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Art Basel 2014
Spray painting by Sterling Ruby at Art Basel 2014 (c) the artist

Art Basel 2014

Read about our favourites about Art Basel 2014.

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Art Basel Unlimited 2014 and 14 Rooms
Installation view of Carsten Nicolai (c) the artist

Art Basel Unlimited 2014 and 14 Rooms

Art Basel Unlimited 2914 and 14 Rooms - a great space for performance art!

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Ai Weiwei' s Evidence Show in Berlin
Ai Weiwei: Stools, 2014, 6000 wooden stools from Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), © Ai Weiwei, photo credit PAS

Ai Weiwei' s Evidence Show in Berlin

The largest Ai Weiwei show opened in Berlin' s Martin Gropius Bau.

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Georg Baselitz: 'Der neue Typ (Remix) / The New Type (Remix)' of 2005; oil on canvas; Albertina - Rheingold collection © Georg Baselitz (Foto: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin) © VBK, Vienna 2013

Baselitz Remix

The German painter repainted his own paintings for the 'Remix' show at the Albertina in Vienna, Austria.

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Work by Wade Guyton at 'Wade Guyton, Guyton/Walker, Kelley Walker' at Kunsthaus Bregenz 2013 (c) the artists

Guyton and Walker in Bregenz

Kunsthaus Bregenz devotes three floors to the contemporary masters of printing: Wade Guyton, Guyton/Walker and Kelley Walker.

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Viennafair 2013
Stefan Nikolaev: 'Repeat After Me', 2013, 9 x 90 cm (c) the artist courtesy of SARIEV Contemporary

Viennafair 2013

The most International art fair in Austria.

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Art Basel 2013
Installation view by Amalia Pica of 2008 - 2011 (c) the artist

Art Basel 2013

The gap between the first and the second floor at Art Basel is widening.

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55th Venice Biennale Keynote Show: The Encyclopedic Palace

55th Venice Biennale Keynote Show: The Encyclopedic Palace

Massimiliano Gioni curated the keynote show of the 55th Venice Biennale.

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Our Favorite Country Pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale Giardini (1)
Russian Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennale

Our Favorite Country Pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale Giardini (1)

Read about our favorite country pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Giardini (1st part).

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Our Favorite Country Pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale Giardini (2)
German pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale

Our Favorite Country Pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale Giardini (2)

Read about our favorite country pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale in the Giardini (2nd part).

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Our Favorite Works at  the 55th Venice Biennale Keynote Show  in  the Giardini
Maria Lassnig's paintings at the Giardini

Our Favorite Works at the 55th Venice Biennale Keynote Show in the Giardini

Well, we didn't really like Massimiliano Gioni's curatorial concept for the keynote show of the 55th Venice Biennale, but there are some great pieces in it.

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Studio Interview with Concept Artist Jonathan Monk
Jonathan Monk in his studio

Studio Interview with Concept Artist Jonathan Monk

'I like to think of myself as a chef in a small but fine restaurant. I have lots of sauce pans on the stove and must prevent them from burning.'

 

                                                                            Jonathan Monk

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Interview with Mega-Collector Mera Rubell, Miami
Don and Mera Rubell (c) by Simon Hare and Whitewall Magazine courtesy of RFC, Miami

Interview with Mega-Collector Mera Rubell, Miami

Miami-based Rubell Family Collection is one of the largest collections of contemporary art.

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Interview with dOCUMENTA(13) Artist Rabih Mroué
Rabih Mroué (c) PAS

Interview with dOCUMENTA(13) Artist Rabih Mroué

UGL talks with the Lebanese artist about his installation at dOCUMENTA(13) and the Arab Spring. 

 

Rabih Mroué says, 'It is like a war against the camera, or against the image. '

 

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Frieze Plays a Double in Regent's Park, London
Andreas Gursky: 'Dubai World II' (2007) at White Cube, London, Frieze London 2012 Photograph by Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

Frieze Plays a Double in Regent's Park, London

Frieze adds with Frieze Masters another tent to its contemporary art fair in London.

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Art Basel 2012
Reenactment of Marina Abramovic's 'Imponderabilia' (c) the artist, photo by PAS

Art Basel 2012

Art Basel is once again my favourite art fair!

 

 

UGL.

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dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany

dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany

Curator Carolyn Christof-Bakargiev realizes her own vision of an extended definition of contemporary art.

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Best of dOCUMENTA(13)
Giuseppe Penone 'Idee di Pietra' of 2010 (c) the artist, photo by PAS

Best of dOCUMENTA(13)

Read about our personal favourite works from dOCUMENTA(13)!

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7th Berlin Biennale: How (Not) to Be Good.
Protest booth at KW (c) PAS

7th Berlin Biennale: How (Not) to Be Good.

The curators focused on important political issues, but failed to show enough convincing art.

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(c) Damien Hirst courtesy by Tate Modern

Hirst at Tate Modern

The fist retrospective of YBA-frontman Damien Hirst in UK.

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Lucien Freud's Portraits at National Portrait Gallery, London
Lucien Freud: 'Two Irishmen in W11, 1984-5'Copyright: Private Collection, Ireland © The Lucian Freud Archive. Photo: Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive

Lucien Freud's Portraits at National Portrait Gallery, London

'I've always wanted to create drama in my pictures, which is why I paint people. It's people who have brought drama to pictures from the beginning. The simplest human gestures tell stories.'

 

Lucien Freud (1922 - 2011)

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Gerhard Richter Turns 80 and Has a Retrospective in Berlin
Gerhard Richter Seestück (See-See), 1970 200 x 200 cm, Öl auf Leinwand Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © Gerhard Richter, 2012

Gerhard Richter Turns 80 and Has a Retrospective in Berlin

Über-painter Gerhard Richter celebrates his 80th birthday with 'Panorama' - a large-scale retrospective at Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany.

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David Shrigley Shows 'Brain Activity' at Hayward Gallery, London
David Shrigley, Untitled, 2012. Ink on paper. © The artist, courtesy by G. Yvon Lambert

David Shrigley Shows 'Brain Activity' at Hayward Gallery, London

The first major retrospective in the UK for Mr. Shrigley's dark humor.

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Wilhelm Sasnal at Haus der Kunst in Munich
Wilhelm Sasnal: 'Kacper', 2009, Oil on canvas, © the Artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Wilhelm Sasnal at Haus der Kunst in Munich

A great show by the young conceptional painter from Poland.

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Maurizio Cattelan Hangs 'All' in the Guggenheim Rotunda
Installation view: Maurizio Cattelan: All, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, November 4, 2011 - January 22, 2012 Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Maurizio Cattelan Hangs 'All' in the Guggenheim Rotunda

The Italian provocateur allegedly retires from art with the end of his retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York.

 

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Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) 2011: About Painting
abc 2011 at Station Berlin (c) PAS

Art Berlin Contemporary (abc) 2011: About Painting

abc offers an interesting alternative to the regular brand name art fairs with its hybrid format of curated museum show and art fair.

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Helmut Lang: 'Make It Hard'
Helmut Lang: 'Make It Hard' installation view of 2011 (c) the artist courtesy of Fireplace Project

Helmut Lang: 'Make It Hard'

Retired fashion designer Helmut Lang makes a clear cut with his fashion past for his art show in the Hamptons.

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Art Basel 2011: So, This Is Contemporary?
A bronce by Sylvie Fleurie at Art Basel 2011

Art Basel 2011: So, This Is Contemporary?

I found this year's Art Basel a little disappointing, as many young talents from Venice were missing.

 

U.G.L.

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Art Basel Unlimited 2011
Jason Rhoades: ‘Untitled (From the body of work: My Madinah: in pursuit of my ermitage…) of 2004; 96 neon phrases, 96 coloured Plexiglas panels, 96 transformers, 96 metal hooks, wire and cable, dimensions vary © the artist, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and D

Art Basel Unlimited 2011

The curated 'Art Basel Unlimited' section was again very good!

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Cyprien Gaillard 'The Recovery of Discovery' at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin
Installation view of Cyprien Gaillard's 'The Recovery of Discovery' of 2011

Cyprien Gaillard 'The Recovery of Discovery' at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin

The young French artist did his first large scale installation in Berlin.

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Protests for the Release of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Persist
Ai Weiwei Missing Poster in a Hong Kong Gallery Window (c) Premier Art Scene

Protests for the Release of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Persist

Even in Hong Kong up to 2,000 protesters marched for the release of the Chinese artist.

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George Condo's Mental States at the New Museum in New York
George Condo, Uncle Joe, 2005. Oil on canvas, 53 x 46 in (134.6 x 116.8 cm). Private collection. Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery. © George Condo 2010

George Condo's Mental States at the New Museum in New York

Meet the strange characters of the surreal universe of George Condo - it's great!

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Elmgreen & Dragset: 'Celebrity - The One and the Many'
Elmgreen & Dragset: 'Celebrity – The One & The Many'; An exhibition at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art; Exhibtion view © Elmgreen & Dragset; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010; photo: ONUK

Elmgreen & Dragset: 'Celebrity - The One and the Many'

Frustration is the star of the show by the two Scandinavian artists.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2010
John Chamberlain | Piquanteagle, 2009 | Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco (c) the artist courtesy MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd

Art Basel Miami Beach 2010

Art Basel's sister fair opened its doors in Miami Beach for the 9th time.

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Carsten Höller's Search for Soma in Berlin
Carsten Höller: 'Soma'; Installation view; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2010 © VG Bild-Kunst 2010 / Carsten Höller, Foto: Attilio Maranzano

Carsten Höller's Search for Soma in Berlin

The Belgium-born artist does a large-scale tableaux-vivant installation at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

 

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The Red Bulli. Stephen Shore and the Düsseldorf School of Photography.
Stephen Shore: 'Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida', November 17, 1977 Courtesy Stephen Shore/Aperture Foundation

The Red Bulli. Stephen Shore and the Düsseldorf School of Photography.

This great show investigates the connection between the American photographer and the German Becher School.

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Installation view of Ai Weiwei's 'Sunflower Seeds' at Tate Modern 2010 (c) the artist; photo by PAS

Ai Weiwei at Tate Modern

The Chinese concept artist had more than 100 million sunflower seeds (hand)made of porcelain and put them on the floor of the Turbine Hall.

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Frieze Art Fair 2010
Installation view 'Butterfly' of 2007, wall object made of neon tubes, 3550 cm x 650 cm / 11.5 x 20.10 ft. by Daniel Firman (c) by the artist; photo by PAS

Frieze Art Fair 2010

The coming of age of the formerly youngest and wildest art fair in London.

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Liverpool Biennial 2010: 'Touched'
Sachiko Abe, 2010, performance (c) by the artist; photo by Alex Wolkowicz all courtesy Liverpool Biennial 2010

Liverpool Biennial 2010: 'Touched'

Lorenzo Fusi curated the 6th Liverpool Biennial and is looking for art that touches the viewer.

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Thomas Schütte: 'Big Buildings - Models and Views'
Thomas Schütte: 'Model for a Hotel', 2007, glas, aluminum, steel, installation view, Bundeskunsthalle 2010, Foto: David Ertl, Köln © by the artist and courtesy Bundeskunsthalle, Bon

Thomas Schütte: 'Big Buildings - Models and Views'

German Bundeskunsthalle devotes a large show to the renowned post-modern sculptor and drawer.

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Rineke Dijkstra at Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC
Rineke Dijkstra: Still from 'The Krazy House, Liverpool, UK, 2008-2009', 4 channel video HD installation, Color, sound, 32 minutes, loop (c) by the artist courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Rineke Dijkstra at Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC

The Dutch photographer returns to video after 15 years of portrait photography.

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British Concept Artist Liam Gillick in Bonn, Germany
Liam Gillick: 'Status following closure', of 2008; powder-coated aluminum, Plexiglas; 300cm x 200cm x 30cm; (c) the artist; courtesy Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

British Concept Artist Liam Gillick in Bonn, Germany

Bundeskunsthalle of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn shows works of recent 20 years.

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Rivane Neuenschwandner's Interactive Concept Art from Brazil
Rivane Neuschwander: 'I wish your wish' of 2003; made of printed textile ribbons; dimensions vaiable (c) the artist; courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and New Museum, NYC

Rivane Neuenschwandner's Interactive Concept Art from Brazil

New Museum in New York shows impressive works from recent 10 years.

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F... Dancing - Let's Art (Basel)!
Mario Merz: 'Pytagoras' Haus' of 1994; installation of mixed media; (c) by the artist courtesy of Konrad Fischer Galerie; Photo by Premier Art Scene

F... Dancing - Let's Art (Basel)!

This year, there was a lot of minimal and postminimal art on the most important contemporary art fair in the world.

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Design Miami / Basel 2010
Installation view Galerie Kreo (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Design Miami / Basel 2010

Director Ambra Medda opened the 5th edition of the fair for limited edition design here in Basel, Switzerland.

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'Sexuality and Transcendence' at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
Exhibition view of Takashi Murakami: 'Hiropon', 1997 © by the artist; courtesy PinchukArtCentre; Photo by Markus Tretter

'Sexuality and Transcendence' at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev

A group show in Kiev, Ukraine, with 19 International artists about this issue.

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Viennafair 2010
Hermann Kremsmayer: 'Ohne Titel' 2010, oil, acryl, sand, canvas; courtesy by Witschi Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland © by the artist

Viennafair 2010

The 6th edition of the contemporary art fair in Vienna, Austria, focused on Central and Eastern European art.

 

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Navid Nuur 'The Value of Void' at Fridericianum
Navid Nuur: 'Another window in my studio...', 2008-2009 (c) the artist, courtesy Gallery van Zomeren and Gallery Plan B

Navid Nuur 'The Value of Void' at Fridericianum

The young conceptual artist has an excellent museum show in Kassel, Germany.

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Neo Rauch in Leipzig and Munich, Germany
Neo Rauch: 'Wahl (Election)', 1998, 300 x 200 cm, Acquired by PIN., 2003; © BAYERISCHE STAATSGEMäLDESAMMLUNGEN | PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE / VG BILD-KUNST, BONN 2010

Neo Rauch in Leipzig and Munich, Germany

The leading figure of the School of Leipzig turns 50.

That is why 2 German museums devote to him a mid-career-retrospective.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson Retrospecitve at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French 1908-2004); 'Juvisy, France' 1938; Gelatin silver print, printed in 1947, 9 1/8 x 13 11/16in. / 23.3 x 34.8 cm; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the photographer; (c) 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, cour

Henri Cartier-Bresson Retrospecitve at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC

A large scale retrospective of the classic French photographer in New York.

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Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting
Ed Ruscha: 'The Old Tech-Chem Building*, 2003, Courtesy The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, © Ed Ruscha, 2009; Photography: Paul Ruscha

Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting

After London, the master of the Californian Cool School stops now in Munich.

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Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Installation view of Marina Abramovic’s performance The Artist Is Present at The Museum of Modern Art, 2010. Photo by Scott Rudd. © 2010 Marina Abramovic. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

'The Artist is Present' is a great retrospective of the pioneer of performance art. Ms. Abramovic is performing herself continously during the museum opening hours.

 

Certainly, one of the best shows this year!

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Rudolf Stingel at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany
Rudolf Stingel: 'LIVE', 2010 Installation view 3 photo: David von Becker © Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie

Rudolf Stingel at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany

The conceptual artist desecrates Mies van der Rohe's shrine of modernity.

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William Kentridge at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
William Kentridge: ‘Self-Portrait (Testing the Library)’; 1998; Charcoal on paper, 26 x 20” (66 x 51 cm); Collection of Brenda Potter and Michael Sandler; © 2010 William Kentridge. Photo: courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

William Kentridge at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

A great show of the South-African master of drawing and animated short-films!

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Whitney Biennial 2010 in New York
(c) George Condo: 'Integrated Forms (Birnam Wood)' 2009 Oil and pastel on linen 80 x 60 inches 203.2 x 152.4 cm

Whitney Biennial 2010 in New York

This time it is a very personal Biennial.

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Armory Art Fair 2010 in New York
Michelangelo Pistoletto: ‘Two Less One’ of 2009, golden wood, mirror of 2009; courtesy Galleria Continua © photo by Premier Art Scene

Armory Art Fair 2010 in New York

A surprising sign of success from the US art market.

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Tino Sehgal at the Guggeneim Museum in New York
Guggenheim Museum New York (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Tino Sehgal at the Guggeneim Museum in New York

For the 50th anniversary the Guggenheim New York devotes a one-man show to this young performance artist.

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Jeff Koons Curated the Dakis Joannou Collection at the New Museum in New York
Jeff Koons: 'One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank', 1985, Glass, iron, water and basketball; 64 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches / 164 x 77 x 34 cm (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Jeff Koons Curated the Dakis Joannou Collection at the New Museum in New York

Dakis Joannou shows his collection for the first time in a US museum.

Artist Jeff Koons curated this exhibition in the museum that devoted himself the first museum show in 1981.

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Christoph Büchel Invited Swinger Club into Secession, Vienna
Christoph Büchel Secession outside installation view 2010 (c) photo courtesy of Secession Vienna

Christoph Büchel Invited Swinger Club into Secession, Vienna

The Swiss artist invited for his installation the swinger club 'Element6' into the historic Secession exhibition hall - quite a scandal.

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Luc Tuymans Retrospective in San Francisco
Luc Tuymans, Der diagnostische Blick V, (The Diagnostic View V), 1992; oil on canvas; 22 7/8 x 16 1/2 in. (58.1 x 41.9 cm); Private collection; © Luc Tuymans; photo: courtesy Zeno X Gallery

Luc Tuymans Retrospective in San Francisco

The first museum retrospective  of the Belgian master in the US.

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Rodney Graham twice in Barcelona
Rodney Graham: 'Lenz Reading Machine for Lenz' 1993, Collectió MACBA. Fundació Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Dipósit particular, (c) Rodney Graham 2009

Rodney Graham twice in Barcelona

Two shows in Barcelona focus on the complex work of the Canadian concept artist.

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Subodh Gupta and Serhiy Bratkov at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev/Ukraine
Subodh Gupta and his work 'Only one tiffin'; photograph provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2010. Photographed by Sergei Illin

Subodh Gupta and Serhiy Bratkov at Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev/Ukraine

The two shows focus on the shifting of national identity and cultural change.

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Animamix - A Trend or a Brand?
Angelo Volpe: 'He kept silent', 2009, oil on canvas, 100 x 70 x 2 cm (c) by the artist

Animamix - A Trend or a Brand?

Four museums in China and Taiwan hosted the 2nd Animamix Biennial.

 

Is it a current art movement, or is it a brand name?

 

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Pierre Soulages, Painter of Black and Light, in Paris
Pierre Soulages: 'Peinture 260 x 202 cm, 19 juin1963', Huile sur toile, Collection Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Diffusion RMN; © Adagp, Paris 2009

Pierre Soulages, Painter of Black and Light, in Paris

Put on your black turtleneck and go to see this retrospective from his early work in the late 1940s until today.

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Gabriel Orozco's retrospective at the MoMA, New York
Gabriel Orozco. (Mexican, born 1962); My Hands Are My Heart. 1991; Two silver dye bleach prints, Each 9 1/8 x 12 ½” (23.2 x 31.8 cm); Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; ©2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco's retrospective at the MoMA, New York

MoMA devotes a midcareer retrospective 16 years after his first exhibition there to the Mexican concept artist.

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Chinese Superstar Artist Ai Weiwei in Munich
Ai Weiwei: 'So Sorry'show in Munich (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Chinese Superstar Artist Ai Weiwei in Munich

'Art ought to be a tool, or carriage for conveying information.'

(Ai Weiwei)

 

For me the best one-man-show in 2009!

(U. G.)

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2009
(c) Franz West: 'Lying Knot', 2008, sculpture, courtesy by Gagosian gallery and MCH

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

We still recommend ABMB: It became less a place for a party trip, rahter than a place to buy great art.

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'Hanging Fire: Art from Pakistan' at NYC's Asia Society Museum
Adeela Suleman: Feroza (Turquoise), 2005. Aluminum cooking utensil, spoons, and aluminum jar (burni), hand painted; inside padded with foam and cloth. (c) Photograph by Artists Documentation

'Hanging Fire: Art from Pakistan' at NYC's Asia Society Museum

The show provides an interesting overview about this young art scene.

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Frieze Art Fair 2009 in London
Lisa Yuskavage: 'Piggyback Ride', 2009, oil on canvas, 152 x 127 cm / 60 x 50'', courtesy of Greengrassi Gallery, London (c) photo by Premier Art Scene
'No Love Lost: Blue Paintings' by Damien Hirst in London
'No Love Lost: Blue Paintings by Damien Hirst' 2006 - 2008, oil on canvas, (c) photography by Billie Scheepers c. Damien Hirst. All rights reserved;courtesy of Wallace Collection

'No Love Lost: Blue Paintings' by Damien Hirst in London

Hirst ended most of his well sold work series and returned to oil & canvas.

On show in the wonderful Wallace Collection in London.

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Fisher Collection goes to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Andy Warhol: 'Triple Elvis', 1962; acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas; 82" x 118"; Doris and Donald Fisher Collection; © Andy WaSFMOMArhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York / courtesy

Fisher Collection goes to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Fisher family gives their impressive collection to their hometown museum.

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Israel's biennial: ArtTLV 09 in Tel Aviv
Shelly Federman: 'Aberstein', 2009, detail of video installtion (c) Shelly Federman

Israel's biennial: ArtTLV 09 in Tel Aviv

It is a difficult job to organize a biennial in Israel.

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Thomas Demand shows German Images in Berlin
Thomas Demand: 'Badezimmer / Bathroom', 1997, C-Print / Diasec, 160 x 120 cm (c) Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009

Thomas Demand shows German Images in Berlin

The German concept photographer shows 40 works of (fake) German Images at the Nationalgalerie.

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Richard Avedon: 'Photographs 1946 - 2004' in San Francisco
Richard Avedon: 'Self-portrait', Provo, Utah, August 20, 1980; © 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation courtesy of SFMOMA

Richard Avedon: 'Photographs 1946 - 2004' in San Francisco

A great retrospective with 200 photographs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Dash Snow: Selfportrait, poster of 'A Community Memorial' show at Deitch Projects, NYC courtesy of Deitch Projetcs

Dash Snow died in NY

The young artist died from a drug overdose in New York City.

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Jeff Koons' 'Popeye' series at Serpentine Gallery, London
Jeff Koons: 'Ceterpillar Ladder' 2003 (c) Jeff Koons courtesy Serpentine Gallery

Jeff Koons' 'Popeye' series at Serpentine Gallery, London

The king of Kitsch art shows very mature work in London.

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Richard Long at Tate Britain, London
Richard Long: 'Stone Line' 1980, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (c) the artist photo credit by Tate photography courtesy of Tate Britain

Richard Long at Tate Britain, London

For more than 40 years this artist's boots are walking in cicles, lines and squares.

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Elizabeth Peyton at Whitechapel Gallery, London
(c) Elizabeth Peyton: 'Craig' 1997, oil on canvas, collection of David Tieger, partial gift to the Museum of Modern Art New York, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ and Gavin Browns Enterprise

Elizabeth Peyton at Whitechapel Gallery, London

70 decorative & colorful celebrity paintings by the American painter.

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Iran Inside Out at Chelsea Art Museum, New York
Negar Ahkami: 'The Source', acrylic and glitter on gessoed panel, 2009 (c) Negar Ahkami. Courtesy Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery

Iran Inside Out at Chelsea Art Museum, New York

The Chelsea Art Museum shows an interesting show of  Iranian artists living inside and outside Iran.

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David Hockney Shows Yorkshire Countryside in German Countryside
David Hockney: 'Bigger Trees at Warter III' of 2008 (c) courtesy by Kunsthalle Würth

David Hockney Shows Yorkshire Countryside in German Countryside

The painter turns to landscapes of his origin: Yorkshire.

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Design Miami/Basel 2009
Marc Newson at the booth of Parr Studios (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Design Miami/Basel 2009

The design satellite fair to Art Basel.

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Art Basel 2009
Mark Handforth, 'Platz', 2007 courtesy by Galerie Presenhuber, Zurich (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Art Basel 2009

The world's most important art fair for contemporary art.

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Art Basel Unlimited 2009
Fiona Tan 'A Lapse of Memory' of 2007 courtesy by Frith Street Gallery, London (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Art Basel Unlimited 2009

The 10th edition of Art Basel's curated section.

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Volta5 in Basel
Olaf Brezeski: ‘Dream – Sponatanous Combustion’, resin and soot, courtesy Czarna Gallery, Warsaw © photo by Premier Art Scene

Volta5 in Basel

I consider Volta5 the best satellite fair to this year's Art Basel.

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Scope  Basel 2009
Commenius Roethlisverger & Admir Jahic: 'Star Wars Kid' detail of installation of 2009 (c)

Scope Basel 2009

The chain of golbal satellite art fairs stops in Basel for the third year.

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Liste Art Fair 2009
Sopie Bueno-Bouteiller: 'Untitled' acrylic on canvas, 2009 courtesy Circus Galerie, Berlin (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Liste Art Fair 2009

The young springboard art fair to Art Basel.

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53rd Venice Biennial - This Year's Highlight
(c) Premier Art Scene

53rd Venice Biennial - This Year's Highlight

Daniel Birnbaum made an excellent exhibition titled 'Fare Mondi // Making Worlds'.

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Venice Biennale's Own Pavilion in the Giardini
Tomas Saraceneo: ‘Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strand’s of a Spider’s Web’ of 2009 © photo by Premier Art Scene

Venice Biennale's Own Pavilion in the Giardini

The first part of 'Making Worlds // Fare Mondi' in the Giardini park.

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Venice Biennale's Country Pavilions in the Giardini Park
'The Collectors' curated by Elmgreen and Dragset / Nordic pavilion (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Venice Biennale's Country Pavilions in the Giardini Park

Our selection of country pavilions in the Giardini park.

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Venice Bienniale's Arsenale
Paul Chan: 'Sade for Sade's Sake' of 2009 (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Venice Bienniale's Arsenale

The second part of the 'Making Worlds // Fare Mondi' exhibition and more country pavilions in the Arsenale area.

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Venice Biennale's offsite pavilions
Installation view of the Ukraninian pavilion 'Steppes of Dreamers' by Illya Chichkan and Mihara Yasuhiro (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Venice Biennale's offsite pavilions

Official country contributions spread out over the city of Venice.

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Venice Biennale's Collateral Events ('Eventi Collaterali')
'SubTiziano' by Alexander Ponomarev (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Venice Biennale's Collateral Events ('Eventi Collaterali')

Biennale events, who are not official country contributions, but are accepted by the Biennale's curators to join.

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Golden Lion for Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono: 'Shadow Piece' (c) photo by Premier Art Scene

Golden Lion for Yoko Ono

The 53rd Biennale di Venezia honours a key figure of minimal and concept art.

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François Pinault's New Museum in Venice
Punta della Dogana (c) Premier Art Scene

François Pinault's New Museum in Venice

French mega collector François Pinault opens his second museum in Venice, Italy, with a selection of his prestigous collection.

 

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William Eggleston's Paris
Untitled, Paris series, 2006-2008 (c) Eggleston Artistic Trust courtesy Cheim and Read, New York

William Eggleston's Paris

'You are not quite sure: Is this Paris, Mexico City, elsewhere?

I did not change my style for Paris.'

                                                           W. Eggleston

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Robert Longo: Surrendering the Absolutes
Untitled (The Sound of Speed and Light), 2009, Charcoal on mounted paper, (MP# D-973), (c) Robert Longo courtesy by Metro Pictures, NYC

Robert Longo: Surrendering the Absolutes

New black charcoal drawings in New York.

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Viennafair 2009
(c) 2META Group: 'Sousveillance' 2009, interactive video projection

Viennafair 2009

The art fair in Vienna, Austria, with a special focus on East European art.

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I am worried about Damien Hirst.
Floating Skull, 2006, oil on canvas(C) by Damien Hirst; photo by Sergey Illin courtesy of the Pinchuk Art Centre

I am worried about Damien Hirst.

How fed up must he be with his own work?

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Damien Hirst Retrospective at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine
Death Denied 2008 glass, steel, shark, acrylic and formadehyde solution (C) by Damien Hirst, photo (C) by Sergey Illin courtesy of the Pinchuk Art Centre

Damien Hirst Retrospective at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine

Mega collector Viktor Pinchuk brings with 'Requiem' a very large Damien Hirst retrospective to Kiev, Ukraine.

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Art Brussels 2009
(c) Wim Delvoy courtesy Deweer Gallery

Art Brussels 2009

The art fair in Europe's administrative capital.

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Christopher Wool at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne
(c) Courtesy of Christopher Wool and Luhring Augustine, NY

Christopher Wool at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne

The Ludwig Museum shows an interesting retrospective.

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Gerhard Richter's Portraits
'Betty' by Gerhard Richter, 1988, Saint Louis Art Museum, (c) Gerhard Richter, 2009

Gerhard Richter's Portraits

Richter shows his conceptual portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London, GB.

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Art Cologne 2009: A Step in the Right Direction
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: 'Halbakt mit erhobenen Armen' ('Halfnude with raised arms') courtesy Henze & Ketterer Gallery / art cologne

Art Cologne 2009: A Step in the Right Direction

Director Daniel Hug has moved the mother of all art fairs a step into the right direction.

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Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings
Gerhard Richter: 'Bach' ('Stream'), 1992, Oil on Canvass, 300 x 300 cm Moderna Museet, Stockholm © Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter: Abstract Paintings

'Non-representational painting, however, is always difficult to describe; I think it is quite similar to music.'       Gerhard Richter

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Dana Schutz Shows at Zach Feuer, NYC
Speech, 2009 (C) Dana Schutz courtesy Zach Feuer, NYC

Dana Schutz Shows at Zach Feuer, NYC

The top brand name of 'Young Columbia Artists' ( © UGL) shows new paintings at Zach Feuer gallery, NYC.

 

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Armory Art Fair 2009 New York
UGL (C) Kenny Scharf courtesy Paul Kamsin Gallery

Armory Art Fair 2009 New York

Is OK good enough?

 

 

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Vanessa Beecroft 's Performance VB64 at Deitch Projects Gallery, Long Island City
(C) Vanessa Beecroft courtesy Deitch Gallery

Vanessa Beecroft 's Performance VB64 at Deitch Projects Gallery, Long Island City

Vanessa Beecroft focuses in her first performance in New York since 2000 on the heritage of classic sculpture.

 

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(C) Karley Klopfenstein courtesy Charest-Weinberg Gallery

Scope Art Fair 2009 NYC

Satellite art fair to the Armory with young art.

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Volta New York 2009
(C) David Kramer courtesy Aeroplastics Gallery

Volta New York 2009

The curated art fair accompanying the Armory art fair.

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Martin Kippenberger at the MoMA New York
© Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Martin Kippenberger at the MoMA New York

The first major retrospective in the US of the German trickster.

 

'Hide, discover, paint it over or mislead.'  M. Kippenberger, 1996

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Hanne Darboven 1941 - 2009
(C) Hanne Darboven courtesy Edition Schellmann

Hanne Darboven 1941 - 2009

The grand dame of minimal and concept art died 9th March 2009 in the age of 67 from cancer in her hometown Hamburg-Hartberg, Germany.

 

She was one of my favourite artists.

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Pulse Art Fair 2009 New York
UGL © Liliana Porter courtesy Carrie Secrist Gallery

Pulse Art Fair 2009 New York

A large satellite fair to the Armory art fair.

 

There were some interesting positions.

 

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Gerhard Richter from Private Collections
Gerhard Richter: Motorboot (1. Fassung) / Motorboat (1st Version), 1965 © Private Collection

Gerhard Richter from Private Collections

This restrospective provides an excellent overview on the work of the conceptual master.

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Frieze Art Fair London 2008: The art market bubble is bursting.
UGL (C) Liz Craft courtesy Patrick Painter Gallery

Frieze Art Fair London 2008: The art market bubble is bursting.

How does the trendy Frieze Art Fair in London in its first year of the economic crisis?

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Turner Prize 2008 goes to Marck Leckey
UGL (C) Marck Leckey

Turner Prize 2008 goes to Marck Leckey

I cannot even say I don't like his work - it just bores me to death.

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A Chat with Jonathan Meese
© UGL

A Chat with Jonathan Meese

A Chat with Jonathan Meese

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Scope Art Fair London 2008
(C) UGL

Scope Art Fair London 2008

There were some interesting works at the remote location of a cricket field.

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Zoo Art Fair London 2008
(C) Alejandro Diaz courtesy The Happy Lion gallery

Zoo Art Fair London 2008

The curated non-profit show did not have many highlights.

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Art Basel 2008
© UGL

Art Basel 2008

Art Basel 2008: Again the Highlight of the Year

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Art Cologne 2008
© UGL

Art Cologne 2008

Art Cologne 2008: Not a world class art fair – But better than its reputation!

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Vienna Fair 2008
© UGL: Sodom by Gilbert & George courtesy Ropac Gallery

Vienna Fair 2008

Vienna Fair 2008: The art fair focussing on Central and Eastern European Art

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