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Jeff Koons Gift to Paris Rebuffed by Citizens

January 21st, 2018

Jeff Koons, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper reports on Parisians’ response to Jeff Koons massive tulips installation offered to the city of Paris. “Placing this artwork in front of the Palais de Tokyo would taint the museum and take up too much of its landscape. Jeff Koons had enough attention with his installations at the Château de Versailles [in 2008-09] without resorting to benefit from the memory of the Paris attacks,” one citizen says.
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Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn May Go Up for Sale

January 21st, 2018

Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn, via BBCKurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn in Elterwater is up for sale.  “Our fear is that we’ll be forced into selling it to a property developer,” owner Ian Hunter says. “We feel that we’ve been pushed into this situation by the Arts Council.”
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Economist Explores Implications on Restoration and Appraisal Technology

January 19th, 2018

Rijksmuseum, via ArchdailyA piece in The Economist looks at recent technologies in art appraisal and conservation, and questions how these developments may challenge the authority and stability of work in the field. “In the pursuit of knowledge about works of art, the language of science and that of the humanities both have to be spoken,” claims Robert van Langh, the Rijksmuseum’s head of conservation. 
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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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