“[In Colombia’s capital], where graffiti is classified as a violation rather than a crime, street artists do not have to hide.” Here, three of the most active talk about the challenges of working as a street artist while female.
“Her profile rocketed after she helped her contemporary-art clients place bids or win half of Christie’s top 10 priciest works in May. Nearly 6 feet tall, she was easy to spot standing between colleagues in the saleroom’s phone banks, wielding three cellphones at a time and lobbing bids at a regular clip. By sale’s end, she helped her Chinese clients win as much as $236 million of art.”
“Artists also seem attracted to the button-shop concept: That an industrial workshop could house art, and that an aspiring gallerist works side-by-side with her father. The artists who display their work with Ms. Li see the space as a rare opportunity, to show artwork in a heavily trafficked neighborhood and in a shop with a unique sense of New York City’s history.”
Peter Seibt: “War is not peace and the price of something is not the value. In short, the market is not the art. Cynicism is not creation. But we are not at all rendered helpless by this billion-dollar industry. Instead we created a radical art project. This has brought us great joy in the making and the sharing of art.”
“A thousand years from now when history textbooks will allocate to the Cold War a mere couple of paragraphs, the text should be illustrated by one Berlin Wall photograph. For by seizing this singular moment in history, Richard Avedon exposed in the faces of his subjects the stress and the pain behind the wall and the related historical events.”
“With his decision on Friday approving this city’s federal bankruptcy plan, Judge Steven W. Rhodes – aided by nearly a billion dollars in private and state rescue money – ended an unprecedented threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose world-class paintings and sculpture could have been parceled off at auction to help pay city debt.”
“Much of the work on Saadiyat Island, which is also home to a branch of the Louvre and a New York University campus, is done by foreign migrants. Critics say workers are forced to work long hours, are housed in deplorable conditions and have been subject to police raids and beatings if they object.”
When the reclusive Cornelius Gurlitt died in May, he left his 1,200-piece collection – much of which is suspected of having been looted by the Nazis and fenced by Gurlitt’s art-dealer father – to the Kunstmuseum Bern. Now WJC president Ronald Lauder has warned that if the museum accepts, “it will open a Pandora’s box and unleash an avalanche of lawsuits.”
That’s what the Public Service Alliance of Canada fears. “The museum’s management had previously scheduled two weeks of talks with the union for September, but canceled the negotiations the day they were due to begin … [and] then applied for conciliation, a provision that, per Canadian labor laws, would allow them to lock out the union workers beginning next month.”
“The photograph in question, titled Mother and Daughter II (2014), is a composite of four images showing the artist, Diane Ducruet, cuddling with her daughter. Both of them are nude.” A gallery removed it from a current exhibition after receiving complaints that a photo in the show’s brochure – but not actually in the show – portrays incest.
“There was aching concern that lottery projects should be popular. The lottery was played by the people, and particularly poorer people, so its proceeds should go on things inclusive. Which at the same time had to be somehow cultural, improving or educational, to distinguish them from the theme parks, shopping centres and multiplexes that get built without public subsidy.”