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Tobia Bezzola: New Director of the Museum Folkwang

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013
Essen, Germany

Progressive Museum Matched with Innovative Director
The Museum Folkwang was the first public collection in Germany and was from the outset progressive, collecting Modernists, supporting avant-guarde movements in times of "reform," and dedicating energy to the exhibition and collection of photography and new media. Today the museum's photographic collection exceeds 50,000 works.

Tobia Bezzola, Kunsthaus Zürich's current head of exhibitions, is a good match for the Folkwang. Bezzola has curated exhibitions with work by artistic innovators, including Joseph Beuys, Françis Alÿs and Thomas Struth; and contributed text to many catalogues. One of his more notable essays was for the exhibition The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today. Surely Bezzola will make an ideal fit and lasting contribution to the Folkwang.

For more information on the story, please visit The New York Observer

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Mitch Dobrowner Awarded 2012 Sony World Photographer of the Year

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Dobrowner's work was selected from 112,000 submissions and artists in 171 different countries


The work of Dobrowner is memorable, and it is easy to believe Dobrowner when he says that landscapes are living ecosystems. His works burst with energy, breath with force. The black and white prints of Dobrowner capture the raw power of nature. The Storms series is fierce and seems at times apocalyptic- the sky dumps rain, twisters curl and tear the plane, clouds open the sky and pour rain or ripple and flow thick and heavy like water on a beach. His Urban series intensifies these feelings, especially when man's cities are dwarfed by the awesome power of nature. These pieces remind us of our impermanence and of nature's endurance. So too does Dobrowner's Land series- a sense of everlasting life is infused into the form and composition of his frames. Mountain peeks stand like sirens beautiful and sharp, lone trees and groves feel to have fleeting but delicate life amongst the rough surroundings that we feel sure have existed since the dawn of time.

Dobrowner's work certainly merits the honor of this international award.

June 2012 Interview with the artist in the LA Times

Dobrowner is represented by Kopeikin Gallery, an aipad member. Works and additional information on the artist can be found at Kopeikin Gallery

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Multiplying Factor: Art Prices Rise with Income Inequity

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 25, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Study conducted by Yale School of Management and Tilburg University Discover Trends in Art Prices


Study took data that dated to 1765 and mainly within the British art-market. While a variety of factors can be attributed to the record-breaking increase in the prices of art, particularly the impressive auction sale results of late some interesting findings emerged. New trends include the global art market, its connective impact and the competitive bidding it has generated. The most impressive figure was the ratio of income by top earners to prices- "one percentage point increase in the share of total income earned by the top 0.1% triggers an increase in art prices of about 14 percent" (Knight, L.A.Times).

More on this story in the L.A. Times

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston Receives Substantial Gift

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Print-heavy Donation Broadens Collection


Benefactor and Trustee's contribution to the museum collection was nothing less than substantial. William and Saundra Lane were serious collectors. The two met at the Metropolitan Theater of Boston when William was 50 and Saundra 25. William was at the time an established collector; Saundra quickly and enthusiastically learned her way. The Lane collection was vast, with a bulk of focus in prints, near 6,000, works on paper, near 100, and an additional 25 paintings to round out the collection.

The photographic portion of the donation equated to a massive increase of the photographic holdings of the MFA. The donation includes 2,500 images from the photographic estate of Charles Sheeler, the same figure of works by Edward Weston, and fair representation of works by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Brett Weston. Beyond quantity and quality of artist in name is their resonance as a whole. The Lanes were known for their interest in a genre that once overlooked has come into its own- Modernist Photography. The true weight of their interest will be enjoyed by generations of viewers to come.

More information on this story in The Boston Globe

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Up in Smoke

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Italian Museum Director Sets Fire to Artworks in Protest of Budget Cuts


Director of Casoria's Cpntemporary Art Museum (CAM), Antonio Manfredi, drew more than a line in the sand over budget cuts. His decision to burn artworks is quite a harsh symbol indeed. Manfredi began, one could say perhaps tentatively, with the burning of his own works, and moved on to the work of others with permission. The thought of such drastic action does cause a sense of immediate anxiety and panic even from a distance. The Italian government has yet to comment on the actions of Manfredi, but throughout Europe sparks have flown and been kindled by artists in solidarity with Manfredi and his cause.

However one cuts this story it is quite hard to swallow. Manfredi claims he destroys art to save it. In a time and place where art has been subject to such harsh slashing, more than 75% in the past two years, it is a tragic day when the last card to play is one of destruction.

For more information on this story please visit NPR

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