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ArtPrize 10 | Autumn 2018

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

The results are in! ArtPrize 10 has officially come to an end. We are so proud to have had four of our amazing artists featured this year; Antonio Molinari, Gerd Schmidt, Konstantin Savchenko, & Andrii Afanasiev. We had an amazing time visiting downtown Grand Rapids and stopping into all of the venues! It truly is an experience.

Jason Peters - The Sum of Its Parts ArtPrize 10 2018

If you are unfamiliar – ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded, including a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts!

Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited in various venues throughout downtown (museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces, etc.)

ArtPrize is free and open to the public and now attracts over 500,000 visitors, making it the most attended public art event in the world according the Art Newspaper’s annual “Big Ticket List.”

ArtPrize 10 Opening Ceremony 2018

ArtPrize 10 announced the winners of $500,000 in prizes on October 8th, 2018. Below are some details regarding the winning entries!

Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded, through smartphone-enabled public vote to “THE STRING PROJECT” by Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez, and by a jury of art experts to “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur.

“The String Project” is a series of photographs taken across five continents that together represent humanity’s shared connection.“Visitors selected a stunning visual representation of hope, empathy and connection to take home the top public vote prize,” said Jori Bennett, ArtPrize executive director.

LeSeur’s “brown, carmine, and blue” utilizes visual media, installation and performance to make sense of the way current ideologies frame marginalized identities. “Le’Andra so compellingly utilizes all of her resources to take us into her world and her worldview. Her work was so deeply immersive. It’s about gender, it’s about race, it’s about America at its core,” said Davis Anderson, an ArtPrize 10 juror and the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA.

-Charlsie Dewey GR | MAG

The String Project Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez ArtPrize 2018 brown, carmine, and blue Le'Andra LeSeur ArtPrize 10 2018

It is safe to say that the artists brought their all this year. There were so many deeply conceptual, emotionally rooted pieces that immerse the viewer in the reality of the artist and what they are attempting to convey. Most of which fell into the category of performance art. Most art critics will tell you that the conceptual element in itself is what makes an artist, an artist. Physical artistic talent alone is rarely acknowledged anymore and considered crafty, naive, or decorative on its own – only impressive to a non-art educated viewer or audience. I will say that despite this current viewpoint in the art world, there were several skillfully impressive works with honorable mention this year. We are in no way implying or intending to remove any thought or concept intended to be connected with these pieces. Simply wanted to throw a shout-out to some wonderfully talented artists this year – some of our favorite works detailed below:

Both falling in the 3-D category, public:

“The Phoenix” by Joe Butts & “Sun Pop” by Joshua Clark

ArtPrize 10 2018 The Phoenix by Joe Butts Sun Pop by Joshua Clark ArtPrize 10 2018

We want to extent congratulations to all of the winners and artists who exhibited at ArtPrize 10 this year! This event could not be possible for all of us to enjoy without you. We are excited to see what this event will continue to bring in the future. Art Leaders Gallery is so proud to call Michigan our home and our immediate art community!

 

Photos by: Artprize.com & mlive.com

 

Shredding It: Continuing the Conversation

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Banksy Shredded Art 2018

I am sure by now we have all heard of the latest Banksy prank pulled earlier this month. If not, here is a brief synopsis to catch you up with the art world this October! One of his trademark paintings appeared to self-destruct at Sotheby’s in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction!

The work, “Girl With Balloon,” a 2006 spray paint on canvas, was the last lot of Sotheby’s “Frieze Week” evening contemporary art sale. After competition between two telephone bidders, it was hammered down by the auctioneer Oliver Barker for 1 million pounds, more than three times the estimate and a new auction high for a work solely by the artist, according to Sotheby’s.

“Then we heard an alarm go off,” Morgan Long, the head of art investment at the London-based advisory firm Fine Art Group, who was sitting in the front row of the room, said in an interview on Saturday. “Everyone turned round, and the picture had slipped through its frame.”

The painting, mounted on a wall close to a row of Sotheby’s staff members, had been shredded, or at least partially shredded, by a remote-control mechanism on the back of the frame. 

-NY Times

The mystery female millionaire winning bidder has recently announced that she will be keeping the piece at the original purchase price. She released a statement Thursday regarding her over-the-phone bidding experience and the later realization that she has purchased a valuable moment in art history.

“When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history,” the buyer, who was identified only as a “European collector and a longstanding client,”

I mean if we were her, we would keep it too! After all, isn’t artwork value – along with really everything else in our consumerism society determined by its popularity? The piece, recently retitled “Love Is in the Bin” is now considered to be more valuable than its hammer price just a week or so ago. In fact, all of Banksy’s work is rumored to have gone up in value the last week and a half. A smart play by Banksy, and a comment to all of us for caring about it – therefore continuing to increase its value.

Never the less, we art lovers are bound to talk about art! It is what we love. We galleries will continue to support our artists and their smart, potentially upsetting antics – monetarily motivated or otherwise! After all, if any of you are artists or know one in your personal lives, wouldn’t you agree that something would be lost without them? We thrive on and pull from their creative steam!

Many retailers, as well as political commentators have taken advantage of the press in the last week or so. I have below a few images for your enjoyment –

Notes From Poland Banksy

Ikea Rug Bansky Shred Art

After all, there is so much conversation to be had about this act of performance art – if you will. How would you feel if you were the bidder behind the hammer? Initially – anger, regret, confusion? Eventually – happy, mocked, taken-advantage-of, famous?

Regardless of the potentially cynical societal undertones of Banksy’s ever so elusive commentary (made ever so evident in the 2010 film Exit Through the Gift Shop) we think it is a good thing we are talking about art again as a culture! We will soak up the attention and continue to appreciate artists conceptual efforts!

 

Images by:

https://www.nytimes.com/

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