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ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Tue, May 13, 2014 13:04:31
The art world is a complex construction of many players who all play their own role but are always intertwined by their the common ground, the arts.

When people ask me what the art world is like and how it 'works' I always reply that it is a weird mystery. Money-wise the art world can be seen like a pyramid where the top has dazzling amounts of money - crazy auction results can be witnessed in all the big art cities like London and New York - and the greater layer of artists, galerie owners, art consultants, museum curators etc. who are always struggling with their funds, but produce shows and exhibitions anyway, for the sake of the arts.

An important aspect about the developments of the contemporary art world is that the role of art collectors has increased rapidly over the last few decades and academic criticism about quality has decreased, both to a concerning level. In 2009 the movie 'Untitled', by Jonathan Parker and Catherine DiNapoli, captured this issue with lots of comedy.

Last fall Dutch filmmaker Frank van den Engel finished his documentary 'The Next Big Thing' where lots of research was put into and several artists, art collectors, gallery owners and a museum director and auction house chairman are featured.

Of course we live in a fast lane driven world where time is a rare and valuable commodity. But it causes big harm to the arts as a whole. Artist Chuck Close stressed the very limited amount of time that is given to artists to let themselves and their work ripe and mature. Collector Rosa de la Cruz stated that 'There is too much instant coffee', meaning that art requires patience but our current society is not able at all to bring up patience for anything. Very clearly she continues that 'buying isn't the same as collecting'.

Although this all doesn't sound very optimistic, it is crucial to ventilate the truth and make this story heard.

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ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Mon, March 18, 2013 22:41:05

Being an institution herself, Marina Abramović will put not only her words, but her total being in to action by developing the MAI, the Marina Abramović Institute.

A former theater in Hudson, New York - a two hour drive from New York City - will be renovated to house this institute. Architects no less than Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu are in charge of the project.

Photo credits: The New York Times, OMA, Another.

When Marina Abramović noticed the lack of knowledge about performance art, she felt the strong desire and urgency to share her knowledge about performance art with younger generations - for both the public and young artists.

Art history will be told through experiencing it with mind and body. Education through experience in its ultimate form, one might call this, as this ìs about the experience.

When you enter the institute you will have to give your word of honor and your total trust. In order to have a complete experience you will be entirely shut down from daily life by leaving your phone, watch or keys behind - objects that keeps our heads spinning almost 24/7 in this world that is based on a never sleeping and continuously occupied society.

The 'trade' that is made, is time in exchange for experience, as Marina Abramović has put it into words.

With the plans already published to the public in 2008, the renovation of the building in Hudson is in rapid progression at this moment. If it will be concluded according to plan, the first visitors will be welcomed in 2014.

I can not wait to head upstate, so I've put Hudson, NY to my travel list of next year.

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Dig deep

ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Sat, December 15, 2012 17:21:36

Subway systems are never really inspiring places. Except for the brief moments when you're lucky enough to catch some hints of actual good sounds or voices when you're transferring trains at, say, Union Square. But that's about it. Ugly tiles, an unexplainable choice of colors and bare concrete in a non-Richard Meier way are usually the average surroundings when you're down there.

Not in Stockholm however. Over the past decades artists have been asked to fill the walls of the subway stations. As they look like caves and don't have any resemblance to the Parisian, London, Milanese, Amsterdam, Berlin and New York subway system, the stations in Stockholm really stand out, like rock drawings from the twenty-first century.

These walls that form an art line of more than 100 kilometers are just a part of a bigger project that is called Konsten i Trafiken (art in traffic). It started in the nineteen fifties and is meant to infuse the big public with art and architecture. No better place than the public transport system of one of the most creative and progressive cities in the world. Snygg!

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I have a dream [...]

ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Thu, October 25, 2012 14:46:54
Yes, we all have 'em. Dreams. But often we don't share them or chase them enough in order to realize these cloudy thoughts.

One Dutch youngster, Justus Bruns, went after his 'what if...' and settled in Fort Green, Brooklyn, New York, to make his dream become a reality.

His ultimate dream is to replace all the dazzling advertisement lights of Manhattan's Times Square with art, so Times Square will be Art Square for a period of time every year.

Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? No.
Make this wonderful dream become a reality and visit the digital Art Square to find out more how to support, so that hopefully we'll be able to walk down 7th Ave. and enjoy art instead of ads.

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ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Mon, October 01, 2012 12:35:03

Faction. That's in one simple word what Mrs. Diana Vreeland was all about.

The godmother of fashion magazines Harper's Bazaar and Vogue took fashion photography, editing and curating to a higher level.

In the documentary 'Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel' you get a peek in her incredible world of imagination. Never a dull moment with this lady as she went where she wanted to be: "where the action is".

Thanks to her unique vision and being she meant a great deal to the fashion magazine industry as we know it nowadays. Also looking back on her storytelling in the museums as she did as a curator, museums can still learn from her approach. Facts were combined and accentuated by fiction in both her life as well as her productions. Surreal results.

It was most inspiring, fun and touching to see this movie. A wonderful journey for the eye, just as DV meant it to be.

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Hub or Tub?

ArtPosted by Studio Elysion Mon, September 24, 2012 16:13:46
Coming from a generation that studied museology in a period of time where the most important institutions of the country were closed due to renovation, it feels sincerely weird that one of them, The Stedelijk Museum, is open to the public again.

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Last Saturday Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands opened the The Stedelijk.

The building itself, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, went under a lot of criticism. Not only by the local inhabitants but nationwide.

The question for the nearby future will be whether the museum will function as a much needed cultural hub that is focussed on contemporary art and provoke new exciting collaborations that will stimulate new generations to gather and celebrate the arts.

Or will they hold their role as a museum in the more passé temps meaning of the word that often causes long stretched faces among youngsters? In another way, will they lead or will they follow?

Time will tell.

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