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Christie's to close Haunch of Venison

Christie's is to close Haunch of Venison. Originally founded by the art dealers Harry Blain and Graham Southern in 2002, the pair sold it to Christie's in 2007, which saw the gallery effectively shut out of art fairs. The present incarnation operated through two spaces in London and one in New York and represented Nathan Coley, Jochem Hendricks, Nancy Holt, Richard Long, Simon Patterson and Joana Vasconcelos among others. The main London space will be retained by Christie's as a viewing…

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Added by News on February 4, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Lehmann Maupin to open Hong Kong gallery

Lehmann Maupin Gallery is to open an outpost in Hong Kong, it has announced. The first space for the gallery outside New York, they have secured a unit in the Pedder Building, a hub for various galleries in the region, including Gagosian. Rem Koolhaus's OMA has been commission to renovate the gallery space and offices. Courtney Plummer, who has been with the gallery for ten years and a partner since 2008, will direct the gallery's operations in Hong Kong.

Added by News on January 25, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Brazilian workers to each receive $25 a month to spend on the arts

The Brazilian government is to introduce a scheme in which every employer earning under five times the minimum will receive $25 a month to spend on 'cultural expenses', reports Hyperallergic. Ninety per cent of the funding will come from employers, who are then able to deduct the amount from their income tax. The additional ten per cent is received through a voluntary deduction from employee's salaries. The stipend is supplied…

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Added by News on January 25, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

J.M. Coetzee to curate Belgium pavilion

The South African novelist J.M. Coetzee has been announced as the curator of the Belgian Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. Winner of the Nobel Prize and two Booker Prizes (which he demurred from collecting), the writer will work with the country's representative artist Berlinde De Bruyckere.

Added by News on January 23, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Art Basel Hong Kong announce exhibitors

Art Basel has announced the 245 galleries taking part in Art Basel Hong Kong, 48 of which are new to the fair. This is the first edition of the art fair to be held under its new title (Art Basel became majority owner of Art HK in 2011). The galleries come from 35 countries and territories, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India,…

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Added by News on January 15, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Tramway, Glasgow, to host 2015 Turner Prize

Tramway in Glasgow is to host the the 2015 Turner Prize. There was an open call to host the exhibition and award, which is now held away from organisers Tate Britain on alternate years. Shortlist from the entries were Nottingham Contemporary; New Art Gallery, Walsall; and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, whose proposals were judged by a panel including Tomma Abts, artist and Tate trustee; Laurence Sillars, chief curator, BALTIC; Nicholas Serota, director, Tate; Caroline Collier, director,…

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Added by News on January 11, 2013 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Istanbul Biennial asks 'Mom, Am I Barbarian?'

The curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Fulya Erdemci, has announced its title as Mom, Am I Barbarian? This is taken from a a book of poems by Lale Müldür. The exhibition is to centre on ideas around the public domain as a political forum, with the curatorial statement noting that 'this highly contested concept will serve as a matrix to generate ideas and…

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Added by News on January 9, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Rem Koolhaas confirmed for Venice Biennale

Rem Koolhaas has been confirmed as the curator of the next Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. Rumours of his appointment have been circulating since the 2012 edition. Koolhaas was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 biennale. Koolhaas said he hoped 'to take a fresh look at the fundamental elements of architecture – used by any architect, anywhere, anytime – to see if we can…

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Added by News on January 8, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

David Bowie releases first song in a decade, video by Tony Ousler

David Bowie has released his first song in a decade. Where Are We Now?, a mournful, introspective number, clocking in at just over four and a half minutes was posted on the singer's website, without prior notice, at around 5am this morning. The video is directed by the multimedia artist Tony Ousler and the release acts as a teaser for a newly announced album titled The Next Day, due 8–11 March on staggered…

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Added by News on January 8, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum closes as consequence of Egyptian political situation

The Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum in Egypt is to close due the country's unstable political situation. Bassam El Baroni, Mona Marzouk, and Mahmoud Khaled said in a statement, that the organisation, which has been hosting projects, exhibitions, talks and symposia at its space for seven years, would undertake a 'strategical withdrawal', and would perhaps…

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Added by News on January 7, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Petrit Halilaj to represent Kosovo at Venice Biennale

Petrit Halilaj is to represent Kosovo at the Venice Biennale this year, the first year the state – which is recognised as an independent republic by 98 UN members –  has taken part in the event. Kathrin Rhomberg, the pavilion's curator said, 'Being invited to contribute to the realisation of Kosovo’s first appearance at the Venice Biennale is a great privilege for me, all the more so, due to the symbolic significance attached to the decision that Kosovo be represented at the Venice Biennale…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 17:27 — No Comments

Tracey Emin and Richard Long receive British honours

Tracey Emin and Richard Long have both been awarded honours in the British New Year honours list. Awarded by the Queen under advice from the British government, Emin has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), with Long being given the Order of the British Empire. The illustrator Quentin Blake – most famous for his drawings for Roald Dahl's books – received a knighthood. John Leighton, the director general of National Galleries of Scotland; Ruth Mackenzie, the director of the…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Zaha Hadid Beijing design counterfeited

A Zaha Hadid design for a new office block in Beijing has been counterfeited elsewhere in China. A replica of the Wangjing Soho complex is being built in Chongqi, and construction could be completed before Hadid's own build. Zhang Xin, the developer who commissioned Hadid, quoted by Der Spiegel, was sanguine, 'Everyone says that China is a great copycat country, and that it can copy…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Six murals by Otto Dix discovered

Six murals by Otto Dix have been discovered, Der Spiegel reports. The works were found by builders renovating the German painter's former home in the German city of Hemmenhofen, after they removed a bookshelf that dominated a wall in the cellar. The murals depict a monster, whose appendages each play a different instrument in a jazz band; figures…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Charges against Kunsthalle Wien director Gerald Matt dropped

Charges against former Kunsthalle Wien director Gerald Matt have been dropped by the Austrian authorities. Matt, who left the museum in January 2012, was accused of offering Austrian citizenship to foreigners who made significant donations to the kunsthalle. A statement from the prosecutors to Der Standard said that 'Taking into consideration all the results of the…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 15:44 — No Comments

Simon de Pury leaves Phillips de Pury

Simon de Pury has left Phillips de Pury. De Pury has been chairman of the auction house that partly bares his name for twelve years and his departure comes after Mercury Group, a Moscow–based investment firm that first bought into the house in 2008, acquired his share of the business. While the official statement from the auctioneer was upbeat – 'During the wonderful and exciting years I had the privilege to spend at Phillips de Pury & Company the firm has become a major taste maker in…

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Added by News on January 2, 2013 at 15:13 — No Comments

Newcastle City Council to withdraw all arts funding

Newcastle City Council is to withdraw all its culture spending, BBC News reports. While some of the region's biggest institutions – such at the Baltic – won't be directly affected as their local funding comes from Gateshead Council, a number of smaller organisations, the Laing Art Gallery for example, will suffer the £1.6 million saving. The council's arts spending amounts to 0.7 per cent of its total…

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Added by News on December 21, 2012 at 12:58 — No Comments

Chris Saines appointed director of Queensland Art Gallery

Chris Saines has been appointed director of Queensland Art Gallery, The Australian reports. The vacancy was caused in the summer by the departure of Tony Ellwood to become director of the National Gallery of Victoria. Saines is currently director of Auckland Art Gallery, though he started his career at the institution he will now head…

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Added by News on December 21, 2012 at 12:49 — No Comments

Andrea Viliani appointed MADRE director

Andrea Viliani has been appointed director of the Museo d‘Arte contemporanea DonnaREgina (MADRE) in Naples. Previously the director of the Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento and Viliani participated in Documenta 13 as a curatorial agent. He was chosen by a committee including Laura Cherubini, Bice Curiger, Johanna Burton, Andrea Bellini, Gianfranco Maraniello, and Chuz Martinez.

Added by News on December 21, 2012 at 12:42 — No Comments

Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama quit Gagosian

Last week was a bad one for Larry Gagosian. The gallerist's shock at Damien Hirst's statement that he was leaving the gallery, was confounded when Yayoi Kusama followed suit. It is not known the reasons behind either artists departure, though there is nothing to suggest that they are connected. Gagosian gave Hirst shows at all eleven of the gallery's international sites in a build up to the Tate Modern retrospective this year. There has been no official further statement from either party,…

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Added by News on December 17, 2012 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

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