August 6, 2014: Sarkis to Represent Turkey at Venice Biennale, India to Build World’s Largest Statue, and Andy Warhol’s Birthday

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Aug 6, 2014 8:05PM

Notable News

The New Museum was awarded $500,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The award will be allocated toward research fellowships and funding for seminars aiming to promote scholarship in contemporary art. 

Ram V. Sutar, India’s most prolific sculptor, is in the running to be chosen to create the world’s largest statue. Commemorating Indian independence hero Sardar Patel, the statue will stand nearly 600 feet tall and cost more than $30 million.

Turkey has announced that famed interdisciplinary Turkish-Armenian artist Sarkis will represent the country at the 2015 Venice Biennale, where Turkey is set to have a permanent pavilion until 2034.

The Cincinnati Art Museum has appointed Cameron Kitchin as its new director. Kitchin was previously director of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis and executive director at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

Good Reads

Marilyn Minter shares some wisdom on the influence on Robert Gober. (via Art in America)

A piece on Glenn Adamson, director of the Museum of Arts and Design, and his debut show, “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” discussing his unique approach towards the project and his creative vision. See the MAD Biennial on Artsy here. (via Crain’s

On Frank Gehry, Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, and the age-old architectural rite-of-passage that is chair design. (via The Economist)

Artist of the Day

Andy Warhol was born on this day in 1928. His resounding influence on everything from high art to pop culture to tomato soup consumption continues to this day. Explore his legacy through Artsy’s Pop Art gene and read about an encounter between Warhol and Man Ray here.

Charlie Ambler

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