Installation view of 2014 Whitney Biennial. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images
The 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art's building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street in NYC will open March 7 and run until May 25, 2014. This year's edition included 2 curators and 1 artist who each got one entire floor to oversee.
Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago) each chose the art and artists for each floor.
The Whitney's ongoing Annuals and Biennials began in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The 2014 version will be the last at its current location, as it will move downtown to its new Renzo Piano-designed building next spring.
This Biennial will be the last to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art's building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the Museum moves downtown to its new building in the spring of 2015.
The Whitney Museum features a conversation with the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
England is home to some of the world's finest art museums. This month Fine Art will add more British museum profiles to the growing database of museums all around the world. The museum profiles also include employment information and how to apply for a job.
- The Museum of East Asian Art (MEAA) in Bath, England was founded in 1990 and features Asian art such as bamboo carvings, ceramics, jade and metalwork.
- The Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, England was founded in 1965, showcasing Modern and contemporary art.
- The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in Birmingham, England opened to the public in 1885. The Museum's permanent collection includes over 500,000 objects from all around the world, dating from 200,000 years ago to the present.
- Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England was established in 1964 and features exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, exhibiting painting, sculpture, video, installation and photography.
- The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England was established in 1932 and is best known for its collection of European art.
- Arnolfini in Bristol, England was established in 1961 and features the contemporary arts. It was named after Jan van Eyck's famous fifteenth century painting The Arnolfini Portrait.
- The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in Bristol, England opened to the public in 1905 and exhibits fine art ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
- Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford, England officially opened in 1968. It maintains a permanent collection of Old Master works with approximately 300 paintings and 2,000 drawings.
Artist Frida Kahlo, circa 1950. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 - 1954) has won worldwide admiration for her colorful personality, her indigenous costume and her soulfully penetrating self-portraits. She has been the subject of numerous books and biopics. So an exhibition of her complete oeuvre would certainly draw in the crowds.
One such exhibition titled "The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story" is on view until March 9th, 2014 at the Naval Training Center at Liberty Station in San Diego, California. The exhibition according to Hyperallergic "is comprised almost entirely of copies -- replicas of all 123 of Kahlo's paintings made by four unnamed Chinese artists, plus 500 pieces of jewelry, dresses, and accessories."
What do you think? Would you see an exhibition of a renowned artist, if you knew all the paintings were copies done by other painters? Please leave your (polite) comments below.
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What happens when an artwork gets damaged during an art exhibition you are organizing? If you do not have fine art insurance coverage, then you may be in trouble.
Art insurance for artists, exhibitions, and museums is a bit different from homeowners or auto insurance, but there are some similarities.
Artworks in a traveling exhibition are handled by numerous people such as shippers, art handlers, and museum staff. The art is at risk during the installation and de-installation phases, and is also at risk when it is on view to the public. With so many risks involved, it makes sense to get the appropriate type of coverage.
Fine Art interviewed Donna Anderson, Executive Director of The Exhibition Alliance, to provide her expert opinion about the various types of art insurance coverage that is available. She also advises which types of coverage should be used for various situations.
Corcoran Gallery, Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, is the city's oldest private art museum, along with its college of art and design. Unfortunately it will stop operating independently.
According to the Washington Post, it was announced that the Beaux-Arts style building, the art collection (numbering 17,000 works of art), and the college will be run by both the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.
Installation view of Ai Weiwei's exhibition 'According To What?' at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Florida. On February 16, 2014 a local artist smashed one of the vases valued at $1 million. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
On February 16, 2014, a local Miami artist smashed one of the vases in the installation pictured above. Ai Wei-wei's solo exhibition 'According To What?' at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in Florida contained 16 Han Dynasty urns dipped in paint. These urns are estimated to be 2,000 years old. Ai Wei-wei is also pictured dropping one of those priceless urns as a form of protest against China.
Ai Wei-wei is quoted in the Miami Herald saying, ""My work belongs to me, it doesn't belong to the public, and also it doesn't belong to somebody else."
The local artist, who was arrested and charged with vandalism, is now apologetic for his actions, while the Miami art community is denouncing what he did as an attention-seeking stunt.
Call for submissions: Amsterdam Light Festival
Deadline: 1 March 2014
The Amsterdam Light Festival is currently inviting artists to submit ideas for art works to be installed at the third edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam from December 2014 to January 2015.
The theme is "A Bright City." Submissions should reflect on how the city and its urban lifestyle helps to advance human culture. Please refer to their website to see how to submit your proposal.
This month will feature profiles of art museums in Canada. Each profile contains employment information and how to apply for a job, so if you live in Canada and are interested to work in an art museum, check out the following:
- The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Canada was established in 1900. The Museum's permanent collection includes over 80,000 works of art dating from 100 A.D. to the present.
- The National Gallery of Canada was established in 1880 in Ottawa, Ontario. The Museum's permanent collection includes Canadian painting from the 1880s to the present, Old Masters work, and a wide range of Canadian, European, American and Inuit art.
- The Power Plant in Toronto, Canada was founded in 1987 and features contemporary art.
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in Montreal, Canada was founded in 1860, and maintains a permanent collection of nearly 36,000 objects dated from antiquity to the present, and which includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and decorative art.
- The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada was founded in 1912, and features over 6 million objects of both natural history and cultural art and artifacts from around the world.
- The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Canada was founded in 1964. It has approximately 7,600 works of contemporary art, featuring contemporary Québec art.
The Shanghai Museum is pictured over the years. Image courtesy the Shanghai Museum.
Fine Art recently added profiles of two art museums in Shanghai. One museum highlights the 8,000 years cultural history of China, while the other one features the new.
- The Shanghai Museum in Shanghai, China was established in 1952. Its permanent collection includes one million objects of ancient Chinese art and cultural artifacts such as bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MOCA Shanghai) in Shanghai, China was established in 2005. It is an independent and non-profit institution.