In the midst of setting up her booth at the Frieze Art Fair, Los Angeles dealer Susanne Vielmetter was presented with a last-minute problem. One of the artists she's showing, Andrea Bowers, disagreed with the fair's decision to hire non-union workers (an issue that plagued the fair last year as well). Two days before Frieze's preview, which is this Thursday, May 9, Bowers had decided to display a pamphlet and a written statement calling out Frieze's anti-union labor practices. When she spoke to A.i.A. on the phone, Vielmetter was in the process of drafting an e-mail to Amanda Sharp, co-organizer (with Matthew Slotover) of the fair, to inform her of Bowers's plans. Read More
Carlo Zinelli, an Italian artist who grew up a mere 70 miles from Venice, may be one of the unanticipated stars of this year's Biennale. Little known outside of Europe, Zinelli (1916-1974) will have his Venice debut thanks to The Museum of Everything (MoE), a peripatetic, London-based museum founded by James Brett in 2009. Brett, a prolific collector and curator of work by untrained and undiscovered artists, is bringing 100 of Zinelli's colorful graphic gouaches to the Serra dei Giardini, a former greenhouse a few minutes from one of the Biennale's main exhibitions spaces, the Giardini. "Il Palazzo di Everything" will be on view for at least the first two months of the Biennale, which opens June 1. Read More
David Platzker, an expert in artists' books and related ephemera, has been appointed curator in the Museum of Modern Art's department of prints and illustrated books. He joins Christophe Cherix, chief curator in the department, who has been with the museum since 2007. Read More
When Heather Corcoran was appointed executive director of the art and technology nonprofit Rhizome last summer—replacing long-time director Lauren Cornell, who had resigned in the spring to co-curate the New Museum's triennial with Ryan Trecartin—she was a bit of an unknown quantity in New York. In fact, Corcoran's entire career has been centered around the overlapping fields of contemporary art and technology (mostly in the UK), making the 29-year-old Canadian a good fit for Rhizome. Read More
Collage and acrylic on paper, thread, string, plastic lid
48 x 30 ¼ in.