Under the radar: STPI

Under the radar: STPI

ArtPremium had the chance to interview Emi Eu, director of STPI, a creative workshop and gallery located in Singapore. Exhibiting artists such as Anri Sala, Jane Lee, Do Ho Suh, Rirkrit Tiravanija and more, and celebrating their 15th Anniversary, STPI has position itself as a forward thinking organization working closely with public institutions.


15 years ago when STPI was inaugurated, the director struggled to convince artists to come over Singapore to participate in their residency programs. Now, after a long journey and having witnessed the globalization and booming of the contemporary art market, Eu affirms they no longer have to fight to persuade creators to come to the city. Aided by the national government – 20% of their annual budget is provided by them – STPI’s financial plan is a genuine model of a successful partnership between public and private sectors working together to position Singapore in the contemporary art radar. Another strategy they have been developing is to participate in international art fairs, “the art fairs are for us the best marketing platforms, as we are far aways from the culture centres such as London, Paris, or New York, we connect with the rest of the world”, stated Eu during our exchange.

But what is STPI’s objective and what distinguishes them from other galleries? Aside the financial scheme, the gallery focuses on working with artists that focus on paper and print making. “The artist must possess the caliber of working in a collaborative environment, he must be capable of taking advantage of all the resources we have for their disposition”, stated Eu. Artists such as Sun Xun, Ashley Bickerton, Philippe Parreno, Teresita Fernández, Haegue Yang, among others, have participated in their workshops. And yet, there are some artists that before working with STPI never worked on paper, STPI is therefore a laboratory for those creators.

Until November 11th 2017, STPI will be exhibiting the work of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, a duo of artists breaking frontiers and experiments with the shapes of papers. We are eager to see what new will be the forthcoming projects of this unique space.

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Prix Marcel Duchamp to Hadjithomas & Joreige

Prix Marcel Duchamp to Hadjithomas & Joreige

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2017 Joana Hadjithomas et Khalil Joreige ∏ Centre Pompidou, 2017, Audrey Laurans (9)

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2017 Joana Hadjithomas et Khalil Joreige – Centre Pompidou, 2017, Audrey Laurans

 

Once again the time has come to disclose the winner of the prestigious French award, the “ Prix Marcel Duchamp ” given by the ADIAF. This year’s edition has been bestowed to the Lebanese duo Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Both from an Arabic background, the pair collaborates producing documentaries and visual artworks conveying a “humanitarian message”, according to the director of the ADIAF Gilles Fuchs. This is the reason why the pair was awarded the prize, as their body of work is politically engaged; furthermore it depicts the blending of two cultures the French and the Lebanese.

The Prix Marcel Duchamp, created in 2000 was created to grant artists who chose to work in France international notoriety in order to position them in the contemporary art globalized world. Since its genesis, it has awarded artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Mircea Cantor, Kader Attia, Thomas Hirschhorn and more.

For the first time, alongside the financial aid (35 000 euros), the ADIAF gave the artists a sculpture made by Fabrice Hyber with “eau de Paris” symbolizing the playful spirit of Marcel Duchamp.

 

Inspiring Actions, Martin Schoeller at Paris Photo with Pernod Ricard

Inspiring Actions, Martin Schoeller at Paris Photo with Pernod Ricard

Elna Nordstrom - Pernod RicardAry_Ganeshalingam - Pernod RicardIlargi_Leturia_Ugarte - Pernod Ricard
Ary Ganeshalingam – Global Marketing Manager
Chivas Brothers Ltd – London, United Kingdom
© Martin Schoeller pour / for Pernod Ricard

 

Elna Nordström – Product Development Manager Operations.
The Absolut Company – Ahus, Sweden
© Martin Schoeller pour / for Pernod Ricard
Ilargi Leturia Ugarte – Global Brand Manager
Pernod Ricard Winemakers – San Sebastian, Spain
© Martin Schoeller pour / for Pernod Ricard

German photographer, Martin Schoeller worked conjointly with the French company Pernod Ricard to photograph some of the faces that constitute the company’s spectrum of employees.

The idea behind this project was to take 18 portraits of Pernod Ricard’s employees all over the world in order to show to the public the people who construct and expand the brand’s name. With the texture and light characterising Schoeller’s portraits, the photographer highlighted the brand’s work ethic and aimed at bearing witness of the importance of each employee. Every portrait is different and captures the detail of the person photographed, Schoeller thus highlights the uniqueness and beauty of the members of the company.

Pernod Ricard Group often calls upon contemporary artists to campaign with them to put under the spot their employees and their importance within the company. Among other artists who have participated we can cite Omar Victor Diop, Li Wei, Olaf Breuning, Vee Speers, Marco Lopez and more. Martin Schoeller  (b. 1968, Munich, works and live in New York City)  is the 42th artist invited to participate in this kind of project, perpetuating the tradition and bearing witness of Pernod Ricard’s commitment to contemporary art.

At the end of 2017, the campaign will be exhibited at Paris Photo 2017 international fair from 9  to 12 of November at the Grand Palais.. “This people are our ambassadors for our values and become a source of inspiration,” stated Olivier Cavil, director of communication for Pernod Ricard.

Printing the World at Centre Pompidou

Printing the World at Centre Pompidou

Imprimer le monde Achraf Touloub_Dessein Global 2015 (dÇtail) Impression 3 D photo Gilles Puyfages

Achraf Touloub, Dessein Global 2015 (deetail) Impression 3 D. Photo: Gilles Puyfages

 

The gallery 4 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris is currently presenting Printing the World, an exhibition taking place until the 3rd of July, exploring the 3D universe and its possibilities.

In 1984 the first 3D printer was patented by a French research group giving birth to a new era in the material world. Little had they known of the incommensurable possibilities that this machine had to offer, especially in the art world. The show presents approximately 40 artists, designers and architects conjointly questioning and using the 3D printer to create new and improbable objects.

Imprimer le monde Jon Rafman_New Age Demanded (Pocked), 2013_Courtesy de l'artiste

Jon Rafman, New Age Demanded (Pocked), 2013, Courtesy of the artist

From the macro world with creations such as Grotto II by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, to the micro world where the 3D printer is utilised to print cells, this technology is revolutionizing the way we conceive art and its status. Unlike other techniques, the 3D printer can faithfully copy what is it told to reproduce, it enables artists, designers and craftsman to almost attain perfection. For instance, the designer Mathias Bengtsson has created a steady table mixing different materials.

Thus, what is the artist’s role in this universe? If the object can entirely be produce by a machine, where lies the future of art? Inventiveness is the key, for 3D remains a tool and not a threat for artists such as Jon Rafman who has conceived an odd – to say the least – universe with his 3D printed torsos and his animated videos. On the other hand, the transdisciplinary artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg recreated a 3D portrait from recollected chewed up gum, hairs and cigarette butts that people in New York city left unwittingly behind them.

Imprimer le monde University of Tokyo Advanced Design Studies Unit_Drawn Pavilion_2017

University of Tokyo Advanced Design Studies Unit Drawn Pavilion 2017

 

Once again artists and science converge in an effort to bring fresh and new proposals to the table. The exhibition, despite its shortness succeeds as preface of what is yet to come.

 

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South Africa under the spotlight at the Venice Biennial

South Africa under the spotlight at the Venice Biennial

South Africa - The 57th International Art Exhibition_La Biennale di VeneziaSouth Africa –  The 57th International Art Exhibition_La Biennale di Venezia

 

Two major artists, Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng, are representing South Africa at the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale. Under the direction of Christine Macel, Viva Arte Viva is a celebratory venue highlighting art and artist’s power in our society. 

Nevertheless, rather than praising art and the people making it, the two young creators decided to give the opportunity to immigrants and other minorities to speak about their conditions and the encountered difficulties experienced throughout their journey. Candice Breitz’s short film Love Story is a raw statement where she questions the dehumanisation within our world. Marked by famine, displacement and humanitarian crisis, the 21st century is increasingly obsessed with show business, relegating or even denying to see alarming issues. By using Hollywood actors – Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin -, Breitz reroutes the public’s attention to this field giving a voice to millions of unknown refugees.

On the other hand, Mohau Modisakeng explores South African “male” identity during the post apartheid era. His work delves on the meaning of nation, gender and postcolonialism in the country.

Regardless of Mrs. Macel intention, Breitz and Modisakeng believe in art not so much as a narcissist way of expression but as a political outlet.  

 

Credits
SOUTH AFRICA (Republic of), Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng
57. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – La Biennale di Venezia, Viva Arte Viva
Photo by: Italo Rondinella
Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia
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The most expensive skull of Basquiat sold to japanese collector Maezawa for $ 110.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2017 on show at Louis Vuitton Foundation

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Untitled, 1982. Acrylic, spray paint, and oilstick on canvas. 183.2 × 173 cm. Yusaku Maezawa Collection, Chiba, Japan © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Picture: Courtesy of Sotheby’s, Inc. © 2018

 

Thursday 18th May marked an unprecedented record at Sotheby’s New York during the Contemporary sales evening, making of Jean-Michel Basquiat the most coveted American artist with the sale of a skull painting over the $100 million barrier.

Untitled (1982) painting has been acquired for 110.5 million dollars by the billionaire Japanese entrepreneur and art collector Yusaku Maezawa, 41, founder of START TODAY an online fashion mall.This work becomes the second most expensive artwork ever auctioned, after Francis Bacon’sThree Studies of Lucian Freud (triptych, 1969) sold for $142,2  million at Christie’s in 2013.

Fervent to his love for Basquiat, Maezawa’s plan is to exhibit this and other acquired works in his hometown, Chiba, a city nearby the nipone capital. Among his collection, artworks from artists such as Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, Bruce Nauman, Vincent Van Gogh and Richard Prince will be featured in his private museum.

Even though the museum’s construction is still on hold, Mr. Maezawa seems to know exactly how he envisions his institution as he stated he wants each art piece to breathe and to be thoroughly contemplated by his future audience.

Despite a short period of active creation, only 10 years, Jean-Michel Basquiat  (1960-1988) left a prolific oeuvre behind him. After his death, his artworks have attained staggering prices during auctions and sales placing him alongside great master such as Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso.