At the Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London next week there are no million-pound Basquiats or £500,000 Hirsts – it is aimed at what it terms the lower end of the market, i.e. art under £20,000 and for as little as £200. It is the latest in a series of sales designed to attract buyers into the market. One of the ploys used is to invite successful figures, from the world of fashion, for instance, to select works from the sale, printing interviews with them in the catalogue and making videos for the website. This gives the sale added kudos and credibility with novice collectors who might be influenced by celebrity taste. Recent selectors, rather grandly called “guest curators” by Sotheby’s, have included Erdem Moralioglu, the fashion designer and Caroline Issa, Tank magazine fashion director, and Telegraph Luxury expert. Each one, according to Sotheby’s, introduces new clients to the company. The next “guest … [Read more...] about Will Mark Hix’s contemporary art picks help revive the YBA market?
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A MAJOR initiative is bringing contemporary art, including work by Birmingham-based artists, to two of the city’s most distinguished heritage venues: Aston Hall and Blakesley Hall. Aston Hall is a magnificent 400-year-old Jacobean redbrick mansion and Blakesley Hall is a Tudor timber-framed house set among avenues of modern houses. At each site, a selection of important works from the Arts Council Collection will go on display alongside select pieces from Birmingham’s own collection. ‘Walls Have Ears: 400 Years of Change at Aston Hall’ will mark the Jacobean mansion’s 400th birthday year. The exhibition will present contemporary portraiture by artists including Mawuena Kattah, Ryan Mosley, Eugene Palmer, Paul Rooney, Zineb Sedira and Donald Rodney. In its 400 year history the house has seen many changes in the social, demographic and economic landscapes surrounding the Hall. The selected artworks explore themes of history, culture, class and race that … [Read more...] about Major exhibition brings contemporary art to two of Birmingham’s finest buildings
A NEW art exhibition has been unveiled at Worcester's Hive library, which is the culmination of a year long project. In January the Worcester News reported on the project, commissioned by West Midlands-based contemporary arts organisation Meadow Arts. International artists Heather and Ivan Morison from Meadow Arts were 'in residence' at the library and the University of Worcester throughout the year, discussing ideas. A spokesman for The Hive says the collaborative nature of the project meant it developed through different forms with ideas including hidden reading rooms, and sci-fi wormlike sculptures - an idea which grabbed Worcester News readers attention. The spokesman said: "An interesting part of the artistic process is trying out many different concepts and testing new ideas, before the final piece is decided upon." The artists have settled on The Long Afternoon of Earth, which are 12 new sculptures on level three of The Butts-based library. Mrs Morison said: "There … [Read more...] about New art exhibition is unveiled at The Hive library
There is something of a buzz in RSA galleries as we walk in, a press view that seems to have come in the midst of installation, the art still being labelled and hung, trestle tables scattered about the gallery with pens, papers, tools of the trade. Artists and gallery technicians hunker over their work. “Are you on the awards committee?” someone asks cheerfully as I peer at an A4 print-out taped to a wall underneath a collection of intricate folded paper and silver jewellery by Isabel Distassi. Loading article content In another room, three women stand under recent Duncan of Jordanstone graduate Calum Wallis’ spare and beautiful prints of mountain sides and geologies, hanging, as if drying, from one of the art college’s old print-drying racks. “How many labels have we got?” says one. “Five…” says another doubtfully. “And how many prints are there?” “Seven…” A raised eyebrow, and they are off … [Read more...] about Galleries: Joint venture is a fine showcase for contemporary art and design
Art works by a University of Brighton professor and graduate are included in a major new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London. Indrė Šerpytytė and Professor David Cotterrell’s works feature alongside those by other artists including Ai Weiwei and Grayson Perry in the Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 which runs until May 28. The 50 works of art include film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which will be exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time. The exhibition is the museum’s largest contemporary visual-art exhibition to date. Staged in Imperial War Museums’ centenary year, the exhibition looks at artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001 and features more than 40 British and international contemporary artists. Professor David Cotterell, the university’s professor of fine art, is an installation artist and digital-media specialist in video, audio … [Read more...] about Brighton contribution to terror art exhibition