2021 Venice Biennale Postponed to 2022

The 59th edition of the Venice Biennale, formerly scheduled for 2021, has been postponed to the following year. The international art show’s next iteration will now run for seven months, from April 23 to November 27, 2022, overlapping with the 15th edition of the contemporary art quinquennial Documenta in Kassel, Germany.

 

Cecilia Alemani, chief curator of New York City’s High Line, was tapped to curate the 59th Biennale. Among the confirmed names for the show so far are the multimedia artist Stan Douglas for the Canadian Pavilion; Latifa Echakhch for the Swiss Pavilion; and Zineb Sedira, the first artist of Algerian descent to represent France at the biennial.

Link:
https://www.vogue.com/article/torie-zalben-los-angeles-art-project-taschen-gallery-coronavirus

LACMA receives $50 million gift (2nd-largest private pledge to project) towards controversial campus rebuild & new building – Existing buildings on Wilshire Blvd to be demolished in process

LACMA-1-1024x0-c-default.jpg

The Los Angeles Times reported that a local charitable organization, the W.M. Keck Foundation, offered a $50 million pledge to the project this week, bringing the total commitments to $640 million out of the needed $750 million.

Greg Goldin, a Los Angeles-based critic and architectural historian, heads up the Citizens’ Brigade to Save LACMA. In a conversation with AN, he said the group was dismayed by the Keck Foundation’s choice to donate to the LACMA building fund. Goldin thinks it’s possible that the philanthropy organization doesn’t know what it’s actually paying for. “We don’t know what the board of trustees at the Keck Foundation has seen versus what the public has seen in terms of visuals or building plans,” he said. “If they haven’t seen something other than the absurd renderings released to the world, then they’ve voted on this decision in complete darkness. They’re giving $50 million to what?”

Link:

LACMA receives $50 million gift towards controversial campus rebuild

Banana duct-taped to a wall sells for $120,000 at Art Basel

TELEMMGLPICT000218239568_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqUdUokRWJWvkGheYPrbLVKe5bnkcZULTk4kHspxs4-98.jpg

Cattelan himself has offered no direction on how to interpret the work, but MrPerrotin previously told CNN the bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humour”.

The installation has fast become one of the most talked-about works at this  year’s Art Basel, with several viewers lining up to take selfies with the  piece.  One passerby was heard declaring the work “the best of the show”. However  some art fans were less than impressed, with one, Weezie Chandler, telling  local media: “You can do anything and once you’re established you can get  away with it.”

The gallery said Cattelan spent a year working on the piece and had originally envisioned a sculpture shaped like a banana.

“Every time he travelled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze,” the gallery said in a statement.

Ultimately, the gallery said, Cattelan decided a real banana was the perfect fit.

Link:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/06/banana-duct-taped-wall-sells-120000-art-basel/

High School Seniors Paint their Parking Spots, goes Viral

 

One of the perks of being a senior is that – if you’re lucky enough to get a car – you finally get to drive yourself to school! Which means you might even get your own parking spot. At some schools like West Orange High School in Florida and James Bowie High School in Texas, not only do you get a parking spot, you get to personalize it too!

The senior classes of 2017 let their imaginations take over when they got to paint their parking spots. From parodying their favorite album to paying tribute to their favorite sports teams – the seniors have made their once dull parking lot look like a true art masterpiece.

My Mom And Me Dying

I was scoping the art department at this university, and I bump into my dude Glenn. Haven’t seen him in a minute! He didn’t even have class that day and just wanted to work on some stuff. What are the odds?

He let me in the studio, I provided feedback, and helped him clean up while listening to the Marquee Moon record by Television.

Photo Dec 12, 7 08 21 PM.jpg

Photo Dec 12, 7 30 14 PM.jpgPhoto Dec 12, 7 47 35 PM.jpgPhoto Dec 12, 7 51 37 PM.jpg

We learned something new that night. That stubborn tube of yellow paint was gonna tear open if we applied full force. So Glenn just let it sit in a bowl of water for an hour. He tried opening it again and the cap came off easily!

Photo Dec 12, 8 04 00 PM.jpg

Heat lamp to help dry some of the paint splatters.

Photo Dec 12, 8 29 14 PM.jpg

This was my favorite composition. He worked on this the most. After completion, our dialog went something like:
P: It looks real nice.
G: Thanks.
P: It’s like a Disneyland of color and style. What’re you gonna call it? You gotta give it a name.
G: My Mom And Me Dying.
P: Haha, what’s it mean?
G: (Points to Sunday comic strip on project) This word bubble says “It’s nothing, just my mom and me dying!”.

You couldn’t script it any better.

Photo Dec 12, 8 18 55 PM.jpg

Photo reference for My Mom And Me Dying. He was going for a Jim Morrison type of feel.