Dirk Vanduffel

Dirk Vanduffel, Belgium (co-founder, co-editor)
Dirk defines the overall policy of Artdependence Magazine, in addition to conducting interviews. He specializes in valuation and auctioning.

Articles (34)

Chuck Close, Where Are Your Friends?
Article date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Chuck Close, Where Are Your Friends?

American Artist Chuck Close has been accused of sexual harassment and of attempting to persuade women to pose naked for him. The story originally broke in the New York Times in an article in which two women spoke out against the artist, and was followed by further accusations in the Huffington Post.

“I’m interested in the overall physical experience of the viewer – not just a visual experience.” Artdependence Speaks to Karl Haendel
Article date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

“I’m interested in the overall physical experience of the viewer – not just a visual experience.” Artdependence Speaks to Karl Haendel

Artdependence caught up with Karl Haendel to find out more about his work, his methods and his next projects.

“‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’, but at the age of 48 I’m no longer so blessed with that quality.” David Claerbout
Article date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

“‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’, but at the age of 48 I’m no longer so blessed with that quality.” David Claerbout

Having trained as a painter at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, Belgian artist David Claerbout has become better known for his work with photography and moving images. His work plays with the boundaries of both mediums, questioning our relationship to the visual image and asking us to engage with his work on an intellectual as well as aesthetic level. Claerbout’s works often include elements of sound and visuals that create environments that are almost immersive in nature.

Running a museum on the Korean Peninsula
Article date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Running a museum on the Korean Peninsula

“The great privilege of working in the fields of modern and contemporary, is that we can make history be part of the present, read how the present relates to the past and create experiences that allow us to imagine the future,” Bartomeu Mari I Ribas, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea. The MCCA is the National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art in South Korea. The main gallery space is found in Gwacheon city and there are three further branches in Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. Artdependence caught up with Bartomeu Mari I Ribas, Director of the MMCA, to learn a little more about Korea’s flourishing art scene.

“I am probably dealing with the same questions as philosophers, but we express ourselves in a different language.”  An Interview with Alicja Kwade
Article date: Monday, December 11, 2017

“I am probably dealing with the same questions as philosophers, but we express ourselves in a different language.” An Interview with Alicja Kwade

Born in Poland and now working in Berlin, Alicja Kwade creates thought-provoking works that seem to question the very barriers of our material world and our relationship to space and the unknown entities of the universe. Working primarily in sculpture but also willing to foray into installation, video or photography if it helps to explore her themes, she has gained a reputation as an artist who is on a quest explore the very fabric and materials of our universe. Artdependence caught up with her to find out more about her philosophy and her inspirations.

Louvre Abu Dhabi to Display Salvator Mundi
Article date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Louvre Abu Dhabi to Display Salvator Mundi

A few weeks ago, we reported that Artdependence strongly suspected that Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi would be displayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The painting smashed all auction records when it sold for a total of $450.3 million at the Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale in November.

“Each film is so full of fresh, revealing, gorgeous material that I never for a second get bored.”  Phil Grabsky, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
Article date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

“Each film is so full of fresh, revealing, gorgeous material that I never for a second get bored.” Phil Grabsky, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN bring the work of David Hockney to life with their latest film David Hockney At the Royal Academy of Arts: A Bigger Picture 2012 and 82 Portraits And One Still Life 2016. Directed by Phil Grabsky, the film offers a wealth of interview material with the artist, shedding light on his lifestyle, method and inspirations. The film arrives in cinemas worldwide from November 21st, 2017. Artdependence caught up with Phil Grabsky to find out more about what prompted him to put this exhibition together, and what it was like to film with one of the UK’s most renowned living artists.

Why I Believe the Louvre Abu Dhabi Might Have Purchased Salvator Mundi – Dirk Vanduffel
Article date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Why I Believe the Louvre Abu Dhabi Might Have Purchased Salvator Mundi – Dirk Vanduffel

Last week, it was announced that all previous auction records had been smashed as Leonardo da Vinci’s infamous Salvator Mundi sold at a commercial auction at Christie’s for an eye-watering $400million. The piece is thought to have been painted in 1500, but was sold in the post-war and contemporary sale rather than the old masters sale as would have been expected. At this time, it is not known who was behind the purchase.

“What is of interest to me is the legacy created..." - Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Article date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

“What is of interest to me is the legacy created..." - Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Taking place at the Grand Palais, Paris Photo is the largest international art fair dedicated to photographic art. This year, the event takes place from 9-12 November and brings together a diverse range of artists and galleries from around the world. Amongst the 180 galleries displaying work at Paris Photo is Yancey Richardson Gallery. Based in New York and founded in 1995, the gallery deals with fine art photography from the 20th century and contemporary artists. Amongst the artists they are displaying at this year’s Paris Photo is Paul Mpagi Sepuya, an American artist who explores the nature of relationship between artist and subject. Artdependence caught up with Paul Mpagi Sepuya to find out more about his work.

The Imperial War Museum Stages Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
Article date: Monday, October 30, 2017

The Imperial War Museum Stages Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

In times of conflict and war, art can play a valuable and important role. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the world has been undergoing a series of global wars and tensions that are still very much playing out today. Now, the Imperial War Museum in London is staging a major exhibition of artist’s responses to modern warfare. The exhibition features more than 40 artists from around the world including Grayson Perry, Ai Weiwei, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer and Coco Fusco.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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