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Elizabeth Dee’s huge new New York space

New York gallerist Elizabeth Dee is presenting, from 29 October to 17 Deceber, “Every Future Has a Price: 30 Years after Infotainment”, an exhibition on art in the mass media, magazines and advertising. This iconic neo-Pop exhibition was originally set up 30 years ago by Anne Livet and artist Alan Belcher, as well as Peter Nagy, and travelled between 1985 and 1987 to the Texas Gallery in Houston, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and the Aspen Art Museum, as well as Europe. The new version will feature 19 artists from the original exhibition, as well as works by Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Guerilla Girls and Christopher Wool. This exhibition marks a new direction for the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, which on 24 September, will be opening another space in Harlem, three times larger than the Chelsea one. The event is part of the gallery’s new projects, namely consisting...

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Gabriel Kuri at Aspen Art Museum

From 19 December 2014 until 15 March 2015 Aspen Art Museum is to present the work of Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri. Born in 1970, Gabriel Kuri works using salvaged materials, manufactured products and everyday objects (such as marble plaques, sand, plastic bags, newspapers, receipts, cigarette butts and cosmetics), which transform into sculptures and installations which are precisely arranged within the exhibition space. By using such materials, the artist offers a social, political, economic and cultural critique of the consumer society; he is ruthless, but there also exists humour and poetry in his approach. Dissolving the barriers between art and everyday life, Gabriel Kuri explores how the circulation of goods and information now plays an integral part in human relationships. Kuri’s work has been shown in significant international group exhibitions including “Brave New Worlds” at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); “Unmonumental” at New Museum, New York (2007); the 5th Berlin Biennale in 2008 and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2011; in the same year, Kuri also participated in the Venice Biennale....

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Aspen Art Museum removes controversial tortoises

After considerable controversy, Aspen Art Museum has removed the three tortoises that featured in an exhibition by Cai Guo-Qiang. The contentious tortoises were part of the Chinese artist’s exhibition, Moving Ghost Town, in which they were employed to roam around with iPads — which weigh approximately 0.65kg each — strapped to their backs in a contained outdoor pen. Despite the museum working closely with the Turtle Conservancy and assuring critics that the tortoises’ health was constantly monitored, a petition to rescue the tortoises, from what many deemed to be a cruel exploitation, amassed 18,000 signatures.  The exhibition, which was originally intended to run until 5 October, cites “safety concerns” as the reason for the early departure of the roaming reptiles, as predicted cold and wet weather could be dangerous for their health. Those concerned about the future of the tortoises can be reassured by the fact that they were relocated on 25 August to a Turtle Conservancy-approved shelter. In a statement on the museum’s website, the AAM board of trustees said: “It has also been the AAM’s ongoing position that if at any time during the course of Moving Ghost Town it was ever deemed that […] the well-being of the tortoises could not be absolutely assured, they would be removed immediately from the exhibition. We want to again make it very clear that we would never harm or abuse animals, or place any living thing in danger or harm’s...

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Tortoises depict history at Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, is currently exhibiting “Moving Ghost Town” by conceptual artist Cai Guo-Qiang, from 9 August to 5 October 2014.  The exhibition is comprised of three African Sulcata Tortoises — named Big Bertha, Gracie Pink Star, and Whale Wanderer —, who roam in a natural turf environment, with iPads mounted to their backs. The iPads display footage of three deserted local towns, which has been filmed by the tortoises themselves.   Rescued from an over-crowded breeding enclosure, the tortoises are continuously monitored by a local vet, and the exhibition has been created in collaboration with the Turtle Conservancy who, when the exhibition closes, will find the tortoises new homes in educational and conservational facilities.   With a foundation in Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues, the exhibition offers the viewer insight into these ghost towns through the tortoises’ perspective, in a “site-specific approach to culture and...

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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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