January 12, 2015: Vito Acconci’s Tasmanian Bridge Proposal Under Fire, a Star-Studded Sotheby’s Auction, and a Sculpture Stolen from Paris Museum Turns Up in the Bathroom Trash
In Tokyo … “The Hara Museum Collection at 35” closes at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; “Arata Isozaki: 12×5=60” closes at The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.
Today’s Notable News
A 16th-century sculpture by Jean de Boulogne was reported missing at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs on Saturday, only to be discovered later that night in a trash can in one of the museum’s bathrooms. (Le Monde via artnet News)
Seventeen artists, including Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, and Cai Guo-Qiang, have donated works for a Sotheby’s auction benefitting children’s education campaign “1 in 11.” Heading up the campaign are star athletes Serena Williams and Lionel Messi—the latter of whom is featured in an original work created for the auction by Takashi Murakami. (via the New York Times)
A public installation planned by Vito Acconci that would connect historic sites in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, has garnered some criticism from the country’s architecture and heritage communities. (via The Art Newspaper)
Over 100 modern and contemporary artworks have been given to the North Carolina Museum of Art, including pieces by Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Milton Avery, and Sean Scully. (via Artforum)
Best of Instagram
“Tania Bruguera on Her Art, Her Detentions and What Happens Next” (via the LA Times)
“Auction of a Cézanne Highlights New Realities” (via the New York Times)
“2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards Announced” (via Dezeen)
Artist of the Day
A society painter, landscape enthusiast, friend of Monet, and admirer of Velázquez, John Singer Sargent was born on this day in 1856. The American artist spent most of his life in Europe, and Sargent’s naturalistic portraits depicted major figures on both continents, including Henry James, Teddy Roosevelt, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
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