November 2017

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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.

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: 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.

Article date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Ecce Homo in Antwerp: Empowering Women Through the Work of Male Artists?

Internationally, the art world is well aware that it has a problem with under-representation of female artists, but it seems the jury is still very much out when it comes to addressing that problem. A study by the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin recently looked at this problem in the German context, finding that women comprised 48% of the cultural workforce in Germany, but held only 21% of the top management positions. Most alarmingly, two thirds of those studying arts and humanities subjects at Universities were female. Clearly there is no lack of desire amongst the female population to engage with the art world. So where is it all going wrong?

Article date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Director of Artissima, Ilaria Bonacossa, speaks to Sofia Evangelou for Artdependence

Artissima 2017 was a spectacle, a happening, a unique experience for all stakeholders – the artists, the gallerists, the visitors – everyone. It was in this most special context that I had the great pleasure and unique privilege to interview the mastermind behind all this, none other than the new director of the leading Italian art fair, Ilaria Bonacossa.

Article date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Items: Is Fashion Modern?  MoMA Interprets Fashion Via a Modern Lens

Items: Is Fashion Modern? echoes the question architect and curator Bernard Rudofsky asked in his 1944 MoMA exhibition Are Clothes Modern?. In his exploration, Rudofsky surveyed individual and collective viewpoints on mid-century clothing. For the Items exhibition, Rudofsky’s question provides a catalyst for asking the question again in the present day. Expectedly, the answer is complex in both its past and present editions.

Article date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Collecting Digital Art in the Age of Abundance. The Legal Aspects

Interview with Rory Blain - Director Sedition Art: Sedition brings you an art experience for your digital life. Collect and enjoy limited edition artworks, exclusively created in digital media by the world’s greatest contemporary artists. Sedition securely stores your collection so you can access it anytime, anywhere, on any screen, across your devices.

Article date: Monday, October 30, 2017
The Imperial War Museum Stages Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11

In times of conflict and war, art can play a valuable and important role. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the world has been undergoing a series of global wars and tensions that are still very much playing out today. Now, the Imperial War Museum in London is staging a major exhibition of artist’s responses to modern warfare. The exhibition features more than 40 artists from around the world including Grayson Perry, Ai Weiwei, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer and Coco Fusco.

Article date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Winners of Photo Kyiv 2017 Contest: an interview with Yana Shcherbakova and Oleksandr Navrotskyi

The first edition of Photo Kyiv, International Art Fair, dedicated exclusively to photography, will take place 2-5 November 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Among its activities was a Contest for Young Photographers in two nominations: art and documentary photography. Two winners were selected – Yana Shcherbakova in documentary photography and Oleksandr Navrotskyi in art photography. Artdependence Magazine cought up with the winners to find out more about what drives them.

Article date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Jeannie Motherwell: Her Art Stands by Itself

Born and raised in New York city, Jeannie Motherwell was surrounded by creativity from her earliest years. Both her father, Robert Motherwell, and her stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, were hugely respected abstract expressionist painters whose work is still displayed around the world today. They have both taken their place in the history books for post-war art. As the daughter of two artistic icons, how do you find your own path and message in the art world? Jeannie Motherwell has managed to do both.

Article date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Meeting Artissima: a fair of the future

Artissima is Italy’s most important art fair, focused on contemporary art. Since the fair’s establishment during 1994, Artissima is considered one fundamental event in Torino as well as a unique event in the European cultural scene. The dynamic of the fair is undeniable and has a tremendous influence on the local economy. Every year, a huge international audience is actively participating in fair’s events. With more than 200 galleries participating each year, the fair is an attraction for many artists as well as curators for contributing into the re-discovery of the contemporary art scene.

Lead Stories

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
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: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Why I Believe the Louvre Abu Dhabi Might Have Purchased Salvator Mundi – Dirk Vanduffel Last week, it was announced that all previous auction records had been smashed as Leonardo da Vinci’s infamous Salvator Mundi sold at a commercial auction at Christie’s for an eye-watering $400million. The piece is thought to have been painted in 1500, but was sold in the post-war and contemporary sale rather than the old masters sale as would have been expected. At this time, it is not known who was behind the purchase.
Article date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Five Classics of Modern Philippine Art The history of Modern Philippine art is marked by the conflict between the rules and views of the Academy and the innovative methods of the Modernists. The Academic style was established during the Spanish colonial period and followed the rules of the Spanish, Italian and French Academies.
Article date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Artist Hito Steyerl named No. 1 in 2017 edition of ArtReview’s annual Power 100 Artist Hito Steyerl is number one in the 16th edition of the ArtReview Power 100. The annual ranking of the contemporary artworld’s most influential players hits newsstands on Friday 3 November and is published in association with BMW. The eintire list can be viewed under
Article date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Artissima 2017, Opening – Buyers of the Present, Timeless Artists and the Future of Art Artissima 2017 has it all: the good, the tough and the perfect. At the exhibition’s grand opening, and especially between 6-9pm the Oval Lingotto in Torino sunk. Seas of people came to celebrate a wind of artistic change. Young people, thirsty to see, explore, taste and ready to buy, anything – from sculptures to paintings, to innovative and more classical pieces, to virtually any form of art you can think of.
Article date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Artdependence On The Map:  Where Our Readers Reside Artdependence magazine has been online for 3 fantastic years. We’ve also sent 156 newsletters (one every week). Perhaps the most humbling statistic - our magazine is now being read online in 195 countries! It’s great to be part of a global community of art lovers.
Article date: Friday, October 27, 2017
ARTANKARA: 4th edition is upcoming On its 4th year ARTANKARA International Contemporary Art Fair makes it possible for exhibitors to keep up with the latest developments in modern and contemporary art by providing an opportunity to see famous Turkish and foreign artists and art-works.
Article date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
More scrutiny to be imposed on The Stedelijk Museum by the City of Amsterdam As a follow up to the article by Kitty Jackson on Artdependence, we now present you with some exclusive information on the case of the assignment of a new director. The museum board has decided to appoint Jan Willem Sieburgh as the new ad interim business director. He will replace Ferdinand Grapperhaus who will take his role as Dutch Minister of Justice.
Article date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Symbolism in Art: Yves Klein’s Blue In 1947 Klein and two of his friends decided to play a game in which they divided up the world between them. One young man decided to take the animal kingdom, and one the province of the plants. Klein opted for the mineral realm, gazing up to the sky and proclaiming, “the blue sky is my first artwork”.


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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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