April 28, 2015: Michelle Obama Will Help Dedicate the New Whitney & Murakami’s First Film Set to Premiere at Art Basel

Opening

In New York …

Carlos Rojas: A Retrospective Exhibition” opens at Nohra Haime Gallery; “Paul Anthony Smith: Yellow Tail Never Kick Rocks” opens at Zieher Smith & Horton; “Simon Hantaï: Pliage: The First Decade” opens at Mnuchin Gallery.


Today’s Notable News

Takashi Murakami’s first feature-length film, Jellyfish Eyes (2013), will headline the film program at Art Basel this June—costumed characters from the film may even be there, too. The Swiss art fair has released the full line-up of its film program, which also witnesses Hassan Hajjaj’s feature-film debut and the first showing in Europe of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.” (via BLOUIN artinfo)

China’s Communist Party is cancelling or “streamlining” art and literature prizes, particularly at festivals. This effort, which seeks to reduce these types of awards by over 60% in total, is an “anti-corruption” measure aimed at government officials who the Party purportedly fears are using the awards to increase their own esteem. (via South China Morning Post)

Michelle Obama will be present at the dedication of the Whitney’s new building this Thursday, April 30th. She will address those in attendance on the Whitney’s role in the “positive impact of arts engagement on young people.” (via ARTnews)

Rachel Rose has been awarded the Frieze Art Award, which commissions an emerging artist to produce a site-specific piece for the fair’s London edition this October. Rose’s work will be a “scale-model of the fair structure.” In the meantime, Frieze’s New York edition next month will feature a conversation between Rose and juror Hans Ulrich Obrist, as well as Tony Oursler. (via ARTnews)

New York’s city council has passed legislation to inaugurate a cultural plan for the city, which cities like Chicago and Denver have already implemented. The plan legislates assessment of cultural priorities as well as the situation of artists and arts organizations in the city’s various neighborhoods. (via the New York Times)

Uta Werner, the relative who recently contested Cornelius Gurlitt’s will and fought for rights to his trove of art, is appealing the Munich court’s decision that the works should go to the Kunstmuseum Bern. The case, and the collection’s future, is now open once again. (via the New York Times)

The Dulwich Picture Gallery has revealed the identity of the made-in-China copy it hid amongst its collection in its “spot the fake” competition begun in February (with museum attendance having increased fourfold since then). Only 10% of some 3,000 visitors correctly guessed that the reproduction was of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 18th-century painting Young Woman. (via The Telegraph)

A Blade of Grass has announced the seven artists and one collective that have received its ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art this year. The winners of the year-long fellowship include Mary Mattingly, Nigel Poor, Sol Aramendi, Laura Chipley, Dread Scott, Steven Ciampaglia & Kerry Richardson, Suzanne Lacy, and Adaku Utah. (via Lay of the Land)

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation has chosen Sara Reisman as its artistic director. Reisman will oversee the foundation’s newly created Art and Social Justice initiative, as well as curate for New York interdisciplinary space, 8th Floor. (via Artforum)

Massachusetts’s DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has named Sarah Montross as its new associate curator, who comes to the institution from a curatorial fellowship at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and has previously worked at MoMA and D.C.’s National Gallery. (via Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Via @gagosiangallery: “#ThomasHouseago this morning at the unveiling of his ‘Masks (Pentagon)’ installation @rockcenternyc. @publicartfund #MasksRockCenter”

Via @madmuseum: “MAD’s latest exhibition is now open to the public! ‘Pathmakers’ highlights women’s contributions to art, craft and design, both midcentury and today. Among the work of three dozen artists is Polly Apfelbaum’s stunning installation of textiles, inspired by the 1950s publication A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.”

Via @yspsculpture: “Heading to @la_biennale_di_venezia next week? Then join us on Thursday 7 May from 6pm to 8pm for an InstaMeet at #GiardinodellaMarinaressa (#yspsculpturemeet). We’ll watch the sun set over @ursulavonryd’s sculptures with the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the background.”


Good Reads

‘MoMA was never founded to be a club’: Glenn Lowry stands by exhibitions that engage with popular culture and take some risks(via The Art Newspaper)

Follow This Man Out of the New Museum(via Hyperallergic)


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