Taymour Grahne Gallery Now Represents Maia Cruz Palileo

The Taymour Grahne Gallery, in New York, now represents Brooklyn-based artist Maia Cruz Palileo. Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in her paintings, installations, drawings and animations. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in United States from the Philippines, and from growing up in the Midwest, Maia infuses these narratives using both memory and imagination. Maia is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award. She received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and BA in Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. Taymour Grahne Gallery opened its doors in September 2013, and is located in a 4,000 square foot space in the heart of TriBeCa, New York City. Taymour Grahne Gallery aims to showcase and highlight contemporary emerging and established artists from across the world. Taymour Grahne works closely with museums worldwide, and has placed gallery artists into major global institutional collections including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC; Newark Museum, New Jersey; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Barjeel Art Foundation,...

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Jonathan Gardner Now Represented by Casey Kaplan

Jonathan Gardner is now represented by Casey Kaplan in Manhattan, New York. Born in 1982, the Chicago-based artist, whose richly coloured and cartoon-inflected paintings often abound with ladies, references 20th century painting. Moving between representational, figurative, and Surrealist imagery, his collage-like compositions are united by a spatial flatness. Gardner’s scenes belong to a leisurely world, suggesting the Golden Age as much as they reflect downtime in present-day America. Gardner has had one-person outings at Mary Mary in Glasgow, in 2014, and Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, in 2011 and 2013, and was in a two-person exhibition with Vanessa Maltese at Nicelle Beauchene in New York earlier this year 2015. A representative for the gallery said that Kaplan first came across the work in 2014 and that they will host a solo show by Gardner in September...

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Palestinian Artist Ashraf Fayadh Sentenced to Death

On 17 November 2015, Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh were sentenced to death by Saudi Arabian authorities after almost two years of imprisonment. According to trial documents, the main charge against Fayadh is apostasy, or abandoning his Muslim faith. He was originally detained by the country’s religious police in 2013, then rearrested and tried in early 2014. The initial verdict of the courts sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes but, after an appeal, another judge ordered a death sentence for him. He has thirty days to appeal the new ruling. Fayadh’s conviction was based on evidence given by a prosecution witness, who claimed to have heard him cursing god, the prophet Mohammad, and Saudi Arabia; as well as the content of Fayadh’s 2008 book of poetry Instruction Within. As Saudi Arabia’s justice system is based on Sharia Islamic law and its judges’ interpretation of the law stems from a conservative, Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia, religious crimes including blasphemy and apostasy can incur the death penalty. Fayadh served as an unofficial ambassador for Saudi Arabia’s small contemporary art scene, organizing shows and working to introduce Saudi art to the world, and is a member of Edge of Arabia. In 2013, Mr. Fayadh organized an exhibition called “Mostly Visible” in the Saudi city of Jeddah, and Chris Dercon, the director of the Tate Modern in London, visited and praised the...

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Artist Paul Laffoley dies aged 80

On 16 November 2015, American artist Paul Laffoley (1935-2015) died in Boston at the age of 80 years old. Paul Laffoley is known for his large canvas paintings combining words and images, often referring to architectural plans or mandalas, producing works close to the manifest, devotional painting, plans and cosmic model. The New York gallery Kent Fine Art, which still presents him, devoted a solo exhibition from 11 September to 7 November 2015 titled “Paul Laffoley: The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience” and an important retrospective in 2014 with “The Boston Visionary Cell”, an exhibition that took up the name of the association that he had himself founded in 1971 to develop visionary art. Studied at Brown University and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Paul Laffolet then worked in New York with Frederick Kiesler and Andy Warhol. It was during the second half of the 1960s that he started integrating text onto his...

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Artist Constant Dullaart wins Prix Net Art 2015

On 16 November 2015, Dutch artist Constant Dullaart was awarded the second annual Prix Net Art 2015. The Prix Net Art is an international prize for internet art that also comes with an award of $10,000. The jury which decided the winners this year comprised of critic Josephine Bosma; Whitney Museum curator Chrissie Iles; and critic and curator Domenico Quaranta. The announcement of the laureate was made by Rhizome, the Beijing-based Chronus Art Center, Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Lab. Dullaart, well known for his Jennifer in Paradise series which ‘seeks to expose the technological structures that inform modern visual culture”, will discuss the future of net art during a new art and technology conference presented by Rhizome and the New Museum in January 2016. Another $5,000 award of distinction was also granted to the Berlin-based collective Weise7. The Prix Net Art celebrates the current moment of net art and its future, and was created to acknowledge the shifting relationship between art and the web. Increasingly, the internet is the frame through which all contemporary art and culture is seen and understood. As many artists tackle technology as subject matter through different forms—sculpture, installation, and painting—this prize seeks to address the relative scarcity of support for artwork that takes place primarily or exclusively online. The prize emphasizes the unique and crucial importance of such work in order to encourage those who continue to make art on the internet....

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