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Digital
Untitled, Desmond Paul Henry, 1964, UK. Museum no. E.378-2009. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by Elaine O’Hanrahan
Institution I
“Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers” showcased at Victora & Albert Museum, London
Since the 1960s, artists and programmers have used computers to create prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artworks. This display celebrates 50 years and more of computer-generated art, exploring aspects of chance and control.
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Institution II
„L´Atelier des Lumiéres“: Paris`s first digital art museum
In a former foundry in eastern Paris, art gets a huge canvas in a multi-sensory experience from museum foundation Culture spaces. The Exhibition „Workshop of Lights“ is dedicated to colourful works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Friedrich Stowasser and emerging artists who are exploring AI and digital installations.
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Institution III
Exhibition at Museum Strauhof: Frankenstein meets Chatbot
Mary Shelley`s novel „Frankenstein or The modern Prometheus“ celebrates its 200th birthday this year. In an exhibition at the Züricher Strauhof, the theme of the human creative urge is brought together with artificial intelligence.
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Collector
The Art of Transformation – The Art of Change
Under the title „The Art of Transformation“, the BASF Art Collection is breaking new ground. For the first time, BASF Schwarzenheide GmbH presents digital art from the beginnings of plotted computer graphics to virtual reality in their exhibition rooms.
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Other
Public Art in Chicago is About to Get Really Big
Chicago already has a number of iconic works of public art, but in September the city unveiled an attraction unlike any other in the world. The facade of the city’s iconic Merchandise Mart building has been transformed into a 2.5 acre canvas for the world’s largest digital art projection.
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China
Work installation by Ding Yi at Guangdong Museum, courtesy of iArt and LEAP Magazine
Institution
Three Chinese cities in the running to host Musée Rodin outpost
The Musée Rodin in Paris is planning to launch a branch in China, to be run as a partnership between the French Ministry of Culture and China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage. Its director will be Wu Jing, a private collector who opened the European Art Museum in Hangzhou last year. The director of the French museum, Catherine Chevillot, led a trip to China in June to visit three possible sites in Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiong’an New Area, a special economic zone in Hebei province.
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Artist I
Ding Yi’s solo presentation at Guangdong Art Museum, September 2018
In a further commitment to the practice of this seminal artist, UBS will support Ding Yi’s forthcoming solo exhibition at the Guangdong Art Museum in Guangzhou, set to open at the end of September 2018. A publication will be launched on the occasion of the opening, featuring a new series of works alongside examples of his oeuvre spanning the last three decades.
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Artist II
Cao Fei gets double exposure with two exhibitions on home territory
Cao Fei’s solo exhibition at the Hong Kong arts and culture hub Tai Kwun marks a departure not just for her turn towards more formal cinematography. A hollow in a world too full (until 9 December) is also the Chinese multimedia artist’s first major institutional show in greater China, the precursor to a larger retrospective at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing in 2020.
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Gallery
ShanghArt and Waldburger Wouters to open project space during Art Basel
The premier Chinese gallery ShanghArt and Brussels gallery Waldburger Wouters will jointly open a project space in Basel, Switzerland next week during Art Basel (14-17 June). Büro, which is German for office, is located by the Rhine next to Restaurant Donati, and near the Johanniterbrücke Bridge and the luxury Trois Rois hotel. The two galleries envision the space as an archive and a place of interaction for the two galleries' artists, while welcoming new projects from unaffiliated artists and curators. The project represents the first time a major Chinese gallery has opened a space in Europe.
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Other
No US tariffs on Chinese art and antiques
The trade war between the US and China continues to rise in pitch after President Donald Trump announced that a 10% tariff would be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods starting 24 September. US-based art and antiquities dealers, however, are breathing a small sigh of relief. On Monday (17 September), the Office of the United States Trade Representative issued a revised list of imported goods subject to the tariff – which is due to go up to 25% by next year – that no longer includes Chinese-made art and antiquities.
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Global
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Artist I
Banksy painting self-destructs after fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s
The British street artist Banksy pulled off one of his most spectacular pranks, when one of his trademark paintings appeared to self destruct at Sotheby’s in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction.
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Artist II
Iconic French Street Artist JR takes over Brandenburger Tor
In order to celebrate Germany’s Reunification Day on 3 October, JR has created a powerful work of art to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the celebration of freedom. The installation is a photo collage set on the west side of the Brandenburg Gate with remarkable visual impact, given its height of more than 25 metres. The strength of the piece derives from its composition: a picture from Reunification Day showing people standing together on the top of the Berlin Wall has been erected in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
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Gallery I
Highlights from Frieze London 2018
There was a heightened sense of expectation as Frieze London opened its marquees to collectors and guests to reveal contemporary artworks designed both to challenge and inspire. Based in London`s gracious and spacious Regent`s Park the fair featured over 160 of the world`s leading galleries.
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Gallery II
Highlights from Art Berlin 2018
At an Art Fair you quickly lose track of things. Find out about some selected highlights of Art Berlin 2018 that are especially worth your while.
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Other
Contemporary Art Market Cools as Confidence Drops
Brexit and Trump's trade war with China are affecting the mood of buyers. Is the contemporary art market cooling off? In the first six months of this year, buyer confidence in the contemporary art market has dropped by 24%, despite a 27% increase in contemporary auction sales, finds a new report from the analysis firm ArtTactic.
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Middle East
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sunset, 2015 (detail). Mirror and reverse-glass painting on plaster and wood, 130 x 100 cm, 110 cm diameter. Private Collection, United Arab Emirates. Courtesy of the artist and The Third Line, Dubai.
Institution I
Sixth edition of Durub Al Tawaya at Manarat Al Saadiyat and various locations in Abu Dhabi
Moving into its sixth edition, Durub Al Tawaya, the annual performing arts programme, investigates technology as a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art, providing artists with new tools for artistic expression. Performance artists today are creating works with many new and different forms, engaging with various urban contexts beyond the usual venues of the theatre or the gallery.
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Institution II
Until 25 November: Irish Museum of Modern Art features “Sunset, Sunrise” with Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Sunset, Sunrise is a major retrospective exhibition of the work of prominent Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. With a career spanning more than six decades this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to rediscover the breathtakingly kaleidoscopic nature of Farmanfarmaian’s mirror sculptures, drawings, jewellery and previously unseen embroidery and collages, alongside new pen and ink drawings. Over 70 works are on display, encompassing a multitude of artistic genres which inform the artist’s practice.
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Gallery
NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery features “Ways of Seeing” group show
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, this group exhibition travelled from ARTER in Istanbul to the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain in Brussels and now hosts its third iteration in Abu Dhabi, with new works by Mona Hatoum, Lateefa bint Maktoum and Hassan Sharif, among others, and international heavyweights including Cindy Sherman and Salvador Dalí.
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Other
Abu Dhabi Art and Hafez Gallery present MNWR exhibition at Warehouse421
ABU DHABI, 8th October, 2018 (WAM) -- As part of its ongoing year-round public programming, Abu Dhabi Art has announced the fourth in its series of gallery exhibitions in Abu Dhabi presenting Contemporary artwork for sale. In collaboration with Jeddah-based Hafez Gallery, Abu Dhabi Art will present a group exhibition entitled MNWR at Warehouse421 in Mina Zayed. Bringing together works focusing on Islamic art by Saudi and Saudi-based artists, the exhibition will run from 10th October to 4th November 2018.
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Turkey
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, The Place of Stone, 2018 (detail). Fresco on 22 aerolam panels, 49 1/4 × 49 1/4 in (125 × 125 cm) each. Photo: Gençer Yurttaş
Institution
4th Istanbul Design Biennial kicks off
The 4th edition of the biennial running from 22 September - 4 November 2018 was curated by Jan Boelen under the theme 'A School of Schools'
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Collector
Halil Altındere's Homeland acquired by MoMA
Halil Altındere's video work 'Homeland' (2016) was acquired by the Media and Performance Art department of MoMA, NY.
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ARTIST
Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum
The artist's first solo museum show in United States titled The Place of Stone is on view at New Museum, New York until 13 January 2019.
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GALLERY
Galeri Nev Istanbul moves back to former location
For the new season the gallery moved back to their original location at Misir Apartment, Istiklal Caddesi.
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OTHER
Semiha Berksoy at Frieze London
Galerist (Istanbul) and Vigo Gallery (London) presented a solo presentation of the work of the extraordinary Turkish artist, opera singer and cultural figure at Frieze Masters, 2018.
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