Sunday Art Brunch: From an innovative approach to art to Future Art Fair of New York


Welcome to Sunday Art Brunch, the weekly column where we bring you the latest updates from the world of art, ranging from the art market to emerging artists and all the insider news from this fascinating world. Whether you are a seasoned collector or simply an art enthusiast, Sunday Art Brunch is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with the exciting happenings in the art world. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekly art fix with Sunday Art Brunch.

Innovative approach to art: experience Avery Singer's fusion of traditional and digital methods in her figurative artworks
Production still from the Art21 "New York Close Up" film | Avery Singer's Next Painting | © Art21 | Inc. 2017

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, is showcasing works by artist Avery Singer in the “Unity Bachelor” exhibition, which features her use of both analog and digital tools to create complex paintings. Artnet reports that Singer models and animates figures using software, which she then airbrushes to build up a narrative in her paintings, with her new works based on her coming of age in early-2000s New York. Singer’s geometric style is particularly suited to Free Fall, a painting set against the backdrop of September 11, 2001, and New York’s changed skyline. In 2017, Singer underlined how her paintings’ creation process is almost their content, and she explores traditional techniques in new ways to produce new visual realities and relationships.

Lawsuit alleges art consultant Lisa Schiff orchestrated a 'Ponzi Scheme' involving Adrian Ghenie Painting
Lisa Schiff | Ph Udo Salters | Patrick Mc Mullan | Via Getty Images

Prominent New York art adviser Lisa Schiff is facing a lawsuit accusing her of defrauding clients in connection to the sale of a $2.5m Adrian Ghenie painting at Sotheby's Hong Kong. The suit, filed by collector Candace Carmel Barasch and Richard Grossman in New York’s Supreme Court, alleges Schiff refused to pay fees owed from the sale as part of a broader Ponzi scheme. As ARTnews reports, Schiff has run the SFA Advisory, which states on its website that it "is making the art world transparent for its clients, helping them navigate the complex web of relationships and platforms." The lawsuit requests Schiff forfeit her $250,000 commission and pay $2m in damages.

Exploration of womanhood and femininity by SCAD alumni artists showcased in Photo London
Emma Creighton Hopson (MFA, Photography, 2021) | "Postpartum with Children”

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is presenting work by alumni Mona Bozorgi and Emma Creighton Hopson at Photo London, the UK's premier photo fair. Bozorgi's exhibition, Object Fatale, examines the commercialisation of the body using techniques suggestive of product photography, while Hopson's work, Wish You Were Here You Are, engages with notions of nostalgia, growth and motherhood. Hopson will take part in an artist talk on May 11th, in conversation with Ben Tollefson, curator at the SCAD Museum of Art, and Michael James O'Brien, SCAD chair of photography. Enjoy more on Hyperallergic.

Al Pacino will star in biopic of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, directed by Johnny Depp
Al Pacino and ohnny Depp | Composite: Invision/AP/Getty Images

Al Pacino has been confirmed for the biopic Modi, which will be Johnny Depp's second film as director. Pacino will play real-life art collector Maurice Gangnat in the drama, which follows events in Paris in 1916. Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio will have the title role of artist Amedeo Modigliani, while French actor Pierre Niney will take the role of fellow artist Maurice Utrillo. The Guardian reminds thet Depp's first film as director since 1997's The Brave, Modi centres on the impoverished artist's attempts to gain recognition for his work.

Future Art Fair is on the map
Shirley Villavicencio Pizango | "The meaning of cacao" (2022) | Ph Elaine Velie/Hyperallergic)

Future art fair in New York has rejected the loud, flashy works that have become common at other fairs in favour of more understated pieces. The fair promotes emerging talent and seeks a younger audience than its rivals. Also on offer are projects curated by consultancies such as Black Women in Visual Art and non-profits such as Atlanta’s Dashboard. Future's pop-up galleries are located at a rental space for exhibitions and events in Chelsea. Enjoy more on Hyperallergic.

Written by
Giulia Manca