June 2017

Cover Stories

Article date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Venice, Biennale and More..

The 57th edition of Biennale, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA and curated by Christine Macel, chief curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, opened its doors to the public on the 13th of May. The first Biennale took place in 1895; it was an initiative of the Venetian mayor Riccardo Selvatico. Today, it is one of the most important events in the art world internationally.

Lead Stories

Article date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Diamonds and Circles, works in situ, by Daniel Buren A new permanent commission for Tottenham Court Road station in London to open 3 July 2017.
Article date: Friday, June 30, 2017
Rubens House presents David Bowie’s Tintoretto The Rubens House has the privilege of unveiling David Bowie’s Tintoretto. The British rock star owned St Catherine by the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594) for over 30 years. Following Bowie’s death in 2016, his exceptional art collection was auctioned on 10 November that same year at Sotheby’s in London.
Article date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Announces Recent Acquisitions The Philadelphia Museum of Art has announced a number of new acquisitions that will significantly enrich its collection. Among the works that have been recently acquired are: a group of contemporary films and videos and Japanese ink paintings mounted as handscrolls, hanging scrolls, and folding screens.
Article date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
ARTZUID	2017 international sculpture biennial AMSTERDAM	Curator Rudi Fuchs: Mondriaan’s influence on Dutch sculpture! Fifty monumental abstract sculptures by Dutch artists are positioned in Berlage’s Art Deco district in Amsterdam South. The sculpture biennial follows the theme year ‘Mondriaan to Dutch Design – 100 Years of De Stijl’ and shows the influence of the Dutch art movement De Stijl (The Style) on sculpture.
Article date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
The Whitney to receive two key paintings, a Hopper and a Hassam Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, had announced that an anonymous donor has promised two major prewar American paintings to the Museum's permanent collection: Edward Hopper's 1932 painting City Roofs and Childe Hassam’s Allied Flags, April 1917, also known as Allied Flags, Union League Club (1917).
Article date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Architecture biennale announces theme for 2018 The President of La Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, together with the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, have announced the launch the 16th International Architecture Exhibition from May 26th to November 25th 2018 (Preview May 24th and 25th) in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice.
Article date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by Francis Kéré Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.
Article date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Summer of Shorts Premiere Schedule Art21 officially kicks off a summer of programming with Summer of Shorts, which will feature ten new films over the course of ten consecutive weeks.
Article date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Flora Mayo: 2 lives Flora Mayo was Alberto Giacometti’s first great love. The two met while studying art in Paris. He became a world-famous artist; she fell into oblivion.
Article date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Hauser & Wirth Announces Worldwide Representation of the Fondazione Piero Manzoni Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan, and Hauser & Wirth jointly announced today the gallery’s exclusive worldwide representation of renowned late Italian artist Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963).
Article date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Symbolism in Art: The Egg The egg has always held particular symbolic significance, partly because it is a visual shorthand for new life and un-hatched potential. The egg brings hope and purity. It is a symbol of fertility and the circle of life. In some Asian cultures the egg is seen as a symbol of luck and wealth.
Article date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Second Jeff Koons ‘License’ Piece Revealed Following the recent revelation that Jeff Koons had used the work of a Ukrainian artist for the basis of his widely acclaimed inflatable sculpture at the Rockefeller Centre, Artdependence can reveal that a second piece of derivative work has been uncovered amongst Koons’ Antiquities series.
Article date: Monday, June 5, 2017
A New Photography Exhibition is Changing Perceptions of Molenbeek Molenbeek is a unique neighbourhood. An overpopulated area not far from the centre of Brussels, the city has become well known after the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Paris and Brussels over the last few years. Many of the terrorists involved in the attacks have come from this area.
Article date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Rijksmuseum’s 10-millionth visitor spends the night beneath The Night Watch Stefan Kasper from Haarlem (the Netherlands) was treated to a surprise reception by the museum staff when General Director Taco Dibbits welcomed him in person with a unique opportunity. Stefan Kasper was given the chance to spend the night in the Night Watch Gallery, and sleep under the watchful gaze of the guardsmen in Rembrandt’s most famous painting.
Article date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
New York’s new center for artistic invention to open in 2019 The Shed will be a new center for artistic invention in New York. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, The Shed will commission and present new work by artists across many disciplines, including music, art, dance and performance art. The Shed will be adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and border the Public Square and Gardens.
Article date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum doubles reward to $10 million for return of art stolen in 1990 The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is doubling its reward from $5 million to $10 million for information leading to the return of 13 works of art stolen from the Museum in 1990. The increased offer is available immediately and expires at midnight on December 31, 2017. The reward is fully backed by the Museum and its Board of Trustees.
Article date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Iceland’s LAVA Centre Set top Open June 1st The ‘largest volcano and earthquake exhibition in Europe’ is due to open June 1st in Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. LAVA is dedicated to the country’s volcanic landscape and will explore the geographic makeup of the local area through a series of interactive exhibits and educational activities.
Article date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Parcours: 22 site-specific artworks presented around Basel's Münsterplatz Curated for the second year by Samuel Leuenberger, Director and Curator of SALTS in Birsfelden, Switzerland, Parcours returns with 22 site-specific artworks sited around Basel's historical Münsterplatz.
Article date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
British Museum announces Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) has long enjoyed a strong international reputation and is considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. In May of this year the British Museum will stage the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the later years of the life and art of Hokusai, featuring his iconic print ‘The Great Wave’ of c. 1831 and continuing to the sublime painted works produced right up to his death at the age of 90.
Article date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Symbolism in Art: The Pillow Contemporary Chinese surrealist painter and sculptor Zhang Xiaogang was born in Southern China in 1958. Often seen as Avant-Garde, Xiaogang’s artistic life has witnessed several important moments in China’s history, many of which are explored within his work. Perhaps the most defining brush with the political regime occurred during the early stages of Xiaogang’s life when he was brutally separated from his parents during the Cultural Revolution. They were sent to one of Mao’s notorious ‘study camps’, leaving him and his siblings behind.

Interviews

Article date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
“These works productively question and challenge the theoretical categorization of sculpture...” – Mario Kramer, MMK Minimalism is about to have one it’s biggest revivals to date. The Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art (MMK) is presenting a major exhibition of minimalist art from the 60s and 70s. Featuring the work of more than 50 international artists, the show is the first of its kind and features the recreation of two historical installations, both originally seen at the Heiner Friedrich gallery in Munich, 1968. Artdependence caught up with Mario Kramer who is curating the show.
Article date: Friday, June 2, 2017
"It is saddening … that there is some interest in her work, but only in connection with the scandal"  - Maxim Lozovoy Recently, the saying "There is nothing new under the sun" has acquired unexpected relevance in contemporary art. The scandal associated with the sculpture "Seated ballerina" by Jeff Koons caused unprecedented resonance among both fierce opponents and devoted fans of the work of the famous American artist. The statue was erected near the Rockefeller Center in New York and was exposed as being a close copy of the porcelain figurine of "Ballerina Lenochka" by the Ukrainian porcelain sculptor Oksana Zhnikrup (1931-1993). Artdependence Magazine met with the grandson of Oksana Zhnikrup, Maxim Lozovoy, who told us about his grandmother, what she was like according to family stories, about her fate and creative activity, about the sensation around Koons’ statue, and his own views on what’s the scandal.
Article date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
“An artist has a tendency to resolve aesthetic issues in very similar and predictable ways.” An interview with Mike Berg Born in Portland, Oregon, artist Mike Berg has been interested in abstraction since the early days of his career. Feeling connected to countries such as Turkey, Uzbekistan and Armenia, Berg created his own form of artistic expression through geometrical abstractions created on tapestry.
Article date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Primavera De Filippi: "As an artist, I try to challenge the current state of the world..." Primavera De Filippi: "As an academic, I try to understand the current state of the world and I struggle to develop a theoretical framework that can explain the way things work. As an artist, I try to challenge the current state of the world, in a continuous attempt to expand the boundaries of is deemed possible today."
Article date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
‘If a mind occupies the body and the body occupies a building..." An interview with Antony Gormley Anthony Gormley is a British sculptor. He is currently living and working in London and has received an OBE for his contributions to the art world. His best known work includes The Angel of the North, a large-scale sculpture erected outside Gateshead in the North of England. His recent exhibition ‘LIVING ROOM’ was shown at the Xavier Hufkens gallery in Brussels.

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