December 3, 2014: Miami Fairs Continue, Christie’s CEO Steps Down, and an Upcoming Film Project from Marina Abromović

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Dec 3, 2014 9:55PM


In Miami … Design Miami/, UNTITLED., Aqua Art Miami, and INK Miami Art Fair open today. Check out Artsy’s coverage of the Miami fairs here; “Pedro Reyes: Sanatorium” and “Andra Ursuta: As I Lay Dying” open at the ICA Miami; André 3000 Benjamin participates in a panel discussion, along with SCAD president Paula Wallace and Greg Brunkalla, about the SCAD Museum of Art’s exhibit “i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” at Mana Miami, today at 3 p.m.; “One Way: Peter Marino” has an opening reception this evening at the Bass Museum of Art, 7–11 p.m.; opening reception and book signing at the Bill Powers-orchestrated pop-up gallery bungalows at the Miami Beach EDITION (read more here).

In London … “Tarka Kings and Tristano di Robilant: New Works” opens at Faggionato; “Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water” opens at Marlborough Fine Art

In Paris … Mel O’Callaghan: L’acte gratuit” opens at Galerie Allen.


In New York … Duane Hanson closes at Gagosian’s Park and 75th Street location.

In Paris … “Galerie Neu à la Douane: Group Exhibition”—featuring Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Yngve Holen, Karl Holmqvist, Kitty Kraus, Klara Lidén, Nick Mauss, Ken Okiishi, Manfred Pernice, Josephine Pryde, and Reena Spaulings—closes at Galerie Chantal Crousel. 

Today’s Notable News

Just four years after first assuming the role of CEO, Steven Murphy is stepping down from his executive position at Christie’s; Patricia Barbizet, who has previously served as the auction house’s chairwoman, will be taking Murphy’s place. (via Artforum)

Tracey Emin has designed this year’s award statue for the Brit Awards, which are to be presented in February 2015. Emin has transformed the figurine, painting it light pink and pinning a multi-colored fabric rosette to its back, and scrawling across its body the phrase “Congratulations on your talent on your life / On everything you give to others / Thank you.” (via The Guardian)  

A newly released British report alleges that Vladimir Putin gifted Picasso paintings to FIFA executives Michel Platini and Michel D’Hooghe, taken from either the Kremlin’s archives or the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg’s collection, in order to secure Russia as the host of the 2018 World Cup. (via Hyperallergic) 

Marina Abramović will begin filming her project “Seven Deaths” next summer, in which she plays tragic opera singer Maria Callas performing the death scenes of seven operas; the artist has enlisted directors Roman Polanski, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Marco Brambilla, Giada Colagrande, and Yorgos Lanthimos to contribute to the project. Despite Abramović’s sensational request to collaborate, Danish director Lars von Trier has declined to work on the series. (via The Art Newspaper)

Best of Instagram

Via @surfacemag: “@studiogang + @official_swarovski installation in collaboration with photographer James Balog at @designmiami. #StudioGang #Swarovski #JamesBalog #DesignMiami @rodmanprimack

Good Reads

Artist Richard Prince’s Secret Retreat(via The Wall Street Journal)

‘Our cities are insufferable’: Chinese artists go back to the land(via The Guardian)

Artist of the Day

Gilbert Stuart, one of early America’s most successful portraitists, was born on this day in 1755. Stuart created over 1,000 portraits throughout his career, of prolific figures such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington—his image of Washington appears today on the dollar bill. 

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