January 13, 2015: MFA Houston Announces $450 Million Expansion, The Shortlists for the First Biennial Cuban Awards, and U.S. Artists May Have to Give Up Their Drones

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Jan 13, 2015 10:06PM


In New York …The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art” opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery; “Looking Back: The Ninth White Columns Annual” opens at White Columns; “Leif Ritchey: Gumbo Shoes” opens at The Journal Gallery; “No entrance, no exit,” with works by Anna K.E., Alina Tenser, and Viola Yeşiltaç, opens at The Kitchen; “Kevin King: Fall of a Sparrow” and “André Gregory: At Home” open at Jason McCoy Gallery; “Joachim Koester: Body Electric” opens at Greene Naftali Gallery.

In Paris … Rineke Dijkstra opens at Marian Goodman Gallery.

In Milan … Jacob Aue Sobol: Con Te” opens at MC2 Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

The Farber Foundation has named the finalists for its first biennial Cuban Awards: The shortlist for the 2015 Cuban Artist of the Year includes Alexandre Arrechea, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Teresita Fernández, Glexis Novoa, and Lázaro Saavedra; the winner will be awarded $10,000. The 2015 Young Cuban Artist of the Year, given to an artist under 35 who will receive $3,000, will be chosen from Alejandro Campins, Celia y Yunior, Elizabet Cerviño, Rafael Domenech, and Carlos Martiel. (via ARTnews)

Patrick van Maris, the current managing director of Sotheby’s, has been appointed managing director of the Netherlands’ annual European Fine Art Fair. (via Artforum)

In April, Phillips New York will present an auction of Italian art organized by Francesco Bonami, in which the curator pledges to present the country’s artistic history without focusing on major movements like Arte Povera. (via The Art Newspaper)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has announced a $450 million expansion, and has raised nearly 75% of the necessary funds. (via the Houston Chronicle)

New regulations for the use of drones in the United States could affect artists who have adopted the technology for their practices; a notable example is KATSU, the graffiti artist who has rigged a drone to tag walls with spray paint while he operates it remotely. (via The Art Newspaper)

Best of Instagram

Via @davidzwirner: “‘Luc Tuymans: The Shore’ opens at DZ London Friday, January 30 with new paintings made specifically for this space along with a mural in the downstairs gallery #luctuymans #theshore”

Good Reads

A Short History of Mental Illness in Art(via The Guardian) 

The ‘Producer’ of High-Art, High-End Miami(via CityLab)

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