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Artist Group Postcommodity Opens Installation Commission in Chicago

August 16th, 2019

Artist group Postcommodity have unveiled a commission in Chicago reflecting on the history of migrant cultures in the United States, and calling on the U.S. government to create space for those deprived of basic human rights. “We need to acknowledge this migration in real time and start preparing for that transformation. Rather than fight it, embrace it,” member Kade L. Twist said. “There’s a lot to learn from how Black people were treated and disregarded through most of [the Great] Migration. There’s a desperate need to humanize.”
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The Guardian Interviews Life Models on Their Work Posing for Artists

August 16th, 2019

The Guardian speaks with a group of life models on their practice sitting in a studio, and their perspectives on their job posing for learning artists. “I’d been waiting for someone to tell me it’s fine to pose for students if you’re different,” says Suzon Lagarde, a painter. “You might feel vulnerable posing, but as a painter I also know how vulnerable people can feel behind the easel – you are always questioning and judging yourself. I soon realized we are a team, all trying to be brave.”
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NYT Profiles Recent Private Collection Database Startup

August 16th, 2019

The NYT profiles a recent digital venture, Collecteurs, which serves as a database for private collections. “If I don’t put them in some kind of public database, these works essentially disappear from the planet,” says collector Roberto Toscano.
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Francesca von Habsburg

Collector’s Birthdate: NAvon Habsburg, daughter of renowned European collector Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, whose collection dwells within its own museum in Madrid, has created her own foundation committed to funding young artists’ ambitious projects.

Married to Karl von Habsburg, eldest son and heir to Austria’s Imperial family, she has retained her identity and command of her own foundation, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21) which collects important and untraditional pieces.

Her collection contains famous works like Ólafur Elíasson’s “Your Black Horizon”.

On art and collecting:

“I would like to overcome the permanence of museum structures.” “I don’t buy any more, I commission unique, large-scale projects from Ólafur Elíasson, Doug Aitken, Matthew Ritchie, Janet Cardiff, Ernesto Neto, Kutlug Ataman, Diana Thater, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jim Lambie, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, and recently a selection of young emerging East European artists.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.