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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp of Artdecision.eu

Monday, June 19th, 2017
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We are grateful to Kristen Knupp, founder of ArtDecision.eu and based out of Switzerland, for writing about Art Basel 2017. Head to ArtDecision.eu  for images and other articles. Follow @ArtDecision on Twitter & Instagram  for more information. Images courtesy of the artists and Kristen Knupp.

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A Tour of Art Basel from A to Z by Kristen Knupp, ArtDecision.eu

Basel is truly a city immersed in art during Art Basel, and it is worth a trip to experience the energy  that this celebration brings to a small city in the middle of Switzerland.  Art Basel attracted 95,000 visitors this year with collectors from over 100 countries.  The first thing I do every year at Art Basel is to head to the Unlimited sector that houses massive sculptures, paintings and installations that are too large for the traditional art show stand format.  Unlimited was curated by New York-based Gianni Jetzer for the sixth year and 76 artists’ work was shown in the warehouse-like space.

One of the first pieces I saw was Jenny Holzer’s Statement – redacted, 2015, from Spruth Magers gallery.  It is a hanging slim LED sign with four sides that glows and flashes bits of sentences that quickly explode into smithereens.  Randomly moving around the space; sometimes stopping, and then moving quickly towards viewers, it is both threatening and unpredictable.  The piece features text from pages of declassified US government documents about military operations.  Holzer has worked with text and light installations since the 1970’s and has recently included text from declassified documents in her work.  Although difficult to read as the words flash by at speed, words like “hope”, “documents”, and “evidence” come through in lurid pink and orange, and then disintegrate before a solid understanding of the words is possible.

Jenny Holzer at Art Basel 2017

The next piece that caught my eye was Subodh Gupta’s Cooking the World, 2017 from Galleria Continua in Italy.  This installation is made of well-used silvery pots and pans of all sizes and shapes, suspended from the ceiling in a precise and delicate arrangement hung by transparent fishing lines.  The result is a temporary shelter, inside of which the artist cooks Indian meals for observers creating a temporary community among the fair-goers.  The feeling created inside the shelter was surprisingly cosy and light shone in from around the edges of the pots in pleasingly random patches.  The concept of the piece is that sharing a meal creates inclusion and acceptance across social and cultural boundaries.  It brought to mind Alison Knowles performance piece “Making a Salad”, originally from 1962, in which a salad is made and shared with the audience.  This was performed last year at Art Basel, so perhaps this is a trend we will see again next year.

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Young Masters: Unpacking Gender in the Contemporary Art World – A talk on July 2nd during the Mayfair Art Weekend

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

To coincide with the inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize a talk to celebrate and discuss gender issues around art has been organised during the Young Masters 2017 exhibition.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Susan Mumford, Founder, Association of Woman Art Dealers, and will include Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, and Cynthia Corbett, Gallerist and Founder of The Young Masters Art Prize.

Young Masters: Unpacking Gender in the Contemporary Art World

Mayfair Art Weekend

Sunday, 2 July 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 (BST)

Royal Over-Seas League

Park Place  SW1A 1LR London


Young Masters: Talks includes discussions hosted by speakers from:  Be Smart About Art, offering specialist, advice and support for artists and industry professionals; and Artists’ Collecting Society, the premium collecting society for the administration of the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR). This series of talks will be accompanied by discussions led by Young Masters Art Prize Judges, including: Jean Wainwright, Art Historian, Critic and Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at the University for the Creative Arts; and Melanie Gerlis, Art Market Columnist at the Financial Times and Editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper.

News from Our Partners: Photographer Vladislav Kolev documents the Store Street Framing Workshop

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Vladislav Kolev is London based visual artist working with photography. AWAD’s London Partners in matters of framing and related services, Store Street Framing asked him to spend some time in their workshop and make a piece that illustrates the great craft and sheer hard work that goes into hand-finished frames. Kolev came back with some beautiful images, a selection of which are seen here courtesy of the artist and Store Street Framing, and many more can be seen via this link.

My fascination with photographic images began before I even got my first camera. My interest in photography grew almost instantly after many years of painting, making sculptures and mixed media experiments. I see it as a natural progression that I moved into photography full time where a combination of things that dwelled inside me found their way out through this medium.

Artist’s Statement by Vladislav Kolev

Store Street Framing April 2017 Blog (Hand Painted Frames Image)

Store Street Framing April 2017 Blog (Stool + Leaf Image)

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Highlights from Photofairs, San Francisco, by Peppa Martin, truth and beauty gallery, Vancouver

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Image: Tabitha Soren, ‘The Puritan’ 023024-1’ 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Equinom Projects San Francisco
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We are grateful to Peppa Martin, owner of the truth and beauty gallery in Vancouver, Canada, for writing about the inaugural edition of Photofairs 2017  ‘live’ from the San Francisco.  Follow Peppa on Twitter & Instagram  for more information. Images courtesy of the artist and Peppa Martin.

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Banking on the growing success of three years in Shanghai, Photofairs launched its inaugural North American edition in San Francisco January 27-29th, arriving at the former historic U.S. Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation, now the picturesque waterfront Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture Festival Pavilion.

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Comparatively smaller in scale than other international fairs, this event managed to succeed where even the behemoth ParisPhoto LA could not. As the Bay Area’s only fair exclusively dedicated to photographic arts, Photofairs SF distinguished itself by presenting a thoroughly polished and impressive array– exhibiting a tight, balanced selection of high calibre, thoughtful work.

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Thirty four national and international galleries were on hand from fourteen countries, showcasing emerging and recognized artists across the fair’s public program and platforms, including panels, moderated talks and installations.

Photofairs San Francisco’s curation brought together vintage and blue-chip works alongside cutting-edge contemporary photography. Sarah Shepard, PHOTOFAIRS‘ San Francisco-based manager reported “the response to the scope and quality of the photography presented by both the national and international participating galleries, many of whom brought new works and artists never before exhibited on the West Coast, was overwhelmingly positive.”

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From our Partner Annabel Kaye of Irenicon: How the Uber decision affects your team

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
This article was written by Annabel Kaye, Founder of Irenicon,  AWAD’s Partner in the field of Human Resources & Legal Support

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Sometimes a legal decision comes along that really is a game changer – at least for some. This week’s employment tribunal decision has caused quite a stir. Uber has been paying drivers as ‘self-employed’ and has not taken on board that there are 3 categories of worker in the UK;

1 – Genuinely in business (self-employed)
2 – Worker
3 – Employee

Like so many other organisations Uber has forgotten the one in the middle.

While Uber is going to appeal the decision, it is highly unlikely the will succeed and the result of this is that they have to face claims for national minimum wage, statutory holiday and more. For more information on what how we got here and what this means in general check here.

There are tests that are applied to who is self-employed and who is a worker. It’s not a simple as saying – you are self-employed.

If you are paying regular freelancers in the UK please claim your free review from our specialist team. Irenicon’s KoffeeKlatch service is all about the freelancers you pay. Just click here and claim your confidential free review. You will get some questions to answer and you can send your contract back for an honest opinion on whether you need to change what you are doing. When answering the questions please make sure you add in that you are an AWAD member, so that you get priority place in the review system.

If you are not using any form of contracts, you need to protect your business (and your freelancers) from unexpected problems. As AWAD members you can claim your AWAD discount on all KoffeeKlatch agreements (for more information & the discount code click here). They start at £35+VAT (before you apply your discount code). Have a look at the contract options here. They come in three options – basic, brandable, and editable. For more information on what support is included in each option check here.

Don’t ignore this legal decision. You could be running up substantial liabilities for the future. Now is a great time to get yourself straightened out.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

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