December 5, 2014: A Night of Performances in Miami, Lynda Benglis Sculpture to Return to Louisiana After 30 Years, and The British Museum Loans One of the Parthenon Marbles to Russia

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Dec 5, 2014 11:29PM


In Miami …  David Castillo Gallery hosts a closing reception for its pop-up on 430 Lincoln Road, at 6–10 p.m.; Art Basel in Miami Beach presents a free screening of Tim Burton’s latest film “Big Eyes” this evening from 8:30–10:30 p.m.

In London … Maria Friberg: Communicate Over Vast Distances” opens at Pi Artworks.


In New York … Danh Vo: We The People,” presented by Public Art Fund, closes today. 

Today’s Notable News

Yesterday evening, Miami was flush with artist-orchestrated performances and parties, including a performance at the Miami Beach Edition Hotel by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe of their piece Shadow Pool: A Natural History of the San San International, a satire of sorts lampooning the art world and its fairs, and a “flyboarding” performance (think jet-packs that shoot out streams of water, levitating their wearers several feet above a pool’s surface) organized by DIS Magazine for the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s one-year anniversary in its Herzog & de Meuron building. (via ARTnews) 

NADA has presented the Artadia/NADA Award, a $4000 cash prize, to Sergei Tcherepnin in recognition of his outstanding solo booth with Overduin & Co. at NADA Miami Beach

Lynda Benglis announced yesterday, while speaking at Art Basel in Miami Beach, that her sculpture The Wave (The Wave of the World) (1983-4)—originally created for the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984—has been fully restored and will be installed in New Orleans. The work was damaged nearly three decades ago after it was left on the loading dock of a sewage plant. (via The Art Newspaper)

Meanwhile, back in New York, billionaire art collector Ronald O. Perelman has been shut down by the New York Supreme Court, which dismissed his lawsuit against Larry Gagosian. Perelman claims Gagosian mis-appraised artworks, charging him too much for a Cy Twombly painting and undervaluing the works Perelman gave in lieu of cash. (via The New York Times)

In London, controversy is brewing as The British Museum has loaned one of the Parthenon Marbles (a statue of the river god Ilissos) to Russia’s State Hermitage Museum, the first time any of the Marbles have left Britain since they were taken from Greece in the 19th century. The Greek Prime Minister is not too pleased about the loan, issuing an angry statement and citing the move as a provocation; Greece has argued for the last four decades that the statues belong back in their homeland, which The British Museum has declined. (via The Denver Post)

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Good Reads

A Stage, A Pool, A Flood of Ideas: ‘Tears Become Streams Become’ Fills the Park Ave. Armory(via The New York Times)

Dancing at the Speed of the Internet(via Hyperallergic)

Artist of the Day

British painter David Bomberg was born on this day in 1890. A student at the Slade School of Art, Bomberg combined cubist and futurist influences in geometric, boldly colored paintings—his daring style ultimately resulted in his expulsion from the prestigious art school. Bomberg went on to explore more figurative and expressionist styles in his later career.

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