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Art Industry News is a daily summary of the most important developments in the art world and the art market. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, November 22.


Artists are fighting to change this mountain’s racist name – Artists, historians and activists have come together for Demounting Louis Agassiz, a campaign to remove the Swiss geologist and glaciologist’s name not only from Agassizhorn, an alp in Switzerland, but other sites honoring the 19th century man century that believed that blacks were created as an inferior species by God. Until now, the name of the mountain remains. (Guardian)

Admin removed after describing ‘culture of fear’ – Michelle Weitzman has been removed from the board of the Asheville Art Museum after describing a ‘culture of fear among employees’ and ‘horrendous’ morale in a taped interview with the Asheville Watchdog. His statement echoed allegations of mistreatment made by museum employees. Weitzman claims she was fired in retaliation by museum director Pamela Myers. (Hyperallergic)

Italian museums could raise admission fees to fight climate protesters – Gennaro Sangiuliano, Italy’s culture minister, has warned that the country’s museums could be forced to raise admission fees to tighten security measures after activists threw flour at a BMW painted by Warhol in Milan . (Robb Report)

Antwaun Sargent gets the profile treatment – vanity lounge chronicles the rise of the 34-year-old star curator who joined Gagosian as director last year. For Sargent, the commercial element was essential. “Doing these shows and letting esteemed curators or black curators come and do shows in your galleries and there are no works for sale – bro, that’s expensive PR,” he said. declared. “It’s actually disrespectful to everyone involved. We’re not asking for anything special. We’re just asking for the fucking opportunity to compete. (vanity lounge)


Buffalo AKG Art Museum Announces Opening Date – Formerly known as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo AKG Art Museum is set to reopen to the public on May 25, 2023 with a newly renovated and expanded site designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. The museum also completed its $230 million capital campaign, the largest for a Western New York institution, thanks to $20 million from New York State. (New York Times)

Nottingham Castle closes abruptly – The 11th century cultural site, which houses works by contemporary artists as well as historic British artists, has announced that it will close until further notice while it goes through the process of “appointing liquidators”. The announcement comes following the departure of its chief executive, allegations of racism by staff members and a drop in attendance. (ART news)

Mexico condemns pre-Columbian auctions – The Mexican Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Anthropology and History denounced the French auction house Binoche and Giquello for having organized a “problematic” sale of 62 pre-Hispanic works. The ministry and the institute have filed complaints with Interpol in hopes of stopping the auction, which is due to take place today, and securing the return of the works. (TANNING)


See the Parthenon… in Australia – A reconstruction of the Parthenon has been unveiled in Melbourne as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s annual architectural commission. Designed by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang, Boom Temple invites the public to reflect on the beauty and complicated history of this historic structure. (Guardian)

Installation view of the GNV 2022 Architecture Commission: Boom Temple designed by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang on display at NGV International, Melbourne from 22 November 2022 to August 2023. Photo: Sean Fennessy

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Doha: IN-Q Enterprises WLL (IN-Q), the commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qatar Museums (QM), promotes the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to the fullest by creating moments with culinary experience extraordinary in the restaurants and authentic meaningful souvenirs from the gift shops of the museums.

Enjoy Qatar’s museum arts and culture scene with ongoing exhibitions. After an enriching visit to the galleries, IN-Q makes sure to enhance your visit with a tasty experience and tangible memories to take home.

Discover the signature gastronomic delights of Alain Ducasse restaurants starting with IDAM by Alain Ducasse (IDAM) at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

Created in 2013, IDAM is the first foray into the Middle East by Michelin-starred restaurateur and “architect of flavours”, Alain Ducasse.

Located on the top floor of the MIA, IDAM celebrates an iconic landmark of Qatar in an environment that seamlessly blends local tradition and modernity and offers picture-perfect views of the Doha skyline. The spectacular view is paired with an exquisite interior created by French designer Phillipe Starck, fusing modernity with classics to provide IDAM with a dynamic environment with an Arabian flair.

IDAM offers the highest level of French haute cuisine with the warmest Arabian hospitality. The menu features contemporary Mediterranean dishes with a twist of eclectic Arabic flavors, prepared from fresh, sustainably produced ingredients, enhanced with a sophisticated balance of flavors. Loyal IDAM customers, as well as those looking for new culinary adventures are invited to enjoy the rich menu. who complete their cultural experience after a visit to the galleries of the iconic MIA.

From one iconic monument to another, there is a gem of a pearl at the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ), Jiwan – where the desert meets the sea.

New but so inherent. Refined yet wonderfully relaxed. Jiwan reconnects with the past while moving towards the future. He brings back to the culinary roots of Qatar and reinvents familiar flavors to offer plates to share with a sophisticated simplicity. Novel but with a comforting nostalgia.

Showing great pride in Qatar and its vision of self-sufficiency, Jiwan’s sustainable menu includes local, seasonal produce. The restaurant’s ever-changing food selection provides guests with the freshest ingredients while preserving natural food resources.

Inspired by the nature of Qatar and the Bedouin way of life, Jiwan’s unique design by eminent architect Koichi Takada appeals to the curious explorer who likes to wander into the past to enjoy a new understanding of the world that surrounds it. Guests are invited to dine among the dunes of Khor Al Udaid (inland sea) or discover extraordinary views of the seascape from the outdoor terrace where they will enjoy a close connection with the sea.

Located on the fourth floor of the National Museum of Qatar, Jiwan is an essential chapter in the museum’s storytelling experience. A gastronomic destination that allows residents and international visitors to truly feel, touch and taste the essence of Qatar.

Yves Godard, F&B Director of IN-Q, said: “A decade of partnership between Qatar Museums and Ducasse Paris is driven by our shared vision to deliver a world-class dining experience in artistic settings and reflecting the rich culture of this nation. In ten years, we are able to provide an elevated experience in the gastronomic scene with our Ducasse restaurants in Qatar. “Our restaurant concepts are aligned with the theme of each location. In each of our restaurant’s distinct and remarkable settings, we welcome our guests to enjoy culinary delights meticulously crafted by the Ducasse kitchen team,” he added.

IN-Q aims to complement not only the cultural and culinary experience of residents and visitors. It also offers tangible souvenirs that will continue to remind you of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ moments at all QM gift shops.

Germany has injected more than 30 million euros of public money into the commercial art market during the pandemic. Was it really necessary? Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:30:30 +0000

A new investigative report titled “The Art of Lobbying” has challenged the allocation of funding in the German art world.

When the pandemic threatened the future of cultural institutions in Germany, including its art market, the federal government rushed to support businesses with its mammoth program Culture Neustart (New Start Culture). Initially, a total of €1 billion in aid was offered; another billion have completed it in 2021, and more are yet to come to deal with the current energy crisis.

A report by public radio station Deutschlandfunk shares data that suggests significant sums have gone to businesses in shopping malls which, in the end, have not been as badly affected by coronavirus closures and postponements as could have been expected. The article notes that while everything was done legally, the government failed to consider the real need for a gallery or art fair.

The New Start Culture program was initiated by then Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters and continues today under her successor Claudia Roth.

Of the billion euros, about 100 million euros ($103 million) ended up going to the visual arts, according to Deutschlandfunk. About 30% of this prize pool was spent on commercial galleries, including Sprüth Magers, König Galerie, Esther Schipper and Eigen + Art, and art fairs, thanks to what the article describes as dedicated lobbying by Kristian Jarmuschek , president of the Federal Association of Germany Galleries and Art Dealers which also manages a gallery and three art fairs in Germany. About 80% of all commercial galleries that applied received at least one grant.

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Installation view: neugerriemschneider, Art Cologne, 2021
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Deutschlandfunk examined the distribution of this taxpayers’ money by the program’s specialist partners. For example, 15.5 million euros ($16 million) went to galleries via the Stiftung Kunstfonds (Art Fund Foundation) in Bonn, for sums of up to €70,000 ($72,698) at a time. . Four out of five requests were accepted without any apparent attempt to assess their need.

Grütters defended the way the monies were distributed, saying a check to assess actual needs was simply not “possible in the acute situation” in a comment to Deutschlandfunk. “As the sums involved weren’t that great, we agreed to work with a watering can,” she said of the scattergun approach.

The German Archaeological Association oddly presided over another €35 million ($36 million) pot, allegedly giving up to €100,000 ($103,000) each to around 150 galleries, as well as museums and memorial sites.

Among the recipients was the eminent gallery Esther Schipper, who received €92,000 ($95,500) for “the necessary digitization and protection of visitors and employees”. Galerie Kewenig in Berlin received €6,755 ($7,015) for “the purchase of high-performance laptops for the home office” and Rother in Wiesbaden received €32,400 ($33,650) to develop its “usable space for showcasing and marketing promising young artists”.

Claudia Roth, member of the German Bundestag, addresses the crowd during the Green Party's election campaign rally in Cologne on May 13, 2022. Photo: Ying Tang/NurPhoto.

Claudia Roth, the new Minister of Culture, will oversee the ongoing Neustart Kultur programme. Photo: Ying Tang/NurPhoto.

Support also came via trade show discounts for stand prices. Exhibitors attending Art Cologne in 2021 had up to 70% of their stand cost covered by money from Neustart Kultur, including galleries that may have already received help from Neustart Kultur through other streams .

Even though this year’s edition, which opens to VIPs today, November 16, has no coronavirus restrictions, attendees still receive 32% off their booth price. The art fair, one of the largest in Germany, is believed to have received overall funding of 12.16 million euros ($12.4 million) so far.

The skeptics quoted in the article wondered to what extent this support was really necessary. Deutschlandfunk reporters investigated how much art galleries and trade fairs were really affected by the pandemic, keeping in mind originally projected losses of up to 100% of sales for retailers, a category that includes shopping malls. Grim predictions like these had spurred the urgency of government aid.

Instead, according to The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report, global art trade fell by much less than that, just 22.1% in 2020. This figure is apparently slightly higher for the art trade. German art, which fell by 39%, according to a federal government report.

Although galleries had to close for a long time, many of these businesses still found many customers online and were allowed to reopen as retail establishments sooner than museums. Deutschlandfunk reviewed more than 20 gallery balance sheets and interviewed other dealers. Their data suggests that some established galleries have had, at least, a boom period.

Gallery owner Gerd Harry Lybke of the Eigen Art gallery stands in his booth next to a sculpture by Stella Hamberg at the Art Cologne art fair in 2013. Photo: Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty Images.

Eigen + Art made an estimated profit of €3.65 million, surpassing the €2.6 million ($2.7 million) it made the previous year. He reportedly received over €80,000 in public funding.

The two years of substantial government funding did little to help the German art market prosper in the long term. Instead, it has since declined. “Our sales have dropped dramatically in 2021 and 2022,” said Judy Lybke of Eigen + Art, reporting that their profits are now close to zero. He noted that he was able to retain his employees.

Some German media have defended art galleries. “Deutschlandfunk’s research is hardly good for a scandal,” wrote Monopol online editor Daniel Völkze, noting that the 2020 fund round was the first time the commercial sector had received state support. “Funding to the film industry from the federal budget amounts to approximately 40 million euros ($41.5 million), year after year.” He noted that the money was being well used by galleries, which held showcase exhibitions during the closures, artist publications and online projects.

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Art Fair 14C returns to Jersey City for its fourth year this weekend, bringing together artists and galleries from across the Garden State as well as international and overseas creatives seeking alternatives to New York’s high entry barriers .

Located in the historic Armory building in McGinley Square and named after the Jersey City exit on the Turnpike, 14C has also become a destination for locals drawn to the prospect of community and affordability. Low-cost, subsidized booths allow emerging and low-income artists to sell alongside established commercial galleries, with a group show by New Jersey-based artists – a cat artwork fundraiser – and a stand dedicated to the work of military veterans, among other highlights.

“Wisdom” (2022) by Modupe Odusote was painted on traditional Nigerian ankara fabric.

For some recently emigrated artists, 14C is one of their first in-person events. Nigerian artist Modupe Odusote, based in Bridgewater, says she recently taught herself to paint, but she once boldly reclaimed Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ (1907) for African women and swapped the canvas against traditional ankara fabric. She says the early days of the pandemic gave her the courage to do so.

“I was always afraid to try, but COVID made me a painter,” Odusote told Hyperallergic.

And for Somerset-based Indian artist Teena Soni, who has just received her US work permit, the fair is her second exhibition since arriving here. A third-generation artist, Soni transforms traditional Hindu symbolism into brilliant abstraction, working with 24-karat gold leaf and traditional pigments that she says hold on, “so they never show any signs of damage. age”.

A few stalls away, textile artist Christine Sauerteig-Pilaar focuses on the degradation of materials, turning 1960s sewing patterns into a rumination on aging. Based in Oak Ridge, Sauerteig-Pilaar says 14C provides an arts community sorely lacking in the suburbs. She points to one of her pieces showing a naked woman with guns on her body and adds that at this fair she feels free to express her political frustration without judgment.

Teena Soni and her partner Tarun Swarnkar at home Showcase stand

Art Fair 14C was founded in 2018 by gallerist Robinson Holloway while he was on the board of the Jersey City Arts Council. Since its inaugural outing in 2019, 14C has taken place at the Hyatt Regency at Exchange Place and Mana Contemporary at Journal Square, with booths costing $40 and Showcase $25 entrees. While local arts events are held across the state, 14C is the only fair of this scale and scale in all of New Jersey, and one of the few to offer residencies to selected artists for its juried exhibit. .

Several kiosks aim to preserve the legacy of recently deceased artists. Linda Street of the Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate dedicated hers to Newark artist Jerry Gant, who died in 2018. The vinyl records appear molded into expressive black faces, with the artist’s name displayed on fragments of blue milk crates . While some of Gant’s work is in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum of Art, Street claims to have only scratched the surface.

“These are just a few of the 4,000 pieces we’ve gone through,” Street told Hyperallergic. “Jerry has left us with so much amazing work, and I’m constantly coming up with new things despite working together for so long.”

Linda Street (center) with Newark-based curator Souleo and artist Beau McCall

For Jeremy Hansen, who runs the River’s Edge Gallery just south of Detroit, 14C is an opportunity to reintroduce the East Coast to late Michigan artist Jim Slack. Hansen interweaves Slack’s psychedelic paintings and sculptures with his own work. While Slack died in 2001, Hansen says his Jersey relationship deserves more attention.

“Jim’s story is quite tragic,” Hansen told Hyperallergic. “He was a disabled Vietnam veteran who came back with severe PTSD but became a peace-loving Deadhead, and he eventually died alone from an overdose. But he was from that area, so we decided that his first American show in a while should be here.

For Atlantic City-based artist Drew Griffiths, Jersey’s reputation as a producer of great artists speaks for itself. A mid-career artist working halfway between sculpture and painting, he recently relocated to the Shore after years of traveling and says 14C is an opportunity to reconnect with his roots.

“I spent years bouncing around in Spain and exhibiting in LA, but I wanted to show some love to the home state,” Griffiths told Hyperallergic. “After all, I’m a Jersey boy at heart.”

14C Art Fair at Jersey City Armory
Jim Slack’s work at the River’s Edge booth
Textile works by Christine Sauerteig-Pilaar
Man repatriates 19 antiques after reading Guardian article | Inheritance Fri, 11 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000

An American has returned 19 antiquities to the four countries they came from after reading articles in the Guardian about the repatriation of looted antiquities.

John Gomperts, who lives in Washington, realized that ancient pieces worth up to £80,000 – including two Cypriot vases from the 7th and 8th centuries – which he had inherited from his grandmother could come from illicit excavations because they have no collection history.

He wanted to do the right thing legally and ethically by returning the items to Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Pakistan respectively. After an agreement with his two siblings, he returned them.

He said: “It seemed like the right thing to do… I read stories about repatriation and thought: we have these pieces that are 2,500 years old from other countries; we should explore if we can return them.

But not knowing how to repatriate the antiquities, he initially feared getting in trouble with the authorities for potentially looting the artifacts in his possession.

In these Guardian reports, he noticed that Professor Christos Tsirogiannis, a former senior field archaeologist at the University of Cambridge and specialist in antiquities and trafficking networks, had been quoted, and so he contacted him for tips.

Based in Cambridge, Tsirogiannis is the Head of Research on Illicit Antiquities Trafficking at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. In 15 years, he has identified more than 1,600 objects looted from auction houses, commercial galleries, private collections and museums, alerting law enforcement authorities and governments and playing an important role in the repatriation of antiquities.

They include an ancient Greek bronze horse, which Sotheby’s in New York was to sell in 2018 until Tsirogiannis informed authorities of his links to a disgraced British antiquities dealer. In 2020, Sotheby’s lost its legal challenge, and Greece’s culture minister hailed the court’s decision as an important victory for countries fighting to recover antiquities.

Tsirogiannis said Gomperts was setting an extraordinary example. “He contacted me, which is a first for an owner of antiquities with no provenance, asking me for advice on doing the right thing,” he said. “It’s a wonderful case of someone doing this because they read the Guardian stories. It shows how these publications raise awareness and bring concrete results. He sent me photos of the antiques, which were clearly authentic.

He identified each antiquity, indicating the country to which it should be returned. “Twelve objects belong to Greece, four to Italy, one to Pakistan and two to Cyprus. I advised him to return them,” he said.

“I told him, ‘If you follow my advice, you won’t have any problems and you will also become an example for others to follow. You pack them in a box for each country and go to their embassies. Please use my name – it will protect you. The most honest way is the direct way.

The objects included two 4th-century ceramic plates decorated with acrobats by painters from southern Italy – an “unusual subject”, he said – a lebes gamikosa 4th-century vase used in ancient Greek wedding ceremonies and a stone relief fragment depicting the disciples of Buddha, carved in the 2nd or 3rd century.

Plates depicting acrobats. Photography: Christos Tsirogiannis/handout

Gomperts is an advisor to non-profit organizations. His German-Dutch grandmother Gisela Schneider-Herrmann died in 1992, aged 98. She participated in various excavations, notably in Italy and Greece in the 1950s and 1960s, and published scientific articles.

Her grandson said: “I have no idea how she acquired these items. He was an upright and decent person. But there were different standards of the day. These objects were his obsession, his whole existence.

A few items came with receipts, but Tsirogiannis realized their connections to known Greek dealers in illicit antiquities in the 1950s and 1960s. “So that alerted me even more to him repatriating them immediately. “, did he declare.

Gomperts said: “I knocked on the doors of the embassy and said, ‘I have a delivery.’ I said, ‘I want to repatriate these things.’ »

The countries showed their appreciation, with thank you notes to Gomperts and Tsirogiannis.

Tsirogiannis said, “This case will show others who want to do something that they can be protected when they do the right thing.”

A new photo salon is coming to New York, but it won’t replace PhotoPlus Tue, 08 Nov 2022 20:15:22 +0000

The group behind Photofairs Shanghai, Asia’s largest photography trade event, is holding their event in New York. Called Photofairs New York, it promises to be a new contemporary art fair dedicated to photo-based works.

Photofairs New York will take place at the Javits Center – the former headquarters of PhotoPlus – and plans to host up to 100 international galleries with the aim of showcasing “a cutting-edge vision of visual culture”. According The arts journalthe event expects to be comprised of approximately 80-100 exhibitors and will run alongside The Armory Show.

“The Fair’s strong curatorial approach will create a new platform where photography and new technologies intersect. It will provide a dedicated space to explore new trends in the contemporary art market, from photography-based artworks to experimental cinema, virtual reality and NFTs,” the organization states. “Photofairs New York will connect collectors and visitors with international galleries and artists who push boundaries, inviting discourse and interaction.”

Although this is a photography-focused show, it seems to take a different angle from previous shows that have occupied this space and time. PhotoPlus, for example, focused on equipment manufacturer exhibits and educational classes before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped that show in its tracks. The follow-up attempt, Create NYC, has postponed its 2022 show to next year. These shows, led by Emerald X, were the only large-scale photography-focused events in the city, and nothing has yet succeeded in replacing them.

From what Photofairs is trying, it is unlikely that this fair will fill this still empty niche, as the target of this fair is not the photographers themselves, but rather collectors and those who love photography as an artistic medium. .

“Aiming to attract established collectors and a growing new generation of buyers, the Fair will be accompanied by an extensive VIP program including exclusive events, curator-led tours and visits to private studios. The Fair will also host a vibrant public program aimed at cultivating and celebrating the ever-changing dynamics of today’s visual culture,” the organization explains.

The arts journal reports that this is not the first time that the group behind Photofairs has attempted to enter the US market. He attempted a show in San Francisco in 2017 and 2018, but closed it the following year after losing an estimated $1 million in the business.

The Photofairs organization hopes New York will be different and cites that “enthusiasm for visual culture shows through its strong and long-standing gallery scene” as New York hosts more photography galleries than anywhere else in the world. .

Photofairs New York is led by Creo in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, its majority shareholder, and in collaboration with Photo London and Candlestar founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad. The inaugural edition of Photofairs New York will take place September 8-10, 2023.

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JKC Gallery “Twosday Talks” Monthly conference of photographic artists scheduled for November 8, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sun, 06 Nov 2022 08:24:54 +0000

Trenton, NJ – The James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery at Mercer County Community College at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton is proud to present its upcoming photography presentation “Twosday Talks” on November 8, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. feature works and presentations by artists Mel Evans and Jackie Neale. The discussions will take place live and on the Zoom conference platform. All are invited to register at

“Twosday Talks” is curated by Heather Palecek and Habiyb Shu’Aib and moderated by JKC Gallery Director Professor Michael Chovan-Dalton.

Chovan-Dalton remarked, “This will be our last ‘Twosday Talks’ of the semester and I am pleased to welcome artists Jackie Neale and Mel Evans who will share their works and discuss their personal approaches to artistic expression.

About the artists

Jackie Neale is a Brooklyn and Philadelphia-based artist, photographer, imagery specialist, cinematographer and producer who is inspired by interpersonal relationships and the barrier that disappears/appears once a camera is introduced into the mix. Also an author, Neale focuses on using historical, traditional, digital and experimental processes for multimedia documentary portraiture projects. A professor of photography at Saint Joseph’s University and the New York Film Academy in New York, Neale is known for her social activism work and her chronicling of the immigration experience in the United States and Europe.

Exhibitions of Neale’s photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums across the United States. She has appeared on National Public Radio and in the documentary “Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film”. Her work has appeared in editorial magazines across the United States, online, and as collateral for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Neale recently raised funds to self-publish her photo book, “#SubwaySeries.”

For more on Jackie Neale, visit: and on Instagram and Facebook.

Mel Evans joins “Twosday Talks” with an impressive 40-year history of photojournalism. Taking photographs almost every working day of his life, Evans’ goal is to make every photograph as interesting and artful as the situation allows. Thousands of images of Evans have appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites in the United States and around the world.

Evans retired from The Associated Press in 2017 and continues to take on editorial and business assignments while embarking on new projects that satisfy his own pursuits and creative desires. Currently, Evans is focused on taking a serious approach to alternative and historical processes in large format “trying to learn as much as possible and honor those who came before”.

Evans is a founding member of the Monalog Collective which is a group of photographers who only use historical analog processes.

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For more information on registering and participating in person or online, please visit

About “Twosday Talks” at JKC Gallery

The ‘Twosday Talks’ artist talks are an extension of the ‘Third Thursday’ series launched by Heather Palecek and Habiyb Shu’Aib as a platform for artists to showcase their work to Trenton and the regional community. The events quickly reached audiences from New York to Philadelphia. With the introduction of virtual and in-person hybrid exhibitions, JKC Gallery now showcases artists from across the United States and beyond with a global audience.

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The final “Twosday Talks” photography presentation of the semester will be held at Mercer County Community College’s James JKC Gallery at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton on November 8, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This month will feature the works Mel Evans and Jackie Neale. The public is invited in person or via the Zoom conference platform. One must reserve. To register, please visit or email (Poster credit: JKC Gallery, Mel Evans and Jackie Neale.)

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Brooklyn and Philadelphia-based artist Jackie Neale will discuss his works November 8 at JKC Gallery in Trenton. (Photo credit: “Bullet at the Blue Sky” by Jackie Neale.)


Mel Evans joins the ‘Twosday Talks’ Final Photographic Presentation and Artist Talk of the Semester at JKC Gallery on November 8, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. To register, please visit or email (Photo credit: “Bent Trees by Mel Evans.)

Art Basel and UBS Collector Survey Reveals Desire to Continue Buying Art Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:37:06 +0000 Collectors appear poised to continue buying art despite rising inflation, economic uncertainty and fluctuating currency prices, according to a report released Thursday by Art Basel and UBS.

High net worth individuals surveyed globally in August expressed confidence in the market and said they plan to continue buying art this year, according to Clare McAndrew’s ‘A Survey of Global Collecting in 2022’ report. of Art Economics.

While the pandemic was less of an obstacle for collectors in the first half of 2022, they had to deal with a more difficult economic environment and political instability triggered by the war in Ukraine. More fragile conditions have affected even the very wealthy, as McAndrew points out, with Forbes research showing that the number of billionaires and the wealth of billionaires each fell 3% in March from a year earlier.

Despite this decline, the wealth of billionaires has still doubled over the past 10 years, according to the report.

The positive view of wealthy collectors in the survey should be good news for dealers and galleries, as well as auction houses ahead of a series of major auctions scheduled for November in New York, including the sale estimated $1 billion from the late Microsoft co-collection of founder Paul Allen at Christie’s.

It’s also good news for Art Basel, a month away from its annual fair in Miami Beach. According to the report, 74% of respondents bought at an art fair in the first half of 2021 compared to just 54% of those who bought at a fair in the first half of 2021.

The survey, conducted in conjunction with UBS, included more than 2,700 collectors with at least $1 million in personal wealth (excluding real estate and private business assets) across 11 markets, including Asia, Europe, the UK and Brazil. Most respondents (57%) have personal wealth of more than $10 million.

In the first half of 2022, the median price collectors surveyed paid for art was $180,000, compared to $164,000 during the same period in 2021. Before the pandemic, in 2019, the median price paid in the first half of the year was 100,000 US dollars.

All respondents were active collectors who had purchased at least $10,000 worth of artwork in each of the past three years and owned an average of 89 works. This criterion somewhat skewed participants towards those of Millennials and Gen Xers, who are currently more active, the report notes. Yet the respondents had been collecting for an average of 13 years.

The survey found that most of the high spending (over $1 million) was by established collectors. Wealthier collectors, however, do not just buy high-profile artists, but will collect a diverse range of works by artists at different stages of their careers, whether new to the commercial market, mid-year career or emerging (showing for less than 10 years).

The exception to this rule was mainland China, where collectors on average owned more works by mid-career artists, accounting for 32% of their collections on average. These artists are often presented by galleries in major cities across the country.

The survey also looked at collectors’ attitudes towards environmental sustainability. The question arises frequently in the art world today due to the number of fairs constantly taking place around the world (last month featured a series of fairs in London followed by others in Paris, for example ), and due to emissions related to shipment art.

The report found that 57% of respondents would pay up to 25% more to reduce the environmental impact of their purchase, up from 45% in 2019, but 77% plan to travel abroad for more fairs, d exhibitions and events next year, and only 12% said they would travel less. However, most of those planning to reduce travel cited Covid-19.

There are slightly fewer fairs to visit this year than in the past. Using data from, the report noted that there are 20% more fairs on the program this year compared to the previous year, but a net loss of 6% when looking at figures before the pandemic.

The survey also looked at the global art trade and found that cross-border sales of art and antiques are strong. Global imports grew 41% in 2021 to $26.6 billion, while exports increased 38% to $27.2 billion, with double-digit growth continuing in the first half of this year. year, according to the report. Both numbers remain below highs reached in 2019, but show a strong rebound from pandemic-related losses in 2020.

The dynamics of the art trade are very different from those of most consumer goods, as works tend to be bought and sold in specific major market centers, such as New York, London or Hong Kong, and they are purchased at these centers usually in an environment with other works of art, according to the report.

The fact that affluent individuals have gained in wealth in recent years has created new markets, “while increasing spending in traditional market centers,” the report said.

Our Community: New art installation unveiled, collecting socks for those in need Sun, 30 Oct 2022 21:00:00 +0000 The newest addition to Victoria’s Commercial Alley’s ever-growing outdoor art ‘gallery’ is now on display, as the Victoria Cool Aid Society launches its annual effort to collect 10,000 pairs of socks for those in need

Art installation unveiled in Commercial Alley

The newest addition to Victoria’s Commercial Alley’s ever-growing outdoor art ‘gallery’ is now on display.

Feeling fuzzy inside by Eliska Liska, consisting of four panels, was selected after a call for applications from emerging artists and teams of artists.

Nichola Reddington, the city’s senior cultural planner, called Liska’s article “a joyful meditation on the things that bring joy to the young people in our community.”

“We invite residents and visitors to pass through Commercial Alley downtown to spend a few minutes connecting with this art, which is free for all to enjoy.”

Artwork has been on display for 10 years in the west wall aisle of the Youth Empowerment Society building on Yates Street. The Outdoor Gallery, located between the 500 block of Yates and Bastion Square, features a new temporary art installation each year.

Liska is originally from the Czech Republic and spent five years traveling in Europe and Mexico, painting murals as she went. She holds a master’s degree in contemporary art and new media from the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and works in fields such as painting, pottery, printing and drawing.

Liska, who runs Full Sink Pottery and is an art designer and teacher at the McTavish Academy of Art, says she has a particular fondness for public art.

“Creating in public spaces, where art speaks to the general public and also influences the visual side of the city, has always been the most appealing art to me,” she said. “Each of the panels show different activities that have the ability to consume us and help us learn who we are and where we are, as well as just making us feel good.”

Former Montessori teacher receives PM Excellence Award

Amabel De Lara, former teacher at Selkirk Montessori School, received a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

De Lara, who was at school for more than 40 years before retiring in June, received a certificate of achievement for what was described as “a life-enriching career for children”.

One of his former colleagues said he was inspired to become a Montessori teacher after being in De Lara’s kindergarten class many years ago.

“The amount of effort she put into training, shaping and caring for me is the greatest gift I could have received, and I hope that I can one day be an ‘Amabel’ to someone. ‘one another,’ said the co-worker.

Collection of socks for those in need

The recent drop in temperatures means it’s time for the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s annual effort to raise 10,000 pairs of socks for those in need.

The campaign, now in its 16th year, brings together Cool Aid, Kia Victoria, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries and PVH Legwear Canada, the company that makes McGregor socks. Michael Bloomfield and Congregation Emanu-El launched the initiative in 2006.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for 10,000 pairs of warm socks for people who are homeless or in poverty. Socks will be distributed to 25 organizations in Victoria, Nanaimo and Salt Spring Island.

Foot care nurse Miranda Berniaz, owner of Victoria Foot Care and who provides services at the Cool Aid Community Health Center once a week, says hot, dry feet may not be glamorous, but they are an important part of health care.

“And for people on the streets who spend so much time moving from place to place with all their stuff, the challenges are even greater,” Berniaz said, adding that foot problems can be an indicator of poor health. other problems, such as poor circulation or nerve damage.

“Clean, dry shoes make all the difference.”

Since its launch, the campaign has distributed 122,500 pairs of socks valued at $572,500. Cool Aid sources the socks at a deep discount from PVH Legwear Canada, with La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries providing shipping.

Kia Victoria got involved last year, matching every $5 donation up to $5,000. The company will do the same this year, and will also stock and deliver socks.

The campaign runs until November 30. Funds can be donated online at or by calling Kia Victoria at 250-383-1977.

The Grocers Going Beyond campaign supports cancer research

Grocers are working with the BC Cancer Foundation for a second year to help with cancer research and care on Vancouver Island.

Through Nov. 11, the Grocers Going Beyond campaign will raise funds for the Research Fund for Innovation, part of the foundation’s ongoing Beyond Belief campaign.

Thrifty Foods, Tru Value Foods, Red Barn Market, Fairway Market and 49th Parallel Grocery are all on board.

Visit or visit a participating store to find out how to support the campaign.

Thrifty Foods will match donations up to $50,000 during the Grocers Going Beyond campaign.

More than 6,000 people on the island will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022.

Young artists are vying to be mayor of Victoria for a day

The City of Victoria is offering kids 12 and under the chance to be mayor for a day.

Three of the artists from the 2022 Victoria Votes Children’s Coloring Contest will be randomly selected to serve as Mayor for the day, and the artwork from the contest will be displayed around City Hall in December.

The deadline to enter the coloring contest is November 25.

At the start of the new year, the winners will have the chance to learn how local government works and sit down for a pizza lunch with Mayor Marianne Alto, where they can talk about, among other things, the missing intermediate housing.

Coloring sheets, made available at polling stations on Election Day, can also be picked up at City Hall or the Crystal Pool and Fitness Center. The coloring sheet is also available online at

Completed artwork can be submitted to the City Hall Public Service Center or Crystal Pool Reception, or it can be mailed to Victoria Votes 2022 Kids Coloring Contest, City of Victoria, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria , BC V8W 1P6.

Queen Elizabeth’s fashion reign is doing well in Saanichton

The Saanich Pioneer Society, which operates the Log Cabin Museum in Saanichton, is hosting the first in a series of Talk & Tea events on November 6, called Queen Elizabeth’s Fashion Reign.

Donna Otto will speak at 2 p.m. about outfits worn by the Queen over the years and give information about royal sites in Britain where she has seen them displayed.

The museum is also open on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with demonstrations of spinners and knitters. It is located at 7910 Polo Park Cres., in the park behind Thrifty Foods.

Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

Art gallery moves to ‘lively’ part of Middlesbrough Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:07:23 +0000 An art gallery opens tonight, following its move to central Middlesbrough.

Formerly based in Boho Zero, pythongallery has relocated to the central Linthorpe Road district to continue its success story and will be an important addition to the thriving art scene.

Commercial real estate specialists, Python Properties, officially open pythongallery at The Co-operative Buildings on October 28.

The free open event will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and will feature Barbara Renton Wood’s exhibition Northern Vistas, an impressionist take on Redcar’s iconic steelworks.

The opening night offers the opportunity for art lovers and collectors to be among the first to see the new gallery space and the exhibition. The evening will include complimentary refreshments and canapes with the captivating sounds of a live guitarist.

Known for their historic building restorations and immersive art galleries, Python Properties offers a range of stylish and affordable spaces in locations across the North of England.

Peter Broome, Partner at Python Properties, said: “We are delighted to relocate our long-established art gallery to Middlesbrough, where the art scene is thriving with immersive talent.

“Python Properties has been dedicated to supporting the arts ever since we opened our first art gallery 15 years ago, which is why this opening means so much to us. We look forward to showcasing a range of local talent at start with Barbara Renton Wood.”

Peter Heselton, Art Gallery Curator for Python Properties, said: “The new gallery benefits from a central location which will ensure that new and diverse audiences can participate in our program while benefiting from the support of our established audience. It’s an incredibly exciting time to develop this new place of creation.

To prepare for the revival of the opening of the art gallery, Python Properties is currently looking for a new bistro operator. Located next to Teesside University, the space is ideal for an enthusiastic business owner who wants to take advantage of the footfall generated by tenants of The Co-operative Building, visitors to the pythongallery and surrounding businesses.

For more information, email