April 29, 2015: Kara Walker and Pierre Huyghe Among AICA Award Winners & Jeffrey Deitch Plans Street-Art Takeover of Coney Island

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Apr 29, 2015 10:18PM


Downtown Science, 2008
Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC

Installation view of “Kal Spelletich: Intention Machines 2015,” courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery


Theaster Gates, Ground Rules (Free throw possibility), 2014. Image courtesy of White Cube

Visible:  Se trató, 2013
Marlborough Contemporary
Visible: Compañeras y compañeros, 2013
Marlborough Contemporary

Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly” opens at White Cube; “Diango Hernández: The Book of Waves” opens at Marlborough Contemporary.

In Paris … 

Untitled, 2014
Almine Rech
Untitled, 2014
Almine Rech

“Construction/Destruction,” with works by Jannis Kounellis, Joel Shapiro, Fernanda Gomes, Arturo Herrera, Kishio Suga, and Adam Marnie, opens at Almine Rech.

Today’s Notable News

After plans to mount his show “Art in the Streets” at the Brooklyn Museum fell through in 2011, Jeffrey Deitch has at long last found an NYC venue for the exhibition: Coney Island. “Coney Art Walls” will mount works of art by street and graffiti artists on some 25 walls constructed by Thor Equities for the occasion. (via the New York Times)

The Art Production Fund has announced a new partnership with Barneys New York that aims to raise money for public art. Barneys will offer a line of accessories and home goods featuring drawings by artist Alex Katz—to be sold in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills, as well as online—from which a quarter of the profits will go to the Fund. (via BLOUIN artinfo)

The American arm of the International Association of Art Critics has announced the winners of its 2014 awards, which will be presented on May 12th, at Izhar Patkin’s studio in New York. The list of winners includes Kara Walker (for “Best Presentation in an Alternative Venue”), Ragnar Kjartansson (for “Best Time-Based Format”), Mickalene Thomas (for “Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally”), and Pierre Huyghe (for “Best Thematic Museum Show Nationally”). (via ARTnews)

Having recently acquired all seven limited-edition portfolios that Ansel Adams made throughout his lifetime, L.A. county museum The Huntington plans to expand its American art galleries, and has begun by purchasing Milton Avery’s Burlesque and Helen Lundeberg’s Irises (The Sentinels) (both 1936), as well as a sculpture by Sargent Claude Johnson. (via the LA Times)

Due to ongoing and prohibitive financial difficulties, the Museum of Biblical Art will close its doors immediately following the June 14th close of its Donatello exhibition, which has seen record attendance for the museum, but not enough to sway decision. (via the New York Times)

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has named its first executive director: Katherine de Vos Devine, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Duke University and former paralegal for museums and art centers. (via ARTnews)

The Indianapolis Museum of Art will partner with local preschool St. Mary’s Child Center to launch a location of the school in the museum, where up to 16 lucky students will be surrounded by some 54,000 works of art. (via Indianapolis Business Journal)

Best of Instagram

Via @creativetimenyc: “Want to be a part of ‘Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos,’ Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s piece for #DriftingInDaylight? We need volunteers!! More info at

Via @themuseumofmodernart: “Ann Temkin, Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture: ‘The impetus for this latest reinstallation of a section of the 5th Floor collection galleries was the addition of Henri Matisse’s ‘The Swimming Pool,’ which was recently on view in the exhibition ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.’”

Via @la_biennale_di_venezia: “View of the Arsenale - 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia - May 9th to November 22nd, 2015”

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