December 22, 2014: A $4 Million Collection Lands in Wyoming, MCA Chicago Appoints New Trustees, and Kusama Retrospective Ups Museo Tamayo’s Staff
In New York … “Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk: WET!” closes at MOIETY and Joseph Montgomery closes at Laurel Gitlen.
In London … “Graphics RCA: Fifty Years and Beyond” closes at The Royal College of Art.
In Paris … “If You’re Accidentally Not Included, Don’t Worry About It,” curated by Peter Saul, closes at Galerie Zürcher.
Today’s Notable News
Four new trustees will join the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago—Nancy Crown, Eve Rogers, Dia Weil, and David Hartt, who is the first artist to serve on the museum’s board. (via Artforum)
A recently donated 140-piece collection worth over $4 million, including pieces by Moran, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Dalí, is on view at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming. (via Casper Star Tribune)
Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo had to add new security staff, custodians, and guides to handle the increase in visitors brought on by its recent Yayoi Kusama retrospective. (via The Art Newspaper)
Simon Denny has expanded his project for New Zealand’s pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale to include an installation at Venice’s Marco Polo airport, in conjunction with the already planned takeover of the Marciana Library in Piazza San Marco. (via National Business Review)
Best of Instagram
Via @parkavearmory: “‘#Water is the element most necessary to life, the most precious resource for our planet, the most endangered and the one that poses the greatest risk in its potential for conflict. There is a weight to this, and Douglas captured it.’ – #HeleneGrimaud #TearsBecome #DouglasGordon #Reflectie #InstallationArt #NYC”
“Cloud, Crystal and Promenade: Confluence Museum Opens in Lyon, France” (via The New York Times)
“Berkeley Art Museum Closes with Performance, Parade to New Home” (via SF Gate)
Artist of the Day
Perhaps most recently noted as the inspiration for Jay-Z’s Halloween costume, the immensely influential artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
was born on this day in 1960. Despite his untimely death at age 27, Basquiat created a prolific body of work in a truly original style, combining tropes from a host of cultural histories with the contemporary fever of music and art in 1970s and ’80s New York.
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