April 16, 2015: Changing NYC Museum Directors & A Big Day for Stolen Art
In New York …
AIPAD Photography Show 2015 opens at the Park Avenue Armory and runs through Sunday, April 19th.
In London …
Art Cologne 2015 opens at Koelnmesse GmbH, Messeplatz 1, and runs through Sunday April 19th.
In Paris …
Documenta 14 director Adam Szymczyk aims to display Cornelius Gurlitt’s entire collection at the fair’s 2017 edition, a project he has been focused on since the discovery of the some 1,300 works was made public two years ago. Szymczyk has stated that per the German culture minister’s specifications, he intends to show the works for the sole purpose of shedding light on the gross injustices done against their original owners. (via The Art Newspaper)
Two paintings worth a total of $400,000—including a work by Lichtenstein worth half that sum—have been stolen from Southern California’s Sam Simon Foundation, which was founded by the eponymous co-creator of The Simpsons in 2002. (via Reuters)
The district attorney’s office of Manhattan has asked to be granted custody of 2,622 artifacts recovered from the holdings of Subhash Kapoor, the NYC art dealer recently found to be tied to hundreds of looted works discovered in the custody of museums across the country. (via the New York Times)
The Morgan Library & Museum has named a new director: Colin B. Bailey comes to the institution from his first directorship, at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and was previously the Frick’s chief curator. (via the New York Times)
The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco has shortlisted three artworks for the €40,000 2016 International Prize for Contemporary Art. The artworks, recently created by artists at the height of their careers, are Rosa Barba’s Subconscious Society, a Feature (2014), pssst Leopard, 2A7+ (2013) by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Katie Paterson’s Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky (2014). The winning piece will be shown, alongside a work to be created with part of the prize money, at the 2016 São Paulo Biennial. (via e-flux)
A Francisco de Goya painting once in LACMA’s permanent collection, which mysteriously went missing from articles and images of the museum several decades ago, has been identified in the collection of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, which the country’s government seized last year. The work was deaccessioned by LACMA in the late 1970s, traveled to Marlborough London, and then ended up in Marcos’s possession. (via the LA Times)
Susan Henshaw Jones is stepping down after 15 years as director of the Museum of the City of New York, during which time she “saved the institution” by revitalizing its programming and improving its financial situation. (via the New York Times)
Best of Instagram
Via @artinstitutechi: “In Murmur Study, artist Christopher Baker examines social media as an increasingly pervasive vehicle for personal expression. 24 thermal printers continuously monitor Twitter for messages related to the exhibition Chatter: Architecture Talks Back but also run the spectrum of emotional utterances, from ‘grrr’ to ‘meh.’ See it in Chatter, on view until July 12.”
Via @hammer_museum: “‘[A] unique art-movie crossover. Its images tumble, proliferate and cross-hatch; they are extravagant and loopy and defiantly enormous in their ambition’ –@guardian. We screen #MatthewBarney’s epic 5-part #CremasterCycle in its entirety next week.”
“Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet” (via the New York Times)
“Jerrold Nadler Leads Renewed Push for US Artist Resale Royalty Rights” (via artnet News)
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