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Benedict Anderson (1936–2015) 14.12.15
The scholar Benedict Anderson died this morning in Batu, Malang, East Java, reports InterAksyon.com. He was seventy-nine.
A Korean campaign group has launched a petition protesting the appointment of Bartomeu Marí, the new director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, South Korea. Marí was embroiled in a censorship dispute earlier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (Macba). DR - 09.12.15
Assemble, the artist collective that works with local communities in the UK to on neighbourhood regeneration projects, has won this year’s Turner Prize. The £25,000 award, the largest given to a contemporary artist in the UK, was presented by artist and musician Kim Gordon at the Glasgow art space Tramway, in partnership with Tate. DR - 07.12.15
The Dutch collector Bert Kreuk, artist Danh Vo, and Berlin gallerist Isabella Bortolozzi have resolved their two-year legal dispute over a site-specific installation at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. DR - 03.12.15
This text by Andrea Fraser was was censored by Artforum and finally published in Texte zur Kunst (2011). How do the world’s leading collectors earn their money? How do their philanthropic activities relate to their economic operations? And what does collecting art mean to them and how does it affect the art world? The situation, it would seem, urgently calls for the development of alternatives to the existing system. On Tuesday at the CCA in San Francisco Rob Reich gives his response to this situation. DR - 30.11.15
The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor Podcast of Debate Ibraaz and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of Gulf Labor's first book The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor (edited by Andrew Ross [for Gulf Labor], OR Books, 2015). The launch on November 19th in London was preceded by a panel discussion involving Gulf Labor member Guy Mannes-Abbott, contributor Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Rima Kalush of Migrant-Rights.org and Amnesty International's James Lynch. The panel was chaired by Ibraaz Editor-in-Chief Anthony Downey. DR - 30.11.15
Artists are doing their bit for the planet as politicians and environmental campaigners prepare to converge on Paris for COP21, the United Nations conference on climate change (30 November-11 December). Olafur Eliasson, Yoko Ono, Cornelia Parker and Gavin Turk are among more than 300 signatories of an open letter to Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief, and Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister and president of the COP21. DR - 29.11.15
Chris Dercon: Public museums need a new way of working with collectors. State institutions shouldn’t collaborate with those who don’t understand their wider aims. DR - 29.11.15
Art world figures have condemned the decision by a Saudi court to sentence Ashraf Fayadh, a leading Saudi Arabia-based artist and poet, to death for allegedly renouncing Islam. In May last year, Fayadh was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes. But on 17 November, another judge in the court of Abha in southern Saudi Arabia ruled that Fayadh be executed for apostasy. The non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch (HWR) says that an appeals court and the Supreme Court must still approve the sentence. DR - 24.11.15
6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee 21.11.15
Open on Sunday 22 November: The Soul in Limbo* is the first museum retrospective of Tee's work to be held in the Netherlands. Taking the themes of 'Language', 'Choreography' and ‘Occult Geometry’, the exhibition looks back on her work's development over the last 10 years and includes new pathways extending into the future.
The Prix Net Art to Constant Dullaart 18.11.15
NEW YORK/BEIJING… Rhizome (an independent affiliate of the New Museum in New York City), Beijing-based Chronus Art Center and Tsinghua University Art and Science Media Lab (TASML) are proud to announce that Dutch artist Constant Dullaart has been awarded the second annual $10,000 Prix Net Art, an international prize for internet art. Additionally, a $5,000 Award of Distinction was granted to the Berlin-based collective Weise7.
Protest against censorship 12.11.15
The directors of three renowned museums and art institutions—Charles Esche (Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven), Abdellah Karroum (Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha), and Vasif Kortun (Research & Programs at SALT in Istanbul)—have resigned from their positions as board members of CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. They protest against the position of chairman Bartomeu Marí who censored an artwork shown in The Beast and the Sovereign, an exhibition that was coproduced by the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (WKV) and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
Marina Abramovi?, the world’s best-known performance artist, is being sued by her former collaborator and romantic partner, the German artist known as Ulay, in a dispute over works they created jointly. DR - 12.11.15
Guggenheim presents first online exhibition. Troy Conrad Therrien, the curator of architecture and digital initiatives at the Guggenheim, says that “anyone with an internet connection” can access the online initiative Åzone Futures Market, which went live last month; an accompanying public symposium on the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies is due to take place on 7 November (1-6pm) at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. DR - 06.11.15
Sadie Coles opens double-height 'fish tank' gallery in Mayfair. Venue is the London dealer’s third in the UK capital. DR - 06.11.15
Reading Robert Ashley
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley.
All Work and No Play?
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray.
Out now: Experimental Aesthetics
For over a decade now, the debate on art has been dominated by the rhetoric of artistic research. However, does the concept of artistic research still express its originally radical and experimental power today? Contributions by Andre Alves, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Clodagh Emoe, Boris Groys, Irene Kopelman, Hongjohn Lin, Chus Martínez, John Rajchman, Henk Slager, Timotheus Vermeulen, and Mick Wilson.