Skoto Gallery exhibits Ifeoma Anyaeji’s “Owu (Threading)”

The Skoto Gallery, New York, presents “Owu (Threading)”, the second solo exhibition by Nigerian-born artist Ifeoma Anyaeji, which opened on 24 September and runs until 7 November 2015. Anyaeji produces works that communicate with and integrate elements from her environment which is displayed in her choice of medium and style of rendition. She explores the quality and physical nature of discarded materials and centres on the idea of “up-cycling…to create new value’” such as transforming the non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles into something of greater value, eliciting new elements of continuous growth. Using traditional hair plaiting techniques from her homeland in Nigeria, she threads and braids these plastic bags into plasto-yarn mixed with a strong compositional element into complex yet lyrical visual narratives filtered through cultural memories and contemporary realities. By imbuing ordinary materials and processes with surprising significance and intricate design, Anyaeji’s work becomes an extraordinary visual poetry with rich textures that allow the viewer freedom of imagination and interpretation. The exhibition presents a selection of mixed media sculptures that are persistently innovative and demonstrating abstraction while encouraging us to view common elements of the human experience, with her work Queen Eliza mimicking the wannabe look of a young...

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The New York’s Art and Cultural Affairs Law protections to purchasers of artist multiples

There are extensive protections to purchasers of artist multiples according to the New York’s Art and Cultural Affairs Law. Multiples are defined as any fine print, photograph, sculpture cast, collage or any such art object produced in more than one copy. It’s important for dealers and buyers alike to understand just what those are, in order to have greater negotiating power in transactions. The New York’s Art and Cultural Affairs Law is designed to protect consumers. One of its protections is the express warranty provision which states that when a dealer provides a certificate of authenticity to a buyer, he is certifying that the object he is selling is exactly what he says it is, and if not, he’s totally liable for the fraud. The reason for certificates of authenticity accompanying multiples is to keep the value of all the multiples the same. Certifying the multiple becomes more complex when questions arrise about why the artist produced the work in multiples and when the work is a posthumous multiple, meaning that a masterpiece was created during the artist’s life but multiplied after his death. Additionally, it must be stated whether the multiple is being offered as limited edition which is a contributing factor to the overall  value of the...

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Sotheby’s In Danger of Debt

Sotheby’s is in dangerous waters financially according to a report issued by Moody’s Investors Service on 28 September 2015. Analyst Margaret Taylor noted that Sotheby’s has twice expanded its revolving line of credit, (the most recent at an increase of $485 million in June 2015), anticipating large sales in the upcoming autumn auctions. However, Taylor is skeptical of the wisdom of the auction house’s financial strategy, commenting that while their borrowing “can drive further growth for its rapidly expanding finance segment, it also poses the risk of materially weakening its credit rating in the longer term.” In order to ensure the acquisition of the most prestigious lots, such as the collection of its former chairman A. Alfred Taubman comprising 500 items, it is reported that the auction house paid the Taubman estate a $500 million guarantee, making it the most expensive private collection to be offered at auction. Worryingly for the auction house, shares of its stock on the New York Stock Exchange, have been trending down this last week, dropping from roughly $35 a share on September 19 to just above $32 a share on September 28...

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Gloria Groom has been named chair of the European Painting and Sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gloria Groom has been named chair of the European Painting and Sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gloria Groom will be in charge of overseeing the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, early 19th century, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist art collections within the museum. Groom came to work at the Art Institute in 1984 when she worked as a research assistant, and has now dedicated over thirty years of experience to the museum. She currently serves as the Art Institute’s David and Mary Winton Green Curator, best known for her work related to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. She has held that post since 1988. She curated the museum’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” show, which was also featured at the Met in New York, as well as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Of her new appointment, Gloria Groom said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be taking the helm of this exceptional collection that I love so much […] I will lead our department to continue inspiring our loyal visitors…” The Art Institute of Chicago was originally founded in 1866 as a free school and gallery. The museum is located in Chicago’s Grant Park. Its permanent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art makes it one of the most visited art museums in the world, with 1.5 million visitors per...

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New Appointments in Art and Art History Department, University of Texas

Artist Nicole Awai and designer Jiwon Park are to join the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas in Austin, United States. Park will join the department as an Assistant Professor in Design and Awai as an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing. Nicole Awai’s work has been included in various exhibitions worldwide including the “Greater New York: New Art” in New York at MoMA PS1 in 2000 and the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea. As well as this, she received a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an M.F.A in Multimedia Art in 1996 from the University of South Florida. Meanwhile, Jiwon Park, having been named a Next Generation Design Leader, has been nominated for 17 international design awards, including Communication Arts and Red Dot. Both Awai and Park have a vast “depth of experience and extend the vision of our faculty”, Jack Risley said, Meredith and Cornelia Long Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas in Austin is divided in to sections of Art Education, Art History, Design, and Studio...

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