“Russian Pavilion”

Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, European charm meets American ostentation

Miami, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Art Basel Miami Beach officially opened to the public on 5 December, though – by this point – the event had already been open for a week, with its associated events expected to go on long after the official opening day. The event features no fewer than thirteen satellite events – Scope, Aqua, NADA, Pulse, Select, Untitled, Ink, Design, Context, Brazil, Russian Pavilion, Miami Project. Other highlights have included the opening of a building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, to act as a dedicated space for the Jorge Pérez Collection. A number of vernissages have also featured, including those for three large exhibitions of private collection (Margulies, Rubell, de la Cruz), as well as those for several museums (including Bass and Wolfsonian). A tour of galleries was offered in the bustling Wynwood district. Suffice to say that between 5 and 8 December it was impossible to visit everything. As in previous years, the event was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, an enormous building which would take visitors at least two days to fully explore. Like other international art fairs of the same stature, the event featured major galleries from across the world, exhibiting their finest pieces – all viewed by smartly-suited buyers, and eccentrically-styled artists. French galleries produced particularly high-quality stands, with notable contributors to the event including Almine Rech, who appeared last year at NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance, a satellite fair) – a gallery which, this year, made its first appearance at Art Basel. Parisian gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, who displayed a large painting, alongside a sculpture by Baselitz, and a drawing by Robert Longo. Art:Concept was another French gallery which stood out, presenting an installation by Richard Fauguet. Paris’s Perrotin gallery was also a prominent participant, choosing to dedicate...

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Venice Biennial: Vadim Zakharov representing Russia

Venice, 26 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA) Russian artist Vadim Zakharov will represent his country at the 55th Venice Biennial. It was Stella Kasaeva, President of the Stella Art Foundation and Commissar of the Russian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, who announced, on Tuesday 24 April 2012, which artist would represent Russia for this Biennial’s 55th edition. It will be the second time Vadim Zakharov creates an installation for this exhibition. The first time was when he carried out a project on the theme of sumo wrestling in 2002 for the 49th edition of the Venice Biennial. The Biennial taking place in 2013, the Russian Pavilion will disclose more details regarding this installation during the year. Born in 1959, Vadim Zakharov obtained his degree at the State Teachers Training Institute of Moscow in 1982. In 1992, he set up Pastor Zond Editions, a publishing house. In 2006, he won the Innovation Prize for Contemporary Art before winning the Kandinsky Prize in 2009. Considered as a conceptualist artist, he carried out exhibitions about unofficial art and worked in collaboration with other artists, such as Sergey Anufriev, Igor Lutz, Victor Skersis, and Ivan Sokolov. However, he saw himself as an artist, art theoretician and...

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