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NEA Head Steps Down

January 20th, 2021

NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has resigned as the Biden administration takes over, the Washington Post reports. “Understanding that the arts play such a crucial role in everyday life. That’s how you expand the arts, broaden the support for arts funding,” she says of her time in the position.
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Tony Oursler Interviewed by Hong Kong Tatler

January 20th, 2021

Tony Oursler speaks with the Hong Kong Tatler this week, as he opens a show in Taiwan.  Television was really a drug, but it was never controlled like a drug. People are realizing the same thing about smartphones,” he says.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Collection of Pierre Le-Tan

January 19th, 2021

Sotheby’s will auction off the collection of the late French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, which includes a portrait by David Hockney.  “We’re trying to stay true to his spirit. It’s not one of these collections where you’re going to have a $20 million Picasso. It’s a universe we want to re-create, one we hope will appeal to all kinds of collectors around the world. There’s something for everybody,” says Etienne Hellman, the auction house’s senior director of modern art.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

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.