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Hans Ulrich Obrist Tops ArtReview’s “Power 100″ List

October 20th, 2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist, via The GuardianThe annual ArtReview “Power 100″ list for the art world has been released, with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist topping the list for the first time since 2009.  “Obrist’s project is perfectly suited to a globalized, networked age,” the magazine writes.  He is trailed by Documenta 14 curator Adam Szymczyk and Iwan and Manuela Wirth.

Schukin Collection Set for Paris Exhibition

October 20th, 2016

sergei-shchukins-mansion-in-moscow-via-art-newspaperThe Art Newspaper spotlights the arrival of over 100 Modernist masterworks of the Sergei Shchukin collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the first time this many of the works from the renowned Russian collection have been shown together outside the country.  “All curators working on the Modern period dream about staging a Shchukin exhibition,” says Anne Baldassari, former director of the Musée Picasso in Paris. “It’s one of the great pioneering collections that has never received a comprehensive presentation.”
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NADA New York Moves to March During Armory Week

October 20th, 2016

NADA at the Deauville, all photos by Art ObservedNADA will move its annual New York edition to March in 2017, aligning the event with the Armory Show, and taking place at the Skylight Clarkson North, a venue at 571 Washington Street in Hudson Square.  “NADA is always looking for new ways to bring contemporary art to the public on behalf of our international exhibitors and membership base,” says executive director Heather Hubbs. “We’re looking forward to this venture with Skylight Clarkson North, and returning to the west side for our sixth edition of NADA New York in March.
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Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci image via The Brooklyn Rail

b. 1940
Lives and works in:

Brooklyn, New York

Represented by:

Acconci Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Education includes:

College of the Holy Cross BA, Worcester, MA

University of Iowa MFA, Iowa City

Acconci, a New York born and based artist, began his career in the mid-60s as a poet and co-editor (with poet and author Bernadette Mayer) of the journal 0 to 9. The journal published works by important contemporaneous artists and writers such as Robert Barry, Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Yvonne Rainer, and Robert Smithson.By the late 60s Acconci drifted from writing and, influenced by the readings he participated in, started exploring performance-based work, video, film, and photography. Much of this work was highly conceptual and focused on the artist’s body within space (Following, an early piece, consisted of the artist being led around New York City by strangers). Another prominent feature of this work was the element of total physicality as pronounced through his engagement with his own body, which at times was quite grotesque and bordered on violent. Perhaps his most notorious piece, Seedbed (1971), consisted of Acconci lying under a wooden ramp in Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating, while his concurrent fantasies were being broadcast through speakers in the gallery. This piece, which employed performance, language, and a direct relationship between the viewer and the artist, would establish the vein in which Acconci worked for years to come.
crash by vito acconci

Crash by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

By the 1980s, Acconci explored more proto-architectural constructions, moving out of the traditional gallery space into more open, dialogical, public space. In 1988 he formed Acconci Studio, an architecture and landscaping firm, with a group of other architects. Acconci Studio, based in Brooklyn, continues to design public buildings.

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci

City of Words, Lithograph by Vito Acconci, image via Wikipedia

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Wikipedia Entry

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