April 24, 2015: Kenyan Minister Denounces Venice Biennale Pavilion & an Austrian Museum Makes the First Bitcoin Acquisition
In New York …
Papier15 art fair opens at Complexe de Gaspé, 5445 de Gaspé, and runs through Sunday, April 26th.
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On Saturday, April 25th, Art Brussels 2015 opens at Brussels Expo (Heysel), Place de Belgique 1, and runs through Monday, April 27th.
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Today’s Notable News
A previously lost 1826 painting by neoclassical master Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was found in the attic of a former hospital in Jura, France by the region’s curator and advisor of historical monuments, who was conducting inventory. Although the discovery was made last fall, it was only announced to the public this week, after the work had been safely moved from the attic. (via artnet News)
Tate Modern director Chris Dercon is leaving the institution to head the Volksbühne, an avant-garde theatre in Berlin. His leave—which will not go into effect until 2017—comes on the heels of another loss for the Tate, Penelope Curtis’s departure as director of Tate Britain. (via The Guardian)
On behalf of the Kenyan government, the country’s minister of culture, sports, and the arts has officially decried the Kenyan Pavilion’s failure to include Kenyan artists at this year’s Venice Biennale, calling those in charge of the pavilion “imposters.” (via Hyperallergic)
Following the personal-record-breaking $400 million in art it received earlier this week, the Art Institute of Chicago has been given 105 drawings by museum trustee Irving Stenn, Jr. The donation includes works by Brice Marden, Ellsworth Kelly, and Sol Lewitt and is one the “most significant gifts of drawings” the museum has ever received. (via Crain’s Chicago Business)
The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art recently became the first museum to use Bitcoin to buy art when it acquired Harm van den Dorpel’s limited-edition screensaver Event Listeners (2015), slated to go on view at the inaugural Vienna Biennale this June. (via ARTnews)
Grand Rapids’s ArtPrize has announced the jurors for this year’s $200,000 Grand Prize: artists Michael Rakowitz and Wangechi Mutu, as well as LACMA department head and curator of contemporary art Franklin Sirmans. Additionally, the yearly competition has unveiled the jurors for its Category awards, which include a host of curators of institutions from Sundance to Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. (via ARTnews)
A large part of the interior of Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art has been granted status as a historical landmark, despite protestation from its owner, George Washington University. The building’s exterior had already been deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1992. (via the New York Times)
L.A.’s Wilshire Boulevard Temple is in negotiations to have Rem Koolhaas design a new special event space next door to the 1929-built reform synagogue. The designer’s initial plans envision a five-story trapezoidal space complete with a banquet hall and an open-air rooftop. (via the New York Times)
Catherine Opie is now represented by Lehmann Maupin, who plan to show her work at Frieze New York next month. Opie—who has had solo exhibitions at LACMA and the Guggenheim and received attention for resigning from L.A. MOCA’s board, along with other artists, when the museum fired curator Paul Schimmel in 2013—will have her first show with the gallery next winter. (via The Observer)
For its 2016 edition, Art Brussels will move to Tour & Taxis, which formerly housed the Royal Customs House and is more centrally located in the city than the fair’s current home, Brussels Expo. (via ARTnews)
NYC bookstore and gallery Printed Matter has announced plans to move to a bigger space in September; the new location—to be designed for free and located at Eleventh Avenue and 26th Street in Chelsea—will double the nonprofit’s sprawl. (via Artforum)
EVA International, a contemporary art biennial in Ireland, has announced the curator of its 37th edition: artistic director and founder of Dakar’s RAW Material Company and independent curator Koyo Kouoh. The fair, to be held in 2016, will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Easter Rising—the beginning of the fight for Irish independence from Britain. (via Artforum)
Best of Instagram
Via @cheimread: “Putting the finishing touches on our model for @friezenewyork. Find us at booth C39 from May 14–17, where we will feature works by #RonGorchov #AdamFuss #JackPierson #JennyHolzer and #JonathanLasker among others”
Via @wmag: “For more than a decade the non-profit @RxArt has brightened hospitals across the US with museum-quality artist commissions. See a few of founder Diane Brown’s favorites on wmag.com. Photo of #JeffKoons at @AdvocateKids courtesy of Michael Tropea.”
“Liberating the Anonymous Figures in Old Master Paintings” (via Hyperallergic)
“LACMA landed Kirchner’s ‘Dancer With Necklace’ through skill, happenstance” (via the LA Times)
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