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Tom Wesselmann Profiled in NYT

August 24th, 2016

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Big Palm Tree  (2004), via Art ObservedTom Wesselmann is the subject of a profile in the New York Times this week, tracing the course of his career and his ongoing interests in the mechanisms of pop culture and art history. Of particular note is the artist’s body of self-criticism, published under the pseudonym Slim Stealingworth. “Wesselmann was aware of a relationship between scale and eroticism. Too big a scale and eroticism decreases — perhaps because it is too hard to relate to a 15-foot woman,” he writes of his own compositions.
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Syrian Antiquities Says Three-Quarters of Seized Antiquities in Country Are Fake

August 24th, 2016

A seized, fake mosaic, via Art NewspaperThree quarters of artifacts seized in smuggling raids at the borders of Syria have been identified as fakes, Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim says, allaying some fears over illicit digging and sale of artifacts from the country by extremist groups.  “I hope the originals are stopped and the fakes go to the market place,” Abdulkarim says.
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Brexit Leaves Organizations on Hold for Funding

August 23rd, 2016

Tate Modern, via New YorkerDespite previous assurances that the Brexit vote would not affect arts funding, organizations in the UK are being told to expect delays in grant applications. The news leaves many awaiting needed funding for new hires and expanded projects in the country. 
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Andreas Gursky

Hong Kong, Island via Artnet.
b. 1955
Lives and works in:

Düsseldorf, Germany

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Education includes:

Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf

Gursky is a German photographer famous for his large and highly-textured photographs that provide a high point of view. He is fascinated with the relationship of people and space. Though not working in definitive series, his work can often be linked by motif. Often, his photographs, which capture a wide-angled view of a vast subject, feature an array of patterns. These patterns, which seem to be one of the most definitive qualities of his work, are not staged or posed, but are instead naturally occurring and captured from an odd or dramatic angle.

Copan via Sauer Thompson.

Signature works include the 1993 Paris, Montparnasse, which portrays the large, grid-like exterior of a large building while simultaneously allowing voyeuristic views into each curtainless window. More recently, he has incorporated computer editing into his art, frequently creating larger subjects than the initial photograph provides.

His work, 99 Cent II Diptychon, a dizzying photograph of row after row of candy and other disposable goods on display at a 99-cent store, sold for $3.3 million in 2007 and holds the record for the highest price paid for a photograph taken by a living photographer, via MOMA.

UBS Collection at Mori Art Museum [ArtObserved]

Wikipedia Entry

More info about the artist coming soon.