Weekly Art Digest | Elmgreen and Dragset, Online Fraud, Art Basel Hong Kong, Munich’s Fourth Plinth and the London Art Fair.

18th January 2013
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Laura Burnside

Untitled 1 Weekly Art Digest | Elmgreen and Dragset, Online Fraud, Art Basel Hong Kong, Munichs Fourth Plinth and the London Art Fair.

Artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset plan mischief for V&A (The Guardian)
“They have buried a caravan in Milan’s shopping arcade, dropped a Prada store in the deserts of Texas and built a full-size concrete housing estate in a gallery in Germany. And now, this autumn, Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset are unleashing their subversive imagination on London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. South Kensington beware.”

Growth in internet sales forces fraud issue (The Art Newspaper)
“As internet sales of art reach unprecedented levels—witness Christie’s sale of Edward Hopper’s October on Cape Cod, 1946, which went for an online record of $9.6m in November—concerns about online fraud are also on the rise. The issue is attracting increased attention after a two-week conference in Dubai in November of international government representatives who are putting the regulation of internet traffic on the agenda across multiple industries.”

Premier line-up of galleries from across the world will launch Art Basel’s first edition in Hong Kong (Art Daily)
“Art Basel announced today the participation of 245 of the world’s leading galleries for its first edition in Hong Kong, lead partner Deutsche Bank, taking place Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). With an emphasis on the highest quality of work and presentation, art by more than 3,000 artists will be showcased – ranging from young stars to the Modern masters of the early 20th century, hailing from both Asia and the West.”

Munich to get its own Fourth Plinth (The Art Newspaper)
“Elmgreen and Dragset plan to bring Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth to Germany. A replica of the plinth, upon which the artists’ boy on a hobbyhorse work is currently on view in London (until April), will be placed on Wittelsbacherplatz, a square in downtown Munich, as part of a €1.2m project to bring art in public spaces, organised by the Scandinavian artists.”

The London Art Fair returns – and it’s bigger than ever before (City AM)
“This year’s event sees 100 leading British and international galleries housed under one roof, presenting their wares in the fair’s biggest offering to date. Over the years it’s grown from being a small showcase to one that attracts art lovers from all corners of the world, luring many of the industry’s biggest exhibitors.”