Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Oct. 31 – Nov. 6)

  • Cornell Art Museum Launches 2017-18 Season with a newly renovated interior

On October 17, The Cornell Art Museum opened its doors after a $1 million facelift.  The Museum re-opens the evening of November 8th to celebrate the new design which better showcases the innovative, contemporary art that defines each exhibit, while honoring the historic character of this 1913 building.

Peter Symons, Invisible Quilt, part of the exhibition Looking Glass, courtesy the Cornell Art Museum

  • New exhibition opens in New York exploring the detritus of late-capitalism

This dystopian tone also characterizes Police State Condo, a series of sculptural print works. Security cameras, TSA checkpoints, and ATM machines blend with designer fabrics and penthouse views to create ominous vignettes reminiscent of advertisements for high-end apartments. For Monaghan, who grew up in Queens, this series is a response to the rampant luxury development in New York.

Jonathan Monaghan, Pumpkin Spice, 2017, Powder-coated steel, faux fur, MDF, 42 x 42 x 1.5 in / 106.7 x 106.7 x 3.8 cm, Edition of 3, 1 AP

  •  ‘Queer Art(ists) Now’ and ‘Notes on Queerness’ explore what the contested term can mean for a future UK identity:

In the context of this apparent mainstreaming of what some may feel is an inherently outlying category, two exhibitions at artist-led spaces look at what the amorphous, contested term ‘queer’ might mean for artists in the UK. The recent ‘Queer Art(ists) Now’ at Archive Gallery, London, was an open submission exhibition. Its avowed intention was to attempt an insight into how the aesthetics, ideas and politics of queer artists might be finding expression through their practices in 2017. Or, as its publicity put it, to open “a window on what the fuck is going on”.

Jake Moore, still taken from ‘Beyond the Water’s Edge’, computer animation, 2017. Copyright: the artist. Courtesy: the artist

  • The Prince Claus Fund announces its Laureates for 2017:

Documentary filmmaker Vincent Carelli (Brazil) and new media designer and environmentalist Ma Jun (China) will jointly receive the Principal Prince Claus Award from HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands on 6 December. 

Five additional Prince Claus Awards will be presented to: Khadija Al-Salami (documentary filmmaker, Yemen), L’Art Rue (public art association, Tunisia), Brigitte Baptiste (scientist & environmentalist, Colombia), Amar Kanwar (visual artist, India), and Diébédo Francis Kéré(architect, Burkina Faso).

  • New Yves Saint Laurent Museum opens in Marrakesh:

Situated on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, adjacent to the Majorelle Garden (where the former studio of Jacques Majorelle is today a museum dedicated to Berber culture), the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech offers a significant selection from this collection, including key pieces from the designer’s late work.

Façade du musée, © Fondation Jardin Majorelle / Photo Nicolas Mathéus

Façade du musée, © Fondation Jardin Majorelle / Photo Nicolas Mathéus

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