2015 Venice Biennale list of artists revealed

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ABBOUD, Jumana Emil

ABDESSEMED, Adel

ABONNENC, Mathieu Kleyebe

ABOUNADDARA

ACHOUR, Boris

ADKINS, Terry

AFIF, Saâdane

AKERMAN, Chantal

AKOMFRAH, John

AKPOKIERE, Karo

AL SOLH, Mounira

ALGÜN RINGBORG, Meriç

ALLORA, Jennifer & CALZADILLA, Guillermo

ATAMAN, Kutlug

BAJEVIC, Maja

BALLESTEROS, Ernesto

BALOJI, Sammy

BARBA, Rosa

BASELITZ, Georg

BASUALDO, Eduardo

BAUER, Petra

BESHTY, Walead

BHABHA, Huma

BOLTANSKI, Christian

BONVICINI, Monica

BOYCE, Sonia

BOYD, Daniel

BREY, Ricardo

BROODTHAERS, Marcel

BRUGUERA, Tania

BURGA, Teresa

CALHOUN, Keith & McCORMICK, Chandra

CAO, Fei

CHAMEKH, Nidhal

CHERNYSHEVA, Olga

CHUNG, Tiffany

COOPERATIVA CRÁTER INVERTIDO

CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT

DAMIANI, Elena

DELLER, Jeremy

DJORDAJDZE, Thea

DUMAS, Marlene

E-FLUX JOURNAL

EDWARDS, Melvin

EFFLATOUN, Inji

EHMANN, Antje & FAROCKI, Harun

EICHHORN, Maria

EVANS, Walker

FAROCKI, Harun

FLOYD, Emily

FRIEDL, Peter

FUSCO, Coco

FUSINATO, Marco

GAINES, Charles

GALLAGHER, Ellen

GALLARDO, Ana

GARCIA, Dora

GATES, Theaster

GENZKEN, Isa

GLUKLYA

GOMES, Sônia

GROSSE, Katharina

GULF LABOR

GURSKY, Andreas

HAACKE, Hans

HADJITHOMAS, Joana & JOREIGE, Khalil

HARRY, Newell

HASSAN, Kay

HIRSCHHORN, Thomas

HÖLLER, Carsten

HOLT, Nancy & SMITHSON, Robert

IM, Heung Soon

INVISIBLE BORDERS: Trans-African Photographers

ISHIDA, Tetsuya

JI, Dachun

JULIEN, Isaac

K., Hiwa

KAMBALU, Samson

KIM, Ayoung

KLUGE, Alexander

KNGWARREYE, Emily Kame

LAGOMARSINO, Runo

LEBER, Sonia & CHESWORTH, David

LIGON, Glenn

MABUNDA, Gonçalo

MADHUSUDHANAN

MAHAMA, Ibrahim

MALJKOVIC, David

MAN, Victor

MANSARAY, Abu Bakarr

MARKER, Chris

MARSHALL, Kerry James

MARTEN, Helen

MAURI, Fabio

McQUEEN, Steve

MOHAIEMEN, Naeem

MORAN, Jason

MÜLLER, Ivana

MUNROE, Lavar

MURILLO, Oscar

MUTU, Wangechi

NAM, Hwayeon

NAUMAN, Bruce

NDIAYE, Cheikh

NICOLAI, Olaf

OFILI, Chris

OGBOH, Emeka

PARRENO, Philippe

PASCALI, Pino

PIPER, Adrian

PONIFASIO, Lemi

QIU, Zhijie

RAISSNIA, Raha

RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE

(NARULA, Monica; BAGCHI, Jeebesh; SENGUPTA, Shuddhabrata)

REYNAUD-DEWAR, Lili

RIDNYI, Mykola

ROBERTS, Liisa

ROTTENBERG, Mika

SCHÖNFELDT, Joachim

SELMANI, Massinissa

SENGHOR, Fatou Kandé

SHETTY, Prasad & GUPTE, Rupali

SIBONY, Gedi

SIMMONS, Gary

SIMON, Taryn

SIMPSON, Lorna

SMITHSON, Robert

SUBOTZKY, Mikhael

SUHAIL, Mariam

SZE, Sarah

THE PROPELLER GROUP

the TOMORROW

TIRAVANIJA, Rirkrit

TOGUO, Barthélémy

XU, Bing

YOUNIS, Ala
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Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

BY Chloe Wyma

‘Since the mid-aughts, Kehinde Wiley has achieved Napoleonic fame for his monumental paintings depicting young men of color in contemporary streetwear in poses derived from European courtly portraiture. By unseating the saints and noblemen of Rubens, Fragonard, and Velazquez and replacing them with handsome, anonymous young men cast from the streets of Brooklyn, Dakkar, and Beijing, Wiley — curator Eugenie Tsai writes in her introductory catalog essay for the artist’s mid-career survey at the Brooklyn Museum — “subverts canonical art history” by making visible its erasure of black bodies. Nevertheless, the exhibition, titled “A New Republic,” feels more safe than subversive. The agglomeration of Wiley’s neo-baroque portraits of young black dandies posing against botanical filigrees doesn’t disturb our way of seeing the world so much as feed our contemporary taste for promiscuous juxtaposition and nobrow pastiche.’

I have often considered doing this with old art, new people. This guy Kehinde is definitely worth a look into I think. Well crafted painting is becoming a rarity, hopefully it won’t become fully extinct while we have new generations continuing with the old masters technical ability.

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair opens March 18

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The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, the showcase for members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, returns with 98 of the UK’s top specialists in fine and decorative arts showcasing a wide variety of covetable items from the antique to the contemporary, all vetted to ensure quality and authenticity.

New participants for 2015 include Beaux Arts London, Philip Mould & Company, Michael Hughes, Peter Lipitch Ltd., and Ted Few, which will join returning exhibitors such as Godson & Coles, Harris Lindsay, Thomas Coulborn & Sons, Frank Partridge, Trinity House, The Taylor Gallery, and Holly Johnson Antiques.

Highlights of the fair include an elegant Art Deco coral and diamond brooch from John Joseph Antique Jewellery; a rare English George I period scarlet japanned bureau cabinet, attributed to John Belchier and Daniel Massey, from Godson & Coles; and Elisabeth Frink’s 1963 bronze sculpture Assassins II from Beaux Arts London.

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair runs from March 18 through 24 at the Duke of York

Hans Haacke’s “Gift Horse” Unveiled on Fourth Plinth

Hans Haacke’s “Gift Horse” Unveiled on Fourth Plinth

The much-anticipated new commission for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, “Gift Horse” by Cologne-based artist Hans Haacke, has been unveiled by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “Gift Horse” is the tenth sculpture to be unveiled as part of the Fourth Plinth Programme which invites world-class artists to make wonderful new works for the centre of the capital city.

Haacke’s “Gift Horse” is a sculpture of a skeleton of a horse with an electronic ribbon displaying a live ticker of the London Stock Exchange attached to its front leg, “establishing a link between power, money, and history,” according to the Mayor’s press release. The work is derived from an etching by the famous English painter George Stubbs and is also references a statue of William IV on horseback that was originally planned for the empty plinth in 1841.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “As Hans Haacke’s take on the equestrian statue trots into Trafalgar Square, it brings another reason for Londoners and tourists to visit this cultural landmark. Gift Horse is a startlingly original comment on the relationship between art and commerce and I hope it will stimulate as much debate as the other works that have appeared on the Fourth Plinth.”

Ekow Eshun, Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, said: “Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse is an important, arresting sculpture. It asks questions about the role of money and power in modern London. And it marks the Fourth Plinth programme’s continued commitment to bring the work of leading British and international artists to the heart of the city and into dialogue with the public.”

Today is Brâncuși’s Birthday (19th February 1876)

The sculptor Constantin Brâncuși was born on this day in 1876 in Romania. I saw this piece in the Met, New York. Sleeping Muse is a beautiful object if for no other reason than it’s shape and lustre. She looks peaceful and meditative. I never thought any more about it until  now. I will go and research the reasons/concepts etc. If I think they are pretentious add ons, I will ignore it and just think it a nice piece to look at. Also, I bet it’s heavy (apparently picking these up in the museum is not the thing!).

Constantin Brancusi. Sleeping Muse, 1910. Bronze.

Brancusi said: “Don’t look for obscure formulas, nor for le mystère. It is pure joy I’m giving you.” and “Command like a king, work like a slave, create like a god.”

Added after research:

No it seems he wasn’t as bullshitty as some of them. Here’s what it says on the Met website re this piece:

The subject of a sleeping head occupied Brancusi for almost twenty years. In conceiving and executing Sleeping Muse, the sculptor eschewed drama and detail in favor of reducing ideas to fundamental forms and simplified details. He rendered the essence of languor in the prostrate position of the head, weighed down by inertia, resting peacefully. This bronze is one of four casts made in 1910 from a marble of the previous year for which Baroness Renée Irana Franchon was the model.