Sarah Lucas Curates Prisoner Art Show, Another New Fair Heads to Miami, and More

Sarah Lucas Curates Prisoner Art Show, Another New Fair Heads to Miami, and More
Sarah Lucas
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— YBA Star Curates Blockbuster Prisoner Art Show: This year's annual Koestler Trust exhibition of art by British prisoners marks the organization's 50th anniversary, so it's fitting that YBA star Sarah Lucas, who also turns 50 this year, was tasked with curating the exhibition, which received between 5,000-4,000 visual art submissions that she whittled down to roughly 200 for inclusion in the show, titled “Free” (September 20-November 25). “Art has to be justified in prisons and not be a recreational pursuit,” Lucas said. “Prisoners can't be seen to be having any fun, even though it has real benefits and it might be helping to address the reasons they are in prison.” [Guardian]

— Details of artMRKT's Miami Expansion: This December artMRKT Productions will add a Miami outpost to its roster of art fairs — which already includes exhibitions in San Francisco, the Bridgehampton, and Houston — when it launches Miami Project, which will run concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach (December 5-9). The fair's first edition has announced its preliminary roster of exhibitors, including New York's Jen Beckman Gallery and Allegra LaViola, Dallas's Marty Walker Gallery, and Boston's Steven Zevitas Gallery. [Press Release]

— Rome Unveils Revised John Paul II Statue: Following a public outcry after its unveiling in May, sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi has revised his 17-feet-tall bronze statue of John Paul II to take into account criticisms that the monument outside the Termini train station resembled a giant bell or a urinal, among other unfavorable likenesses. “You can’t play heads or tails with a statue, especially when it comes to contemporary art,” Umberto Broccoli, leader of Rome’s Cultural Heritage Department, maintained. “Contemporary art cannot be judged.” [NYT]

— VOLTA Moves Downtown: The Armory Week satellite fair VOLTA NY is ditching the Midtown digs it called home for the past five years in favor of a hipper Soho venue at 82 Mercer Street, between Broome and Spring streets, a 50,000-square-foot space where its organizers expect the fair's 2013 edition will exceed its 2012 attendance tally of 18,000. Those worried about the long trek to the Armory Show piers need not fear: VOLTA will continue to run shuttle buses to the marquee fair from its lofty new location, which boasts extra-high ceilings and exposed brick. [Press Release]

— New Book Goes Home With American Art Stars: Bringing the concept behind its popular “Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios” States-side, Thames & Hudson imprint TransGlobe Publishing will release “American Journeys: Artists, Space and Place” in early 2014, shedding light on the studios, homes, and neighborhoods inhabited by more than 40 leading U.S. artists. Among those already signed off to show off their domestic and urban haunts are Glenn LigonShirin Neshat, and Chuck Close, who we sincerely hope will give us a peek at his eye-popping wardrobe. [TAN]

— Toronto's Power Plant Perpetually Problem-Plagued: Canada's foremost non-profit space for contemporary art has always had trouble retaining staff, but the latest round of departures — former director Gregory Burke resigned suddenly in February 2011 after a six-year stint, and last month its president Paul Marks, a surgeon and leading Canadian art collector, left after just 11 weeks — suggest more fundamental problems, namely its relationship to its umbrella corporation the Harbourfront Centre, who donates its space. “Harbourfront is a major partner, not just a little one,” said Harbourfount Foundation chair James Fleck, “and unless the Power Plant board is willing to take on the total responsibility, I think it’s smoking the wrong kind of cigarettes.” [Globe and Mail]

— Andy Goldsworthy Preps Major Midwestern Commission: The British sculptor (whose recent public commission in the Australian outback caused a major backlash) is creating a major outdoor installation featuring a series of limestone arches for the Saint Louis Art Museum's courtyard dubbed “Stone Sea,” which takes its inspiration from the city's geology. The work will link its main building to the new David Chipperfield-designed East Building opening in June 2013. “My aim is not to just install twenty four individual sculptures, but to create a sea of stone,” said Goldsworthy. “The challenge has been to fit as many arches as possible into the space so that individual arches are lost in one single work.” [ArtDaily]

— Turkish Farmer Turns Up Giant Roman Mosaic: A poolside Roman mosaic dating from the third or fourth century and measuring roughly the same size as a modest house has been found in a farmer's field in southern Turkey; hints of its presense were first discovered in 2002, but the local museum's lack of funds made it impossible to excavate. “To be honest,” said excavation director and University of Nebraska art history professor Michael Hoff, “I was completely bowled over that the mosaic is that big.” [LiveScience]

— London's Newest Art Fair Avoids Frieze Week: The British capital's latest art fair, Art13, will be launched by the founders of Hong Kong's ArtHK not next month at the time of Frieze London and its many satellite fairs, but March 1-3, 2013 — not late February, as originally announced — the weekend before New York's Armory Show. “We’ve tested out the timing with international collectors and we think the beginning of the year, when people are not exhausted, will work well,” says Art13 director Stephanie Dieckvoss. [TAN]

— RIP Romanian-American Sculptor and Installation Artist Serge Spitzer: The Bucharest-born, New York-based artist known for his large-scale sculptural installations at locations including the Palais de Tokyo and Majorca's Mayor Synagogue, has died at age 61. His work, which is held in the collections of MoMA, the Menil Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, has also been shown at Documenta and the Venice Biennale. [AF]


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