April 23, 2015: El Anatsui Wins Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion & Jasper Johns’s Assistant Goes to Prison
In New York ...
Gerontophilia. 2013. Canada. Directed by Bruce LaBruce. Courtesy the filmmaker.
MoMA and the artist presents his film Gerontophilia (2013) with an introduction and post-screening discussion, 7 p.m.; Lil Buck will offer a special performance of New Museum, 6:30 p.m.; a panel featuring The Jewish Museum, 6:30 p.m.; CIMA presents “A Study Day on Alfred Barr and Margaret Scolari Barr,” a look at art powerhouse couple the Barrs—the first director of MoMA and the author of the first English text on
In Los Angeles …
awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, the Venice Biennale’s highest recognition. Additionally, the Special Golden Lion for Services to the Arts will be presented to Susanne Ghez, former executive director and chief curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. (via ARTnews)
former assistant, James Meyer—who worked for the artist for a quarter century—has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing 22 works from the artist’s studio in Connecticut and selling them through various galleries in New York for a combined $6.5 million. (via artnet News)
The Fondation Simone et Cino Del Duca Grand Prix for Europe-based artists has been awarded to
The world’s first auction devoted to Iraqi modernism, held this week at Bonhams London, raked in £1,237,250, a record for any set of Iraqi paintings sold at auction, and witnessed new auction records for the majority of the artists involved. Following the sale was an auction of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art, which elevated the total gross to £2,473,050. (via Art Daily)
Effective July 2016, Walter Massey is leaving his post as president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to begin as chancellor; he will be succeeded by the school’s current provost, Elissa Tenny. (via Crain’s Chicago Business)
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