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Francis Alÿs to Show in Iraqi Pavilion for Next Year’s Venice Biennale

December 6th, 2016

francis-aly%cc%88s-via-art-newspaperFrancis Alÿs has been tapped for the Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale next year, inspired by his time on the frontlines of the conflicts in Mosul.  “The main line of enquiry for his new work will be the role of the artist in war, whilst he will also examine themes of nomadism,” says a spokeswoman for the Ruya Foundation, which organized the exhibition.  
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UK Restores A-Level Art History to Curriculum

December 6th, 2016

students-via-art-newspaperThe UK will not lose A-Level Art History, following a major public outcry, the Art Newspaper reports.  “The response from the public, from teachers and from young people shows many people have a real passion for these subjects,” says Rod Bristow, the president of the Pearson exam board, which is making the program part of their exam offerings.  “We’re happy to help make sure they remain available.”
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Steven Mnuchin Leaving MOCA Board After Treasury Appointment

December 6th, 2016

steve-mnuchin-via-la-timesThe LA Times reports that Steven Mnuchin, son of gallerist Robert Mnuchin and newly appointed Secretary of Treasury, has announced that he is stepping down from MOCA’s Board of Trustees.  “Since I’ll be focusing my full-time efforts as nominee for Secretary of Treasury, I’ve decided to resign from MOCA’s Board of Trustees,” he said. “I have very much enjoyed my seven years on the Board at MOCA, one of the country’s most important contemporary art institutions.” 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Olafur Eliasson

Works and lives in:

Copenhagen and Berlin

Represented By:

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Education includes:

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1989-1995)

Eliasson is an Installation artist and Photographer. He is best known for creating natural, outdoor, settings inside galleries and exhibition spaces.

Eliasson’s work is represented in many private and public collections. The Guggenheim Museum (New York, US), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, US), The Menil Collection and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reine Sofia (Madrid, Spain) are examples of institutions showing his work.

In 2003, “The Weather Project” was installed at the Tate Modern. This was Eliasson’s triumph. The installation transformed the gallery’s Turbine Hall into a solarium, with a representations of the Sun and the sky. The work spanned the entire legnth of the great hall. Humidifiers were used to create a fine mist in the air via a mixture of sugar and water. Hundreds of mono-frequency lamps emitted pure yellow light in the from of a semi-circular disc. The ceiling of the hall was covered with a huge mirror. The mirror served many purposes, it reflected heat from the lamps and allowed the visitors to see themselves as tiny shadows against the orange light.

Eliasson frequently displays his work in international projects, biennial exhibitions, and as commissioned outdoor installations. “Blind Pavilion,” is his 2003 creation for the Venice Biennial. “Your Black Horizon,” was commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza and David Adjaye in 2006, on the island of San Lazzaro in the lagoon near Venice, Italy.  The  piece was  a light installation, exhibiting a black room with a thin strip of light showing through the walls.

Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:

Artist Homepage Olafur Eliasson

Wikipedia Entry

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