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Kader Attia Accuses French Rappers of Plagiarism

December 9th, 2016

kader-attia-ghost-via-artforumKader Attia is accusing a pair of French rappers of plagiarism for using imagery similar to a 2007 work of his in their music video.  “As artists, we have to defend ourselves against unauthorized commercial uses of our artworks,” he says. “We are constantly plagiarized by the music industry, or in advertisement, or fashion.”
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Denver Art Museum Gets $25 Million for Building Renovation

December 9th, 2016

denver-art-museum-via-art-newsThe Denver Art Museum has received a $25 million gift, which will go towards renovating the institution’s building.  “The North Building is considered one of the most significant objects in the museum’s collection, and our family is honored to support the much-needed rehabilitation required to bring it into the 21st century,” says chairman J. Landis Martin, who donated the funds.
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The Guardian Notes Progress in Gender Parity in Turner Prize Awards

December 9th, 2016

Helen Marten, via W MagazineThe Guardian performs some data analytics on the Turner Prize this week, charting how the award has moved towards closer gender parity in recent years.  Both the number of female winners and judges has increased in the past ten years, reaching almost even numbers of both men and women.  
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Dakis Joannou

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Joannou is the Greek chair of a group of privately held building and civil engineering companies. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art and sits as a council member at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate.

He is considered one of the world leaders in collecting contemporary European art and has also been closely-linked to American-born Jeff Koons collecting pieces from his 1985 “Equilibrium” series which inspired Joannou to begin collecting art, as well as the British pair of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Notable works in his collection include Koon’s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” as well as Chris Ofili’s “The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of Black Stars”.

He is also the founder Athen’s privately-funded Deste Foundation which purchases and shows the work of promising young artists.

On collection:

“Art can certainly be perceived as an economic investment, but also as a sound investment on a human level. For example, if you develop a collection and you then give people access to these works of art, whether by lending them to museums or showing them in your own exhibition space, this goes way beyond an investment of money. That’s how I like to do things.”

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

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