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  1. Présence Panchounette (1969-1990) La Your de Babil (1985) Collection MAMCO Geneve, Foto: Illmari Kalkkinen Source
Our Art Writing finalist Lars Bang Larsen has curated the exhibition Koncept efter Koncept: Før det normale [Concept after Concept: Before Normal] at the Museum of Contemporary art in Roskilde, Denmark, showing until 28 September 2014. 
 The exhibition presents international conceptual art reaching from the 1960’s until today since   “As the perhaps most essential reference for contemporary art it is important to examine what conceptual art is, from where it has its origin and how it has been processed by new generations around the world.” Read more about the exhibition here!
Bang Larsen is a curator and art historian, who holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his dissertation on the subject of psychedelic art and culture of the 1960s and its international dissemination.  If you are interested in reading more of Bang Larsen, we would recommend his texts at e-lux.com, ”The Society Without Qualities” (2013) and ”Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Death of Death” (2010).

    Présence Panchounette (1969-1990) La Your de Babil (1985) Collection MAMCO Geneve, Foto: Illmari Kalkkinen Source

    Our Art Writing finalist Lars Bang Larsen has curated the exhibition Koncept efter Koncept: Før det normale [Concept after Concept: Before Normal] at the Museum of Contemporary art in Roskilde, Denmark, showing until 28 September 2014.

     The exhibition presents international conceptual art reaching from the 1960’s until today since   “As the perhaps most essential reference for contemporary art it is important to examine what conceptual art is, from where it has its origin and how it has been processed by new generations around the world.” Read more about the exhibition here!

    Bang Larsen is a curator and art historian, who holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, where he completed his dissertation on the subject of psychedelic art and culture of the 1960s and its international dissemination.  If you are interested in reading more of Bang Larsen, we would recommend his texts at e-lux.com, ”The Society Without Qualities” (2013) and ”Zombies of Immaterial Labor: The Modern Monster and the Death of Death” (2010).

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    Coco Fusco, brilliantly, on issues of race in arts academia.

    This awe-inspiring video shows why Coco Fusco, the Absolut Art Writing Award winner 2013, has just been announced as a visiting associate professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) program at The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT for the 2014-15 academic year. Fusco’s intellectual and analytical brilliance is clearly manifested in her reasoning on the issue of race and diversity in art academia, a highly important and topical issue.

  3. Many may not know the story behind Absolut’s involvement in the art world and why the Absolut Art Bureau and Absolut Art Award was established in 2009. Absolut has actually been actively involved in the art world since 1985, when the company invited Andy Warhol to create the first in a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the Absolut bottle (see image above!). 
Last year, when Berlin Art Link interviewed Saskia Neuman, the Art Manager at Absolut, she explained how the collaboration with Warhol came about:
 Absolut is a company that was started by the Swedish government in 1979 to create a spirit, a vodka, for the export market in the States. It was then launched in America, together with a man named Michel Roux, one of the creative visionaries of Absolut. He worked for a spirits distribution company in New York. He was quite a large French man and really enigmatic. He was really interested in contemporary art and great friends with Andy Warhol, and the whole Factory scene. He had a brilliant idea and the people at Absolut decided to go for it. They decided to team up with an artist and that’s how they would create their first ad. So in 1985 they created an ad that was launched in the States, it was the bottle painted by Andy Warhol. That is the iconic picture that has been used several times since then. A legacy then started from that image. (source)
 Since working with Warhol, Absolut has collaborated with more than 550 artists on over 850 commissioned projects. Besides the biannual Absolut Art Award, Absolut has since 2012 supported contemporary art through several partnerships with major institutions, including dOCUMENTA, Art Basel and Palais de Tokyo.  Absolut is today supporting a variety of artists, art writers and institutions in their efforts to present new works, stimulate ideas, bring people together and broaden access to creativity. Where art is, Absolut is.
Read the full interview with Saskia Neuman, Art Manager at Absolut, to learn more about Absolut’s engagement with art here!

    Many may not know the story behind Absolut’s involvement in the art world and why the Absolut Art Bureau and Absolut Art Award was established in 2009. Absolut has actually been actively involved in the art world since 1985, when the company invited Andy Warhol to create the first in a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the Absolut bottle (see image above!).

    Last year, when Berlin Art Link interviewed Saskia Neuman, the Art Manager at Absolut, she explained how the collaboration with Warhol came about:

     Absolut is a company that was started by the Swedish government in 1979 to create a spirit, a vodka, for the export market in the States. It was then launched in America, together with a man named Michel Roux, one of the creative visionaries of Absolut. He worked for a spirits distribution company in New York. He was quite a large French man and really enigmatic. He was really interested in contemporary art and great friends with Andy Warhol, and the whole Factory scene. He had a brilliant idea and the people at Absolut decided to go for it. They decided to team up with an artist and that’s how they would create their first ad. So in 1985 they created an ad that was launched in the States, it was the bottle painted by Andy Warhol. That is the iconic picture that has been used several times since then. A legacy then started from that image. (source)

     Since working with Warhol, Absolut has collaborated with more than 550 artists on over 850 commissioned projects. Besides the biannual Absolut Art Award, Absolut has since 2012 supported contemporary art through several partnerships with major institutions, including dOCUMENTA, Art Basel and Palais de Tokyo.  Absolut is today supporting a variety of artists, art writers and institutions in their efforts to present new works, stimulate ideas, bring people together and broaden access to creativity. Where art is, Absolut is.

    Read the full interview with Saskia Neuman, Art Manager at Absolut, to learn more about Absolut’s engagement with art here!

    (Source: coloursteelsexappeal)

  4. The Absolut Art Award Jury 2015

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    We are delighted to finally be able to reveal the names of the eminent Absolut Art Award 2015 Jury members. The Jury president this year will be Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum In New York and Artistic Director at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan. He will be joined by three additional distinguished curators: Magali Arriola, Curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong and Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, as well as Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine.

    The jury will now invite two nominators each, who will nominate artists and art writers, generating a list of maximum fifty nominees for the ”Art Work” category and ten nominees for the ”Art Writing” category. The list of nominees will thereafter be reduced to a shortlist of 5 artists and 5 writers, out of which the Jury will select a winner in each category. The winning artist and writer will be announced during the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015.

    We cannot wait to see which amazing artist and writer that will win next year!

    Read more about the Absolut Art Award 2015

    Portrait of Massimiliano Gioni,
    2015 Absolut Art Award Jury President.
    Photo: Marco De Scalzi.
    Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan

  5. Transform Today in Stockholm

    On Thursday 12th of June time had finally come to unveil the intriguing piece of art made by Tove Kjellmark and the creative duo Yours for the Absolut Transform Today project. 

    The piece, which will be placed in a public space in central Stockholm, questions the concept of ”public art” and shows how it can reflect contemporary urban life, instead of being old and static.  The piece, an interactive robot, picks up an un-censored stream of tweets tweeted in the Stockholm area and recites them in real time with a monotonous robotic voice,  thereby bridging the intangible public space of social media with the physical public space.  

    The release party was held at the magnificent venue of Bergrummet in Stockholm, an old military base consisting of an impressive array of tunnels located deep beneath the island of Skeppsholmen. Read more about the project and the release party here!

  6. Susan Hiller at Toulouse International Art Festival

    The Toulouse International Art Festival opened a few weeks ago. This year Susan Hiller  is the subject of a major solo exhibition at Les Abattoirs - Frac Midi-Pyrénées. The exhibition focuses on some of the artist’s most significant recent works and will premiere a new video project, Resounding (2014), made specially for the festival.

    Channels (2013), which we wrote about in an earlier post, will also be displayed, alongside the popular The Last Silent Movie (2007-8).  All works are ”linked by a mesh of human voices, from the lost languages of the Last Silent Movie to the stirrings and statements collected in Channels and in Resounding Ultra Violet.”  (ArtDaily.org)

    We are sure that the exhibition will offer the visitor a both spectacular and thought provoking art experience! The exhibition at Les Abattoirs is open until the end of August

  7. The Absolut Art Bar: Apocalypse postponed

    As mentioned in the previous post, the Art Bar at this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong was a collaboration with designer Nadim Abbas. The name of the bar, Apocalypse Postponed, together with the interior design and the drink menu, reflected the designer’s fascination with bunkers, war and technology. Read more about Abbas and his work here

  8. Art Bar by Nadim Abbas

    The Absolut Art Bar Installation at the Art Basel i Hong Kong was this year created by the Hong Kong born and based artist Nadim Abbas. 

    This is how Stephanie Bailey describes her visit to the bar:

    Having navigated the labyrinthine tunnels of the Causeway Bay MTR and after having swept both halls of Art Basel in Hong Kong, I had found myself lost that night in the very city Abbas’s art bar showcases through the view from the 17th floor—an urban jungle if there ever was one: hot, humid, crowded and illuminated by neon lights. By the time I got to the bar—cool, spacious and strange—I was cursing art and all its infrastructures: a known symptom of art fair fatigue. Nevertheless, I arrived just as Ming Wong’s transformed form—that anime goddess in drag—was being carried out to the stage by two mignons in full black bodysuits and black wigs.  And as I watched the spectacle unfold, I suddenly found myself smiling like a child with eyes as wide as Sailor Moon’s. Looking around at all the other delighted faces, I remembered something: even during an art fair, art can be fun. And this was definitely art.

    Read the full article at absolut.com!

  9. Theaster Gates at Art Basel Hong Kong

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    The Art Basel in Hong Kong just finished yesterday and as usual it was an event filled with creativity and inspiring art. Theaster Gates was one of our Art Award nominees represented, with his works Tar Study with Rapid Cooling (2013) [see above] and Soot with Sky and Seam (2013).

    (via Theaster Gates: Tar Study with Rapid Cooling: Kavi Gupta CHICAGO |)

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Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979 

Luis Camnitzer is currently represented in the exhibition ”Lost in Landscape” at the MART Roverto (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto) in Italy. The exhibition is curated by Gerardo Mosquera and explores the contemporary landscape and its many meanings through photographs, paintings, installations and video installations. The exhibition runs until August 31st 2014.

If you want to learn more about Camnitzer and his art we recommend you to pre-order the book ”Luis Camnitzer in Conversation with Alexander Alberro”, which is going to be published by The Fundación Cisneros in late May. The book is the eighth volume in the Conversaciones/Conversations series, which contain first hand testimonies of leading artists and intellectuals from Latin America. Read more here and here!

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    Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979 

    Luis Camnitzer is currently represented in the exhibition ”Lost in Landscape” at the MART Roverto (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Roverto) in Italy. The exhibition is curated by Gerardo Mosquera and explores the contemporary landscape and its many meanings through photographs, paintings, installations and video installations. The exhibition runs until August 31st 2014.

    If you want to learn more about Camnitzer and his art we recommend you to pre-order the book ”Luis Camnitzer in Conversation with Alexander Alberro”, which is going to be published by The Fundación Cisneros in late May. The book is the eighth volume in the Conversaciones/Conversations series, which contain first hand testimonies of leading artists and intellectuals from Latin America. Read more here and here!