July 2015

Cover Stories

Article date: Saturday, July 4, 2015

When Japanese high-tech meets Mexican low-tech: Gabriel Orozco’s new show in London

When Japanese high-tech meets Mexican low-tech: Gabriel Orozco’s new show in London

Gabriel Orozco is unarguably one of the most important and prolific contemporary Mexican artists of the last two decades. Besides this, he could also be defined as a nomad artist and, why not, as a nice human with the ability to talk about his work in a very amiable way. He is a traveller by nature and it is probably this, combined with his Mexican roots, what makes his work genuine and authentic. Orozco’s series of works can be understood as an expression of his vital experiences and as the materialisation of what he learns from people and places he meets on the way. He lets himself to be inspired by the environment surrounding him, with an honest interest that is then captured in his oeuvre.

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Alex Farquharson appointed new Tate Britain Director
Article date: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Alex Farquharson appointed new Tate Britain Director


Alex Farquharson is going to take up the appointment of Tate Britain Director in late autumn 2015. Alex Farquharson (45) commented: "I am delighted to be joining Tate as Director of Tate Britain. As the home of 500 years of British art, Tate Britain has a unique and fascinating position in the cultural life of the nation. I look forward to working with a highly skilled and experienced team of curators to share these histories with audiences of all kinds."

Guggenheim and Dior Announce Dates for the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala
Article date: Friday, July 24, 2015

Guggenheim and Dior Announce Dates for the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala


Benefit Events on November 4 and 5 Honor Artists On Kawara (in memoriam), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Doris Salcedo. The 2015 Guggenheim International Gala (GIG) will take place on November 4 and 5, 2015, and for the third consecutive year will be presented by Dior.

Ai Weiwei gets his Chinese Passport back
Article date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ai Weiwei gets his Chinese Passport back


Contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei made a photo of himself holding his Chinese passport on his Instagram account earlier today. Chinese artist and dissident wrote, “Today I got my passport.”

World première of “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at Palais des congrès de Montréal
Article date: Saturday, July 11, 2015

World première of “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at Palais des congrès de Montréal


From July 10 to October 24, 2015, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will be hosting the world première of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel exhibition in its Espace 1001 venue dedicated to blockbuster extended-run shows. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the prestigious 3-month exhibition, which virtually draws you inside the iconic Italian Renaissance masterpiece. They will be able to admire up close and personal all of the technique and symbolism of Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes reproduced photographically using state-of-the-art technology.

Paris Photo announces its participants
Article date: Friday, July 10, 2015

Paris Photo announces its participants


Paris Photo, the international art fair for works in the photographic medium, is proud to announce its premier selection of 167 galleries and publishers for Paris Photo 2015 at the Grand Palais. The 19th edition is held from November 12th through 15th.

A gigantic pencil in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium
Article date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A gigantic pencil in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium


From July 9, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium present a 5 meters long pencil broken in two, hanging from the entrance hall ceiling. The installation, created by the young Belgian artist Nicolas de Meeûs, illustrates how an artistic creation is directly linked to its context and to current events.

Frieze London 2015: Details Announced
Article date: Sunday, July 5, 2015

Frieze London 2015: Details Announced


Frieze has recently announced the participating galleries for Frieze London 2015. The thirteenth edition of the contemporary art fair will present over 160 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries, from almost 30 countries. Unrivalled in range and depth, this edition of Frieze London will feature some of the most relevant and exciting contemporary artworks alongside highlights including the Sculpture Park, Frieze Talks and Frieze Projects, the celebrated non-profit programme curated by Nicola Lees and supported for the first time by LUMA Foundation. Frieze London will take place 14–17 October in the Regent’s Park, London.

5TH THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Article date: Saturday, July 4, 2015

5TH THESSALONIKI BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART


The Mediterranean region lies at the core of the main and parallel programme of the forthcoming 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, which will be held from June 23 until September 30, 2015, in Thessaloniki, as the last segment of a three part program which began in 2011, under the general title “Old Intersections-Make it New”.

Highest price for any work of Contemporary art sold in London this week
Article date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Highest price for any work of Contemporary art sold in London this week


“Making money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art” Andy Warhol. The dollar ($) is perhaps the most widely-recognised and potent symbol of our time, a shorthand for wealth, power and the American Dream. On 1 and 2 July 2015, Sotheby's offers a museum-quality private collection which explores how this iconic motif has provided such a rich source of inspiration for contemporary artists over the last sixty years.

How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia
Article date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia


The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow, VDNKh and the Moscow Biennale Foundation present the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, which takes place from September 22 to November 1, 2015 at VDNKh. The Biennale will take place over ten days, and then a documentary exhibition about it will be presented for the duration of the following month.

MoMA announces 19 artists for its New Photography Exhibition Series
Article date: Friday, June 26, 2015

MoMA announces 19 artists for its New Photography Exhibition Series


On its 30th anniversary MoMA’s new photography exhibition series widens its scope to 19 artists, including works produced specifically for this year’s edition, Ocean of images. The Series will now be presented biannually at MoMA, with a broader international reach.

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

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