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Marina Abramovic accused of Satanism by far-right media

An email sent to Tony Podesta, a longtime collector of the artist, then forwarded to his brother, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser, with an invitation to a dinner called “Spirit Cooking”… This was all it took for Marina Abramovic to be accused of Satanism, against the backdrop of the presidential campaign, after emails of Hillary Clinton’s collaborators were revealed on WikiLeaks. Following a fundraising campaign for Marina Abramovic, major donors were invited to a dinner with the artist in which they would learn to cook and together taste traditional soups. The name “Spirit Cooking” refers to a series of performances in the 1990s in which Marina Abramovic used pig’s blood to write on walls, as well as a book of aphrodisiac recipes published in 1996 under the same title. Media and right-wing conservatives then seized onto the case to accuse the artist of Serbian origin of holding Satanic ceremonies involving political and cultural leaders. Marina Abramovic, outraged to see her artistic practice being taken out of context in this way, has defended herself against these accusations, inviting all to read her memoirs to see that her work is far from any satanic...

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Ulay wins his lawsuit against Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović has lost the lawsuit launched against her by her former lover, the artist Ulay. A Dutch court has now ordered Marina Abramović to pay him $250,000 to share the sales takings from works which they created together. Ulay lodged the complaint against Abramović in 2015, citing the violation of a contract dating from 1999 according to which he was meant to receive 20 % of royalties on the sale of pieces on which they...

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Marina Abramovic takes back her words on Aborigines

Marina Abramovic’s controversial words on Aborigines in her memoirs Walk Through Walls, rousing great wrath on social media (via #TheRacistIsPresent), will be cut from the final edition. The words refer to a six-month stay in the desert, visiting the Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara tribes, following the Sydney Biennale in 1979. Abramovic wrote: “When you first meet them, you have to put effort into it. For one thing, to Western eyes they look terrible. Their faces are like no other faces on earth; they have big torsos (…) and sticklike legs.” Abramovic has explained that her feelings on this issue have since changed, and that she has “the greatest respect for the Aborigine people, to whom I owe...

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Marina Abramovic on sick leave

On November 19, 2015, the patrons of Park Avenue Armory in New York, postponed a dinner which was to be attended by the famous performance artist Marina Abramovic, who is absent due to serious health problems. According to Rebecca Robertson, president of Park Avenue Armory, the artist was hospitalized urgently. The hospital, however, has not been mentioned by the press service of PR Park Avenue Armory and was flatly contradicted by the gallerist Sean Kelly, who represents Marina Abramovic. According to him, the artist suffers from blood pressure problems due to her frequent trips. But no hospitalization would have been necessary: the artist is currently resting at home where she is gradually recovering. From 7 to 19 December, Park Avenue Armory is hosting a performance by Marina Abramovic and of the pianist Igor Levit who interprets the ensemble of the Variations Goldberg of...

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Marina Abramović sued by Former Partner and Collaborator

Controversial performance artist Abramović is being sued by her former creative and romantic partner Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known as Ulay, because he has not been properly attributed or compensated for their collaborative works. Ulay alleges that Abramović kept the royalties for works that they created when they were together. He claims Abramović has violated the terms of a 1999 contract that stipulated that the two artists would share recognition for the works in question. Ulay told the Guardian “The whole oeuvre has made history. It’s now in school books. But she has deliberately misinterpreted things, or left my name out.” Ulay asserts that Abramović asked galleries to remove his name as a co-author, and, “contrary to the terms of the contract, has failed to provide him with accurate statements of sales.” The kicker is that the suit alleges that Abramović “has paid him only four times in the course of 16 years,” according to the Guardian. Abramović’s lawyer has dismissed the allegations, stating that his client “totally disagrees.” The duo may have to appear in Amsterdam district court later this month, November...

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