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Heinz Mack, Untitled, 2018, pastel crayon on handmade paper, 68,5 x 76 cm, Courtesy Heinz Mack

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Quelle: Marta Minujín's The Parthenon of Books (2017) was on show in Kassel, photo: Roman März, courtesy of The Art Newspaper
INSTITUTION
Documenta 2017 deficit is greater than previously known
The documenta’s deficit is even greater than was initially known. So far, the financial gap for the World Art Exhibition in Kassel and Athens has been estimated at around 5.4 million euros. Now, with the final audit, one thing is certain: the deficit is 2 million euros larger than previously thought.
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ARTIST
Anish Kapoor wins trial against the American NRA
Anish Kapoor has successfully sued the National Rifle Association. The firearms lobby association had shown the probably most famous sculpture of the British-Indian artist in an advertising spot. Now the image has to be removed.
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GALLERY
Galerie Hauser & Wirth founds its own institute
After restaurants, a hotel, a magazine and nine international branch offices, the Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth founds its own institute dedicated to art historical research and the administration of artist archives.
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OTHER I
Senegal and Ivory Coast ask France to return looted art because of a groundbreaking restitution report
Days after the publication of a groundbreaking report by the French government calling for the restitution of colonial artifacts to African countries, authorities from Senegal and Ivory Coast have requested the return of thousands of objects in French museum collections. The museums’ and government’s response to these requests will serve as a powerful indicator of just how game-changing the report is and how committed France is to restitution.
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OTHER II
The most unusual satellite of all time
It doesn’t advance research, it doesn’t send GPS data and it doesn’t make itself useful in any other way. It does reflect light – but only for the sake of art. The “Orbital Reflector” is the first human art object which has been shot into orbit.
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Digital ArtGate
Frieder Nake, silk screen print, 1965, courtesy of DAM Gallery Berlin
INSTITUTION I
Whitney Museum opens its doors for Digital Art Enthusiasts
“Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018” is the name of the newest exhibition in the Whitney Museum in New York. The pieces in the show are all “programmed” using instructions, sets of rules, and code, but they also address the use of programming in their creation. You can visit it through April 14, 2019 to find out about the computational art of the last fifty years.
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INSTITUTION II
Knight Foundation Invests $435.000 in Digital Art Projects
As part of its engagements with art and technology, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami will distribute a total of $435,000 to four digital art projects. According to a release, the recipients “aim to help digital artists establish long-term success” and “offer a network of support to artists working in a changing cultural climate.”
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ARTIST
iPhone filmmaker Charlotte Prodger wins Turner Prize
Scottish media artist Charlotte Prodger wins this year`s Turner Prize, the highest award for contemporary art in the United Kingdom. With her work, Prodger explores themes around technology, time, identity and language.
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GALLERY
Solo exhibition of Frieder Nake at DAM Gallery Berlin until 23 February, 2019
The DAM-Gallery – known as one of best places for digital art in Berlin – presents a solo exhibition of Frieder Nake from 15 December until 23 February. As one of the first digital
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OTHER
Vermeer goes Online
From the “Lady Seated at a Virginal” to “Girl with a Pearl earring” – all 36 preserved paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) can now be viewed worldwide and free of charge in a digital museum.
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China
ZACH BLAS and JEMIMA WYMAN’s i’m here to learn so :)))))) (2017) is among the blacklisted works at the 6th Guangzhou Triennial. Courtesy the artists, MU art space, Eindhoven;
INSTITUTION I
Is China censoring art about biotechnology? Last-minute cuts at the Guangzhou Triennial suggest it is
Authorities haven't given a reason for pulling the works, but all of them deal with the ethics of new scientific advances.
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INSTITUTION II
Pompidou pops up in Chengdu but is not considering a permanent presence
Less than a year before the Centre Pompidou opens its outpost in Shanghai’s West Bund Museum, the French institution is extending its Chinese presence with a major exhibition in Chengdu. Kathryn Weir, the museum’s head of cultural development, and a co-curator of the Chengdu exhibition says that, unlike in Shanghai, the Pompidou “is not considering a permanent presence in Chengdu but has developed a network of partners there with whom future projects may be initiated”.
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ARTIST
Fosun Foundation Shanghai presents Cindy Sherman’s first solo exhibition in China
Fosun Foundation Shanghai presents “Cindy Sherman’s First Solo Exhibition” from 7th November 2018 to 13th January 2019, showing a well-acclaimed collection of the remarkable senior figure of photography in United States. Bringing together 128 series of photographs and several shooting props along with references spanning different periods, this retrospective survey traces Cindy Sherman’s career from the 1970s to the present day and attempts to explore dominant themes in her visual creation throughout four decades.
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GALLERY
Censorship could stifle China's art market
Under president Xi Jinping's increasingly stringent regime, galleries must negotiate a slow and capricious approval process to show works of art.
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OTHER
Art Basel Unreport — Beautiful But Boring?
Basel is still the best art fair in the world. Yet there is a growing sense Art Basel is getting predictable, also amongst Chinese collectors.
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Middle East
Anachar Basbous. Untitled. 2018. Concrete. 52 x 52 x 52 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Saleh Barakat Gallery
INSTITUTION I
The Met and the Brooklyn Museum turn down Saudi funds for upcoming projects
Following the international uproar over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum are refusing Saudi funding for upcoming Middle Eastern art programmes.
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INSTITUTION II
Muhanna Durra retrospective at Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art
Jordanian artist Muhanna Durra was the first artist to be offered a government scholarship to study abroad and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1958. His paintings range from Expressionist portraits to Cubist forms in soft hues of blue and brown. Drawing from public and private collections, The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art will now host a major retrospective of Durra’s works, ranging from the 1960s until today with some pieces that have never been previously shown.
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INSTITUTION III
The women taking charge in the Gulf’s rising art scene
Julia Gonnella, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; Manal Ataya, Sharjah Museums Authority; Antonia Carver, Art Jameel, Dubai and Jeddah.
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GALLERY
Anachar Basbous featured at Saleh Barakat Gallery until 30 December 2018
His latest body of work sparks a dialogue between nature and architecture, light and sculpture – an interest which can be traced back to his studies in architectural wall design. Each work inverts the relationship between the whole and its seemingly moving parts as heavy materials morph into carefully balanced, floating shapes derived from basic forms: the rectangle, square or the disc.
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OTHER
UAE leads the way as Middle East art market blossoms
For some years, the market for contemporary and modern Middle East art was described as “emerging” but now the UAE is leading the way as the region becomes firmly established in the international art market, both commercially and culturally.
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Turkey
Installation view of Daniel Firman’s works at Pilevneli Factory Istanbul, December 2018, Photo Courtesy of Pilevneli Gallery
INSTITUTION
16th Istanbul Biennial announces title and conceptual framework
The title and conceptual framework of the upcoming Istanbul Biennial was announced by the curator Nicolas Bourriaud in a press conference in December.
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COLLECTOR
Arter moves to new location
Arter is leaving its current building where it has been active since 2010 and moving to its new home scheduled to open in September 2019.
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ARTIST
Artists from Turkey at Gwangju Biennale
Works by Didem Özbek, Pınar Öğrenci, Halil Altindere and İnci Eviner were part of the 12th edition of Gwangju Biennale titled Imagined Borders.
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GALLERY
Pilevneli Factory opens its doors
Pilevneli Mecidiyeköy's first exhibition titled At the Factory: 10 Artists, 10 Individual Practices just opened at the gallery’s new 4000m2 space and runs until 27 January 2019.
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OTHER
6th Canakkale Biennial
This year's edition of the Çanakkale Biennial titled Before the Past—After the Future took place from 29 September until 11 November 2018.
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