February 10, 2015: $300 Million Gauguin Gets Yanked from Kunstmuseum Basel, Trial Opens for Picasso’s Handyman, and Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Dismisses Director

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Feb 2, 2015 12:00AM


In New York … “Peter Nadin: Still Life” opens at Half Gallery; “Subodh Gupta: Seven Billion Light Years” opens at Hauser & Wirth; “Danny McDonald: Male Moments” opens at Maccarone’s Morton Street location.

In Los Angeles … “Fourth Session of Administrative Poetry,” organized by Vicente Razo, opens at The Gallery at REDCAT.

In London …Barbara Kruger: Early Works” opens at Skarstedt.

Today’s Notable News

Mandoliniste (The Mandolin Player), 1911
Fondation Beyeler

The Swiss foundation that made last week’s headlines for selling a Gauguin for a record-breaking $300 million has removed its long-term loan of 18 works from the Kunstmuseum Basel, including the sold Gauguin. (via The Art Newspaper)

The trial has begun for a case brought by Picasso’s former handyman Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle, who claim the artist or his wife gave them 271 works of art. (via The Guardian)

Irina Lebedeva has been dismissed from her position as director of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery due to her managerial style, and Zelfira Tregulova—a former deputy director of the Kremlin Museum, who has co-curated exhibitions at New York’s Guggenheim—will take over the directorship. (via The Art Newspaper)

The E.U.’s 2015 architecture prize—the Mies van der Rohe Award—has announced a shortlist of some 40 projects, from 17 different countries. The winner will receive €60,000. (via Dezeen)

MoMA has appointed its first Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture: Leah Dickerman, who has been a curator in the museum’s painting and sculpture department since 2008 and was formerly the acting head of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (via ARTnews)

Best of Instagram

Via @creativetimenyc: “What you’ve heard is true! Our next project is in Central Park. Opening May 15, the exhibition ‘Drifting in Daylight’ will feature 7–10 sculptural, social, and interactive artworks. Read more about the project in @tmagazine and stay tuned for more updates!”

Nu bleu I (Blue Nude I), 1952
Fondation Beyeler
Intérieur à la fougère noire (Interior with Black Fern), 1948
Fondation Beyeler

Artist of the Day

Born on this day in 1942, Lawrence Weiner asserted that a work’s existence could be founded on its written description alone. Fittingly, his pioneering conceptual “sculptures” are built primarily with language—on walls and other flat surfaces, words and phrases playfully arc, run diagonally, and collide with each other to visually describe physical relationships and circumstances.

Placed Someplace with Intent
Dvir Gallery
In the Course of Events, 2013
Dvir Gallery

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