27 August, 2013

Art Criticism: Symposium

"I am for an Art Criticism that",
November 2012

Symposium website

This symposium’s title takes inspiration from artist Claes Oldenburg’s 1961 manifesto “I Am for an Art” and similarly to an art manifesto, a statement intended to shock, inspire or offend, I AM FOR AN ART CRITCISM THAT…, is a symposium that stages various live discussions with the aim to cover, and uncover, the fertile ground between the arts and journalism.


Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

Introduction by Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With

Reading of Claes Oldenburg's "I am for an Art" by Adam Kleinman

Keynote lecture by Jörg Heiser "From Assange to Zuckerberg and back again: Criticism at times of the super-nerd"

Carol Yinghua Lu, Anthony Downey, Ali Akay, Anna Tilroe / Moderator: Amira Gad

Hrag Vartanian, Barbara Visser, Quinn Latimer, Maarten Doorman, Marc Ruyters, Ingrid Commandeur / Moderator: Vivian Sky Rehberg

Brief introduction by Adam Kleinman & Audio Screening of The Economics of Film Criticism: A Debate, Jean-Luc Godard & Pauline Kael (1981)

Statement by Defne Ayas


Brian Kuan Wood, Domeniek Ruyters, Aimee Lin, Sven Lütticken, Ahu Antmen / Moderator: Hrag Vartanian


Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Welcome by Hendrik Folkerts

Keynote lecture by Peter de Ruiter "Don't burn after reading"

Birgit Donker, Carol Yinghua Lu, Ali Akay, Anthony Downey/ Moderators: Hendrik Folkerts & Amira Gad


Claes Oldenburg, I am for an art from Store Days, Documents from the Store (1961) and Ray Gun Theater (1962), selected by Claes Oldenburg and Emmett Williams, New York, 1967. Copyright Claes Oldenburg

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25 August, 2013

The Trouble with Art Criticism: Conference

From the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Uploaded December 2011

The alarm bells about the crisis in art criticism have been rung many times in recent years, but what exactly is the crisis? Whilst once art criticism was passionate, polemical and judgmental, today's critics are more likely to find themselves tangled in a web of obscure language and neutrality. This Trouble With discussion panel seeks to tackle the nature of the ominous crisis in art criticism and identify what has changed, why, and whether it makes sense to look back at historic criticism for guidance.

This panel, chaired by curator and writer Teresa Gleadowe, speakers include JJ Charlesworth, associate editor at ArtReview Magazine; Adrian Searle, chief art critic of The Guardian newspaper; Melissa Gronlund; Managing Editor of Afterall journal, as well as Contributing Editor for Frieze, independent writer and curator Tom Morton.

The Trouble with Curating: Conference

From the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London
Uploaded on 20 Dec 2010

The verb to 'curate' is a recent addition to the lexicon of the art world. How has the role of the curator developed and, as the boundaries are increasingly blurred between the artist and the curator, is there a fundamental difference of position between artist and curator? Curator and writer Andrew Renton chairs the discussion with the Director of The Showroom Emily Pethick, Tate Britain Director Penelope Curtis, artist Steven Claydon and lecturer, writer and artist Pavel Buchler.

David Hockney: Interview

Inside New York's Art World: David Hockney, 1982

Interviewer: Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive in the Duke University Libraries: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/dsva/

24 August, 2013

Peter Doig

Peter Doig was born in 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland, moved to Trinidad, West Indies in 1962, and then to Canada in 1966. In 1979 he moved to London to attend the Wimbledon School of Art. He received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Martin's School of Art in 1983, and earned his Master of Arts degree from the Chelsea School of Art in 1990.

Tate Shot July 2008

"Peter Doig's retrospective at Tate Britain was called 'the most enthralling show in town'. He took us behind the scenes as he finalised the hang just before it opened, and showed us his private collection of photographs that provide the starting point for his mesmerising paintings.

Peter Doig / MATRIX 183 (March 2009)

link: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/183

Download the exhibition brochure (PDF) .

"Kicking off a yearlong series of public programs celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of MATRIX was this conversation between artist Peter Doig, who was featured in the MATRIX program in 2000, and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, MATRIX curator from 1999 through 2005.

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is currently based in Trinidad, West Indies. MATRIX 183 Echo-Lake was his first one-person museum exhibition in the United States. "


A selection of works

Peter Doig at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NYC (Jan 2009)

Peter Doig New Paintings at GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE
Opening Night from James Kalm

Peter Doig at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
From Vernissage TV

" The Peter Doig retrospective at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, offers a comprehensive overview of the artists’s work. On display are 50 paintings, a group of works on paper, and about 130 painted film posters. The show spans 20 years, from Peter Doig’s Hitch Hiker (1989-90) to his Man Dressed as Bat (2007). This video provides you with an exhibition walk-through, and Dorothea Apovnik (head of press at Schirn) gives an introduction to the show. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. October 10, 2008."


Artist Peter Doig speaks about his work, as seen in the exhibition Peter Doig No Foreign Lands at the Scottish National Gallery from 3rd August to 3rd November 2013. (Published on 9 Aug 2013)

23 August, 2013

Art Market and Art Fairs

'(Art) Dealers worldwide earned about 36 percent of their sales on average through local or international art fairs in 2012, an increase of 6 percentage points from 2010, according to the European Fine Art Foundation’s Art Market Report by Arts Economics, which surveyed 6,000 dealers. '

Report (March 2013) link: http://www.tefaf.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=148&tabindex=147&postid=13221

'While some smaller dealers get better exposure by showing alongside bigger galleries at fairs, many struggle even to get past the long waiting lists for entrance into the fairs, while those that win access must work hard to recoup the costs, including the booth fee, airfares, hotels and entertainment. Just a booth can start at $15,000, go to $40,000 or so for a midsize gallery, or even $100,000 and above for a larger space. '

'Some big New York galleries then send as many as 20 employees to staff the fairs; travel, hotels and parties for collectors, as well as insurance and installation for the art, can push the cost past $300,000 for one fair alone. '

'The Arts Economics report found that sales by dealers with annual revenue of less than 500,000 euros fell 17 percent in 2012, whereas sales for dealers with annual revenue exceeding 10 million euros rose 55 percent. Worldwide, the top one-tenth of dealers account for more than 60 percent of total gallery sales above 20 billion euros. '
According to the Web site Galleries of New York, which collates real estate data, the number of galleries in the big art districts has declined in the past few years — galleries in West Chelsea have fallen to 282 from a peak of 364 in 2007; those in SoHo have dropped to 87 from 337 in 1995. 

full article here

Art Events September 2013:source http://www.artvista.de

Shanghai Art Fair 

SAFOTO San Antonio 

Arte Salta 

Art Gwangju 2012 

Great Sydney Antiques Fair 

Joburg Art Fair 

PETERSFIELD Antiques Fair 

Shanghai Contemporary 

Gwangju Biennale 

20/21 British Art Fair 

Berliner Liste 

Preview Berlin - The Emerging Art Fair 

Art Copenhagen 

Mediations Biennale 

Chelsea Antiques Fair 

International Art fair ART MOSCOW 

Art Amsterdam  



BAAF Brussels Accessible Art Fair 

ARTNÎM - Nimes  

Antiques and Art at the Armory 

KIAF Korea International Art Fair 

Busan Biennial  

Biennial de São Paulo 

Illustrative 12 Berlin 

Art Platform - Los Angeles 

Taipei Biennale  

Venice Biennial  

Les Rencontres d'Arles  


Contour - 6th Biennial of Moving Image 

abc art berlin contemporary  

ROMA Contemporary Art 

22 August, 2013

John Lennon, Yoko Ono; Interview

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono were guests on the Dick Cavett show on 11th September 1971. This was Lennon's first interview after the Beatles had split. The Lennon's discuss their artistic collaboration, with reference to Yoko's work. It contains some footage of their film work and previews the release of Imagine. There's some warm up chit chat at the beginning that may be skipped.

John described Yoko as "the world's most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does."


The first interview continues here


second interview

The Lennons appear at approximately 27 mins into the video.


more info

Yoko Ono on Wiki

20 August, 2013

Painters Painting: Documentary

".... the documentary is about American painting from the end of World War II through the 1960s. Specifically it was tied to a Metropolitan Museum of Art show titled “New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970″ and comes with the sub-title “A Candid History of the New York Art Scene, 1940-1970″ and supplemented with a similarly titled book. "

"One thing it is not, however, is a look at painters painting. A better title is “Painters Talking” or even “Filmmaker Filming,” given that de Antonio appears in many interview scenes along with his crew, or sometimes there is at least a microphone extended into the frame. The director, who was a prominent part of the New York art scene (as promoter rather than artist) before becoming a filmmaker at the age of 43, took on this subject in part at the suggestion of his wife at the time, Terry Brook.

It was also, while familiar ground, nothing short of a challenge for de Antonio, who was conflicted about the art. He liked the paintings and their creators were his friends, but as a Marxist social critic he saw them as “essentially manifestations of a very conservative aspect of America … part of a machine which runs this country,” because they’re bought by the wealthy and corporate and the artists then too become wealthy and occasionally even corporate. He was also critical of abstract paintings being too uninvolved, socially and politically. Of the work of his close friend Frank Stella, he would say, “Tell me the politics of a stripe…”*"

full article

From Wiki

"Artists appearing in the film include Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Barnett Newman, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia, Larry Poons, Robert Motherwell, and Kenneth Noland."

from Youtube

14 August, 2013

Lecture: William Kentridge

Hosted by College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts on February 28, 2011

Best known for animated films based on charcoal drawings, William Kentridge's works have propelled him into the realm of South Africa's top artists. His animations, focused on time and change, are often autobiographical, as an individual (Kentridge includes his self-portrait in many of his pieces) and as a South African (many of his works concern social and political issues). Kentridge speaks about time pre- and post-Einstein's theory of relativity and how it relates to art as part of the Seventh Annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture series.