December 2017

Cover Stories

Article date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Did Da Vinci and His Workshop Create a Copy of ‘The Last Supper’?  An Interview with Doctor Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Is it possible that a detailed canvas copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, overseen by Da Vinci himself, could have hung, unrecognised on the wall of a remote convent in Belgium for the last 450 years?

Article date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
“My Two Passions Were Painting, And Working With Wild Animals.” ArtDependence Talks to Sanam Khatibi

Born in Iran and now based in Brussels, Sanam Khatibi embraces a broad range of artistic techniques, from sculpture and embroidery to painting and pencil drawing. Dealing with animal instincts and primal nature, her work contains echoes of Renaissance paintings and contemporary themes of power, gender and dominance.

Article date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
“I Shoot All Classes and I Am Fascinated by Everyone in Their Environment. I Am Very Democratic.”  An Interview with Martin Parr

Martin Parr is one of the most recognizable documentary photographers of our time. His work can be accurately determined by the richness and brightness of colors and the “distant eye” angle, which has the power to make you laugh and cry, all at the same time.

Article date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The Monolith: An Interview with Film Director Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., Editor Rosie Walunas and Artist Gwyneth Leech

The Monolith offers a visually striking documentary short about celebrated New York City artist, Gwyneth Leech.

Article date: Thursday, January 4, 2018
M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium) Prepares for the Future

The M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp has installed a new board and is also overseen by Museum Director Bart De Baere and Museum President Herman De Bode.

Article date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Always Someone Asleep and Someone Awake: An Interview with Curator Arlène Berceliot Courtin

The exhibition Always Someone Asleep and Someone Awake is an homage to the Eternal Network of Robert Filliou and George Brecht, a festival without beginning or end, undergoing constant renewal.

Article date: Monday, December 25, 2017
The Art of Blockchain

“The world would be a much better place if everyone made art and no one worked.” – King Julian of “Madagascar”

Article date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Recapturing Nature! Touching Sensation(al) Interfaces with lasting Handsomeness

The powerful paintings of Richard Phillips go far beyond art systems and the representational function of their medium.

Article date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Displacing Reality: An Interview with Alex Prager

The lines between reality and fiction are effectually merged in Alex Prager’s precise, meticulously-crafted images. In her latest series of theatrical photography, Prager explores notions of artifice and congruence, challenging the audience’s implicit expectations with novel twists on familiar narratives.

Article date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
“I am 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.

Article date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Top 10 Art World Stories from 2017

2017 was a year of shocking revelations, hot debate and giant price tags in the art world. As the wider world adjusted to new political forces and challenged the secretive culture of male power structures, the art world was asking its own questions around ownership, originality and patriarchy. Here are the top 10 stories that shaped the arts industry this year.

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.

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.

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.

Article date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Reimagining Perception: An Interview with Leandro Erlich

Global conceptual artist Leandro Erlich wants his audience to do a double take - make that a triple take. An acclaimed master of illusory, large-scale installations, Erlich is currently presenting his largest solo exhibition to date, Seeing and Believing, featuring 40-plus works at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo through April 1, 2018. In this showcase, Erlich fervently questions our sense of reality and the familiar through structured chimera and altered detail. His pieces broadly employ fluid and unpredictable boundaries.

Lead Stories

Article date: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Conceptual Artist Jill Magid Has Won the 2017 Calder Prize The Calder Foundation announced that conceptual artist Jill Magid has won the 2017 Calder Prize
Article date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
At the Innermost Layer Friends of the fine arts in Brussels had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful opening this Thursday at the Bernier-Eliades Gallery , unveiling the new solo exhibition of Kostas Sahpazis, a contemporary Greek sculptor.
Article date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Reacts to Cancellation of Exhibition The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam regrets to announce that the retrospective of Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007), which was planned for this spring, has been cancelled.
Article date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Art of the Year - 1960 The 1960’s was one of the most important decades in 20th-century art. Styles and movements that arose during this time include Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Performance Art and Arte Povera among countless other styles and movements.
Article date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Annual Celebration of Drawing at The Salon du Dessin in Paris 21-26 March 2018 The Art World will once again make its way to the Salon du Dessin at the Palais Brongniart in Paris from 21 – 26 March to take a fresh look at the subject of drawing, a sometimes overlooked aspect of art.
Article date: Friday, January 12, 2018  Look Out, Uptown! Here Comes Downtown! Downtown Brussels is a fantastic place to stay. It’s the part of the city northwest of the central axis, up to and including the canal zone. A bit rough, a bit dirty, but very creative and edgy. It is therefore not surprising that more and more contemporary artists, galleries and museums are establishing themselves in the lower city.
Article date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Art Cologne Announces Participating Galleries 2018 200 top international galleries and high-calibre newcomers from 31 countries: the 52th edition of ART COLOGNE (19–22 April 2018) will host a line-up of exhibitors unmatched in the German art market.
Article date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Exhibition of New Works by Damien Hirst to Go on Show in State Rooms at Houghton Hall A series of new paintings by Damien Hirst entitled Colour Space will be installed in the State Rooms at Houghton Hall for the exhibition Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall from 25 March – 15 July 2018.
Article date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
In Defense of Art, the Fruits of Enlightenment & Common Sense Athens 2018, art under attack: an ultra-right-wing, populist tabloid of low circulation publishes a series of cover stories attacking a work of Public Art which was just installed on a beautiful spot upon the ‘Athens Riviera’, in Palaio Faliro, a part of the coastal area that surrounds the Greek capital.
Article date: Monday, January 8, 2018
As 2018 starts to settle in, ArtDependence has selected 10 exhibitions that we’re most excited to visit over the next 12 months.
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.
Article date: Friday, January 5, 2018
Symbolism in Art: The Pumpkin “I would confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating my mind entirely on the form before me…I spent as much as a month facing a single pumpkin.” Yayoi Kusama.
Article date: Friday, December 29, 2017
Five Modern Classics of Vietnamese Art If you think you know little about Vietnamese art you might be surprised to find out that you are not the only one - not much is known even among art historians.
Article date: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Artdependence Magazine Purchases The Original Seated Ballerina A piece of beautiful Soviet-era porcelain, depicting a ballerina adjusting her footwear whilst sitting on a stall, became one of the most talked-about pieces of Ukrainian art from the last decade in 2017.
Article date: Monday, December 25, 2017
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele at Fondation Louis Vuitton Two simultaneous exhibitions from 3rd October 2018 to 14th January 2019.
Article date: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Blending Visual Candy and Natural History: Damien Hirst's Latest Exhibition Contrasting the playful against the austere, Visual Candy and Natural History offers just what the exhibition’s title suggests.
Article date: Friday, December 22, 2017
Taus Makhacheva is Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year Cosmoscow, international contemporary art fair in Russia and the CIS, announces the 2018 edition of the fair will open from 6 – 9 September at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor.
Article date: Friday, December 22, 2017
Symbolism: The Colour Green English orientalist painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) developed a fascination with the Near East and took pains to represent the sights and the people he encountered in the region in an honest and positive light.
Article date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
V&A unveils new staff uniforms New uniforms for V&A staff by award-winning British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn have been recently unveiled by Victoria and Albert Museum.
Article date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
How the Past Informs the Present: New Vision/New Generation at Julie Saul Gallery History and the present meld in the works of four artists at the New Vision/New Generation exhibit at Julie Saul Gallery in New York.
Article date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Curators announced for 2019 Whitney Biennial The Whitney Museum of American Art has announced that the 2019 Biennial will be co-curated by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley.
Article date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In the Line of Fire: Museums and Art Institutions in California Survive Thomas Fire California is currently experiencing one of the largest wildfires in its history.
Article date: Monday, December 18, 2017
Ralph Rugoff will be the curator of the Biennale Arte 2019 The Board of La Biennale di Venezia, at the suggestion of the President Paolo Baratta, approved the appointment of Ralph Rugoff as Director of the Visual Arts Department, with specific responsibility for curating the 58th International Art Exhibition.
Article date: Monday, December 11, 2017
After fair report on the results of Art Basel Miami 2017 The 16th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach concluded with strong sales and high praise for the new floor plan and show design. This year's show saw the debut of a new floor plan and show design, which was widely praised by exhibitors and collectors alike.
Article date: Monday, December 11, 2017
GETTY CENTER CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY Twenty years ago this month, visitors streamed to a Brentwood mountaintop to see the brand new Getty Center, featuring breathtaking vistas, sky-lit galleries, dramatic modernist architecture by Richard Meier, and the always-changing Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin.
Article date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
500th Anniversary of Jacopo Tintoretto's Birth Celebrated in Exhibitions in Italy and USA In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian Renaissance master Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), the National Gallery of Art, Washington, will present three exhibitions in 2019 that explore the artist's achievement as a painter and draftsman as well as the great printmakers in Venice of his day.
Article date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Five Modern Classics of Indonesian Art The history of Modern Indonesian painting is closely linked to the Dutch presence in the country. For the European newcomers Indonesia was a mysterious paradise, where time had stopped amid picturesque land and seascapes. This was the Indonesia they saw and this is how they wanted it recorded on canvas which meant that state officials and short-term visitors were looking to buy art that embodied this particular vision...
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.
Article date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017 The Turner Prize 2017 has been awarded to Lubaina Himid, it was announced at a ceremony in Hull Minster on December 5, 2017, in partnership with Tate and Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The £25,000 prize was presented by DJ, producer and artist Goldie during a live broadcast on the BBC. A further £5,000 is awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists. This year the Turner Prize is being held at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as a highlight of its City of Culture year.


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.

Symbolism in Art

Article date: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Symbolism in Art: Water English artist David Hockney is known as an important contributor to the pop art movement and is perhaps best recognised for his striking representation of Californian life and architecture in the 1960s.

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