Laurent Grasso sets up a big installation in Paris

25 January 2016 marked the inauguration of a monumental and enduring work by Laurent Grasso, projected on the walls of the silos of Ciments Calcia (Paris, 13th arrondissement). Baptised Solar Wind, the work aims to poetically retranscribe cosmic movements. 40 metres high and 20 metres in diameter, the work consists of a projection of luminous models of the meteorological conditions of solar winds. To do so, he conferred with scientists from the CNES, including astrophysicist Georges Azoulay. The installation was commissioned by a group of players including the Mairie de Paris (City Hall) and produced by the agency Eva Albarran & Co, in collaboration with VIB architecture agency, the architect of the...

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Death of Gottfried Honegger (1917–2016)

Swiss artist and collector Gottfried Honegger passed away on 17 January 2016 in his birth city of Zurich. An advertiser by training, Gottfried Honegger truly turned to art in the 1950s, through painting, after a trip to New York. In 1960, the Martha Jackson Gallery (New York) organised his first solo exhibition, and in 1964, he was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. His painting draws close to concrete art, limiting forms and colours to the most minimal variations. He also practised sculpture, at times exploring monumental pieces, often in collaboration with architects and urban planners. Gottfried Honegger created the Espace d’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux in 1990. In 2000, he — along with his wife Sylbil Albers — bequeathed his abstract-art collection to the French State, today visible at...

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Harry Meyer receives the Kulturpreis der Stadt Neumarkt i. d. OPf. 2015

German artist Harry Meyer receives the Kulturpreis der Stadt Neumarkt 2015 in Neumarkt, Germany. Harry Meyer is known for his oil paintings halfway between abstraction and figuration, which he particularly makes in volumes to produce this hybrid representation. In 2015, the artist joined the list of winners of the Kulturpreis der Stadt Neumarkt, beside artists Bernhard Fuchs Maria and Lothar Fischer, and musician Lizzy Aumeier. Currently represented by Galerie & Edition Bode, Harry Meyer was born in 1960 and studied architecture before joining the group of artists Neuen Gruppe, in Munich. His first solo exhibition at the Bode Gallery, in Nuremberg, dates back to 2006, in addition to other solo shows in institutions such as the Kunstverein Rottenburg and the Museum für Kunst Bildende Oberfahlheim, in Nersingen in Bavaria....

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$1.1 Million Worth of Artworks Stolen From Markus Lüpertz’s Potsdam Studio

Thieves broke into the studio of German artist Markus Lüpertz in Potsdam, outside Berlin, and stole around 30 paintings, drawings, and prints. Police have announced that the overall amount lost from the theft amounts to several hundred thousand euros. However, the artist himself said the combined value of the stolen works could reach €1 million ($1.1 million). Burglars are believed to have smashed a window to break into the studio of 74-year-old artist, Markus Lüpertz, in the southwestern outskirts of Berlin. Lüpertz was working in his studio on Saturday until around 6:30 p.m., so police estimate that the break-in occurred between 7 p.m. on Saturday 5 and 11 a.m. on Monday 7 December 2015, when the artist’s assistant Alexander Kynch contacted police to report the theft. The artist’s spokesman, Claus Otterbein said Bild : “The thieves broke open several locks, in some cases using skeleton keys, and drove into the studio atrium with a vehicle to load the works.” Otterbein revealed that the thieves took 15 large, unfinished oil paintings, as well as 15 framed sketches, from a series of works currently on view at Lüpertz’s exhibition at the Bode Museum, in Berlin, as well as one or two small bronze sculptures. It is unclear as to whether the stolen works had been signed with the artist’s initials or not. Lupertz’s studio was previously targeted in a robbery attempt in...

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Geoffrey Farmer will represent Canada at 2017 Venice Biennale

Geoffrey Farmer has been selected to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Throughout his twenty-year career, Farmer has had exhibitions at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zurich; the Louvre in Paris; Documenta 13 in Kassel; the Tate Modern in London; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, among other exhibitions and institutions. For the Venice Biennale in 2017, the Canadian artist has selected Kitty Scott, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carol and Morton Rapp gallery in Ontario, to organize the Canadian...

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