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.