PBS “Sunday Arts” goes behind the scenes with four of the artists featured in the exhibition, Slash: Paper Under the Knife on view through April 4th, 2010 at the Museum of Art and Design, New York. The video below features museum footage and several interviews including an interview with Winston Wachter’s very own Andreas Kocks.
Slash: Paper Under the Knife showcases the work of contemporary artists who manipulate paper as their primary medium. Paper is no longer treated as a traditionally neutral surface, but rather another medium with the potential for provocative, expressive, and visually striking sculpture, installation, and video animation.
Though as many as 60 galleries have opted to not return to the art fair this year, the eighth annual Art Basel Miami Beach is slated to go off without a hitch December 3-6. It has moved from Collins Park to the Miami Beach Convention Center and has added several new galleries to the lineup, some of which had not previously been admitted to the fair, bolstering the number of exhibitors to 266 dealers from 33 countries. Around 40,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Pope Benedict XVI has sent out 500 invitations to international artists, sculptors, architects, musicians, film directors, and one prima ballerina to meet with him at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
More than 250 visitors have been received including Anish Kapoor, currently on exhibit at the Royal Academy in London, Saha Hadid, architect of the new Maxxi Museum of Modern Art in Rome, Daniel Libeskind, selected to design the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York, and F. Murray Abraham, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for Amadeus in 1985.
The church’s interest in developing relationships with contemporary artists seems to stem from the newly appointed culture commissioner, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi. Since his appointment, the Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi has sought a greater church presence in many contemporary art fields.
Jeanne-Claude, one-half of the collaborative husband/wife art duo Christo & Jeanne-Claude has died, she was 74 years old. Christo & Jeanne-Claude together created environment artworks. Some of these works include the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, as well as the Reichstag building in Berlin. More recently, Christo & Jeann-Claude realized The Gates in New York’s Central Park.
The city of Bilbao in Spain houses one of the most iconic contemporary buildings in the world, the Guggenheim designed by Frank Gehry. Now, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has begun feasibility studies for a second location in the historic town of Guernica. The concept is to create a modest-sized venue for temporary exhibitions and to commission artists’ interventions in the landscape. The proposed project has been met with some controversy, but studies project that the venue would attract an estimated 150,000 visitors annually.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, celebrated its 30th birthday with a glamorous gala extravaganza. The evening featured a performance by Lady Gaga and a slew of famous attendees including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Jessica Biel, and more. According to event reports, Lady Gaga played a piano designed by artist Damien Hirst while the dancers wore outfits designed by architect Frank Gehry, fashion designer Miuccia Prada, and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.
Pharrell Williams, Takashi Murakami, Jessica Alba, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Christina Ricci, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Marisa Tomei, Guy Ritchie, Eva Mendes, Kate Beckinsale, Lady Gaga