JAR4 released online

Berlin, 17 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The fourth edition of JAR (Journal for Artistic Research) is now online at www.jar-online.net. Those who have contributed to the creation of JAR4 include Don Asker (Australia), Eivind Buene (Norway), Rory Harron (Ireland), Paul Landon (Canada), Dominic Redfern (Australia) and Pamela Salen (United States). The international researchers work in the fields of choreography, art, history, architecture, cinema, video and composition. The journal has increased to three issues per year, and is currently looking for candidates to work on...

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Hélio Oiticica’s New York works to be examined at Columbia University

New York, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Columbia University is organising a symposium entitled “Hélio Oiticica in New York City”,  to take place on its premises in New York on 1 November 2013. The one-day symposium is to bring together a collection of international researchers, artists and curators in order to explore different projects created by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica during her eight years in New York. the objective of the day is to provoke a debate on Oiticica’s artistic production, as well as her relationship with the world of New York art during the 1970’s. Speakers are to include: Paula Braga from the Federal University of ABC (São Paulo); independent researcher Max Hinderer; Sabeth Buchmann from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna; Juan Suarez from the University of Murcia; Ricardo Basbaum from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and the University of Chicago; and Carlos Basualdo from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archeology and the Institute for Studies on Latin American...

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Experts develop new techniques to authenticate artworks

Bedford, 20 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Bonhams auction house and a team of researchers from Cranfield University are developing a new system of identifying fake Chinese artworks. Colin Sheaf, chairman of Bonhams Asia, explained that an increasing amount of Asian artworks are forged and that the Chinese counterfeit market has been booming for the past thirty years. While counterfeiters have almost perfected their techniques, experts and auction houses still use an outdated, forty year old method to date artworks.   Sheaf added that it is imperative that modern technology be used to authenticate artworks. Forensic scientists can often obtain important information from small fragments, such as the age of the object and where it was made.  Nevertheless, these techniques are rarely used to identify artworks as not only are they expensive, but they necessitate a sample, which can rarely be obtained without destroying the work in question. Bonhams and the University of Cranfield in Bedfordshire are thus developing a system which will facilitate authentication and could have an immense impact on the production of counterfeit...

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