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Loring Randolph Joins Frieze as Artistic Director of Americas

September 25th, 2017

Loring Randolph, via Art NewsFrieze Art Fair has named Loring Randolph its new artistic director of the Americas. Randolph joins the fair after serving as a longtime partner at Casey Kaplan in New York. “I have participated for many years in Frieze Art Fairs as an exhibitor and my perspective in this regard offers some unique insights into my new role,” Randolph says. “Frieze is a progressive organization that is poised for growth, and I greatly look forward to working with my colleagues—the array of world-class galleries, curators, writers and collectors that partner with the Frieze fairs—to present an unparalleled experience at Frieze in the quality of gallery presentations by today’s most significant international artists.”
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NYT Profiles the Often Demanding Nature of Collecting Contemporary Works Designed to Change or Decay

September 25th, 2017

Max Hooper Schneider, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on challenging works of contemporary art that decay and break apart, presenting unique challenges for collectors and conservators. ‘‘Contemporary art’s job is to wreck, to ruin what came before,’’ artist and director John Waters says of such demanding work.
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German Art Database Aims to Support and Record Looted Artifacts

September 25th, 2017

Iraq, via Art NewspaperWorking to shore up defense of its Cultural Property Protection Law, Germany has created an internet database offering resources and information on recording, securing and reporting cultural artifacts. The site is part of an ongoing effort by Culture Minister Monika Grütters to ensure greater protection for artifacts moving from destabilized countries, and those circulating in Germany and the rest of Europe. 
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Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang, via honoluluacademy.org

b. 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China

Education:
Shanghai Drama Institute, 1981-1985
Institute for Contemporary Art: The National and International Studio Program at P.S. 1, New York

Awards:
– Finalist, 1996 Hugo Boss Prize
– 1999 Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale
– 2001 Cal Arts/Alpert Award
– 2005 Best Monographic Museum Show, Best Installation or Single Work in a Museum from International Association Of Art Critics, New England
– 7th Hiroshima Art Prize

Drawing For Transient Rainbow, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2003 via momahildawa.blogspot.com

Cai Guo-Qiang began working with gunpowder as a medium while living in Japan from 1986-1995, resulting in his signature set of drawings, Projects for Extraterrestrials. His work is often politically charged, and he used gunpowder as a way to express the supression he felt in China’s social environment at the time.

Guggenheim exhibit, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2008 via marnsarts.blogspot.com

Inopportune (Stage One), Cai Guo-Qiang, 2004 via nycdailyphoto.blogspot.com

Cai draws on a wide variety of materials, symbols, narratives, and traditions—elements of feng shui, Chinese medicine and philosophy, images of dragons and tigers, roller coasters, computers, vending machines, and gunpowder. Since September 11th, he has reflected upon his use of explosives both as metaphor and material. “Why is it important,” he asks, “to make these violent explosions beautiful? Because the artist, like an alchemist, has the ability to transform certain energies, using poison against poison, using dirt and getting gold.”

[PBS Art 21]

Light Cycle, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2003 via symposiumc6.org

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