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Wednesday Links: Art World Discovers Celebrities Sell Art

by Paddy Johnson on September 4, 2013

  • Collector Adam Lindemann writes that celebrities are the new sales driver in the art market. I’ve seen lots of snide remarks about Lindemann being the author of this piece over Twitter, and I can’t say its warranted. Lindemann is a divisive participant in this world, but in this case, he hasn’t said anything all that outrageous. Jay Z’s song Picasso Baby does suck. [Gallerist]
  • I’ll be running a Q&A with the new Director of the Albright-Knox, Janne Sirén this Saturday at Buffalo’s Echo Art Fair. Lots to talk about here, so if you’re in the Buffalo area, I recommend checking it out. [Echo Art Fair]
  • Speaking of Buffalo, for those out-of-towners either visiting the fair, or considering visiting the fair this weekend, here’s 10 reasons to check out the art scene. [ArtInfo]
  • These baby German Shepherds are being trained to be police dogs. This photo essay is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. [Buzzfeed]
  • Copenhagen has a new art fair, CHART, and its exclusivity has made it very press friendly. No sales reports that I can see, but this preview from Kopenhagen Magasin sets the scene. Oddly, Charlottenborg hosted the event, which this author deems as a positive because it will increase foot traffic to the museum. It’s hard to believe a museum of that quality ever struggles to bring in visitors. [Kopenhagen Magasin]
  • Interpretations of Success, a new artist-run conference, will take place October 18-20. The Bushwick based event hosts a series of panel discussions that will explore what success means for an artist. Panelists include Judith Shimer, Jen Shepard, Margaret Coleman, Anna Marie Shogren, Kelly Worman and Ben Peterson. [Sign up here-->Interpretations of Success]
  • Christie’s increases its buyers premium for the second time this year. Art collector Alain Servais is not happy. [Art Market Monitor]
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The Copenhagen Art Festival: Floundering Communities

by Paddy Johnson on August 31, 2012
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“This is not a biennial” Festival Manager Lene Crone Jensen told the press gravely last week at the Copenhagen Art Festival. Coulda fooled me; the Copenhagen Art Festival already has the generic biennial-specific themes and inflated art-speak to make the transition an easy one should it so chose. “What are the implications of constituting a discourse of communities?” asks a bit of copy on the Copenhagen Art Festival website, as it describes the community minded-theme of the festival. It sounds like biennial.

Whatever it is, it’s not especially remarkable.

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