There’s always something going on in the art world. Every Sunday, Agora starts the new week by looking back at what happened the week before. Here are our top art news stories from September 25th – October 1st, 2016.
The Makapan Pebble – Predecessor Of Duchamp’s Urinal
Almost about three million years ago, this stone, naturally in the shape of a human head, was discovered by an early ape-like human species somewhere in present-time Africa. The Makapan Pebble could be the very first readymade work of art in relation to Marcel Duchamp’s Urinal from 1917. The British Museum, London has announced its decision, after much debate, to display it as the first ever ‘found art’ in an upcoming show. The exhibition titled, South Africa: The Art Of A Nation, opens on the 27th of October and runs through 26 February 2017. Full Story Here →
The Inside Job At Versailles
Anish Kapoor’s already controversial sculpture titled Dirty Corner at the Palace Of Versailles repeatedly in 2015. The sculpture was targeted due to its sexual connotations directed towards “the queen who took power”. In a recent interview with the South China Morning Post, Kapoor claims that the vandalism was actually an ‘inside job’. “I’d made three reports to the police and to this day have had no response from them,” he said. “The councilor managed to get a court hearing within hours. I’ll say it again—it was an inside job.” Full Story Here →
Random International’s Latest Production
The famous Rain Room creators unveiled their latest work of art earlier this week. An interactive installation of robotic sculptures titled Fifteen Points, it is now on view at Pace Gallery, New York. The installation feature fifteen robotic limb-like structures topped with LED lights. All the components are synchronized together to create the image of a human body gliding through space. “There’s something very healthy about going back to the basics, to vibration,” said Random International co-founder Hannes Koch. Full Story Here →
Forgotten Masterpiece Found
Antique Roadshow, BBC’s television program that features experts examining the possessions of local and sometimes clueless antique owners, has made a fine discovery. While filming in Harrogate, England the team has found a long lost work of art by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, one of the most important painters from the Victorian period. Rupert Maas, one of the experts on the show said that this was the “best picture we have ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history”. The painting is a portrait of the artist’s friend and colleague, the etcher Leopold Löwenstam and is valued at over $300,000. Full Story Here →
Thumbs Up In Trafalgar Square
On 29th September, this week, David Shrigley’s new public art sculpture was unveiled in the heart of London. The seven-metre-high sculpture titled Really Good, depicts an unusually extended thumb and is placed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. It is the 11th sculpture commissioned for the Fourth Plinth and is cast in bronze with the same dark patina as the other classic statues in the square. The sculpture remains on view until 28th March, next year. Full Story Here →
Exhibitions At Agora Gallery
Three inspiring exhibitions – Ardian Tragaj/ a Solo exhibition, Interpretive Realms and Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition, are currently on view at Agora Gallery until the 11th of October. View the entire collection of reception photographs here.
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