Bonami Hates Ai Weiwei

Francesco-Bonami
Francesco-Bonami, curator, writer and Artistic Director of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

Turns out Italian art writer and curator Francesco Bonami isn’t a big Ai Weiwei fan.  The former Venice Biennale Curator and Flash Art Editor had this to say in a recent interview with Marina Cashdan for Artsy:

MC: Were there any pavilions or collateral events [in Venice] that you were surprised by, in a good or not good way?

FB: I hate Ai Weiwei. I think he should be put in jail for his art, and not for his dissidence … lukewarm dissidence, because a real dissident, you don’t hear about them any longer, you know? They just throw away the keys.

MC: And you don’t think he’s helping “real” dissidents?

FB: I don’t think he’s helped the real dissidents, and I think he exploits his dissidence in favor of promoting his art.

Yikes.

Read the full interview here.

Bonami Hates Ai Weiwei

Vivian Maier


For over 40 years Vivian Maier worked as a nanny, in New York and Chicago mostly.  During that time she also took over 150,000 photographs; most of which remained undeveloped until her death in 2009.  Sadly, Maier’s work has only come to public attention posthumously, when boxes of her negatives were discovered at a thrift auction house in Chicago by local historian John Maloof.


It’s a story that’s captured the imagination of street photography enthusiasts, and the public, and Maier’s currently the subject of two documentaries; one produced by the BBC, top, (if you’re in the UK you can watch the entire doc here) and the forthcoming film, Finding Vivian Maier, above, (funded by Kickstarter no less) and directed by Maloof himself.

No screening confirmations in these parts as of yet unfortunately, stay tuned…

Vivian Maier

Anne Landa Award Winner Announced


This year’s Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts has been won by Angelica Mesiti for her widely exhibited work, Citizens Band.  Mesiti was selected by Art Gallery of New South Wales Director Dr Michael Brand and Head of Australian Art Wayne Tunnicliffe, in consultation with the exhibition curator Charlotte Day, beating out fellow finalists Lauren Brincat, Alicia Frankovich, Laresa Kosloff, Kate Mitchell, James Newitt and Christian Thompson.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has released a digital publication to accompany the exhibition (that runs until July 28th) that you can download here.

Anne Landa Award Winner Announced

Gary Hume at the Tate


“There’s no cathartic process in painting.  I only get pleasure while there’s a problem, and when I solve that problem I need to make another one”; so says Gary Hume, the subject of a major exhibition on now at the Tate.  The show contains 24 paintings spanning the artist’s career, all flirting with abstraction and rendered in his seductive, signature high gloss finish.  The exhibition runs until September 1st.

Gary Hume at the Tate