Category Archives: INSIDE TRACK
DAILY ART NEWS | MARCH 11TH
A round up of the Daily Art News, featuring the news that Damien Hirst is recruiting Photorealists, UK arts funding in a severe state, Keith Haring Foundation avoids $40 million lawsuit, the Art bulldog and much more.
One of the most iconic continuing photographic series of the 20th and 21st centuries, The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon opens 1st April 2015 in Sotheby’s New York. Complete sets of The Brown Sisters are extremely rare and have appeared at auction only twice before.
GERHARD RICHTER SETS £30 MILLION RECORD AT SOTHEBY’S EVENING AUCTION
We recently attended the packed out Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s, where the highlight of the lot was Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild, which fetched a colossal £30.4 million against a high estimate of £20 million. The masterpiece sets a new record for any living european artist, and received a round of raucous applause from those in attendance. The work by Francis Bacon, Two Studies for Self Portrait, sold for a Hammer price with buyer’s premium of £14.7 million. Despite falling short of its high estimate at £18 million, the painting was last sold at auction in 1993 for £353,500, which sees a huge 4000% increase in price and further cements the popularity of Bacon’s work.
TOP TEN EXHIBITIONS OPENING THIS WEEK
With a number of exciting exhibition openings in the coming week, here at Ultra Vie, we have picked out our favourite openings that you wont want to miss. This includes a round up of all the openings at major museums and galleries, with a reminder of the event openings and private viewings available with us. You can check out more information on all the openings in the article, with further links to event pages.
TOP 10 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS IN 2014
2014 has certainly been an eventful year. With the range of exhibitions presented, photography has definitely played its role in showcasing from retrospective to solo presentations works. As we conclude the year, Ultra Vie has picked our favourite photography exhibitions presented in 2014 from across the globe, which includes:
1. Cindy Sherman: Untitled Horrors, at Kunsthaus, Zürich
2. Phillip Lorca diCorcia Photographs 1975 – 2012, at the Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire
3. Horst: Photographer of Style, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
4. Sebastião Salgado: Genesis’, at International Center of Photography, New York
5. Guy Bourdin: Image Maker, at Somerset House, London
6. Richard Mosse, at the Vinyl Factory, London
7. Bernd & Hilla Becher, at Sprüth Magers, London
8. Garry Winogrand, at Jeu de Paume, Paris
9. FUEL present: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, at Grimaldi Gavin, London
10. Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, at Barbican Centre, London
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2014 | OUR GUIDE TO LONDON’S HOTTEST PARTIES
London knows how to ring in New Year’s with style! Whenever you want to dance your night away until the sun comes up, treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner or sip champagne while watching the fireworks, you’ve got it covered. Ultra Vie gives you a glimpse of the most exciting, lush and crazy parties the capital has to offer!
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2014 | OUR FAVOURITES FROM THE FAIR IN MIAMI
This December, Art Basel returns to Miami Beach for its 13th edition. With over 250 international galleries from 31 countries, the show takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center throughout the 4th until the 7th December 2014. Art Basel presents modern and contemporary artworks that situates in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. As each show is unique in its own location, the fair represents the art scene in the city from the galleries represented and artworks, to the programming structured for each edition. Claimed to be as the premier art show in Miami Beach, Ultra Vie has picked our favourites from the fair to you.
This November, with the Tsukanov Family Foundation, Saatchi Gallery presents a retrospective exhibition with 250 works from 110 artists in exploring and observing the influence of the Pop Art movement throughout the twentieth century. ‘Post Pop: East Meets West’ is the first exhibition on this particular movement, offering the contrasting influences from these set of Russian, Chinese, Taiwanese, British and American artists in perceiving Pop Art. As the exhibition is publicly opened from 26th November, Ultra Vie has the inside track from Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Post Pop: East Meets West’.
PARIS PHOTO FAIR 2014 | THE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
This November, Paris Photo 2014 celebrated photography at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. As its premier international art fair, Paris Photo presents a selection of 136 galleries from across the globe, including 31 new contributing galleries alongside with 105 returning galleries. The fair occured from the 13th until 16th November, and Ultra Vie gives you our favourite artworks from Paris Photo 2014.
CONSTRUCTING WORLDS AT BARBICAN | WHEN PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS ARCHITECTURE
Showcasing a range of photographs, the Barbican Art Gallery presents ‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’ as its latest exhibition. These images are taken in studying the relation of architecture and its setting, merely depicting just a portrait of the construction, but how the world constructs the architectural as well as to the surrounding lives. In a journey of 20th and 21st century modern architecture, the artists included in this exhibition are Berenice Abbott, Iwan Baan, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Hélène Binet, Walker Evans, Luigi Ghirri, Andreas Gursky, Lucien Hervé, Nadav Kander, Luisa Lambri, Simon Norfolk, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Julius Shulman, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Guy Tillim. Ultra Vie had an inside track opportunity to view the exhibition that’s open to public until early next year.
In its ninth edition, Contemporary Istanbul celebrates the Turkish capital’s exciting and dynamic art scene. Presenting the lively young art scene, Contemporary Istanbul has prepared for art enthusiasts in offering the future of contemporary art. Including 102 galleries, 520 artists from 23 countries across the globe, Ultra Vie has chosen our favourites from the fair for you.
THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014 | WINNING PORTRAITS DISPLAYED AT NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
As the year nearly comes to a close, National Portrait Gallery reveals its annual prize of The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014. The selected sixty images were chosen from over 4,000 submissions, 2,000 photographers from 60 countries worldwide. Exploring traditional and contemporary portraits, the photographs exhibited in the gallery presents a range of insight into photography, from editorial to amateur, as well as fine art and advertising images.