo Publishers, 2019), by art historians Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher H. Brown.
Article date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Stolen in France, 1.5 million-Euro Impressionist Work Found in Ukraine Ukrainian authorities discovered an oil painting by the French Impressionist Paul Signac, valued at 1.5 million euros ($1.68 million), which was stolen last year from a museum in France. Police chief Sergiy Knyazev said the painting was discovered at the home of a Kiev man who was also wanted on suspicion of murdering a jeweller.
Article date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Tate Announces 2020 Exhibition Highlights Tate on Tuesday announced highlights of its 2020 exhibitions across its four galleries. Spanning over 300 years of groundbreaking art, the programme will take visitors from the Stuart court of the 1660s to Warhol’s Factory in the 1960s. There will also be a wide range of contemporary solo exhibitions and commissions, showcasing painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation and performance, including Zanele Muholi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Haegue Yang and Aliza Nisenbaum.
Article date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
'Intimate Audrey': Hepburn Exhibition Opens in Brussels Intimate Audrey is a ‘bespoke’ exhibition on the life of Audrey Hepburn created by her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, to celebrate her 90th birthday anniversary in her birth town of Brussels, Belgium. All of its profits will go to EURORDIS- Rare Diseases Europe and the Brugmann and Bordet hospitals in Brussels. Composed in large part of unpublished photographs, it focuses entirely on the woman - not the icon. It is the woman behind the legend who is ‘coming home’.

Interviews

Article date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Interview with Prof. Maurizio Seracini - The Da Vinci Detective "If science can become instrumental in rediscovering the true values of our cultural heritage, and using widespread modern technologies attract the interest and curiosity of new generations, then I can see a new renaissance for the role of art in the future. Hopefully, in the decades to come people will still feel linked to their past if it will be identified as fundamental for the creation of their identity".
Article date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Aestheticized Interview with Laura Focarazzo (Argentina) Laura Focarazzo is a video artist and independent curator, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her works include experimental films and videos. She uses the sounds as a 'script' for the construction of non-narrative pieces. She collaborates with local and international sound artists. She works with her own field recordings and abstract images as raw materials in the construction of her videos.

Symbolism in Art

Article date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Diane Arbus and the Use of Black and White Diane Arbus (Diane Nemerov) was born in New York City in 1923 to a wealthy Jewish family. Despite the prosperity of her surroundings, Diane’s early life was difficult. Her father worked long hours running his own company and her mother was prone to depression, often leaving her three children in the care of governesses and maids. It was a childhood that Diane would struggle to come to terms with and strive to leave behind.

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