As international observers continue to look to South Korea’s thriving art market, another major gallery will soon open an outpost in Seoul. Thaddaeus Ropac, which has locations in London, Paris, and Salzburg, Austria, will inaugurate a new location in the capital city’s Hannam-dong district in October.
“It’s with tremendous excitement that we are establishing the gallery in Seoul and a privilege to participate in and contribute to a city that has such strong and long-established foundations for artistic interchange,” Thaddaeus Ropac said in a statement. “The rich cultural history that is integral to the city is exemplified by the historic art academies, the incredible institutional infrastructure, and the tradition of nurturing each generation’s artists, and even over the short period of the past decade we’ve witnessed further exciting evolutions.”
The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, has named E. Carmen Ramos—currently acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum—as its chief curatorial and conservation officer. Ramos, who will assume her new role in August, will be the first person of color and the first woman to occupy the position. “E. Carmen Ramos brings two decades of experience as a museum curator and leader, a record of significant award-winning projects, and a deep commitment to scholarship,” said NGA director Kaywin Feldman, in a statement. “She is widely admired in the field as a visionary leader and as a scholar. We look forward to collaborating with Carmen at this exciting moment in the National Gallery’s history—as we are launching a reimagined visual identity and brand that aims to reflect and reach our audiences with warmth, relevant exhibitions and engaging content.”
In April, model and actress Emily Ratajkowski announced on Twitter that she was "reclaiming" her image by selling a photograph of herself through a major auction house, Christie's. The "conceptual artwork," titled "Buying Myself Back: A Model for Redistribution" sold Friday in New York for $175,000 after fees. But it wasn't just any photograph. The picture -- for which the bidding started at $2,000 -- shows Ratajkowski with her arms crossed in front of another artwork hanging in her home: a canvas by artist Richard Prince, who notoriously appropriated one of her Instagram posts for his own exhibition.
Jona Frank is the daughter of an accountant and homemaker, and, in a sense, she took up her mother’s profession. The photographer’s most recent book Cherry Hill, draws its name from Frank’s childhood suburb, and is a multimedia photo-and-text evocation of the artist’s difficult upbringing in–and flight from–a stifling suburban household. Frank employs a cinematic approach to construct vivid scenes from her youth. Using elaborately dressed sets, era-specific wardrobes, and multiple actors to portray herself as a child, she refashions her memories into vibrant tableaux. Unusually, Frank cast Academy Award-winning actor Laura Dern in the role of her strict and complicated mother in a performance as bravura as her film and television work.
"Olivier Bertrand was born in Marseille in 1975, to a French father and an Asian mother. He became fascinated with drawing, visual arts and, more specifically, origami at a very early age. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been captivated by the metamorphosis of a simple sheet of paper which, with a few smart folds, comes to life and sparks emotion.” After graduating with a Master’s in Economics and completing his studies, he finally chose to move into web design. 15 years on, he took advantage of a period of convalescence to go back to roots, to his first love. Although this time round he’s not folding pieces of paper, his mantra remains the same: and it’s cardboard that he works with a new twist. By assembling bits of cardboard together, he now creates extraordinarily amazing life-sized animals. “Cardboard offers a host of advantages; it’s ever so easy to get hold of and it’s a light material which is perfectly workable for large-scale subjects… I really love the idea of creating using an everyday product, one which people throw out, get rid of, and of striving to make it desirable. By sculpting cardboard animals, I really feel as if I’m totally in tune with my favorite topic, i.e. the environment. I enjoy choosing animals that radiate considerable power, rather contradictory actually at first glance given the fragility of the cardboard I use. Through this duality harmonizing the subject and its material, I try, in my own way, to sound the alarm bell as to the precariousness of animal species.”
Rocart is seeking to receive on consignment secondary market Fine Art works of all media. We are pleased to offer an appraisal to collectors who are considering selling their artworks with our gallery.
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