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Market Thrives for Kerry James Marshall

June 19th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRThe Art Newspaper looks at the thriving popularity of the work of Kerry James Marshall, after a record-breaking auction price drove new interest in his work, and a rampant demand for pieces, including those about to go on view at a show at David Zwirner’s London location. “We might not even keep a waiting list for the exhibition,” Zwirner says. “It’s going to be very hard to get a painting from that show, that’s for sure.”
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Theaster Gates Asks Collectors: “Support Artists That Live in Your Cities”

June 19th, 2018

Theaster Gates, via The GuardianTheaster Gates made a statement on supporting young artists in remarks last night at a party in Basel, asking collectors to support young artists making and selling their work. “You guys, I know that I’m the byproduct of people saying yes when they didn’t know me, saying yes at my potential and the possibility of the thing,” he said. “Throwing small dinners with me with five people that has turned into dinners for 200. I’m just grateful.”
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Art Newspaper Looks at Costs and Rewards of Major Art Prizes

June 19th, 2018

Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz is congratulated by friends and family after hearing that she has won the Turner Prize 2010, at the Tate Britain gallery, in central LondonA piece in Art Newspaper this week asks if arts awards really carry many of the benefits for winners that they claim, looking at a range of examples including a recent protest by a group of artists nominated for Germany’s Berlin Nationalgalerie Prize. “There is an unspoken assumption that the participants are likely to be remunerated by the market as a result of being nominated for or winning the prize,” the artists nominated for this prize said in an open statement. “We know that this is not always the case. The logic of artists working for exposure feeds directly into the normalization of the unregulated pay structures ubiquitous in the art field.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Ellsworth Kelly

b. 1923
Lives and works in:

Spencetown, New York

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Education includes:

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Boston Museum School
École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Kelly is an American painter and sculptor. He is associated with the minimalist school as well as Hard-edge painting and Color field painting. Other staples of his work include a single-color scheme and irregular-shaped canvas, though many believe his flat-paintings to be a rebellion to Abstract Expressionism. He has also been known to create multi-paneled works that can be rearranged to create a new work of art.
His premier solo show was held in 1951 at Paris’ Galerie Arnaud. By 1958, he was experimenting with free-standing sculptures, branching out in medium. One of his more famous pieces from this period is a large-scale, shelf-like installation made of silver aluminum, containing four rows of unevenly spaced, asymmetrical metal shapes, painted a variety of solid colors. In 1973, the first retrospective of his life’s work was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Following the retrospective, he began to experiment with larger sculptures made from steel and aluminum. In 1982, the Whitney Museum of American Art featured a sculpture retrospective of his work and in 1996, the Guggenheim organized a career retrospective which traveled to Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tate Modern in London and Munich’s Haus der Kunst. He has also been commissioned to create works by the city of Barcelona and by the United States Holocaust Museum.
More recent works include his 2006 series “New Paintings,” simple compositions that typically include two canvases, painted different solid colors, stacked on top of one another, ideally displayed against a vast white gallery wall. His series “Plant Drawings,” created in 1992, features several thin sketches of flowers on a large white paper which overwhelm the subject.

Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Gober at Matthew Marks [ArtObserved]