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Children Climbing the City Wall, 1996 – Inkjet Print – 30x20.16cm – Copyright: Hu Wugong – Courtesy of: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre – 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976-2017) – Three Shadows 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition
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"I Do (Not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration" show to be seen at TANK SHANGHAI and QIAO SPACE, 29 July until 27 August 2017
TANK SHANGHAI, funded by the collector Qiao Zhibing as well as the West Bund Group, is a tremendous visionary combination of parks and cultural attractions due to officially open mid 2018 in Shanghai. Curated by Miao Zijin, the complex currently already features the exhibition "I Do (Not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration" including artists such as He Shaotong, Liu Wa, Liu Xinyi, Pu Yingwei, Tan Tian, Yu Feifei, Tant Zhong, and Zhu Tian. The exhibition emphasises the dynamics of each artist’s global position.
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"40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Photography (1976-2017)" to be seen at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, 28 June until 27 August 2017
The exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the work of important Chinese contemporary photographers from the mid-1970s onward, as well as related historical material. This special exhibition to commemorate Three Shadows Photography Art Centre's 10th anniversary is jointly curated by Wu Hung and Chen Shen.
Greater internet surveillance will affect artists
A new cybersecurity law in China is likely to push artists into deeper levels of self-censorship. In the first week of its implementation, authorities used the law to target celebrity gossip on social media platforms WeChat and Weibo. Younger users of social media platforms “are feeling nervous for the first time”, says Xu Wenkai, a Shanghai- and Berlin-based media artist and blogger who goes by the name Aaajiao.

Shanghai Photofairs’ new Spotlight section will feature Ren Hang’s provocative photographs
Works by the late photographer Ren Hang are due to be shown at the Photofairs photography fair in Shanghai this autumn at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. All 19 works, previously seen at the KWM Art Center in Beijing, will feature in the new fair section called Spotlight which explores the critical and commercial standing of key contemporary photographers.
Art Chengdu to be launched in 2018
The inaugural Art Chengdu International Contemporary Art Fair will run from 28 April to 2 May next year in Chengdu (the location is to be confirmed). The co-founder Huang Yu, a collector and Sichuan native, announced further details in July at a press conference in Beijing.

You can read more Chinese news under The Art Newspaper China.


Himmel und Hölle (Heaven and Hell), a 1967 oil on fabric by AR Penck. Photograph courtesy of Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London 
Successful despite critique
Documenta celebrates the first half of its run and a record number of visitors. But the show remains controversial.
Museum head Gaensheimer outlines new direction of Kunstsammlung NRW
"We want other forms of art experience". The renowned expert for contemporary art wants to bring theatre, dancing, literature and, above all, young people into the museum.
AR Penck obituary
German artist whose primitive-style imagery, recalling cave art, reflected the harsh realities of the cold war.
Brigitte Kowanz receives German Lightart Award 
Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz (60) receives the German Lightart Award endowed with 10.000 Euro. In her oeuvre the internationally recognised artist reflects upon the phenomena of light and shadow, space and time, as well as script and signs.
V&A director Martin Roth has passed away
Martin Roth died on 6th August in Berlin, aged 62. When he retired as director of the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) last October he was in good health, but cancer was diagnosed immediately after he left.

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Ali Kazma, Safe, 2015, Resistance series, video, colour, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Galeri Nev Istanbul. © Ali Kazma
Curator for 4th Istanbul Design Biennale Announced
Jan Boelen has been appointed as the curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, to be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018. 
Contemporary Istanbul art fair announces Gallery List for 2017 
Contemporary Istanbul (CI) art fair announced the preliminary exhibitors list for the upcoming 12th edition of the fair.
Ali Kazma at Jeu de Paume in Paris
Ali Kazma´s solo exhibition Subterranean is on view at Jeu de Paume in Paris from 17 October 2017 until 21 January 2018.
Sanatorium Gallery in Vienna
In September 2017, Istanbul-based gallery Sanatorium will officially open the doors to its new gallery space Vienna.
15th Istanbul Biennale Announces Artist List
Taking place from 16 September - 12 November 2017, the Istanbul Biennial, entitled 'a good neighbour' brings together artworks by 55 artists from 32 countries.


Mayo, Coups de bâtons (Sticks), 1937, oil on canvas, 1.7 x 2.4 m. Courtesy: Collection Sergio and Renata Grossetti, Milan © Adagp, Paris 2016
‘Art et Liberté: rupture, war and surrealism in Egypt (1938 -1948)’ at Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf until 15 October 2017  
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, this groundbreaking show about the Cairo-based group, Art et Liberté, gathers over 200 works from 50 collections in 12 different countries. Surrealism resonated very strongly in Cairo during WWII. The poet Georges Henein, who was closely associated with the Parisian Surrealists, was the main driving force of the collective in the fight against political repression and fascism. After Düsseldorf, the exhibition will move to the Tate Liverpool (until 18 March), and then the Moderna Museet (until 19 Aug). 
31 of the Middle East's premier contemporary female artists to be showcased at London's St. Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square until 20 August 2017 
After a stint in Amman’s Caravan exhibition space, I AM, an exhibition of 31 Middle Eastern contemporary female artists from 12 countries, including powerful works by Raeda Saadeh (Palestine), Alia Ali (Yemen), Ghada Khunji (Bahrain), Helen Zughaib (Lebanon) and Maitha Demithan (UAE), moves to London. Guest-curated by Janet Rady, the show addresses social issues, religion and gender in a rapidly changing region that continues to challenge existing stereotypes. The travelling exhibition is planned to visit five North American venues in 2018. 
Solo show by Lalla Essaydi at Leila Haller Gallery until 15 August 2017 in Dubai
New York-based Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi’s first solo show in the Middle East spans major bodies of work from 2003 to 2013, namely: Converging Territories, Harem, Les Femmes Du Maroc, and Bullets Revisited, which are elaborate, staged photographs of odalisques, often covered in calligraphy. In her tongue-in-cheek rendition of the Orientalist imaginary, the exhibition reveals the artist’s shift in aesthetic from creating highly decorative spaces of traditional architecture, to gold Byzantine-like mosaic backdrops made of bullet casings, in a stunning metaphor of violence and beauty. 
qm gallery katara presents works by Jessica Fulford-Dobson until 21 October 2017 in Doha
Viewed by more than 74,000 visitors during its two-week run at London’s Saatchi Gallery, Jessica Fulford-Dobson's works were praised by the BBC as “a strong counter-intuitive story about female identity in a challenging society”. The series of striking portraits by the award-winning British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson lend a new perspective to skateboarding culture while telling the extraordinary story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding thanks to Skateistan, a charity that provides skate parks as a way to get disadvantaged children back into the educational system. 
Sayal-Bennett exhibited at carbon12 gallery until 5 September 2017 in Dubai
Sayal-Bennett is interested in how one’s material environment can be encountered as a “live surface” and her work engages with the textures through which ordinary life is experienced. Drawing from Deleuze and Guattari’s “plane 
of immanence,” which signalled a turn away from notions of transcendence and pre-existing forms, her new body of work – and first solo in the region – presents diagrammatic drawings and architectural sculptures (that can be read as expanded three-dimensional drawings). All in all, they reveal her fascination with graphic forms and geometry. 
You can read more Middle Eastern art news on THE ART NEWSPAPER.

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Photo: Atelier Anselm Kiefer; courtesy of Gagosian Gallery and the Art Newspaper
State Hermitage Museum stages Anselm Kiefer’s first solo exhibition in Russia as part of its commemoration of the centenary of the Russian Revolution
"Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov: Fates of Nations", which opens on 30 May (until 3 September), is co-organised with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, one of the galleries that represents the German artist. With around 30 new works inspired by Kiefer’s visit to St Petersburg last year, the show is dedicated to the Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov. 
Garage Museum founders Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova separate
The Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Garage Magazine founder Dasha Zhukova – one of the contemporary art scene’s biggest power couples – have separated. In a statement released to the media on Monday, the couple said: “We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural centre in Saint Petersburg.”
Death of Russia’s 'most popular' artist Ilya Glazunov 
Ilya Glazunov, who died on 9 July, was one of Russia’s top two regime artists, sharing this pinnacle with Tsurab Tsereteli, creator of the vast Peter the Great monument in the centre of Moscow. 
Maria Alyokhina and Olga Borisova arrested in eastern Siberia
Two members of the Russian artist collective Pussy Riot were detained for several hours by police on Monday for protesting against the imprisonment of the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. Maria Alyokhina and Olga Borisova were arrested in Yakutsk in eastern Siberia after unfurling a “Free Sentsov” banner and setting off coloured flares on a bridge outside the prison where the filmmaker is serving a 20-year sentence
Museum founder wants global recognition for Russia’s abstractionists of the 1950s and 1960s
A Russian IT entrepreneur plans to open a museum of Russian abstract art in Moscow later this year and has set up a foundation that will spend $4.5m to promote the work abroad, including in China and the US. Olga Uskova, the founder and president of the software company Cognitive Technologies, told the The Art Newspaper that she intends to transform a former Soviet factory-workers’ club, designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov, into a museum displaying works of art from the second wave of the Russian avant-garde, which began in the 1950s.

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