April 20, 2015: Data Says Anri Sala is the Leading French Artist & LACMA Racks Up Almost $700 Million in 50th Birthday Gifts

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Apr 20, 2015 10:48PM


In New York … 

Mike Kelley: Pansy Metal Clovered Hoof” opens at Carolina Nitsch; NYU’s Grey Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera” at 6 p.m.

In Seattle …

MAGIC, 2013
Blain | Southern

Nasan Tur discusses his techniques and current show at Blain | Southern at 6:30 p.m; “Angela Lizon: Menagerie” opens at Coates & Scarry.

Today’s Notable News

Outsider Art Fair’s New York and Paris editions will both receive new homes next year. The former will move to Hôtel du Duc this October, while the latter will move to Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion next January. (via ARTnews)

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has named Keny Marshall as its director of exhibitions. Marshall  has designed exhibitions for L.A.’s Natural History Museum and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, to name but two. (via ARTnews)

Robert V. Gentile, the lead suspect in the infamous 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist, was arrested on unrelated charges last Friday. Despite the fact that what seemed to be a price list of the looted artworks was discovered amongst his property following an earlier arrest in 2013, Gentile  continues to deny involvement with the 25-year-old theft.  (via the New York Times)

LACMA has announced that the gifts it recieved for its 50th anniversary are valued at some $200 million, a sum the museum adds to a recent single-donor pledge of $500 million worth of art. An exhibition set to open on Sunday, April 26th will display the gifts, which include a Monet garden scene and works by artists ranging from Hans Memling to Vija Celmins. (via the New York Times)

Frieze Art Fair’s head of communications, Belinda Bowring, is leaving the art fair after close to a decade to begin as head of public relations for postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s London. (via ARTnews)

According to a survey undertaken by Le Journal des Arts that culled data based on solo exhibition frequency and prestige of place of exhibition, Anri Sala is the leading artist born or based in France. Following Sala are François Morellet, Christian Boltanski, and Daniel Buren, respectively. Of the top 100 artists on the list, only 19 are female. (via The Art Newspaper)

Untitled (Hourglass), 2009
Hidde Van Seggelen
Untitled (Man Ray Photographs 1),, 1991
Luhring Augustine

Omi International Arts Center has announced the five winners of this year’s $12,500 Francis J. Greenburger Award for underrecognized established artists, which will be presented at the New Museum tomorrow evening. Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Steve Wolfe, Alison Knowles, Suchan Kinoshita, and Malcolm Morley have been granted the award. (via Artforum)

Blum & Poe has set a goal to become “carbon neutral” by the end of next year and has been certified as a green institution by the L.A. nonprofit Arts: Earth Partnership. The gallery has already begun undertaking environmentally friendly measures in its L.A., NYC, and Tokyo locations. (via ARTnews)

Last Wednesday, after the auction of some 450 Japanese internment camp-related items that came under protest last week was cancelled, the anonymous seller came forward. John Ryan explained that he intended for the items—which had belonged to his family for a quarter century—to go to public institutions that would use them to educate on the horrors of the internment, and that the reason they were not donated was because a member of the family was in need of financial assistance. (via the New York Times)

French and German art history and cultural relations writer and Getty Research Institute director Thomas W. Gaehtgens has won the 2015 Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca, awarded by the foundations of the Institut de France to authors who promote modernday humanism. (via Artforum)

A. Alfred Taubman—the former Sotheby’s chairman who made the auction house the formidable art world player that it is today and served close to a year in prison for his involvement in price fixing during the 1990s—has passed away at the age of 91. (via the New York Times)

Best of Instagram

Via @creativetimenyc: “Seizing the opportunity of this comically nasty weather to remind you all that #DriftingInDaylight opens in less than a month! Join us on opening weekend, May 15-16, to experience eight incredible artist commissions throughout the northern third of @centralparknyc.”

Via @drawingcenter: “BEHIND THE SCENES: Each Monday we are switching the four highlighted portraits in ‘Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts.’ The new quartet will be on view Wed–Sun 12-6pm | Thur 12-8pm.”

Via @rubinmuseum: “Why do we love looking at art? This Wednesday, artist Leo Villareal, known for his large-scale sculptures that illuminate their environments, and Edward Vessel, a director of the NYU ArtLab, will discuss the biological effects of art on the brain. Tickets available at”

Good Reads

Shift of Christie’s Auction Crowds Art Collectors’ Calendars” (via the New York Times)

Is Art School Only for the Wealthy?” (via The Observer)

How Are Art Fairs Doing This Year?” (via ARTnews)

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