The World’s Longest Art Film

Installation view of Nanni Balestrini's 'Tristanoil' (2012) video at Documenta 13.

Earlier today, my colleague Michael H. Miller noted that New York’s YesYesNo collective is planning to make the world’s longest work of art by installing light-filled balloons along Hadrian’s Wall in England, which spans about 73 miles. And so let us offer this note: if you’re in the mood for more record-shattering art, you still have a little more than three weeks to catch what may be the world’s longest art film, Nanni Balestrini’s Tristanoil (2012), at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany. (It closes Sept. 16.) Read More


Tobia Bezzola Named Director of Museum Folkwang

The museum, which includes an extension by David Chipperfield. (Courtesy Rainer Halama/Wikipedia)

Tobia Bezzola, head of exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich, has been named the new director of the Museum Folkwang, in Essen, Germany. He had been with Kunsthaus since 1995, and had been in his current position since 2001. Mr. Bezzola has curated dozens of exhibitions, including shows of Joseph Beuys, Françis Alÿs and Thomas Struth, and has contributed essays to numerous catalogues, among them the book for the 2010 exhibition The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, which Roxana Marcoci organized at the Museum of Modern Art. Read More


EU Asks Germany to Raise Taxes on Art

"Matrosen Sailors" by Gerhard Richter (1966)

The executive body of the European Union, the European Commission, has asked that Germany close a loophole on its value added tax (VAT) for artwork, which is currently only seven percent, compared with to the usual 19 percent on all other goods and services. Read More