This Week in the Art World: Tensions come to a boil on the ongoing Sackler controversy, a disrupted Whitney Biennial, climate change and the Sotheby’s acquisition [22nd July 2019]

This Week in the Art World: Tensions come to a boil on the ongoing Sackler controversy, a disrupted Whitney Biennial, climate change and the Sotheby’s acquisition [22nd July 2019]

As the Artvisor HQ braces for the upcoming heatwave about to hit London, we are pleased as always to run you through the biggest news stories of the art world this week. Key issues at the forefront of public consciousness over the last year are coming to a boil, beginning with the unprecedented announcement of the Louvre to remove the Sackler name from their museum walls. Amidst further protests regarding the high-profile Sackler family and its links to major art institutions, the Louvre has taken the step to remove or cover signs and plaques honouring a donation from the family...

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares: Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares: Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf

The narratives of dreams and nightmares have long been represented in art. Whether biblical, fantasies of folklore or fictionalised, artists have for centuries depicted surreal visions. Recent works by the three artists Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf all provide interpretation of dreamscapes that linger in your mind long after your first encounter with them. Dreamscapes Raqib Shaw’s large canvases are as beautiful as they can be overwhelming. His iridescent works represent imagined landscapes in meticulous detail. Self-Portrait in Kashmir Landscape draws the viewer into a cascading view of a landscape, presumably Kashmir in its titular reference. Born in...

This Week in the Art World: Shifts in Beijing’s art scene, a conclusion to Pace’s lawsuit, important acquisitions by the Smithsonian and more [15th July 2019]

This Week in the Art World: Shifts in Beijing’s art scene, a conclusion to Pace’s lawsuit, important acquisitions by the Smithsonian and more [15th July 2019]

The excitement surrounding the high-octane sporting events over the weekend was palpable here in London at Artvisor’s headquarters. Here’s what you might have missed during the weekend, plus the latest breaking art world news to start off your week. The end of last week saw a major shift in the Beijing art scene, with the announcement of the closure of Pace Beijing Gallery. Citing the US-China trade war, restrictions on flows of money and high import and sales taxes, Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace, did not hesitate to make fiery indictments of the Chinese art market.  [via South China Morning...

This Week in the Artworld: 8th July 2019

This Week in the Artworld: 8th July 2019

Welcome to Artvisor’s This Week in the Artworld, a new weekly journal entry where we discuss the latest art world happenings. Last week saw some turbulent reactions following France’s retreat from their controversial Savoy-Sarr report. The policy had recommended the automatic restitution of looted African artefacts and had been held up as an exemplar for other countries. [via The Art Newspaper] The collector and adviser Olyvia Kwok has launched her private selling events, held in New York and London. Under the name “Olyvia’s soirées”, Kwok’s company Willstone Management will provide buyers loans of up to 50% of the value of...

London’s Contemporary Art Auctions June 2019: Spotlight on Her

London’s Contemporary Art Auctions June 2019: Spotlight on Her

Last week’s Contemporary Art sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips saw established names achieving stellar results. William Kentridge’s The Pool set a record for a work on paper at the hammer price £447,000 at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. At Christie’s the day before, Gerhard Richter’s Musa (2009) achieved £1,031,250, a world record for a tapestry by the artist. But the fact remains: women – specifically black and African artists – are taking the lead when it comes to contemporary art market momentum. Most notable among them is Tschabalala Self whose work Out of Body (2015, pictured in header) broke the artist’s...

Organic humanity in the 21st Century: Nicholas Johnson & Rory Menage

Organic humanity in the 21st Century: Nicholas Johnson & Rory Menage

In our world of the digital and the concrete, the sight of high-rises and fluorescent screens have left us thirsty for green space as well as headspace. By returning to the dynamic forms of nature and humanity, British artists Nicholas Johnson and Rory Menage offer us reprieve from the monotony of technological precision. Fantasies of tropicalia A nod to his Hawaiian birthplace, Johnson’s canvases are a riotous arrangement of botanies both invented and real. The vegetation in Foliate Suspension (2019), represented in a gentle palette of greens, blues and pinks, reminds us of the botanical illustrations found in encyclopaedic texts....

Contemporary Art Trends 2019

Contemporary Art Trends 2019

Tumultuous global relations, the consolidation of the technological revolution and an ever-louder call for populist ideologies have guaranteed 2019 to significantly develop from the status quo of 2018. Whilst artists and institutions are being urged to reflect on and contribute to the current socio-political zeitgeist, the question remains: how is the contemporary art world responding? The divisive arena of identity politics 2018’s #MeToo movement, as well as debates in the US regarding abortions and women’s rights, have resulted in magnified attention towards the inequalities of our modern society. The confusion of Brexit, the global immigration crisis and incidents such as...

Changing History: Chile at the Venice Biennale 2019

Changing History: Chile at the Venice Biennale 2019

Amidst the turbulence presented at the 58th Venice Biennale, Chile’s pavilion is a fitting (anti)monument to the hegemonic power structures that have distorted the historical canon. Much in line with Ralph Rugoff’s questioning of truth in his centrepiece show, Altered Views, curated by the Spanish Agustín Pérez Rubio, presents Chilean artist Voluspa Jarpa’s three-part exploration and destabilisation of the Eurocentric canon. A meticulously executed research project, Jarpa tackles the thorny space of the archive in an attempt to question historical perception, so often focused on the European, heterosexual, male experience. More broadly speaking, critical re-assessments of colonialism’s global heritage have...

Our Venice Biennale Highlights

Our Venice Biennale Highlights

Two weeks ago, the jet set of the contemporary art world continued their breakneck pace around this year’s circuit of must-see/must-be-seen-at-events with the preview of the 2019 Venice Biennale, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times”. It seems as though the whirlwind of Frieze New York is in the distant past. The crowds were heavy during the preview with Artvisor’s team in attendance. That said, the buzz was that many collectors, particularly those from the US, have decided to come to Venice en route to Art Basel, which takes place in mid-June. Now that we’ve had some days to catch...

Artvisor’s Frieze New York 2019 Highlights

Artvisor’s Frieze New York 2019 Highlights

The first days of Frieze New York delivered solid sales and excitement, leaving the heat issues experienced in last year’s tent a distant memory. Artvisor’s very own Nico Epstein is currently working at Frieze as part of their VIP bespoke services and gave us a quick guide to the highlights of the fair’s eighth edition… Spot the artist! Many of the artists whose works were on display came to show support of their galleries. Though the influential conceptual artist John Baldessari once famously quipped that being at an art fair was like watching your parents have sex, it seems that...

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