Art in Print

Gavin Turk's tricksy pastiche is anything but rubbish – Review 

Gavin Turk's Pop (a waxwork of the artist as Sid Vicious) takes centre-stage


Gavin Turk became known as part of the YBA’s – the Young British Artists, who were shown in the famous Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997, presenting the collection of contemporary art owned by Charles Saatchi.
Turk is given now a retrospective by the most notorious member of the YBA’s Damien Hirst: in Hirst’s own gallery in Newport Street, curated by Hirst, showing works drawn entirely from Hirst’s own collection – also Turk’s Sid Vicious sculpture that was included in the show in 1997.
Turk’s driving notion is that the artist has become the subject of other people’s art since the Renaissance, thus walking through the gallery feels like a twisted history of post-war art with Turk playing every artistic role, e.g. in the style of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Duane Hanson and many more. The act of appropriation feels knowingly derivative and the questions regarding originality and quality gives way to the question whether this exhibition has the energy to keep the visitor engaged over the seven spacious halls of Newport Street Gallery.
On view until 17th March 2017.
Via: The Telegraph

Fog on the Tate: gallery seeks to reshape idea of what an art show can be


For 10 days next spring, a dense fog will envelop the new Tate Modern, while inside the building the first BMW Tate Live exhibition will stage participatory art, combining installation, performance, film, video, sound, smell and talks. The project is called ‘Ten Days Six Nights’ and shall be a ‘new departure in the concept of the art exhibition’.
A key part of the exhibition will be an immersive fog sculpture created by the 83-year old Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, the daughter of the man who is said to be the inventor of artificial snow.
Experiencing her artificial fog will be free during the day and then be part of paid-for ticketed events going on for six evenings when other artists will be staging work in the fog, including Wu Tsang, Fred Moten, Melanie Bonajo, Ian Cheng, Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Phill Niblock and Pepa Ubera.
Admittedly, the idea of collective, participatory art might not immediately appeal to everyone, but the experiment shall present the next chapter in ‘changing the narrative of the museum” from the “rather old fashioned static model of paintings on the wall’, said director Francis Morris.
BMW Tate Live Exhibition, 24 March-2 April 2017, Bankside, London.
Via: The Guardian

Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow and other celebrities get painting to raise funds for charity in online auction


Stars including Sir Rod Stewart, Gary Barlow and Ellie Goulding are among the celebrities who all have contributed artworks to the Stars On Canvas exhibition and online auction. It is a charity campaign set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer in 1998.
The scheme has raised more than £230,000 over the past four years, helping seriously ill people aged 16 to 40 to enjoy special days. 
Via Evening Standard

Trump and the Arts: ‘Evita,’ Huge Towers and a Snub for Warhol

The question is essentially the same, also for the arts world: ‘What will a President Donald Trump mean for me?’ Artists, museums, theaters, actors, writers, musicians and the movie and television industry can only guess.
Trump hitherto has been vague about his position on government funding for the arts and humanities and for arts-related education, along with issues like censorship and economic policies that would affect creative industries. In response to questions from The Washington Post this year, he wrote about government arts funding: ‘The Congress, as representatives of the people, makes the determination as to what the spending priorities ought to be.’ But he added that he had the ‘great fortune to receive a comprehensive liberal arts education’ and also said that ‘a holistic education that includes literature and the arts was critical to creating good citizens.’
His position on immigration has some arts groups with an international focus worried about visa issues. Furthermore, it raises concern that Trump has proposed reducing tax benefits for charitable giving, which could have a far more devastating impact on the arts than cuts in public money, which has been declining for many years in inflation-adjusted dollars.
However, Rocco Landesman, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said ‘I don’t see anything apocalyptic with him coming in.’
Via The New York Times