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Luhring Augustine Opening Space in Tribeca on May 1st

February 28th, 2020

Luhring Augustine will open its new space in Tribeca on May 1st, a 3,500 square foot space on White Street.  The inaugural exhibition will showcase a selection of sculptures and works on paper by the late Lucia Nogueira
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Grayson Perry Wins Erasmus Prize

February 28th, 2020

Grayson Perry has won the prestigious Erasmus Prize, one of the Netherlands’ highest honors. “I always love a medal. I’ll probably design an outfit to match,” he said. 
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2020 Getty Medal Goes to Alice Walton, Martin Puryear, Kwame Anthony Appiah

February 28th, 2020

The 2020 Getty Medal, the highest honor given by the J. Paul Getty Trust, will go to philanthropist Alice Walton, artist Martin Puryear, and scholar Kwame Anthony Appiah. “The Getty Medal recognizes excellence and impact in cultural areas that help expand our understanding and appreciation of the world around us,” says David Lee, chair of the Getty Board of Trustees. “This year we are thrilled to honor three influential and transformative leaders.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Doug Aitken

Doug Aitken

image via AFP/Getty Images

b.1968

Lives/Works in:

Los Angeles, California

Education:

Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA [1987–1991]

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Aitken’s style of art lingers in a realm between popular culture and media art. He has taken the liberty of incorporating video into much of his work, revealing a wealth of intensities. “There is no linear narrative in Aitken’s videos; the story line is disjointed both in terms of the films’ structure and sequence of images, as well as in their prism-like projection.” Grosenick, pg.20

Atkins is not only a videographer, but a photographer as well. He creates photographs influenced by epic road movies, as well as photographs manipulated through the use of a computer.  Atkins’ photographs “kaleidoscopically fragment their motifs, thus attempting to translate the principle of his video projections into a single flat surface.” Grosenick, pg. 20

“He belongs to a generation of artist that enriched the presentation of the medium of video. Aitken’s work questions nature and civilization as well as people and their relationship to time and space. Obsessed with the idea of present time, Aitken refers to his films and installations as being pure communication. In the process, he utilizes the vocabulary of Hollywood and advertising films. Alongside his freelance activities as artist and photographer, Doug Aitken is also known for his video clips, completed for artists such as Iggy Pop and Fatboy Slim.” -Media Art Net

Doug Aitken

Electric Earth image via Media Art Net

Aitken is currently participating in the Life on Mars exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Migration

Migration, image via Carnegie Museum of Art

Grosenick, Uta. Art Now Vol.2. Los Angeles: Taschen, 2005.***********

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