Gilbert & George claim that “Most people who saw our last retrospective [in the UK] are dead,” but their influence on several generations of younger British artists is clear. The duo apparently lobbied Tate Modern for a retrospective, and the museum is now presenting the largest exhibition of their work to date (curated by Jan Debbaut), spanning the artists’ transgressive-conceptualist history from the early “living sculptures” to the present, including their postcard pieces, all forty-five “Pictures” series, and new works. Here, in Britain’s powerhouse of cultural tourism, G&G’s arch (in both senses) conservative performance of “life as art” and their obsession with identity will be refracted through their post-YBA role as national art icon.
Through January 06 2008, via: Artforum
Six wooden Brillo boxes in the collection of a Swedish museum are fakes that were made in 1990, three years after Warhol died, the New York Times reported (via the Associated Press) on Saturday. The Moderna Museet in Stockholm said it had investigated the six Brillo boxes, donated in 1995 by its former director, Pontus Hultén, after a Swedish newspaper claimed that they were copies. In a letter to the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board in New York, the museum director, Lars Nittve, confirmed the claims. “These boxes are not authorized by the artist and should be removed from the official list of Andy Warhol Brillo boxes,” Nittve wrote. The Swedish paper Expressen reported in June that Hultén, who was director of the museum in the 1960s and the Pompidou Center in Paris in the 1970s and 1980s, had Swedish carpenters build 105 copies of the box for an exhibition in Russia in 1990. Expressen claimed that Hultén, who died last year, sold a number of the copies with certificates falsely stating that they were made for a Warhol exhibition in Stockholm in 1968. Be Warned!
“I don’t dream,” Louise Bourgeois once claimed. And although her images, ideas, and objects feel half-submerged in the unconscious, the artist describes her working method as more akin to operating “under a spell” than derived from any somnolent source. The Tate’s retrospective (the first in the UK since 1995), curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, Frances Morris, and Jonas Storsve, brings together more than two hundred drawings, sculptures, installations, and fabric pieces from Bourgeois’s seven-decade-long career. The accompanying catalogue features the artist’s own multifaceted written work, as well as essays by Rosalind Krauss, Julia Kristeva, Linda Nochlin, and others. All you Bourgeois fans, pinch yourselves: This is no dream.
Through January 20 2008, via: Artforum
French art bombshell, MISS VAN brought her trademark style back to Paris this Thanksgiving when she returned from Barcelona to open her show of new work, “Atame” at GALERIE MAGDA DANYSZ. The exhibit is an impressive showcase of the artist’s stylistic evolution, a notable feature of which is her incorporation of a prominent new hair motif that included bundles of the real thing pinned to the gallery walls. Needless to say, the new works, from detailed large scale paintings to intricate drawings sold out quick and drew a huge crowd of the faithful queuing to get a closer look.
Jeremy Fish has been doing some impressive things of late and his latest project is no exception as he continues to work with Upper Playground. Any skate and art aficionado will appreciate these screen printed, hardrock Canadian maple decks each produced in a limited run of 500 these make for special piece to collect take a close look at Upper Playgrounds online shop.
Thanks to Josh Spear for the info.
Now you can take body-boarding to the mountains with the Airboard. Airboard offers a completely new winter experience and is fast defining the latest snow sport, “snow body-boarding.” Groomers, powder, bumps, kickers, and yes, even half pipes, are all viable venues for the Airboard.
Damien Hirst sets auction records for sales of his own work, but he has also been setting auction records for the work of other artists. At a Sothebys auction last week Hirst was an anonymous phone bidder on a small Francis Bacon self portrait. The final price for the 1969 painting was $33 million or £15.9 million.
Francis Bacon would easily be one of my top 20 all time favorite artists, but I don’t think he hit the target with every painting. I think this Bacon self portrait is one that didn’t quite hit the mark and it doesn’t deserve to be a record setting (small) work by Bacon.
Damien Hirst Pays $33.1 Million for Francis Bacon Self-Portrait
“Hirst, 42, has a fortune valued at 130 million pounds ($269 million) by the Sunday Times. He sold 130 million pounds of his trademark pickled animals at London’s White Cube galleries earlier this year, and joined a group that invested in his diamond skull, leaving little new work on the market. His art collection runs from U.S. pop artist Jeff Koons to U.K. graffiti artists.”
The Groninger Museum will present the large-scale exhibition entitled Russian fairy stories, folk tales and legends. The highlights of this exhibition are the many paintings by the nineteenth-century artists Viktor Vasnetsov and Nikolai Roerich, and the illustrations by Ivan Bilibin and Elena Polenova.
On exhibition from 15 December 2007 to 6 April 2008.
New York has been invigorated by a one-two punch of Latin American Modernism this season. The first blow was “The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection,” at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Now the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA is weighing in with a similarly long-titled exhibition whose 250-plus pieces are here to stay: “New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections From a Decade of Acquisitions.”
Art Beatus will present a selection of oil paintings works of Li Yibing in its December exhibition named ‘Meditation’. Before his chubby buddies captured the attention of the art hunters, Li Yibing was just one of the hundreds of struggling artists in Song Zhuang, the artists’ enclave outside of Beijing.
On exhibition 5 December through 22 December, 2007.