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Theaster Gates Joins Ava DuVernay to Chair Diversity and Inclusion Council for Prada

February 14th, 2019

Artist Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay will co-chair a new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for Prada, Art News reports.  “Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company. In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with longtime collaborators Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates on this important initiative,” the company said in a statement.
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Serial Art Thief Arrested in Alsace

February 14th, 2019

Serial art thief Stéphane Breitwieser the has been arrested again in Alsace. He has been under surveillance since 2016, and was found with €163,000 in cash stored in buckets at his mother’s house.
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Artsy Alerts Users to Potential Data Breach

February 14th, 2019

Artsy has alerted users to a potential data breach on its site, exposing information to hackers. “We have no evidence that commercial or financial information was involved, and to date we have not received reports from Artsy users of actual or attempted fraud as a result of this incident,” an alert email read. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney
image via IndieWire
b. 1967
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Gladstone Gallery

Education includes:

Yale BA, New Haven, CT

Barney is a contemporary artist who works in several mediums including film, sculpture, photography, drawing and performance art. His compositions are often overly decadent, and even fantastical. The involve a mysterious symbolic system that alludes to associative dream states as described by Freud, offering a living and photographed quality, as opposed to a painted or surreal.

Cremaster 3

Cremaster 3, image via ArtRage


His works have been exhibited around the globe and has gained much attention thanks to his “Cremaster” film series. He is featured in the permanent collections of the Guggemheim, MOMA New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and several others.
Many of his pieces incorporate a performance aspect, including his 2006 “Drawing Restraint 13: The Instrument of Surrender” in which the artist
dressed like General Douglas MacArthur and walked into a vat of petroleum jelly.
He lives with his partner, Icelandic singer Bjork, and their child.

Cremaster 4

Cremaster 4, image via ArtRage

Drawing Restraint 9 at Serpentine Gallery [ArtObserved]
Guardian of the Veil at Regen projects L.A. [ArtObserved]

The Cremaster Cycle via www.babylonberlin.de

The Cremaster Cycle- via www.babylonberlin.de

Wikipedia Entry

Artist’s Website

The Official Cremaster Cycle
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