Art Basel Miami sees attendance rise

December 13, 2007 · Print This Article

Art Basel Miami 2007
The 6th annual Art Basel Miami Beach closed Sunday reporting a higher overall attendance, more gallery participation and more international media coverage than in past years.

Messe Schweiz, the art fair’s owner, reported 43,000 visitors attended the fair, which officially kicked off Dec. 6 but began informally with collector parties, museum exhibition openings and other cultural events on Dec. 3.

The 200 galleries from 30 countries were selected from 850 applicants — the most the fair has received since it launched in December 2002. Art works by more than 2,000 artists were exhibited for sale inside the Convention Center and in shipping containers retrofitted for gallery space in Collins Park.

In addition to setting new attendance and gallery participation records, this year’s fair was the last under Art Basel Miami creator & director Sam Keller, who launched the inaugural fair as a sister to the original Art Basel in Switzerland.

In January, Keller will become director of the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland.

He will be replaced by a triumvirate to include director of operations and finance Annette Schonholzer, artistic director Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and director for strategy and development Marc Spiegle.

Art Institute of Chicago’s Gauguin sculpture declared a fake

December 12, 2007 · Print This Article

Fake Gauguin

The Art Institute of Chicago announced yesterday that the Gauguin ceramic sculpture “The Faun” which has been on display for about a decade is infact a forgery by Shaun Greenhalgh who is part of a larger family of forgers that has been under investigation by Scotland Yard for some time.

The Museum purchased the sculpture form a private dealer in London, who in turn bought it from a Sotheby’s auction in 1994.

Shaun Greenhalgh received a prison sentence of 4 years and 8 months last month. His mother, Olive, 83, was given a 12-month suspended sentence. The father, George, 84, broker of all the forged objects, had a deferred sentence pending medical reports.

For 17 years, the family carried on one of the most sophisticated forgery operations in modern history, faking scores of objects including antiquities, watercolors, paintings and modern sculpture, authorities said. Many of the pieces were copies of ancient objects or artworks thought to be lost.

UPDATE The Art Newspaper has published that the purchase price of the sculpture that the Art Institute would not like to declare was $125,000. The London dealer that sold it to the Institute bought the piece in 1994 for £20,700 or $42,382. Making a profit of $82,618 on the transaction.

New Zealander to be 1st artist to draw in space

December 12, 2007 · Print This Article

Makoure Scott
New Zealand artist Makoure Scott paid $200,000 for a seat on the inaugural flight of Virgin Galactic.

Scott is expected to be the first professional artist to draw in space.

Scott is a painter and environmental artist who incorporates elements of Maori and Pakeha cultures in his sculptures and paintings.

He paints using materials such as sand, stone and tree gums from the area to emphasize his organic connection to the land. He has exhibited around the world.

Virgin Galactic plans a number of flights out of a spaceport in New Mexico. They will go into suborbital space, about 100 kilometers above the Earth.

Participants will experience weightlessness — and Scott is hoping to draw while weightless.

Scott has gone for early training for the flight with Virgin Galactic and learned his spacesuit will have to be modified to allow for more hand movement so he can draw.

Read more here: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Episode 119: James Elkins on Globalism!

December 9, 2007 · Print This Article

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James Elkins
Duncan talks with James Elkins about globalism, imperialism’s and all sorts of lighthearted stuff. This is audio that was recorded this summer at The Stone Theory Institute’s first iteration; 2007: The Globalization of Art, co-organized with Zhivka Valiavicharska.

Bad At Sports sat in on the whole thing and has pretty much every second on tape. We will be posting five sections over the next month or two as raw audio with a short introduction by Elkins himself. These will not be the polished “podio” that you have been used too but for those of you academically inclined it will be freaking awesome…

check the blog regularly as we will update with out notice.

We have a James Elkins original picture of all the scholars involved with their names for download at…http://www.badatsports.com/megsmagic/2007-panorama.jpg

The show opens with an indictment of Duncan’s mean-ness.
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Episode 118: Circus Gallery/Navta Schultz

December 2, 2007 · Print This Article

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Circus Gallery

Marc and Brian interview Dawn Kasper with John Knuth of Circus Gallery featuring Michael Bauer of The Confederacy of Creative Ephemera.

Duncan talks to the delightful Ryan Schultz of Navta Schultz Gallery in Chicago about running a gallery, art fairs and the trajectory of the business.

NEXT WEEK: The Festival of Elkins!!!
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