February 4, 2015: Museums Ban Selfie Sticks, De Blasio Promises Artists Affordable Live/Work Spaces, and the Albers Foundation Plans a Cultural Center in Senegal

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Feb 4, 2015 11:38PM


In New York … Dwyer Kilcollin opens at American Contemporary; “Highlights from the Collection: Iconic Display” opens at The Noguchi Museum; “Daniela Alfarano, Michael Hirschbichler, Sven Nielsen” opens at Artifact; “Nathaniel Axel: Weird Tales” opens at Karma.

In London … Daniela Gullotta: London: Known and Unknown” opens at Marlborough Fine Art; Yasuhisa Kohyama opens at Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd.

In Tokyo …
The 18th Japan Media Arts Festival opens at the National Art Center and other venues across the city.

Today’s Notable News

The Metropolitan Museum of Art released the news that Walter Liedtke, a curator for the museum since 1980 and a respected scholar of Dutch and Flemish painting, was one of the six people who died in yesterday’s Metro-North train crash in New York. (via Hyperallergic)

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan yesterday to create 1,500 live/work spaces for artists at affordable prices in the next 10 years. (via Hyperallergic)

The Albers Foundation will sell work by Josef Albers and other artists in order to fund the construction of a cultural center in rural Senegal, which will host an international residency program for artists, musicians, and writers, among other programming. (via The Art Newspaper)

The Met is the latest museum to consider prohibiting visitors from bringing in “selfie sticks”—a ban already put into practice by MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt, Dia: Beacon, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Getty, among others. (via Mashable)

After inhabiting temporary spaces in Dubai, London, and Istanbul, the Moving Museum is opening a permanent online platform for exhibitions and commissions. (via The Art Newspaper)

Despite the fact that its host institution, the American Bible Society is relocating to Philadelphia, the Museum of Biblical Art will remain in New York City and is currently searching for a new space. (via the New York Times)

Linda Wolk-Simon, who served as curator at the Met for some 25 years, has been named director of Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum and Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut. (via Fairfield Citizen)

Best of Instagram

Via @newmuseum: “Floors 2 and 3 of #ChrisOfili are still on view, and we have half price admission! Photo: Maris Hutchinson/EPW”

Good Reads

Picasso’s Granddaughter Plans to Sell Art, Worrying the Market(via the New York Times)

For the Arts, a British Sensibility(via The Wall Street Journal)

How Louis Kahn’s Last Commercial Work Fell Quietly in Philadelphia(via Hyperallergic)

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