May 2016

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Article date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

“For me, art is an immersion” – an interview with Clara Feder, founder of the “Dreamchain” project

“For me, art is an immersion” – an interview with Clara Feder, founder of the “Dreamchain” project

“What is my place in the world? What have I accomplished so far, and how can I improve things around me?” All of us, from time to time, ask ourselves such questions. Clara Feder, a transmedia artist with a focus on photography and participatory projects, decided to turn these questions into the focus of one of her research projects: “Dreamchain”. The concept of “Dreamchain” is to invite women from the art world to answer the most present and pressing question of all times: “How can we build a better world?”


Article date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“Art is meant to be about transformation and bronze transforms rubbish into art” - an interview with Keith Coventry

“Art is meant to be about transformation and bronze transforms rubbish into art” - an interview with Keith Coventry

If there is an artist that has managed to address drug addiction, junk food, prostitution and racism in the framework of the Modernist aesthetics and bring it to major galleries, it’s Keith Coventry. Committed to approaching London’s most rooted social issues since the early eighties, he is well known for being one of the founding members of City Racing. The space was run by John Burgess, Matt Hale, Paul Noble, Peter Owen and Coventry between 1988 and 1998 and is considered one of the most remarkable artist-led galleries from the 90s. ... We met Keith Coventry to talk about his recent work, his sources of inspiration and about a time in London when it was possible to run an artist-led space on an exhibition budget of just £100.


Article date: Friday, April 15, 2016

Dents and Abrasions by John Divola

Dents and Abrasions by John Divola

Eight large works by prolific photographer John Divola command the small space of Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica, offering a glimpse into what is perhaps one of the artist’s most familiar obsessions – turning abandoned space into abstract works of art via personal intervention. The works compiled in Dents and Abrasions represent individual pieces from prior series created in the first decade of the new millennium that all revisit Divola’s early seminal series Vandalism.

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Extending Tate Modern: a modest proposal
Article date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Extending Tate Modern: a modest proposal


As they put the finishing touches to the museum’s £260 million extension, you might be forgiven for the following heresy: Tate Modern would be better if they made it smaller rather than larger. At the latest estimates, the gallery draws 5.7 million visitors each year. It was designed to accommodate less than half that number. So clearly there is a numerical need for more space, and there is a well founded belief that if you build such things as this, they will come. If six million people want to visit Bankside each year for the express purpose of looking at art, who could possibly object?

Famous artist JR makes the pyramid of the Louvre disappear
Article date: Monday, May 30, 2016

Famous artist JR makes the pyramid of the Louvre disappear


Invited by the "world's largest museum", JR chooses one of its symbols, the pyramid of the Louvre, to make it disappear thanks to a surprising anamorphosis.

Awards of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition
Article date: Sunday, May 29, 2016

Awards of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition


The international Jury of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Veneziacomposed of Hashim Sarkis (President of the Jury, Lebanon, USA), Pippo Ciorra (Italy), Sergio Fajardo(Colombia), Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil), and Karen Stein (USA) has decided to confer the awards as follows:

Paddle8 and Auctionata unite to form the global online art leader
Article date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Paddle8 and Auctionata unite to form the global online art leader


Auctionata and Paddle8 have announced that they are joining forces to create the global leader in online art, collectibles and vintage luxury. The joint company will immediately become one of the top 10 auction houses worldwide outside of China and the fastest growing company in the sector. Paddle8 and Auctionata share a vision of being the destination of choice for the 21st century collector as well as art dealers.

Zaha Hadid exhibition celebrates late artist’s work
Article date: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Zaha Hadid exhibition celebrates late artist’s work


A Zaha Hadid retrospective is due to take place in Venice, running parallel to the Architecture Biennale festival. The exhibition will present an extensive display of the artist’s work, a collection encompassing paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, 3D models, even jewelry, in addition to plans for unrealized projects and film interviews with Hadid.

World auction record for the work of Agnes Martin
Article date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

World auction record for the work of Agnes Martin


The May 10 evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art established 6 new world auction records for artists.

Cattelan’s Hitler statue sells for surprising $17m
Article date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cattelan’s Hitler statue sells for surprising $17m


The piece “Him”, by Maurizio Cattelan, sold for $17.2 million after a 5-minute bidding war. Lifelike yet caricaturesque, Cattelan’s sculpture sold over its projected range, also surpassing the artist’s previous auction record of $7.9 million.

 "Past and Present in three parts" by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Article date: Sunday, May 8, 2016

"Past and Present in three parts" by Hiroshi Sugimoto


Renowned Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has brought his first exhibition, "Past and Present in three parts", to the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. Sugimoto's works are simple by their form, but complex in their content. For this show, the Museum’s exhibition hall was turned into a deliberately dark space, divided into three parts: the first part contains a series of theaters, the second - the sea, and the third presents dioramas.

Pace Gallery announces its representation of Julian Schnabel
Article date: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pace Gallery announces its representation of Julian Schnabel


Schnabel is known for his multidisciplinary practice that extends beyond painting to include sculpture and film. His use of diverse materials and painting surfaces—including velvet, cowhide, wallpaper and tarpaulin—and his varied modes of construction were pivotal in the emergence of Neo-Expressionist painting in the United States.

Mourning Marisol
Article date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mourning Marisol


Artist Marisol Escobar passed away on April 30th at the age of 85. An artist whose breakthrough show was described as “remarkable”, Marisol experienced an instant recognition that is afforded to few. Nonetheless, she carefully weighed her engagement with the world of art, remaining equally captivating and elusive.

Art Basel presents a new installation by Oscar Tuazon this June
Article date: Monday, May 2, 2016

Art Basel presents a new installation by Oscar Tuazon this June


For the duration of Art Basel, ‘Zome Alloy’, a new structure by Los Angeles-based artist Oscar Tuazon, will be installed on Messeplatz in Basel. An adaptation of Steve Baer's ‘Zome House’ (1972), the architectural structure will house a series of events throughout the week – a second version of the 'Alloy Conference' that was held in 1969.

The Museo Nacional del Prado’s website wins the prestigious Webby Awards prize
Article date: Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Museo Nacional del Prado’s website wins the prestigious Webby Awards prize


The Museo Nacional del Prado’s new website, which benefits from the sponsorship of Telefónica, has been recognised in The Webby Awards (http://webbyawards.com) of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences as the best website of any cultural institution at an international level.

SFMOMA Collection and Inaugural Exhibitions
Article date: Friday, April 29, 2016

SFMOMA Collection and Inaugural Exhibitions


SFMOMA is one of the foremost museums of modern and contemporary art, with an exemplary collection of more than 33,000 works of architecture and design, media arts, painting, photography and sculpture, as well as a groundbreaking 100-year partnership to show the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world’s greatest private collections of postwar and contemporary art.

Lego admits mistake in refusing bulk order for Ai Wei Wei
Article date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Lego admits mistake in refusing bulk order for Ai Wei Wei


Lego has released a statement claiming that their refusal to sell a bulk order to artist Ai Wei Wei was an ‘internal mistake’.

Art dealer Perry Rubenstein facing grand theft charges
Article date: Monday, April 25, 2016

Art dealer Perry Rubenstein facing grand theft charges


The charges against Rubenstein involve several cases in which prosecutors claim he misinformed clients over the selling price of artworks, or claimed no knowledge on the whereabouts of the amounts paid.

JMW Turner to become the face of new £20 note
Article date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

JMW Turner to become the face of new £20 note


Romanticist landscape painter JMW Turner has been chosen to be the face of the new £20 note, which will enter circulation in 2020. Turner has been chosen from over 500 possibilities, which included Francis Bacon and Alexander McQueen.

Port House in Antwerp designed by Zaha Hadid Architects  to be completed this year
Article date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Port House in Antwerp designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to be completed this year


With 36 projects in 21 countries under construction or in detailed design development, Zaha Hadid Architects is committed to continuing this progress. One of the projects to be completed this year is Port House in Antwerp, due date is September 22.

Caravaggio found in French attic
Article date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Caravaggio found in French attic


In a recent wave of re-discovery, a painting believed to be by Caravaggio has been found in a dusty attic in France.

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

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