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ART Cologne 2014

Sunday April 13, 2014

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Zhao Zhao's art installation at ART Cologne 2014. Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

ART Cologne, one of Germany's most prestigious and one of the world's oldest art fairs held its press preview at Koelnmesse on April 9, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. Founded in 1967, by two artists, the 48th edition features modern and contemporary art and runs from 10 to 13 April 2014.

Approximately 200 international art galleries are participating. Artworks on view include painting, sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, performance and installation art. Several highlights include large format artworks by acclaimed artists Joel Shapiro, Ai Wei-Wei, and Jeppe Hein.

Cologne is the "cultural center of the Rhineland region and beyond" according to the art fair's website.

Learn more about art fairs on Fine Art at About.com.

Art Museums in England

Saturday April 5, 2014

England is home to a wide range of art museums. This month, Fine Art will feature several British museums including employment information.

  • The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum in Cheltenham, England officially opened in 1899. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of a wide range of cultural works such as key pieces of the renowned Arts & Crafts movement, oil paintings, archaeological artifacts and archives of local history.
  • The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England officially opened in 1877. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, England officially opened on 16 December 1922, and is best known for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks.
  • The Sudley House in Liverpool, England is a well-preserved Victorian merchant's home with paintings, decorative art and period costume and furnishings on display.
  • The Museum of Liverpool in Liverpool, England officially opened to the public in 1993.
  • The Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne, England hosts a varied temporary exhibition program of artworks by local and regional artists in the greater Manchester area.
  • The Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England opened its collections and gardens to the public in the 18th century.
  • The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford, England was established in 1951. The Museum's collection includes over 2,500 items such as oil paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, decorative arts and social history artifacts.

Architect Shigeru Ban Awarded Pritzker Prize

Monday March 31, 2014

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Visitors take in the new Nomadic Museum during a press preview for "Ashes and Snow," a multimedia exhibit by artist Gregory Colbert, March 2, 2005 in New York City. The Nomadic Museum, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is a 45,000 square-foot temporary museum made of 148 steel shipping containers and recycled paper tubes. The Nomadic Museum sits on Pier 54 on the Hudson River before traveling to Los Angeles, Beijing and Paris. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Architect Shigeru Ban recently became a Pritzker Laureate, the highly-esteemed award for architects. Ban is known for his use of recyclable materials, most notably cardboard tubes which he uses for his infrastructure.

Even though he is an architect, Ban also works in the art world, creating installations for notable art events such as the Singapore Biennale, and creating art museums such as the Nomadic Museum pictured above.

What I find inspiring about his work is his innovative thinking and his use of regular materials. He is a good role model for both aspiring artists and architects alike.

Art School in Singapore Seeks Museology Professor

Sunday March 30, 2014

The School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is seeking a professor to fill its faculty position in Museology/Museum Studies.

Application deadline: 30 June 2014

ADM is Singapore's first comprehensive art school providing art students a studio-based education. The school offers a limited amount of BFA, MA and PhD degrees.

ADM seeks a professor who can "engage students historically, socially, and conceptually and inspire imaginative, critical and interdisciplinary reflection across theory and practice."

Please refer to the university's website for further information on how to apply for the position.

LS Lowry's 'Piccadilly Circus' at London's Sotheby's

Tuesday March 25, 2014

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LS Lowry's 'Piccadilly Circus' painting (estimated at GBP 2,000,000 - 3,000,000) on view at Sotheby's in London. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

March 25, 2014, is the last day of Sotheby's auction in London of the "L.S. Lowry and the A.J. Thompson Collection." English artist L.S. Lowry (1887 - 1976) was born in Stretford, Lancashire. He is best known for his urban landscape paintings and drawings of the gritty industrial areas of North West England.

Businessman A.J. Thompson, who died in 2013, only collected the work of one artist: L.S. Lowry. The 15 piece collection of well-known Lowry paintings are expected to fetch more than GBP 15 million at auction.

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Auction houses typically have a 2-3 day viewing preview where the public can attend to look at the works up close. If you want an art career, art auction houses make great places of employment. There are a variety of jobs at an auction house, such as curatorial experts, art historians, archivists, cataloguers, art handlers, and much more. Learn more about art auction houses.

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Tuesday March 25, 2014

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Sydney Biennale 2014 Opens

Sunday March 23, 2014

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Artist Pipilotti Rist's installation 'Mercy Garden Retour Skin' on view at the Sydney Biennale 2014. Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The 19th edition of the Biennale of Sydney recently opened on March 24th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia and will run until June 9th. The mega-international exhibition is curated by Juliana Engberg with the theme "You Imagine What You Desire."

According to the Biennale's website, "You Imagine What You Desire seeks splendour and rapture in works that remain true to a greater, even sublime visuality. Today these things co-exist and overlap, and the tactics of theatricality cannot be separated from overtly social-situationist inspired works, just as they are central to works engaging with humanity at a grand scale."

Artworks include performance, sculpture, painting, video, sound art, and multi-media installations. Pipilotti Rist's installation 'Mercy Garden Retour Skin' (pictured above) is receiving wide acclaim for its surreal environment.

The Biennale is receiving good reviews, even though it had negative pre-publicity when several selected artists dropped out in protest to its sponsor, among several other controversies. The Guardian clearly sums up the events.

Whitney Biennial 2014

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Whitney Biennial 2014, Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

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.

Art Museums in England

Wednesday March 5, 2014

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.

Frida Kahlo Replicas on Exhibit in San Diego

Thursday February 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo, Getty Images

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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