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NYT Spotlights Post-Brexit Future for EU Art Market

October 18th, 2019

David Zwirner is in the NYT this week, talking about Brexit and how it has affected the future of the European art market. “I thought of having a second leg in Europe since a few years, but Brexit did accelerate that process,” he says. “There were opportunities in Europe we weren’t grabbing in the way we should.”


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Shirin Neshat Interviewed in Art Newspaper

October 18th, 2019

Shirin Neshat has some choice words about the Trump administration in an interview with Art Newspaper this week, as she opens a major retrospective at The Broad. “For me, the demon lives on both sides,” she says. “This US government is looking more and more like the Iranian government every day. I am cornered on both sides in a way, maybe not so badly yet in the US. At the moment the sanctions are killing Iran­—not just the government but the people too—and they are desperately trying to find a solution. And then in the US, my God—it is just going to hell. There are such profound problems: corruption, healthcare, education, the issue of poverty. ”
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Artist Accuses Gucci of Ripping Her Off for New Campaign

October 17th, 2019

Artist Sharona Franklin is accusing Gucci of ripping off the style and techniques in her work, after the artist was approached and signed an NDA for the company. “I gave them my full name, and then after that I never heard from them again,” she says, noting that she has suffered from multiple chronic illnesses that have caused issues with employers in the past. “I lost so many opportunities in the past by disclosing my disability to employers.” 
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Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois image via www.mfa.org

image via www.mfa.org

Louise Bourgeois (born December 25, 1911) is an artist and sculptor. Her most famous works are possibly the spider structures, titled Maman, from the last dozen years. All of Bourgeois’ sculptures incorporate a sense of vulnerability and fragility. Her works are often viewed to have a sense of sexuality to them, which she believed is a large part of both vulnerability and fragility. Her works are sometimes abstract and she speaks of them in symbolic terms with the main focus being “relationships” – considering an entity in relation to its surroundings.

Arch of Hysteria, 1993 Polished Bronze image via www.tate.org.uk

Arch of Hysteria, 1993 Polished Bronze image via www.tate.org.uk

Fillette, 1968- latex over plaster image via www.tate.org.uk

Fillette, 1968- latex over plaster image via www.tate.org.uk

Eye to Eye, 1970- marble sculpture image via www.nyartbeat.com

Eye to Eye, 1970- marble sculpture

[image via www.nyartbeat.com]

Eyes, 2001- outdoor sculpture image via flickr.com

Eyes, 2001- outdoor sculpture image via flickr.com

Bourgeois conveys feelings of anger, betrayal and jealousy, but with playfulness. In her sculpture, she has worked in many different mediums, including rubber, wood, stone, metal, and appropriately for someone who came from a family of tapestry makers, fabric. Some of her pieces consisted of erotic and sexual images, with a motif of “cumuls” (she named the round figures such because they reminded her of cumulus clouds). Her most famous works are possibly the spider structures, titled Maman, from the last dozen years. Maman now stands outside Tate Modern in London. A similar sculpture was featured at an art exhibition in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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