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21st March 2014
Alyssa Howell
cut18 Weekly Art News | The Week in Picturesi-D presents ‘Dries Van Noten Inspirations’ – a glitchy trip into the mind of one of the world’s most-adored designers, conceptualised, shot and edited by i-D’s in-house video team.

i-D presents ‘Dries Van Noten Inspirations’ ()

Data-moshed artworks morph into catwalk couture clips whilst Dries talks about drawing inspiration from everything from fine art to fashion movements in this unique short. As the first ever exhibition of his work captivates Paris, i-D take the viewer on a kaleidoscope tour of the colours and brush strokes that have informed Dries’ collections in one of his most intimate interviews to date.

The Divine Comedy (Art Review)

Major new exhibition of work, in all media, by over 50 contemporary African artists, from countries including Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Benin, Congo, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and which takes as its theme the theological, philosophical and moral ideas explored in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Curated by Simon Njami, the exhibition will show works over three floors of MMK – one representing Heaven, one Hell and one Purgatory, and will iinclude a number of new commissions made specially for the exhibition.

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Edson Chagas, TIPO PASS, Filipe D. Kuangana, 2012. Courtesy the artist and A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia © Edson Chagas Dominique Zinkpè, Errance, 2013 Installation view MMK, photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt Kudzanai Chiurai, Iyeza, 2012, film still, Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery Ato Malinda, On Fait Ensemble, 2010, film still, Courtesy the artist

Shanghai’s Tricky Museum Transformation ()

Ten years ago, when tourists interested in art came to Shanghai, their choices were limited to two museums: the Shanghai Museum, a 422,000-square-foot institution built in 1996 as a home for Chinese antiquities; and the Shanghai Art Museum, a much smaller facility housed in the clubhouse of a former race track, a colonial structure devoted to exhibitions of modern and contemporary Chinese art. Today, Shanghai tourists have a choice of no fewer than ten contemporary-art museums, most of them private ventures supported by individual investors.

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Rockbund Art Museum with Bharti Kher’s Target Queen, 2014, on the facade. ©BHARTI KHER/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM, SHANGHAI

MoMA dips into Matisse’s Swimming Pool ()

Henri Matisse’s largest and most celebrated cut-out is due to return to the walls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for the first time in more than 20 years. The Swimming Pool, 1952, a room-sized work that Matisse had originally created for his own dining room in Nice, is due to return to public view after a multi-year conservation effort. The restored version will be the centrepiece of the exhibition “Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs”, the largest-ever presentation of such works, when it travels to New York in October. (The show opens at Tate Modern in London next month but The Swimming Pool will only appear at MoMA.)

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Two panels from Matisse's The Swimming Pool

The Gavel Drops at Sotheby’s ()

The night that Sotheby’s held its most successful auction ever, and slipped deeper into corporate turmoil, there may have been only three people who fully comprehended the paradoxical dynamic. One of them was performing for the other two as he brought the hall to attention with eight clacks of a hammer. “A very warm welcome to tonight’s sale of contemporary art,” said auctioneer Tobias Meyer. The handsome public face of Sotheby’s (and an imperious backroom power), Meyer exuded europäische cool as the first lot of the house’s big November auction, the Dan Colen painting Holy Shit, materialized on a silently rotating wall.

Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas ()

Before a standing-room crowd at Christie’s here last month, the bidding opened on an abstract painting filled with black scratching, “Burrito” scrawled across the top in bright yellow. The auctioneer announced that there were already 17 telephone and absentee buyers vying for the canvas, made three years ago by Oscar Murillo, who just turned 28.

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The artist Oscar Murillo, who was born in Colombia, at his one-room studio in East London. Andrew Testa for The New York Times

TEFAF 2014: Sales Swift, Confidence High at the Mother of All Art Fairs ()

More than 10,000 VIPs made their way to the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) on Thursday. Artists Anish Kapoor and Georg Baselitz, Frieze Art Fair co-director Matthew Slotover and Frieze Masters director Victoria Siddall, as well as Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Netherlands’ Democrats 66 party, and Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, were among the crowd sipping champagne as they browsed art, design, and jewelry collectively worth an estimated €4 billion (US$5.54 billion).

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Tefaf 2014 - Stand 414 Marlbourough - Francis Bacon

Ai Weiwei: Xi Jinping’s father a good friend of his father’s ()

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has said he hopes President Xi Jinping makes time to see his exhibition during the leader’s visit to Germany this month, in an interview published on Saturday.

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