Christie’s held yesterday its auction of Swiss art in Zurich. Family subjects and artists connected by family ties made the best results. My auction report was published today on the website of ArtEconomy24 Il Sole 24 ORE under the title “La famiglia va in asta a Zurigo: sugli scudi Giacometti e Segantini“.
This is the question beyond my article “Fiere in concorrenza, Armory Show in tono minore“, published today on the website of ArtEconomy24 – Il Sole 24 ORE (Italian language).
In the image:
Alice Neel, Nancy, 1980, Oil on canvas
Framed: 45 1/4 x 59 3/8 inches; 114.9 x 150.8 cm
© The Estate of Alice Neel
Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Sold for 850,000 $ during the opening night of ADAA The Art Show
As an art student in Korea, Meekyoung Shin (b. 1967) was trained in the tradition of classical European sculpture. After moving to London Shin continued reproducing sculptures and figures from the Greek and Roman tradition, but started translating their forms in a new material, questioning their authority and originality: soap. These works represent the counterpart to the canonical view of the tradition presented to her as a student.
Meekyoung Shin way of working also points out the process of translation undertaken by an object which has been created within a certain culture and has been subject to a shift in location. This is also the case of porcelain, which since the 16th century has been created in China for consumption in the West. In her current exhibition at Haunch of Venison in London (until April 2, 2011) the vases are in part exhibited on the boxes in which they have been transported to underline the idea of dislocation.