This week in art has been full of loss, and so, inevitably some gain. The world lost one of their icons, but an emerging theme of female artists being heard, encouraged and exhibited, also emerged ….
1. The seminal 20th century musician, David Bowie, died this week on Monday 11th, after a long and private battle with cancer. As well as outpourings of devotion and admiration from the public; what emerged, or rather re-emerged, was Bowie’s love, knowledge, and collecting of art. His collection including the likes of Frank Auerbach and Rubens.
2. On the same day (Monday 11th January) it became the 50th anniversary of Giacometti’s death, hailing a wave of exhibitions marking the year. With a replica studio and research space opening on the same street as his life-long studio on the Rue Hypolite Mandrion, an exhibition at the Luxemborg & Dayan, and an upcoming retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2017. Read more about the exhibitions that will mark the anniverary.
3. The Guerilla Girls have gained notoriety over the last few years with manifestos and posters highlighting the inequalities of the art world, that are, art works themselves or “protest art” as it has been dubbed. The most famous of which is a poster of naked girl reclining with a guerilla mask, with the writing: “Do women have to be naked to get in to the Met. Museum?” which is based on ‘La Grande Odalisque’ 1814, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and caused a bit of a stir. They have now appeared on the late show with Stephen Colbert talking about the origins of their group and The History of Art vs. The History of Power. (via Art News)
4. Louise Bourgeois has been announced as the first artist being exhibited at the inauguration of the Tate Moderns’ new extension: the Artists Room, which has been designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, and comprises a collection given by London dealer Anthony d’Offay (his foundation also made the sizeable £260 million contribution to the extension). Opening 17th June the Artist Rooms Gallery will display works by the Franco-American sculpture who died in 2010; including the famous spider (pictured) she was commissioned to make by the Tate Modern and some of her final works, completed just months before her death aged 98.
The idea of the Artist Rooms is to tour a “room” of works by a selected individual around galleries across the UK. The collection has grown from 725 to 1,600 since 2008, thanks to further contributions of d’Offay and the represented artists. Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate has also recently told The Art Newspaper that the Lichtenstein Foundation is likely to donate 16 large-scale prints by Roy Lichtenstein to add to the existing collection of his work that came from d’Offay.
With Louise Bourgeois being the first permanent resident of the artists rooms and Phyllida Barlow just announced, it is emerging that one of the ambitions of the Artist Rooms is to readdress the imbalance between male and female artists on display in galleries, and as d’Offay says: “So often schoolgirls have to go and look at men’s art and we try to address that with Artist Rooms and address that with great artists.” The Guerilla Girls will be pleased… (via The Art Newspaper)
5. The Christopher Grimes gallery has an exhibition of new works by Kota Ezwara. The exhibition revolves around the thefts of 13 major works of art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum back in 1990. Ezwara has created an animated replica of the CCTV footage of the heist that released by the FBI in the hope of catching the criminals; and light boxes featuring depictions of the stolen works, including those by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer. The replicas have all been constructed to the same size of the original works. Ezwara has even gone as far as to make a light box depicting the wall that remains empty at the gallery, still waiting for the return of the works. (via Art Daily)