April 30, 2015: Volta Reveals Lineup, Inspiration from “Spinal Tap” & Japan Donates $1 Million to the Smithsonian


In New York …

Jesse Greenberg: Face Scan” opens at Derek Eller Gallery

Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Rage of the Ballet Gods & special project at The British Library” opens at James Cohan Gallery

Robert Frank: Park/Sleep & Partida” opens at Pace/MacGill Gallery

Henry Rothman: Collages” opens at Lori Bookstein Fine Art

Daria Dorosh: ‘The Art of Sleep’” opens at A.I.R. Gallery

B. Wurtz: Works in Handmade Paper 2013-2015” opens at Dieu Donné

History Interrupted, The Art of Disarmament” opens at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery

Neil Gall: Cut-Outs, Offcuts and Holes” opens at at David Nolan Gallery

Joan Miró opens at Nahmad Contemporary

Cameron Jamie opens at Gladstone Gallery

David Salle opens at Skarstedt

In Toronto …

Jimmy Limit: Surplus” opens at Clint Roenisch Gallery.

In London …

Anna Maria Maiolino: Cioè” opens at Galleria Raffaella Cortese; “Caterina Silva: Soggetto. Oggetto. Abietto. (Subject. Object. Abject.)” opens at Galleria Riccardo Crespi.

In Berlin …

Navid Nuur: MINING MEMORY” opens at Galerie Max Hetzler; Florian Pumhösl: zeichnungen” and “Mathias Poledna: untitled (animation drawing)” open at haubrok foundation; “Gerhard Kehl: Nefertiti 2.0” opens at Galerie Villa Köppe; “Marguerite Humeau: Echoes” opens at DUVE; Magdalena Abakanowicz opens at ŻAK | BRANICKA.

Today’s Notable News

Japan will make a $1 million donation to the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, in acknowledgement of the institution’s promotion of Japanese culture. (via the New York Times)

Art Basel’s satellite fair Volta has announced this year’s lineup of 69 exhibitors, whose projects at the fair will reportedly take inspiration from the This Is Spinal Tap quote, “turn it up to eleven!” The galleries represent 36 cities in 19 countries. (via ARTnews)

The 1990 design for the Lockheed Lounge chair, by Australian Marc Newson, continues to be the most expensive design object in the world, as it sold for over £2.4 million at Phillips London Tuesday night. The auction house set a record for an object sold by a living designer in 2010, with an early version of the piece. The chair, however, earned its spotlight well before, when Madonna rested on it during her 1993 music video for “Rain.” (via Dezeen)

The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art has received a $10-million donation to its curatorial program—the largest gift in the institution’s existence—which increases its endowment by nearly 100%. The donation is from longtime ICA patron Daniel W. Dietrich II. (via ARTnews)

After seven years as director of Gateshead, England’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Godfrey Worsdale is leaving to become director of the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds. The organization was established by Moore in 1977. (via artnet News)

The biennially granted Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement has been awarded to Thomas J. Lax, associate media and performance art curator at MoMA and a former assistant curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Lax will receive $20,000 and will give a public talk in the fall at the Menil Collection in Houston. (via Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Via @picklebeholding: “I love Trudy! She gives the best rubs! 👅👅. To see more photos from my studio visit with Trudy Benson in preparation for her show at Lisa Cooley go to artblogdogblog.com!”

Via @hansulrichobrist: “Jean Michel Jarre With a keyboard each letter will always be the same With a pen each letter will always be unique @jeanmicheljarre”

Via @hyperallergic: “Guerrilla Girls Kathe Kollwitz, Zubeida Agha, and Frida Kahlo at their exhibition opening tomorrow at Abrons Arts Center”

Good Reads

Here’s What Drake Recommends You Listen to While Viewing Art(via The Observer)

A Bach Portrait, Heading to Germany, Gets Musical Send-Off(via the New York Times)

Rest in Pieces(via The New Yorker)

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