February 3, 2015: The Philadelphia Museum Adds To Its Collection, a New Initiative from the Smithsonian, and Frank Gehry’s Curious New Sydney Building

Opening

In New York … “Beautiful Beast,” with works by 16 lauded sculptors including Kiki Smith, Barry X Ball, and Eric Fischl, opens at New York Academy of Art’s Wilkinson Gallery; “Building SculptureCenter Benefit Exhibition” opens at Maccarone’s Morton Street location. SculptureCenter’s proceeds from the sale—which runs through this Thursday—will go toward funding artists’ exhibition opportunities. The roster of exhibiting artists includes Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Sanford Biggers, and Rashid Johnson.

In London …Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe” and “Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee” open at ICA.

Today’s Notable News

From two separate gifts, the Philadelphia Museum has added five French impressionist works—by Morisot, Cézanne, Pissarro, and Manet—and two portraits by Duchamp to its already-strong holdings. (via ARTFIXdaily)

In an inaugural collaboration between the two institutions, London’s V&A will loan 10 of Vivienne Westwood’s costumes to Danson House in Kent for “Cut from the Past,” an exhibition centered around the influence Westwood drew from 18th-century art and design. (via The Art Newspaper)

Romania has chosen its representative for this year’s Venice Biennale—painter Adrian Ghenie, who has had solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, S.M.A.K., and Denver’s MCA. (via ARTnews)

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will lead the newly created American Art Collaborative (AAC), which brings together 14 American museums striving to make American art more digitally accessible. (via ARTFIXdaily)

Distinctly resembling a crumpled paper bag, Frank Gehry’s tree-house inspired building for Sydney’s University of Technology has opened and marks the architect’s Australian debut. (via Dezeen)

Viennese Actionism founder Hermann Nitsch has expressed strong feelings over the recent cancellation of his exhibition—featuring mutilated animal carcasses—at Mexico City’s Museo Jumex. (via The Art Newspaper)

Best of Instagram

Via @creativetimenyc: “Tonight! Livestream our panel discussion on free speech & the arts at @themuseumofmodernart, co-hosted by @momaps1 and #Reuters. Find the link at youtube.com/momavideos. (Image: #AndresSerrano’s ‘Piss Christ’)”

Good Reads

Art Students Reconstruct the Lost Faces of Unidentified Crime Victims(via Hyperallergic)

Designer’s Embroidered Illustrations Of Her Travels Are Stitched On-Site(via DesignTAXI)

In A New Take On The Selfie, This Artist Casts His Own Dead Body(via The Huffington Post)

Artist of the Day

Born on this day in 1894, Norman Rockwell painted idealized American life in photographic detail, later turning to more politicized, social subject matter. 

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