August 15, 2014: Leonardo DiCaprio Auctions Hirst Sculpture and Curator Edward Leffingwell dies at 72

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Aug 15, 2014 6:29PM

Notable News

Polish artist Monika Sosnowska plans to build a 110 foot sculpture in New York as an homage to Mies van der Rohe’s legendary Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago. The work will be revealed on September 5th outside Hauser & Wirth on 18th street. (via Hauser & Wirth)

Leonardo DiCaprio hosted a charity auction in St. Tropez that raised $25m for his endangered species conservation foundation, $6m of which resulted from the sale of a Damien Hirst unicorn sculpture. (via Art Market Monitor)

Curator Edward Leffingwell has died at 72. He was Art in America’s Brazil editor for 20 years. He had also served as the director of the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles and was the program director for MoMA PS1’s Institute for Art and Urban Resources. (via Art in America

Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofía plans to add 3,000 square feet of new exhibition space by the end of 2015, including a redesign of Jean Nouvel’s plaza. (via The Art Newspaper)

Good Reads

On civil rights, images from Ferguson, MO, and constantly changing visual perceptions of photography, race, violence, and culture. (via The New York Times)

“The Retro Aesthetics of Teletext Art”: exploring the dated pixel art of decades past. (via Hyperallergic)

Artsy’s own Matthew Israel on Keith Haring’s Crack is Wack mural. (via The Huffington Post)

“The Free and the Antifree,” a piece on how the internet has changed the motivations and job markets for artists, writers and other creatives. (via n+1)

Best of Instagram

“#johannesvanderbeek opening in September @ 548 w 22nd” via @zachfeuer

 Artist of the Day

Jack Tworkov was born on this day in 1900. As an early member of the New York School, Tworkov’s most characteristic work contains flashes of color against muted, monochromatic backgrounds, documenting his gestures and drawing attention to pigment and medium. In the second phase of his career, he abandoned his expressionistic practice for a more theoretical one and began to employ grid-like structures, geometric patterns, and other elements of Minimalism, while often deliberately damaging and deteriorating his paintings.

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