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Citing Intolerance, Ai Weiwei is Leaving Berlin

August 23rd, 2019

Claiming that German society has become intolerant of refugees, Ai Weiwei is leaving his home in Berlin for Cambridge. “Europe was a civilised, modern society which was supposed to uphold humanism, democracy, freedom and human rights,” he says. “Europe may no longer remain Europe beyond geography.”
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Entertainment Unions Show “Deep Concern” Over Decline in Arts Journalism

August 23rd, 2019

Entertainment unions have published an open letter decrying the decline in arts journalism and its impact on the creative industries.  “Having a properly funded arts media is vital to supporting theatre, film and TV productions, ensuring that we celebrate the UK as a centre for the creative industries and to encourage people to get involved in the arts either as writers, directors, producers, performers, behind the scenes workers, patrons and audience members,” the letter reads.
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Christie’s to Auction Collection of Theatre Producer Terry Allen Kramer

August 22nd, 2019

This fall, Christie’s in New York will auction off more than 260 pieces of art and design from the collection of philanthropist and theater producer Terry Allen Kramer. The collection “reflects the spirit of adventure and sense of fun she was legendary for, spanning the best of modern art from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries,” says Max Carter, the head of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Anish Kapoor

b. 1954
Lives and works in:

London and India

Represented by:

Barbara Gladstone

Education includes:

Doon School, Dehra Dun, India
Hornsey College of Art, England
Chelsea School of Art Design, England

Kapoor is primarily known for his sculpture, however he also makes drawings that are reminiscent of his three dimensional forms. Born in Bombay, he often utilizes over saturated powder pigments to cover his works and the floor around them. This practice is evocative of the soft mounds of colored powders found in Indian markets and temples to be used to spiritual cleansing and festivities. His signature works are the smooth, glossy curved forms. Their seductive form is at once concave and convex and reflect the viewer and the surrounding environment.
He is referencing minimalists of the 60s, which emphasize the relationship between artwork, viewer and site, but infuses the minimalism with color and a very specific form. The forms that he uses reach beyond traditional minimalism and confront the idea of simultaneous unity and duality, with shapes that are at once concave and convex. This speaks metaphorically to dichotomies inherent in life between earth/sky, male/female, body/mind, etc.
Kapoor has continued to produce larger and more ambitious works as his career progresses, formulating a strong relationship with architecture.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991 and represented Britain in the 1990 Venice Biennale. His work is in the Tate Modern in London, the MOMA in New York, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Guggenheim in Bilbao, and other museums and collections worldwide.
He has had several works commissioned around the world including Cloud Gate (2004) in the Millennium Park in Chicago, Tarantara (1999) in the Baltic Flour Mills in Gateshead, England, Marsyas (2002) in the Tate Modern in London.

Wikipedia Entry

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Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:
“Anish Kapoor: Works on Paper”
Gladstone Gallery, New York
2007
“Anish Kapoor”
Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil, Brazil
January 29 – April 1, 2007
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