Art in Print

Sir Elton John’s modernist photography show corrects Tate Modern error

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection features a collection of vintage prints that Sir Elton began collecting when he finally sobered up in 1990. Exhibiting works by Man Ray and Alexandr Rodchenko, the exhibition offers a look at the Modernist period.
The exhibition is a significant one for the Tate even more so since the museum dismissed photography until 2009. France Morris, director of Tate Modern, explains “Tate, which only began collecting photography strategically in 2009, has very little material from this seminal moment in its collection”.
Via: The i

 ‘You’re only here for the Culture!’ Is Hull getting its buzz back?

Hull might not be a big or noisy city, but there is plenty going on. Hull has been named next year’s official UK City of Culture, and although the official opening is not until January the buzz has already begun. Over the summer a number of artistic ventures took centre stage in the city, like the Spencer Tunick installation which saw thousands of locals stripped naked and painted blue to celebrate the city’s relationship with the sea. The city will also be host to the Turner Prize next year.
Via: The Guardian

Sotheby’s Reports $54.5 Million Loss in 3rd Quarter

On Monday Sotheby’s reported a loss of $54.5 million, a decline which the auction house says they expected. Whilst Sotheby’s prediction of the loss was due to the change in timing of the summer contemporary art sales in London, analysts suggest the performance was a result of market forces, far beyond Sotheby’s control.
David Schick, lead luxury analyst at Consumer Edge Research explains “we’ve had a long period of art inflation, and now we’ve started a period of a softer art market, which creates uncertainty”. Sotheby’s expect to see lower sales in the 4th quarter.
Via: The New York Times


Yasser Arafat museum to open in his old West Bank headquarters

After twelve years since Yasser Arafat’s death, a museum of the life of the Palestinian leader opens this week in the West Bank complex where he spent his last years under Israeli siege. The museum has been years in the making and has cost $7m (£5.6m) to construct and is housed in a sleek white building a short walk from Arafat’s mausoleum, where his body was brought from France for burial. It traces Arafat’s life indelibly associated with the Palestinian experience and includes the preserved suite of modest rooms he inhabited in the muqata, his Ramallah headquarters.
It explores almost 100 years of Palestinian history, taking in the Nakba – “the catastrophe”, as Palestinians call the period leading up to and following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 - up to Arafat’s death in still contested circumstances near Paris in 2004.
The museum’s inauguration, and its deliberate appeal to the memory of the single overarching political figure in recent Palestinian history, comes at a time when Arafat’s Fatah movement, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), and indeed the Palestinian people, have never appeared more divided, with Fatah ruling on the West Bank and the Islamist group Hamas controlling Gaza.


Via: The Guardian