October 2015

Cover Stories

Article date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Prisoners of conscience

Amnesty International is an organisation dedicated to investigating and eradicating human rights abuses. The organisation’s work is carried out by people who, as they describe themselves, take injustice personally. Their mission is to campaign for a world where human rights are followed and enjoyed by all. Artdependence Magazine talked with Raha Bahreini, Researcher with the Iran Team of Amnesty International, about the situation that Atena Farghadani, painter and activist, who was sentenced on 1 June 2015 to 12 years and nine months in prison, is now facing.

Article date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Party like it’s 1979: interview with Judy Chicago

As befits the hospitable ethic of her best known piece of work, Judy Chicago would make a fantastic guest at any dinner party. When we meet at her London gallery, Riflemaker, the American artist is warm, whip-smart and given to infectious laughter. You might not expect a beleaguered feminist, who for most of her 50-year career has been out in the cold, to have retained such good humour.

Article date: Monday, September 21, 2015
“Challenge is not to have a sample of everything” - Interview with Bart de Baere, director of M HKA, Antwerp

Bart de Baere gives the impression that combining the function of museum director with the role of curator for the 6th Moscow Biennial 2015 is something he undertakes with rigor and dedication, but easily and surely with great pleasure. Bart de Baere has been the director of M HKA, a contemporary art museum based in Antwerp, since 2003. Bart de Baere talks with Artdependence Magazine about the museum’s activities, its’ goals and future plans. A separate part of our interview is dedicated to the 6th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, which is planned for 2015, and will take place from September 22nd till October 1st, the shortest biennial in the world.

Article date: Monday, September 21, 2015
Casey Reas’ Linear Perspective

Media artist Casey Reas’ latest exhibition Linear Perspective at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown is presented in a completely blacked out space reminiscent of the void of our societal collective consciousness. Upon entering, one is immediately exposed to the wall-scale title piece, an unfolding electronic painting projected onto a black wall that slowly emerges in digital brushstrokes of surreally flattened and warped images.

Lead Stories

Article date: Friday, October 23, 2015
The 42nd FIAC 22-25 October The 42nd FIAC is held in Paris from October, Thursday 22nd to October, Sunday 25th, 2015 in the Grand Palais. The fair presents some 170 galleries from 22 countries.
Article date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
‘Losing the Compass’: the social and political dimension of textiles From a contemporary point of view, textiles are a powerful source of political and social symbolism. Textile crafting such as embroiderers, quilts or tapestries are a universal form of creative expression, present in the tradition of many communities around the world. Their nature as decorative and domestic elements and also its link with manufacturing processes makes them objects of artistic and socio-political representation.
Article date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Frieze London 2015: 14–17 October 2015 The 13th edition of Frieze London takes place in The Regent’s Park, London 14–17 October 2015. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the 12th consecutive year, celebrating a shared commitment to discovery. For the 13th edition, 164 galleries from 27 countries will present the work of some of today’s most significant and exciting contemporary artists.
Article date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
3 Signals to the Mermaid: An Inadequate Reading of Costume En Face by Tatsumi Hijikata and/or Moe Yamamoto It is not a book you can read because it was never meant to be read. The publisher describes it as a playscript, but it seems highly unlikely that anyone could use it without supplementary knowledge to produce the piece it purports to script. Costume En Face was meant to be used by its writer, and perhaps by others doing the same kind of work, to take the work deeper. Period. It is an archival object rather than a traditional piece of writing.
Article date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Epicenter Projects: Inspired By a Crack in The Earth A few months back, in the ink black hours of night, if you were to drive down the lonely desert highway that weaves in and out of the Coachella Valley, you may have glimpsed a strange light scribing the topography of the mountains. If you had stopped your car, curious as to the origin of these crawling spider veins of this electric spectrum over the contours of rocky landscape, you may have encountered two men playing with lasers like two mad scientists.
Article date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Elton John Music: is Love for Lalique LALIQUE, the French crystal maker, is proud to unveil a new collaboration with Elton John. The Elton John Music is Love for Lalique includes seven exceptional crystal sculptures: three limited editions and four unique pieces. The three limited edition sculptures are available from today at Lalique boutiques worldwide, with 10% of the proceeds to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Article date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce representation of the Estate of Philip Guston Hauser & Wirth and the Estate of Philip Guston are pleased to announce jointly that the gallery now represents the Estate exclusively worldwide, following the closure of the McKee Gallery earlier this year. David and Renée McKee began working with Guston in 1974, and will continue to work closely with Hauser & Wirth, the artist's daughter Musa Mayer and the Estate in an advisory capacity.
Article date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Zaha Hadid is the first woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that the globally-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid will receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right.
Article date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Five never before exhibited paintings of Anselm Kiefer enrich and expand The Seven Heavenly Palaces installation On Friday, 25 September, HangarBicocca, the contemporary art centre supported by Pirelli, unveils the new installation by Anselm Kiefer, one of the best known, closely studied and prolific artists of our time, with an artistic vision that constantly reflects on the great historical and cultural issues of our age. The new display, curated by Vicente Todolí, is an expansion of The Seven Heavenly Palaces, a permanent work conceived for the opening of HangarBicocca in 2004 and based on a project by Lia Rumma. Together with the “towers”, now open for the public to walk through, five large-format paintings, made between 2009 and 2013 but never shown until now, will form a single installation entitled The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004 - 2015.
Article date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Anish Kapoor's first solo show in Russia as part of special program of the 6th Moscow Biennale Yesterday, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow held a series of private opening celebrations for My Red Homeland, the first solo exhibition of the work of Anish Kapoor ever to be presented in Russia. The exhibition, supported by Lisson Gallery, London, opens to the public today within the Special Program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and will remain on view until January 17, 2016.
Article date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Fabrizio Moretti: “Jeff Koons will open the greatest world showcase  of Italian art” The twenty-ninth edition of the Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair – BIAF – will be held from 26 September to 4 October. 88 dealers in ancient and modern art, including 27 foreign antiquarians, will come to Palazzo Corsini sull'Arno to display scrupulously selected works of impeccable quality.
Article date: Friday, September 18, 2015
ARTBO, International Art Fair of Bogotá takes place 1-4 October ARTBO, International Art Fair of Bogotá, is the quintessential meeting point for the art market in Latin America. Each year, ARTBO summons national and international galleries, carefully selected to achieve a show of the highest quality, where both a specialized audience and the general public can enjoy and buy artworks. Along with the commercial aspect of the fair, ARTBO offers a varied cultural and academic program which seeks to facilitate access to, and create new audiences for art. 1-4 October 2015.
Article date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Open letter in defence of Anish Kapoor's work This work by Anish Kapoor is universal; it has nothing to do with the King or the Queen, with Versailles or France. Appreciated in 2011 in Italy, it will be just as liked throughout the world, because this work speaks of light, of birth, of life’s journey, of the unknown: the mystery and darkness that surround death. It also tells us that we all come from the same planet and that we have to love it.
Article date: Friday, September 11, 2015
Premier line-up of international galleries announced for Art Basel’s 14th edition in Miami Beach Art Basel has announced the gallery list for its 2015 edition in Miami Beach, comprising 267 leading international galleries drawn from 32 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. 29 galleries are completely new to the Miami Beach show. The fair, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 3 – December 6, 2015, bringing together gallerists, artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and critics from across the globe.
Article date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Kyiv Biennial 2015 under the title “The School of Kyiv” opened in Ukraine yesterday On September 8, 2015 Kyiv Biennial opened its doors in the legendary venue The House of Clothes in the center of Kyiv. This year Biennial presents a new format of an art biennial integrating exhibitions and sites of public reflection, including museums, galleries, academies, research institutes and other venues.

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