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Richard Prince Sued Over Instagram Photographs

August 26th, 2016

The image in question, via Art NewsaperRichard Prince is being sued again over his Instagram portraits, this time by makeup artist and model Ashley Salazar, whose decorated selfie appears in a new series of Prince’s work.  “I think the facts will show that people perceive Richard Prince’s work to be different—the audience is different, the purpose is different,” says Prince’s lawyer Joshua Schiller.
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Ai Weiwei Banned from Yinchuan Biennale

August 26th, 2016

Ai Weiwei, via The GuardianAi Weiwei has been banned from the Yinchuan Biennale due to his “political sensibility,” Artforum reports.  “Censorships in communist regions have been present since the existence of the power,” Ai said in an Instagram post.  “Yet it still comes as a surprise to me for an ‘international art biennale,’ with over a hundred international artists and a foreign curator participating, to remove a single artist for the reason of defending human rights and freedom of speech. This shows what we face is a world, which is divided and segregated by ideology, and art is used merely as a decoration for political agendas in certain societies.”
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New York Times Interviews Museum-Goers for Their Takes on Works

August 26th, 2016

Picasso, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece interviewing museum-goers with their takes on various pieces from the Met Breuer collection, with responses ranging from knee-jerk critiques to detailed, thoughtful reflections.  “He was probably drunk,” one viewer says of an early Picasso.
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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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