As a contributor, I’ve been invited to be on the panel for the launch of this delightful new book put together by my friends Thomas Girst and Magnus Resch. I hope you can join us for what’s to be a very entertaining gathering.
“100 Secrets of the Art World”
Book Launch with Thomas Girst & Magnus Resch
Sunday, January 29, 2017 3:00 pm
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101Invitation to join for the book launch of “100 Secrets of the Art World” with Thomas Girst and Magnus Resch.
What do major contemporary artists consider their best kept secret? What is regarded confidential knowledge among the influencers of the global art market? In “100 Secrets of the Art World,” they all share their insights with you. This indispensable guide to contemporary art contains exclusive anecdotes, advice and personal stories from major artists, museum directors, gallerists, auction house insiders, collectors, and many more. Informative, thoughtful, and oftentimes critical entries make “100 Secrets” an entertaining read for anyone interested in contemporary art.
With contributions by
Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Ólafur Elíasson, Zaha Hadid, Larry Gagosian, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Klaus Biesenbach; Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum; Venice Biennial, Frieze Art Fair, Berlin Biennial, Christie’s, Armory Show, Sotheby’s; Financial Times, The Economist, Artsy, The Art Newspaper, The New York Times, Artnet, BBC.
Lecture & Film Screening / Alexandra Munroe & Wang Jianwei / Vancity Theatre
The Vancouver Art Gallery in partnership with China Global and VIFF Vancity Theatre present The Morning Time Disappeared, a 55-minute film by the Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei and a lecture, China and the World: New Views on Recent Chinese Art, by Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor with a special introduction by Zheng Shengtian, Adjunct Director for the Institute of Asian Art.
An Evening with Yoko Ono and Alexandra Munroe The Museum of Modern Art
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
As many of you know or have gathered from my scholarship on Yoko Ono, she is one of my dearest friends. Whether sitting around a kitchen table or in more canonized theatres, at this point in our relationship, the most valued time I spend with her are the conversations we have together.
I’m honored to have been invited by MoMA, as part of their ongoing exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971, to share an evening screening a few seminal films including Yoko’s feature-length film “Rape” (1969)(a collaboration with John Lennon), Film No. 4 (Bottoms) (1966; short version), and Takahiko iimura’s film, Ai (Love) (1962).
Afterwards, Yoko and I will reflect on these films, with Yoko’s characteristic insight, humor and compassion.
The annual Intelligence Squared debate, which takes place in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre concurrent with Art Basel Hong Kong, had a hot topic this year: Is or isn’t the art world a boys’ club? At the end of the well-attended Sunday afternoon debate, the audience ruled, by a very thin margin, that it is not.
Nevertheless, the audience was convinced by the “against” team, albeit narrowly. As the votes were being collected, Alexandra Munroe recalled that in 1989, when she organized a retrospective of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, the total market value for all 40 years of Kusama’s career was $20,000. Last year, Kusama was ranked second among women artists in terms of her market, which was valued at $190.4 million.
Munroe’s story presents a rosy picture of the difference 25 years can make in the career of a woman artist who is now 85 years old, but consider that $190.4 million is less than the total of Koons’ top six results at auction, and he’s only 60. If the art world is not a boys’ club today, that can only be good news for women, but it seems like a pretty safe bet that the work of feminism is not quite done.