Gordon Matta-Clark with camera at Food restaurant, 1972. Photo by Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone. via Mousse
■ The second edition of Frieze New York is kicking off on 10 May. Part of this year’s project includes a tribute to artist-run spaces and initiatives that have defined and transformed the cultural and artistic history of New York City. While Frieze New York 2012 acknowledged the contribution of Fashion Moda with a presentation of John Ahearn’s work, the fair is this year organizing homage to FOOD, the legendary restaurant opened in October 1971 by Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden in collaboration with other artists.
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David Shrigley, one of the artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize. Shrigley was nominated for his solo exhibition “Brain Activity” at Hayward Gallery, London
■ Tate announced Turner Prize 2013 shortlist: David Shrigley, Tino Sehgal, Laure Prouvost and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The Turner prize exhibition this year will take place in Derry-Londonderry as part of its year as UK City of Culture , and the winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 2 December. Work will be shown at Ebrington, the site of a former army barracks.
■ The Mark Rothko Art Center opened in Daugavpils, Latvia, the birthplace of the late artist.
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 nominee, Cristina de Middel, Untitled, from the series The Afronauts (2011). Courtesy of the artist.
■ Canada’s prestigious Sobey Art Award has now announced its longlist for 2013, selecting five artists from each main region (West coast & Yukon, Prairies & the North, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic) which is to be reduced in the shortlist to one finalist per said region. Nominated in late June, the finalists will be showcased at the Nova Scotia Art Gallery in Halifax, opening on 13 September, to unveil the winner on 9 October with $50,000 cash prize. For now all bets are on for who will rise to top this year.
■ Nominees for this year’s UK based annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize were recently revealed in London: Mishka Henner, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel will be featured together at Photographer’s Gallery in a group exhibition open until 30 June 2013, with the laureate finally named on Monday 10 June 2013.
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This month M-KOS turns to two years old since its launch in March 2011. For this occasion, we would like to thank all our readers for their on-going support. Although winter still seems to linger in and around Montreal, M-KOS is now taking a short spring break, following North America’d school tradition of a recess in early spring. We will soon come back with new reports from the centennial Armory in New York, Art Souterrain in Montreal and perhaps some snapshots from London. In the meantime, we will be posting on Facebook & Twitter, so why not follow us from there?
Image credit: Romain Lamy, Le paradis, from the series Le monde merveilleux, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Art Souterrain. Lamy’s work can be viewed at Art Souterrain 2013.
Luc Tuymans, Allo!, 2012. Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner opens his new gallery in London today inaugurating with Luc Tuymans exhibition Allo!.
The exhibition comprises a series of paintings entitled Allo! initially inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899), but in the end drawing more visual references from the final scene in the 1942 film The Moon and Sixpence, itself an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s eponymous novel from 1919. Tuymans’s convoluted interest on the topic enacts a general negation of modernism and Hollywood’s longstanding idealization of the artist as a romantic savage. This will be Tuymans’ ninth solo show since joining David Zwirner in 1994.
Toronto’s Power Plant is currently presenting Continuous Coverage, an exhibition by Berlin based Israeli artist Omer Fast showing three of his most significant projects spanning the last decade: CNN Concatenated (2002), 5,000 Feet is the Best (2011) and Continuity (2012). Canadian Art mag talked to the artist during his visit in Toronto.
David Roberts Art Foundation – one of London’s top private collection-based foundations – relocated from the increasingly buzzing area of Fitzrovia to more spacious accommodations in Mornington Crescent, Camden inaugurating with the exhibition The House of Leaves. Lorena Muõz-Alonso asks the curator Vincent Honoré (part 1 & 2) about DRAF’s new move and future vision.
Hugues Charbonneau, former front man of Galerie Division in Montreal has opened his own space in the Belgo gallery complex building (Espace 308, 372 Ste-Catherine, Montreal) with its inaugurating show by painter Jean-Paul Pouliot. huguescharbonneau.com
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Jacob Kassey, Xanax (Diptych). 2011. Courtesy the artist, art : concept, Paris and ICA, London. Photo by Marc Bowler
M-KOS editor Oli Sorenson’s text “Flirting with Death – Dispatching along 19th to 21st Century Painting” is featured in the latest issue of esse arts + opinions themed on The Idea of Painting.
Painting has suffered at least a half dozen major existential blows since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, starting with Hippolyte Delaroche declaring “from today, painting is dead” in 1839, when he first set eyes on daguerreotypes. From this precedent, debate still abounds today as to whether photography, with its more effective means of documenting events and immortalizing faces as well as democratizing the whole imaging process – and now allowing anyone to embrace the once elitist talents of painters when a point-and-click camera – has killed off painting.
There must be more to painting than the territories claimed by photography, since it certainly hasn’t lost any of its appeal to audiences, nor has it lost any market value. On the contrary, painting seems evermore the dominant commodity for commercial galleries, art fairs and auctions. Of the ten top-selling artists at auctions worldwide, nine are painters. Each time painting is declared dead, more kudos and columns are dedicated to the deceased. If violent scenarios make for good television, perhaps the same is true in the art world. Today so many paintings adorn the walls of art institutions that one is tempted to wonder if this art form was ever under serious threat, or if all this death talk was just an elaborate marketing campaign. […]
Claude Gosselin, general and artistic director of CIAC (Centre international d’art contemporarin de Mntreal) has recently announced Nicole Gingras to take charge of the Montreal Biennale (BNL MTL). In the same breath, BNL MTL has also officially introduced its new team of curators for the next edition in 2013, including, Peggy Gale, independent curator as well as Gregory Burke, formerly head of Power Plant in Toronto. Perhaps as a sign of enthusiasm, they have already confirmed the theme of 2013 as ‘L’Avenir‘ (Looking Forward).
One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream, (pastel, 1895) fetched $119,9M (Sale price $107M + the buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s New York on 2 May, a record for auction history. The sale was dominated by two telephone bidders, over a tense ten minutes period. Sotherby’s auctioneer Tobias Meyer was caught exclaiming “I love you!” to one phone bidder when prices soared up to $106M. You can watch an excerpt here. We are all curious to know who won the bidding match for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Petter Olsen, the seller of the painting personally hoped the bidding winner to be MoMA NY…
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