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Grand Palais Unveils Plans for Massive Three-Year Renovation

February 19th, 2018

Grand Palais, via Art NewspaperPlans have been unveiled for the Grand Palais’s €466m, three-year renovation, Art Newspaper reports.  “At the end of 2020, just over a century after its creation, the Grand Palais will turn a page in its history and begin a transformation that will allow it to finally enter the 21st century,” culture secretary Françoise Nyssen says.
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Marina Abramovic Profiled in The Guardian

February 19th, 2018

Marina Abramovic, via The GuardianMarina Abramovic is interviewed in The Guardian this month, as she prepares to exhibit a series of photos documenting her early performances. “I lived in cars and trucks, I’m amazed the negatives survived,” Abramović says. “To appreciate the present, we should really look to the past.”
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Rauschenberg’s Duchamp “Bottle Rack” Goes to Chicago

February 19th, 2018

Marcel Duchamp, via Art NewsThe Art Institute of Chicago has unveiled its recent acquisition, a rare Duchamp Bottle Rack from the collection of Robert Rauschenberg.  The artist’s foundation sold the piece to the museum in order to fund an endowment. “We always are making these kind of transformative acquisitions a priority,” says Art Institute president and director James Rondeau. “There are documents going back to the late ’80s and early ’90s expressing a desire for an object like this.”
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Frank Cohen

Collector’s Birthdate:
b. 1943

Cohen, founder of the chain of Glyn Webb Home Improvement Stores, is one of the world’s premier art collectors. Initially a collector of Modern British, his collection now includes many prized 20th Century American and German Art and contemporary Japanese works, specifically those from the Superflat movement.

In early 2007, he opened the gallery Initial Accesss located in Wolverhampton, England. Also expected to open in 2007 is the FC MoCA, Frank Cohen Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Manchester. Sections of his collection featured at the museum will include works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Franz Ackerman and many more.

A short, blustery man with cheerful demeanor and a great sense of humor, he can be found snatching up work at prominent art fairs with the likes of Nicolai Frahm.

He has been referred to as both “Charles Saatchi of the North” and “Medici of the North”.