Some big announcements for the international art competition ArtPrize came through the news circuit this morning, now making it one of the largest art prizes in the world. The organization’s juried Grand Prize is now a whopping $200,000, and it is doubling the number of eligible finalists to include a “Final 20.” Continue Reading
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In Wes Anderson’s new film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set to come out this Friday, the plot revolves around the theft of a 16th century masterwork titled “Boy With Apple” by the fictional artist Johannes Van Hoytl. To paint the perfect masterpiece for the film, the director turned to British figurative painter Michael Taylor. We got in touch with Taylor to ask about working with Anderson, the artistic inspirations for the painting, and who sat for the work.
“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.
With a redesigned image and special focus on China, the Amory Show opened to a packed house at noon today. Among the many collectors, curators, and critics, we spotted actor Neil Patrick Harris, musician David Byrne, actor Ethan Suplee (who we also saw in Miami shopping with Leonardo DiCaprio), and Miami Collector Donald Rubell strolling the aisles. Check out some highlights from the first hours of the fair below.
The Whitney Biennial officially opened its doors this afternoon with a bustling press preview attended by artists, curators, and other art world illuminati. Opening remarks from director Adam D. Weinberg, Chief Curator Donna De Salvo, and the show’s three curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner, all reflected on the fact that this would be the very last Biennial to take place in the Breuer building before the Whitney decamps downtown.
Julie Meneret Contemporary Art has announced that Shanghai-born, New York-based performance artist Miao Jiaxin will be the fifth artist to join the gallery’s roster since it opened its doors on the Lower East Side this past November. Jiaxin is slated to have a solo exhibition at the gallery this May, but he will also stage a performance at the Armory Show this Thursday.
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in the Netherlands is set to reopen on June 27 following a major two-year renovation and its most famous resident, Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” will finally return home after a successful stint at the Frick.
Winter is coming to Seattle’s LTD. Art Gallery on March 23 with a show of “Game of Thrones”-inspired artwork. Organized by gallery owner James Monosmith and the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” books on which the HBO show is based, George R. R. Martin himself, this exhibition isn’t filled with your average fan art.
In a tongue-in-cheek homage to Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s famous “Bed-In” of 1969, irreverent podcasters Bad at Sports are staging a series of “Bedside Chats” at this year’s VOLTA NY. Co-founders Amanda Browder, Duncan MacKenzie, and Richard Holland will be conducting more than 25 interviews with artists, curators, and dealers from the comfort of a giant bed (and while wearing pajamas) during the fair’s four-day run. Interviewees include Prospect New Orleans artistic director Franklin Sirmans and executive director Brooke Davis Anderson, Factory artist ULTRA VIOLET, and Miami-based gallerist Mindy Solomon. Although the bed will primarily be used for conducting interviews, the trio has no problem cozying up with VOLTA visitors and are encouraging people to climb in for a nap. We chatted with Browder about participating in art fairs, what kind of pajamas she’ll be wearing, and how to build a giant bed.
Affable mega-dealer David Zwirner took some time out of his schedule to make an appearance on Charlie Rose last Thursday. Zwirner’s interview, which starts around 19:00, covers his opinion of minimalism, the influence of his father, and why people are paying “so much for art.”