Art

ART BASEL MIAMI

Santiago Art December 12, 2016

by Andreea Belba

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The esoteric Miami Beach will reopen its gates in early December inaugurating a more dazzling edition where exclusive galleries, illustrious artists, enthusiastic admirers, fervent collectors and curators will relish on the most refined contemporary art. Prestigious in terms of exhibition space, quality, and reputed artists who look to expand their position on the worldwide stage, Miami is the cradle of endless ravishing events revolving around the commonly known Art Basel Week (December 1st – December 4th , 2016), a bloom of prolific art shows, celebrations, splashy parties, music concerts, film, and design. 

Miami Beach will always make a splash in resplendent art deco architecture, impressive local art museums, fine sandy beaches and a bustling nightlife remaining an exclusive and emblematic haven with a unique variety of influences. Vibrant and effusive, Art Basel Miami will feature all forms of visual arts and multimedia works, the impact of satellite fairs enhancing its notoriety (Pulse with a new dialogue approach between artists, Satellite with audacious projects, Scope Miami Beach concerned in contemporary art market.)

Since its start-up in 2002, Art Basel Miami has continually evolved into an exquisite art fair, a prolongation of the original Art Basel in Switzerland providing a platform for emerging and established artists from all over the world. It is an annual unique show that reveals modern and contemporary art from curatorial perspectives. Conceived as a pivot in the region, Art Basel Miami’s aim is to create a diverse artistic ecosystem in terms of participating galleries, artists and artworks to be mirrored in amazing contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art and installations. Each show is a genuine event emphasizing the latest achievements of each sector enchanting and stimulating the visitors’ imagination and creativity. Moreover, Art Basel Miami will bring forth to a myriad of other innovative stands, outdoor exhibitions, private parties and grandiose openings.

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Galleries_Sadie Coles HQ

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The 15th edition of Art Basel Miami sounds particularly exciting as a high percentage of the former participants will reapply this December but there is also an endless list of first-time participants. Emanating from North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, the 269 outstanding galleries are dispersed in nine sections: Galleries, Nova, Positions, Edition, Kabinett, Public, Survey, Film and Magazines will embellish the main hall, Collins Park and SoundScape Park with paintings, sculptures, drawings, large-scale installations, photographs, and films of the highest quality belonging to modern and contemporary masters, and to emerging artists as well.

Galleries, the highly invigorating sector, will comprise 193 exhibitors covering paintings, installations, sculptures, drawings, photographic, digital and video art. While some top names have renewed their participation, others will make their first appearance such as Altman Siegel, Cherry and Martin, GALLERYSKE, Labor, Pilar Corrias, etc. Pairing galleries will comprise Galerie Micky Schubert with sculptures by Benedicte Gyldenstierne Sehested (b. 1977) and paintings by Mark van Yetter (b. 1978); Maisterravalbuena by Maria Loboda (b. 1979) and Cristián Silva (b. 1969); mother’s tank station belonging to Nina Canell (b.1979) and Sebastian Lloyd Rees (b. 1986). Revolver Galería with José Carlos Martinat (b. 1974) and Andrea Galvani (b. 1973) will inspect the gap between the real and the virtual, Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985) and Oscar Muñoz (b.1951) will explore the impact of language upon spy systems, and Freedman Fitzpatrick will analyze bias across three generations of German artists: Amelie von Wulffen (b.1966), Lucie Stahl (b. 1977) and Mathis Altmann (b. 1987). David Castillo Gallery will display artwork by Sanford Biggers (b. 1970) and Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974) to reveal morality in the context of historical and cultural contexts. Moreover, Vivian Caccuri (b. 1986) and Jaime Lauriano (b. 1985) at Galeria Leme will convey the dynamics between Brazil and Africa, whereas at Travesía Cuatro, Sara Ramo (b. 1975) and Mateo López (b. 1978) will explore the language of objects. 

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Galleries_Goodman Gallery

Nova, the fresh sector, will host 35 new galleries exposing vivid paintings of maximum three artists. Edouard Malingue Gallery and Wong Ping’s film, House of Gaga with Josef Strau, Vivian Suter, and Nanzuka range among newcomers. Dedicated mainly to young galleries, Nova will also showcase works by Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936), drawings by Hiroki Tsukuda (b. 1978) and a video by Oliver Payne (b. 1977). Leo Xu Projects will exhibit for the first time an installation of works by Aaajiao (b. 1984), Cui Jie (b. 1984) and Liu Shiyuan (b. 1985) showing an urban model and the Shanghai myth, whereas Clearing will highlight an installation by Harold Ancart (b. 1980) and Korakrit Arunanondchai (b. 1986). The sector will also show creations exploiting chicken skin, animal fur, and synthetic flora to investigate anxiety as a result of radical biotech by Anicka Yi (b. 1971) at 47 Canal, Rita Ponce de León (b. 1982) and Ishmael Randall Weeks (b. 1976) at Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo; Rey Akdogan (b. 1974) and Elaine Cameron-Weir (b. 1985) at Hannah Hoffman Gallery; Xavier Antin (b. 1981) and Renaud Jerez (b. 1982) at Galerie Crèvecoeur; and Matthias Bitzer (b. 1975) with Armin Boehm (b. 1972) at Francesca Minini. Nicole Wermers (b. 1971) and Margo Wolowiec (b. 1985) will search for the social and psychological significance of daily forms at Jessica Silverman Gallery. Wojciech Bąkowski (b. 1979), Julia Rommel (b. 1980), and Christine Rebet (b. 1971) will study time-based methods by means of drawing, painting and animated film. Kaspar Müller (b. 1983) at Société will have solo presentations, Kostis Velonis (b. 1968) at Kalfayan Galleries will present redeemed sculptures, whereas Mika Tajima (b. 1975) at 11R will display conceptual works made of textile, wood and steel. Joan Jonas (b. 1936) will combine several Murano mirrors and a video piece at Galleria Raffaella Cortese while Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte will expose solo exhibitions by Wanda Pimentel (b. 1943) and Michael Dean (b. 1977) at Supportico Lopez. Simone Subal Gallery will show works of Anna K.E. (b. 1986) and Florian Meisenberg (b.1980), while Ghebaly Gallery will reveal the link between architectural space and the body rendered by Kelly Akashi (b. 1983) and Patrick Jackson
(b. 1978).

Edition, the printing sector, will spotlight 11 leaders reputable in prints and edition works like: Alan Cristea Gallery, Carolina Nitsch, Crown Point Press, Gemini G.E.L. LLC, Pace Prints, Paragon, Polígrafa Obra Gràfica, Sabine Knust, STPI, Two Palms and ULAE.

Positions, the resourceful sector with 16 solo stalls, will include eight newcomers: Callicoon Fine Arts; Christian Andersen, High Art, JTT, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Off Vendome, Thomas Erben Gallery and Various Small Fires and notable artists to exhibit a main project on focused platforms. Adrià Julià’s (b. 1974) multimedia installation will include a mural reflecting Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, while Manuel Burgener’s (b. 1978) installation will reveal the effect of light between sculptures and photograms. Callicoon Fine Arts will focus on tapestries and Ulrike Müller’s (b. 1971) enamelwork, while High Art will display Max Hooper Schneider’s ‘Trans-Habitats’. Beto Shwafaty (b. 1977) will depict the Brazilian current matters at Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani based on video and architectural techniques whereas Becky Kolsrud’s (b. 1984) installation will mirror the artist’s dedication to the feminine profile. Jeanette Mundt (b. 1982) will expose female figures from historical paintings, Melanie Gilligan’s (b. 1979) TV sculptures with abstract animations will criticize the commerce systems, whereas Maggie Lee’s (b. 1987) installation will remodel a teenager’s bedroom, and Gao Ludi’s (b. 1990) symbols from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will scrutinize how the virtual world interacts with the real one.   

Survey, the thematic sector, will feature historical projects with solo presentations by individual artists, juxtapositions or various cultural exhibits. This sector will comprise Carmelo Arden Quin (b. 1913) at Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Romare Bearden (b. 1911, d. 1988) at DC Moore Gallery, Graciela Carnevale (b. 1942), Ibrahim El-Salahi (b. 1930) at Vigo Gallery, Margaret Kilgallen (b. 1967, d. 2001) at Ratio 3, Giorgio Morandi (b. 1890, d. 1964) at Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M. and Howardena Pindell (b. 1943) at Garth Greenan Gallery. There will also be David Reed (b. 1946) at Peter Blum Gallery, George Rickey (b. 1907, d. 2002) at Maxwell Davidson Gallery, Barbara T. Smith (b. 1931) at The Box, Betye Saar (b. 1926) at Roberts & Tilton, and Jacques Villeglé (b. 1926) at Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois.

The fair’s project-based sections Kabinett, Public, and Film as well as the Magazines will add a surplus of value to the main gallery sectors. 

Kabinett, the thematic sector based on various curatorial conceptions, will present a plethora of group and solo exhibitions as well as art-historical showcases. Artists from the Galleries section will present their works in a distinctively mapped out space. 

Public, the outdoor sector conceived in cooperation with the Bass Museum of Art, will enchant its visitors with outdoor sculptures, installations, and shows, placed in a public space at Collins Park.

Film, the dynamic sector, will present movies about artists curated by David Gryn and Marian Masone. The screenings will be projected on a huge wall in the Convention Center and in SoundScape Park. 

Magazines, the editorial sector, will offer worldwide art magazines in single stands or collective booths.

No art lover should miss this four-day amazing cultural experience that will break all frontiers metamorphosing Miami into a global art show with electrifying programs both for the amateurs and the aesthetes. Sponsored by its Lead Partner UBS, Art Basel Miami will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 1st to December 4th, 2016.

ST. MORITZ ART MASTERS

Santiago Art December 5, 2016

by Nina Milic 

ST. MORITZ ART MASTERS:

SAM, The Immense World Of Beauty You Want To Know About

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Art Masters opened to the world for the first time in the valley of Engadin in 2008. In the very heart of Switzerland, you will find a place which seems to always be in perfect peace and harmony. St. Moritz is one of the most amazing places, hidden amongst brilliant scenography made of eye-catching  mountains, lakes and breathtaking landscapes. The nature is pure and serves as a glorious backdrop for hosting one of the biggest art festivals in the world, for nine years in a row. It is a festival defined by quality and by culture. In a short space of time, Art Masters has emerged as a one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world. The biggest artists from all over are invited to be a part of this extraordinary event every year.

The man that we can heartily thank for Art Masters is Monty Shadow. An amazingly talented individual with the creative flair of a true artist but also a visionary willing to share his ideas with the world for many years now, a man who has always been ahead of his time. The event and brand which Monty created began as a wish to create a unique place and opportunity for the best quality art and artists from around the world to come together. He certainly succeeded in his intention. Today Art Masters is not only the opportunity to admire art but also a place where anything is possible….When good ideas are also surrounded by amazing people that can see and recognize them, true value for life can take place and visions can become realities.

St. Moritz, known for its prestigious skiing in the winter, opens its doors to SAM and to the so-called Walk of Art at the end of August each year. The Walk of Art takes you through the magical narrow streets of St. Moritz, bursting with beautiful houses that interlace modern and classical architecture. At every corner you will find a new gallery, a museum or a church that offers another exhibition, each one of them giving you a new perspective on the world, seen through an eye of a different artist.

prisedevuesanstitre-2-8The newest achievements in technology, design, photography and music are presented here, giving us the privilege of enjoying something the world is only yet to see, we are the first to witness it and excite in the potential. There are also beautiful retrospectives on the history of Art and the most appreciated works and artists from the past. This 9th Art Masters was dedicated to American art and gave us the opportunity to go back in time, 50 years, at least for a few minutes.

Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains presented an amazing exhibition of Albert Watson’s work. Watson is one of the biggest photographers of our time, well known for his fashion, art and celebrity photography. He presents a unique atmosphere in his work, you feel a great sense of emotion and presence, as if you are almost standing there with him, right in front of his model. Through the decades, from the 60s till now, he has worked with a great number of rock stars, actors, supermodels and the like. His most famous works are with Andy Warhol, Alfred Hitchcock, Queen Elizabeth, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Steve Jobs and of course Kate Moss. Once you lay your eyes on his photography, it will be hard to forget it. His distinctive style will occupy your thoughts for a long time. For me personally, his portrait of Mick Jagger is an absolute winner. The range of his artwork leaves a lasting impression on all that see it, therefore, for many of the above reasons, Watson received a lifetime achievement award by Cartier Foundation at their gala dinner hosted at Hotel Kempinski.

After a great dinner with American specialties, complete with various performances, we were honoured to end the evening with music by the famous pianist, Cesare Picco. He led us into his magical world of music and through the sweet sounds of his piano, told us his story. We were relocated into his imaginary world of music for half an hour. It was a truly inspiring experience.

The hallway of Kempinski was filled with lights, cameras, and scenes from shoots. Anthony Pierre Allard was the next artist in whose talent and charm we could rejoice in. One of the most famous French photographers who too has worked with many celebrities, gave us an opportunity to enjoy his work and creation. Anthony has a true talent for taking breathtaking portraits, always bringing out the best qualities in his subjects. I had an opportunity to sit in front of his camera and I have to say he made it so easy going that I did not even notice the time that had passed. Spending time with him was fantastic and we were able to witness his boyish enthusiasm and the great energy he brings with him wherever he goes. One whole day was dedicated to his kids. The smallest one had the chance to enjoy brunch, various games and painting. It was their ‘adult day’ and it seemed they were very happy about it. It was so special to watch Allard do a photoshoot with his children, the boys sitting proudly on big Pirelli tires set in the hall especially for this day and their own little shoot.

As days were passing by very fast, we tried to find some time for hiking in the beautiful mountains. It was very difficult to do it all. The night was calling and it led us further away to gala parties and many social events. Once again there was a  great crowd of quality people with lots of positive energy all around. The variety of talented people to meet was very inspiring. Hotel Kulm was another key destination that hosted us mostly during the evenings. It gave us Art, design and a great exhibit of idea books. The best edition was definitely GOAT-Muhammad Ali, a tribute to the icon of all time, published by Taschen.

This book weighs 34 kg and is really an epic piece containing 800 pages of original photographs, artwork and articles, including some entirely new content only published in GOAT. Taschen is a powerful publishing house that offers great limited editions dedicated to the biggest artists of our times like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many others. Great personalities have been immortalized in their luxury editions which truly are a masterpiece worth owning.

Over the past nine years hundreds of artists, photographers, musicians and designers have left their traces in the Engadin valley. Since 2008, SAM has presented to the world more than 500 artists. From René Burri to David Douglas Duncan, from Steve McCurry to Michel Comte, from Andy Warhol to Albert Watson. By connecting the greatest artists and creatives of our time, SAM creates an inspirational space for beauty and art. Every year bringing us a new theme, all equally  enchanting. We are all looking forward to next year and the new program, projects, partners, events and artists that it brings. I have no doubt that the 10th anniversary will shine light on all the outstanding achievements thus far as well as open the doors of discussion for future breakthroughs in the art world. SAM is a special event that I am honoured to attend each year, where the art masters of our times, those who have passed and those still to come, can be celebrated.

FIAC

Santiago Art December 2, 2016

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By Caroline von Krockow – Lahame

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There are so many contemporary art fairs around the world these days, admit it… how many do you attend a year? Three at least? Even though many of us might not understand or even like contemporary art. But with our already busy schedules and the endless options which one do you attend? In the good old days, we mingled with our newest dresses, hats and shoes at horse races in Ascot, Baden Baden or the Arc de Triomphe. But now, contemporary art fairs have become the new place to be. There are VIP events, where one has to go two or three days early so as to attend the pre, pre-VIP cocktails and events, especially if one wants to rub shoulders with the crème de la crème and still get the pieces (which are often actually sold before you arrive.) It would not be difficult to go to a different contemporary art fair each month as there are new ones popping up all over the world, all the time.

Art Cologne (established in 1967 as Kölner Kunstmarkt) is regarded as the world’s oldest art fair for modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. Art Basel (established in 1970) is now possibly the most important one and from there the list goes on forever.  There is for example Art Basel Hong Kong, Bogoart in Colombia, Art Dubai, Melbourne ArtFair, Arco in Madrid and Art Turin to name but a few. So after Frieze London and with Art Basel Miami around the corner, is it all really worth it? Why go to FIAC especially with all the bad news coming from France? Is it even safe in Paris?

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Kim Kardashian just had all her gems stolen (news I discovered in the train on my way to London). But flying back I noticed someone sitting next to me, a celebrity covered in gems, who obviously did not worry about the recent news and terrorist attacks. Paris’s appeal stays unshakable. With the sparkling Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe – the City of Lights remains one of the most magnificent cities in the world.  A glass of champagne in the Hemmingway Bar of the newly opened Ritz, beautifully served with a white rose at its rim, just does not taste the same in New York or London. There is something about celebrating in Maxim’s, an institution since the 19th century. Thaddeus Ropac’s, a must for a seated dinner during the FIAC, an obvious and glamorous choice.

Paris uniquely combines historical buildings with contemporary art and FIAC (since 1974, also one of the oldest contemporary art fairs) has made its mark especially since its taking place in the arched historical edifice. Most art fairs tend to exhibit in impersonal halls, not the FIAC however, which is situated in the Grand Palais, an immense building housing international fairs since its creation in 1900. Built for the Exposition Universelle, the first exhibition which showcased sculptures, horse shows and motor cars, drawing visitors from around the world. A century later, international visitors are still attracted by the contrast in architecture with its heavy stone on the outside and a light iron structure on the inside. This year, on September 24th, Emmanuel Perrotin rented out the whole space to host a party around his stand showing Elmgreen & Dragset’s work.

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This October, for FIAC’s 43rd edition, I checked out the 174 international galleries and other events in Paris. The FIAC has become unbeatable since Jennifer Flay took charge. The New-Zealand born galleriast was FIAC’s artistic director from 2003 to 2010 and is its general director since June 2010. She recently stated that FIAC is the only art fair in the world which is able to provide true museum conditions for her exhibitors and said that there are some really beautiful works being shown in the Petit Palais as well, including a great Damien Hirst “Fallen Angel,” an ensemble of Abraham Cruzvillegas light sculptures, a new David Altmejd, a new Oscar Tuazon, and a new Guillaume Leblon – 38 artworks in total.

Some of my personal highlights at the fair include:

Paul Mc Carthy’s  “White snow dwarf (bashful)” at Galerie Valois

Alicja’s Kwada’s “Be-hide” at Galerie Perrotin

Duane Hanson’s “Old couple on a bench”

and the George Baselitz at Gagosian gallery

All the Robert Longo’s (Vincent Van Gogh, Rose) at Thaddeus Ropac

Barbara Kruger and Hans Op de Beeck’s “The Settlement” at
Galerie Krinzinger

A short distance from the Grand Palais you will find my favorite antique gallery. How can an antique gallery attract visitors during FIAC you might wonder? The Galerie Aveline on Place Beauveau next to the Hotel Bristol, which specializes in 18th century furniture, knows how. Jean-Marie Rossi is a visionary having collected Liechtenstein and Daniel Buren long before others. The gallerist bought 10 Buren paintings in the 60s and this year Buren did the façade of the gallery making it shine. Inside are Rossi’s Burens, but in addition many more. Marella Rossi, Jean Marie Rossi’s daughter now runs the gallery with the same vision and energy of her father. To perfection, she combines contemporary art and antique furniture, creating a beautiful dialogue between the centuries. Lovers of the artist should definitely visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation where Buren’s roof shows bright colors until April 2017.

My dear friend Diane opened a new space and is showing American Abstract Expressionism at her gallery Diane de Polignac & Chazournes. In the heart of St. Germain the young, dynamic gallerist presents a selection of American Abstract Impressionism including Sam Francis and Paul Jenkins. The large, airy gallery space has three rooms and visitors can also see European lyrical abstraction like Gerhard Schneider, Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulage and Post-war abstraction.

Another exciting event is the sale of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Porte-Bouteilles,’ showing at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac. The gallerist will sell this piece to a museum, preferably an American one, which are all sending daily competing offers. Opening for FIAC week, Duchamp’s emblematic ‘Porte-Bouteilles’ is being shown in the gallery’s Marais space along with a selection of works by the French artist and archive documents. The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the term ‘ready-made’, used by the artist in a letter to his sister Suzanne in 1916. Concluding that, the contemporary art scene in Paris still has that unique, sexy
French touch!

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1. Maurizio Cattelan: Not afraid of love at Monnaie de Paris, October 22 – January 8: We all know Cattelan for his colorful provocative portraits of fingernails, cigarette buds and sculptures, as for example the Pope being hit by an asteroid. In the 18th century rooms Cattelan once again seeks to challenge visitors with horses jumping into the wall, a covered elephant and a man popping up from the ground. “Is there life after death?” is his real question. In the Monnaie de Paris visitors can contemplate this whilst enjoying the delicious Guy Savoy cuisine.

2. MTX showroom, subsidiary to Chanel: Fashionistas should definitely visit this new concept, which bridges a gap between sculpture and interior design. The exclusive creations are constructed with modules that unfold and multiply themselves indefinitely. Playing with colors and sparkles of lights, these exceptional pieces defy scale, thus achieving a dialogue between the precise techniques of embroidery and the immensity of architecture.

3. Hervé di Rosa and Les Arts Modestes, plus jamais seul at La Maison Rouge, October 22 – January 22: The exhibition shows how Hervé di Rosa’s pictorial and sculptural work has drawn inspiration as much from major artists from the 20th century such as Matisse, Picabia, and Dubuffet as from the multitude of unique objects he buys, accumulates, assembles and shares.

4. Oscar Wilde, l’impertinent absolu at the Petit Palais, September 28 – January 15:

Exiting the Grand Palais, it is worth taking a peak just opposite into the Petite Palais to visit the first exhibition in France dedicated to the famous writer Oscar Wilde. The exhibition evokes his life and work through a collection of 200 pieces, bringing together exceptional documents, some of which will be presented for the first time, including manuscripts, photographs, drawings
and caricatures.

visitor-look-amid-f0cd-diaporama5. Hors Les Murs: FIAC and the Domaine national du Louvre et des Tuileries present sculptures, installations, sound works, and performances around the Tuileries garden. On view this year are projects from Berdaguer & Péjus, Joe Bradley, Alexander Calder, Mirea Cantor and more which are worth exploring and a good opportunity to get some
fresh air!

6. Carle André at the Musée d’Art Moderne, October 18 – February 12: The Musée d’Art Moderne is presenting a tribute to the major 20th century American artist Carl Andre. This retrospective reveals how André, working with standard, unmodified industrial elements, redefined sculpture as a means of experiencing space, form and matter. He also produced poems that made use of words for their visual as well as their semantic and sound value.

7. Tino Seygal at Palais de Tokyo, October 12 – December 18: The Palais de Tokyo offers carte blanche to Tino Sehgal, a major figure on the international scene and one of the most radical artists of his generation. The artist’s experiment will transform the Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition space into an area where his own «constructed situations» reside.

8. The Shchukin collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, October 22 – February 20: The collection constituted by Sergei Shchukin includes works by the most renowned impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist masters like Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh. The Moscow industrialist was a visionary in his taste for modern French art, leading him to begin forming an exceptional collection from 1898, representing the most radical trends in art from the era.  Nationalized during the Russian revolution, the paintings in the collection have been displayed at separate locations in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.

9. Slick Art Fair, October 19 – October 23: SLICK co-founders Johan Tamer-Morael and Aude de Bourbon Parme have collaborated with passionate galleries who persistently contribute towards promoting the French and International art scene. A stroll along the river bank to explore the compact sized, always new, visionary fair is therefore a must.

10. Asia Now, October 20 – October 23: Asia Now is the first ‘boutique art fair’ in Europe to focus exclusively on the contemporary Asian Art scene. This year, highlights include Chimères, a platform curated by Hervé Mikaeloff in collaboration with Matthias Arndt and Shang Xia & Christie’s with a collaboration on Chinese contemporary design.

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11. Outsider Art Fair, October 20 – October 23: Out of the 38 exhibitors present for the fourth edition of this fair, 15 are newcomers, which confirms that the Parisian fair is expanding.

12. The Nights of Uncertainty: The Infinite Conversation and The great animal orchestra at the Cartier Foundation, July 2 – January 8: Based on a proposal by Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation in his presence between artists, scientists and intellectual’s relation to the great animal orchestra exhibition. The Great Animal Orchestra was inspired by the bio-acoustic compositions of Bernie Krause. Krause contemplates ecosystems as a poet, listening to animal sounds to analyze them as a true scientific.

13. Private collection of Daniel and Florence Guerlain at the Guerlain Foundation, The founders of the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation in 1996, and the Contemporary Drawing Prize in 2006, have been collecting for about 30 years. Featured artists include Jose Maria Sicilia, Gilles Aillaud, Martial Raysse, and Gaetano Pesce.

14. René Magritte at the Centre Pompidou, September 21 – January 23: This new show, under curator Didier Ottinger , focuses on five figures the painter always referenced in his work : fire, shadow, curtains, words and the fractionated human body.

15. Picasso-Giacometti at the Musée national Picasso, October 4 – February 5: Organised in collaboration with the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation, the exhibition will highlight the formal, amicable, or iconographic relationships that these two major artists of the 20th century maintained.

16. Francesco Gennari at Galerie Antoine Levi, September 23 – November 15: A new art scene has rapidly emerged in Belleville (mainly the 20th arrondisement.) Not to be missed is the Levi gallery, which was founded three years ago, and since has cast a bright light on the work of Francesco Gennari.

17. Tom Wesselmann: A different kind of women at Almine Rech Gallery, October 17 – December 21: Almine Rech Gallery is hosting the most significant representation of Tom Wesselmann’s work in Paris in over 20 years. The exhibition features a selection of historical works and viewers can watch the performance piece ‘Bedroom Tit Box’, as well as other
key pieces.

18. Marcel Duchamp Prize at the Centre Pompidou – Presentation of the shortlisted candidates by their representatives: Kader Attia, born in 1970, presented by Dr. Clémentine Deliss, curator and critic. Yto Barrada, born in 1971, presented by Omar Berrade, writer and art critic, director of the Dar al-Ma’mun Library
in Marrakech.

19. Ulla von Brandenburg, born in 1974, presented by Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo; and Barthélémy Togua, born in 1967, presented by Roger Malbert, Head of Hayward Tourig, Hayward Gallery, London.

…And the winner is?

Russia Avant Garde Chagall to Malevitch

Santiago Art May 7, 2015

The period of the Russian avant garde – roughly 1905 to 1930 – was possibly the most chaotic of any art movement in history.

In this it reflected the situation in Russia at large. Following disastrous defeat in the war against Japan, the country was in ferment. A potent mix of authoritarian government, rural poverty, industrial expansion and national humiliation was set to explode.

When a huge demonstration in St Petersburg was violently suppressed on January 9th 1905, the whole country collapsed into revolutionary chaos.

The revolution of 1905 spawned a snakepit of contending political ideologies – Tsarists, democratic constitutionalists, protofascist and marxist movements and peasant parties, to name but a few.

At the same time, the artistic community was engaging in its own arm waving contest – admittedly of a less violent kind. Over the next ten years there was an eyewatering upsurge of artistic movements: Suprematism, Cubo-futurism, Russian futurism, Zaum, Neo-primitism. The list goes on and on. When it comes to the artists, the list is even longer and more confusing: Kazimir Malevich, Alexandra Ekster, Vladimir Tatlin, Wassily Kandinsky, David Burliuk, Alexander Archipenko, to name but some.

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In a sense, the title of the exhibition to be shown at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco between July 6 and September 12 is misleading. Linking the names of Chagall and Malevich, suggests that they were both equally fundamental members of an intrinsically Russian avant garde movement. In fact, in terms of his influences and his later success, Chagall is best thought of as a French artist, rather than a Russian one.

It is true that Chagall was born in Vitebsk in Belarus (1887); also true that he was active in Russia in the years leading up to the 1917 revolution, of which he was initially an enthusiastic supporter. However, he also spent an important period in Paris (1910 – 1914) where he came under the influence of Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism. When he returned to Russia in 1914 to marry his fiance, he found himself cut off by the outbreak of the First World War. He settled in Vitebsk where he continued to develop his unique form of poetic humanism.

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By this time, following successful exhibitions in Paris and Berlin, Chagall was already an established artist. Accordingly, he was appointed Commissar for Art in Vitebsk with the responsibility for spreading artistic knowledge and appreciation in the working classes. He threw himself into this with great enthusiasm, providing posters and agit prop material in support of the revolution.

Enter Kazimir Malevitch. It would be difficult to imagine two contemporary painters whose artistic leanings were more contrasting: Chagall the poetic humanist and Malevich the revolutionary abstractionist.

In the years leading up to the revolution, Malevitch had been abandoning his earlier cubist influences for something he called Suprematism. He also philosophised copiously about his theories, sometimes in ways that did little to illuminate them.

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Briefly, Malevitch was interested in an exploration of geometric forms – squares, triangles, circles – in a way that transcended subject matter. Malevtich, along with many of the avant garde saw himself as a standard bearer of modernity – of the new world of the radio, telegraph, flying machines and the internal combustion engine. For him, colour should reign ‘supreme’ over image and narrative. “Academic naturalism, the naturalism of the Impressionists, Cezannism, Cubism etc, all these, in a way, are nothing more than dialectic methods which, as such, in no sense determine the value of an art work”.

The resulting clash beteeen the two was as bitter as it was predictable. The art college established by Chagall in 1918 included a wide variety of artistic protagonists, each promoting their own ideas. However, by 1920, Malevich’s Suprematist ideas – forcefully promoted by Malevitch’s untiring oratory – were gaining ground. Increasingly students and their teachers were turning away from Chagall’s compassionate humanism, with its roots in folklore. By 1922, Chagall felt he had no option but to resign. He left for Moscow, where he worked mainly in theatre design, before returning to France.

Effectively, Chagall remained a French painter. He escaped to New York in 1941, but returned to the south of France after the liberation, where remained until his death in 1985, at the age of ninety eight. Today, Chagall is regarded as one of the most successful painters of the 20th century.

MAYTE CABO

Santiago Art March 26, 2015

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After completing elementary and High school, Mayte Teresa Mendez Cabo studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid. Later she graduated from the Fine Arts Faculty of San Carlos in Valencia where her qualities as a painter were rapidly recognized. Mayte, as she prefers to be known, is currently the Professor of Arts at the Gil y Carrasco Institute in Ponferrada.

Despite a life charged with all the responsibilities of a professional teacher, and preoccupations with her students, she has always managed to balance these with her passion – her work as a painter – as well as a busy family life.

Success came early. In 1976 she was awarded second prize at the Exhibition of Fine Arts in Valencia. She was twenty two.  From then until 2012, she has held exhibitions every year. Her shows have been seen in university faculties, cultural institutions, city councils, as well as in public and private collections all across Spain.IMG_9213

Some critics have detected a link with Impressionism or Fauvism, or suggested the influence of Van Gogh and Cezanne. But most agree that Mayte’s highly individual use of colour is entirely unique to her.

Cabo’s distinctive use of colour – particularly a vivid Mediterranean blue – seems to suggest the search for a paradise, lost since the dawn of time, to which she yearns to return.

In her later work there seems to be something of a reorientation of style, one that recalls the countryside of Bierzo, where she grew up. Here, the colours are sometimes more sombre, reflecting a some what harsher landscape which she dresses in the textured tones of autumn and spring. Her paintings are a virtuoso display of blues and greens with complements of fuchsia, yellow or crimson – colours which are rarely harmoniously combined. Particularly interesting, is Mayte’s ability to detect colours in shadows or pools of light which shows a technical competence few can match. The result is a brilliant, multicoloured explosion.

 

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MOUNA REBEIZ

Santiago Art March 26, 2015

Mouna Rebeiz sweeps into the Saatchi Gallery, her long coat flapping in the slipstream of her arrival, carrying two or three bags and a dinner jacket – something she describes as a ‘smok-ing’.

Everything about Mouna is dramatic: tall and statuesque as be-fits an erstwhile model; coal black eyes which shine all the more brightly in contrast to her pale skin; her striking features framed by a shock of wavy black hair which in others would seem un-ruly, but which seems to fit perfectly with her restless character. In short, Mouna Rebeiz would be the ideal subject for one of her own paintings.

In a sense, the exhibition of paintings recently on show at the Saatchi Gallery is ‘the statement that isn’t’. One might think that a collection of nudes wearing nothing but the tardasche or Fez, traditionally worn in some countries in the Middle East as a symbol of male dominance, carries a feminist message. Mouna is adamant: “ I am not a feminist. I hate politics. Politics is all bullshit – its just money and power!”

This is a bold statementat a time when the Middle East is being increasingly radicalised as never before. Lebanon, her country of origin, is sixty percent muslim, but Mouna is unfazed. “His-bollah? Who are these people? I do not know them! In Lebanon we are free – like Europe”. Nevertheless, even moderate Muslim culture finds it hard to accept the frenetic sexualisation of west-ern culture, where the female form is shamelessly exploited to move product.

In contrast to this, the graceful lines and subtle skin tones of the figures in Mouna Rebeiz’ paintings seem to recall Kenneth Clark’s description of the nude in art: “The word nude…carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled, defenceless body, but a prosperous and confident body”.

This is in line with the training Mouna has received. Originally a student of psychology at the Sorbonne, she then trained for ten years under Alix de la Source, an expert in 17th and 18th century art at the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. Originally influenced by French painters like Watteau and Bouchard, Mouna was later drawn to the more sensual work of Rubens. So where does Mouna Rebeiz stand in the debates that rage about gender and equality? Her answers are thoughtful if a little com-

plicated. :” In Lebanon the place of women is changing in many ways. (So) it has never been more important to reflect at length on the very essence of the ‘woman being’. I am Levantine, Leba-nese…Lebanese women are at once sensual and sophisticated. I also identify as French, and a characteristic of French feminity is precisely that sophistication. … At a time when many magasines seek to reduce women, photoshopped and thin, I choose to paint them fleshy, timeless, women as mistress and mother, women both sensual and maternal”

The fez was the instrument chosen to make her point. “I decided to take an object that, in its cultural and historical context, was essentially a male article of clothing, in counterpoint… This is not a provocation. This not about any opposition between man and woman. It is not an act of militancy. To put a tarbouche on the head of a naked woman is to recall the place of woman in the world. I have hijacked the tarbouche and made it an emblem of feminity”.

After London, there are plans to take the exhibition of paintings, first to Paris , and then to New York.

MARIO TESTINO

Santiago Art March 26, 2015

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The Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, is staging a display of Mario Testino’s work – entitled In Your Face. Having premiered in Boston, it’s the first time the show has been exhibited in Europe.

Lasting for seven months, the display brings together Testino’s love of fashion and art, together with over 125 photographs emphasising the provocative contrasts in his work.

The Peruvian is traditionally associated with his famous campaigns for Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana and his interpretation of supermodels, like Kate Moss. However, the exhibition includes a series of private snapshots  and nudes in fashion.

Testino was involved in the selection and framing of the exhibition.

“In Your Face, for me, represents the most free way of expression”, says Testino. “As an image-maker, people always want to put you in a box. I believe we are made of many different aspects and not always are we allowed to let all these different aspects show, let alone to live next to each other as they do in this exhibition”.

Over his thirty year career, Testino has often visited and worked in Berlin. Three of the images within the exhibition reflect this longstanding relationship.

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