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Pussy Riot Member Smuggles Self Across Russian Border

August 15th, 2018

Maria Alyokhina, via The GuardianMaria Alyokhina, one of three founding members of Pussy Riot, has snuck across the border to reach the UK, following her prevention of leaving Russia by border guards. “Pussy Riot founder Maria refused to be captive and silenced,” the group said in a statement. “She was absolutely determined to perform the show and will be there in person to join her band mates to share her story.”
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The List Project in Liverpool Placed Back on View After Being Defaced

August 14th, 2018

The List Liverpool, via Art NewspaperThe List project has been put back up on view in Liverpool after it was torn down last month.  The work documents the 34,361 names of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have died trying to get to Europe since 1993.  “The site continues to be a target but we are doing everything we can to ensure that The List is presented for the remainder of Liverpool Biennial 2018, so that more people have the opportunity to come into contact with it,” a spokesperson says.
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Hirshhorn Acquires Tino Seghal Performance Piece

August 14th, 2018

tino-seghal-via-artforumThe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired its first-ever performance artwork: Tino Sehgal’s This You. “For more than a decade the Hirshhorn has demonstrated a unique commitment to the acquisition and presentation of experimental and new media works,” says director Melissa Chiu. “Tino enters the collection at a significant moment, providing fresh insight and further strengthening the museum’s dialogue around contemporary performance.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Richard Serra

b. 1939
Lives and works in:

New York state and Nova Scotia

Represented by:

Gagosian Gallery, New York

Education includes:

University of California BA, Santa Barbara
Yale BFA, New Haven, CT
Yale CFA, New Haven, CT

Serra is a sculptor most well known for his gargantuan, site-specific steel sculptures that completely envelope their viewers. These sculptures are comprised of carefully arranged walls gently curving on two axes with space in between for people to walk within the looming rusted passageways. He is often cited as a minimalist, as his work emphasizes materiality and engagement between viewer, site and the work. Serra is known for his avid devotion and development of the notion of process art. All of these intentions, place him in the category of the neo- avant- garde, as defined by Burger.

Serra’s career was jump-started by his Splash series (1968-1970). He dripped and splashed molten lead on the juncture between the wall and the floor. This work was a crucial moment in art history for the site specific artwork, while simultaneously drawing on Jackson Pollock’s emphasis on process and the use of industrial materials in 20th century Russian avant garde works.

Serra’s work became embroiled in controversy, when a commissioned large scale, site specific sculpture Tilted Arc (1981) was removed from the Federal Plaza due to public dismay after eight years of battle. Workers in the area complained that the gently curving 3.5 meter tall piece of steel interfered with pedestrian traffic in the square. The city suggested that the piece be moved. Consistent to the tenets of site-specificity, Serra famously retorted, “To remove the work is to destroy it.” The piece was taken down and turned into scrap metal in 1989.

Serra continues to construct the huge steel installations he is now famous for. His first solo show was in the Leo Castelli ware house, Serra continues to show with Castelli as well as Gagosian Gallery. He has exhibited extensively around the world, including at the MOMA, the Guggenheim Bilbao, Kunsthalle Tubingen, and the Musee National d’Art Moderne.

Serra at MOMA June 3- September 10, 2008 [Art Observed]