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Our highlights – 2017 #1

Our highlights – 2017 #1

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap to share with you our highlights and most recent blog posts from the past two weeks.

Highlights

Martin Schulze
Talk in Athens
Public Delivery founder & director Martin Schulze gave a talk at Public Art Festival #2, a collateral event of documenta 14, in Athens, Greece.

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Entire museum buildings covered by jute sack

Entire museum buildings covered by jute sack

Ibrahim Mahama - Untitled (K.N.U.S.T.)
Ibrahim MahamaUntitled (K.N.U.S.T.), 2013 (Detail), Jute coal sacks, dimensions Variable

Ibrahim Mahama is an artist born and working with Ghana. His installation works using Jute sacks (reappropriated material he has purchased from markets, which were first cocoa sacks and then coal sacks) are the result of his investigation of the conditions of supply and demand in African markets. Torn, patched, stamped with PRODUCT OF GHANA, and written over with owners’ names, the bags are variously marred, marked, and transformed. These installations are displayed in Ghanaian markets as well as galleries, thus defying the artifacts’ intrinsic value system. Ibrahim uses the coal sacks as a device to explore process, material, value, and meaning. He creates an artistic vision out of a commonplace material, repurposing them and exhibiting them in the very marketplaces from which they came.

Ibrahim Mahama - Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Central Ghana
Ibrahim Mahama – Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama - Installation at Accra’s National Theatre
Ibrahim Mahama – Installation at Accra’s National Theatre, Ghana

Ibrahim Mahama - Civil Aviation, Airport. Accra, Ghana, 2014
Ibrahim MahamaCivil Aviation, Airport. Accra, Ghana, 2014

Ibrahim Mahama - Civil Occupation, 2014, Jute coal sacks, Installation view
Ibrahim MahamaCivil Occupation (installation view), 2014, Jute coal sacks

Ibrahim Mahama - Juli Baw, 2015, Coal sacks, dye sack with makins and creen print, 548 x 767 cm
Ibrahim MahamaJuli Baw, 2015, Coal sacks, dye sack with makins and creen print, 548 x 767 cm

Ibrahim Mahama - K.N.U.S.T Library. Occupation and labour. Kumasi, Ghana, 2014
Ibrahim MahamaK.N.U.S.T Library. Occupation and labour. Kumasi, Ghana, 2014

Ibrahim Mahama - Untitled
Ibrahim Mahama – Untitled, Jute coal sacks, dimensions Variable

Ibrahim Mahama - Markings and body on coal sacks
Ibrahim Mahama – Markings and body on coal sacks

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Nyhavn Kaplang. Installation View, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Ibrahim MahamaNyhavn Kaplang (installation view), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
Photo by Anders Sune Berg

Ibrahim Mahama - Out of Bounds (detail), 2015, Venice Biennale
Ibrahim MahamaOut of Bounds (detail), 2015, Venice Biennale, Italy

Ibrahim Mahama - Out of Bounds (Installation view), 2015, 56th Venice Biennale
Ibrahim MahamaOut of Bounds (installation view), 2015, Venice Biennale, Italy

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Are these the world’s most expensive dots?

Are these the world’s most expensive dots?

Damien Hirst - Lauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1x27.9cm, Edition of 55

Damien Hirst - Lauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1x27.9cm, Edition of 55
Damien HirstLauric Acid Butyl Ester, 2011, 24.1×27.9cm, Edition of 55

On the January 12 Damien Hirst’s show was opened on all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong.

More than 150 private individuals or public institutions from twenty countries provided their paintings to create this single exhibition in different countries

More than 300 paintings are shown, from the first spot, created by Hirst in 1986, to the smallest spot painting comprising half a spot and measuring 1 x 1/2 inch (1996); to a monumental work comprising only four spots, each 60 inches in diameter; and up to the most recent spot painting completed in 2011 containing 25,781 spots that are each 1 millimeter in diameter, with no single color ever repeated.

The exhibition precedes the first major museum retrospective of Hirst’s work opening at Tate Modern in London in April, 2012.

Those visitors who manage to see all eleven galleries spread on three continents until February 10, 2012, receive a signed spot print by Damien Hirst with a personal dedication. Participation conditions are relatively strict as the print might be worth up to 50.000US$.

Damien Hirst - 5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2x292.3cm
Damien HirstL5-Fluorotryptamine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm

Damien Hirst - Set of three spot etchings (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine, 2004, Three colour etchings on Hahnemühle paper, 115x112.5cm, Edition of 145
Damien Hirst – Set of three spot etchings: (i) Ciclopirox Olamine, (ii) Cineole, (iii) Cinchonidine, 2007, household gloss on canvas, 170.2×292.3cm

Damien Hirst - S-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28x96.52cm, Edition of 100
Damien HirstS-Lactoylglutathione, 2011, Silkscreen print with glaze, 81.28×96.52cm, Edition of 100

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