The 47th Art Cologne (Apr. 19-22) fair marked five years since Daniel Hug, previously an L.A.-based dealer, took over as director. "Dan Hug has done an incredible job, revamping the fair in a short time and bringing in some big galleries," Gilbert Lloyd, CEO of Marlborough Fine Arts (London), told A.i.A.
Seven of the 180 galleries exhibiting at the 31st Art Brussels fair (Apr. 18-21) were missing their works during the VIP preview. On Wednesday morning, a note posted at Horton Gallery (New York) informed visitors that "the artwork from seven (sic) New York galleries, including ours, is being held in customs. Please come back later."
The eighth Innovation Prize award ceremony took place Tuesday night in the Moscow Manege, a Neo-Classical former indoor riding academy adjacent to Red Square, which since 1831 has served as an exhibition space. The annual prize, funded by the state and administered by Moscow's National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), includes awards totaling about $100,000, given to either Russian nationals or curators of Russian-themed exhibitions and spread across seven categories (including two out-of-competition awards), such as for works of art, curatorial projects and art theory and criticism. In addition, the Innovation Prize jury selected winners of four partner prizes, including a prize donated by Moscow collector Stella Kesaeva, who is for the second time commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Read More
"I think most galleries were happy, considering the current climate," ARCO director Carlos Urroz told A.i.A. on Sunday, the final day of the Madrid art fair-and he wasn't talking about the sunny 60-degree weather.
The Iberian Peninsula has been hit hard by the financial crisis. Large protest marches took place across the country on Saturday, calling for the abolition of harsh repossession laws that have led to the eviction from their homes of roughly 350,000 people since 2008, as reported by the BBC. "We should not forget that the situation of Spain is in strong contrast with what is going on inside the fair," Dutch independent curator Lotte van Gelder warned, while MACBA director Bartomeu Marí sounded more upbeat, calling the fair "a sign of normality in financially difficult times," as A.i.A. caught up with him in the aisles. Read More
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages