Art Initiatives | August 2021 Julien Creuzet in Conversation with András Szántó
On the eve of his BMW Art Journey, artist Julien Creuzet spoke with András Szántó about his goals for his trip and what motivates his socially engaged practice. "Now is the moment, with the help of BMW, for me go to Martinique and reconnect with this island and these communities, to create an experimental station; a space of freedom and safety, with generosity. It's an important possibility for me to share my energy, too—what I have learned during the last fifteen years in a different part of the world—and to share my vision." Read the full interview here.
Exhibition | August 2021 Leather Throwers at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Extended through October 2021
Boxing and Las Vegas are indelibly fused in the public imagination. A perfect fit for the culture of entertainment, the sport traces its history in Las Vegas back to the 1950s. Leather Throwers surveys ways in which visual artists have represented boxing motifs and the history and major figures of the sport through sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The exhibition features work by artists ranging from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Jeffrey Gibson. Learn more about the exhibition here. .
Art Initiatives | June 2021 2021 BMW Art Journey Winner Announced
Artist Julien Creuzet is the winner of the tenth BMW Art Journey. In a poetic journey that intertwines personal discovery with profound concern for the environment and a generous spirit of sharing, he will center his travels around a geographically and culturally distinct region and his ancestral homeland: the Caribbean. "Creuzet's journey does not take him to a distant, unknown destination, but rather allows him to return to a familiar place–a place that for him stands for family, youth and education," said the jury.
Article | June 2021 Excerpt from The Future of the Museum on Lit Hub
Literary Hub has published "A Moment of Reckoning: Thomas P. Campbell and András Szántó on Museums and Public Trust," an article featuring András Szántó's interview with Thomas Campbell from The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues, published this past winter. In it, Campbell, who works as Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, considers cow institutions can be more inclusive. Read the full conversation here.
Art Initiatives | June 2021 Moholy-Nagy Foundation wins D&AD Award
The annual D&AD Awards are the most prestigious benchmark for creative excellence in design and advertising. In 2020, the Moholy-Nagy Foundation asked Marina Willer to create a new identity and website to promote the artist's work and his legacy. The mindset and methods used by Moholy-Nagy directly informed the craft-based approach. Using techniques inspired by the artist's experimental approach, Marina and her team created a striking and sympathetic identity which perfectly honours Moholy-Nagy's amazing legacy. Explore the award-winning design here.
Art Initiatives | June 2021 Dates for Unfinished Live Announced
Unfinished has announced the dates for Unfinished Live, an in-person and virtual event set to take place at The Shed in New York City from September 23–25, 2021. The central theme of this three-day program will be decentralizationin the digital age. An exhibition of newly commissioned artworks by an exciting roster of young artists will consider this theme in depth. The exhibition also serves as the inaugural project by a new alliance of arts organizations focused on fostering emergent creative voices and driven by the conviction that art has something to say about how we may build a healthy and equitable society.
Art Initiatives | May 2021 2021 BMW Art Journey Shortlist Announced
During this year's Art Basel in Hong Kong, Art Basel and BMW announced the 2021 shortlist for the BMW Art Journey. The artists include French-Caribbean artist Julien Creuzet, Korean cinematographer Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, and Chinese artist Alice Wang. Launched in 2015, this is the 10th edition of the BMW Art Journey, which sends artists on journeys of creative discovery all over the world. Like a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects.
Article | May 2021 Barabási Creates First Network Visualization of NFT Market
In a guest essay for The New York Times (May 7, 2021), Albert Lászlo Barabási published a series of network visualizations based on the Super Rare NFT platform. The images reveal the extreme concentration of the NFT market at this early stage of its development, and they offer an opportunity for reflection on the evolving systems of art. This is a perfect moment for a network scientist who cares about art. The data on the blockchain is there for all to see and analyze. The results are not only stunning, but they offer a window into sociological, commercial, and ultimately aesthetic processes that we have never before attempted to grasp with data-driven empiricism.
Art Initiative | April 2021 Fifth Audemars Piguet Art Commission, by Phoebe Hui
The fifth Audemars Piguet Art Commission, by Hong Kong artist Phoebe Hui, has been unveiled at the Tai Kwun Center in Hong Kong, ahead of Art Basel, with Ying Kwok serving as guest curator. Responding to the commission's theme of complexity and precision, the installation is titled The Moon is Leaving Us, because the Moon is slowly drifting away from the Earth. Its main part is an assembly of 48 screens which move in unison. Moving in front of each screen is a fragmentary image of the moon. Elsewhere in the space, a drawing robot, Selena, reconstructs the side of the moon we cannot see. Following the previous four commissions, Hui's work demonstrates how art can help us negotiate the mysteries of the universe.
Art Initiative | February 2021 Rolls-Royce Dream Commission Short-form Works Announced
On February 26, 2021, Muse, the Rolls-Royce art programme, in partnership with Serpentine Galleries and Fondation Beyeler, announced the four new moving image works created by the nominees for the Rolls Royce Muse Dream Commission: Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Martine Syms, and Zhou Tao. A single artist will be announced as the winner of the Dream Commission next month and invited to develop their concept. The long-form commission will debut later this year.
Article | February 2021 Feature: András Szántó on the Future of Museums
András Szántó spoke with Karen Rosenberg of apropos of his new book, The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues, for Artful. Read the conversation here.
Article | February 2021 The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues review by Stefan Kobel in Handelsblatt
Stefan Kobel from Handelsblatt published a review of the András Szántó's new book, The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues. In it, Kobel writes, "The volume is a treasure trove of analyses, food for thought and models for the future. In addition, the respective introductions of the interviewees and their narratives from their own world of experience and biography make for exciting reading." Read the full review here.
Article | December 2020 "How Should a Museum Reopen in a Post-COVID World?" Included in Artnet News list of 22 favorite articles of 2020
Artnet News has rounded up their 22 favorite articles of 2020. Out of nearly 2,800 articles published, among them was, "How Should a Museum Reopen in a Post-COVID World?" by András Szántó and Adrian Ellis. The article, published in May 2020, contains a detailed guide on reopening museums safely. "Each museum has to find its own tailored solution within common frameworks, and in its own time. What all of them share is the need to work through a bewilderingly complex array of operational and policy considerations." Interviews with museum directors Mary Ceruti, Adam Levine, and Franklin Sirmans accompany the article. Read the original article and download the planning tool here.
Publication | November 2020 The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues by András Szántó Released
The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues has just been released in Europe, and will arrive in the US and worldwide in January 2021. A product of the pandemic lockdown, the book contains interviews with museum directors conducted from late May through mid-August, 2020. Taken together, the interviews offer a generational portrait of institutional leadership with a global range. "As one reads though the dialogues, a distinctive and more or less unifying philosophy emerges about what an art museum is and what it should aspire to be," writes András Szántó writes in the introductory essay. "If the late twentieth century ushered in a liberating pluralism in art and cultural expression, it can only be hoped that the twenty-first century will do the same for the institutions of art. This sense of open possibility would be the ultimate guarantor of the enduring strength and relevance of the museum form." Buy a copy here.
Publication | Autumn 2020 Caribbean Art Today: New Catalogue
The catalogue for the exhibition One month after being known in that island, on view from August 27 to November 15, 2020 at Kulturstiftung Basel H Geiger, is now available. Published by Hatje Cantz and edited by Alanna Stang, the publication serves as an enduring companion to this first major exhibition organized by the Caribbean Art Initiative and the first major group show for Caribbean artists in Switzerland.
Exhibition | August 2020 Caribbean Art Initiative exhibition at Kulturstiftung Basel H Geiger in Basel
One month after being known in that island is on view at the Kulturstiftung Basel H Geiger in central Basel from August 27 through November 15, 2020. The exhibition serves as the culmination of an intense year-long group effort, and is the product of work conducted over the previous six years to build the organization now known as the Caribbean Art Initiative. Low visibility for Caribbean artists is not due to a lack of artistic talent, but to a dearth of opportunities for international exposure. This first group show of its kind in Switzerland, curated by Yina Jiménez Suriel and Pablo Guardiola, is a step towards filling that void.
Art Initiative | Summer 2020 Leelee Chan announced as the ninth BMW Art Journeywinner
Leelee Chan has been awarded this year's BMW Art Journey. In partnership with Art Basel, Chan was selected from a shortlist of three proposals from artists represented by galleries in Hong Kong that had intended to exhibit at Art Basel Hong Kong this year, prior to the fair's shift online. Chan's project, Tokens From Time, will to trace material culture from the past, present and future. Through her research, she will explore the possibilities of ancient and future materials and engage in dialogues with craftspeople, innovators, and scientists. An international jury conducted its selection process unanimously online.
Article | May 2020 "How Should a Museum Reopen in a Post-COVID World? Here Is Everything You Need to Know to Do It Safely."
András Szántó and Adrian Ellis have published a detailed guide on reopening museums in Artnet News. "Each museum has to find its own tailored solution within common frameworks, and in its own time. What all of them share is the need to work through a bewilderingly complex array of operational and policy considerations." Interviews with museum directors Mary Ceruti, Adam Levine, and Franklin Sirmans accompany the article. Read the article and download the planning tool here.
Art Initiative | Spring 2020 2020 BMW Art Journey Shortlist Announced
The BMW Art Journey jury met via Zoom to select the shortlist for the 2020 BMW Art Journey, choosing from a pool of emerging to mid-career artists invited to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2020, which was canceled due to the COVID-19. The artists include the Hong-Kong-based Leelee Chan, the Canadian-born and Brooklyn-based Jes Fan, and the Manila-New-York-based artists duo of Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho. Launched in 2015, this is the 9th edition of the BMW Art Journey, a collaboration with Art Basel, which sends artists on journeys of creative discovery all over the world.
Article | April 2020 "People Need Art in Times of Crisis"
A recent editorial by András Szántó on reopening museums, published on artnet.com, has prompted numerous responses around the world. Although focused primarily on US museums, the article has been widely read, and is now available in Spanish thanks to Nexos Magazine, and on seLecT Magazine in Portuguese. Read the article in English here.
Article | February 2020 "As Digital Discourse Turns to a Din, Art Critics' Clarity Will Be More Essential"
Few professions have been as deeply disrupted by modern technology as journalism. Yet, as Mary Louise Schumacher writes in ArtNews, more people are writing on more platforms and from more points of view than ever. A "generational shift" has left the field of art criticism with "more women, more critics of color, and writers from a wider range of purviews." And, "despite all the downward pressure on the media industry, our digital era has inspired an artistry in criticism itself." Schumacher's findings are based on a survey of 300 writers which replicated a groundbreaking 2002 studyoverseen by András Szántó while he was at the helm of the National Arts Journalism Program, at Columbia University.
Strategy | Winter 2020 Completion of PUAM Strategy
Over the course of 2019, András Szántó LLC, in collaboration with The Art of Change, undertook a comprehensive visioning and strategic planning process to define the evolution of the Punto Urban Art Museum (PUAM). PUAM has been working to break down invisible but undeniable socio-economic barriers around the low-income Point Neighborhood in Salem, MA through a range of cultural activities and programs. The planning process mapped the universe of like-minded initiatives, undertook extensive research and local community engagement, and mapped out an ambitious strategy to help ensure to sustainability of the cultural initiative and embed it into its parent organization's long-range plans.