Leslie Rankow Fine Arts

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It’s always about the image, at the Yancey Richardson Gallery with director Matthew Whitworth

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
K VII
Oil on canvas
Shape of Light at the Tate Modern
until October 14, 2018

CURRENTLY AT THE TATE MODERN, THE EXHIBITION SHAPE OF LIFE EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT ACT, A SUBJECT FIRST ADDRESSED IN THE UK ON SUCH A MAJOR SCALE. THE BIRTH OF ABSTRACT ART AND THE INVENTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY WERE BOTH DEFINING MOMENTS IN OUR VISUAL HISTORY.  SPANNING THE CENTURY FROM THE 1920s TO THE PRESENT, THE SHOW BRINGS TO LIFE THE INNOVATION FOUND IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ITS SHARED HISTORY WITH ABSTRACT ART. THANKS TO THIS EXHIBITION, WHICH CONTINUES THROUGH OCTOBER 2018, WE CAN TRACE THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SUCH PHOTOGRAPHERS AS MAN RAY, ALFRED STIEGLITZ, JARED BARK AND MAYA ROCHAT.

Jared Bark
Untitled (JBARK PB 1973)
Vintage gelatin silver photobooth prints

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TATE MODERN SHOW, THE APRIL/MAY SOLO EXHIBITION AT YANCEY RICHARDSON GALLERY IN NEW YORK FEATURED JARED BARK’S AMAZING PHOTOBOOTH PIECES COMPRISED OF UNIQUE VINTAGE PHOTO BOOTH ASSEMBLAGES THAT FORM ABSTRACT IMAGES. MINIMALISM IN GENERAL AND THE WORK OF SOL LEWITT IN PARTICULAR IMPACT ON BARK’S PHOTOGRAPHY, A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN ABSTRACTION IN PAINTING AND IN PHOTOGRAPHY.

YANCEY RICHARDSON OPENED IN SOHO IN 1995 AND MOVED TO CHELSEA IN 2000. CURRENTLY LOCATED IN A GREAT GROUND FLOOR EXHIBITION SPACE ON 22nd STREET, YANCEY RICHARDSON GALLERY IS ONE OF THE FIRST DEDICATED TO PHOTO-BASED ART.

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO CONTINUE ITS CONVERSATION WITH MATTHEW WHITWORTH, A DIRECTOR AT THE GALLERY.

http://www.yanceyrichardson.com/

Rachel Perry
Soundtrack to my Life
February – March 2018

HOW DO YOU SEE THE EVOLUTION OF THE GALLERY IN PARTICULAR AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY MARKET IN GENERAL SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN THE DIRECTOR AND SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE ART WORLD?

 With the gallery’s move 4 years ago to a ground-floor space on the same block, I can’t help but think that we’re seen as a more of an equal to the larger galleries showing painting, sculpture, and other works on paper. It levels the playing field a bit, as far as attendance for sure, to be able to be seen from the sidewalk. With that being said, along with a forward thinking program, we’ve developed quite a few new relationships with collectors who had never purchased a photograph or walked into a “photography gallery” before. That cross pollination can also be seen in the mixed-media art fairs we participate in, where we tend to do quite a bit better sales wise than at the photography specific ones. This has certainly changed since I started so many years ago when, if you wanted a specific piece by an artist, you knew there was probably only one place you could get it.

Bryan Graf
Field Recording (Sun Room)
Unique chromogenic print

HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY AFFECTED THE NATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

One thing I’ve noticed is that the artists that use digital technology, don’t seem to be trying to make it as good as or just like analog anymore. Digital photography and printmaking have crossed into their own realm, where it’s OK to be digital and use the technology to its own end. Funny, though — now there’s been a return to analog with younger artists. It’s hip to use film and listen to vinyl records.

Gregory Crewdson
The Haircut, 2014
from the series Cathedral of the Pines

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TECHNICAL ADVANCES THAT PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH THAT CHANGE THE IDEA OF WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH SHOULD BE?

Speaking to my previous point a bit more, I like to refer back to Gregory Crewdson’s last show at Gagosian. While I had mixed thoughts on the subject matter, I thought the printmaking and technical aspects of the work were so new and curious. They really were their own “thing.”

David Maisel
Terminal Mirage 22
Archival pigment printIN WHAT WAYS HAS THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY REMAINED THE SAME?

It’s always going to be about the image and it’s underlying strength.

DO YOU AGREE THAT PHOTOGRAPHY HAS TAKEN A TREMENDOUS LEAP FORWARD AS AN ESTABLISHED ART FORM AND AN AREA TO COLLECT?

Yes, absolutely. It used to be achieved by scale. Take the photographs of Andreas Gursky and Jeff Wall. There had never been prints that big before. Were we seduced by their imagery or their size? Today, more importantly, I see artists using photography to expand, and in some cases clarify, their voice. For example Mickalene Thomas. She may be best known for her bedazzled paintings taking on classical male artists’ views of women, but she broke out of an earlier rut in her practice by picking up a camera. She continues to make new photographic work today.

Mickalene Thomas

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG POST, MATTHEW WILL PROFILE THE CURRENT COLLECTOR BASE AND EXPLORE PHOTOGRAPHY’S EARLIER INFLUENCES.

STAY TUNED!

 

On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Print editions at Pace Prints

Pace Prints
IFPDA Fair
Park Avenue Armory

IN 2009, THE INTERNATIONAL FINE PRINT DEALERS ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHED A FOUNDATION TO INSPIRE AND SUSTAIN A KNOWLEDGE AND CONNOISSEURSHIP OF FINE PRINTS FOR  A NEW GENERATION OF COLLECTORS, CURATORS AND ARTISTS. THE ASSOCIATION ITSELF, IFPDA, A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO THE APPRECIATION OF PRINTS AS WORKS OF FINE ART, INCLUDES AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF DEALERS FROM OLD MASTER TO CONTEMPORARY AND PUBLISHERS OF INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS.  THE IFPDA FAIR, HELD ANNUALLY AT NEW YORK’S PARK AVENUE ARMORY, HAS LONG BEEN CELEBRATED FOR THE QUALITY OF ITS EXHIBITORS AND RANGE OF FIRST-TIER PRINTS.

Much like sculpture, a print is an original work of art that can exist as a multiple, rather than a copy of a work in another medium.

http://www.ifpda.org/about

How & Nosm at Pace Prints workshop

IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT PACE PRINTS WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF IPFDA. WITHOUT EXCEPTION, THE PRINTS EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED AT PACE CHAMPION THE INNOVATIVE CREATIVITY THAT ARTISTS REALIZE WHEN COLLABORATING WITH A MASTER PRINTER AND EXPLORING WORKING THIS MEDIUM.

TODAY, IT IS A PLEASURE FOR THE LRFA BLOG TO CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION WITH PACE PRINTS’ GALLERY DIRECTOR, JEFF BERGMAN, ON CURRENT EDITIONS AND ART FAIRS IN WHICH PACE PARTICIPATES.

http://paceprints.com/about

JEFF, WELCOME BACK!

WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE RECENTLY BEEN INVITED TO PUBLISH EDITIONS WITH PACE? WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA OF THE GALLERY TO INVITE AN ARTIST TO PUBLISH?

In the last year we have worked with Chuck Close, Leonardo Drew, Daniel Heidkamp, Jenny Holzer, Kate Shepherd, Shahzia Sikander, James Turrell and Dan Walsh to name a few.  We hope the artists that come and work with us will feel that what they do in our shops will help them explore their practice in a new way.  There are no concrete criteria for our partnership with an artist.

Ryan McGuinness
Figure Drawings, 2014, installation view, Pace Prints, New York

WHAT IS THE CUSTOMARY SIZE OF AN EDITION? HOW ARE EDITIONS DISTRIBUTED?

There is no customary size for an edition.  Our editions rarely exceed 50 these days, though in the 70’s might have always been 100 or more.  We are the dealer for our publications in almost all instances so all the work flows from us.

THE ART FAIR HAS BECOME THE GREAT MARKETPLACE OF THE CURRENT ART WORLD. WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE EMERGENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS WITH RESPECT TO THE PRINT MARKET?

The global art fair market for prints follows the same path as it does for unique work.  It is important to our collectors and artists that we participate, and as a founding member of the IFPDA fair in NY, we will continue to stay involved locally.

Pace Prints
ADAA The Art Show, 2017
Installation view

WHAT FAIRS DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN?

Currently we participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, the ADAA Art Fair and the IFPDA Fair and often at Art Basel Switzerland.

 

JAMES TURRELL
Installation View
Pace Prints


ONE OF THE ARTISTS FOR WHOM I HAVE GREAT RESPECT IS JAMES TURRELL, RECENTLY HONORED WITH A RETROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK AT THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK THAT WAS PRESENTED CONCURRENTLY AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON. TURRELL WORKS DIRECTLY WITH LIGHT AND SPACE TO CHALLENGE THE VIEWER’S PERCEPTION BOTH OF HIMSELF AND HIS WORLD.

Pace Editions printers Bill Hall and Sarah Carpenter discuss printing James Turrell’s newest suite of aquatint etchings, which was exhibited for the first time at the IFPDA print fair, November 5-9, 2014.

 

http://www.paceprints.com/video/james-turrell-prints-and-process

HOW DID PACE PRINTS TRANSLATE THIS VISIONARY ARTIST INTO THE PRINT MEDIUM?

I think that the artist describes this best in this video (created by Pace Prints) about the print process when he says “it’s something to take the qualities of light and make a print editions…but I am quite well pleased”.

How & Nosm
Stacked prints
Pace Prints

PACE PRINTS IS ALSO A STRONGHOLD FOR ARTISTS SOUGHT AFTER BY ACTIVE “YOUNG COLLECTORS”.  WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS THAT HAVE GAINED A GREAT DEAL OF ATTENTION, BOTH AT AUCTION AND IN THE GALLERY SECTOR, THAT YOU HAVE RECENTLY PUBLISHED?

In November at the IFPDA our fair booth contained work by Chuck Close, Leonardo Drew, Jenny Holzer, KAWS, Shahzia Sikander and James Turrell.  This certainly covers the cross-section of artists you are talking about.

LEONARDO DREW
42P 2014
Pigmented handmade paper
Published by Pace Editions, Inc.

ANOTHER ARTIST WHOSE WORK HAS INTERESTED ME SINCE HE FIRST EXHIBITED AT SIKKEMA JENKINS IS LEONARDO DREW. THE MATERIALS IN HIS WORK ARE CHALLENGING: WOOD, RUSTED IRON, COTTON, PAPER, AND MUD. DREW, WHO GREW UP IN A PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECT, TRANSFORMS MEMORIES OF HIS CHILDHOOD SURROUNDINGS INTO INTENSE, ELABORATE AND OFTEN THREE-DIMENSIONAL RELIEFS AND SCULPTURES.  HOW DID PACE TRANSLATE THESE PICTORIAL CONCERNS INTO PRINTS?

Our papermaking studio is a real laboratory where artists like Leonardo Drew have found a way to create sculptural dimensions while working with paper.  Ruth Lingen and Akemi Martin have used a number of papermaking techniques in collaboration with the artist, which he speaks about here:

http://www.paceprints.com/video/leonardo-drew-his-new-body-cast-paper-works

PLEASE JOIN US WHEN JEFF BERGMAN SHARES HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF THE PRINT MARKET IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG.

 

IN THE MEANTIME, VISIT PACE PRINTS SUMMER EXHIBITIONS, “SELECTIONS”

32 East 57th Street

AL JENSEN
Alfred Jensen, “Portfolio, #1,” 1973, screenprint, 35 x 35 Inches, edition of 150

521 West 26th Street

Keith Haring
“USA 19-82,”
On exhibit Pace Prints Chelsea

When at Documenta, enjoy Dusseldorf with Turon Travel expert, Nicholas Christopher

 

MARTA MINUJIN
The Parthenon of Books
2017
Documenta 14

IN HIS ENGAGING BOOK, HIT MAKERS: THE SCIENCE OF POPULARITY IN AN AGE OF DISTRACTION, Atlantic SENIOR EDITOR, DEREK THOMPSON, EXPLORES THE ECONOMICS OF THE CULTURAL MARKETS THAT INVISIBLY SHAPE OUR LIVES. ALONG WITH OTHER INFLUENCES, THE MAKING OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BE IT A BUSINESS, A VISUAL ARTIST, OR A POP STAR, IS NOT REALLY ABOUT QUALITY, BUT ABOUT EXPOSURE AND AUDIENCE.

THIS SUMMER, SEVERAL EUROPEAN VENUES COALESCE TO PROVIDE THE COLLECTOR, CURATOR AND ART ENTHUSIAST ENORMOUS EXPOSURE TO A WIDE RANGE OF ARTISTS, GALLERIES, AND CURATORIAL PLATFORMS: ART BASEL, THE VENICE BIENNALE, AND DOCUMENTA 14.

TO ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE AT DOCUMENTA 14 OR, AT THE LEAST, HAVE A TRULY INFORMED ARM CHAIR VISIT, CHECK OUT THIS EXCELLENT INTERVIEW IN FLASH ART WITH DOCUMENTA CURATORS, MONIKA SZEWCZYK AND HENRIK FOLKERTS ON THE THEMES OF THE EXHIBITION AND THE CHALLENGES OF PRESENTING A SHOW IN BOTH ATHENS, GREECE AND KASSEL, GERMANY.

http://www.flashartonline.com/2017/06/monika-szewczyk-and-hendrik-folkerts-on-documenta-14-kassel/

Dusseldorf skyline

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO ENLIST THE EXPERTISE OF NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, FOUNDER OF TURON TRAVEL, THE TRAVEL AGENCY FOR THE ART WORLD, TO ENHANCE OUR JOURNEY. NICHOLAS, LEAD THE WAY!

https://www.turontravel.com

Frank Gehry
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is a quick train ride from Kassel, the site of Documenta 14, and well worth a visit while you’re there. 

Dusseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a thriving international metropolis. Although the city was largely destroyed in WWII, those interested in modern architecture will have a great deal to see. The promenade on the bank of the Rhine is one of the most beautiful in Germany and the harbor hosts some spectacular post-modern  architecture, the centerpiece being Frank Gehry’s Spiral Constructions. 

The Dusseldorf Academy, founded in 1762 as a school of drawing, is internationally renowned for its graduates, such artists as Sigmar Polke, Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys. The School of Photography is equally notable for the teachers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and their students that include Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth. 

 

Erika Hock
Second Home
Sammlung Philara
April 28 – July 25, 2017

Sammlung Philara 

A former factory curated by art collector Gil Bronner,  the Philara combines a permanent exhibition of Bronner’s personal collection along with 4 temporary exhibitions featuring the works of both established and new artists working in almost every format.  This combination allows the participant to enjoy a cornucopia of experiences.  The collection also offers numerous interdisciplinary events with concerts, readings and lectures planned throughout the year.

NRW- Forum Dusseldorf

Considered more of a cultural center than a museum, the NRW-Forum attempts to blur the line between art and culture. Divided into 3 different exhibitions, the Forum allows you to explore multiple mediums and collections ranging from photography featuring Ralf Brueck, a graduate of the renowned Dusseldorf School of Photography (with the collection exploring digital image manipulation) to a mixed media collection from Olaf Breuning. Futurists will love Planet B, an installation focusing on relocation and establishment on a new planet.

Setareh Gallery
Dusseldorf

Setareh Gallery on Konigsallee

A contemporary art collection in Dusseldorf, the Setarah (which translates to “star” in Farsi) Gallery is the place to go to see some of the best curated exhibitions. The current show, “The shadow does not avoid the sun” includes works by such marvelous German artists as Per Kirkeby, Markus Lupertz and Wolfgang Betke.

RESTAURANTS

Great food and drink are always a mainstay for the Germans and the lucky visitors who need to rest and dine during their busy art viewing.  Here are a few of the many delicious restaurants in Dusseldorf.  None of them will fracture your wallet, but they all will leave you satisfied.

Sansibar Restaurant

Sansibar

– View of the Rhine

Boasting exquisite panoramic views over the Rhine River from its perch on Media Harbor,  Sandbar is a high-class lounge-come-bar that offers a multitude of international dishes. From juicy steaks to sushi, oysters, fresh fish and the traditional German curry-wurst, this joint by Breuninger is a smorgasbord of flavors. What’s more, great wines abound, with more than 350 types on offer from the cellar. Located on the first floor of the Breuninger Center, Sansibar is a delight for all palates.

Victorian Restaurant

Victorian Restaurant

– Award winning gourmet dining

Victorian is a multiple award-winning restaurant that’s hailed for its gourmet dishes, cooking methods and innovative combinations that change daily. Expect a menu that ranges from fresh fish in the main to delicious starters, such as radish, cucumber and mustard that manage to challenge tasters’ perceptions. The restaurant has a major focus on lunch, but also has delightful dinner options and an impressive collection of wines from all over the world.

Dorfstube

An Old Fashioned German Tavern( A common German name for German taverns or pubs is Kneipe)

Uber-traditional Dorfstube is a complete timber restaurant with a nostalgic hint of the old-fashioned German village tavern. The restaurant is quirky with curious pieces of décor, like the grand old Alkoda stove, accompanied by home-made wood grinders, cook-clocks and lines of classic tea cups with reindeer prints, specifically designed in line with the original Black Forest kitchen. But Dorfstube offers far more than just traditional design, it also impresses with extravagant dishes, such as warm oxtail pralines and coq-au-vin from local farmers, followed up by a crispy rhubarb crumble.

Uerige Brewery

Uerige

Why not stop at a brewery?

Breweries are typical places for Germans to meet and chat after a hard day at work, but characterful Uerige is not only a local meeting places but also home to some of the best regional German beer in the country. With a friendly and cozy atmosphere spread across six major rooms, patrons have plenty of space to celebrate German cuisine, beer or just being in Düsseldorf. On the menu, distinctive types of sausages, soups, tartare, and red beet carpaccio with goats’ cheese rub shoulders, while for dessert try the super-light and creamy panna cotta.

THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO NEXT WELCOME JEFF BERGMAN, THE DIRECTOR OF PACE PRINTS. PACE ENJOYS A WELL-DESERVED REPUTATION FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLICATIONS OF CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS. FOUNDED BY DICK SOLOMON IN 1968, PACE OFFERS ARTISTS A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT AND INNOVATIVE PRINTMAKING TECHNIQUES.

UNTIL THEN!

The art market, present and future, with international dealer, Christophe Van de Weghe

Van de Weghe Fine Art
ART BASEL 2015

MORE THAN NINETY ART FAIRS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD NOW DEFINE THE RHYTHM OF THE GLOBAL ART BUSINESS. IN A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE RISE OF ART FAIRS ORGANIZED BY STROPHEUS LLC,  A NEW YORK BASED COLLECTIVE OF ART LAW AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS, MODERATOR JUDITH PROWDER, A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK BAR ASSOCIATION AND FACULTY AT SOTHEBY’S INSTITUTE OF ART, CONCLUDES:

There are dozens of NYC art fairs. With the rise and rise of art fairs, sheer survival in the commercial art context now requires galleries to participate in a half a dozen or more art fairs a year – from New York to Maastricht to Dubai to Hong Kong to São Paolo – with stops along the way. Some dealers make as much as two-thirds of their sale at fairs. Art fairs have indeed transformed the business of art and even the production of contemporary art. For serious collectors the international art fair circuit is an imperative, while visiting only a few of galleries in NY, London and Berlin seems – well – almost quaint.

https://stropheus.com/

Van de Weghe Fine Art
ART BASEL HONOG KONG 2017

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS VERY PLEASED TO RESUME ITS CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHE VAN DE WEGHE, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPLE OF VAN DE WEGHE FINE ARTS, LOCATED AT 1018 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK.

http://www.vdwny.com

 

Van de Weghe Fine Art
FRIEZE MASTERS 2015

CHRISTOPHE,  FAIRS HAVE GAINED CRITICAL AND COMMERCIAL DOMINANCE IN THE ART MARKET – A CONCENTRATED AND INTENSE PLAYING FIELD OF CURATORS, COLLECTORS, AND DEALERS. I KNOW YOU PARTICIPATE AT ART BASEL MIAMI, ART BASEL, FRIEZE MASTERS, AND MAASTRICHT. CLEARLY, YOU BELIEVE, AS I DO, THAT THE FAIR HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT IN THE ART BUSINESS.

Fairs are a very important part of our operation. We present annually at TEFAF Maastricht, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel, FIAC Paris, Frieze Masters London and Art Basel Miami Beach. We have participated in ADAA’s Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Pavilion of Art and Design London, EXPO Chicago, Arte Fiera Bologna, the Palm Beach Art Fair, ARCO Madrid and ART Hong Kong.

This year we also participated in TEFAF New York Spring, sponsored by TEFAF Maastricht, held for the first time at the Park Avenue Armory from May 4-8th. I am very excited about this fair and its strong future.

Van de Weghe Fine Art
TEFAF NYC SPRING 2017

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TRAJECTORY OF COLLECTING IN THE TIME AHEAD?

The architects of today are building modern, contemporary spaces. In 2016 alone, in New York, 6400 apartments were new construction, characterized by high ceilings and large-scaled rooms.  The scale and delicacy of Impressionist works cannot survive in these spaces and the best of these works are all in museums.

The contemporary collector, the younger generation of hedge fund guys and tech wizards, all want young artists and they all want the same ones. Basquiat only made 900 paintings and 3400 drawings in his lifetime.

The problem with dealing with living artists is that they are commanding too much money. I don’t agree with the amounts that collectors are paying because I am not convinced these works will hold value.  There has been a huge correction in the photography market. Cindy Sherman will survive but a lot of them will not.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO SOMEONE INTEREST IN ART AND IN BUILDING A COLLECTION?

 My advice is to development a good relationship with 2 or 3 galleries where you respect their program.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE A GOOD DEALER OR GALLERIST?

 

Beyeler Foundation
Basel, Switzerland

I once asked Ernst Beyeler, “In your opinion what does it take to be a good dealer?

He replied, “Honesty, courage, passion and hard work.”

LRFA ASIDE:  ALL OF WHICH CHRISTOPHE POSSESSES IN SPADES!

Ernst Beyeler (1921–2010) was a titan of the international art scene in the twentieth century. Born in Basel, Switzerland, he began his career as an apprentice in an antiquarian bookstore, eventually taking over the business and shifting his focus from books to dealing and collecting art. Through his discerning eye for art, his close relationships with many of the twentieth century’s great artists, and his role in the foundation of Art Basel and the Fondation Beyeler, he transformed his hometown into a hub for international art.

Van de Weghe Fine Art
Henrique Oliveira Installation
April 28 – June 30, 2017

 

TO COMMEMORATE ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY, IN 2014 VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART PUBLISHED A BEAUTIFULLY DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF GALLERY EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS.  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE GALLERY AT info@vdwny.com.

VAN DE WEGHE NEW YORK
Published in 2014 to document the gallery’s 10th anniversary

 

CHRISTOPHE, WHAT IS THE CURRENT EXHIBIT AT VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART?

Although the gallery usually presents works from the secondary market, I am very excited to present the work of a young Brazilian artist, Henrique Oliveira. In 2013 I saw his installation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris where he created a spectacular Gordian Knot of wood and sculptural vegetation that interacted with the architecture of the space.

It is quite exciting to see the way in which Henrique has  transformed the gallery into a site-specific installation, a fusion of urban design, sculptural elements and plant life. The installation was labor-intensive and we documented its progress throughout. 

AND WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART?

I love what I do. My greatest wish is to have all my kids work with me.

AND I’M CERTAIN THEY WILL.

CHRISTOPHE, SO MANY THANKS.

 

PACK YOUR BAGS! OUR TRAVEL MAVEN AND EXPERT, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER OF TURON TRAVEL, WILL TAKE US TO DOCUMENTA 14 OPENING ON JUNE 10th IN KASSEL, GERMANY. FOR THE FIRST TIME,  ATHENS, GREECE ACTED AS CO-HOST OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITION, TITLED “LEARNING FROM ATHENS”, THAT TAKES PLACE EVERY FIVE YEARS.

PLEASE JOIN US!

 

Join Nicholas Christopher of Turon Travel in Dallas for the Art Fair and the city’s pleasures

Thomas Struth: Places
Dallas Parking Lot, 2001
C-print

IN DALLAS, FROM FRIDAY, APRIL 7th THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 9th, PROMINENT INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL GALLERIES WILL EXHIBIT A DIVERSE RANGE OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE 9TH ANNUAL ART FAIR. LOCATED IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY GALLERY ON ROSS AVENUE IN THE DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT. THE FIG SPECIAL EVENTS VENUE CONSISTS OF ALMOST 74,0000 SQUARE FEET IN A MID-CENTURY MODERN BUILDING. IT FEATURES AN ADJACENT PROMENADE NEXT TO A BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE PARK RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART AND THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER.

 

Mark Di Suvero (left)
Joan Miro (rear right)
Nasher Sculpture Garden

IN TODAY’S LRFA POST, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, FOUNDER OF TURON TRAVEL, THE GO-TO TRAVEL AGENCY FOR ALL THE ART FAIRS AROUND THE WORLD, SHARES SOME FAVORITE ART VENUES AND RESTAURANTS THAT MAKE THIS GREAT AMERICAN CITY A TERRIFIC DESTINATION!

THANK YOU, NICHOLAS, AND THANK YOU, FOLLOWERS OF THE LRFA BLOG.

https://www.turontravel.com/about-us

Mona Hatoum
Silence, 1994
Laboratory glass tubes
The Warehouse collection

The Warehouse, a project initiated by Howard Rachofsky and the late Vernon Faulconer is just a short cab ride from the fair.  Located in an adapted industrial building, with 18,000 sq ft of exhibition space, The Warehouse presents carefully considered, original exhibitions of works from The Rachofsky Collection, complemented by art acquired jointly with the Dallas Museum of Art and works on loan from other significant institutions and private collections. The mission of The Warehouse is philanthropy at its best.

In 2013, Rachofsky and Faulconer, both devoted to education in the arts, decided to make their collections available to curators, scholars, critics and students, to encourage new dialogues about postwar Modern and contemporary art. At the heart of the project is an adapted industrial building on 14105 Inwood Road in Dallas, containing art storage facilities, an extensive library, and 18,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space. 

The Warehouse
THINKING OUT LOUD: NOTES FOR AN EVOLVING COLLECTION
January 30 – April 30, 2017

As The Warehouse begins its fifth year, the current exhibition THINKING OUT LOUD: NOTES FOR AN EVOLVING COLLECTION, January 30 – April 30, 2017,  focuses on the personal collecting impulse of its two founders and reflects the pluralistic nature of contemporary art at this moment, when no dominant art movement controls the conversation. Allan Schwartzman has curated not one but several ideas that interest us, embracing recent acquisitions as well as older works not previously presented at The Warehouse.

http://thewarehousedallas.org/exhibition/

Pia Camil
The Little Dog Laughed, 2014
Installation View
Dallas Contemporary

Another must see before your leave is The Dallas Contemporary, a non-collecting art museum presenting new and challenging ideas from regional, national and international artists. The institution is committed to engaging the public through exhibitions, lectures, educational programs and events.  Their highlighted exhibitions in April will feature Pai Camil, a Mexican born artist who draws from the symbolic universe of contemporary consumerism, incorporating the signs, objects and things that form part of everyday life. Also on exhibit are works by Keer Tanchak, a Dallas based painter,  choosing aluminum for its smooth surface and neutral color. This allows the artist  to cut his paintings into any shape the subject may dictate, specifically Rococo imagery.

http://www.dallascontemporary.org/

All that walking, all that art appreciation, helps work up an appetite.  Here are some local pick hits:

The Capital Grille

Capital Grille

An outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting.  From steaks to a locally sourced menu as great place to recharge  your batteries.

A Dallas staple located in the Crescent Hotel, the Capital Grille rewards diners with dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection. The 22-oz. Delmonico bone-in rib-eye stands out as the restaurant’s signature item. Seafood options like lobster bisque and grilled salmon are also expertly prepared. Wines (over 400 varieties) are available by the bottle and the glass. An interior of mahogany, oil paintings, and leather seating provides a classy yet unpretentious setting. If you’re looking to impress clients over an elegant business lunch, THIS is the spot to take them – it’s in the perfect location and the atmosphere there will win them over for sure.

http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/tx/dallas/dallas/8012?cmpid=br:TCG_ag:ogv_ch:ppc_ca:TCG-DallasUptown-TX-BR_dt:08-14-2014_gt:TCG—Dallas_sn:goo_kw:capital-grille-dallas_ct:text

The Mansion Restaurant

The Mansion Restaurant

One of the great classic dining experiences in Dallas is The Mansion Restaurant is located in the legendary Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Executive Chef Tom Parlo offers Contemporary American cuisine sparked with global overtones. The Mansion Restaurant has been pleasings its guests for over 35 years, offering a beautifully detailed classic environment and the same attention to quality in the menu,  providing one of the most inviting, approachable fine dining experience in Texas.

https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/mansion-on-turtle-creek-dallas/dining/mansion-restaurant

Tei-An

For a very special evening in the Arts District, Tei-An offers first tier Japanese cuisine. To quote Zagat: “Exquisite” food, including sushi and “wonderful” handmade noodles, a “trendy yet elegant” scene and “impeccable” service combine at this Arts District Japanese, “one of the best restaurants in Dallas”; interiors with “sleek styling” plus a rooftop cocktail bar with killer views add to the appeal, and help offset high prices.  What more can we say?

http://www.tei-an.com/

APRIL 18th LOOMS AHEAD, THIS YEAR’S DEADLINE FOR PERSONAL TAX RETURNS, MARCH 15th JUST HAVING PASSED FOR CORPORATE. THERE IS NO ONE MORE SEASONED AND EXPERIENCED IN THE ART OF TAX AND FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR THE ART INDUSTRY THAN STEVEN GOLDGLIT AND HIS STAFF AT GOLDGLIT AND COMPANY.

IN THE NEXT LRFA POSTS, STEVEN WILL SHARE HIS EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE. WE ALWAYS WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS YOU MIGHT WISH TO POSE.

TAKE AIM AND FIRE AWAY!

Welcome to Dallas! with Turon Travel expert, Nicholas Christopher

Dallas Arts District
Master Plan

DALLAS, FOUNDED AND NAMED BY JOHN NEELY BRYAN IN 1841, BEGAN AS A PERMANENT SETTLEMENT NEAR THE TRINITY RIVER AND ROSE TO HISTORICAL PROMINENCE AS THE GATEWAY CITY FOR THE OIL AND COTTON INDUSTRIES. TODAY, DALLAS IS HOME TO A COMMUNITY OF GENEROUS AND DEDICATED ART COLLECTORS AND PATRONS WHO SUPPORT THEIR CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS AND MUSEUMS WITH A GENEROSITY AS BIG AS THE STATE ITSELF.

THOSE ATTENDING THE DALLAS ART FAIR, APRIL 6th (PREVIEW) THROUGH APRIL 12th, ARE SURE TO ENJOY A WARM WELCOME. THE CITY OF DALLAS FEATURES THE LARGEST CONTIGUOUS URBAN ARTS DISTRICT IN THE UNITED STATES AND INCLUDES FIVE CULTURAL CENTERS DESIGNED BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ARCHITECTS  I.M. PEI, RENZO PIANO AND NORMAN FOSTER AND REM KOOLHAAS.

DALLAS IS A GREAT DESTINATION ANY TIME OF YEAR AND THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME TRAVEL EXPERT, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL OF TURON TRAVEL, THE TRAVEL AGENCY TO THE ART WORLD, AS OUR GUIDE. THANK YOU, NICHOLAS!

https://www.turontravel.com/about-us

The 2017 Dallas Art Fair is enjoying its 9th year.  This annual art event anchors the Dallas Art District, the largest arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. The district is comprised of museums, performance halls, corporate offices, residences, restaurants, churches and even a school. The Dallas Art District has been a thirty-year plan in the making and now boast buildings by four Pritzker Prize winning architects within a span of several blocks and also includes significant buildings from as far back as the late 1880s, just 40 years after Dallas was founded.

The 2017 DALLAS ART FAIR, opening on Thursday April 6th and continuing through Sunday, the 9th, will feature prominent national and international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. As with all successful fairs, Dallas’ arts institutes, galleries and museums put forth new and exciting exhibitions to complement the mission of the fair.

Dallas Art Fair
Preview Gala 2016

This makes for a full week around the Dallas Art Fair with the annual Preview Gala Benefit setting the stage. The Preview Gala benefits the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary, and will offer art patrons and Dallas’ top collectors the opportunity to preview and purchase exhibited works prior to the public opening of the fair.

The Dallas Art Fair venue is conveniently set in a private park located across from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

http://dallasartfair.com/visiting-the-fair/

https://www.dma.org/visit

The Dallas Museum of Art’s collection contains over 24,000 works of art from all cultures and time periods spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. The collection is dynamic; new acquisitions are being added all the time and the galleries are constantly changing. A particularly compelling current DMA exhibition for those attending the Art Fair is entitled Passages in Modern Art: 1946–1996.

Jasper Johns
Device
1961-1962

Taken from the DMA’s acclaimed contemporary collection, this exhibit is a great indicator of the dedication and support of the Dallas art community and includes recent acquisitions, rarely seen works, and newly conserved paintings and sculpture. Art by such iconic artists as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, and Mark Rothko is presented alongside their lesser-known contemporaries.

Yayoi Kusama
Accumulation
1962-1964

https://www.dma.org/art/exhibitions/passages-modern-art-1946-1996

Nasher Sculpture Center by Renzo Piano

The birth and growth of the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection started more than 50 years ago. In 1950, the Nashers traveled to Mexico, where they became interested in pre-Columbian art and bought the first works in what would become a sizable collection of objects from ancient Latin America. They soon bought other ethnographic and archaeological works and also acquired a number of important American modernist paintings and prints. Mr. Nasher often credits this early involvement with pre-Columbian and other tribal arts as having whetted the Nashers’ appetite for, and appreciation of, modern three-dimensional works.

Henry Moore
Piece no. 3: Vertebrae 1968
Nasher Sculpture Center

By the late-1960s, the Nashers had made their first significant acquisitions of modern sculpture. These included Jean Arp’s Torso with Buds (1961), two major bronzes by Henry Moore, Three Piece No. 3: Vertebrae (1968) and Two Piece Reclining Figure No.9 (1968, no longer in the Collection), and Barbara Hepworth’s large and powerful Squares with Two Circles (Monolith) (1963, cast 1964). In rapid succession, they went on to acquire works by, among others, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi.

Pierre Huyghe
La déraison, 2014
Concrete, marble, heating system, water, and plants, 36 ¼ x 97 ¾ x 51 in.

At the Nasher, don’t miss the remarkable installation of two works by Pierre Huyghe, 2017 Nasher Prize Laureate. Huyghe has profoundly expanded the parameters of sculpture through artworks encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines. As part of the celebrations surrounding Nasher Prize, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents two important works by the artist: an active marine ecosystem and a living sculpture.

 

Pierre Huyghe
Untitled, 2013
Live marine ecosystem, aquarium, resin shell

The Arts District is home to many other Arts Institutions all within walking distant of the fair.  There is the Fashion Industry Gallery which also houses the Dallas Art Fair,  along with The Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center/Arts District Theater, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art.  Plenty to see and do during your stay in Dallas.

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT LRFA POST WITH NICHOLAS TO VISIT OTHER ART EXHIBITIONS AND HAVE A DELICIOUS BITE OR TWO ALONG THE WAY!

 

 

UNTITLED, ART VIP ANNOUNCEMENT Preview today in San Francisco

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Untitled, San Francisco with Turon’s travel expert Nicholas Christopher

Untitled, Art San Francisco

Untitled, Art
San Francisco

ART FAIRS HAVE BECOME AS MUCH CULTURAL AND SOCIAL EVENTS AS CONGREGATIONS OF ART DEALERS AND COLLECTORS. THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS ENCOURAGED THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CURATOR AS AN ART FAIR PERSONA AND A CURATOR-DRIVEN FAIR OR EXHIBITOR SECTION WITHIN AN ESTABLISHED FAIR HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY IN RECENT YEARS. CURATORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE IMBUE THE EXHIBITED WORKS WITH A SENSE OF QUALITY AND VALUE.  THUS, UNTITLED, ART MIAMI, LAUNCHED IN 2012, IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED STAND-OUT FAIRS DURING MIAMI ART WEEK AND HAS EARNED ITS REPUTATiON AS ONE OF THE MOST SELECTIVE.

FROM JANUARY 13-15, 2017, UNTITLED, ART LAUNCHES ITS FIRST WEST COAST ENDEAVOR– UNTITLED, SAN FRANCISCO. IF THE QUALITY OF UNTITLED, MIAMI IS A BAROMETER, DO MAKE LAST MINUTE PLANS TO ATTEND.

NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL OF THE ART WORLD’S AGENCY, TURON TRAVEL, IS A FAN AND HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO BE OUR TOUR GUIDE AT THE FAIR, SOME OF THE SPECIAL ART-RELATED EVENTS OF THE WEEK AND MEMORABLE DINING EXPERIENCES IN THE MAGICAL CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. PLEASE JOIN US.

NICHOLAS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION. PLEASE TELL US WHAT TO ANTICIPATE!

The inaugural edition of Untitled, San Francisco will take place at the historic Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood from January 13 – 15, 2017, following the success of Untitled, Miami.  San Francisco is certainly a magnet for forward thinking and innovation so a contemporary art fair is the perfect fit.

What better place than San Francisco to enjoy the inaugural year!

Pier 70 San Francisco

Pier 70
San Francisco

Untitled, Art founded in 2012, is an international, curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovated the standard fair model by having a curatorial team identify and organize a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profits.  The exhibits  are always presented as a dialogue with the architecturally designed venue. For Untitled, Miami 2014, applauded for the quality of the work and diverse range of art, artists and galleries, architects John Keenen and Terence Riley of K/R, formerly chief curator of architecture and design at New York’s prestigious MoMA,  designed a larger tent to house the third edition featuring 110 international exhibitors from 18 countries.

UNTITLED ART Miami

UNTITLED ART
Miami

In San Francisco, the  original team of Christophe Boutin, Omar López-Chahoud and Melanie Scarciglia will continue the innovative curatorial accomplishments that make Untitled Art, Miami, stand out as a not-to-be-missed fair within the satellite constellation of fairs during Miami Art Basel week.  Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of Untitled since its launch in 2012. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Curators
 Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia co-founded the distinguished publishing houses onestar press and Three Star Books in Paris in 2000 and 2007, respectively. They have worked with many well-known artists and have published over 300 books.  Boutin and Scarciglia join Untitled in 2014 as part of the curatorial team.

https://art-untitled.com/san-francisco

Curated art fairs tend to resonate with a  stream of consciousness throughout, the curatorial team adding its unique vision and experience.  Legacy art fairs are also following suit with ‘curated satellite’ programs, but they tend to default to their vetted gallerist perspectives.

SFMoMA

SFMoMA

Now that you are in San Francisco, be sure to visit the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Art.

In 2016, SF MoMA reopened in 3 years of transformation with the goal of building additional space to celebrate its extensive and first-tier holdings.  SFOMA now has more than three times its original exhibition space;  a floor dedicated to the Pritzker Center for Photography; galleries dedicated to major favorites from the museum’s permanent collection as well as 45,000 sq ft of free public space.  Plenty to enjoy here!

Bruce Conner: It's All True SFMoMA October 29, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Bruce Conner: It’s All True
SFMoMA
October 29, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Be sure to see the Bruce Conner exhibition, It’s All True, before it closes on January 22nd. Conner, a pioneer in experimental film, collage, photography and conceptual works, challenged our preconceptions in every medium, constantly breaking new ground and influencing artists working today.

Lieko Shiga, Tomlinson FC, from the series Lilly, 2005 © Lieko Shiga

Lieko Shiga,
Tomlinson FC, from the series Lilly, 2005
© Lieko Shiga

A compelling exhibition, Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, memorializes the enormous contributions by Japanese photographers to the art of postwar photography. Noted for their innovative film and camera equipment, the exhibit highlights the considerable holdings of Japanese photography in the museum’s collection and the works from the important donation of the Kurenboh Collection.

https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/japanese-photography-postwar-now/

If your time is limited, the overview of the ongoing Fisher Collection will be satisfying in itself spanning America’s important movements, Pop, Figurative and Minimal Art, featuring trophy works by Chuck Close, Philip Guston, Judd, LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein and Warhol, among many others from a period of American art that is legendary for addressing issues of social and political concern, in response to the legacy of Abstract Expressionism

Approaching American Abstraction The Fisher Collection SFMoMA

Approaching American Abstraction
The Fisher Collection
SFMoMA

 

Galleries are opening at a rapid rate in San Francisco.  Why not visit a few whole you are there?

In a major move, prominent gallerists, Larry Gagosian and John Berggruen opened new adjacently located  galleries across from the new Howard Street entrance to SF MoMA, permanently changing the footprint of San Francisco’s art gallery map along with the opening of the Minnesota Street Project gallery space in the Dogpatch neighborhood.

Minnesota Street Project

Minnesota Street Project

The Minnesota Street Project opened fifteen years ago under the auspices of collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport as an alternative entrepreneurial venture in contemporary art, one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley. Located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco’s contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

http://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Anne Chu Roman Boy Minnesota Street Project

Anne Chu
Roman Boy
Minnesota Street Project

Through January 7, a retrospective of the work of Anne Chu, who died prematurely at the age of 57 this year, is on exhibit. In materials like porcelain and leather, Chu’s sculptures, sometimes in the form of mobiles, frequently explored animal imagery, depicting horses, bears, and rabbits as well as animal-human hybrids.

“Embedded with ancient and historical influences, including Tang dynasty funerary figures and Austrian marionettes, Chu channeled spirits of cultures past,” wrote Williams in the announcement of the artist’s passing.

John Berggruen Gallery The Human Form Opening January 13th

John Berggruen Gallery
The Human Form
Opening January 13th

The seasoned veteran dealer, John Berggruen is launching an inaugural exhibition at his 10 Hawthorne Street gallery, entitled “The Human Form”, and highlights the gallery’s dedication to the Bay Area figurative artists it has long supported.  Known as the Bay Area Figurative Moment, this group of artists included Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Wayne Thiebaud, who abandoned the prevailing force of Abstract Expressionism to return to figuration during the 50s and into the 60s.

http://www.berggruen.com/exhibitions/the-human-form

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Untitled, 1977, sewn Burlap, cotton cloth, and acrylic, 36 × 72 inches (91 × 182 cm) © Maekawa.

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Untitled, 1977, sewn Burlap, cotton cloth, and acrylic, 36 × 72 inches (91 × 182 cm) © Maekawa.

Gagosian San Francisco opens a very special group exhibition on January 12th entitled “Beyond Matter”, featuring eighteen sewn and painted fabric works by Tsuyoshi Maekawa, who emerged as an artist in the Gutai Art Association founded in Osaka. In 1972, Maekawa decided to extend his practice beyond the strict precepts established by its founder Yoshiara Jiro.  The exhibtion offers a global perspective with its inclusion of modern masters exemplary of this pictorial concerns,  such as Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, Lucia Fontana and Enrico Castellani.

http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/maekawa–january-12-2017

By now you must be starving!

There is a rumor – totally unsubstantiated – that it was a gourmet cook fire rather than Elsie the cow who set a Famous Fire.   Here are a few suggestions on the side of the chef:

Benu

Benu

BENU

First stop, right on Hawthorne Street is Benu, a 3 Michelin Star tradition, a refined minimalist space in black, white and gray that focuses the attention on the mail and not the decor, and well worthwhile that is. When the first course of the prix fixe menu arrives, you know the mail is going to be unique, a juxtaposition of classic Asian ingredients as a springboard to Thomas Keller protegee, Cory Lee’s Western training.

https://www.benusf.com/

Corey Lee – chef/owner – had worked at world acclaimed restaurants for 20 years before opening his James Beard awarded restaurant. His 2015 Phaidon-published cookbook Benu, documents the restaurant’s food, inspirations, and people who make it all possible. Lee has become a goodwill ambassador for his hometown of Seoul, Korea, an honor given to leaders in various fields, in recognition of his work and influence.

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Gary Danko— 1  Michelin star

The cuisine of Gary Danko, the ambassador of contemporary American fine dining, draws on traditions from around the world. Using seasonings from Asia, he adds a pinch of audacity to his French-style technique, creating dishes fit for an international traveler.

Seventeen years after opening its doors in San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, Restaurant Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients, and personable yet impeccable service. “You don’t just open a great restaurant,” says Chef Gary Danko, “it’s a constant work in progress.”

Gary Danko

Gary Danko

In a warm, enveloping space overhung with orchids and vibrant artworks, an evening at Gary Danko is both intimate and theatrical—a loving nod to an old world dining experience with its heart thoroughly planted in the new: fresh, locally grown and raised foods drawn from the region’s vast seasonal offerings, prepared with precision and flair.

http://garydanko.com/

The French Laundry

The French Laundry

Don’t miss the legendary THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – 3 Michelin Stars

Chef Thomas Keller took a saloon built by Scottish stonemasons in 1900 whose last incarnation was a French steam laundry and created a highly awarded restaurant. The French Laundry is a member of French-based Relais & Chateaux, Relais Gourmands and Traditions & Qualité; organizations recognized for their dedication to maintaining the highest international standards for hospitality and culinary excellence.  While the menu changes daily, the restaurant commits to creating classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients and service.

https://www.thomaskeller.com/tfl

TURON TRAVEL

TURON TRAVEL

About Turon Travel

Turon Travel has the distinct pleasure of working with a growing number of International Art Fairs, Art and Antiques Fairs and special arts events.

Our management style creates a seamless process which works to the benefit of the venue, the exhibitors and of course the event patrons.

The cumulative buying power represented by the participants gives Turon the ability to offer discounts on hotel rates and select airfares. Along with our state of the art website and booking platform Turon Travel is the obvious choice to manage your travel requirements.

https://www.turontravel.com/

Public projects, art fairs, and future plans: Lisson Gallery, London/Milan/New York

ANISH KAPOOR Dragon Art Basel - Unlimited June 2016

ANISH KAPOOR
Dragon
Art Basel – Unlimited
June 2016

THIS YEAR, THE  WORLD’S LEADING FAIR, ART BASEL, OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 16th, BRINGING TOGETHER AN INTERNATIONAL ROSTER OF 280 OF THE WORLD’S LEADING GALLERIES WITH WORKS FROM MODERN MASTERS TO CURRENT EMERGING STARS. ART BASEL’S EXHIBITION SECTORS, GALLERIES, FEATURE, STATEMENTS, EDITION,  UNLIMITED AND PARCOURS, ARE INTELLIGENTLY CONCEIVED TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE SPECTRUM OF PERSPECTIVES  ON CONTEMPORARY, TO INFORM AND ENGAGE THE PUBLIC, COLLECTORS, CURATORS, AND DEALERS WHO DESCEND ON BASEL EVERY JUNE.

TONY OURSLER template/variant/friend/stranger Art Basel - Unlimited June 2016

TONY OURSLER
template/variant/friend/stranger
Art Basel – Unlimited
June 2016

UNLIMITED IS A PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE SECTOR, ORGANIZED BY NEW YORK-BASED CURATOR,  GIANNI JETZER, AND OFFERS A PIONEERING PLATFORM FOR PROJECTS THAT TRANSCEND THE TRADITIONAL GALLERY BOOTH. UNLIMITED INCLUDES MASSIVE SCULPTURE, VIDEO, INSTALLATIONS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES.  MUCH TO ITS CREDIT, FOUR LISSON GALLERY ARTISTS, ANISH KAPOOR, DAN GRAHAM, TONY OURSLER AND JONATHON MONK,  ARE SELECTED THIS SEASON IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS AND CUTTING-EDGE SECTOR.

JONATHON MONK Site/Specific/Pallet/Rock Art Basel - Unlimited June 2016

JONATHON MONK
Site/Specific/Pallet/Rock
Art Basel – Unlimited
June 2016

TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ITS ARTISTS,  LISSON PRESENTS OFFERS AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAM OF OFF-SITE EXHIBITIONS THAT EXTEND ITS CURATORIAL ARM BEYOND ITS GALLERY SPACES IN LONDON, MILAN AND NEW YORK. THE GALLERY SUPPORTS INITIATIVES AROUND THE WORLD FOR ITS ARTISTS,  SHOWING AN IMPORTANT ARRAY OF PROJECTS BY SUCH ARTISTS AS MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, AI WEIWEI, GERARD BYRNE, AND LIU XIAODONG AS WELL AS  A ROSTER OF YOUNGER ARTISTS THAT INCLUDE ALLORA & CALZADILLA, RYAN GANDER AND HAROON MIRZA.

ALLORA & CALZADILLA Hope Hippo, 2005 Mud, Whistle, Daily Newspaper, Reader. Installation View: “Always a Little Further” 51st International Art Exhibition, la Bienal di Venezia Photo: Giorgio Boata

ALLORA & CALZADILLA
Hope Hippo, 2005
Mud, Whistle, Daily Newspaper, Reader.
Installation View: “Always a Little Further” 51st International Art Exhibition, la Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Giorgio Boata

http://www.lissongallery.com

THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK GALLERY DIRECTOR, CLAUS ROBENHAGEN.

CLAUS, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE NEW, BEAUTIFUL NEW YORK GALLERY ON 24th STREET IN CHELSEA. I AM FAMILIAR WITH YOUR BY APPOINTMENT SPACE ON ELDRIDGE STREET ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE.

Since the very start of the gallery there has been this powerful link between Lisson and New York. We have functioned as a sort of bridgehead for US artists being introduced to a European audience. This movement has obviously gone the other way with American collectors and institutions discovering especially UK artists through us. We have for many years now had a space on Lower Eastside – originally acquired when that area of Manhattan was very different from now. In May, we opened a built up gallery in Chelsea. We are tremendously excited about this project that will enable our artists without New York representation a possibility to exhibit.

 LIU XIAODONG East, 2012 Oil on Canvas 250 x 300 cm / 98 1/2 x 118 in.


LIU XIAODONG
East, 2012
Oil on Canvas
250 x 300 cm / 98 1/2 x 118 in.

LISSON HAS A VERY STRONG PRESENCE AT INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS. HOW DO YOU VIEW THE ROLE OF THE ART FAIR IN TODAY’S ART MARKET?

I think art fairs are great opportunities for people to meet and also view art. At the same time I do think that the gallery exhibition or the studio visit is a better place for an in depth discussion which any art experience would be poor without.

Art collecting has gone from being a niche concern to becoming a global interest and the art fairs has played a huge part in developing this. They have become the real market place of art much more than the individual gallery. However coupled with changes in our society I think we are going to see new developments and ultimately I think the art world 10 years from now will look very different.

ROBERT GRAHAM Art Basel June 2016 Booth B8

ROBERT GRAHAM
Art Basel
June 2016
Booth B8

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF THE ART MARKET AS SOME EMERGING MARKETS THAT HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE ARTS ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE?

One of the great gifts of bigger international audience is that the art market has become more diversified and therefore more robust. The strength of individual economies is less important as the market has become global.

CLAUS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION. WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW GALLERY ON WEST 24th AS WELL AS FRIEZE NEW YORK, I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND CONTRIBUTION.

THE NEXT LRFA BLOG IS HONORED TO INTRODUCE ART HISTORIAN AND CURATOR, AVIS BERMAN. AN EXPERT IN AMERICAN ART AND MODERN ART. AVIS BERMAN HAS WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY ON PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND MUSEUM HISTORY AND IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT FOR THE ROY LICHTENSTEIN FOUNDATION.

UNTIL THEN!

Just in time for the fair! Meet Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Manager Jessica Hodin

JESSICA HODIN Crowdfunding Manager, ART BASEL Photograph: Holly Haffner, Fred Marcus Studio

JESSICA HODIN
Crowdfunding Manager, ART BASEL
Photograph: Holly Haffner, Fred Marcus Studio

ART BASEL OFFERS THE ART WORLD THE MOST CELEBRATED AND ESTABLISHED MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS TODAY. ORIGINALLY FOUNDED AND HELD ONLY IN BASEL, ART BASEL HAS EXPANDED: MIAMI IN DECEMBER AND, LAST MARCH, A VERY SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH IN HONG KONG. AT ART BASEL IN MIAMI BEACH, DECEMBER 3rd to the 6th, 267 LEADING GALLERIES FROM NORTH AMERICA, LATIN AMERICA, EUROPE, ASIA AND AFRICA WILL EXHIBIT SIGNIFICANT WORKS THAT RANGE FROM MODERN MASTERS TO CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO THE NEW GENERATION OF EMERGING LUMINARIES.  PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATIONS, VIDEO, AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY ARE CAREFULLY VETTED FOR EXHIBITION IN THE MAIN HALL; LARGE-SCALED MONUMENTAL WORKS, FILM AND PERFORMANCE ENRICH THE CITY’S OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE AT COLLINS PARK AND SOUND/SCAPE PARK NEAR THE CONVENTION CENTER.

Art Basel The Miami Beach show December 3 - 6, 2015

Art Basel
The Miami Beach show
December 3 – 6, 2015

IT IS AN ENORMOUSLY WELL-ATTENDED WEEK, A SOCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL WHIRLWIND OF EVENTS, SATELLITE FAIRS, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS AND LECTURES, ALL PROVIDING AN ENORMITY OF ART-RELATED CHOICES FOR COLLECTORS, BOTH NASCENT AND ESTABLISHED, AND THE GALLERY AND MUSEUM WORLD. COLLECTORS, MUSEUM CURATORS, AND AUCTION SPECIALISTS TRY TO ATTEND ONE IF NOT ALL OF THE SIGNIFICANT INTERNATIONAL FAIRS TO ANTICIPATE AND IDENTIFY THE PULSE OF THE MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET.

ART BASEL HAS LAUNCHED AN EXCITING NEW CROWDFUNDING INITIATIVE TO GENERATE SUPPORT FOR CAREFULLY SELECTED VISUAL PROJECTS WORLDWIDE PROPOSED BY NON-PROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. IT REPRESENTS, IN MY VIEW, AN EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF MODERN PATRONAGE AT A TIME WHEN PUBLIC FUNDING OF THE ARTS HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY LIMITED.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel
Hong Kong

I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED TO POST JESSICA HODIN’S GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS YEAR’S ART BASEL IN MIAMI. JESSICA HAS AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN THE ARTS IN BOTH ADVISORY AND CURATORIAL CAPACITIES AND NOW LENDS HER EXPERTISE TO ART BASEL’S CROWDFUNDING AS THE MANAGER OF THEIR INITIATIVE.

JESSICA, HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN ART? WERE YOUR PARENTS COLLECTORS OR DID YOU START, AS MANY OF US DID, WITH A DESIRE TO JOIN THE CREATIVE SIDE OF THE ARTS AS AN ARTIST?

Actually, neither, Leslie. It should be noted I have zero artistic abilities and even though, having grown up in New York City, I quite literally had the museums and galleries as my playgrounds, my parents did not collect. 

During high school, I became a total art history nerd after my first paper assignment on the subject “what is art” and writing my first art historical report on the great Fernand Leger. I perceived a grandeur and glamour in the nostalgia around the Impressionist and Modern era that fascinated me and developed an equivalent sentimentality for the Renaissance, Rococo, and Dutch Masters periods that all completely drew my curiosity. I was always amazed by the strong parallels that could be drawn between the art being produced in a certain time period and place and the living history, politics, and sociology of that same context. They are so intertwined. It wasn’t actually until graduate school that I really discovered Contemporary Art, the dynamic nature of the “arts business” and its accompanying “art world”.

UNLIMITED Art Basel Switzerland

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Art Basel Switzerland

WHAT IS YOUR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT IT HAS HELPED IN DIRECTING YOU TOWARDS YOUR CURRENT ADVISORY ROLE AS MANAGER OF ART BASEL’S CROWDFUNDING INITIATIVE?

I did the AP Art History track as a high school-er in New York and then majored in Art History at Dartmouth College. I then did my Masters Degree in Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. The best thing about this program was the exposure it brought to all sides of the art market. I knew I loved the art world but before going into the program I had no idea what roles out there were available and which ones I would like or even be good at. The Sotheby’s program gave us a very holistic view by bringing in all types of guest speakers who spoke from their real life experience in galleries, auction houses, art fairs, art storage and shipping, art insurance, art law, art appraising, and the artists themselves. It had the benefits of doing a short internship in every field. After experiencing the very corporate side of the art world working for an appraisals firm and then also experiencing the very entrepreneurial side, running my own gallery, I decided I wanted to be somewhere in the middle – I was trying to find that intersection between art and commerce, between academic curating and outright branding, something having to do with creative collaborations and also something connected to the art-making side of the art world. Art Basel’s Crowdfunding Initiative covers all of those aspects and more!

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, JESSICA WILL INFORM US OF THE SCOPE OF HER CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY. SHE HAS SO MUCH TO SHARE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HER PRESENCE AND ASK AWAY!

THANK YOU ALL!