Art in Print

La dolce vita — a cultural giveaway from the Italian government

For every person who turns 18 this year in Italy (The recipient needn’t be Italian), will receive a cultural bonus of €500 by the Italian Government. The money, will be provided and spent through the app called 18app, is to be used on any form of culture that the person chooses, whether it’s a ticket to see Michelangelo’s David, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, an opera by Verdi, Zucchero.
Announced by the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi in 2015, the scheme which kicked off this month, is to implement and culture the youth.  Renzi declared, inspiringly, that “we have centuries of history that proclaim the fact that culture will beat ignorance, that beauty is more tenacious than barbarism”. At this point it seems unlikely that his new transatlantic counterpart will seek to replicate the scheme for, as Donald Trump put it this year, “We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”
Via: The Times


Despite Fear and Uncertainty, Parts of Art Market May Benefit From A Trump Presidency, Insiders Says

Every four years, the fall sales in New York coincide with the presidential election, as they’re always held the second week of November. With that comes a degree of uncertainty, since the election of a new leader can upend markets and shift buying  decisions.
 The uncertainty has, of course, has been particularly more dramatic this year than any, especially now that Donald J. Trump has been elected president, and auction chairmen and art fair directors are trying to make sense of the immediate effects on the art market. But even if the often left-leaning heads of auction houses and art fairs were horrified at the results, they had to admit that a scenario in which the super wealthy receive massive tax cuts, along with deregulation that can help the one percent to pad their coffers, could create even more opportunity for art purchases.
 However, Art Basel seemed unconcerned, and responded with the following statement: “ With this news being so fresh it will take time to understand the impact, as with any major political transition. For now, it is impossible for Art Basel or anyone else to predict how this will impact the market for art, over both the short- and long-term.”
Via: Art News

V&A celebrates 1.5 million visitors to David Bowie Is

The V&A announces that it has surpassed the 1.5 million visitors to its landmark David Bowie Is exhibition, making it the most-visited show in the Museum’s 164-year history.
The best-selling exhibition has been on a worldwide tour of ten venues since its inception at the V&A in 2013, and has already travelled to eight sites in countries including Canada, Australia, and Brazil. It is currently in its final weeks at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo) in Italy, and will open at the TERRADA G1 building in Tokyo, Japan in January 2017 followed by the Museu Del Disseny, Barcelona in May.
The V&A was given unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive to curate the first international retrospective of his extraordinary career. The exhibition shows how the late singer was one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times and traces his creative processes as a musical innovator and cultural icon, depicting his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.
Via: Art Daily

Tate Modern exhibits Modernist photography

Tate Modern presents a major new exhibition, The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from Sir Elton John’s Collection, drawn from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, the inimitable selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s features almost 200 works from more than 60 artists, including seminal figures such as Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Man Ray, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen among many others.
With the exhibition consisting entirely of rare vintage prints, all created by the artist themselves, offers a unique once in a lifetime opportunity to see the work up close.
The Radical Eye introduces one of the most crucial moments in the history of photography – an exciting breach often referred as the ‘coming of age’ of the medium, when artist used photography as a tool through which they could redefine and transform visions of the modern world. This exhibitions reveals photography’s unique ability to create timelessness through photos. The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection is at Tate Modern from 10 November 2016 until 7 May 2017.
Via: Art Daily