Best of the Best: The Year’s Most Exciting New Art Venues

Giuseppe Penone Leaves of Light

Of the eagerly anticipated inaugurations of new exhibition spaces for art over the past year, three stood out, warranting inclusion in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue based on their innovative design and the sheer quality of the works on view. Our picks: the Jean-Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, Axel Vervoordt’s Kaanal on the outskirts of Antwerp, and Hauser & Wirth’s new Asia outpost in the H Queens building in Central Hong Kong.

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One New Yorker’s trash is another’s work of art

I LOVE this!  Big, big fan of “upcycled art” and “outsider art”.  Would love to have some of these pieces.

Before new MetroCards cost $1 apiece — back when their bent bodies carpeted subway station entrances, discarded by hasty passengers — I scooped up an armful and used transparent duct tape to plaster them onto a stool.

In a city where so many people put on an act, nothing has ever felt as real to me as the components of a street: subway service change posters, speed limit signs and hydrants themselves. They’re unfeignedly familiar; they are honest, with a single purpose.

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How the quest for the ‘perfect blue’ changed art forever

Used for storing and burning incense, this bronze altar set is inscribed with a stylized form of Arabic developed by Chinese Muslims.

The color blue has had a remarkable impact on the history of world trade. Rarely occurring in the natural world, blue pigments were, for centuries, highly sought-after by craftsmen and merchants.

This quest for the perfect blue has also transformed artistic traditions, from modern painting and jewelry to Turkish tilework, Persian glassware and Ming dynasty pottery.

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Done With Art Fairs, Team Gallery Is Selling Works Through Instagram Instead of Going to Basel

For the first time in years, collectors at Art Basel won’t find a booth from New York’s Team Gallery at the fair—but that doesn’t mean they won’t come across work from the gallery while they’re in Switzerland. As they scroll through Instagram, they might see a sponsored post from Team, which is advertising the sale of an artwork each day for the next week on the social-networking service.

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Will Anyone Save the Kentucky Folk Art Center?

Supporters of Kentucky folk art are bewildered by the lack of a concrete plan to save the celebrated Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, the only art museum in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian counties.

The three-decade-old center with 1,407 works by Kentucky artists — many of whom have pieces in the Smithsonian — is a victim of state funding cuts and Morehead State University cutbacks. But despite early promises by museum owner MSU to save what the Christian Science Monitor called a “Rosetta Stone” for understanding the evolution of folk art, few are satisfied with efforts thus far.

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Horicon’s Jersey Street Music Festival starts Friday

Every small, regional area should have their own music festival showcasing local talent and bringing neighbors together.  What fun!  We need so many more local activities providing local talent a place to show their stuff and for locals to get out and get to know one another.

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It’s time to get out your dancing shoes and bring the family to the Jersey Street Music Festival this weekend in Horicon.

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Memphis Literary Arts Festival Launches

If the prevailing stereotype of the writer/reader is of a solitary individual, slaving away with bleary eyes, then the Center for Southern Literary Arts (CSLA) aims to challenge the traditional narrative. Because stories are inherently a means of communication and of reinforcing our connections — with each other, with the past, and with our cultures. To illustrate the communal aspect and intersectional nature of storytelling, in its many forms and genres, the CSLA is unveiling the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival (MLAF) this Saturday, June 16th, in the Edge district.

Read @ Memphis Flyer

Can the art market thrive in a sharing economy?

Melanie Gerlis

“No one wants to own anything any more. It’s all about experiencing, sharing and being in the moment. Since the digital revolution, information and algorithms are more valuable than the physical.” So said Ralph Nauta, the co-founder of the artist collective Studio Drift, at a recent event for Future\Pace, itself a collaborative effort to produce often-experiential art.

Read @ Art Newspaper