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THE PHAIDON FOLIO: “I Don’t Need an Interview to Clarify My Thoughts”: An Interview with Louise Bourgeois

By Artspace Editors / The Artspace

One of the most prolific artists of the 21st Century, French-American artist Louise Bourgeois created works embodying a singular language in Feminist expression—one that was unflinchingly personal, corporeal, and sensual. While she never explicitly declared herself a feminist artist (she has described her work as being “pre-gender”), her explorations of unconscious sexual desires as a woman were pioneering and authoritative and in 1982, she became the first woman to receive a solo retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois

 


Hidden Studio Beneath a Busy Bridge Provides Creative Solitude for Its Designer

By AD Editorial Team / The Arch Dayli

As urban environments become denser, more expensive and, on occasion, less desirable, creative minds are creating novel ways to escape the hustle, bustle, and tumult of the city. Fernando Abellanas, a designer based in Valencia, has gone to new extremes in his search for solitude.

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Refugiarse de la ciudad en la propia ciudad. from JoseMP on Vimeo.


Imagining Warhol, Basquiat, Kahlo & Dali as Oracles

By Ashleigh Kane / The Dazed

Art legends become art Oracles and offer words of wisdom on life, work, and inspiration – here we decode what it all means

“Don’t be yourself. Be yourselves”, “Good work can come from bad habits”, and “Never make an appearance without controversy”, is a selection of fictional guidance offered by Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Salvador Dalí. By looking at three key elements of each artist’s life and work, writer Katya Tylevich and illustrator Mikkel Sommer have produced 50 Oracle cards (collectively titled Art Oracles and available now) to consult when you’re looking for life, work or inspiration advice. Below, we use art history to demystify what it means.

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

 


How Artists Are Bypassing Their Dealers and Selling Directly to Collectors

By Margaret Carrigan / The Artsy

In 2008, Damien Hirst dodged his long-time dealers and took a complete exhibition of his work straight to Sotheby’s. The unprecedented sale surpassed all estimates, bringing in roughly $200 million (of which his galleries at the time, Gagosian and White Cube, did not partake), and raising a major question: Do artists need galleries to sell their work?

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British artist Damien Hirst poses for photographs in front of his work entitled 'The Incredible Jouney' during a photocall at Sotheby's art gallery and auction house in central London, on September 8, 2008. A unicorn, a zebra and a calf in formaldehyde are set to highlight a sale on September 15 and 16, 2008 of more than 200 works by Damien Hirst. The two-day auction, titled "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever", of 223 works by the 43-year-old British modern artist, is expected to raise in excess of 65 million pounds (82.3 million euros, 129.6 million dollars), which would make it a record for any auction of works by a single artist, Sotheby's said. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

British artist Damien Hirst poses for photographs in front of his work entitled ‘The Incredible Jouney’ during a photocall at Sotheby’s art gallery and auction house in central London, on September 8, 2008. A unicorn, a zebra and a calf in formaldehyde are set to highlight a sale on September 15 and 16, 2008 of more than 200 works by Damien Hirst. The two-day auction, titled “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever”, of 223 works by the 43-year-old British modern artist, is expected to raise in excess of 65 million pounds (82.3 million euros, 129.6 million dollars), which would make it a record for any auction of works by a single artist, Sotheby’s said. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

 



From the Contemporary Lynx archives:

MEET 4 EMERGING ARTISTS – THE ALUMNI OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ART SCHOOL

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. It’s the dream of art students, crème de la crème among the art schools. The RCA boasts such noteworthy alumni as David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Christopher Bailey or Sir Ridley Scott – the list goes on. Meet 4 young Polish female artists from Poland – Ewa Axelrad, Joanna Piotrowska, Agata Madejska and Alicja Patanowska – who graduated from the RCA, too.

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Alicja Patanowska, Myszy i Ludzie, 2016, courtesy of the artist

Alicja Patanowska, Myszy i Ludzie, 2016, courtesy of the artist

 

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