Louise Blouin Media announced today that curator, writer and academic administrator Bruce W. Ferguson will be its new vice chairman. Mr. Ferguson, who coedited the influential book Thinking About Exhibitions (1996), will “provide editorial and content oversight across Louise Blouin Media properties, including Art+Auction, Modern Painters, BlouinLIFESTYLE.com and BlouinARTINFO.com Daily; and online platforms BlouinARTINFO.com, BlouinNEWS.com,” according to a news release.
It’s late spring, time once again for the age-old tradition of the MFA thesis exhibition. Graduating art school students put on a final show of their work, in a rite of passage that marks the beginning of their lives as officially accredited artists, with all the struggles that entails: finding a studio, finding a gallery. The thesis shows, at least at the top-end schools like Columbia, Hunter and Yale, have also become a way for collectors and dealers to sniff out talent. It’s just a matter of making all those trips to all those schools. As of last week, there’s a brand new twist on the MFA thesis show, one that doesn’t involve any schlepping. VIP MFA, which launched last Friday, is the first-ever juried art fair that gives arts professionals and collectors a crack at the new talent emerging from 58 art schools around the world, from Manhattan to Mumbai—and it happens entirely online.