“I’m daring people to go in and just walk through,” Burundi-born, Johannesburg-based artist Serge Alain Nitegeka said to ARTINFO when describing his elaborate installation at Marianne Boesky Gallery’s Armory Show booth. For his first trip to New York and the first-ever showing of his work in the U.S., Nitegeka has erected a complex web of interconnected beams and shipping crates across the front of the Boesky booth that visitors must navigate through to access the paintings hanging at the back. An eye-catching giant, Nitegeka’s in situ piece is one of the few presentations at the fair to deviate from a more staid multi-artist hanging.
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The Dallas Art Fair has announced the full list of 92 exhibitors ready to set up shop at the sixth edition of the fair from April 10 – 13, 2014. With an additional 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, the fair has upped its number of exhibitors by 12 this year.
While Francis Bacon’s “Portrait of George Dyer Talking” (1966), didn’t reach the record-breaking heights of the triptych portrait of Lucian Freud that sold for $142 million at Christie’s New York last November, the painting still soared past its £30 million estimate to take £42.2 million ($70 million) at the auction house’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale in London on Thursday.
Bonhams New York is planning to put a U.S. spacesuit from 1960 on the block as part of their annual Space History auction on April 8th. The suit is a relic of America’s first manned flight program, Project Mercury, which operated from 1959 to 1963 and endeavoured to put an astronaut into orbit around the earth before Russia.
One month before art will start filling up the piers, the Armory Show has debuted a new visual identity and a new website conceived by New York-based design and advertising firm Our Man in Havana. No doubt an effort to stay competitive with the effortlessly hip, farm-to-table food-serving folks at Frieze, the new Armory identity is certainly a sleeker look for the older fair. The new campaign, which features the works of 2014 Commissioned Armory Artist Xu Zhen, is titled “Colossal” and puts the white walls of the art fair onto New York City street scenes.
Spring/Break Art Show, a curator-driven art fair, returns during Armory Arts Week for its third annual iteration from March 6-9, in the four-story schoolhouse known as Old School on Mott Street in SoHo. Founded by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori, this art show diverges from the regular fair-model by eschewing a focus on galleries and giving curators the run of the space to select work under a given theme. This year its “Public Private” theme will explore the “high visibility of the self in the 21st Century every-day” and the balance between privacy and the “digital strip-tease” that average people are compelled to engage in, according to a statement on the fair’s website. Some of the artistic practices to be explored include self-portraiture, the evolution of the “photo bomb,” “jealous landscape photography,” and digital spectatorship.
The Independent, the art fair co-founded by gallerists Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook back in 2010 that takes place in the Chelsea building formerly occupied by the Dia Art Foundation during Armory Week, will return this year for its fifth edition, running March 6-9. The organizers announced the participating galleries on Monday morning, with a lineup of 56 exhibitors — up from 40 last year — including a predictably strong U.S. and European contingent, as well as outliers like Labor and House of Gaga from Mexico City, Istanbul’s Protocinema, and Mendes Wood DM from São Paulo. (more…)
The exhibitor list for this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, which will take place May 15 through 18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (just two short days after Frieze New York is over), was released today. Last year was the fair formerly known as Art HK’s first outing after being acquired by art fair mega brand Art Basel. In 2013, the Swiss conglomerate slightly downsized the number of exhibitors and added a number of blue chip names to the fair’s roster. So what’s different this year?
SP-Arte, the Sao Paulo International Art Fair, celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, will run April 3-6, with a VIP preview on April 2, at the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Bienial Pavilion. The fair features 137 top Brazilian and international galleries (up from 122 last year) from 18 countries, with works ranging from modern masters to cutting-edge contemporary. Among newcomers to this year’s edition are Natalie Seroussi from Paris, Mexico City’s Kurimanzutto, Stephen Friedman from London, and New York galleries Michael Werner and Marian Goodman. (more…)