January 15, 2015: An Alleged Mona Lisa Tours Asia, the Philharmonie de Paris Reveals New Concert Space, and the U.S. State Department Gives 6 More Medals

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Jan 15, 2015 10:23PM


In New York … Check out our neighborhood guide to tonight’s NYC openings.

In London … 

“Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015” opens at Whitechapel Gallery; “Danh Vo: Homo Sapiens” opens at Marian Goodman Gallery; “Anja Niemi: Darlene & Me” opens at The Little Black Gallery; “Harry Sanderson: We Are The Human Network” opens at Cell Project Space; Jim Isermann & James and Tilla Waters open at Corvi-Mora; Katy Moran opens at Parasol unit.

In San Francisco … FOG Design+Art Fair opens at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.

In Paris … Lina Viste Grønli: DIVORCE” opens at Gaudel de Stampa; “Adam Cruces: Fixing To” opens at Galerie Joseph Tang; “From fly on the wall, to fly in my soup” opens at Galerie Dukan; “Ori Levin: Rewind your life / For my next trick I'll need to turn the clock back…” opens at Galerie Metropolis.

In Milan … John Knuth: Powerplant” and “Letha Wilson: Terra Firma” open at Brand New Gallery; “Michelangelo Galliani: marmo solo vol. 2” opens at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli; “Contemporary Italian Painters Today” opens at Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art.


In New York … Dan Flavin closes at Paula Cooper Gallery; “Sensorial Realms” and “Pathway to Abstraction” close at Agora Gallery. 

In Berlin … Philippe Parreno: Quasi-Objects” closes at Esther Schipper; a Christmas exhibition featuring Michael Schoenholtz, Barbara Keidel, and others, closes at Galerie Gerken.

In Paris … “Roman Ondák: Ajar” closes at gb agency. 

Today’s Notable News

Frieze has appointed Abby Bangser as its first Artistic Director for the Americas and Asia. Bangser was formerly the head of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries and prior to that was Director of Annual Giving Programs at LACMA. (via ARTnews)

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts will be awarded to Kehinde Wiley, it has been confirmed today that Mark Bradford, Maya Lin, Sam Gilliam, Xu Bing, Pedro Reyes, and Julie Mehretu will all also receive the award this year. (via Artforum)

Paris’s new Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie concert hall, which was finished two years late and severely over budget, is being met with more criticism as the architect boycotted its inauguration. (via The Guardian)

A second Mona Lisa, believed by its owners to be a genuine da Vinci, painted some ten years before the enigma we know and love, has begun an Asian institutional tour. (via The Wall Street Journal)

In “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” opening this May, the New York Botanical Garden will end Frida Kahlo’s ten-year exhibition hiatus in New York and shed new light on the artist’s practice, situating her works within the context of science and nature, rather than her biographical details. (via the Guardian)

Best of Instagram

Via @edouardmalingue: “New space opening Jan 15 with group show ‘Invisible Light’: #ericbaudart #jeremyeverett #kosintung #nurikuzucan #joaovascopaiva

Good Reads

Always on His Own Terms: Ray Johnson Defies Categories 20 Years After His Death(Via the New York Times)

The Strange World of Manuel Archain, an Artist Who Photographs His Dreams(via The Huffington Post)

Artists Paint the Town of Johannesburg Pink(via Hyperallergic)

Artist of the Day

Born on this day in 1955, Andreas Gursky creates large-scale, usually aerial photographs—of public gathering places, archipelagos, and even kitchen appliances—that are immersive, color-saturated visualizations of the people and places that compose our modern existence.

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