Headlines: Earthquake, Urban Art, Mondrian
1) Mexico's Art World Recovering After Earthquake
Mexico City is reeling following a devastating earthquake on September 19th, and local arts and culture institutions are just beginning to take stock. The earthquake’s epicenter was just 100 miles away from Mexico City, and as of this writing the death toll for the quake is sitting at 200. ArtNews is keeping a watchful eye on Mexican museums, who are continuously updating social media followers on damage and repair efforts.
2) New Street Art Museum Open in Berlin
The Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is now open in Berlin -- and it’s being billed as the world’s largest collection of street art, underground art, and graffiti art. Berlin is well-known for its vibrant embrace of the street art scene, so it seems fitting that the city should be home to a dedicated institution. The new Museum is an impressive five-story affair inside a converted 19th-century house, with collections boasting between 100 and 150 street artists at any given time, including household names like Shepard Fairey and, of course, Banksy. Unlike other collections, however, the majority of the works in the Museum for Urban Contemporary Art were created specifically for the museum’s shows, often directly on the museum’s walls.
3) A Cautionary Tale of a Fake Mondrian
In the New York Times, an interesting account of a painting -- thought to be a rare Mondrian -- that turned out to be a likely fake. The discovery, made by a Mondrian expert visiting the Bozar Center for the Arts in Brussels, Belgium, makes for an interesting discussion on the responsibility of museums to thoroughly research provenance before showing works.
4) A Look at Lofoten
Here’s a meaty review of some of the works on display at Lofoten International Arts Festival as part of the exhibition “I Taste the Future.” The show, which is taking place in Lofoten in the Norwegian Arctic circle, is heavy with science fiction ideas, especially presented in video or media formats. This Frieze review covers a number of pieces in great detail, drawing on the idea of the future to string them all together.
5) A Reintroduction to Paleo Art
Finally, a newly released book about Paleoart is reigniting interest in the field of dino depictions. This article in Hyperallergic covers some of the best and most interesting examples from 1830 to the 1980’s, beginning with some rather interesting works from the earliest days of the scientific field. As new discoveries are made about the lives and appearances of dinosaurs, some of the more creative artist’s renderings have been put out of commission and hidden in archives. This book seeks to bring them to light so we might appreciate them for the fanciful works of art that they are.