Art in Print


Turner Prize winner Helen Marten: 'I couldn’t have won Turner Prize if I hadn’t moved to London'

The Macclesfield-born sculptor won contemporary art’s most famous award last night at a ceremony at Tate Britain, fending off competition from shortlisted nominees Michael Dean, Josephine Pryde and Anthea Hamilton.
Marten, 31, who is based in east London, told the Standard she was “still excited” by the capital years after making the move down south. She said: “I love it. I’m still exploring it, I’m not a native Londoner. I could only at this point live in a city because I’m fascinated by the exchange of people, of substance, of objects, and that is really catalyzing to me to making work.
She said she was “deeply honoured” to receive the prize, which was presented by author Ben Okri. It puts her in the company of former winners including Grayson Perry. She confirmed she will fulfil her pledge to split the £25,000 between all four nominees.
Her competition included Hamilton’s sculpture of a pair of giant buttocks and Dean’s installation of £20,436 in pennies — the minimum the Government states a family of four can live on. Marten, who last month picked up the £30,000 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture — which she also pledged to share — said the reaction to her work from  the public had been “very humbling”.
Via: Evening Standard

Sotheby’s in ‘fake’ Fabergé row with billionaire Russian art collector

Sotheby’s is locked in a furious row with a billionaire Russian art collector who has accused the auction house of advertising “fake” Fabergé works for sale. Alexander Ivanov, a prolific Fabergé buyer who opened a museum in Baden Baden, Germany, to house his collection, launched a stinging attack on the international auctioneers. Ivanov, who paid a world record £9m for a 1902 Fabergé enameled egg in 2007, snapped up a further £684,000 of Russian art and paintings at London auctions last week.
Ivanov, 54, who made his fortune importing Amstrad computers into Russia, also accused Sotheby’s of artificially depressing the market.
He bought a silver candelabra for £62,500 at last week’s sale but said: “On the current market, the real price for such an item is in the range of £250,000, and so potential buyers were concerned that the estimate was too low, which gives the impression that it is a contemporary fake.”
 James Martin, a scientist who has helped the FBI crack some of the most important art forgery cases of recent years, will head a new Sotheby’s scientific research unit at Sotheby’s, following concerns that forged paintings are infiltrating the art market. Ivanov, who opened his Fabergé Museum in 2008, said he had bought a circa 1900 Fabergé clock by master jeweller Julius Rappoport, which had belonged to Bulgaria’s Prince Boris, for £87,500, three times its market value, at Christie’s Russian art sale last week. Ivanov said he acquired 28 items in London for the Fabergé Museum, which houses around 700 works.
Via: The I

Architects Want To Hide Trump Tower Logo With A Bunch Of Flying Gold Pigs

President-elect Donald Trump hasn’t even been inaugurated, but a vocal portion of the country is already beyond sick of talking about, hearing, or even looking at his name. Here to help is Chicago-based architectural firm New World Design Ltd., out to ensure that at least one city will be spared the fate of staring at Trump’s name each and every day.
How? Pigs ― golden, flying pigs to be exact.
The New World Design Ltd. has conceptualized a design in which golden pig balloons float midair in front of the facade of the Trump Tower Chicago, thus obscuring his omnipresent moniker for passersby. The unorthodox intervention is inspired in part by the album art for Pink Floyd’s 1977 “Animals,” which features a balloon pig soaring around London’s Battersea Power Station ― itself, a tribute to George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The architects opted to turn the flying pigs gold, however, a nod to Trump’s signature taste. On their blog, the architects note that the flying pigs also represent the slim-to-none chance Trump had, by many accounts, of winning the election. There is also the allusion to Trump’s degrading comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom he called “Miss Piggy.”
 In an email to The Huffington Post, New World Design Ltd. affirmed their project’s ultimate mission to denounce Trump and everything he stands for, in a simple, playful and very public way. “Our project scheme is intended as a bold visual response to the loud, illogical and frequently hateful expressions that engulfed the elections,” they said. “It is a gesture in support of those of more rational, optimistic and inclusive minds.”
Via: Huffington Post

Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool

Every December, Miami's annual Art Basel fair draws artists, dealers and buyers from around the world. This year, dozens of artists could be found not in galleries or at cocktail parties, but painting at an elementary school. Spanish painter Marina Capdevila was one of more than 30 artists working at Eneida Hartner Elementary School in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.
Over the last decade, Miami's Wynwood neighborhood has been revitalized by art. Galleries, restaurants and artists' studios have moved in. Walls throughout the area are now covered in murals and Wynwood has become a tourist destination. Now, Eneida Hartner Elementary is getting in on the action. By the end of last week, dozens of artists in Miami for Art Basel had contributed work decorating the walls at the school. Local artists worked alongside internationally known muralists including Axel Void and Shepard Fairey. It's all part of RAW, Reimagining the Arts in Wynwood, a project organized by Robert de los Rios. It aims to bring to the schools some of the art that now covers walls in the rest of the neighborhood.
De los Rios and a partner first brought their project two years ago to another nearby school. Today, 86 murals cover the walls at Jose de Diego Middle School. The art there has had a tangible impact. Miami's Wynwood neighborhood is in some ways a case study in gentrification. Many of the neighborhood's long-time residents would never consider going into some of the galleries, restaurants and boutiques that are now common here. That's one reason Derick McKoy, Eneida Hartner's principal, was eager to bring de los Rios' RAW project to his school. He says it's a way to begin including his students in the neighborhood's artistic life. McCoy says some of his students come from six shelters and are homeless.
Via: NPR