The City of Paris unblocks a budget for artistic projects and launches the Grand Parquet

To improve the working conditions and diffusion of artists, the City of Paris has launched the Grand Parquet project. Located in the 18th arrondissement, this new artists’ house will welcome resident teams all year round to create, research and diffuse works. In charge of this new centre are Valérie Dassonville and Adrien de Van from the Théâtre Paris Villette. The project follows up the opening of the Villa Vassilieff, in February 2016 in the 15th arrondissement. In January 2017, Laetitia Guedon will be unveiling Plateaux Sauvages, in the 20th arrondissement, while a new site for circus arts will be born in the 13th arrondissement in 2018. A €800,000 budget is being placed at the disposal of artists, including €15,000 to €20,000 grants to support diffusion through artist residency projects in Paris. The French capital counts 60,000 artists in the Île-de-France region and over 300 venues where performances are regularly...

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Premature announcement on the sales price of Kanye West’s wax double

An article in The New York Times has made a premature announcement, this time by saying that a wax sculpture of Kanye West, inspired by the video clip “Famous”, was being placed on sale for $4 million by the Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles, where it is currently on display. The gallery specified that the statue is not yet for sale, and that the $4 million price tag is a mere estimate. “It was just a pop-up exhibition based on my and the gallery’s interest in Kanye West as a multidisciplinary artist and the fact that we do these kinds of events with regularity,” declared gallery co-founder Tim Blum to The Los Angeles...

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Absolut Art Award 2017 announces its 49 nominees

The nominees for the Absolut Art Award have just been announced. Forty-nine artists including Simon Denny, Cao Fei, Samara Golden, Cameron Rowland and Anicka Yi have been chosen for 2017. The prize is divided into two categories, with 39 nominees chosen as artists, and 10 as writers. In January 2017, the jury presided over by Daniel Birnbaum, will reveal the five finalists. The €20,000 prize comes with a project-production budget of €100,000 for the visual arts, and €20,000 for writers, with an additional sum of €25,000 for the publication of a research...

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Ex-FEMEN Deborah De Robertis poses nude in front of a photo by Araki at the Musée Guimet

Deborah De Robertis, Luxembourg artist and ex-FEMEN, arrested on 29 May this year for posing unclothed in front of female nude paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, including Courbet’s L’Origine du monde and Manet’s Olympia, is back to her old tricks. On Sunday 4 September, during a visit to the Musée Guimet in Paris, she sat in front of a photograph by Araki with a watermelon between her legs, groaning while tasting the fruit. Spectators applauded the performance but security threw her out of the...

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Mónica de Miranda represented by Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid

The Sabrina Amrani Gallery in Madrid from now on will be representing Portuguese artist and researcher of Angolan origin, Mónica de Miranda. The artist is a graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts and the Institute of Education in London, and also has a PhD from the University of Middlesex. She set up the artist residency project Triangle Network in Portugal, as well as the Hangar Centre for Artistic Research, in Lisbon. In 2016, she won the Novo Banco Photo Prize and exhibited her work at the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon. She has also been nominated for the Prix Pictet. The artist has participated in group exhibitions such as “Contemporary African Art and Aesthetics of Translations” at the Dakar Biennal (Senegal, 2016), “Telling Time” at the Bamako Encounters, Biennale of African Photography (Mali, 2015), “Ilha de São Jorge” at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennal in 2014, and “Do you hear me” at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal, 2008). She will be taking part in 1:54 in London during the Frieze...

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