This week: Two features for the price of…well….nothing actually, but you get where I was going with it. First Richard talks to Attorney Scott Hodes, about his work with Christo and Jean-Claude, keeping public art programs honest, the Visual Artist Rights Act and more!
Then BAS India correspondant and Fullbright Scholar Tanya Gill checks in with a report of the 2013 India Art Fair, and tells us why it is totally different than last years fair.
Scott Hodes has been in active practice for more than four decades. As a corporate lawyer, he represents clients in sophisticated corporate transactions from structuring of corporate entities to financing at all levels from private placements to public offerings, and frequently, to counseling clients in merger and acquisition activities. He also handles complex financing transactions as counsel for a variety of large Chicago banks.
Mr.Â Hodes also practices in the field of art law and represents a number of prominent artists, dealers and collectors in all aspects of their business. He has published three books on art and the law, and has written and spoken extensively on this subject.
Mr.Â Hodes serves as a director of Richardson Electronics, Ltd. and a director emeritus of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association in Washington, D.C.Â In 2007, he wasÂ elected a director of the Chicago Bar Foundation. He is a founding member and former chairman of the planning committee for the annual Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference now sponsored by the Investment Company Institute.
Mr.Â Hodes is a recognized leader in metropolitan Chicagoâ€™s business community. Long active in bar, civic and political affairs, he was elected to serve three terms on the Democratic State Central Committee (1970-1982). He has served as co-chairman of the Illinois Attorney Generalâ€™s Advisory Commission and as chairman of Chicagoâ€™s Navy Pier Development Authority from 1988 to 1990. He has served as principal outside counsel to the Arts in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department from 1991 to 1993. He was co-chairman of the Private Enterprise Review and Advisory Board of the State of Illinois from 1992 to 1994, and was appointed in 1994 by the governor and served as a member of the State of Illinois Savings Board until 2010.
Mr.Â Hodes was the national chairman of LAWBOOKS, U.S.A., a program sponsored by the United States Information Agency, and served as a member of the U.S. State Departmentâ€™s Advisory Committee on Investment, Technology and Development. He was counsel to The Harold Washington Foundation. Mr.Â Hodes is a founder and past president and a director of The Lawyers for the Creative Arts. He serves as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, a director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and as a consultant to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Tanya Hastings Gill has mastered the age-old art of paper cutting in a contemporary context. She utilizes reflective color, shadows and open installation to engage the space with her hand cut paper creations. Gill has been a fellow at McDowell Artists Colony, an Artist in Residence at The Ragdale Foundation, an Affiliate at Headlands Center for the Arts and a recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. In 1997 she received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and in 1992 her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tanya Gill is a devoted teacher of visual art. She has taught at the California State University of Sacramento, California; Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia; and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicagoâ€™s Contemporary Practices Department.
Tanya Gill has been awarded the Nehru-Fulbright 2011-12 Scholarship to conduct research and evolve her own artwork. Her focus is the intersection of Indian Contemporary Art and Handicraft. She is currently living in New Delhi, India, with her family.
**Please note, Atty. Hodes bio and headshot were perilously lifted from the Bryan Cave LLP website. Yes, we know we should have called and asked and yes, we know you could squash us like bugs. It’s 1:23 a.m. early Monday morning, we decided you’d rather sleep. Besides, we love you fine folks at Bryan Cave LLP. http://www.bryancave.com/scotthodes/
Don’t hurt us. If you need a sacrificial offering we’ll send Duncan over post haste.
This week: A BAS bureau twofer!
First Patricia talks to Mika Tajima.
This week, Patricia Maloney chats with artist Mika Tajima at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art just before the opening of the exhibitionÂ Stage Presence, where her collaborative film, performance, and sculptural project,Â Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal, is currently on view through October 8, 2012 .
Mika Tajima,Â was born in Los Angeles, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1997, an MFA from Columbia University in 2003, and attended The Fabric Workshop and Museum Apprentice Training Program in 2003. Her work has been included in the exhibitionsÂ The Pedestrians, South London Gallery, London (2011);Â Transaction Abstraite, New Galerie, Paris (2011);Â The Double, Bass Museum, Miami (2010);Â Knightâ€™s Move, Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2010);Â Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2009);Â The Extras, X Initiative, New York (2009);Â Learn to Communicate Like a Fucking Normal Person, Art Production Fund, New York (2009);Â Deal or No Deal, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami (2008);Â 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008);Â Mika Tajima: Broken Plaid/Holding Your Breath (taking the long way), RISD Museum, Providence (2008);Â The Double, The Kitchen, New York (2008);Â Sympathy for the Devil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007);Â Music Is a Better Noise, PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2006);Â Grass Grows Forever in Every Possible Direction, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2005);Â Echoplex, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York (2005); andÂ Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway (2005). She is part of the music-based performance group New Humans.
Next: New India correspondant Tanya Gill goes to the India Art Fair!
Tanya Gill, a Chicago artist living in New Delhi, wanders through the India Art Fair of 2012. Over the course of four days she spoke to Gallery owners and artists, and found a surprising number of Chicago connects. Recorded here are her conversations with Kiran Chandra, Renuka Sawhney of The Guild, artist Vibha Galhotra, artist Ram Rahman from The SAHMAT Collective,Â Laura Williams of Art 18/21, artists Joan Livingston andÂ Katarina Weslien from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ritika Baheti of the Autonomous Public Laboratory Project, and four living works of artÂ by Preeti Chandrakant.