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Giacometti Institute to Open in Paris This Summer

March 19th, 2018

Giacometti Drawings, via The GuardianThe Giacometti Institute will open in Paris this June, The Guardian reports, bringing a number of rarely seen works by the artist to exhibition, alongside a replica of his studio. “He was not interested at all in money, in glory. But I think he would have liked to see his work acknowledged,” says Catherine Grenier, the institute’s director. “He would find it very amusing. In his time the dominant strand was abstraction and [his art] was considered outside the trend. Nowadays he’s one of the most respected and the most important … of all his generation. He would be happy with this.” 
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Condo Announces New Project in Sao Paolo

March 19th, 2018

Condo logo, via Condo copyThe Condo gallery exchange project has announced its first edition in Sao Paolo, featuring 8 galleries including Carlos/Ishikawa and Simon Preston.  The event will open April 7th in the Brazilian city.

London Art Studios Exec Calls for Heightened Protections for Artist Studios and Homes

March 19th, 2018

Laure Prouvost, via The GuardianAnna Harding, the chief executive of Space studios in London, has called for London to defend against the city’s skyrocketing rents, less it lose its position of prominence as a hub for the art world.  “Lack of affordable living and working space for low-waged people in London is forcing many to reconsider their future in the capital,” she says. “Increasing rents underpin the story of artists living and working in London, and the challenges of affording a studio and making work have worsened considerably.”
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Pipilotti Rist

b. 1962
Lives and works in:

Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, CA

Represented by:

Hauser and Wirth, London/Zurich
Luhring Augustine, New York

Education includes:

Institute of Applied Arts, Vienna
School of Design, Basel

Rist, who traditionally works in film, began her career by making super 8 films. Her works usually last only a few minutes and vary in color, sound and speed. Often her pieces approach issues like sexuality, gender and the human body. Her films often feel like digital space travel soaring through a colored injected world of leaves, flowers, stones, etc that transform into the crook of an elbow or a patch of hair. Her videos never rest, with digital technology, the perspective is always twisting and changing. Often, the videos are projected in a non tradtional way; spinning images floating on the floor, a hanging shiny metal drop with the video projected on its side.
A signature work of hers is housed in PS1 MoMA’s floor, through a tiny chink in the floorboards one hears the high pitched voice of a minpin screaming for help. Looking down into the floor, one sees a tiny video of the artist, filmed from a downward perspective, of her desperately jumping up and down trying to escape the floorboards. The effect is that there is a tiny Rist that has slipped between the cracks of the museum.
She is at the forefront of women artists and of video artists, both minorities in a world dominated by male painters/sculptors.
She has received a number of awards and prizes, including the Swiss Federal Arts Scholarship in 1991 and the prestigious Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis in 1999.

Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland
“‘À la belle étoile”
Centre Pompidou, Paris
“Gravity Be My Friend”
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
If you like this artist check out:
Tony Oursler
Matthew Barney
Kara Walker