February 12, 2015: Christie’s Auction Brings In $177.9 Million, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House Reopens, and the Centre Pompidou Plans Pop-Ups Across France

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

Opening

Image of El Anatsui, Testimonial, 2014, courtesy of October Gallery

In New York … Check out our neighborhood guide to tonight’s NYC openings.

In London … El Anatsui opens at October Gallery; “Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector,” featuring work by 14 post-war and contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sol Lewitt, and Andy Warhol, opens at Barbican Art Gallery; “Mehmet Ali Uysal: BLOCK” opens at Pi Artworks; “Anna Betbeze: Plush Vision” opens at Luxembourg & Dayan.

In Paris … “Sweating Like a Whore in Church,” with works by Sebastien Bonin and Lucas Jardin, opens at Galerie Jeanroch Dard; “Etel Adnan: Peintures” and “Louise Bourgeois: Estampes” open at Galerie Lelong; “Pierre Bismuth: Where is Rocky II?” opens at Bugada & Cargnel; “Evgenia Arbugaeva: Weather Man” opens at In Camera Galerie; “Rémy Jacquier: Fredons (2005-2015)” opens at Galerie Bernard Ceysson.

In Milan … “Simone Turra: Erratico” opens at Fondazione Mudima.

Today’s Notable News

The Centre Pompidou has announced plans to open four-year temporary outposts in cities and towns throughout France. (via The Art Newspaper)

Last night’s contemporary evening sale at Christie’s London brought in $177.9 million, with a 1970 Cy Twombly chalkboard painting crowning the evening at nearly $30 million. (via ARTnews)

Starting today, the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College will exhibit an installation/performance piece by artist Tania Bruguera, who was detained in Cuba last month. (via ArtfixDaily)

Next week, free to the public, Bonhams will preview a selection of actress Lauren Bacall’s art and jewellery collection due to hit the auction block this spring. (via ArtfixDaily)

Tomorrow, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles design, Hollyhock House, will open to the public after six years of multi-million-dollar renovation. (via The Huffington Post)

After nearly six years with the institution, executive director Shauta Marsh will leave her position at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art to pursue independent curatorial projects. (via the Indianapolis Star)

KRIS YAO | ARTECH has been selected to design Taiwan’s new Taipei Museum of Art and plans to make the museum space more visitor friendly as well as more interconnected with its environment. (via designboom)

Best of Instagram

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Good Reads

Koons au Louvre? Non(via The Art Newspaper)

Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Takes her ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile Campaign’ to Mexico(via The Huffington Post)

Your Guide to a Very Art World Valentine’s Day(via the New York Observer)

Artists of the Day

Born on this day in 1884 and 1925, respectively, Max Beckmann’s and Joan Mitchell’s practices represent two distinct iterations of expressionism, both conveying deep emotion and lived experience, albeit through very different visual means. A prominent figure in German expressionism, Beckmann channeled his experiences from WWI into scenes of human pathos that insisted upon stylized figuration and often made use of allegory. Forging a place for herself in the male-dominated world of abstract expressionism close to 30 years later, Mitchell translated her emotive reactions to her surroundings through gestural, boldly colored brushstrokes that eschewed figuration altogether.

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Image of El Anatsui, Testimonial, 2014, courtesy of October Gallery.

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