April 22, 2015: Art Institute of Chicago Gets $400 Million, Warhol-Heavy Collection & 2015 Rome Prize Winners Announced

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Apr 22, 2015 10:11PM


In New York …

Lower East Side Veduta, 2013
Waterhouse & Dodd

Alexander Calder: MULTUM IN PARVO” opens at Dominique Lévy; “Jean-François Rauzier’s Hyperphotos” opens at Waterhouse & Dodd; “Leo Villareal + Ed Vessel: Towards the Light” opens at the Rubin Museum of Art; “Rosson Crow: HYSTERIA – Spatial Conversations with Florine Stettheimer” opens at Sargent’s Daughters; Miriam Basilio gives the fifth annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture, “Ritual and Spectacle in Franco’s Regime,” at the Guggenheim Museum, 6:30 p.m.

In London …

Walk towards Hare Hill, 2013
Victoria Miro
Walk towards Hare Hill, 2013
Victoria Miro

Tal R: Chimney school of sculpture” opens at Victoria Miro.

Today’s Notable News

The Art Institute of Chicago has received a private gift of $400 million worth of contemporary art, the largest art donation it has ever received. The 42 artworks—which were produced between 1953 and 2011 and include pieces by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman—will be displayed at the museum next January. (via Chicago Tribune)

After eliminating 100 of its 250 employees in Berlin earlier this month, Auctionata has dismissed over half of its 60-person staff in New York, a move which according to its COO begins a new stage in the online auction platform’s development. (via BLOUIN artinfo)

St. Louis’s Pulitzer Arts Foundation has named a new director, Cara Starke, who will join the institution this July from her position as director of exhibitions at Creative Time. (via ARTnews)

The American Academy in Rome has announced the mid-career artists and scholars who will receive its 2015 Rome Prize, which provides the opportunity to live and work in Rome the following year. This year’s winning artists include David SchutterEmily Jacir, Senam Okudzeto, and Mark Boulos. (via Artforum)

The Art hotel in Denver has revealed the lineup of artists whose works it will display when it opens in June; standouts include Sol LewittEd Ruscha, and Jim Dine(via The Denver Post)

After undergoing a $30 million renovation over the past two years, the D.C.’s Renwick Gallery has announced that it will reopen on November 13th of this year. Part of the Smithsonian Institution and saved by Jackie Kennedy from demolition in the ’60s, the decorative arts and crafts museum was the first purpose-built building for art display in the U.S. (via The Art Newspaper)

MIT’s Center for Art, Science, and Technology has received $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has donated a total of $3 million to the center over the past three years. (via Artforum)

The Harvard Art Museum has named Edouard Kopp as its Maida and George Abrams Associate Curator of Drawings in the area of European and American art. Kopp, who is the Getty’s former associate curator of drawings, will focus on pre-20th-century drawing in his new role at Harvard. (via ARTnews)

James Cohan Gallery has announced that it now represents The Propeller Group, a three-man art collective based in Ho Chi Minh City that was recently included in a survey of contemporary Southeast Asian art at the Guggenheim, featured in the 2012 New Museum Triennial, and will show at this year’s Venice Biennale. (via ARTnews)

Best of Instagram

Via @lacma: “The glittering ‘Two Women in a Garden’ reflects Claude Monet’s breakthrough inquiries into the formal effects of light and color.”

Via @paridust: “The strength & delicacy of this #alexandercalder in a #santiagocalatrava environ #mindblown @dominiquelevygallery

Via @whitneymuseum: “The #NewWhitney is the first art museum in NY to pursue LEED Gold status! The building’s design incorporates a green roof, plaza level planters, and a stormwater detention tank to reduce site runoff. Plus one-fifth of the construction materials, like the reclaimed pine floors, were recycled. 🌍 #EarthDay”

Good Reads

The Prada Foundation’s New Arts Complex in Milan(via the New York Times)

A Documentary Portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, Collector of Art and Artists(via Hyperallergic)

Renzo Piano as Light and Space Artist(via ARTnews) 

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