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Knock-Off Art and Tales of Artistic Production in Advanced Capitalism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

I was recently at an art fair where one gallery—that shall remain nameless—presented the work of a young artist in a solo booth. The work, while distinct in some ways, was at the very least derivative of Anish Kapoor’s wall mounted discs. Enameled aluminum panels in sweeping gradients, they were perfectly suited to the market of the fair: take it home, put it on a wall. They were robust, large works that shouted “wealth.” Sold for $800-$2000 apiece. By the third da... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

In today's mode of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking into the factory to see how the sausage is made. The artist's studio has always had an allure, the inchoate site of creativity, the setting for private practice—like an escort's boudoir, the biggest mystery is, what do they do when they're alone in there? We zoom in closer to see what artists keep on their most personal work space: their desk. What does it reveal about them, or about their art? We invite artists from very different... [more]

The Broad Collection: Inside LA's New Free Art Museum with Director Joanne Heyler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/26/15

The Broad Museum’s September 20 opening in downtown Los Angeles is just under a month away. “You had to remind me of that,” Joanne Heyler laughs—her humility doesn’t quite feel nervous, more pragmatic. If there is anyone capable of executing the huge task ahead, it’s her. “Ars longus, vita brevis. I’m living that,” says Heyler, describing her long-standing career with the Broads. Heyler began working at The Broad Art Foundation back in 1989, and... [more]

Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” —Walter Benjamin [1] Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is no... [more]

Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition—with an #InstagramTwist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn, Kasper Sonne at Ronchini Gallery July 2nd - August 29th
Posted 7/22/15

They say that for an art collection to have impact it must have a strong focus, a direction. For London-based collector and patron Kamiar Maleki, son of mega collectors Fatima and Eskander Maleki, that direction is found in the works of emerging artists, primarily young abstract painters. He’s looking for works that, in some way, speak to our time. And since digital media and social networking primarily characterize our time, for Maleki’s inaugural exhibition as curator he has put together... [more]

Is the Internet Living Up to Its Promise as Democratic Equalizer of the Art Market?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/15

On June 20, the Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata sold an 18th century Chinese clock. Created by a Guangzhou workshop, the musical and automaton clock is ivory-mounted and adorned with figurines and pagodas set in a mountain scene. The bidding started with 300,000 euro. A mere ten minutes later the final bid of 3.37 million euro was made, setting a new online auction record. The buyer is an art world fixture: businessman Liu Yiqian, owner of the Long Museum in Shanghai. More remarkab... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

In today's atmosphere of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking through the keyhole to see how other people live. The artist's studio has always had a certain allure as a site of creative aspiration and the setting for private artistic practice, like the escort's boudoir it ignites our imagination. But what do artists keep on their most personal work space, their desks—and what does it reveal about their art? Exclusively for our Collector's Catalogue, we invite artists we know from v... [more]

From Private Collection to Mega-Museum: the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

When private collections take on major dimensions, rather than donating works to existing institutions, the collectors who pioneer them tend to go public and open museums. This growth has led to a recent boom in museum-building globally. The private collection of Jochen Zeitz will be at the core of one such new mega-museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in Cape Town, South Africa. The Thomas Heatherwick designed building, which will boast 65,000 square feet of exhibition spa... [more]

San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/15/15

Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman Gallery (S... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/13/15

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the superior furniture item to any working person is surely their desk. Desks are a synechdoche for 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a statement of power and efficiency in the office regime, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a... [more]

A FB Chat with the Creator of SAIC Secret Admirers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/21/14

SAIC Secret Admirers was started in March of 2013. The Facebook page for anonymously posting amorous yearnings quickly took off, garnering likes from over 50% of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago student body. While speculation swirled as to who was behind the page, the secret was kept until just recently when artist Anna Russett came forward as the administrator behind the page. We sat down over Facebook to chat about Secret Admirers, butt stuff, and social media as a platform for conte... [more]

The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest: Curating the Private Collection with the Public Trust   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/21/14

The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not only by determining which artworks are available for display and loan, but by actively applying curatorial labor towards their care an... [more]

Beyond Basel: How private collectors have shaped Miami's art scene   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/15/14

Miami has often attracted a particular breed of art collector, most notably, the fair-seeking seasonal variety who favors the grab-and-go style of art acquisition. Consequentially it can seem like great art is always passing through the city, but rarely finding a home. This trend has shifted as a result of a handful of resident collectors who have committed to making Miami a cultural destination by sharing their artwork and opening their doors to the general public year-round. The distinguish... [more]

Ruin Value: Sammlung Boros (The Boros Collection) in Berlin   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Sammlung Boros September 17th, 2012 - September 17th
Posted 8/14/14

“Time turns metaphors into things” – Robert Smithson Ruins are often untouchable spaces. The ruin embodies architecture as memory; the site is a host to ghosts, standing half-formed and half-alive as specters from the past, "unregulated" and with "no present function,"[1]—an artifact, as some would say, that transforms the symbolic into the concrete. The influence of the past invades potential futures of the space, so much so that the ruin is trapped in time, a cycle that... [more]

Bringing private passions into the public realm   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Hai Bo, Zhang Dali, Wang Guangle, Ai Weiwei, Qiu Xiaofei, Zhang Xiaogang, LIANG Yuanwei at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 14th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 8/6/14

For the better part of their lives Henk de Heus and his wife Victoria de Heus-Zomer have worked to build up their business. The De Heus animal feed company has a hundred year history but it wasn’t until the last couple of decades that the family business from rural Barneveld boomed, becoming a world leader in animal nutrition, a multinational active in fifty countries. The de Heus-Zomer couple has invested a sizeable part of the resulting fortune in art. Since the late eighties they have col... [more]

Genuine Collecting at the Herbert Foundation   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Herbert Foundation July 4th, 2014 - November 8th, 2014
Posted 8/6/14

Among Belgium’s many private collections, one of the most impressive is definitely Annick and Anton Herbert’s. Focused on minimal and conceptual art from 1968 to 1989, it is internationally respected and of a museum-like quality. Indeed, various institutions (Eindhoven’s Van Abbemuseum, Barcelona’s MACBA, Austria’s Kunsthaus Graz…) have already dedicated exhibitions to it. Since June 2013, the collection has also found a permanent dwelling in a former industr... [more]


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