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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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Paris’s Lahumière gallery celebrates fifty years

Paris, 1 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Opened in Paris in 1963 by Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumière, the Lahumière gallery is currently celebrating its fiftieth year of operation. Located in the heart of the Marais, in an 18th century building, since 1995, the institution is within walking distance of the Picasso Museum. The two galleries discovered an artistic affinity, hosting exhibitions which expressed a particular interest in geometric abstraction, representing artists such as Cahn, Dewasne, Gorin, Herbin, Legros, Magnelli and Vasarely, whilst sustaining and interest in contemporary and avant-garde figures, with exhibitions of artists including Bauduin, Bézie, Bodde, Coignet, Dubreuil, Gasquet, Jacquier Stajnowicz, Perrot, Pondruel, Popet, Prosi and Stempfel. Commenting on the occassion, the gallerists behind Lahumière state:”Our role is becoming more and more linked to the organisation of educational exhibitions, and strengthening the image of little-known artists. It seems to us that at the start of this millennium, despite the constant development and renewal of the artistic scene, the concept of construction has remained a constant in the creative process, and strengthens us as a choice of gallery. The weight of the gallery is behind each work, our quality criterion is simple, we ask ourselves if this work has a place in our collection and then we can sell it to a collector” To mark the occasion, the Lahumière gallery is organising an exhibition which shows the evolution of its own artistic direction since its inauguration...

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Exhibition on the grotesque at Picasso Museum in Malaga

Malaga, 10 September 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 22 October 2012 to 10 February 2013, the Picasso Museum in Malaga (Spain) will present an exhibition entitled “El factor grotesco” (“The grotesque factor”). The concept of grotesque indicates an ornamental style discovered during the Renaissance. By extension, it defines today the style of something which looks ridicule, bizarre, laughable, and which induces a bit fear into the viewer. Between the distorted, the satirical, and the incongruous, the Picasso Museum in Malaga dives into the concept by carrying out an exhibition which will approach the meaning and the evolution of this aesthetic category during the different stages of the history of Western art. Leonardo da Vinci, Francisco Goya, James Ensor, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Willem Kooning, and Francis Bacon are displayed together, among more than eighty international artists. More than 250 works are brought together for this occasion, coming from various collections (from Museums and private collections, in Europe and in the United States). At the centre of the exhibition, a technical and formal diversity: some works, displayed here for the first time, share the same element; the grotesque, identified in the exhibition like a vision of the world of the artist, a mentality expressed in different ways during the centuries. José Lebrero Stals, artistic director of the MPM (Musée Picasso, Malaga), is also the curator of the exhibition. He has been helped by Luis Puelles, professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Malaga...

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Major Picasso retrospective at Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto, 26 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). A major retrospective about one of the most influential artists of the previous century has been scheduled for 2012 at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings by Pablo Picasso will travel from Paris to Toronto for a seventeen-week exhibition from 28 April until 26 August 2012. The exhibition has been made possibly with the co-operation of the Musée National Picasso in Paris, which will be loaning approximately one hundred and fifty works by the Spanish master to the Canadian gallery. The French establishment is loaning its collections to museums all over the world, as it will be undergoing renovations over the new few years. The AGO exhibition is entitled “Picasso : Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” and will also travel to Madrid, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Moscow, St Petersburg, Richmond, San Francisco and Sydney. The Art Gallery of Ontario has a permanent collection of eighty thousand works. It is one of the most important art establishments in North America and was entirely renovated in 2008 by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Its collections feature pieces from all periods of art history and all genres, ranging from photography to African and Oceanic art to Old Masters and modern and contemporary paintings. The Massacre of the Innocents by Rubens was donated to the museum by Kenneth...

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“Devorar París. Picasso 1900-1907” at Museu Picasso in Barcelona

Barcelona, 30 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Museu Picasso in Barcelona presents its new exhibition entitled “Devorar París. Picasso 1900-1907”, showing from 1 July to 16 October 2011. The show is co-produced by the Museu and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition focuses on a key period in the artist’s work: from 1900, when he arrived in Paris and met the Parisian avant-garde artists, to 1907, the year he became the movement’s leader. His Parisian friends had a huge influence on his remarkable pictorial technique. In 1900 the Spanish master changed his name. Pablo Ruiz –his mother’s last name- became Pablo Picasso. Between 1899 and 1900, Picasso’s style became more romantic and was inspired by contemporary surroundings. He then turned to blurry painting, reminiscent of pastel creations, before focusing on Signac’s pointillist method. Picasso’s paintings were not enough to live on but he was slowly developing the art that would later be considered the work of a genius The exhibition presents works by Picasso from different eras, as well as paintings by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Rodin, Steinlen, Gauguin and Van...

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