News & links from Metropolis M & co.
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
Nottingham Contemporary Announces New Director 02.11.15
Nottingham Contemporary have announced that their new Director will be Sam Thorne, currently Artistic Director of Tate St Ives. Sam is a renowned curator and critic who currently leads on Tate St Ives' exhibitions, research, learning programme and artist residencies.
Serpentine Galleries Director will step down 30.10.15
The Board of the Serpentine Galleries announced today that Julia Peyton-Jones, Director and Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes of the Serpentine Galleries, is stepping down next summer after leading the organisation for 25 years.
British Museum to train Iraqi curators in heritage protection. In the future, the project, for which the museum has won a £3m government grant, may be able to help tackle disasters such as the recent destruction of ancient monuments in Palmyra, Syria. DR - 28.10.15
Otobong Nkanga has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Yanghyun Prize. Founded in 2008 by the Yanghyun Foundation, the prize aims to support mid-career artists by awarding them a cash prize as well as sponsorship for an exhibition at a world renowned art museum of her or his choice. Previous winners include Isa Genzken, Akram Zaatari and Abraham Cruzvillegas. DR - 25.10.15
Guggenheim’s 2016 Hugo Boss Prize shortlist is heavy on performance and video
The finalists for the $100,000 include Cuban activist Tania Bruguera, video artist Mark Leckey and choreographer Ralph Lemon DR - 23.10.15
Institution - Between Body and Machine or Art and Management 20.10.15
An encounter on institutional language, its consequences and power relations, organised by De Appel CP icw TAAK.
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.