Thursday, April 24, 2014

The sixth edition features work by 100 of the best, unrepresented artists coupled with a dynamic program of talks, workshops and events.
The Other Art Fair, the UK’s leading artist-led fair, is delighted to announce details of its sixth edition in spring 2014. The fair will take place between 24th and 27th April 2014 at Ambika P3 in Marylebone and will feature work by 100 of the best, unrepresented artists coupled with a dynamic program of talks, workshops and events.

Amongst a growing number London art fairs, The Other Art Fair offers a unique but inclusive experience which appeals to both art aficionados and novices. It allows visitors to interact directly with the artists, learning about their practice, the meaning of a work and even bartering. The growing number of artist applications as well as visitors with each edition is testament to the success of the formula. The fair provides artists with a platform not only to sell their work but also to forge connections with creative professionals and find inspiration or collaborations with other artists. 

The forthcoming edition of the fair follows on from the unprecedented success achieved at the fair’s fifth inauguration in October 2013. Taking place for the first time during Frieze Week, The Other Art Fair attracted over 12,000 visitors with 3,500 attending on the opening night alone. Marking a significant departure for the fair, it also moved to East London’s primary destination for creative events, The Old Truman Brewery, sharing the space with Moniker Art Fair. Together, The Other Art Fair and Moniker Art Fair, created one of the most successful satellite events of London’s art week. 

The fair’s unique premise earnt it praise for standing out amongst the many art events that coincided with Frieze. The Evening Standard commented: “the nice thing is you get to deal directly with the artists rather than the middle men” whilst Arts London News wrote: “It was not just The Other Art Fair, it was the other art experience of being in an intimate community… In the shadow of Frieze Week, the hundred odd unrepresented artists showed the London art scene how it is done.” 

In addition to the positive reception from the media, the fair also had great interest from some of London’s leading contemporary art galleries, with attendance by representatives from Lisson, Blain|Southern, Christies, National Print Gallery, Alan Cristea, Frith Street Gallery, and Lazarides to name a few. 

As well as the artworks on display, The Other Art Fair also offers a selection of talks, workshops and events for visitors of all ages and interests. 

Visitor Activities: 

Live Performance 

Continuing from the success seen at previous editions, the fair will present a series of performances including live acoustic music, a DJ and a theatre group to greet visitors upon arrival. 


Utilising the unique space at Ambika P3 in a new way, The Other Art Fair will create a lively street food market for visitors to sample food from London’s most interesting pop-up restaurants. 


Sipsmith will return to The Other Art Fair to serve delicious, handcrafted cocktails, this time created in a ‘Spring Garden’ where scents, visuals as well as tastes merge for a sensory experience. 

Talks & Workshops 

Partnering with leading London cultural organisations, there will be a variety of talks, curated walks and interactive workshops available for visitors to participate in throughout the weekend. 


By popular demand, The Other Art Fair’s Taxidermy Workshops will return with this edition, allowing visitors to craft and take home their own anthropomorphic creations. 

Photo 21 

Showcasing the work of twenty-one of the most talented photographers from around the globe, Photo 21 has been critically acclaimed for bringing together a diverse range of upcoming fine art photographers. 

Print Studio 

New to the fair, visitors will be able to witness live screen-printing of limited edition prints exclusively designed by participating artists. 

Date & Create 

A new, novel dating experience, giving arty singles the chance to find romance. Like speed dating but better because sketching replaces the small talk! Advance booking required. 

Kids Create 

Children aged between 3 and 10 can participate in variety of artistic activities from following a creative treasure hunt around the fair, to unleashing their artistic flair in a series of arty challenges. 

Artist Activities: 

The Other Art Fair is dedicated to supporting emerging artists and finding additional ways of helping each artist fulfil their potential. As part of the pre-fair support package, all exhibitors are offered: 

Pre-Fair Workshop 

Artists will have the opportunity to attend a workshop at a leading art gallery led by the Gallery Director, the Fair Director Ryan Stanier and a previous participant of the fair. 


Partnering with Trudie Stephenson from The Art Insider, The Other Art Fair will host a series of lectures specifically designed to support emerging artists. Each will feature discussion between industry experts and will cover topics such as entrepreneurial approaches to the art world. 

Mentor Programme: An initiative that supports exhibiting artists and budding curators, the mentor programme is a platform for MA curatorial graduates from The Courtauld Institute of Art and Sotheby’s Institute of Art to give one-to-one support to artists, advising them on pricing, self-representation and stand organisation. 

Online Shop: New to the fair with this edition, every participating artist will be given a profile on The Other Art Fair’s online shop, allowing them to continue selling their work through the platform for the entire year. 

The Other Art Fair 
At the inaugural launch in November 2011, the fair showcased the work of 80 of the UK’s best unrepresented artists. Hosted at the Bargehouse on the South Bank, it was a great success, attracting 4,300 visitors over three days. Since then the fair has continued to grow with each instalment, and all three spring editions have been held at Ambika P3 in Marylebone. In autumn 2013, The Other Art Fair was timed to coincide with Frieze week, sharing The Old Truman Brewery with Moniker Art Fair. Becoming one of the largest satellite attractions of London’s art week, there were over 12,000 visitors to The Other Art Fair with sales increasing by 17% since the previous edition. 

Image: Maria Konstanse Bruun, You are to me what I was to her, 2012. Photography, 75 x 50 x 1 cm 

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Private View: Thursday 24th April 2013, 5pm - 9pm 

Ambika P3 
University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS 
Opening Hours: 
Friday 25th April 2013, 11am - 6pm 
Saturday 26th April 2013, 11am - 7pm 
Sunday 27th April 2013, 11am - 6pm 
Entry: Tickets from £6 in advance

Pick Me Up, the UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival

The fifth edition of the contemporary graphic arts festival showcases and sells affordable work from the great and good of the graphic arts world alongside a daily programme of lively events.

Now in its fifth year, the UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival Pick Me Up showcases graphic art in all its glorious forms. Aimed at being the antithesis of a traditional art fair, Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival, showcasing and selling affordable work from the great and good of the graphic arts world alongside a daily programme of lively events. Led by a myriad of names and collectives, from family favourites to fashion big-hitters, the events are designed to appeal to all ages and interests, encouraging everyone to get involved. - London

Edward Carvalho-Monaghan

The Children’s Choice Weekend is back between 3 – 4 May with an incredible line-up of guests. Rastamouse creators Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster will start the weekend by leading children’s drawing workshops and a reading on 3 May around everyone’s favourite crime fighting, reggae-playing rodent. Judith Kerr will be the guest of honour on 4 May, hosting an ‘in conversation’ event with her art director Ian Craig, in which they will look back at her literary legacy and explain why she chooses to continue working after a lifetime in the industry, with the publication of her new picture book set for later this year. There will also be tiger tea-parties for families and the young at heart running throughout the day. Kerr’s name will be familiar within generations of families after writing and illustrating children’s classics such as the acclaimed Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea. 

A special events programme has been curated to celebrate illustrators at the forefront of a new wave of fashion imagery, hosting one-off events with a sartorial slant throughout the festival. To open proceedings on 24 April, art director and animator Jo Ratcliffe, who drew and directed the animation in Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ video, will lead an interactive day of activities, unveiling a giant zoetrope she has designed specially for Pick Me Up. In this cylinder construction festivalgoers can stand inside and view a sequence of Ratcliffe’s images in rapid succession, giving the illusion of motion. 26 April will see fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve, whose funky felt-tip illustrations can be seen everywhere from Topshop to Vogue, as a special guest for a day of drop-in fashion focused fun. Fashion artist and author Jason Brooks, who forged his career drawing couture at fashion shows and designed the identity for record label Hed Kandi, will be running a day of workshops on Saturday 3 May. On 27 April cartoonist Gemma Correll will be running a day inspired by her celebrated portrayals of animals, particularly her Pugs not Drugs portfolio which features on clothes and accessories that have a celebrity fashion following. She will be joined by Pick Me Up Select artist Jessica Das who will lead a workshop on how to draw cute and cheeky cats. 

Music plays its part in the festival with DJs and bands playing on a selected number of late night events from 6-10pm. The first will see band The Coward, led by Nico Jullien with graphics by his brother, the celebrated French observational artist Jean Jullien, on 25 April. As a belated celebration of World Record Day, there will be record sleeve design workshops running on the same day in collaboration with Pick Me Up’s very own radio station brought to the festival by Comms Bureau. Pick Me Up Radio presented by Comms Bureau is new for 2014 and will stream live from Somerset House. With specially invited DJs, interviews and take-over days, festivalgoers will be able to see the radio broadcasts being put together live and listen online remotely. 

A varied events programme will continue throughout the festival: during the Children’s Choice Weekend popular picture book illustrator Chris Haughton, will be reading from his latest children’s book ‘Shh! We Have A Plan’ and creating a mural that children’s and adults alike will be able to add to throughout the day. Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill, best known for his typographic compositions including the now-famous “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” will be leading a sticker themed drop-in workshop on 25 April. On the final day of the festival author and typographer Paul Felton will lead a day of typographic soul cleansing where attendees can enter a confession booth and add their typographic guilty pleasures to the walls. Running alongside confession will be a series of sermons and the chance to create stained glass typographic masterpieces. An interactive paper guillotine sculpture entitled Paper Cuts by paper cutting artist and designer Mandy Smith will invite people to experience the world’s most recognisable instrument of death, whist photographing the experience as a keepsake. 

Cutting-edge collectives and contemporary graphic art galleries will each curate a customised studio space where they will host events alongside their bountiful body of new and existing work. On 1 May Camberwell Press presents 'Let's Get Quizzical' as a late night event, the Pick Me Up edition of London's premier pub quiz for creative minds. The Puck Collective, an evolving group of illustration collectives, will be building an arsenal of weaponry in card form throughout the festival in preparation for Andy War Wall on 2 May. A unique interactive gaming event of Puck Trumps in which festivalgoers can enter any of the six battle booths every half an hour following an air raid siren. Contestants will pick cards after rolling a giant dice and once all the battle cards are revealed a winner will be announced who will progress to the next round, the winning team will receive a special trophy and crown. An illustrator from Puck will be documenting the battle so that by the end they will have produced a modern tapestry telling the epic story of the battle. In between the league games the public are invited to draw their own top trumps. 

Running throughout the opening weekend will be Blinkink, an animation and moving image showreel showcasing a variety of animation techniques from nine award-winning directors. Included in the programme will be ‘making-of’ films revealing the technique and craftsmanship behind the work. On both the Saturday and Sunday there will also be panel discussions featuring Elliot Dear who directed the infamous John Lewis Christmas commercial ‘The Bear and the Hare’ and renowned designer and director Noah Harris. 

The Majority of events are included with entry admission price to the festival, though there may be an additional charge for the purchase of materials produced at an event. 

About Somerset House 
Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2.5 million visitors to the site, providing a stimulating environment for exploration and relaxation. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. Since September 2009, Somerset House has been the new home of London Fashion Week. 

For press and image enquiries, please contact Laura Horton at Somerset House on or 020 7845 4638 

2014 events highlights announced 

· Children’s Choice Weekend with workshops and readings from the Rastamouse creators and ‘in conversation’ with The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog writer and illustrator Judith Kerr as well as accompanying tiger themed tea-parties 

· Fashion focused one-off events from illustrators Daisy de Villeneuve, Jo Ratcliffe and Jason Brooks 

· World Record Day celebrations with vinyl sleeve design workshop 

· Late night music and DJs 

Open daily 10am – 6pm, late night Thursdays and Fridays until 10pm 

Tickets now on sale from 

Single entry £10, concessions £8, festival pass £17.50 

Entry price with admission to Judith Kerr ‘In Conversation’ is £15 single and £22.50 unlimited festival entry; tickets are extremely limited and early booking is advisable 

Somerset House 
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA 
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily. Late night openings on Thursdays and Fridays until 10pm 
Admission: Single entry £10, concessions £8, festival pass £17.50Entry price with admission to Judith Kerr ‘In Conversation’ is £15 single and £22.50 unlimited festival entry; tickets are extremely limited and early booking is advisable 
Transport: Temple, Embankment Charing Cross, Waterloo

Tra bestialita' ed evoluzione della specie - IV edizione del Festival delle Arti Performative

Vi segnaliamo questo evento interessante e attento al CORPO, tema che stiamo sviluppando nel nostro BODY ART CHRONICLE 

IV edizione del Festival delle Arti Performative, intitolato "Tra bestialita' ed evoluzione della specie". La manifestazione vuole essere occasione per approfondire la conoscenza della Performance, della Body Art e della Live Art, dell'Azionismo e degli Happening.

Tra bestialita' ed evoluzione della specie - IV edizione del Festival delle Arti Performative

Dal 24 Aprile al 4 maggio 2014 performers ed esperti di arte contemporanea provenienti da tutta Italia si ritroveranno in Abruzzo per la IV edizione di CORPO: Festival delle Arti Performative, a cura di Ivan D’Alberto e Sibilla Panerai. L’edizione 2014, che ha come tema tra bestialità ed evoluzione della specie, è organizzata dalla Scuola Popolare d’Arte “Boris Vian” ed è coordinata dal Centro di Archiviazione e Promozione della Performing Art (CAPPA). Il Festival, ormai giunto alla quarta edizione, è un’occasione culturale per approfondire la conoscenza della Performance, della Body Art e della Live Art, dell’Azionismo e degli Happening, linguaggi estetici centrali nelle ricerche artistiche contemporanee. 

CORPO si compone di una sezione di giovani artisti, coinvolti attraverso le Accademie di Belle Arti e le gallerie specializzate, e di una sezione dedicata agli incontri-dibattito. Nel primo caso i giovani selezionati realizzano performance in diversi spazi pubblici e privati, mentre nel secondo, studiosi e ricercatori intervengono sul concept di base della rassegna e sul lavoro di performer riconosciuti a livello internazionale. 

Quest’anno le sedi del Festival sono l’Appartamento LAGO di Pescara, la Fondazione Museo “Palazzo de’ Mayo” di Chieti, la Residenza LAOS di Montesilvano Colle, il FLORIAN Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione e lo Spazio He5 di Pescara. Collabora al Festival il collettivo ULTRAStudio. 

Saranno presenti come performer Alessandro Jasci, che presenterà una performance in prima nazionale e la riedizione di una sua azione del 1975, Globster, Dario Oggiano ed Elisabetta Di Bucchianico (Officina delle Invenzioni), Mona Lisa Tina (Bologna) e Giulio Biancalani (Pistoia), con una performance appositamente concepita per il Teatro FLORIAN. 

Interverranno come relatori nomi di rilievo internazionale, Eugenio Viola, Curator at Large Museo MADRE di Napoli, nonché curatore del festival Corpus/Arte in azione, svoltosi dal 2009 al 2012; Celeste Ricci, curatrice, critico d’arte e giornalista di Artnoise di Roma; Giorgio Cipolletta, docente di Laboratorio di arte visuale e tecnologia – Università di Macerata e Aldo Marroni, docente di Estetica, Università “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara. 

CORPO è un progetto di ricerca unico nel suo genere e punto di riferimento per il centro-sud Adriatico che negli anni ha visto coinvolti performer, artisti e personalità di rilievo come Raffaella Perna, Umberto Palestini, Graziano Menolascina, Francesco Pezzini, Piero Cavellini, Giuseppe Morra, Fabrizio Deriu, Andreina Di Brino, in veste di relatori e tra gli artisti Nicola Ruben Montini, Kyrahm e Julius Kaiser, Marco Casolino, Francesca Fini, Angelo Colangelo, Flavio Sciolè, Sylvia Di Ianni, Antonella Sigismondi, Maura Chiulli, Mandra Cerrone, con la presentazione di video-performance di Joseph Beuys, Giuseppe Desiato, Ugo La Pietra, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Sandro Visca e molti altri ancora. 
La rassegna è stata possibile grazie al fondamentale contributo della Fondazione PescarAbruzzo e alla disponibilità di tutti i partner coinvolti. 

Il concept di base di CORPO 2014 è evoluzione: il passaggio storico-evolutivo da uomo nomade a uomo stanziale e da uomo macchina a uomo cyborg. Se “I primi nomadi seguivano le greggi, che cercavano a loro volta di che nutrirsi, in base alle stagioni, alle piogge – scrive il filosofo francese Pierre Levy in Intelligenza collettiva – oggi, noi siamo nomadi al seguito del divenire umano, un divenire che ci attraversa e che noi stessi costruiamo (…). Lo spazio del nuovo nomadismo non è né il territorio geografico né quello delle istituzioni o degli stati, ma uno spazio invisibile delle conoscenze, dei saperi, delle potenzialità di pensiero in seno alle quali si dischiudono e mutano le qualità d’essere, le maniere di fare società. 

Non gli organigrammi del potere, né le frontiere delle discipline, né le statistiche dei mercanti, ma lo spazio qualitativo, dinamico, vivente dell’umanità che sta inventando il proprio mondo”. Levy si riferisce alla Rete e alla possibilità, attraverso le invenzioni tecnologiche, di poter essere in ogni luogo in qualsiasi momento. Una mobilità virtuale che prospetta una contaminazione culturale, ma che azzera però quella esperienziale. 

Un’evoluzione che conduce l’uomo a diventare appunto qualcos’altro: da Homo sapiens sapiens a Homo cyborg. 
CORPO 2014 vuole imporsi come tramite tra il padre nomade e il figlio cyborg migrante. La provocazione è riuscire a trovare un punto d’incontro che riesca a far convergere ambiente reale e ambiente virtuale attraverso l’esperienza del corpo: essere contemporaneamente migrante della Rete e migrante del mondo, dando vita a un corpo alternativo segnato da quei rituali che, alla luce di una visione contemporanea, sono intrisi antropologicamente, storicamente, culturalmente e socialmente dei linguaggi della performance. 


Giovedì 24 Aprile ore 11.30 – Appartamento LAGO, Pescara 
Conferenza stampa di presentazione 
e prima nazionale della performance Mostra solo per Animali (2014) 
di Alessandro Jasci, in collaborazione con il collettivo ULTRAStudio 

Interverranno: Ivan D’Alberto e Sibilla Panerai, curatori di CORPO 
Giovanni Paolo Maria De Cerchio, delegato alla Cultura del FAI di Chieti 
Giuseppe Di Meo, presidente CAPPA 
Sabrina Zimei, responsabile dell’Appartamento LAGO di Pescara Giulia Basel, direttrice artistica del FLORIAN Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione 
Antonio Cipriani, responsabile dello spazio He5 

Sabato 26 Aprile ore 18.00 – Fondazione Museo “Palazzo de Mayo”, Chieti 
Aspettando CORPO 2014: tra bestialità ed evoluzione della specie 
Interverranno: Aldo Marroni, docente di Estetica, Università “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara 
Dal gusto ‘bestiale’ al disgusto umano. La morte dell’arte e la scomparsa del soggetto 
Giovanni Paolo Maria De Cerchio, delegato alla Cultura del FAI di Chieti 

performance di e con Dario Oggiano ed Elisabetta Di Bucchianico (Officina delle Invenzioni) 

Venerdì 2 Maggio ore 18.00 – Studio He5, Pescara 
Convegno: CORPO tra bestialità ed evoluzione della specie 
Interverranno: Eugenio Viola, Curator at Large Museo MADRE di Napoli 
Ivan D’Alberto e Sibilla Panerai, curatori CORPO 

performance di Alessandro Jasci, in collaborazione con il collettivo ULTRAStudio 

Sabato 3 Maggio ore 21.00 – FLORIAN Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione, Pescara 

performance di e con Giulio Biancalani, prima nazionale 
Incontro-dibattito con l’autore, interverranno: Giulio Biancalani, artista 
Celeste Ricci, curatrice, critico d’arte e giornalista di Artnoise (Roma) 

Domenica 4 Maggio ore 18.00 – Residenza LAOS, Montesilvano Colle (Pescara) 
Convegno: Estetica della transizione 
Interverrà: Giorgio Cipolletta, docente di Laboratorio di arte visuale e tecnologia – Università di Macerata 

FRAGMENTS, (2012), 25’ 
performance di e con Mona Lisa Tina 

BODY RECORDINGS, (2014), 30’ 
performance audio-dinamica corporale di e con Globster 

Inaugurazione 24 aprile dalle 11.30 


Fondazione Museo “Palazzo de Mayo” 
corso Marrucino n. 121,Chieti 

Studio He5 
Via Falcone e Borsellino n. 38 - I° piano, Pescara 

Florian - Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione 
Via Valle Roveto n.39, Pescara 

Residenza LAOS 
Montesilvano Colle (PE) 

Appartamento LAGO 
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II , 10 (4° Piano) Pescara


32nd edition. Almost half of the fair is dedicated to emerging generation artists. The section Curator's view brings together thematics groups exhibitions, The Cinema features two film programmes and a show is focused on works from private collection.

Aggiungi didascArt Brussels 2014 BRUSSELS EXPO, BRUXELLESalia

The 32nd edition of Art Brussels , – within a continuing spirit of creative and artistic renewa l - features several new initiatives.
For the 10th consecutive year, the fair could again count on the support of ING as main sponsor. After consistently building up its reputation over the years and following on the success of Art Brussels 2013, the fair now confidently occupies a position among the top five international art fairs , while maintaining its unique features and welcoming convivial atmosphere. As their proliferation seems to testify, art fairs continue to provide important economic, networking , and exhibition opportunities for artists; whilst for collectors and the public they remain unique platforms where one has the opportunity to see many artists and artworks under one roof, something that would not be possible in other circumstances.

It is no longer a secret that Brussels is , in the last years, experiencing a creative renaissance in all fields of culture , and especially the visual arts. The city continues to attract international attention and more newcomers in terms of artists, gallerie s and curators. This, in addition to the committed cultural institutions that already exist, is solidifying Brussels’ reputation as one of Europe’s most interesting and promising contemporary art cities , which is quietly stealing the limelight from other e stablished cultural metropoles . Brussels offers easy access (under 2 hours by train) from other neighbouring major European cities, the promise of multiple cultural discoveries, an increasing number of new artistic initiatives in the city, and an excellent culinary culture. The strong collector’s base in Belgium (Belgian as well as international) further reinforces the position of Art Brussels as one of the major, not - to - be - missed cultural events in Western Europe and one of the flagship events in Europe’s capital.

SECTIONS : PRIME, YOUNG, FIRST , SOLO, CURATOR’S VIEW (new) Apart from the renewal of each edition, Art Brussels continues to maintain its profile as a fair that brings together emerging artists and galleries (the YOUNG section) with more established ones (the PRIME section), thus offering the best of both worlds: an established market combined with a youthful appeal. At the same time it continues to reinforce and build upon its identity as a ‘discovery fair’ and the place where one can identify artists at the beginning of their careers 4 Indicatively, this year the FIRST section, which includes young and upcoming galleries that have never shown at the fair before, will be enlarged after a record number of ap plications. FIRST, which is supported by Swatch , the Swiss w atchmaker, is a unique section at Art Brussels as it is upon invitation only. It is scouted and selected by a committee of curators including:

- Daria De Beauvais, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
- Chris Fitzpatrick, Director, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
- Nathalie Hartjes, Artistic director Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, and Coordinator of the Gallerist Programme at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
- Johan Holten, Director, Kunsthalle Baden Baden
- Katerina Gregos, Curator, Artistic Director, Art Brussels.

In addition to FIRST, 75 galleries will be exhibiting in the YOUNG section, meaning that almost half of the fair is dedicated to emerging and younger generation artists.
Katerina Gregos selects the best booth i n YOUNG25m2. The winning Gallery will be rewarded with the Karen Renders Award. This year, more emphasis will also be placed on individual presentations of artists, in the SOLO section, providing the opportunity to see the work of an artist (whether establi shed or young) more in - depth, and allowing for larger scale projects. Art Brussels is partnering, for the second time with Pirelli , for the Pirelli Prize, which will be awarded to the best SOLO presentation.
The galleries in the SOLO section are pre - select ed by Katerina Gregos , and the prize is selected by the members of the Art Brussels Collector’s Committee. The SOLO shows are spread throughout the 2 halls of the fair.

Finally, a new section has been added to the fair this year entitled CURATOR’S VIEW . T his section brings together a selected number of galleries who bring a curated thematic group exhibition in their stand to the fair. These curatorial proposals can be curated either by an artist, or by a curator, or by the gallery themselves and are select ed by Katerina Gregos. 


For the first time, the fair will s tage an exhibition focused on showcasing works from selected private collection s, based on a concept conceived by Katerina Gregos, artistic director of the fair. This year’s inaugural exhibition (and the fair’s flagship artistic project) bears the title Po rtrait of the Collector as a Work of Art , An intimate Journey, and will bring together highlights from the collections of the Art Brussels’ Collectors Committee, comprised of some of the most outstanding Belgian collectors. The latter are internationally k nown for their passion, dedication, knowledge, and expertise and for discovering and acquiring artists at a very early stage in their careers. Art Brussels, with the collaboration of Louis Vuitton , will thus pay tribute to a selected number of these collec tors and to highlight specific works from their collections, as well as shed light on what motivates them and how they approach art collecting, thus also generating a discussion about the practice of collecting, which lies at the heart of the raison d’ ê tre of every art fair. This unique project would not be possible without the generous partnership of Louis Vuitton , and the additional support of Anglo Belge Special Risks , who are our exclusive partners in this unique endeavo u r. 

This year, together with the National Lottery , Art Brussels is launching a new curatorial competition for emerging curators (by invitation only), providing the opportunity for a young curator to or ganise an exhibition drawn from the collection of the National Lottery on the theme of games of chance.
This unique collection of 100.000 items contains works of art by Old Masters as well as contemporary artists and includes photographs, audio - visual ma terial, drawings, prints, etchings, sculptures, ceramics, paintings, objects, ephemera, tapestries, posters and documents but also lottery machines, slot machines, fun fair lotteries, dices, etc.
The winning curatorial proposal , which will be formulated o n the base of research conducted at the archives of the National Lottery, will be presented exclusively at the National Lottery booth, during Art Brussels, in the fair grounds.

One of the highlights of Art Brussels for some years now, is the HI SK Café, operated by HISK – the Higher Institute for Fine Arts Advanced Studies & Practice - based Research in Visual Arts, Gent, on the Mezzanine of Hall 3. The HISK Café doubles up as a bar but also a special artistic project each year, conceived of by the 23 artists currently resident at the HISK. The HISK Café offers visitors the chance to make artistic discoveries, while enjoying a drink and a moment of relaxation. It is one of the most lively and informal fixtures of the fair, drawing many artists and a young crowd. As with the previous years, this year HISK will surprise Art Brussels with a new, and always adventurous artistic project for the fair. Watch this space! with the support of Duvel Moorgat and Brewery Bosteels

Apart from the institutional public and private spaces already existing in Belgium, the country has a number of very dynamic and important curator and artist - run not - for - profit spaces are important platforms for artists and art - lovers alike. This year, Art Brussels will , for the second time , again host six artist and curator – run, not - for - profit spaces from all over Belgium, introducing to the fair an important non - commercial parameter.
Each space has been invited to present a special project for the f air, thus highlighting practices that are more experimental. The spaces featured this year are: NICC (Brussels), Objectif (Antwerp), LLS 387 (Antwerp), CIAP (Hasselt), Hotel Charleroi (Charleroi), and Kiosk (Gent).

S THE STAGE was inaugurated at Art Brussel s 2013 and featured an intense and high - level discursive programme , which featured over 100 art professionals and thinkers, over five days in a special amphitheatrical str ucture designed by Tom Mares & W alt Van Be ek (designers of Art Brussels 2013) . Following the success of last year, THE STAGE will continue in the same shape and form, with a new programme of discursive activities (talks, debates, encounters with artists) and a programme of live art and performance . THE STAGE, is the discursive heart of the fair, the place where ideas and people (artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, scholars, critics and the like) will gather in order to propose, discuss and exchange ideas, plans and visions and listen to the ideas that currently matter.

Art Brussels places a special emphasis on film and video, important art forms that are widely accepted in museums, institutions and biennials but perhaps less well represented in art fairs d ue to spatial restrictions. Last year, for the first time, Art Brussels inaugurated a special space for the presentation of shorter duration films and videos, THE CINEMA , which was also designed by Tom Mar es & Walt Van Beek. This initi ative will also continue at Art Brussels 2014. THE CINEMA features two curated film programmes, selected by Katerina Gregos, based on gallery submissions.

The artists to be featured for the months in th e run up to Art Brussels are as follows:
- JOHN AKOMFRAH (Ghana, 1957): Thursday 27 th February , courtesy Caroll/Fletcher (UK)
- LAURE PROUVOST (France, 1978): Thursday 27 th March , courtesy M OT International (BE/UK)
- ELIZABETH PRICE (UK, 1966) : Thursday 17 th April , courtesy MOT International (BE/UK)

For more information and programme times see:

Press contact:
Gerrie Soetaert Press & Communication +32 (0)47547986

Preview & Vernissage 24 April
Press Conference 24 April , 2.30 pm– THE STAGE

Brussels Expo
- halls 1 & 3 Place de Belgique, 1 Belgiëplein BE - 1020 Brussels
Opening hours:
Preview 24 /04: 11 am - 5 pm. ( by invitation only) Vernissage 24 /04: 5 pm - 10 pm. ( by invitation only)
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 April: 12 noon – 8pm

TrentoFilmFestival 2014

100 film per esplorare e reinventare il rapporto tra cinema e montagna. Paese ospite dell'edizione 2014: il Messico. E oltre al cinema anche musica, gastronomia e una mostra dedicata agli illustratori per l'infanzia ospitata a Torre Mirana.

TrentoFilmFestival 2014
 Dal 24 aprile al 4 maggio Trento torna a essere la capitale internazionale della montagna grazie al TrentoFilmFestival, la prima rassegna cinematografica al mondo per età e importanza dedicata alla magia delle vette che nel 2014 festeggia 62 edizioni. 
Una «scalata» lunga 11 giorni, ma anche un’affascinante opportunità per conoscere la città, con il suo prezioso centro storico, ricco di monumenti e palazzi rinascimentali costruiti all’epoca del celebre Concilio Tridentino. 

Il festival è «diffuso», grazie alle piazze e ai palazzi del centro storico che durante la manifestazione si trasformano in sedi degli appuntamenti, degli incontri, delle presentazioni e delle mostre inserite nel calendario della manifestazione, accanto alle proiezioni cinematografiche e alle serate-evento. 

Paese ospite dell’edizione 2014: il Messico, scelto per l’interesse che sta registrando la sua cinematografia, che il pubblico trentino avrà modo di apprezzare grazie ai film presentati nella sezione «Destinazione... Messico!». E oltre al cinema anche musica, gastronomia, una interessante e inedita mostra dedicata agli illustratori per l’infanzia ospitata a Torre Mirana. 
Una vera chicca l’evento di apertura del programma cinematografico, venerdì 25 aprile, con la proiezione del documentario del 1924 «The Epic of Everest», girato in occasione della tragica spedizione britannica all’Everest dove scomparvero gli alpinisti George Mallory e Andrew Irvine dal capitano John Noel. 

Restaurato nel 2013 dal British Film Institute e presentato in anteprima al London Film Festival lo scorso ottobre, il documentario sarà proposto per la prima volta fuori dall’Inghilterra proprio a Trento e in questa occasione sarà accompagnato dalle musiche composte dal musicista inglese Simon Fisher Turner per il restauro del film, che verranno eseguite per la prima volta a Trento, dopo l’anteprima londinese. 

Un’altra novità sarà l’utilizzo del Cinema Vittoria, sala tra le più storiche della città, in particolare per le proiezioni più prestigiose, i lungometraggi e le fiction della sezione "Eventi". 

Il calendario di tutti gli eventi è disponibile sul sito 

Inaugurazione: giovedì 24 aprile 2014 

Centro Santa Chiara 
via Santa Croce 67, Trento 

“Sedução em Erro” de Ana Pais Oliveira- Galeria de São Mamede em LISBOA

A Galeria de São Mamede em LISBOA inaugura na 4ªfeira dia 23 a exposição de Pintura “Sedução em Erro” de Ana Pais Oliveira, a partir das 19 horas. Composta por pinturas sobre tela, alguns desenhos e duas peças tridimensionais, a exposição estará patente até 20 de Maio.
 A pintura de Ana Pais Oliveira faz uma abordagem à relação de complementaridade entre a pintura e a arquitetura, através da cor como elemento fundamental da composição, determinante no processo criativo e transformadora dos espaços.

01) Entrada privada 80x290x8cm (políptico 6 telas) 2014

 Ana Pais Oliveira nasceu a 1 de Março de 1982 em Sandim, Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal). É licenciada em Artes Plásticas – Pintura pela Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto (Julho de 2005). Frequenta o Doutoramento em Arte e Design na Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto e é bolseira da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). Participou em diversas exposições colectivas e expõe individualmente desde 2006 e faz parte da seleção portuguesa para a Bienal Jovem Criação Europeia 2013/2015, itinerante por nove países europeus. 

Venceu vários prémios e menções honrosas de pintura, entre os quais o Prémio Aquisição dos Amigos do Museu Municipal de Amarante, na 9ª Edição do Prémio Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (2013), o 1º Prémio Aveiro Jovem Criador (2009), o 1º Prémio Engenho e Arte (2009), o 3º Prémio no 1º Prémio Jovem de Artes Plásticas da Figueira da Foz (2009), o 1º Prémio Arte XXI 10 (2009), o 1º Prémio Eixo Atlântico na VIII Bienal Eixo Atlântico do Noroeste Peninsular (2008) e o 1º Prémio de Pintura Estoril Sol (2006).

 A sua obra está representada nas colecções da Fundação Focus-Abengoa (Sevilha), Museu Municipal de Amarante, Banco BPI, Grupo Lena Construções, Eixo Atlântico, Casa da Cultura/Casa Barbot e Museu Municipal de Espinho.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BODY ART #7: Marina Abramovic and Ulay

We continue to introduce some great artists who have chosen to use the body (often their body) as the "canvas" or the "marble" on which express their creativity or pulsions.

This is an important branch of contemporary art that has its roots in the nature of human being and in the desire to modify the body or to show on it signs that link the person to a wider reality (community, culture, gods, myth...).

Among the artists we represent, it's sure that Rabarama art is influenced by the attention and focus on the body. She has her peculiar view on the theme and she is agile in changing the subjet to object in a big game of mutation: she could create on her body, with her body, on stone or metal bodies, on others' bodies.
In this way the subject is present but fades in a different concept of individuality, merging with the billions of possibilities of reality.

In August, 2014, she will be the protagonist of the RABARAMA BODY ART FESTIVAL, more information here

Marina Abramovic performance

BODY ART #7: Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Sincerely, I must admit that I never appreciated too much the work of Abramovic but in this one (video below) happened something really great. The barrier between stage and real life, between "artist" (a role) and two real persons was destroyed.
I do not know if it is ART or if it is real life in front of a camera but surely this video teaches that our bodily life is the strongest source of emotions:
(comments are welcome!)

(a note: Marina Abramovic and Ulay had in the past a quite long relationship)

Marina Abramovic
Marina Abramović (born November 30, 1946) is a Serbian-born artist based in New York, a performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the "grandmother of performance art."

Ulay (stage name), real name Frank Uwe Laysiepen (born November 30, 1943), is a performance artist of the late 60s and the 70s. Ulay is based in Ljubljana, although his work takes him over the globe.

In all his works the central content is the relationship of body, space and society. During his life he travelled to different countries to collaborate with local artists, among others the Netherlands, Central Australia, China, Germany, and the United States.

From 1976 to 1989 he worked together with Marina Abramović. The performances of this period are the best known of Ulay's work.

In 1988, Ulay and Abramović decided to make a spiritual journey which would end their relationship. Each of them walked the Great Wall of China, starting from the two opposite ends and meeting in the middle. Ulay started from the Gobi Desert and Abramović from the Yellow Sea. After each of them walked 2500 km, they met in the middle and said "good-bye".


The previous articles of the BODY ART serie: 

We are continuing with the publishing of posts regarding famous or worthy artists who express themselves with a particual attention to the Body.
Now it is time to make a resume and to discuss with you, our Readers, about the subject (at the end of the post you will find some questions)

First of all, the resume. We have wrote about:



Franko B

Franko B

Huang Yang

Huang Yang

Rudolf Schwarzkogler

Rudolf Schwarzkogler

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney 



Everyone of these artists is focused on the body but with different perspectives that could help us to discover how we Humans relate to our Body.

ORLAN declares the MY BODY IS MINE and the infinite possibilities of modifying it, while Franko B is focused on the idea of PHYSICAL PAIN and its relevance in our lives.

In a similar way Rudolf Schwarzkogler created painful images but his attention was towards the transformation of the Body in a THING, according to his personal and historical experiences.

Yoko Ono seems more interested in the BODY AS THE CENTER OF OUR RELATIONSHIP and to discover the limits (if any) of physical violence and domination, while Matthew Barney (he studied medicine at the University) mixes body mutations and ancient and modern symbolism with great attention to the aesthetics.

It is interesting to note that two artists from Far East are more focused on the interaction between Body and Nature: like Yoko Ono (she is obviuosly aware of Japanese culture) is interested to the Body non as an island but as a point in a net of relationships (social ones), so Huang Yang and Uruturamaro make the HUMAN BODY FADING IN A WIDER REALITY, NATURE.
Uruturamaro distinguishes here because of his/her explicit aim to take “persons” from the worst and most dirty places of the World Wide Web and to transform them in human-flowers.
Uruturamaro declared that he/she was inspired by some verses of a Japanese tea-master: “Even in the dirt, there are flowers”.

With these seven artists we can explore a variety of approaches to the body art, but which are in your opinion the most important forces that drive us Humans to have so a great attention to the Body while our culture seems to be more and more virtual and distant from the real, physical body (from Christianity tendency to privilege the Soul, to the technological virtualization of our present times)?

About the artists we have introduced here: who is the artist who has mostly taken your eyes? And why in your opinion?