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Tate Under Fire for Asking Staff to Chip in Towards Boat for Nicholas Serota

April 30th, 2017

nicholas-serota-via-the-guardianThe Tate is facing criticism after the museum reportedly asked staff to chip in money towards buying a sailing boat as a going away present for Nicholas Serota.  “The staff at Tate are underpaid and overworked, and haven’t had appropriate pay rises, and this just demonstrates how divorced from reality the management at Tate are,” says Tracy Edwards, the PCS union representative for Tate staff. “It seems to me they’ve made a big error of judgment.”
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Hermann Nitsch Performance Set to Go Forward in Tasmania

April 30th, 2017

Hermann Nitsch, via Art NewspaperA Hermann Nitsch performance using a slaughtered bull is set to move forward in Tasmania, despite protests from animal rights activists.  “Art sometimes has the power to influence a community, and although it would be an indirect outcome of this performance, we would consider a reduction in the consumption of meat a positive result,” a statement from the Museum of Old and New Art, where the performance is set to take place, reads.  “If we cancel this event, not one bull will be saved…Yes, we could select a random animal to live peacefully in a paddock for the rest of its life. This would amount to no more than a futile attempt to reduce our guilt, and in the process further suppress the truth and reality that we are seeking to understand.”
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Bloomberg Breaks Down Current Focus on Art as Asset Class

April 30th, 2017

Gerhard Richter, via BloombergBloomberg takes a look at recent collecting trends in the global market, including advisers increased focus on art as part of a broader asset strategy.  There are opportunities to plan around art that don’t exist around other asset classes,” says Dan Desmond, executive director with the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Andreas Gursky

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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.

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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.

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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

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