1. Paris, Istanbul Fairs Announce Exhibitors
Paris Photo and ARTINTERLATIONAL Instanbul have announced the exhibitors for their upcoming fairs. Paris Photo’s 19th fair this November will include 142 gallery exhibitors (including 26 new galleries)
Meanwhile, after a record-setting amount of applicants, ARTINTERNATIONAL Istanbul has selected 82 galleries for its September, 2015 fair. The galleries hail from 24 countries, including 13 galleries from the host country of Turkey. The fair’s location offers a unique chance to bring together galleries and collectors from Asia, Europe, Africa and beyond. The fair’s director Dyala Nusseibeh said, “ARTINTERNATIONAL, which last year received over 22,000 visitors, is fast establishing a reputation as a fair of discovery.”
2. Largest Museum in China Opens
After three years of preparations, Beijing’s new Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum has opened its doors. At 35,000 square meters, it is the largest public art space in all of China. All funds for the museum were provided by China Minsheng Bank, which has previously endowed two museums in Shanghai.
The museum, designed by Chinese architectural firm Shudio Pei Zhu, maintains the rough, industrial qualities of its space, which served as an electronics factory in the 1980s. It welcomes visitors with a two-story entry room, from which exhibition spaces of varying sizes extend organically. The inaugural exhibit, “The Civil Power,” includes 186 artworks from 159 artists, all of which address Chinese social identity within the last thirty years. The exhibition is on now and will run through October 10.
3. New Museum Selects 2018 Triennial Curators
Gary Carrion-Murayari and Alex Gartenfield will co-curate the New Museum’s fourth Triennial. Carrion-Murayari currently works as the Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum while Gartenfield is founding deputy director & chief curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.
Carrion-Murayari joined the New Museum’s curatorial team in 2010 and has since curated numerous solo shows and exhibitions at the Museum. He previously worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where co-curated the museum’s 2010 Biennial. In the past, Gartenfield cofoundedThree’s Company and West Street Gallery — both exhibition spaces in New York — before joining the ICA Miami, where he has organized many exhibits. Additionally, he previously worked as a senior editor to Interviewand Art in America magazine, where he still serves as an editor-at-large.
4. Shepard Fairey Arrested in LA
Shepard Fairey was apprehended and arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. As we previously reported, a warrant was issued for the street artist’s arrest last month, after he was charged with $9,000 worth of damage to Detroit in the form of malicious destruction of property.
However, LA officials refused to extradite Fairey to Detroit on such low-level charges, and the artist was released the following day. While neither the artist has not issued an official statement on the arrest, Fairey allegedly finds the charges “hilarious”, considering that the alleged “malicious destruction” occurred after he had been commissioned for a public mural in the city. No word as to if or when Fairey will have an upcoming court date in Detroit. Apparently, there is a cost for those that don’t obey.
5. Michael Heizer’s Latest Project Included in National Monument
Michael Heizer’s City installation may still be in progress but it’s already an official national monument. Sort of. A proclamation signed by President Obama on Friday under the Antiquities Act of 1906 established three new national monuments. One of those, the basin and range area of southeastern Nevada includes the site of Heizer’s City installation.
Heizer began working on the sculpture, which is a 1.25 mile x 1/4 mile synthesis of ancient architectural and modern minimalist influences, in 1972. ArtInfo reported that, “The move follows decades of formal and informal lobbying on behalf of Michael Heizer’s City.” While the project, which will be one of the largest sculptures ever created, may not be finished yet, we can be sure that it will be around and preserved for generations to come.
The post was written with the help of Alice Mahoney from www.artlist.co.