January 2016

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Article date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Instant Art

Redefining art as cultural product, the two front men of Unit London, Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy appear driven by a desire to see aesthetics as a consumable item, and to give their technologically tapped in audience the opportunity to experience everything as is happens in real-time. Carried by the social energy of instagram and twitter, art delivered by Unit London appears as appealing as music television, in which a constant feed of coloured images, muted messages, artists lead actions, and advertising styled sound-bites, have created an inclusive brand that has successfully taken them from a small space in West London, to a centrally located gallery.

Lead Stories

Article date: Friday, January 29, 2016
40 YEARS OF ARTEFIERA, A SPECIAL EDITION 29th January – 1st February 2016, BolognaFiere Arte Fiera in Bologna will celebrate its 40th edition from the 29th January to the 1st February with a total of 222 exhibitors (28% more than in 2013), including 190 modern and contemporary art galleries (41% more than in 2013), confirming the growth and the international importance of the Fair as the largest exhibition of modern and contemporary Italian art.
Article date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Olafur Eliasson  at the palace of Versailles in 2016 Olafur Eliasson is the Palace of Versailles’ guest artist for the summer of 2016. The work of internationally acclaimed visual artist Olafur Eliasson (IS/DK, 1967) investigates perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He is best known for striking installations such as the hugely popular The weather project (2003) in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London, which was seen by more than two million people, and The New York City Waterfalls (2008), four large-scale artificial waterfalls which were installed on the shorelines of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Article date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Art Los Angeles Contemporary returns for its seventh edition on January 28–31, 2016 Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its seventh edition on January 28–31, 2016, at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, the pivotal weekend in Los Angeles’s contemporary art calendar. Drawing over 15,000 visitors in 2015, ALAC continues to reflect the pace of Los Angeles as the fastest growing art market, with rapid expansion as an international force in the art world.
Article date: Monday, January 25, 2016
Frieze New York Returns to Manhattan, marking Frieze’s 25th Anniversary Year The fifth edition of Frieze New York returns to Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan from May 5–8, 2016. In a bespoke structure designed for the experience of art, more than 200 international galleries will bring together the world’s most exciting emerging and established contemporary artists.
Article date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
New Director of Tate Modern Appointed Tate announced on January 15 that Frances Morris, Director of Collection, International Art, Tate, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Modern. Frances Morris (57) has played a key role in the development of Tate, joining as a curator in 1987, becoming Head of Displays at Tate Modern (2000-2006) and then Director of Collection, International Art.
Article date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Alejandro Aravena of Chile receives the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Alejandro Aravena of Chile has been selected as the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, Tom Pritzker announced today. Mr. Pritzker is Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize. The formal award ceremony for what has come to be known internationally as architecture’s highest honor will be at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 4, 2016.
Article date: Monday, January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie. An Artist who made music David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His androgynous appearance was an iconic element of his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. On 10 January 2016 (just two days after his 69th birthday), Bowie died from cancer following an eighteen-month battle with the disease.
Article date: Friday, January 8, 2016
Annette Messager offers intimate intrigue in Calais Consider if you will the bolster, a firm tubular pillow used in continental Europe. Right now some 420 of them flood the atrium of the Musée des beaux arts in Calais. They flow from a balcony to the ground floor, where they puddle in a spotlit maze. Amidst this intimate nest, abject puppets sprawl, and play out dark vignettes. But although there is a story here, the narrative is as private as a locked bedroom.
Article date: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Art Stage Singapore returns on 21 through 24 January 2016 Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, will return on 21 through 24 January 2016 (Vernissage on 20 January) with a bold new vision for contemporary art from the region. In today’s dramatically changing art world, the Fair’s sixth edition continues to be innovative in market development by matchmaking segmented regional markets and encouraging dialogues about contemporary art. Through its latest programme, Art Stage Singapore references the Roman forum or the agora of ancient Greece, thus positioning the Fair as an intersection that facilitates not merely the exchange of art, but also of ideas.
Article date: Saturday, January 2, 2016
BRAFA 2016 – Flower power! 23-31 Jan 2016 Say it with flowers ... After long months of preparation, Brafa 2016 will arrive in a burst of colour between 23 and 31 January 2016. Under the auspices of the Ghent Floralies, guest of honour at this 61st edition, the glass ceilings of Tour & Taxis will be turned into a greenhouse where various eras and artistic styles form a harmonious blend, like so many perfumes to intoxicate its visitors and guide them from one discovery to the next. A unique occasion to admire several millennia of artistic creation thanks to 136 renowned art galleries.
Article date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Nancy Spector Appointed Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Brooklyn Museum The Brooklyn Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Spector as Deputy Director and Chief Curator. Spector joins the Museum after having served for more than 29 years at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She comes to the Brooklyn Museum as the first senior staff member hired by Anne Pasternak following her recent appointment as the Museum’s Shelby White and Leon Levy Director.
Article date: Friday, December 18, 2015
The Address of Vermeer’s 'The Little Street' Discovered New research in the archives has made it possible to pinpoint the exact location of Johannes Vermeer’s world-famous 'The Little Street'. Frans Grijzenhout, Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam, consulted seventeenth-century records that had never before been used for this purpose and clearly indicate the site of 'The Little Street' in Delft.
Article date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
An Expanded and Transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Open in May 2016 The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has recently announced that a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA will open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016, offering nearly three times the previous exhibition space, featuring 260 works from the Fisher Collection, a first showing of more than 600 artworks promised to the museum, the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography and an outward-looking architectural design that weaves the museum into the city as never before.
Article date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) awarded its 4th edition Prize to the winners December 11, 2015, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) awarded the Winners of the 4th edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize. The PinchukArtCentre Prize is a biannual prize for the best Ukrainian artists up to 35, starting from 2009. It is the first private award in Ukraine, aimed at developing a new generation of young Ukrainian artists.
Article date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Event Horizon by Antony Gormley is on view in Hong Kong British artist Antony Gormley chooses Hong Kong to install Event Horizon, the internationally acclaimed public art project. First shown in London in 2007, followed by Rotterdam, New York, São Paulo and Rio di Janeiro, the project is now on view in Hong Kong. Event Horizon in Hong Kong is presented by British Council Hong Kong.
Article date: Monday, December 7, 2015
Rain Room Following the weekend of the November 13th Paris tragedy I was looking to escape my sadness through an immersion into art and its transformational powers. I thought I might find this by visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see Random International’s Rain Room exhibition.
Article date: Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Munch Museum announces the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award The Munch Museum is pleased to announce that Camille Henrot has been named the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award. Henrot was revealed as the winner of the prize at a cocktail reception co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian General Consulate of New York and the Office of Contemporary Art Norway at The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. An award ceremony will be held in her honor on Munch’s birthday, December 12th, in Oslo, Norway.

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

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