Art Startups

Will Alexandra Chemla’s iPad App Change the Art Dealing Business?

Alexandra Chemla (Photo by Aaron Adler for The New York Observer)

Last June, at a dinner following a talk between Matthew Barney and Tina Brown at Kunstmuseum Basel, during that city’s annual art fair, Alexandra Chemla found herself seated with several fellow graduates of her alma mater Brown University.

“My rugby team at Harvard used to go down to the Brown campus to meet girls,” said Marc Glimcher, the president of Pace Gallery, one of the few members of the table who did not matriculate at Providence (the Observer was another). “I could sell my whole booth and it wouldn’t be as good as winning a rugby game.”

As small talk ensued, conversation centered on ArtBinder, Ms. Chemla’s startup that she founded as a 24-year-old gallery assistant at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, after years of slaving over massive physical binders full of printouts of art. Read More

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France Goes With Céleste Boursier-Mougenot for the 2015 Venice Biennale

'From Here to Ear (v.14)' (2011) by Boursier-Mougenot. (Courtesy the artist and Xippas Gallery)

The French government has selected Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to represent the nation at next year’s Venice Biennale. The artist, who shows with Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, beat out Tatiana Trouvé for the honor.

Mr. Boursier-Mougenot, who makes sculptures and installations using a very, very wide variety of materials, is probably best known for his work involving electrified guitars that he places in rooms with live birds, which create music when they alight on the instruments. Read More

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Philippines Return to Venice Biennale After 50-Year Absence


The Filipino Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Office of Filipino Senator Loren Legarda has announced that the Philippines will participate in the 2015 Venice Biennale, according to Art Radar Asia. This will be the country’s first national pavilion in 50 years. Read More

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Bad Attitudes: Harald Szeemann’s Landmark Exhibition Was a Scandal in Its Day

Installation view of “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013” Curated by Germano Celant in dialogue with Thomas Demand and Rem Koolhaas Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice
1 June – 3 November 2013
Photo: Attilio Maranzano
Courtesy: Fondazione Prada

Harald Szeemann’s mother did not approve of “When Attitudes Become Form.” A resident of Bern, Switzerland, where his famous exhibition took place in 1969, she was horrified by “Attitudes” and the controversy it caused. I’m getting all these terrible phone calls, she wrote to her son. You have to stop doing these gag exhibitions.

That letter from Mrs. Szeemann is one of many archival documents on view on the ground floor of the Ca’ Corner della Regina, the 18th-century Venetian palazzo where Germano Celant, curator of the Prada Foundation, has recreated Szeemann’s groundbreaking show, working in collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand and the architect Rem Koolhaas. This may not be the main event in town—that would be the biennale—but still it’s made an impact. On the second of three press preview days, people were lining up outside, bumping umbrellas in the rain. Read More