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Culture

A Day in the Art Life of Petite Noir

The ‘A Day in the Art Life’ series is meant to convey a sense of the life of art world figures; a taste of their routine or an ideal day in their life, sprinkled with some philosophical musings.

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Culture

Land, Art: Olafur Eliasson’s Ecocentrism In Qatar

Olafur Eliasson opened his first solo exhibition in the Gulf region this March at the National Museum of Qatar. The curious desert runs from the 19th of March to 15th of August with the objective of spotlighting nature’s intrinsic value. The exhibition’s viewpoint centers on the environment, something paramount during a global climate crisis. However, Eliasson’s artwork comes only a few months after the World Cup’s sustainability scandal. Critics could allege that the exhibition is an example of performative sustainability or artwashing. Yet, Eliasson’s pieces within the Qatari context require a deeper examination.

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Culture

A Strange Case of a Museum Director: Yusuf Benli

Tasked with representing an institution, securing funding, and important organisational structures, the position of director is a demanding task. What happens when it all goes wrong? In this series, we uncover stories of crime, desperation, political defiance, or corruption in museum leadership.

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Culture

A Day in the Art Life of Marialuisa Pastò

The ‘A Day in the Art Life’ series is meant to convey a sense of the life of art world figures; a taste of their routine or an ideal day in their life, sprinkled with some philosophical musings.

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Exhibitions

Rich Implied Terror: On Tomas Harker’s “Multiple Choice Fairytale Ending”

Running through a peculiar late winter period (February 17th – April 1st) in Britain when nothing works and underpaid transport workers, nurses, teachers, university staff, junior doctors, and others were on strike, painter Tomas Harker gives us “Multiple Choice Fairytale Ending” (all works 2022) at Sunday Painter, London.

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Culture

Should Artists Be Concerned About the Rise of AI Art?

There has recently been an upsurge of AI softwares, in a plethora of fields. Most relevant are perhaps platforms like ChatGTP (which is related to the realm of writing), as well as softwares which spew out an AI-generated image when one inputs a description of what one desires. As expected, a number of visual artists are not happy about that. There are a plethora of ethical and legal concerns. First, a lot of these platforms use data bases which include the art of individuals who did not consent to such a thing. Second, the proliferation of AI-generated art could result in the reduction of opportunities who are barely have their foot in the door. Third, the phenomenon could further crystallize the idea that art is “easy”, thus diminishing its legitimacy as an industry. Of course, not all is bad, and, if used correctly, if regulated enough, AI tools could potentially work as precisely that—tools—as much as photoshop is a tool for photographers. The aim of the article would thus be to dissect each and every one of these points, to weight the pros against the cons. Perhaps the driving question should be: should artists really be worried that AI will take their jobs?

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Culture

The Ethical Potential of Blockchain for Collections

There are vast inequalities within the art world: while young artists compete for low-paying gigs, and small galleries struggle to break even, auction houses and other secondary market sellers make exorbitant profits and blue-chip galleries sell out their booths before an art fair opens. These unsustainable inequalities are the motives behind Collecteurs’ ethical considerations, as well as those of many other organisations advocating for fairer conditions for cultural workers.

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Interviews

Ask Me Anything: with Wassim Z. Alsindi

At Collecteurs we believe that the blockchain can become a tool to promote a more transparent, equal, and just art world. We turned to one of the experts on the issue and opened up our inbox to receive comments from our members. ​​Our very own Eser Coban compiled a list of your questions, including: “How can artists benefit from blockchain technology?“, “What are DAO’s?, ” What are blockchain wallets and why do we need them?” “What are gas fees?” and, “How do you see blockchain changing capitalism?“, to be answered in a 45 minute interview.

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Culture

Girl With a Pearl Earring Replacement, Florida Man Wants Broken Koons, A Philadelphia Center for African Art

Several institutions make meaningful acquisitions during ARCO Madrid, and an artificial intelligence’s re-imagining of Vermeer’s painting Girl With a Pearl Earring is taking the old master painting’s place at the Maurithuis museum in The Hague.

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Culture

Dealer Jailed for Selling Fakes, Louis Vuitton Uses Unauthorized Paintings

A fraudster art dealer ends up in jail in Madrid, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation sends a cease-and-desist letter to Louis Vuitton regarding their illegal use of Mitchell’s paintings.

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Culture

The Strange Case of a Museum Director: Consuelo Císcar

In previous articles on Collecteurs, we have addressed the role and responsibilities of institutional directors. Tasked with representing an institution, securing funding, and important organizational structures, the position of director is a demanding task. What happens when it all goes wrong? In this series, we uncover stories of crime, desperation, political defiance, and corruption in museum leadership.

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Culture

Land, Art: Pieces That Take Too Much Energy to Work!

In the fourth installment of Land, Art; a column devoted to the aggressive advance of climate change and the relationship of climate and art, editor Àngels Miralda investigates how society’s changing stance towards energy is affecting the legacy of American Minimalism. Last year saw the Hamburger Bahnhof turn off the lights on a historic Dan Flavin due to the German state’s requests to save energy. What does this mean for the legacies of groundbreaking artists such as Jenny Holzer, James Turell, Carlos Cruz-Diez, or other artists whose works depend on energy?

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