Centre Pompidou plans its global expansion

Alain Seban, at the Pompidou Metz, wants to send the collection to museums, universities, even malls

The Centre Pompidou is planning to expand abroad with a chain of outposts to carry the French institution’s brand. According to The Art Newspaper, Alain Seban, president of the Centre Pompidou plans “to establish a network of sites, each measuring around 2,000 sq. m to 3,000 sq. m, for periods of between three and five years.”

Exact locations have not been confirmed but Seban is targeting Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

“This is a strategy for expanding internationally into territories that can aim to create their own contemporary art brands. Countries such as China, India and Brazil, for instance, can develop such brands in the future.” Such ventures abroad would require a “fee” to facilitate funding, Seban says.

Back in 2007, the Centre Pompidou announced plans to open a Shanghai branch in 2010 but the foreign institution had trouble working around the legal framework for non-profits in China.

To read the complete article, please visit: www.theartnewspaper.com

Tally Beck Contemporary celebrates Frieze Week with opening of new photography show by Prabir Purkayastha

Prabir Purkayastha, The Pilgrim, Ladakh, 1999, archival Epson digital paper, 20 x 30 in, edition of 8 (6 through 8 available) plus 4 artist's proofs (all available)

Ancient Grace: Prabir Purkayastha’s Photographs of India’s Ladakh Region
May 2 – July 8, 2012
Opening reception: May 2, 2012 from 6 to 9pm

Please click hereto RSVP.42 Rivington Street | New York, NY | 10002
Tel: +1 646 678 3433 | tbeck@tallybeckcontemporary.com

Tally Beck Contemporary celebrates Frieze Week with an Indian photography show opening Wednesday night, May 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, sponsored by Tiger Beer-Singapore.  The exhibition, entitled Ancient Grace: Prabir Purkayastha’s Photographs of India’s Ladakh Region, will feature black-and-white photos from the artist’s devoted travels to this unique area over the past 20 years.

Ladakh lies in northern India and borders Pakistan and the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet in China.  The culture has been heavily influenced by Tibet, and Ladakh remains one of the last bastions of Buddhism in South Asia. Purkayastha’s series of photographs documents his personal relationship with the landscape and the people.  He manages to emphasize the grandeur of the topography and the traditional culture while establishing an intimate connection between the viewer and the subject.

For information, please visit: www.tallybeckcontemporary.com

Minsheng Bank spends over $320 million on arts programming

Minsheng Art Museum

In the posting “Art in China: Public & Private” on artnet, Barbara Pollack sits down with Guo Xiaoyan, vice director of the new Minsheng Museum to discuss Minsheng’s corporate collection and its cultural initiatives.

Minsheng Museum is a new development by one of the largest banks in China and slated to open in 2013 in Beijing:

According to Guo, Minsheng made the decision to develop a “corporate social responsibility program” focused on cultural activities in 2007, due in part to the fact that many of its directors were art lovers and collectors themselves. “They don’t have a single leader in this initiative, it’s a whole team,” says Guo. “Economic development in China is going quite well, so it is about time to develop culture.”

Minsheng has also been building a corporate art collection that numbers over 400 works of Chinese contemporary art. The new museum is to devote 5,000 square meters to displaying these works, which date back to 1976, the very beginning of the Chinese contemporary art scene following the Cultural Revolution. The collection features key works by artists such as Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Zhang Peili and Liu Xiaodong, among many others.

In addition to the Chinese contemporary art collection, the company has also been focusing and acquiring international art, especially from South Africa and India. According to Pollack, “the museum is also commissioning new works and is currently in discussions with Anish Kapoor and Anselm Kiefer, who is keen to have a major show in China.”

Click here to read the full article.

NADA NYC: May 4 – May 7, 2012

New York, NY – The New Art Dealers Alliance is proud to announce that for the first time in its eight-year history, NADA will present a fair in New York City.  NADA NYC will take place May 4th through May 7th, 2012 at Center 548 in ChelseaNADA will present over 60 galleries on the 2nd, 3rd and 4thfloors as well as featuring special projects from our cultural partners on the roof.We are pleased to announce the following cultural partners that will be outfitting the roof at NADA NYC: Artis, Phaidon, Exhibition A and catering provided by Pushcart Coffee.

The Artis Shuk
Housed in an architectural installation on the roof by Comm-on Israeli (Lior Shvil), The Artis Shuk features unique and limited edition artwork by some of Israel’s leading contemporary artists. Conceived as a playful counterpart to the art fair below, the Artis Shuk is modeled after the markets – shuks or souks – found throughout Israel and the Middle East. Join us in Shvil’s artist-designed kiosk and browse our bazaar of unique objects, jewelry, limited edition photographs, and publications. Most artworks are priced at $500 and below, with proceeds benefiting the Artis Grant Program, which awards over $125,000 annually to artists and nonprofit institutions.

Artists featured: Inbal Abergil, Guy Ben-Ari & Leah Wolff, Keren Benbenisty, Deville Cohen, Zipora Fried, Orly Genger x Jaclyn Mayer, Guy Goldstein, Dor Guez, Naomi Safran Hon, Itamar Jobani, Gabi Kricheli, Alon Levin, Alona Rodeh Roee Rosen, Avi Sabah, Irit Tamari, Gal Weinstein, Guy Yanai, Gil Yefman, Rona Yefman, and Picnic Magazine.

About Artis
Artis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally. www.artiscontemporary.org

Join Phaidon Press on the roof to browse our Summer Reading lists and selected Collector’s Editions by Pawel Althamer and Wilhelm Sasnal.

Exhibition A’s Flash Gallery
Each day, Exhibition A will launch a new print at its Flash Gallery on the roof of NADA NYC.  Each signed limited edition print will be available for only 24 hours.  The Flash Gallery will include prints by artists Aurel Schmidt, Lucien Smith, Sam Falls and Andre Saraiva.

Pushcart Coffee
Pushcart Coffee is a Lower East Side neighborhood coffee shop and catering service serving Stumptown Coffee and delicious locally sourced lunches and baked goods.

Please follow the link below to the Exhibitor list for NADA NYC:

Open to the Public:
Friday, May 4; 2pm to 8pm
Saturday, May 5; 11am to 8pm
Sunday, May 6; 11am to 6pm
Monday, May 7; 11am to 4pm

Opening Preview:
Friday, May 4; 11am to 2pm
By Special Invitation

Daily admission will remain free and open to the public.

Center 548
548 West 22ndStreet
Chelsea, New York

KIWI Arts Group Presents: Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy

©2010 William John Kennedy, KIWI Arts Group.

Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy

April 19 – May 29
KIWI Arts Group at site/109 | www.site109.com
109 Norfolk St | New York, NY 10002

Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy features recently unveiled images from the early ‘60s of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana from the photographer’s personal archives, which laid in storage for nearly 50 years.

The Kennedy collection of silver gelatin and chromogenic photographs, solely published by KIWI Arts Group, reveals some of the only known images of the artists with their original works. After decades in storage, the pristine negatives are now being used to produce these historic images at the same famous NY lab that processed the originals. The New York City premiere marks the realization of a lifelong dream for the 82-year-old Kennedy and an important milestone for this exhibition.

This extraordinary collection of photographs will be presented alongside rare works by Warhol and Indiana, underscoring the historical importance of Kennedy’s images


Thursday, May 3 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Future Famous. An Ephemeral Experience Inspired by Andy Warhol and William John Kennedy, by Komal Kehar and Lullu Brandt, comprises gallery guests, photography, live projections and New York City. Taken at the reception at site/109, portraits will be projected in real time onto walls throughout the city. By invitation only.

Saturday, May 5 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Telling Tales: Warhol’s Friends Tell it Like it Was. Moderated by Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Discussion features Ultra Violet, Taylor Mead and William John Kennedy; sponsored by The Art Dossier.  Seating limited. RSVP required to warhol@kiwiartsgroup.com.

Sunday, May 6 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
99% Art in The Public Realm: A Tool for Social Change, sponsored by Metropolis Magazine and moderated by Jade Dressler. Panelists include: Lina Srivastava, Jonathan Porcelli, Serena Saitas, Nicholas Coblence, Renata Lopes-Merriam and Philippe Archard. From Susan B. Komen to Kony, public discourse is the art “Happening,” taking to the streets and tweets to affect global change and re-invention. This panel of art and brand experts will review art and current events globally, where public performance and street art is on the rise and how artists, museums, urban interventions, interactive events and media now meet marketing and non-profits to engage audience. (RSVP requested)

Saturday May 12 | 1:00 p.m.
Discovery! A discussion of recognizing and validating the historical and cultural importance of an archive like the WJK Collection or a lost Gauguin. Moderated by Stephen Rosenberg, art advisor, educator and consultant; with Mike Huter, publisher of the William John Kennedy collection; Sandro Bosi of Bosi Contemporary; Steven Kasher, Steven Kasher Gallery; and Pavel Zoubok, Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Sponsored by GalleristNY (RSVP requested)

Saturday, May 19 | 1:00 p.m.
Andy’s Market. Moderated by Judd Tully, art critic and art market journalist. a look at the remarkable sustainability of Warhol prices, and the reasons behind it. Scheduled to follow the May auctions. (RSVP requested)
FILM SCREENINGS of Full Circle: Before They Were Famous
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.: May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.: April 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27
(RSVP requested)

Wednesdays at noon: May 2, 9, 16, 23
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.: April 28 and May 12, 19, 26
(RSVP requested)

For press inquiries contact: Dejha@rockawaypr.com
For programming details visit: www.kiwiartsgroup.com.

109 Norfolk St | New York, NY 10002(between Delancey and Rivington)
Wednesday  –  Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Monday and Tuesday by appointment; contact jeff@kiwiartsgroup.com


The Giant Rubber Duck Project from Florentijn Hofman

Image via www.florentijnhofman.nl

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created this giant Rubber Duck that measures nearly 12 meters high as part of his Rubber Duck Project in 2009. Since then the Duck has traveled around the world, floating down rivers and other major international water-ways spreading cheer or maybe a bit of confusion everywhere it goes.

What makes this project so unique is, as the artist says in his own words:

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate (against) people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!

The Duck’s purpose seems simply to bring a smile to people’s face and to provide some perspective in this crazy world. Maybe the duck serves to teach us a lesson not to take life too seriously, or maybe in the end it is just an elaborate prank to make us all laugh. Either way, we hope we come into contact with this duckie ourselves soon.

Read more about the project and see more photos on the artist’s website here. (via Juxtapoz)

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral will begin construction

Image via Architizer

Construction will soon begin on Shigeru Ban’s cardboard cathedral in New Zealand. Ban’s church will replace the original Christchurch Anglican Cathedral that was constructed in 1864 but was damaged beyond repair after a 2011 earthquake.

The parish is excited about the new design and praises its “elegant form” and “sustainable structure.” The new cathedral will have an A-frame structure and will be built using materials such as cardboard tubes and timber beams. The Cardboard Cathedral will reach 80 feet and is designed to accommodate 700 people.

The 3.8 million dollar project is scheduled to be completed before Christmas. Ban is doing this pro bono and said to the Daily Telegraph,

“It is very simple and easy to build. I think you have to build a future city that may be different from the previous Christchurch. You need to build a new Christchurch, not just bring back the previous one.”

To read the complete article, please visit: www.architizer.com.

PULSE New York: Get tickets to your favorite art fair now!

Cameron Platter, Need Somebody, 2012 (Pencil on paper, 55.11 x 40.9 in) Courtesy of hilger modern/contemporary and PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs.

PULSE New York: Get tickets to your favorite art fair now!

PULSE New York

May 3-6, 2012
Metropolitan Pavilion | 125 West 18th Street | New York, NY 10011

Press Preview and Private Brunch hosted by artnet Auctions
May 3, 2012: 9am-12pm

Private VIP and Press Hour
May 4, 2012: 9am-10am

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair presents the seventh annual PULSE New York 2012, a leading art fair dedicated to international contemporary art, from May 3-6, 2012, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

Get your tickets now! LIKE us on Facebook for your chance to win free VIP upgrades!*

This year’s exhibiting galleries include Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, featuring a large series of modern paintings by Andrew Masullo and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York, exhibiting a series of photographs by Tracey Moffatt. Meulensteen, New York, will showcase groundbreaking video by Siebren Versteeg; and Von Lintel Gallery, New York, will present a range of recent works from artists Melanie Willhide, Catherine Howe, and John Chiara.

International exhibitors include GALERIE STEFAN ROEPKE of Cologne, Germany, who will be featuring photographic landscapes by Sharon Harper and abstract paintings by Julie Oppermann; Nieves Fernandez Gallery of Madrid, Spain, offering works from artists such as Jordi Alcaraz, Danica Phelps, Arnulf Rainer, Jeff Cowe, Pipo Hernandez Rivero and more; Purdy Hicks Gallery of London, UK, displaying contemporary photographs and drawings from Susan Derges, Bettina von Zwehl, Claire Kerr, and Andrzej Jackowski; Lawrie Shabibi of Dubai, UAE, presenting  mixed-media pieces by local artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Sama Alshaibi, Driss Ouadahi, and Shahpour Pouyan; and Hilger modern/contemporary, Vienna, Austria, featuring Camero n Platter, Angel Marcos, Brian MckEE, and Oliver Dorfer.

Experience PULSE Play, the fair’s artist-created video lounge series curated by Babycastles, and join us as we present our seventh annual PULSE Prize and continue the signature series, PULSE PROJECTS, an engaging selection of installations throughout the fair, featuring a performance by Shannon Gillen & Guests, and works by Lead Pencil Studio, amongst many others.

For a complete list of our exhibitors, please visit www.pulse-art.com.
VIP upgrades include admittance for two to the private previews, brunch and exclusive after party.


Stephanie Dodes, what’s in your fridge?

Stephanie Dodes, What’s in Your Fridge?

“Normally my refrigerator isn’t as pathetic as it looks here. The last month has been a bit insane in preparation for my exhibition at Allegra LaViola Gallery so it seems that only beer, eggs, yogurt, and kale have made it to the sacred ice box; the bare necessities of life.”


Stephanie’s show ‘We Buy Gold’ opens at Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City on Wednesday, April 25th. To learn more about Stephanie and her latest projects visit her website.

photo courtesy of the artist