There were some events that made the top art highlights this week for very different reasons. They couldn’t be missed. For starters, there is a new affordable Art website Collectionair that sells art by established and emerging artists. Secondly, a series of Feminist Art exhibitions will open at The Brooklyn Museum in the fall. And, lastly, the story behind several duplicate Trump nude statues that popped up on Thursday in several U.S. cities, the brain child of Joshua Monroe. I added this last one to the mix because we all need some humor to get us through this bizarre time we’re living in.
New Affordable Art Website
Collectors can now purchase artwork for under $5,000 by established and emerging artists from Collectionair, a new art website. Cofounded by Olivier Varenne, the international curator at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, and Valerie Konde, an entrepreneur who previously worked for Google, this platform has received positive feedback from museum professionals such as Jean-Hubert Martin, the former director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou.
Collectionair produces online exhibitions each month which feature between twenty and thirty works. The artists, who are all unrepresented, set their selling prices. Art buyers can rent, buy and swap art with other members of the Collectionair art sharing community. Buyers beware, no refunds are given unless the art arrives damaged.
Curators of the digital shows are selected by the company’s curatorial advisory board, which consists of Jean-Hubert Martin, Philippa Adams, the senior director of the Saatchi Gallery in London, and Adelina von Fürstenberg, curator of the Armenian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Collectionair is open to all artists from the new and emerging art markets. Artists who want to sell their art on Collectionair can apply online via the “List your artwork” section of the website.
For more information visit https://collectionair.com/
Feminist Art Series of Exhibitions
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art was was established through the generosity of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation. The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago, is an important icon of 1970s feminist art and a milestone in twentieth-century art, is presented as the centerpiece around which the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is organized.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, The Brooklyn Museum presents “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism”. Ten distinct exhibitions will be complemented by an extensive calendar of related public programs. The Museum-wide series starts in October 2016 and continues through early 2018.
“A Year of Yes” presents a multiplicity of voices from the history of feminism and feminist art while also showcasing contemporary artistic practices and new thought leadership. This project recognizes feminism as a driving force for progressive change.
The first exhibition scheduled during this series is “Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals”, October 21, 2016-March 5, 2017.
To find out more visit The Brooklyn Museum website at https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/
Nude Trump Sculptures Erected in U.S. Cities
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week I’m sure you’ve seen and heard about the life-sized nude Donald Trump sculptures that have been erected in Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Cleveland. They were dismantled less than an hour after they were installed in all cities except New York, Trump’s turf, which kept it up a bit longer.
The collaboration, entitled “The Emperor Has No Balls,” was the brainchild of INDECLINE, an anarchist art collective. Joshua Monroe is the artist who created the series of nude Donald Trump statues. According to Monroe, who used the alias “Ginger” to avoid “backlash,” had “very specific criteria” set as to “what the statue would include and what it would not.”
Monroe’s project was inspired in part by the Hans Christian Anderson story about an overly self-assured leader who fails to realize his new suit is in fact his birthday suit, according to a studio spokesperson. The intent was to create a mocking tribute to the “modern day Emperor of Fascism and Bigotry.”
For those Trump supporters who might be offended, don’t worry, according to a story titled “Meet Joshua Monroe, the Man Who Makes Nude Trump Statues,” by Amelia Warshaw on The Daily Beast website, Monroe would consider giving Hillary Clinton the same treatment.