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Met Issues Statement on US Withdrawal from Unesco

October 17th, 2017

Met Museum, via Art DailyThe Met has issued a statement in protest against the U.S.’s decision to pull out of Unesco, claiming the decision will have disastrous effects on the country. “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation,” the statement reads.
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Russian Performance Artist Sets Fire to Doors of Bank of France

October 17th, 2017

Pavlensky in front of the Bank, via Art NewspaperRussian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of Bank of France in Paris over the weekend, continuing a series of confrontational performances that have seen him imprisoned multiple times in Russia.  Pavlensky was quickly detained by French police. 
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Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

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:
“Karkara”
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2007
“PIPILLOTI RIST”
Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland
2007
“‘À la belle étoile”
Centre Pompidou, Paris
2007
“Gravity Be My Friend”
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
2007
If you like this artist check out:
Tony Oursler
Matthew Barney
Kara Walker