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New York Studio School chooses four young winners

The New York Studio School’s Mercedes Matter Prize ($6,000) has been awarded to young artists Katelyn Mills, Amanda Church, Lee Marshall and Dan Flanagan. The winners were chosen by Hrag Vartanian, founder of the magazine Hyperallergic, Paul Laster, TimeOut New York critic, Paddy Johnson, founder of ArtFCity, and Phong Bui, cofounder and head editor of Brooklyn...

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Call for projects for the inaugural Antarctic Biennale

The artistic directors of the first Antarctic Biennale, to be held from 27 March to 6 April 2017, has launched a call for international applications from artists under 35 years, in response to the maxim “Mobilis in Mobile”. The jury includes artist Alexander Ponomarev and board members, Defne Ayas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hoor Al-Qasimi and Nadim Samman. The fifteen finalists will be invited to take part in a group exhibition in the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice in summer 2017 during the 57th edition of the Contemporary Art...

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112 galleries at viennacontemporary in Austria

From 22 to 25 September, viennacontemporary, Austria’s largest international fair, will be exhibiting 112 galleries from 28 countries. This year, Zone 1, presenting solo exhibitions by young Austrian artists, has been entrusted to Severin Dünser, curator of the 21st Haus in Vienna, who selected the participating galleries. These include Galerie Lindner with Anna-Maria Bogner, Galerie Crone with Constantin Luser and One Work Gallery with Stefan Reiterer. This year’s fair also places a focus on Northern European countries, especially Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Another focus has been organised on ex-Yugoslavian countries and Albania, curated by curator and critic Adela...

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Art critic John Perrault dies at 78

John Perreault, legendary art critic, writer for Artnews, Soho News, and the Village Voice, died 6 September at 78 following complications from surgery, in New York. Perreault became an art critic for Artnews in the mid-1960s following an earlier career as a poet, sculptor and painter. Perreault used varying media, including oil-coated sand and toothpaste. He was officially hired by the Village Voice in 1966, and discussed emerging artists in minimalism, photorealism, land art, and decorative art on show at the Holly Solomon Gallery. Perreault had close relationships with the artists he wrote about, most famously having nightly conversations with Andy Warhol over a two year period. Perreault was additionally the subject of several artists’ paintings, such as Alice Neel’s portrait, which was shown in her 1974 Whitney Museum retrospective. Outspoken and notorious for being able to distinguish a canonical artist, Perreault gained himself a following in the art world. He also organized the first “Day Without Art” in 1989, which drew awareness to the impact of AIDS in the art world. Perreault taught at the New School, the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York, and the University of California, San Obispo, where he met his partner, whom he formally married in 2008. He also acted as curator at the American Craft Museum, Everson Museum of Art, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary...

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Art in the 1990s: the demise of the art critic

The 1990s were a decade marked by geopolitical changes, and the digital revolution, which created a new atmosphere in the art world. Digital connections allowed people from far-flung corners of the Earth to connect with one another, and inspired artists to look at their changing surroundings for subject matter for their pieces. Following the crash of the art market in 1991, the excess that surrounded works in the 1980s was replaced by the idea of conservation. Much of the art from the 90s was raw, digging into the issues of race, the AIDS crisis, gender, and sexual identity. With the celebrity of the Young British Artists and the globalisation of the art scene, everything in the art world was changing. Prior to this, the art world was uncomplicated, with clearly delineated roles. Artists would create their works, which were managed by their art dealer, who acted as a long-term advisor and manager, and the works would be shown in their gallery. For an artist to sell their works at auction would be unheard of; auction houses participated mainly in the secondary market, holding public auctions. Galleries functioned as links to antiquities and classical art. With the digital boom making the world ever smaller, these defined roles were transformed. Role Changes The function of the auction house drastically changed. They all but took over the responsibility of galleries by regularly hosting sales exhibitions, selling fresh work directly from the studios, in their locations. Artists were no longer tied down to one art gallery or art dealer, they could be represented by more than one, or none at all, as is the case of Banksy. Galleries hosted curated exhibitions, fluffed with loaned works, and exchanged new works by artists, as well as selling them on the secondary market. The birth of...

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