February 18, 2015: The Armory Show Drops Special Projects Lineup & the Tate Appoints Russia-Focused Curators
In New York …
“Johnnie Winona Ross: Traces” and “Aaron Johnson: Pisockophilia” open at 57 STUX + Haller; “Tao Kulczycki and Ian Swanson: Vital Shift in Central Observer” opens at BOSI Contemporary; “Quisqueya Henríquez: Double Double, Framed & Framed” opens at LYNCH THAM; John Newsom opens at Marc Straus.
In Milan … “John Armleder: Charivari” opens at Massimo De Carlo; “Matteo Negri: Kamigami” opens at Galleria Monopoli.
Today’s Notable News
The Armory Show has announced the full line-up of special projects for this year’s fair, which will focus on the Middle East and include works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Ahmed Mater, Abbas Akhavan, CULTURUNNERS (a project by Azra Aksamija and Stephen Stapleton), Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Socratis Socratous, Oraib Toukan, Parviz Tanavoli, and Carlo Massoud. (via ARTnews)
This December, the Edvard Munch Award will be reinstated after nearly a decade-long hiatus, with roughly $66,000 and an exhibition at Oslo’s Munch Museum set to go to the winner. (via The Art Newspaper)
The Tate has appointed Natalia Sidlina and Julia Tatiana Bailey as curators for Russian art and international collections, respectively, as part of a program to strengthen the museum’s command of contemporary Russian art. (via Artforum)
20 years after its founding, Paris’s Musée Maillol has closed indefinitely, its management having filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. (via The Art Newspaper)
Long Island’s Museum of the Moving Image will exhibit costumes, sets, props, and scripts from TV’s Mad Men to commemorate the show’s final season. (via New York Observer)
The Fresno Art Museum has named its new executive director, Michele Ellis Pracy, who is currently the director of the Ojai Valley Museum and has over 25 years of experience in the museum world. (via The Business Journal)
The Israel Museum will receive a gift of over 300 ancient artifacts and art pieces from collectors Robert and Renée Belfer, which will be exhibited in June to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary. (via New York Observer)
Best of Instagram
Via @swissinstitute: “This is the last week to see ‘David Weiss: Works, 1968-1979’ before it closes on February 22. Gallery hours are Weds-Sun, 12-6. (David Weiss, ‘Mickeykosmos.’) #davidweiss #swissinstitute”
“The Art World’s 60-Year Rut: Could a New Golden Age Be on the Horizon?” (via New York Observer)
“The Flower District: The Next Chelsea?” (via The Wall Street Journal)
“Pussy Riot release harrowing music video tribute for Eric Garner” (via The Verge)
“How Art Basel Artists Transformed a Low-Income School That Looked Like a ‘Prison’” (via The Huffington Post)
Artists of the Day
Born on this day in 1848, Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of Tiffany & Company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany and is best known for his virtuosic glass designs featuring intricate, exuberant flowers and other natural forms. An interest in depicting flowers and trees that dominate the entire composition is echoed in the etchings of Max Klinger (1857-1920), a German symbolist artist who shares Tiffany’s birthday and was only nine years his junior. Indeed, Klinger’s work can in many ways be situated with respect to art nouveau, a movement of which Tiffany was at the forefront.
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