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Exhibition: Fractured Narratives at Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 12, 2014
Fractured Narratives
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
through January 4, 2015
Fractured Narratives features significant contributions by lens-based media, including photography and film; it also includes painting, sculpture, and sound by 14 artists from around the world including Dawoud Bey, Omer Fast, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, “Moris” Israel Moreno, Rivane Neuenschwander, Trevor Paglen, and Martha Rosler.  It draws from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art.  This exhibition is eloquent and jarring, for it breaks open the idea that narratives are one-sided or finite.  A narrative is merely a thread of events that reflects the perspective of the teller.  There is never one side to anything.  If the fewest number viewpoints we can uncover are only two, then we shall only rest uneasy knowing that if greater depth of counterpoints and contentions exist in a limited a field, strange alliances and complications must inevitably exist in more fractured ones.  We soon realize that nothing is black and white; everything is grey.  The complication of this upsets us, intrigues us, and compels us to keep looking, asking, turning over, and reexamining of all that we know and all that we have been told.  Add to this the stake of the exhibiting work's content and we find much to sift through.  This exhibition does not shy away from the political, cultural, psychological, and social challenges of our era, rather confronts them.  The exhibition forces us to recognize terrible truths and trespasses, and asks us to question established viewpoints.  Fractured Narratives doesn't point fingers; it illuminates.  What we do with these revelations is for us to know and live with.



To view the exhibition, preview online, or purchase a catalogue, please visit Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College



Image Information:


Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, Queens, New York)
The Birmingham Project: Janice Kemp and Triniti Williams, 2012
Archival pigment prints mounted on dibond
40 x 64 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Projects

Tags:  “Moris” Israel Moreno  Alfredo Jaar  Amar Kanwar  An-My Lê  Cornell Fine Arts Museum  Dawoud Bey  Eric Gottesman  Fractured Narratives  Goshka Macuga  Jenny Holzer  Martha Rosler  Maya Lin  Omer Fast  Rivane Neuenschwander  Trevor Paglen  William Kentridge 

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Arthur Leipzig Passes at 96

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 8, 2014

The New York Times reports on the life and work of documentary photographer Arthur Leipzig.  He passed at the age of 96 and was the last in a generation of socially-minded image-makers, including Helen Levitt, Roy DeCarava, Jerome Liebling, and Gordon Parks.  All of these image-makers documented the world as they saw it. 


Read more about the life and work of the legendary image-maker in the New York Times.

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Magnum Photographer René Burri Dies at 81

Posted By Blog User, Thursday, November 20, 2014


A photograph is a moment.  When you press the button, it will never come back.            - René Burri, from a 2010 interview with The Guardian

Time Lightbox reported today that Magnum photographer, René Burri, has died at 81.  Burri was born in Zurich in 1933, and was a contributor to such notable publications as LIFE, The New York Times ,and Paris-Match.  He began working with Magnum in 1955, helped create Magnum Films in 1965, and became a full member in 1959.  (Time Lightbox)

For a full report on this story, please visit Time Lightbox.

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Christie's Dabbles in Dealing

Posted By Blog User, Thursday, November 13, 2014

Judith H. Dobrynski reports in artinfo that Christie's is positioning itself as a dealer. The auction house, with intimate connections to collectors, dealers, and beyond could render itself an even bigger power-house with an art space in Rockefeller Center.  Is this a beginning of something bigger?

Last week, just as the bellwether fall sales of Impressionist, Modern and contemporary art in New York were about to begin, Christie’s announced that it was going deeper into dealer territory. Not with that headline, of course. The press release was titled CHRISTIE’S OPENS NEW ART SPACE IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER, and it said that architect Annabelle Selldorf, whose work can be seen in many NYC commercial galleries as well the renovated Clark Art Institute, had designed the new galleries. There are four of them, plus five private viewing rooms, occupying a total of 11,000 square feet.


Full report in artinfo.

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Droit de Suite Dampers UK Art & Antique Sales

Posted By Blog User, Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It is hard not to feel conflicted over the concept of royalties in art.  Musicians enjoy it, so how are visual arts different?  This question is the ground for increasing support for Droit de Suite for visual artists and their heirs.  Support for Droit de Suite is as strong as its opposition.  A recent recap of declining art sales in the UK by artnet news sites the Financial Times and British Art Market Federation's (BAMF) caution at the harm of Droit de Suite.  The report credits the practice as contributing to a 3% decline in UK sales; global markets, in contrast, enjoyed a 10% increase in 2013.  


The Droit de Suite was introduced to Europe in 2006, so the regional market was level until 2012 when the UK began applying the regulation to artists after death.  Heirs of artists can inherit the funds for up to 70 years after the death of the artist.  While this may seem drawn and staggering, the actual figures seem to be comparatively small with a rate of 4% for works up to €50,000 and decreasing as hammer price increases (see Sotheby's rates below for figures).  This could, and arguably has, sent sellers and buyers to other markets, but in a world where the upper echelons are already the only ones who can afford to do the trading, all this promises to do is add another notch to the belts of those who can afford the little extra or survive the slimmer margins.  Collectors still desire; dealers still serve.   


Recap in artnet news

Royalty Rates according to Sothebys


Related story:  California Resale Act in question: the Ninth Circuit Court scheduled to Review the Act before full Court. Oral argument scheduled to begin the week of December 15th.  Learn more on the forthcoming Review in the Art Law Report.

Tags:  artnews  California Resale Act  Droit De Suite  royalties for artiss 

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