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  • Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, København Flæsketorvet 85A København, 1711 Denmark (map)
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Press Release, May 2019

An exhibition curated by pro tempore.art

Bestseller is the third exhibition curated by pro tempore.art. The exhibition addresses the issue of commerciality in the art world, speaking into the current discussion of artists’ livelihood and the financial structures in the art world. As an emerging artist you will inevitably be confronted with the question if and how to sell your work – whether you are creating to live or living to create.

By playing with the word bestseller (dict: a book or other products that sell in very large numbers) pro tempore.art applies a banal framework from another industry to ask the simple question: Does such a thing, a bestseller, exist in the art world? This question triggers another, more complex question – namely whether the art world can be compared that directly with other industries in an attempt to solve the important issue of artists being able to live of their art. The ironic title of the show and the comparison with other industries has been the curatorial point of departure and guided the selection of artist: A simple Google Search provided an outdated definition of what a bestseller is in the (painted) arts today*:

  • Traditional landscapes

  • Local views

  • Modern or semi-abstract landscapes

  • Abstracts

  • Dogs

  • Figure studies

  • Seascapes, harbour-, and beach scenes

  • Wildlife

  • Impressionistic landscapes

  • Nudes

* Art Business Today’s survey from 2016

Based on this list, 14 artists from Denmark, France, Germany, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and the US were invited to participate in the show, each displaying works in one of the 10 narrow categories listed above, ranging from classical painting to figurative sculptures.

Arthur Löwen “Index(LF)180x130.”

Arthur Löwen “Index(LF)180x130.”

Kinga Bartis “It Looks Back. The Two Saboteuses,” 2018.

Kinga Bartis “It Looks Back. The Two Saboteuses,” 2018.

Publication & Salon-style Talk
In an attempt to explore the many aspects of this complex issue, a publication and salon-style talk will be facilitated. During the opening, 19 June, a publication on the exhibited artists and how they are influenced by commerciality will be launched. The publication is produced in collaboration with Det Københavnske forlag Chris & Gulmann and will be available for sale during the exhibition and at selected retailers.

During the second day of the exhibition, 20 June 4-5.30 pm a salon-style talk will be held, inviting the audience to engage in this discussion (more details to be announced).

For two days, pro tempore.art will introduce the new to the established, by exhibiting emerging artists at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard. The exhibition is a temporary experiment replacing regular emptiness with moments of artistic collaborations and new vibrations.

Participating artists:
Louka Anargyros (FR), Kinga Bartis (DK), Mads Hilbert (DK), Daniel Fleur (SE), Nicolai Freberg (NO), Albert Grøndahl (DK), Martin Brandt Hansen (GL), Benjamin Harpsøe (DK), Helen Haskakis (SE), Freja Niemann Lundrup (DK), Lisa Lundgren (SE), Arthur Löwen (DE), Matthew J Robertson (US), Erik Uddén (SE).

Opening: Wednesday the 19th of June, 4-10pm.
Salon: Thursday the 20th of June 2019, 4.30-6.30pm.
Opening Hours: 19th of June: 4-10pm & 20th of June: 9am-7pm.

About pro tempore.art
pro tempore [occupying a position either temporarily or in the absence of something regular or fixed] is a platform run by Anna Clarisse Holck Wæhrens, Isabella Hemmersbach, Julie Sophie Koldby and Sia Hurtigkarl Degel. pro tempore.art was founded in 2017 by Anna Clarisse Holck Wæhrens, Isabella Hemmersbach, Jamiee Williams, Julie Sophie Koldby and Sia Hurtigkarl Degel.

pro tempore.art curates exhibitions giving unrepresented artists a temporary place within the established art world by taking over renowned galleries’ spaces and arranging short time exhibitions in between the galleries’ own shows. Each exhibition addresses a current issue of the art world, which affects the artists’ journey from unrepresented towards an established career in the art world.

About Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was founded in 1999. Initially located in the center of Copenhagen, in 2007 the gallery moved to a larger location in the old Meat Packing District. The gallery has two separate exhibitions spaces, each with 2 or 3 adjoining rooms. The gallery´s layout therefore allows for 2 exhibitions to be presented at the same time. The gallery presents international contemporary art from Europe and America. While its main focus is contemporary painting, the gallery also exhibits sculpture, photography, video and installations. The gallery participates in international art fairs in Europe and North America.

Earlier Event: June 15
Later Event: June 19