Art in Print

Turner Prize 2016: Helen Marten is a worthy winner - but she's not the people's choice


Tate Britain visitors view Helen Marten's collection of works 'Lunar Nibs' and 'Eucalyptus Let Us In' 
Artist Helen Marten has won the £25,000 Turner Prize, with a collection of sculptural installations. This is a widely predicted ending to the most hotly debated Turner Prize competition perhaps since Damien Hirst won the award with a collection of animals pickled in formaldehyde in 1995.  Mark Hudson comments,


"It could be argued that the judges have erred slightly on the side of academic safeness in giving the award to Marten rather than Dean, but hers is without doubt a worthy win. She is an artist of distinctive intelligence and a fierce, thought-provoking wit, who can justifiably be called the artist of the moment."


Via the Telegraph


Rodchenko and co come to the rescue of the ailing Russian art market

Nikolai Suetin, Suprematist Surface Forms, 1921


A collection of early 20th-century avant garde paintings have helped ailing Russian art market at last week’s Russian art sales, reaping £6.6 million at Sotheby’s. With the market being infested with fakesrecently, genuine Russian avant garde works for sale have become a rare delicacy.


Leading the pack was the most important oil painting by Alexander Rodchenko to be offered at auction since Sotheby’s sale in Moscow in 1988. The buyer, Cologne dealer Alex Lachmann, is thought to have been bidding for Russian billionaire banker, Petr Aven.  An equally rare geometrical relief: part painting, part architectural model, just 10 inches high, by Ilya Chashnik who died aged 27 in 1929. Bidding unsuccessfully on both these paintings was the London dealer, James Butterwick, who explained that as there is no recent auction precedents for such works, there was no knowing how much they might make.


Via the Telegraph


The unknown Zaha Hadid, revealed at the Serpentine


The Serpentine Gallery celebrates one of the world’s great architects, Zaha Hadid in an exhibition that is timed less a year after the architect’s death. The ‘Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings’ exhibition takes place in what is said to have been particularly apt location as the gallery has done more than any other British institution in champing Hadid, not only as an architect but also as a woman of ideas.
Having been commissioned to create a temporary structure on the lawn, Hadid’s structure remained for the entire summer at that start of what would become the annual Serpentine Summer Pavilion. Hadid has since participated in two of the Serpentine’s talk marathons, and designed the gallery’s new Sackler wing, complete with a restaurant and events space topped with an unmistakable Hadid “skin”: a roof structure that licks down to the ground beside the entrance. The exhibition that is to open this week extends the relationship into new terrirory, presenting Hadid trough her painting and drawings, as an artist.

Hadid is quoted to have said to the current director, Hans Ulrich Obrist “That’s why I actually like drawings and models, because you make mistakes, and then you can start seeing things differently”. The roots of what was to become Hadid’s architectural signatures are visable in these drawings. Hadid’s drawings and paintings are on view until 12 February 2017.


Via: i news