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Ghent Museum Embroiled in Controversy Over Fake Russian Avant-Garde Works

January 18th, 2018

Museum Fine Arts Ghent, via Art NewspaperA major controversy is boiling over in Ghent over an exhibition that featured over 25 works attributed to Russian avant-garde artists like Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, which are being labeled as fake by a group of curators and museum professionals.  The news broke thanks to an open letter published by the group of professionals which is printed in full today at the Art Newspaper.
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Moscow Embarking on Building Project to Recreate itself as “Cultural Capital”

January 18th, 2018

Rendering of GES2, via Art NewspaperMoscow is set to embark on a project to build its own “Museum Mile,” part of a project by the Russian city to make it a “cultural capital of the world.” “The idea arrived after understanding the level of cultural segregation in which Moscow has been for so long,” says Teresa Mavica of the V-A-C Foundation. “It’s time for the Russian capital to become more open, for institutions to work together and themselves become an important actor of the social movement—that is what I mean by an art revolution.”
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Renovations at Corcoran Lead to Criticism from Current Students

January 18th, 2018

Corcoran, via City PaperWashington City Paper spotlights the current construction underway at the Corcoran Gallery and George Washington University Art School, and the issues it has caused for current students, some of whom accuse the institution of endangering their health.  “In terms of this being an environmentally safe place to be, it is, and if it were not, I would shut it down,” said Darell Darnell, senior associate vice president for safety and security at the George Washington University.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Anselm Reyle

Image via Kopenhagen
b. 1970
Lives and works in:

Berlin, Germany

Represented by:

Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York

Through his paintings and sculptures, Gernman Anselm Reyle is reviving
concepts of 20th century art history. The artist often mentions that
painter Otto Freundlich has been a great influence to him. Minimal and
abstract, Reyle’s works are notorious for eye-catching colors and
surfaces, and are created with a variety of mixed media, such as
chrome, enamel and glitter. His paintings can be drippy, gestural or
sharply geometrical, yet his works are related by their patterns and
bold palettes. Stripes and kaleidoscope-like patterns are common
compositional cliches that Reyle makes his own.

View of Valley Of The Snake Ladies at Andersens Contemporary via Kopenhagen

Reyle produces sculptural works made of cheap, everyday items, and
also has an interest in found-object art, creating a replica of a tiny
sculpture, or developing a painting from a motif he saw in a magazine.
Playing with the cliches of modernism, his chrome found-object
sculptures are glitzy, kitsch and rock-and-roll decorative. Other
objects appear plasticized, like a factory prototype. Reyle is also
known for sculptures made of worthless foil that hang on gallery walls
like topographic maps of a monochrome mountain range. While his
techniques and subjects are diverse, a fascination with the
aggressiveness of neon lighting and psychedelic color palettes are
common threads that also run throughout his work. With an abundance of
creations that are aesthetically simple purely formal, for Reyle, it
doesn’t take much to make a piece of art.

untitled (2006) via Kopenhagen

Wikipedia Entry

More info about the artist coming soon.

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