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VIDEO: Time Lapse — Spring Masters New York 2015
13/05/2015
VIDEO: Time Lapse — Spring Masters New York 2015See this year’s Spring Masters New York art fair from above, from creation to completion. Published: May 13, 2015 Read full article here

Felipe Pantone en Delimbo
13/05/2015
Language Spanish, Spain Featured: 0Order: 0Tags: Felipe PantoneMarcos FernándezOp ArtGraffitiVictor VasarelyFrank StellaEllsworth KellyPopular Cities: OtherAuthor(s): Marcos FernándezSub-Channels: GalleriesShort Title : Felipe Pantone en Delimbo Read full article here

Venice: Christian Boltanski at The Central Pavilion and The Arsenale
13/05/2015
Artist: Christian Boltanski Venues:  The Central Pavilion and The Arsenale at the Venice Biennale Exhibition Title: All the World’s Futures Date: May 9 – November 22, 2015 Click here to view slideshow Images: Photos and video documentation by Contemporary Art Daily Link: Venice: Christian Boltanski at The Central Pavilion and The Arsenale Contemporary Art Daily is produced by […]Contemporary Art Daily is produced by Contemporary Art Group, a not-for-profit organization. We rely on our audience to help fund the publication of exhibitions that show up in this RSS feed. Please consider supporting us by making a donation today. Read full article here

Dion Lee’s Artsy Industrial SS15 Collection
13/05/2015
Language English, Southeast Asia Featured: 0Order: 0Tags: Dion Leejeffrey smartNew YorkSS15IndustrialAuthor(s): Nicholas ForrestSub-Channels: Designer SpotlightShort Title : Dion Lee’s Artsy Industrial SS15 Collection Read full article here

Patrick Faigenbaum at Fondation HCB, Paris
13/05/2015
Language English, France Featured: 0Order: 0Slideshow location: Slideshow ICONTags: Patrick FaigenbaumFondation Henri Cartier-BressonFondation HCBParisKolkataCalcuttaKolkataCalcuttaNicholas ForrestAuthor(s): Nicholas ForrestSub-Channels: MuseumsReferenced Artists: Patrick FaigenbaumShort Title : Patrick Faigenbaum at Fondation HCB, ParisHome Top Story: Top Story - English, AustraliaTop Story - English, BrazilTop Story - English, CanadaTop Story - English, ChineseTop Story - English, ColombiaTop Story - English, FranceTop Story - English, GermanyTop Story - English, Hong KongTop Story - English, IndiaTop Story - English, ItalyTop Story - English, JapanTop Story - English, KoreaTop Story - English, MexicoTop Story - English, Middle EastTop Story - English, Southeast AsiaTop Story - English, United Kingdom Read full article here

Q&A With Marie Pok on Jasper Morrison's First-Ever Retrospective
13/05/2015
Q&A With Marie Pok on Jasper Morrison's First-Ever RetrospectiveThe new Centre for Innovation and Design at Grand-Hornu, an old industrial mining complex turned contemporary arts institution, in Hornu, Belgium, plays host this year to designer Jasper Morrison's first-ever retrospective. The exhibition titled "Thingness," which opened on May 9 under the directorship of Marie Pok, brings together key objects from Morrison's remarkable 35-year career — across furniture, kitchenware, and home electronics.  Morrison's designs are respected and celebrated globally for their beguiling simplicity: the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are only two among many museums to have his pieces in their collection. Having worked with leading manufacturers in Europe and Asia, including Cappellini, Alessi, Flos, Magis, Vitra, Muji, Samsung, and Sony, Morrison has developed a philosophy of industrial design that emphasizes the light, functionalist aesthetics of unobtrusive utility. Morrison's philosophy of design opposes what he (jokingly) calls “Uselessnism” or excessive, flashy, and redundant design “which seems to ignore the fundamental goal of being useful.” He instead favors an enlightened “Utilism.” Whether designing a chair, CD player, or a bus station, Jasper Morrison's approach has been to serve function, be truthful to materials, and respect the user experience — even if it means minimal design intervention. The retrospective is an ambitious undertaking for Pok, who has rebranded the former Grand-Hornu Images as the “Centre for Innovation and Design,” making explicit its long engagement with design practices, and re-articulating a vision for the institution. BLOUIN ARTINFO got in touch with Ms. Pok to find out more about the exhibition. Why have you chosen to exhibit Jasper Morrison? His work is the essence of four pillars of design: industrial, innovative, functional, aesthetic (for me). It is not the only way to practice design but it is the purest, and most ‘normal’ way to. In our programming, we usually pay a strong attention to prophetic work, to research that is also poetic. Even if it doesn't seem so, Jasper's works are poetic: they create a special atmosphere. They are whispers (no screams, no bursts). Jasper Morrison has been working for 30 years. Why is now the right time for a retrospective? It is late, actually, if you compare to many other designers that have already had retrospectives. It took time for Jasper to accept (I wasn't actually the one who asked), but I think that he felt that it was the moment. I'm sure it is also a way for him to look back on his work. And the show nonetheless shows only a small part of his output — it must have been hard to make even this selection. For this exhibition, the chronological presentation of Morrison's works are complemented by reproductions of drawings and designs, archival material, and photographs that illustrate the creative process behind each project. What more could you tell us about how the exhibition at CID was curated, designed, and presented? Jasper is the only curator of the show. I quickly understood that it was the only way to work with him: he has a very precise idea of what he wants. His selection of objects was very precise, even for the color and the finishing. He followed a very classic and simple, chronological order, which was very typical of his aesthetics in general. I only insisted on including the picture of The Good Life series, which in my view adds a key to understanding his personality, and his poetry. The displays were made by Michel Charlot, a Swiss designer who used to work with Jasper. They are wooden structures, low-tech but precise and elegant, flexible and easy to travel (the exhibition will travel in Europe), made by our team (we have a team of 10 men, with brilliant carpenters). Throughout his work, Morrison is intrigued by “invisible” design solutions: those that have solved the problem so completely that they have become prototypical objects: unsurpassed, anonymous, taken for granted, “normal.” He articulated his philosophy most fully in the Super Normal manifesto, authored in collaboration with Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, which became an internationally touring exhibition. How has your curatorial thinking aligned with Morrison's own, e.g. in the Super Normal exhibition? As I said, I wasn't curator of this show — I would have done it completely differently. Thingness is very different from Super Normal, but it, too, is an expression of Jasper's thinking. As he doesn't talk a lot about his work, he dedicates a lot of time to writing (Everything but the Wall, A Book of Things, The Good life), to collecting images (A World Without Words), and to creating his objects: those are his ways of expressing himself. The exhibition is part of that: it is a manifesto of his personality. What is your personal favorite piece in the exhibition? The wine glass (produced by Alessi) and corkscrew Socrates. Under your direction, you have made it explicit that the focus of the former Grand-Hornu Images will be design. How does this exhibition fit in with your new vision for CID? We strategically decided to change the name that didn't say what we are doing. We are interested in innovation, in the sense of social and cultural innovation: how to change our ways of thinking, behaving, creating, producing, using. Jasper's work is innovation in small details: in the adoption of new industrial techniques (see the story of the air chair, for example). But it is also another way of looking at the quotidian beauty of things, even things without form. The Good Life series illustrates that very well, that's why it was so important for me to have it at Grand-Hornu. In general, I'm really impressed by designers who are not interested in making one more chair (that we don't need), but that are trying to make new tools. The attitude behind is essential. For example, young designer Jolan van der Wiel, who built a machine that forms his stools with just the magnetic force of his low-tech “guillotine.” He produces himself, and sells directly to the users. It is a new economical model. What sort of impact do you hope the Jasper Morrison retrospective will have in the Belgian context? For an ex-centred place like Grand-Hornu, it is an opportunity to put the site on the design map. We are proud and happy that Jasper Morrison choose our modest design center: he could have done this in London, Tokyo, Paris... No, it is in Hornu... It gives us a lot of visibility that would not be so easy to attract without this fabulous label of quality: “Signé Jasper Morrison.” “Jasper Morrison: Thingness” will be presented at the Centre for Innovation and Design at Grand-Hornu from May 9-September 13, 2015. Published: May 13, 2015 Read full article here

Rio de Janeiro
13/05/2015
Language Undefined Location Website: http://www.arteemdobro.com.brDisplay: Don't displayUse alternative description in place of "Hours" (Edit text below): Directions: Address: Javascript is required to view this map.Neighborhood: Old San JuanLocation Phone: +55 21 2596-1090Admissions: Collections: Has Cafe: Has Store: Has Film: Is Free Listing: Opening Hours Alternative Text: location fax: Guide Landing page: Region on the Guide Landing page: None Read full article here

Sotheby's Solid Night of Contemporary Art
13/05/2015
Sotheby's Solid Night of Contemporary ArtBuoyed by a quartet of $20 million plus lots, the contemporary art market once again proved its marathon mettle in Sotheby’s season opener evening sale on Tuesday, which tallied $379,676,000. The result, second only to Sotheby’s $380.6 million contemporary evening sale in November 2013, came comfortably midway between the $315.1-411.2 million pre-sale expectations for the 63 lots offered. Fifty-five of those sold for a crisp sale through rate of 88.7 percent by lot, with just seven offerings failing to find buyers. Nine lots sold for over $10 million and 40 sold for over $1 million. Seven artist records were set. The result also nicked last May’s $364,379,000 total for the 67 sold lots. Prices reported include the buyer’s premium added on to the hammer price for each lot sold and calculated at 25 percent up to and including $200,000, 20 percent of any amount above that and up to $3 million, and 12 percent for anything in excess of $3 million. Estimates do not reflect the buyer’s premium. The evening got off to a super-charged, charitable start with nine artist, gallery, and patron donated works offered to benefit the still struggling Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and led off by (lot 1) Mark Bradford’s 96 by 72 inch mixed media abstraction, “Smear” from 2015, which sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a record $4,394,000 (est. $500-700,000). Another MOCA entry, Mark Grotjahn’s (lot 2) intensely graphic and impastoed “Untitled (Into and Behind the Green Eyes of the Tiger Monkey Face 43.18)” from 2011, made a record $6,522,000 (est. $2-3 million). Private dealer Jose Mugrabi was part of the posse of underbidders. Eight of the nine works from the MOCA group sold for $15.9 million, topping the $7.5-10.5 pre-sale estimate. On the various owners’ front, (lot 3) Frank Stella’s large, concentric square and prismatic abstraction “Sacramento No. 6” from 1978 sold for $3,070,000 (est. $2-3 million), underbid by New York art advisor Kim Heirston and French dealer/collector John Sayegh-Belchatowski. The Stella last sold at Christie’s New York in May 2004 for $444,300. It was backed in part by a so-called irrevocable bid, meaning a third party outside Sotheby’s made a sufficient offer prior to the sale that would be enough to win the lot if no other competition arose. There were 19 lots carrying full-on house guarantees, irrevocable bids, or combinations of the two, according to Sotheby’s, a significant number indicating the increasing financial complexity and last minute deal-making that rules the auction market. The array of those guarantees represented $230 million of the evening’s tally. “Untitled,” (lot 4) Cy Twombly’s calligraphic blackboard painting rendered in oil and chalky wax crayon on two sheets of paper from 1970 realized $5,066,000 (est. $4-6 million) and was backed by an irrevocable bid. Sotheby’s also sourced a last minute combination of a house guarantee and an irrevocable bid for Andy Warhol’s (lot 6) “Superman” from 1981, an homage of sorts to actor Christopher Reeve and a reprise of the artist’s early and storied 1961 comic book painting. It sold to Jose Mugrabi for $14,362,000 (est. $6-8 million). It was included in the traveling museum retrospective in 1989-90, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, in what turned out to be a posthumous affair after Warhol’s untimely death in February 1987 at age 58 following routine gall bladder surgery. The sale featured four other works by Warhol, including the red lipstick glossed (lot 19) “Mao” from 1973, set against an electric blue background, which sold to a telephone bidder for $14,474,000 (est. $13-16 million). It last sold at Phillips de Pury in New York in November 2012 for $13,522,500, an uptick barely enough to cover inflation. Tonight it carried a combination guarantee and irrevocable bid. Surprisingly, or so it seemed at first blush, a genuinely rare-to-market Pop Art classic, the cover lot Roy Lichtenstein (lot 15) “The Ring (Engagement)” from 1962, most recently exhibited in the 2012-13 traveling Lichtenstein retrospective, sold well under estimate to a telephone bidder handled by Patti Wong, Sotheby’s Hong Kong-based chairman of Asia, for $41,690,000 (unpublished estimate in the region of $50 million). Consigned by storied Chicago collector Stefan Edlis, who bought the painting at Sotheby’s New York in November 1997 for $2,202,500, the comic book poached image carried a full house guarantee. “I thought it was a very important painting, from an important series and a big size, but it’s not a painting for everyone,” said New York dealer Christophe van de Weghe, who watched the tame bidding action but didn’t raise a hand. “Still,” the dealer added, “it’s not going to be easy to find another 1962 Lichtenstein painting on the market.” It’s unclear how much money, if any, Sotheby’s lost on its guarantee to Edlis, one of the savviest collectors around. Another Lichtenstein offering, (lot 14) “Vicky!! I THOUGHT I HEARD YOUR VOICE! (STUDY)” from 1964, a petite but gorgeous drawing in color pencil and pencil on paper, sold to Geneva dealer Marc Blondeau for $1,270,000 (est. $1.2-1.8 million).Asked about the sale as he darted for the bank of Sotheby’s elevators, Blondeau opined, “It’s quite successful tonight and there’s more free competition than last night’s auction,” referring cryptically to Christie’s blockbuster “Looking Forward to the Past” sale. Even so, there seemed little resistance to newly minted, sky-high estimates on favorite brand artists, as amply illustrated by Christopher Wool’s (lot 7) “Untitled (Riot)” painting from 1990 and trophy scaled at 108 by 72 inches. The broken text enamel on aluminum painting, one of only six from the series, sold to a telephone bidder for a record shattering $29,930,000 (est. $12-18 million) and was consigned by the unnamed collector who acquired it on the primary market in 1991. New York private dealer Philippe Segalot was the underbidder who outgunned dealer Larry Gagosian in that protracted bidding battle. “Untitled (Fool),” another Wool painting of the same size and date from that small series, sold at Christie’s New York last November for $12.5 million hammer to John Sayegh-Belchatowski, who crowed shortly after “Riot” went off the charts, “It’s my revenge and thank you Sotheby’s.” New price points were also established for the slim corral of undervalued artists that trade in this arena, including (lot 8) Sigmar Polke’s stunning composition “Deschungel (Jungle)” from 1967 and executed in dispersion on canvas, which sold to a telephone bidder for a rousing and record $27,130,000 (unpublished estimate in the region of $20 million). Larry Gagosian was the underbiddder. It last sold at Sotheby’s London in June 2011 for a then record £5,753,250/$9,207,501. The stratospheric stature of the work of Ab-Ex master Mark Rothko retained its trophy status allure with (lot 11) “Untitled (Yellow and Blue)” from 1954, a shimmering and color-charged composition scaled at 95 5/8 by 73 1/2 inches. It sold as the evening’s top lot to another telephone bidder for $46,450,000  (est. $40-60 million). It came to market with an irrevocable bid and a fascinating provenance in that it formerly belonged to Christie’s owner Francois Pinault, who exhibited it at Palazzo Grassi in 2006 in the exhibition “Where Are We Going? Selections from the Francois Pinault Collection.” (The answer: to market, to market.) Pinault had acquired the Rothko as well as two others from Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, the widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon, in an undated private transaction, and subsequently sold this beautiful example to tonight’s consignor. Sotheby’s, serially haunted by Christie’s dominance in the Post-War/Contemporary field, must be chuckling in its resale coup. The radiant image, in pale gold and sea blue colors, exudes a magisterial and meditative atmosphere. In the same Ab-Ex neighborhood, a small but potent Jackson Pollock square format composition on Masonite, (lot 31) “Number 12, 1950,” staccato splattered in oil, enamel, and aluminum paint, sold to a telephone bidder for $18,282,000 (est. $15-20 million). In that same revered camp, Willem de Kooning’s (lot 38) relatively late and decidedly luscious “Untitled” painting from 1977 sold to the telephone for $6,074,000, painfully shy of its $8-12 million and guaranteed by Sotheby’s. Though very few women artists seem to make the cut for major evening sales, Yayoi Kusama’s (lot 17) signature, white monochrome, “Interminable Net #3” from 1959 and painted the year after her arrival in New York, sold for $5,850,000 (est. $5-7 million). New York dealer Ann Freedman was the underbidder. On the European, Postwar side, Yves Klein’s (lot 33) sponge and pebble studded abstraction, “Accord Bleu (RE 52)” from 1958 and boasting the artist’s patented IKB dry pigment on board, realized $8,986,000 (est. $8-12 million). It last sold at Christie’s New York in November 2012 for $7,586,500, testing the investment strategy that some folks see as treating art as an alternative asset class. It remains a risk-tinged investment. Though difficult to distinguish its standing in the huge repertoire of large-scaled Gerhard Richter abstracts, (lot 22) “Abstraktes Bild (780-4)” from 1992 sold to Patti Wong’s telephone for $28,250,000 (unpublished estimate in the region of $30 million). It last sold at Sotheby’s New York in November 2010 for $11,282,500. Back to these East Coast shores, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (lot 27) early, pugilist inspired composition “World Crown” from 1981, featuring a skeletal pair of boxing gloved contestants duking it out, sold to a telephone bidder for $11,450,000 (est. $7-10 million) and was consigned by the collector who bought it from the Gracie Mansion Gallery in 1981. Of more recent vintage, (lot 40) David Hammons’ large-scale, mixed media work “Untitled” from 2010, featuring an abstract painting camouflaged by a torn, translucent plastic curtain and recently featured in his White Cube solo show last October in London, sold for $2,290,000 (est. $2-3 million). On a smaller (lot 10) and almost old-fashioned note, “White Yellow,” an early and rare-to-market Ellsworth Kelly painting from the collection of Parisian Marcel Brient and dated 1957, sold to New York private dealer Liz Klein for $1,210,000. Christophe van de Weghe was the underbidder. “They’re rare,” said Klein as she exited the packed salesroom, “and a lot of the early work is in museum collections. He’s certainly one of the important living American artists.” Asked about the tenor of the sale, Klein, who bought the Kelly for an American client, noted, “There’s a lot of money sloshing around and it’s difficult for traditional collectors who’ve been around to compete for material. It’s a pay to play world now.” The evening action resumes at Christie’s on Wednesday with Postwar and Contemporary art. Select Photo Gallery: Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction Published: May 13, 2015 Read full article here

Bernar Venet at Art Plural Gallery
13/05/2015
Language English, Southeast Asia Featured: 0Order: 0Slideshow location: Slideshow ICONAuthor(s): BLOUIN ARTINFOSub-Channels: GalleriesReviewsReferenced Artists: Bernar VenetShort Title : Bernar Venet at Art Plural Gallery Read full article here

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction
13/05/2015
Language English Featured: 0Order: 0Author(s): Jacqueline MermeaSub-Channels: AuctionsShort Title : Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction Read full article here

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