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Behind the Sale of a Major Florine Stettheimer Work

July 27th, 2016

Florine Stettheimer, Asbury Park South, via NYTThe New York Times reports on the quiet sale of a major Florine Stettheimer work from the collection of Nashville’s Fisk University, a sale that drew criticisms from many in the field.  “Shame on them,” says Lyndel King, director of the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota and chairwoman of the Task Force for the Protection of University Collections. “It’s very much against the ethics of our profession.”
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Researchers Identify Likely Model for Francis Picabia’s ‘Udnie’

July 27th, 2016

Udnie (Jeune fille americaine), via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper follows the story of Udnie, a long-unknown muse of Francis Picabia that scholars now believe was model and silent-film actress Audrey Munson.  Munson “posed for him for several days, but never in still position,” she is quoted.  “He had me walk about the studio in different lights, taking different postures. He wanted to paint me in action, he said, not in repose.”
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SWISS INSTITUTE TO LAUNCH NEW TEMPORARY GALLERY “SWISS IN SITU” IN TRIBECA

July 26th, 2016

Nieves_Innen_SI_2016-781x1024The Swiss Institute has announced the location and opening date of its new temporary gallery, “Swiss In situ.” Occupying a 5,000 sq. ft space in Tribeca, Swiss In situ will function as the institute’s main center until a more permanent location is announced next year. The temporary gallery plans to mirror its status as “transitional” through its exhibitions, by focusing them on fleeting and “temporary structures–including publishing formats, social experiments, and architectural forms.” The gallery will open with an exhibition by Swiss publishers, Nieves and Innen called, “Nieves and Innen Zine Library.” The exhibition will feature “hundreds of pocket-sized, image-based publications [Nieves and Innen] have commissioned over the past 15 years,” along with artist and publisher talks at the opening event on August 4.
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Chris Burden

Chris Burden at his studio in Topaga, CA image via wirednewyork.com

Chris Burden at his studio in Topanga, CA

[image via wirednewyork.com]

Chris Burden (born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1946) is an American artist. He studied for his B.A. in visual arts, physics and architecture at Pomona College and received his MFA at the University of California, Irvine from 1969 to 1971. Burden’s reputation as a performance artist started to grow in the early 1970s after he made a series of controversial performances in which the idea of personal danger as artistic expression was central. His most well-known act from that time is perhaps the performance piece Shoot that was made in F Space in Santa Ana, California in 1971, in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant from a distance of about five meters.

Medusa's Head, 1990. Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks- image via nialldebuitlear.com

Medusa’s Head, 1990.

Plywood, steel, cement, rock, model railroad trains and tracks

[image via nialldebuitlear.com]

Video of Burden’s Shoot and other performance art

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974

Chris Burden, Trans Fixed- 1974 image via jalopnik.com

Chris Burden, Shoot image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Chris Burden, Shoo- 1971

[image via www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

Burden was taken to a psychiatrist after this piece. Many interpretations have been made regarding this piece. Many saw it as a statement about both the war in Vietnam and the American right to bear arms. Other performances from the 1970s were Five Day Locker Piece (1971), Deadman (1972), B.C. Mexico (1973), Fire Roll (1973), TV Hijack (1972), Doomed (1975) and Honest Labor (1979).

[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008- electro-polished stainless steel

Chris Burden, What My Dad Gave Me (rendering), 2008-

electro-polished stainless steel.  [image via www.artdaily.com]

More info about the artist coming soon.

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