December 16, 2014: Artsy Welcomes 21 French Museums to the Site, MoMA to Release a Film About Matisse’s Cut-Outs, and Kandinsky’s Birthday

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Dec 18, 2014 1:32PM


In New York … Esteban Vicente opens at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe; “Max Frintrop: Painting was my first love” opens at Robert Blumenthal; “SISRAHTAC,” with works by Nora Griffin and Jon Kessler, among others, opens at Torrance Shipman; and Fulton Ryder hosts a book launch for Justin Adian this evening.

In Milan … “Simona Caramelli: UNTIL NEXT MORNING” opens at Fondazione Mudima.

Today’s Notable News

Stéphane Aquin has been appointed Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Aquin was previously curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, a position he held since 1998. He will begin his post at the Hirshhorn in 2015. 

Artsy welcomes 21 French museums to its online collection, with the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Jeu de Paume, Palais de Tokyo, Musée Rodin, Musée du Quai Branly, and Musée de Cluny among them. Explore our Museums of France feature to discover these institutions’ collections and exhibitions.

The MoMA will present a documentary, titled simply “Matisse,” to theaters across the U.S. this winter based on the blockbuster exhibition “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” currently on view (and previously at the Tate Modern). Opening January 13th, the film will show the installation process, interviews with curators, and historical clips of Matisse himself. (via The New York Times)

European biennial exhibition Manifesta will launch its 12th edition in Palermo in 2018; proposed venues include the late Gothic church Santa Maria dello Spasimo, a defunct Liberty furniture factory, and a former royal hunting reserve, Parco della Favorita. (via The Art Newspaper)

Best of Instagram

Via @mocalosangeles: “Go behind the scenes as we prepare our collection of thirteen Mark Rothko paintings, including No. 61 (Rust and Blue) [Brown Blue, Brown on Blue], 1953, for exhibition. Watch The Art of Conservation on #MOCAtvat” 

Good Reads

Forever Young or New Zombies? MoMA on Painting Today(via Art in America) 

Mark Bradford’s Art + Practice to bring art, social services to Leimert(via The LA Times)

Renzo Martens - the artist who wants to gentrify the jungle(via The Guardian) 

Artist of the Day

Born on this day in 1866, Wassily Kandinsky went on to become one of abstract painting’s leading pioneers, known for his cacophonous paintings in bright colors and layered shapes, and for publishing a treatise in 1910 stating his belief that abstract art could effectively convey the artist’s soul. Kandinsky taught at the Bauhaus and formed Der Blaue Reiter (or The Blue Rider), a group of German expressionists active between 1910 and 1914. 

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