Stephan Balkenhol, Katherine Gray, Edmund de Waal, Anne Wenzel and
Stephan Balkenhol, Katherine Gray, Edmund de Waal, Anne Wenzel and
Naked people covered in oil, occupations and tattooed environmental messages. In Brisbane, Australia protesters went to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The museum received sponsorship from Santos GLNG. The same company that contaminated water with arsenic, uranium, lead, and nickel.
Protests are growing over big oil and gas companies’ sponsorship of Museums. By donating large sums to cultural institutions companies with a bad reputation hope to get a social license. Some call it “greenwashing” when corporate polluters engage in art sponsorship. By funding art and research they want to ensure their good name. Exhibition makers are adamant that their sponsors are never involved in artistic choices. But do museums have to make ethical decisions?
The organization Fossil Free Culture would like to think so. “Free the Louvre” would like to stop the sponsorship by Total. While the museum’s Islamic Art Department received 17 million euros from Saudi Arabia. Large donations by benefactors are frequently rewarded by unimpressive exhibitions.
Protesting in front of the Louvre by Libérons le Louvre.
Ralf Beil the director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was fired. People are speculating a planned exhibition for 2019 caused a problem. The museum’s sole sponsor, Volkswagen might have not approved. “Oil—Beauty, and Horror in the Petrol Age” focused on fossil fuels. Wolfsburg is the place of residence of VW headquarters and the world’s biggest car plant.
Some Museums seem to want to avoid speculation and protest. Two major Dutch arts institutions have ended long-term sponsorship deals with Shell. The Van Gogh Museum and the Mauritshuis stopped working with the oil and gas giant. The Tate Britain decided to discontinue the 26-year sponsorship by BP. The oil company also contributes to the British Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
Protest at Tate Britain against BP sponsorship.
In a previous post, I wrote about Artist who gave away money they were awarded. Here I can name another; Henry Christian-Slane. He received £7,000 (~$9,240) in 2017 when his painting won the BP Young Artist Award. The New Zealander announced that he would be giving a part of that prize money to Greenpeace. To protest the BP Portrait Awards role in the promotion of that company’s image.
One of the most prestigious German art prices has also come under criticism. The Preis der Nationalgalerie is sponsored by BMW. Voices have been heard in opposition to this too.
Stopping sponsorship, however, puts cultural institutions under pressure. Especially as government fundings are being reduced. Philanthropy comes by definition from wealthy individuals or corporations. How many Multinationals or Billionaire business people are free from controversy. Is it not good to see the money and know it is well spent rather than it disappearing back into the murky world of finance? Should we not be happy when anyone is willing to support the arts? Or maybe the art world is too dependent on sponsorship, maybe it should seek other ways to survive.
Works by Roger Brown, Devan Shimoyama, Manish Nai, Firelei Báez, Jeffrey Gibson, Gerald Williams, Basil Kincaid, Manuel Mathieu, Glenn Kaino, Richard Hunt, Kennedy Yanko, Michael Joo, and Sherman Beck
Works by Claudia Martinez Garay
works by Nevin Aladag, Louisa Clement, Thomas Grünfeld, Karl Haendel, Gregor Hildebrandt, John McAllister, Florian Meisenberg, Olaf Metzel and David Renggli
Sies + Höke
Works by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Konrad Lueg, Gilbert and George, Federico Herrero, and Gusmão + Paiva
Mai 36 Galerie
Works by Franz Ackermann, John Baldessari, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Flavio Garciandia, Raul Cordero, Robert Mapplethorpe, Matt Mullican, Thomas Ruf, and Michel Perez Pollo
The Salon Art and Design this year was charged and buzzing with eclectic energy.
As I entered the fair I was immediately drawn to an object “talking to me” with “open mouth”.
The flesh Tint Mango colored object called “Unique” by the Haas Brothers found a new home within minutes. The artists also created another vase in Yellow with an Erbium Neck.
I made an initial full walk through the fair to catch the new trends, leaving the details for later. In this first round, I observed that yellow is a central part of the visual spirit of this fall 2018 fair, present in many manifestations.
Swept up, I walked through outer and inner spaces. While standing at the fair, I found myself imagining myself in a large living room dominated and swayed by yellow hues.
If I existed in this space, I would sit in the Mars Cadmium Yellow chair by Steen Eiler Rasmussen holding my laptop and reading my emails. Next to me
would stand the Naples Yellow tables seen on Hostler Burrows Booth.
On those organically shaped and practical tables, which can open in many different configurations. I would place the Viridian Green vase with three Bird of Paradise plants like Strelitzias. I would fill the wine decanters, with details in the same Viridian Green, with dry Red wine.
The colors of my imagined space are encompassing and inviting.
I would ask a friend to join me for a nice cozy evening and we would enjoy the organic shape of the Matt Black leather sofa by Rich Mnisi, where a body feels hugged and cared for as though it is in its element.
Subtle Pale Yellow light would glow from the wall, created by the Onyx and Bronze Ring by Markus Haase.
Creating a sublime sensation with the Cobalt Green Turquoise Samno-Attic Helmet placed in front of it.
Next to this fusion would sit a side chair from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Somewhere in the dark corner of the room on a side table, two special objects would command attention with their bright colored positive energy: Scheveningen Yellow ceramic sculpture by Merete Rasmussen.
And a Cadmium Yellow Medium Glass vase by Pamela Sabroso & Alison Siegel.
The next day, in this fantastic place growing in my imagination, my partner would invite friends for afternoon tea and then we would all sit down on the comfortable White sofa seen in Nicolas Kilner booth.
Across from the large Warm Grey coffee table by Anne Barrès.
Others could sit on several Matt Anthracite stools by Nicolas Aubagnac.
Soft light would come from the white Plexiglas, Black lacquered metal floor lamp by Pierre Guariche.
Judi Harvest matt black sculpture would just be a talking piece.
The atmosphere would be joyful and creative as we all talked about art while immersed in it totally – but I won’t tell you the details of that conversation in my
rich yellow tinted imagination.
I can keep some secrets…
The Salon Art and Design took place at the Park Avenue Armory November 8 through November 12, 2018
By art influencer and contributor Ida Ivanka Kubler
Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal is the famous Pablo Picasso Quote. That has, however, not stopped artists getting in trouble for copyright infringement.
Recently Jeff Koons was found guilty in a plagiarism dispute with the clothing label Naf-Naf. This is not the first time Koons has been in trouble in this way. Several lawsuits have emerged from the ‘Banality’ series, three of which he lost and a fourth which was settled out of court.
Franck Davidovici’s ‘Fait d’Hiver’ advertising campaign for Naf-Naf, 1985 / Jeff Koons, ‘Fait D’Hiver’, 1988
Richard Prince has also been sued many times for using artworks created by others. Prince’s 2014 Gagosian show ‘New Portraits’ consisted of images found on Instagram printed on large canvases, to which he then added his own Instagram-style comments. None of the original artists were asked if the photos could be used.
Patrick Cariou ‘Yes, Rasta’ 2000 / Richard Prince ‘Canal Zone’ 2008
Painter Luc Tuymans was found guilty of plagiarism when he used Katrijn van Giels newspaper photo of the politician Jean-Marie Dedecker.
Katrijn van Giel – ImageDesk.be 2010 / Luc Tuymans ‘A Belgian Politician’ 2011
Copyright infringement is defined as the use of works protected by copyright law without permission or payment. Artis often win cases by asserting fair use, homage or parody. Most cases get settled out of court.
The Associated Press also settled their long-running legal battle with street artist Shepard Fairey over Barack Obamas ‘Hope’ campaign poster.
Mannie Garcia – The Associated Press 2006 / Shepard Fairey 2008
In 2014 Iris van Dongen was selected to make the official state portrait of the new Dutch King; Willem-Alexander. She based her sketch on a photo of the (then) crown prince made by photographer Koos Breukel at the end of 2012. Van Dongen received €75,000 for the commission and Breukel filed a complaint.
Koos Breukel 2012 / Iris van Dongen 2014
Cecily Brown accused Sherrie Franssen of copying her work. However, in this case, it was less straightforward. They are not exact copies but are in a very similar style, both artists are inspired by Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston.
Another artist frequently suspected of stealing other peoples ideas is Damien Hirst. Accusers are John LeKay, Colleen Wolstenholme, Humbrol Ltd, Female Aboriginal Artists. During the latest Venice Biennale replicas of sculptures from other indigenous people, without referencing the culture nor the original curators.
Colleen Wolstenholme pharmaceutical charm bracelet 1997 / Damien Hirst charm bracelet 2004
Derek Eller Gallery
300 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
Despina Stokou: White Lies
After a two year hiatus, Despina Stokou is back. A lot has happened in that time. Stokou’s paintings on raw linen reflect on women’s issues in the art world. She creates a negative layer by blocking parts of her canvases. Works named after trending hashtags refer to current topics and tweets.
456W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Charline Von Heyl: New Work
Over twenty new large-scale canvases seem intended to grab the viewer, taking them on a journey. Much more intense, direct, and overwhelming than previous works. Still, containing a paradoxically calm and ordered movement between composition, marks, surfaces and the moods that the contrasting vibrant and subdued color combinations result in. From plant-like forms and animals, the referential exists in a harmonious imbalance with op-art patterning and near gestural areas or layers.
Park Place Gallery
661 Park Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Precurse, a group show curated by John Hodany.
Works by: David Edward Allen, Lucio Auri, George Barber, Clara Bausch, Melissa Brown, Bridget Caramagna, Lizza May David, Jay Davis, Benjamin Degen, Sven-Ole Frahm, Chie Fueki, Hope Gangloff, Aiko Hachisuka, Mani Hammer, Tanja Hehmann, John Hodany, Colin Hunt, Hidenori Ishii, Marina Kappos, Josh Marsh, Yuri Masnyj, Julia Muenstermann, Dylan Musler, Richard Neal, Janne Raisanen, Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Eric Schnell, Carlos Silva, Raaf Van Der Sman, Dominik Steiner, Witte Wartena, Scott Weiner, Colby Cannon Welsh
One weekend show with impressive and very diverse small-scale works by 33 Berlin and NYC artists. Hodany who lives part-time in both cities organized an exhibition of the same name in Berlin in 2008. No longer on display but lookup the artists. My favorites: Julia Muenstermann, Carlos Silva and Witte Wartena.
GRIMM New York
New York, NY 10012
Miguel Ybáñez: Time is running out, silence is here to stay
Ciarán Murphy: Hundreds of Nature
Gimm gallery presents Ybáñez’ in his first US solo exhibition. They present his Sculptures and paintings as well as the artist’s books. Also on show are small works by Ciarán Murphy’s. Both artists seem to take you to strange yet familiar places. Playing with abstraction and different materials.
1071 5th ave, New York, NY
Between 88th & 89th street
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
Af Klint’s 100-year-old works of art are mesmerizing. She claimed to channel directives of “higher beings” telling her what to paint. A subdued color palette rarely threatens to break out of the flat surfaces of the canvases. Dynamic compositions spin, vibrate, shimmer, arc, and expand along the complex axis of her obscure Theosophical conceptions. As is the case with all truly transcendent work (pun intended), it’s alive, and speaking to souls everywhere.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash in Chelsea
534 W 26th Street,
New York, NY 10001
William Pope. L: One thing after another (part two)
A clear contrarian and deeply personally cathartic group of works. Composed of torn up magazine pages and reprinted antique photographs. Pope L. has collaged into images of himself in disguise. Some claim to have his semen, hair, and other bodily fluids as materials in their construction. Wall texts are disjointed poems or haikus disclaiming a deconstructed or absurd correlation between color theory, astrology, numerology, and racial definitions. A paradoxically, ugly and beautiful body of work.