Monthly Archives: January 2013

Two Legacies: Roman Abramovich purchases the John Stewart Collection

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have had a roller coaster year, having been tapped for France’s Monumenta 2013 commission, only to have that commission canceled early this fall. During the last week of November, word went out that the project – Gorod (City), … Continue reading

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“Pussy Riot: Punk Prayer,” honored at Sundance, and coming soon to HBO

Over the last year, the whole world seemed to be following the Pussy Riot case. From Madonna to Angela Merkel, the group found some pretty outspoken advocates. Now, with legal outs exhausted and two members in labor camps (one of … Continue reading

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The Art World readies itself for a Gulf Spring

Today in the Gulf News, the wonderful Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, founder of Sharjah’s Barjeel Art Foundation and one of the foremost political commentators of the region – read his Twitter stream here – published an opinion piece on the national … Continue reading

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With £500,000 at stake, the Plastov Award sets the art world to Googling

Who says all the Russian art money is wrapped up in Bacons and Hirsts…? Today, London will host the ceremony  for the Plastov Award. The award – which recognizes Russia’s still strong traditions of “realistic art,” in the spirit of Socialist Realist … Continue reading

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Radya, Taus and Biennales Galore: In Which We Get Excited about 2013

In today’s post on, Linda Yablonsky surveyed the opening of New York’s first post-Sandy season, which saw the triumphant return of galleries like David Zwirner, Casey Kaplan and Wallspace. Well, sort of triumphant. In Yablonsky’s words, all the openings … Continue reading

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Are you Barbarian? Curator Fulya Erdemci puts out a call for the 13th Istanbul Biennial

Yesterday, the Istanbul Biennial circulated a press release announcing the conceptual framework of its 13th edition, to run from September 14 – November 10, 2013. Curator Fulya Erdemci – who, as some may recall, was one of the curators of … Continue reading

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APERTO Gallery brings the spirit of Szeemann to St Petersburg

Today, the Pirogov Loft – home to St Petersburg’s newest creative cluster, The Quarter – will reopen to the public as APERTO Gallery, a new, independent art center and gallery that echoes its namesake – Harald Szeemann’s influential addition to … Continue reading

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Simon de Pury leaves Phillips to Mercury

Just weeks before the New Year, the inimitable Simon de Pury left the art world scratching his head as he announced he would be leaving Phillips de Pury – the auction house whose brand he helped to build, but which … Continue reading

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