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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Art Barter Berlin 2010

After the success of the first edition that took place in London at The Rag Factory last year, Art Barter arrives in Berlin.
Held at the ground floor of the .HBC Project Space in Berlin, Germany, the event will show the works of 25 Berlin based established and emerging artists.
The works are not identified with the author, thus not influencing the public's preference based on a name but only base on the quality of the work and how it engages its viewers.
Each work is given a number and those interested can place their offers on a pin board that will be on display during the show. Those who do not wish to make their offers visible to others, can place them in secure boxes.
Visitors should not bring their goods or services to the show, since they will be contacted if the artist is interested.
In collaboration with .HBC Project Space, Art Barter Berlin 2010 offers the opportunity to art lovers and collectors to acquire works through alternative means to money, while artists can trade their works or services for things such as website design, workshops, studio furniture, etc
The opening evening takes place on the 24th of June 2010 (18h00), featuring DJ Jet Letts and a performance by Gabriel Loebell Herberstein. Drinks will be served by Absolut Vodka between 18h00 and 21h00.
On June 25 (19h00) there will be a special screening of video works in the .HBC cinema (including work by Cyprien Gaillard)
Art Barter Berlin 2010 is open to the public from June 25 through June 27 (Fri/Sat 11h00-20h00, Sun 12h00-21h00) and will feature the following artists: Jonathan Monk, Jason Dodge, Uwe Henneken, Saâdane Afif, John Isaacs, Wolfgang Ganter, Yudi Noor, Stefan Rinck, Isabelle Graeff, John Kleckner, Ilona Kalnoky, Sophie Holstein, Haralampi Oroschakoff, Evgeni Dybsky, Alejandro Moncada, Jeremy Shaw, Clémence Seilles, Charlotte Dualé, Stephan Balleux, Melissa Frost, Sergio Roger, Yukiko Terada, Ludwig Kreutzer, Ricard Ricard, Pete Wheeler, Kate Bellm.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

arteBA'10 - 19 Contemporary Art Fair (2010)

The 19 edition of arteBA will take place at LA RURAL. SALAS AZUL E VERDE Av. Sarmiento 2704, Buenos Aires(Argentina)
Between 25 and 29 of June 2010 ( 13h00 - 22h00), galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela, will show the trend of latin art.
Although the latin art market hasn't been so much prone auction records and worldwide media coveraghe as some others, latin artists have received a steadly and improving recognition throughout the years.
Visitors to arteBA'10 Contemporary Art Fair will have the opportunity to see the artworks by some of the best latin artists represented by galleries from several countries, and to assist to a series of seminars and conferences.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Museu da Cidade (Lisbon, Portugal) shows the Collective Exhibition "...and then again..."

Organized by the City Hall's Department of Museums and Palaces and the Department of Galleries and Ateliers, in collaboration with Vipulamati Ample Intelligence, the Museu da Cidade in Lisbon (City Museum, Lisbon) presents the exhibition "... and then again..."
Curated by Ana Fonseca e Liz Collini, and in partnership with the Royal College of Arts and the Centro Português de Serigrafia, this collective exhibition of works by english and portuguese artists intends to show the various concepts, artistic approaches and techniques used in printmaking, including engraving, lithography and silkscreen.
On June 23, the seminar "Os dois lados do espelho" will take place at the museum, with the participations of Fátima Lambert, graduate and master in Phylosophy, and Phd in Aestethics, Jo Stockham, Director of the Contemporary Engraving Course at the Royal College of Arts, João Prates, Director of the Centro Português de Serigrafia, and Nuno Crespo, graduate and Phd in Philosophy, and professor in the Escola Superior de Design of IADE and in the Universidade de Évora (Évora University)
The event also pretends to raise awareness about the fact that printmaking in Portugal is still layed aside when compared to other mediums, different to what happens in U.K.
A residential programme, exhibitions at the Centro Português de Serigrafia (Portuguese Center of Silkscreen) and the release of a catalogue in July complement the exhibition, as well as guided tours and talks with the artists (from June 26) and Summer workshops and activities.
Presentation to the press will take place on June 21 (16h00) and will include a performance by Ann-Marie LeQuesne.
Also on the 21st there will be an invitation only cocktail reception for artists, journalists, institutional entities and notables of the national culture at the British Council.
The opening is on June 22 (22h00) in the Pavilhão Preto (Black Pavillion) and gardens , with Dj Filho Único, open bar sponsored by Vinha da Defesa and the presentation of Objecto "Visual" by the Centro Português de Serigrafia. Admission is free.
The "...and then again..." exhibition runs from June 23 through September 5, 2010 (between Tuesday and Sunday from 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h) at the Museu da Cidade (Pavilhão Preto e Jardins) Campo Grande nº 245, Lisbon (Portugal)
Admission is free to all events.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Bissaya Barreto Foundation presents Surrealism Now International Exhibition 2010

Through June 30, 2010, an international exhibition of neo-surrealism is being held at the Bissaya Barreto Museum House and at the Sant´Anna Convent, both in Coimbra (Portugal)
Curated by Santiago Ribeiro and in collaboration with the Intervention Brigade (Brigada de Intervenção), "Surrealism Now" showcases the surrealistic art of 56 artists from 31 countries.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 Kodak Salon - Australia

Open to australian residents, the Kodak Salon is Australia’s largest open-entry
photo-based exhibition & competition.
Participants will see their artworks exhibited (an eventual selection may exist) and their creativity recognized, as well as having the chance to win one of the prizes totalizing over (AUS)$16,000.
Entries must not exceed 80cm x 80cm or 6400cm² (this includes frames and/or series) and can include analogue and digital photography, DVD/film/video (video works must be looped) and 3D works.
The number of entries is limited to 4 per person (a fee has to be payed for each entry) and must be completed and returned by 5pm Friday 2 July 2010 to the provided adress.
Works are due to arrive at CCP on Tuesday 20 July 2010 between 9am and 5.30pm or earlier by appointment only.
The 2010 Kodak Salon opening takes place on Thursday 29 July 2010, 6 - 8pm and the exhibition will run from July 30 through September 25, 2010.
Artworks must be collected between Sunday 26 September and Monday 27 September 2010.
Please refer to the Kodak Salon F.A.Q. page to learn more.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

YouTube Play, a Biennial of Creative Video (YouTube / Guggenheim Collaboration)

Developed by YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with HP, the YouTube Play seeks to entice the interaction between creativity and online video, inviting participants to create works of creative video, including animation, motion graphics, narrative, non-narrative, or documentary work, music videos, and entirely new art forms.
The democratization of video broadcasting, enabled by services such as YouTube, has permited users with practically any budget to show their creativity online and this collaboration between Youtube and Guggenheim is an opportunity to gain visibility and recognition.
Those wishing to participate are invited to submit until July 31, 2010, new or existing videos created within the last two years prior to June 14.
The Guggenheim Museum will choose up to 200 videos for online viewing at, of which up to 20 videos will be selected by a jury of experts chaired by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Solommon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and comprised of renowned artists, filmmakers, graphic designers and musicians to be showcased at the Guggenheim Museum in New York during a special event on October 21, 2010 and on view to the public between October 22–24, with simultaneous presentations at the Guggenheim museums in Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.
For more information about the event, please refer to the YouTube Play website and carefully read the participation criteria to avoid disapointment.
The Art Inquirer would like to remind its readers that overlooking a single participation rule in juried shows is often enough to void participation.
Good luck to those entering this event.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Art 41 Basel 2010 (Switzerland)

Founded in 1970 by gallerists Hilt Balz, Ernst Beyeler and Trudl Bruckner, Art Basel is considered the most prestigious art show worldwide.
Now in its 41st edition, Art Basel 2010 counts with more than 300 galleries from 37 countries showing works by over 2500 artists.
The event includes several art sectors, each one covering a specific subject, with the Art Statements featuring specifically created projects by 26 artists represented by younger galleries worldwide, which is always an opportunity to discover emerging artists of quality; the Art Feature, focusing on the curatorial aspects of the gallerist’s practice, will feature artistic dialogues, solo shows and exceptional art historical material from 20 gallery projects; the Art Unlimited sector, elaborated in collaboration with curator Simon Lamunière, will showcase 56 aspiring works including large-scale works, outsize sculptures, installations, wall paintings, video projections and performances; curated by Martin Schwander, the Art Public sector will take place on Messeplatz, showing 14 art projects in the urban context and encouraging interaction with the general public; finally the Art Parcours will show for three successive nights site-specific artworks and performances throughout Basel, interlocking with the city's history.
The pieces were selected by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco.
Art Basel 2010 also includes in its program: Art Basel Conversations, staged every morning (June 16 to June 20) with distinguished members of the international art scene, and a daily program which will take place every afternoon in the Art Salon forum with seven to eight artist conversations, book signings, discussion forums, and other presentations.
Curated by Marc Glöde and This Brunner the week-long Art Film program will show films by and about artists during four evenings, each regarding a different theme.
On the weekend of June 18 to June 20, Art Basel Weekend features special activities (solo shows, performances, book signings etc.) from the participating galleries. A variety of panels and presentations geared to art professionals will also be held during the weekend in the context of
Art Basel Conversations and Art Salon. And the museums and institutions in Basel will present a broad range of special events such as guided tours, performances and talks.
Regularly attracting around 60000 visits from people directly or indirectly related to art and with over 99% of the world's leading galleries reapplying forn this year's exhibition, the Art 41 Basel 2010 pledges to continue to be the most prestigious art event on the planet.
A Showguide App for iPad, iPhone and Blackberry, which will permit users to explore the event in 3D among other features, is available for download, as well as an online catalogue.

Art Business Course at Christie's Education (NY)

Starting this Fall 2010, Christie's Education New York will introduce an art business course intended for people from both inside and outside the art business, providing an understanding of all aspects of the industry.
Comprised of 5 modules, each one conceived to complement one another and with no educational prerequisites, the course will prepare students for the many aspects of the art world, with particular focus in the global art market and its context, giving the insight needed to create the art world of tomorow.
Although students can enroll in individual modules, those who complete all 5 modules will receive a Certificate.
With each module made up of 5 evening sessions running weekly on Wednesdays and the first one starting on September 15, 2010, the Christie's Art Business Course (New York) will cover the following areas:
Art and Law wich will include art market regulations, tax law, artist's rights, contracts between artists and galleries, trademark acts, fair use, issues related to art crime as well as other subjects.
Art Market, focusing among other aspects the complex mechanisms that translate art into a valued and unique commodity. Who are the key players, external influences and why people collect art, including aesthetics, social status or as an investment.
Art and Valuation which will offer an overview of the concept of value in the art market, why it's one of the least understood and the different factors, such as aesthetic, social, historical and economical that play an important role in the final valuation.
This module will also cover the various types of appraisals, including their ethical and legal aspects, issues of provenance and research methods used by appraisers to determine value.
The Auction House module will introduce students to the history of Christie's and will offer an in-depth look into its various departments.
Students will learn how an auction and catalogue are put together, securing lots and other information concerning an auction sale.
A pseudo auction will allow students to participate as bidders, learn the primary role of the auctioneer in the hammer price and understand terminology, pricing and conflicts of interest.
The Art World Today module will bring out the different roles that galleries, museums, auction houses, art fairs and art consultants play in the art world, as well as their interconnectivity.
Students will also be given the opportunity to learn about public relations, museum relations, gallery operations and how they identify an emerging artist of quality, etc.
A panel discussion with distinguished art fair directors will examine the history and future of the art fair, including the importance of its geographic location and the aspects surrounding its production.
The Christie's Art Business Course has a registration fee of $35, with each module costing $3000, and the full Certificate Program totalizing $15000.
There are no educational prerequisites for this course.
Christie's will provide an Information Session on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 (Galleries 2 and 4)
To book your place, email

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay at the de Young Museum and Impressionist Paris: City of Light at the Legion of Honor

An exhibition of nearly 100 paintings by famous impressionists, loaned by the Musée D'Orsay, his being held at the de Young Museum in San Francisco (USA)
From May 22 through September 6, 2010, visitors can appreciate the works from famous masters who lived in France during the mid -to -late 19th century and whose rose one of the most original and recognizable artistic stlyes: Impressionism.
Among other masterpieces, the Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay includes: Whistler’s Arrangement in Gray and Black - The Artist's Mother, famous under its colloquial name “Whistler’s Mother (1871), "Racehorses Before the Stands" by Edgar Degas (1866–1868), "Family Reunion" by Frédéric Bazille (1867), "Saint-Lazare Station" by Claude Monet (1877), "Snow at Louveciennes" by Alfred Sisley (1878) and "The Birth of Venus" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1879)

Concurrent with this exhibition, the Legion of Honor, San Francisco (USA) presents from June 5 to September 26, 2010 the special exhibition Impressionist Paris: City of Light, nickname earned during the 19th century with the proliferation of gas lamps that lit up the French capital.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Impressionist Paris represented in more than 180 prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and illustrated books dating from 1850 to the early 1900s from the outstanding permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as well as several notable private collections.
Curated by James A. Ganz, the Impressionist Paris: City of Light exhibition explores various aspects of Parisian society and the French art world from roughly 1850 to the turn of the 20th century, including picturesque views of old Paris by Charles Marville, Charles Meryon, and Johan Barthold Jongkind, as well as public and private views of the lively parisian society depicted by Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and Georges Seurat.
Prints and periodicals featuring the works of Honoré Daumier, Edouard Manet, Paul Signac, and James Tissot convey key historical events and emphasize the role of illustrated art journalism.
Included in the exhibiton are also black-and-white works on paper by Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, and Paul Gauguin.
Colorful images of the theater, café-concerts, circus, as well as the Expositions Universelles convey the popular entertainment in late 19th-century Paris.
The exhibition concludes with a selection of posters of the turn of the 20th century by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jules Chéret, Théophile Steinlen, and Alphonse Much.
A lecture entitled “Culture Clash: The Elephant and the Eiffel Tower” will be presented by James A. Ganz on Saturday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday live chamber music performances are scheduled for July 18, August 1, and August 15 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The chamber musical selections reflect the Impressionist era and are presented in partnership with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and Classical Revolution.

FIESA 2010 (Living World) 8th International Sand Sculpture Festival

Organized by ProSandArt, an organization specialized in promoting ephemeral art and in the production of cultural activities and events, the 8th edition of FIESA takes place once more in Pêra, Algarve (Portugal)
Each year a new theme is selected and for 2010 the organization has chosen the "Living World" (Mundo Vivo)
Visitors to the FIESA 2010 - 8th International Sand Sculpture Festival will have the chance to see magnificent sand sculptures of fauna and flora of the five continents, since prehistory to the present day.
The event includes free sand sculpture activities for all ages, video projections and other events. Considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world, by the size of its sculptures and are, the FIESA 2010 will be open to the public every day between 22 May and 22 October 2010 from 10am to 00h00 (15 Set. to 22 Oct. from 10am to 20pm).

Monday, June 7, 2010

Novy Muzei (New Museum) - St. Petersburg

Inaugurated last Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 and located at 29, 6th Liniya of Vasilyevsky Island (Vasileostrovskaya subway station), the Novy Muzei is a celebration of the russian art with particular focus on the period from mid to late 20th century, in which the '50s and '60s were a prolific time in Russia, when new ideology was merging with existing academic realist styles.
The owner of the museum and its collection, Aslan Chekhoyev asserts that the Novy Muzei is the first of its kind in St. Petersburg (Russia) with a collection of Soviet informal and Russian modern art, showcasing Russia’s most prominent avant-garde artists.
With works from the Gazonevsky Movement and the New Artists art group, the Novy Muzei (new Museum) includes in its collection of informal art works by Dmitrii Krasnopevtsev, Leo Kropivnitsky, Lidiya Masterkova, Mikhail Shvartsman and Viktor Pivovarov, among others.
Rolled up and discarded in a corner in a run-down apartment block in Moscow, the painting "The Three Mannequins" by Boris Turetsky, now part of the collection was almost lost had not been found by the artist's descendents, who according to the museum's curator Sergei Popov, was largely regarded as one of the founders of the Russian contemporary art movement of the '60s, with works displayed at the Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery.
The painting done in gouache featuring three outsized women dressed in bold Twiggy-like mini-dresses and haircuts to match, was acquired by Aslan Chekhoyev in 2008 for a considerable sum, who later spent over $10,0000 on it's museum-grade restoration.
In the same room of the the museum’s Sots-Art department hangs the work "Yalta Conference: the Judgment of Paris" (1985-86) by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, a surrealistically stylized piece depicting, in the guise of Greek mythology, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin as Greek goddesses and Hitler as the shepherd-prince Paris.
The three-metre-wide painting represents the conference that divided Europe during the second World War and was acquired at MacDougall's in London, November 2007, for £184,400.
Aslan Chekhoyev started collecting art after buying “Tyubiki” (1956), a large white canvas filled with a complex array of abstract symbols, by Yevgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko.
Since Soviet authorities bulldozed the open-air gallery in Moscow's Belyaevskaya Park in 1974, destroying non-conformist art, including works by Komar and Melamid, Russia has come a long way and recognizing the talent is the first step to raise the profile of Russian art worldwide.
The Novy Muzei plans to open an atelier and an art club for children, as well as to inlcude lectures and conferences in its programme.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Why Artists Should Contact Local Businesses and Why These Should Support The Arts

 In spite of the many online options available, artists and local business owners still face the hard task to see their products stand out from the competition.

 The off-line cooperation between both can result into mutual benefits that can extend into the future.
Of course that this cooperation should not necessarily be restricted to local businesses and artists, but usually it will be easier for both parties to negociate and more practical in terms of logistics and transportation.

The approach should be made in a clear and objective manner and eventual deals and contracts will depend upon the relation between the artist and the business owner.
After things are settled, the expenses are expected to be easily supported by both parties, especially for the artist since like mentioned before, the fact of exhibiting at a local place won't carry huge transport expenses or travelling time.

 Both the artist and the business owner should be aware of their obligations to make things work and therefore be able to benefit from the best possible results.
The artist should mention the event on the website or blog, send a newsletter to subscribers and an e-mail to his contacts (don't spam).
A press release can also be sent to local newspapers and flyers or brochures can be printed (you can even get a printing company to sponsor them in exchange of some advertising)

 The artwork should be ready for exhibiting, together with the proper information about the works and the artist's contact, if possible with a cellphone number and not just an e-mail.
It's very important for the artist to be present at the inauguration in order to render any assistance and to provide the all needed answers to the public. Don't forget that is usually during the reception that an exhibition gets more visitors.

 As for the business owner responsabilities, these should include mentioning the exhibition on the company's website, sending a press release, providing a space with good visibility, keeping the artwork in good condition and be present at the reception, or nominate a representative.

 Arragements about the reception that should be kept simple and comparticipation expenses should be agreed in advance, not forgeting that people should be interested in the art and not about the food and drink.
Now it's time to talk about the best part: benefits for both sides.

 The artist will gain exposure without having to pay gallery comissions (a percentage of the sold artworks for the business owner can be previously agreed) or renting a space.
The eventual association with a renowned brand can prove quite beneficial for the artist's recognition in the community and in the media, resulting in invitations for future exhibitions or being more easily accepted to exhibit in other venues.

 Considerable are also the benefits for the business owner, namely in terms of brand-building and recognition by the artists, community and media.
Due to it's reference on the internet and local media, the business will receive more public which will stay more time and eventually acquire a product or service.
Most artists are not professionals and have a full-time job or at least another occupation, which if related to your business can result in a future comercial relation.
In the future it's quite possible that your website will receive more visits from people and media looking for future exhbitions.

 As you can conclude, the cooperation between arts and businesses can result into positive benefits for both sides without demanding a huge investment.
If you have any doubts, you can post them at the Wetcanvas General Art Business Forum where artists and art related people will be happy to help you.