Briefing

Prix Net Art Award winners announced; the Art Fund calls for reform of the UK export system

Eva and Franco Mattes, Project for the fake Nike Monument in Karlsplatz, 2003, print on canvas, 97 x 133 cm. Courtesy: Postmasters Gallery, New York

Eva and Franco Mattes, Project for the fake Nike Monument in Karlsplatz, 2003, print on canvas, 97 x 133 cm. Courtesy: Postmasters Gallery, New York

Eva and Franco Mattes, Project for the fake Nike Monument in Karlsplatz, 2003, print on canvas, 97 x 133 cm. Courtesy: Postmasters Gallery, New York

  • Rhizome and Chronus Art Center, two non-profit organizations operating out of New York and Shanghai respectively, have announced the recipients of the third annual Prix Net Art Award, which was established to recognize those working with art and the internet. This years awards, each of which amounts to USD$5,000, have been presented to Eva and Franco Mattes, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, and the Johannesburg-born artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni.
     
  • The Art Fund has called for the UK export system to be reformed, after the National Gallery’s GBP£30m bid to buy Jacopo Pontormo’s Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (c.1529) was rejected because of the post-Brexit exchange rate. As Mark Brown reports for the Guardian, the work was sold despite an agreement between the owner of the painting and the institution, where the work was on temporary display, that there would be a three-month warning if there were any intention to sell. Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, who donated GBP£750,000 to the campaign to purchase the work, said: ‘We believe the UK’s art export control system should serve our public collections more effectively than at present […] Licence applicants should be required to give a clear and legally binding commitment to abide by the rules – which they are not at present – and we have recommended a number of other specific improvements in addition.’
     
  • The Jerusalem-based non-profit Barbur Gallery has posted a statement on its website refuting claims that the municipality has forced it to close following an anti-occupation event titled ‘Break the Silence’, which was held last week. The gallery paid tribute to the fact that the event went ahead as planned, claiming it to be a ‘victory for the spirit of freedom and proof that you can and should stand up to the threats and attempts of intimidation and incitement’. Barbur Gallery added: ‘According to all the legal opinions we received, the municipality’s claims are baseless factually and legally […] Theirs is a political statement designed for promotional purposes and a flattery to the extreme right in the city, and not a move that has any real substance’.
     
  • The Royal Academy of Arts in London has entered into a partnership with more than 60 galleries and auction houses across the west of the city as part of the rebranded Mayfair Art Weekend. Formerly Brown’s London Art Weekend, the new event will run from 30 June - 2 July, and will see a number of major galleries including David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Victoria Miro and Sadie Coles collaborate on three days of events. Speaking to Anny Shaw at The Art Newspaper, Kate Goodwin, curator of architecture at the RA and Mayfair Art Weekend board member, said: ‘Our aim is to open up our schools, the collection and our buildings and make them all more accessible to the public […] We want to break down some of the perceived barriers around the art world in Mayfair.’
     
  • Vjeran Tomic, an art thief nicknamed ‘Spiderman’, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after stealing GBP£86m worth of paintings by Braque, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso from Paris’s Musée d'Art Moderne in 2010. The Paris court also handed a seven-year sentence to Jean-Michel Corvez, the antiques dealer who orchestrated the theft. Peimane Ghalez-Marzban, the judge presiding over the case, criticized the museum’s defective security, noting the ‘disconcerting ease’ with which Tomic was able to gain entry.  

Most Read

Ahead of Berlin Gallery Weekend, a guide to what to see across the German capital
Ahead of Art Cologne this week, a guide to the best current shows in the city
A fresh dispute over the estate of Vivian Maier; Chris Ofili is made a CBE
Theaster Gates & The Black Monks of Mississippi’s latest project for IHME Festival, Helsinki
Barkley L. Hendricks has died; the Tate faces a lawsuit from its neighbours

From Egyptian surrealism to Parisian pissoirs: what to read this weekend
On the 2017 Jamaica Biennial and its attempts to confront the role of misogyny in Jamaican popular culture
Jan Bonny and Alex Wissel’s new film project, ‘Rheingold’, sends up the ethical superiority of art making versus...
Jason Rhoades, My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage..., 2004, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy: Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, The Estate of Jason Rhoades and David Zwirner; photograph: Fredrik Nilsen
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, USA
Ahead of Art Brussels opening this week, a guide to the best shows around town
Recently awarded a USA Artist Fellowship, Lynn Hershman Leeson speaks about cultural technologies, personal narratives...
Cosey Fanni Tutti talks to Paul Clinton about feminism, freedom and the politics of the personal
David Zwirner, New York
A guide to the best of the current and soon-to-open shows in London
The final part in a series of our editors’ initial impressions from documenta 14 Athens, Amy Sherlock on the fourth and...
A survey of more than 50 respondents from over 30 countries

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

Jan - Feb 2017

frieze magazine

March 2017

frieze magazine

April 2017