October 2017

Cover Stories

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: Friday, October 20, 2017
Impressions of enforced mobility. Eugeen van Mieghem and the Emigrants of the Red Star Line

Eugeen Van Mieghem was born at his parent’s inn on the Van Meterenkaai in Antwerp on October 1st 1875. Around 1880 the Van Mieghem family moved slightly further north to Montevideostraat on The Little Island (‘Het Eilandje’), the port area surrounded by the River Scheldt and the docks. The new inn was situated right opposite the building belonging to the Red Star Line, the shipping company that transported emigrants to their new lives in America.

Article date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Abstract Art Perception and the Brain

"Much of the art experience comes down to pattern recognition. Humans are so good at it, that we often see patterns where there are none; such as animal figures in clouds or mountains. The beholder himself becomes an actor of what he sees in art; even more when the painting is abstract. Billions of incoming cues of all our senses continuously overwhelm us. Without the selection imposed on them by emotion and memory, we cannot build knowledge and meaning." - Ioan Sbârciu.

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.

Article date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Claudia Chaseling. The artist behind the grand-scale spatial paintings

Claudia Chaseling’s works are always inspired by flaming global problems of actuality which are transformed into vivid works of art expressing themselves in abstract, sometimes sarcastic ways. Her work poses crucial questions, triggers critical thinking and expresses an art as a comment on the fragile decision point between human conscience and deliberate violence.

Article date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Neuroscience & Connoisseurship in Art - an interview with Jan de Maere

Neuroscience investigates the relation between mind, body, brain and environment. Science demonstrates that we do not have a direct link with reality, only the illusion of it, created by the concepts of our brain. Thousands of elements of yhe observed painting create the stable image in our brain, a subjective interpretation of reality. Since Charles Darwin, beauty is seen as an innate evolutionary instinct, an advantage for all species, from plants to butterflies and to human beings.

Article date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Art on the border: Where Europe and Asia Collide

Opened in 2013, the ZARYA Centre for Contemporary Art is located in Vladivostok, a city occasionally described as Russia’s answer to San Francisco. The city is located in the far Eastern enclave of Russian soil, set apart from other major Russian cities and geographically closer to Japan, China and Korea. The museum represents a unique insight into the colliding worlds of art on different continents and across different cultures. Artdependence caught up with Alisa Bagdonaite, chief curator at the museum to find out more.

Lead Stories

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: 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 ArtReview.com.
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: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Artforum Issues Statement on Publisher Knight Landesman’s Resignation After a lawsuit accusing Artforum publisher Knight Landsman of sexual misconduct was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, Landesman left the magazine. Following his resignation, Artforum released the following statement:
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: Monday, October 23, 2017
Five Modern Classics of Thai Art Official historiography credits professor Silpa Bhirsari with laying the foundations of Modern Thai art. Born in Italy under the name Corrado Feroci he arrived in Thailand in 1923 to teach sculpture at the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Palace Affairs. A decade later he found what was later to become the country’s most esteemed university for fine arts.
Article date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Agnieszka Polska wins the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 On the evening of 20 October 2017, in the presence of State Minister of Culture Monika Grütters, the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie was announced in an award ceremony at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Article date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Beatrix Ruf Resigns as Director of the Stedelijk Museum Did a Conflict of Interest Really Take Place? Born in Germany, Ruf has built a strong reputation as one of the art world’s most powerful voices. But, over the last few weeks, Ruf has been subject to intense media scrutiny following accusations of a conflict of interest in her role at the Museum. Whilst serving as Director, claims have arisen that Ruf has continued to run an independent art advisory service.
Article date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Christie's brings 65 million dollar Leger to auction Offered for the first time at auction, a groundbreaking painting of the early 20th century that marks a departure from the purely figurative and the advance towards abstract art.
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”.
Article date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Audrey Azoulay nominated for the post of UNESCO Director-General The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board on 13 October nominated Audrey Azoulay of France for the position of Director-General of the Organization, replacing outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova.
Article date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Surviving art weeks. What to see in London after Frieze Week Most art lovers in London are probably suffering from a long-lasting hangover this week. All the Frieze Week VIP champagne breakfasts and the late night drinks and dinner might have something to do with it, but this is another kind of contemporary hangover: the art week hangover.
Article date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
 Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017 Now in its 16th edition, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the premier art show in the Americas, with more than half of the participating galleries having exhibition spaces in the region. Alongside a robust roster of returning galleries, the 2017 edition of the show features 20 galleries who are participating in the Miami Beach show for the first time.
Article date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
New Museum Selects OMA as Architects for Next Phase of Expansion The New Museum Board of Trustees, Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, announced yesterday that OMA / Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu have been selected as the design architects for the Museum’s next phase of expansion.
Article date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Can Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi mean a turning point in appreciation of classical art? Without question the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century, this singular example of a painting by da Vinci in private hands will be offered as a special lot in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 15 November at Christie’s in New York.
Article date: Friday, October 6, 2017
10 most expensive paintings sold this week We thought it would be interesting to publish a list of the 10 most expensive paintings sold at Christie's, Sotheby's and Philips contemporary evening auctions (we can only compare paintings with paintings to avoid confusion). We then converted this to the price paid per sq cm in order to see how this would impact the rankings.
Article date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Yayoi Kusama opens her own museum in Tokyo Yayoi Kusama opens her own museum in Tokyo with the inaugural exhibition ‘Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art’.
Article date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
FIAC in its 44th edition  This year, for its 44th edition from 19 to 22 October 2017 in Paris, FIAC will bring together exhibitors from 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Article date: Friday, September 22, 2017
The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces open call! The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art will take place in Moscow from June 8, 2018. The curator of the main project is Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, a young independent curator from Italy. The theme proposed for the 2018 biennial is "Abracadabra."
Article date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sky Mirror (for Hendrik) is a gift from Kapoor commemorating De Pont's twenty-fifth anniversary "We are really happy to have connections with many artists. With Anish, it came to result in this amazing sculpture in front of the museum. We were both in our late 20s to early 30s when we got to know each other. This initial contact has remained over the years; he allows me to visit his studio, we can talk about things - it is not always goal driven and our conversations always remain open and interested." - Hendrik Driessen.
Article date: Friday, September 15, 2017
V&A is the world's first museum to collect social media applications The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), today announced that it has added a version of WeChat (Weixin) to its collection, making the V&A the world's first museum to collect a social media application. WeChat is the most widely used social media application in China, connecting over 963 million monthly active users worldwide.
Article date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Missing Rembrandt: Theft at the Gardner Museum On March 18th, 1990, several important paintings were stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston. The collection included paintings by masters including Vermeer and Rembrandt. Shock over the loss of the works reverberated through the cultural community around the world. Since that day, there has been a continuing worldwide search for the missing pieces, but the crime has still not been solved.


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