A radical rethink on how to attract audiences

A radical rethink on how to attract audiences

Sometimes the more you know, the less you see. There are about 18 pieces of data that arts organisations typically gather from their ticketing systems – information such as age, gender, postcode and planning horizon.

‘It tells you the what, it doesn’t tell you the why,’ said Lucy Shorrocks, Senior Consultant with Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM). ‘We work with lots of organisations that are snow blind with the data they have got but they actually are still trying to find insights into how to connect with audiences.’

Gallery Weekend Beijing Puts Focus Back on China’s Traditional Art Capital

Gallery Weekend Beijing Puts Focus Back on China’s Traditional Art Capital

As the art world geared up for this week’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, a number of international visitors and hundreds of locals made their way to Beijing’s 798 and Caochangdi art districts for the inaugural Gallery Weekend Beijing.

Launched by German artist and writer Thomas Eller, the weekend takes cues (and a strikingly similar typeface) from the gallery weekend in his former hometown, Berlin. In total, 14 of the city’s galleries and four of its museums took part in the weekend, which also involved a number of talks and performances. Read more

The Most Influential Curators of 2016

The Most Influential Curators of 2016

In 2016’s turbulent social and political climate, the exhibitions that resonated did not shy away from the fraught issues of our times. Informed by the insights of Artsy’s editors, and bolstered by data from UBS’s art news app Planet Art, the curators of these shows emerged as making the most impact on the institutional landscape this year. Presented here in no specific order, these curators created shows that reflected the nuances of human experience in today’s world, expanded the parameters of art, or engaged in revisionist histories, redressing systemic biases and enabling us to see past and present art practices anew. Many of those on the list also put the artist first, empowering creatives to do what they do best—helping us to see our realities, and each other, more clearly. Read more

“Rain Room” Creators Return with Interactive Robotic Sculptures

“Rain Room” Creators Return with Interactive Robotic Sculptures

At first glance, Fifteen Points / I (2016), a new sculpture by the London- and Berlin-based collaborative studio Random International, is an obscure cluster of machines. Fifteen robotic limbs, crowned by LED lights and powered by computer-controlled motors, bend and vibrate in synchronized harmony. Yet soon enough, these uniform movements crystallize into a distinct form—that of the human body striding through space. Read more

Q&A: Guest Curators of Art Dubai Contemporary 2017

Q&A: Guest Curators of Art Dubai Contemporary 2017

Independent curators and academics Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath – appointed Guest Curators on the Selection Committee of Art Dubai Contemporary – will support the long-term Committee members Isabelle van den Eynde (Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai), Ursula Krinzinger (Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna), Glenn Scott Wright (Victoria Miro, London) and Andrée Sfeir-Semler (Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg / Beirut) with the gallery selection process for Art Dubai 2017.

The co-founders of the independent curatorial platform Art Reoriented were recently appointed as chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation and are also currently working on an exhibition featuring a surrealist Cairo-based arts collective. Read more

Francesco Bonami Says Curators Are ‘Self-Delusional’ and ‘Irrelevant’ in Today’s Art World

Francesco Bonami Says Curators Are ‘Self-Delusional’ and ‘Irrelevant’ in Today’s Art World

Are curators a dying breed?

Is there still a place for curators in contemporary art? Highly specialized curatorial academics are increasingly being pushed to the fringes of the art world. For example, this year’s Berlin Biennale, is curated by the American artist collective DIS; similarly Manifesta, taking place in Zurich this year, will be curated by the German artist Christian Jankowski; whilst the upcoming Istanbul Biennial in 2017 will be curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. Read more

Decoding the thrilling world of digital art!

Decoding the thrilling world of digital art!

 

How do you auction an algorithm? Or hang an instagram portrait? Would Dali have loved VR? Four pioneering digital art galleries discuss all this and more in a live group chat chaired by CNN style’s guest editor Art Basel Global Director Mark Spiegler.

The following conversation, chaired by Mark Spiegler, took place before Art Basel 2016 between the founders of four leading art galleries: Pillar Corrias in London, Steven Sacks in New York, Leo Xu in Shanghai and Nadine Zeidler in Berlin. All words, views and emojis are their own.

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