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Swiss Farmer Wins Contest to Show Picasso on His Barn

April 18th, 2019

A Swiss farmer, Hanspeter Benz has won a competition by the Fondation Beyeler to hang a Picasso in his barn for 24 hours. The work was shown in Benz’s barn on April 16th.
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Chicago Artists Coalition Releases List of Micro-Grant Recipients

April 18th, 2019

The Chicago Artists Coalition has unveiled its list of 15 Chicago-based artists who will receive its first-ever round of micro-grants, which come with unrestricted purses of $2,000 each.  “We have truly visionary artists living and working in every neighborhood across the city. We hope that this new line of support will help bring some of their visions to life, for their individual benefit and that of their broader communities,” says Tracie D. Hall, director of the Joyce Foundation’s culture program.
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Anne Pasternak Gives Tour of Her BK Museum Office

April 18th, 2019

Brooklyn Museum head Anne Pasternak gives NY Magazine a tour of her office, showcasing her art collection, which includes work by Kiki Smith and Kara Walker, and shares a story about a graffiti artist showing up to paint part of her wall.  “So one day he shows up in a clown outfit, complete clown outfit, doesn’t say a word, has a bucket with spray paint in it, puts down a tarp, paints for twenty minutes and leaves, never said a word,” she says.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Jeff Wall

b. 1946
Lives and works in:

Vancouver, Canada

Represented by:

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris

Education includes:

University of British Columbia BA, Vancouver
Courtauld Institute, University of London, England

Wall is a photographer known for creating back-lit narrative photographs. Though appearing straightforward, he does sometimes experiment with photo-manipulation and elaborate production. His work ranges from pieces rich in implication, like compassion in A Woman with a Covered Tray (2003) and desperation in Insomnia (1994) to others that resemble well-worked theatrical productions of Gregory Crewdson, like his 1992 piece The Giant and After the Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the Preface, created in 1999.

Other photographs manage to dodge the focus of humans and enter a realm that is more abstract, like the putrid and bland room captured in the 2003 photograph A Wall in a Former Bakery and the near-indecipherable darkly splattered mess of a corner of an art studio in Staining Bench, Furniture Manufacturer’s, Vancouver taken in 2003.

Awards include The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography, the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography as well as the Roswitha Haftmann Prize for Visual Arts. He has extensive teaching experience having taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Simon Frasier University in British Columbia, and the University of British Columbia. He is an established author and critic as well.

Grosenic, Uta. Art Now: Vol 2. Los Angeles: Taschen, 2006.

Jeff Wall at Marion Goodman New York, February 23 – March 22, 2008 [ArtObserved]

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