In the Air – Art+Auction's Gossip Column
Applications opened today for the Shandaken Project’s new residency program at the Storm King Art Center. Aptly titled “The Shandaken Project at Storm King,” the new program offers 15 two- to six-week residencies at the 500-acre Storm King campus in New Windsor, New York, allowing three artists on site at a time from June to September. Its namesake program in the Catskills town of Shandaken will accordingly be suspended. “Offering more artists the chance to work on the grounds of a world-renowned sculpture park is indescribably exciting,” said founding director Nicholas Weist. “The Shandaken Project is honored to become a part of Storm King’s already important history of supporting artists” — that is, including Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Zhang Huan, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others. A link to the application can be found on both the Shandaken and Storm King websites; submissions close on February 20 and awardees will be announced in March.
First came the artist as madman, then as producer, then, in the 21st century, as debtor. So declared Coco Fusco in the opening remarks of a conference last Friday at Cooper Union. Co-organized by Fusco with the activist Noah Fisher, “The Artist as Debtor: A Conference about the Work of Artists in the Age of Speculative Capitalism” sought to assess the relationship between art-making and the various manifestations of debt in what one speaker, NYU sociologist Andrew Ross, called our present “creditocracy.”
Art Cologne and NADA are joining forces again this year to present the second edition of COLLABORATIONS at the 49th edition of the fair, which runs from April 16 to 19. As its name suggests, the co-organized section highlights collaborative projects, whether that be a booth featuring two galleries or a single gallery presenting a multi-artist piece. This year, 32 exhibitors will share 22 booths, including a survey of Neo-avantgarde and post-conceptual Hungarian art, courtesy of Budapest’s acb Gallery, Kisterem, and Vintage. Check out the full exhibitor list, below.
Winner of the £40,000 Artes Mundi award, artist Theaster Gates, says he will split the cash prize with the nine other nominees, according to the BBC. Those shortlisted artists for the largest arts prize in the UK include: Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK), Omer Fast (Israel), Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Renata Lucas (Brazil), and Renzo Martens (The Netherlands).
“This fall I was at a fancy party where some guy passed out cold behind me. He was standing there, and then just fell over on his face,” writes Elizabeth Jaeger in an artist’s statement for her current show at Dallas’ And Now, on view through February 21. ”It was one of those incidents where you hear a loud crash, spin around and it takes a few seconds to decipher what you’re looking at… before you panic and try to help. In that moment, before reacting, all I could see was this mysterious fleshy blob draped across the furniture — and I’m not proud of it, but I just stared at him for a second, surprised at how strangely this resembled my sculpture.”
Quick public service announcement: The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will host a conference on “Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age,” if that’s your bag, from May 28 to 30. The talks will cover topics ranging from what it means to be a “professional” arts writer today and the financial (in)stability of the trade to artists distributing their message through online platforms.
The Prospect New Orleans triennial has announced that Duke University curator Trevor Schoonmaker will head its fourth iteration, Prospect.4, in fall 2017, succeeding Prospect.3 artistic director Franklin Sirmans. The appointment of Schoonmaker, who presently serves as chief curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at Duke, suggests that the biennial remains committed to fostering a regionally-oriented perspective; in a release today, Prospect noted Schoonmaker’s accomplishments as a contemporary art curator as well as his long-term commitment to the American South. Schoonmaker’s record at Duke includes exhibitions featuring Andy Warhol and Wangechi Mutu, along with less traditional curatorial projects, like a celebration of the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
An apparent threatening message has raised concerns for the Saturday opening of “HO,” an exhibition by the artist Ryder Ripps at Postmasters gallery in Manhattan. The anonymous note, allegedly sent by email to Ripps early on the morning of January 18, accuses the artist of “acting foolishly lately… misogynistic, offensive, flippant, insensitive, not thoughtful.” The message — which the artist posted on social media — continues: “You need to be taught a lesson, and several people are orchestrating it,” promising promising “highly embarrassing” nonviolent action “outside your opening at some point in the evening next week.”