Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Oct. 16-23)

  • Swiss & South American cultural presents «COINCIDENCIA», a programme which aims to foster cultural exchanges between Swiss and South American arts professionals, to give rise to new partnerships, and to enable South American platforms to present Swiss arts:

 The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helevtia is supporting IMPRESIONARTE, the Editorial Fair (print) of Chile held in Museum of Contemporary Art of Chile in its second version, also support 2 Swiss artists within the context of the 13th Media Arts Biennial of Chile. Is supporting as well the double residency between ALMA and ArtCERN, among other projects.

Daniel Rozin, Looking Glass MIRROR, Daniel Rozin, courtesy the Cornell Art Museum

  • Auction for Grenfell Tower survivors raises £1.9m; National Portrait Gallery’s competition for expansion:

Sotheby’s auction to help survivors of Grenfell Tower fire raises over £1.9 million Tracey Emin’s neon work Loving You More raised £135,000, while the artist’s proof of an edition of Wolfgang Tillmans’ deep green abstract Freischwimmer 193 raised £320,000. Other works in the 31-lot sale included Tacita Dean’s Lay the Dust with Tears, a charcoal on paper work which was created especially for the sale.

Tracey Emin, Loving You More, 2015

  Omer Fast’s current solo exhibition at James Cohan’s Chinatown space has encountered fierce protests by community groups for creating “poverty porn.” In response, a statement by the artist, released by the James Cohan Gallery, said: “I’m not surprised there have been critical reactions. I completely understand people’s need to push back. We all have unseemly baggage, racist and otherwise, that needs to be sorted through. We all overstep bounds and must shine a light on our darker hypocrisies, myself included.”

Omer Fast has transformed the James Cohan Gallery into a Chinatown shop or bus-company waiting room with broken A.T.M.s and a shabby facade. Credit Phoebe d’Heurle

  • Stockholm’s Magasin III Will Open a New Space in Israel Next Year

Early next year, Stockholm’s “hard to find, easy to love” contemporary art exhibition space Magasin III will open a long-awaited satellite location in Jaffa, a historical port town in the south of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Magasin III Jaffa is slated to open in mid-January, 2018, after an extensive revamp overseen by Karmit Galili, a curator and Magasin III Jaffa’s general manager-to-be.

Magasin III

  • A new exhibition opens  shedding light on the relationship between Dalí & Duchamp, focusing on their friendship, reports Artnet:

“Dalí/ Duchamp” is a curiosity, exploring the friendship and chains of influence between what, to contemporary eyes, seems an unlikely pairing. The senior by 17 years, Marcel Duchamp met Salvador Dalí through the surrealist group in Paris in the early 1930s, and the pair remained close until the French artist’s death in 1968. Photographs show them holidaying together in Cadaqués in the 1930s: Dalí flamboyant as ever, mugging for the camera in a patterned beach robe; Duchamp quiet, pale, smiling. They look like they’re having fun.

Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel (1913, 6th version 1964). Photo ©Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada / ©Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017.

  • Agnieszka Polska Wins Germany’s National Gallery Prize for Young Artist:

The Berlin-based artist follows in the footsteps of Anne Imhof and Omer Fast. The Polish-born, Berlin-based artist Agnieszka Polska has won Germany’s Preis der Nationalgalerie (National Gallery Prize), announced on Friday within the exhibition concourse hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. One of Germany’s most prestigious art prizes, it is awarded every two years to an artist under the age of 40 who lives and works in the German capital. Polska won the juried prize and an audience award will be announced in January 2018.

Agnieszka Polska, winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017. Photo:

Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines by Dorian Batycka (Associate Editor, D/Railed Contemporary Art Mag)

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