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TEFAF Reveals Roster of Exhibitors for Inaugural New York Fair

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) has announced the lineup of exhibitors at its debut New York outing, to be organized in collaboration with ArtVest Partners. Major Old Masters and antiquities dealers such as Colnaghi (London and Madrid), Dickinson (London and New York), and Talabardon & Gautier (Paris) will bring their wares.   [caption id="attachment_1120" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Inside the Park Avenue Armory.[/caption] Slated to take place at Park Avenue Armory from October 21–October 26, 2016, TEFAF's first New York outing will feature 93 international dealers of art, design, furniture, and jewelry. Exhibitors will appear throughout not only the Armory's huge central hall, but also in the venue's first- and second-floor period rooms. The renowned fair announced its expansion in February, stating that it would grow not...

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Who to Network With at Art Basel

The international art fair carousel stops in Switzerland in June, where over 200 galleries, collectors, museum curators, and various hangers-on land at Art Basel for the 46th edition of the renowned fair. Because the sheer size of the event can be overwhelming and the crowds can be difficult to navigate, we've prepared a condensed guide to the movers and shakers to sidle up to, or at least exchange business cards with, if you want to give your Rolodex a boost. [caption id="attachment_1103" align="aligncenter" width="598"] Art Basel in Basel 2015.[/caption]   Who to Network With at Art Basel   [caption id="attachment_1104" align="alignleft" width="300"] Marc Spiegler, director, Art Basel[/caption] Marc Spiegler, director, Art Basel: As the head of the most prestigious art fairs, with branches in Europe, Asia, and the US, Marc...

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New extension to Tate Modern in London

To celebrate the opening of the new extension to Tate Modern in London this month film production company House of Greenland and digital agency Phantom have collaborated with Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós to create a new video artwork. “Tate wanted to create an interactive video before the opening of the new building,” says House of Greenland founder Martin de Fleurian. “The fact that Tate was built in a powerplant and now rises towards the sky like a sort of temple dedicated to art seemed like a great source of inspiration to us.” [caption id="attachment_1082" align="aligncenter" width="722"] House of Greenland and Phantom: States of Matter[/caption] The set of four videos, titled States of Matter, is presented in a bespoke user interface that...

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Weak market should bring out the best, says Art Basel director

This year’s fair will reflect the art world’s growing appreciation of photography The 47th edition of Art Basel, squeezed between a low-volume auction season in New York and another slim series expected in London in June, opens in a very different market environment to last year. The organisers believe this can work in favour of the art on show at its 284 galleries. “In a market where there are more questions, dealers are very conscious that they have to bring their A-game,” says Marc Spiegler, the director of Art Basel. [caption id="attachment_1037" align="aligncenter" width="618"] Art Basel 2015[/caption] Exhibitors, who may expect a crowd with more curatorial heft to follow the opening of the Manifesta biennial in Zurich this year, do still save their...

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Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro

For almost seventy years Yayoi Kusama has developed a practice that, though it shares affiliations with Surrealism, Minimalism, Pop Art, the Zero and Nul movements, Eccentric Abstraction and Feminist art, it resists any singular classification. Born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929, she studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in the late 1950s, and by the mid-1960s she became well known in the avant-garde world for her provocative happenings and exhibitions. Since that time, Kusama’s extraordinary artistic endeavours have spanned over painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, performance, film, printmaking, installation and environmental art as well as literature, fashion (most notably in her 2012 collaboration with Louis Vuitton) and product design. [caption id="attachment_890" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow (L),...

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ANIMATORS. LIFE BEHIND THE SCENES

Moscow Department of Culture Russian Academy of Arts Moscow Museum of Modern Art The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the “Animators. Life Behind the Scenes”project. The exhibition comprises prints, videos, cartoon sketches, photographs and illustrations, as well as animations, puppets and collages by Russian animators. StepanGrudinin, DmitryRezchikov, AlinaTatarskaya, SvyatoslavUshakov, AlexanderKhramtsov and AlekseyChistov are among the artists present. They are creators of such iconic animated films as “Belka and Strelka”, “Dunno on the Moon”, “Khara Mamba Ru” (a music video for the band NoguSvelo!), “Man and Cat” (a music video for the band Nol), “Wild Swans”, “Ku! Kin-dza-dza!” and others. [caption id="attachment_928" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Александр-Храмцов.-«Доктор-Айболит»-к-книге-Корнея-Чуковского.-Бумага.-Смешанная-техника.-2016[/caption] The contemporary cartoon film originates from newspaper and magazine cartoons, as well as from traditions of comic books. But the convergence of graphic art with the cinema and the ability of the animator to turn a static image into...

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The Far East at ART16: Emerging Greatness

Author: COSHAMIE Since 2013 amazing talents from all over the world have been gathering at Kensington Olympia’s exhibition halls to showcase their artwork. Contemporary art gains more traction with each passing year, and the art retail industry is once again blooming. Despite a minor decrease in the total number of art galleries and fine art dealers across the UK, the art retail industry maintains a lucrative business in over 1,900 locations. The high streets continue to overflow with more than 1,300 galleries, while collectors (both private and museum representatives) are constantly out for new art to buy. Clearly the recession is no longer lapping at the shores of art aficionados’ pockets, and spending power is now beginning to soar – which...

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Contemporary Art as a Soft Power

Author: COSHAMIE Harvard’s own Joseph Nye developed the concept not too long ago, and it was meant to describe the ability to attract and win people over, rather than by coercion, force or even aggressive mass financial rewarding. Soft power uses cultural and artistic appeal, ethical values, and foreign policies in order to convince people to join a particular side or cause. This term is now also used as a tool to change or influence public opinion through less transparent channels, as well as to lobby through powerful political and non-political entities. As Nye said it himself, “credibility is the scarcest resource” in today’s Information Age. [caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="839"] Monocle – Soft Power, Matt Lehman Studio, StopOverdoseIL.org[/caption] Many of us are still...

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Louis Vuitton. Made in China.

It has been ten years since Chinese contemporary art made its appearance in France. Until 5 September 2016, the Fondation Louis Vuitton presents an exhibition devoted to Chinese art. The exhibition «Bentu - Chinese Artists in a Time of Turbulence and Transformation." brings together 12 artists from different generations - artists born in the 1950's as well as younger artists born in the 1980's living in mainland China including Ai Weiwei, Zhou Tao, Huang Yong Ping 黄永砯, Zhang Huan, Xu Zhen and Zhang Xiaogang. Using a mix of techniques and media, drawn from both local tradition and culture, as well as newer cutting edge technologies, sometimes associating with or confronting these, the artists explore the problems of a society that is...

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