Ai Wei Wei – more and more

http://www.designboom.com/art/ai-wei-wei-to-release-heavy-metal-album/

So the famous chinese artist Ai Wei Wei is now going to be releasing music. For those of you who don’t know, Ai wei wei is a Chinese contemp artist and largely political activist. He has created many amazing, brilliant artworks that have pissed off the Chinese government royally and landed him in jail a couple of times. He’s awesome. I love him.

Now however, it seems that he’s delving into music, with advice from none other than Elton John! 

Ai wei wei describes what it felt like to make music:

“I really loved it. I had to make so much effort; I have never known music before. I’m really very passionate. to tell you the truth, I never listened to music. 
then, during my detention, the guards were so bored they kept saying to me, ‘can you sing a song?’ I felt so sad I couldn’t sing any except the revolutionary 
ones we had to learn when we were growing up … it would have made the time seem much shorter. after I came out, I realised I had never really listened 
to music or sung, so I decided to make an album. I know so many artists and musicians and they were really supportive.”

 

I, for one, am looking forward to the eclectic mix! i just hope it’s not like Gangnam Style! :S

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(brian clarke’s poster published in the times supporting the release of the chinese artist)

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Some attention to the Bangkok Art Market! (or lack of)

Finally there’s a surprisingly well informed article about the Bangkok art market. Although there could be better people to interview for an in-depth analysis of the interview, but that might turn into a thesis instead of a magazine article. Really worth a read!

http://bk.asia-city.com/events/article/thai-art-market-boom-bangkok

More than anything, I really hope to see more art fairs (even small ones), and collaborations between galleries here. That is the biggest and most annoying problem. Thais are deemed to be the nicest, but man oh man when it comes to working together and sharing $$$$… there’s another side to them. Not to pinpoint or anything – I LOVE Thailand and all the people here. They are definitely friendly and amazing people to be friends with. But the Thai art community sure is different. Better to start something myself than wait for others to be inspired! Time to work. Ciao x

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Water water everywhere

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Songkran just passed – which means end to a deliciously long weekend which makes coming back to work all the more difficult. The water festival was AMAZING. Everyone splashes water and one type of powder/ talc mixed with COLD menthol on each other, conveniently during the hottest time of the year in Bangkok. Imagine being soaked wet through and through, then the wind begins bellowing so swiftly, right before it rains. The best experience ever. Everyone’s cheery, friendly and free. 

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Of course historically, it was a much tamer festival, but I quite love the crazy water festival as it is. And now being back to work is sad. Although it feels good to be doing something other than exerting lots of physical energy everyday

At work today however, two people came in. A older, and extremely fit man obviously hyped up on steroids with his… girlfriend? wife? sister? daughter? friend? pet? no idea. But damn, all those veins popping out of his leg was freaky. Didn’t say anything while checking out all the art pieces, but kept smiling and saying they like it. After that, abruptly left. Seriously, I stopped eating my lunch to attend for that?

 

Anyway, not much else going on. Got awesome delicious chocolate at work! Now I should get back to the emails and see what exhibitions are coming up. Image

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#billionairehobby #artmarketfordummies #business #graphsandcharts #picasso

#artmarketfordummies #business #graphsandcharts #picasso #billionairehobby

I clicked on this one article, misleadingly titled “Art Market for Dummies” in hopes of discovering something new, informational, educational as a critic/art lover/professional. It led to nothing but very basic info. Really for dummies – although expected more.  

http://askmedia.fr/quoi/en/#.UWPtm6KU3ni

Here’s the gist of the article, summarized in categories:

  • Art = A Hobby for Billionaires (Okay yes, art is not THAT affordable, especially with big names and ludicrous prices. BUT you don’t have to be a billionaire or millionaire. Why is it that people will save up for months to buy an expensive dress but not for something as invaluable as art? I’m SURE there are people like that out there. Why aren’t there articles written about them?)
  • Picasso Superstar (P.S Today’s his 40th Death Anniversary! I do love him, although he was such a player throughout his life and into his SUPER old age it’s a wonder one of his exes didn’t kill him…)
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  • A Male-Dominated Business (which is NOT a male-dominated business, you tell me?) 
  • China Boom (aptly compared with The Great Leap Forward. The Chinese art collectors really are into the art game although mostly buying their own artists. Although the article informs the reader about these boom and that they’re in a bubble, why no further explanation?)
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  • Credits & Sources (I only add this here because they really have great, reliable sources and awesomely organized charts & graphs.)

There are instead, lots of books and articles by art critics, writers, collectors, gallerists, professionals who love to talk about how screwed up the market is. I guess any kind of market is ruled by lots of dinero! But it’s a fact that lots of people buy art to genuinely support artists who spend hours, days, and months creating something extraordinary, truly genius inspiration. So no matter what you may read about the art market, of rich filthy old men manipulating the market, under-handed things happening through art.. there is always a section of people – buyers, art professionals, critics and artists – that understand the personal, social and political value put forth by art. There’s always hope, you know!

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Sources: Artprice Reports (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 et 2012)
Data Mutualart & Arvalue
TEFAF Art Market Report 2013
Sotheby’s Common Stock