January 21, 2015: Prudential Eye Honors Emerging Asian Artists, Luc Tuymans Charged for Plagiarism, and Jeff Koons Turns 60

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Jan 21, 2015 10:06PM

Opening

In New York … Charles March opens at Venus Over Manhattan; and “The Art of the Figure,” a conversation between Donald Kuspit, Vincent Desiderio, Natalie Frank, Alexi Worth, and Peter Drake, starts tonight at 6 p.m. at the New York Public Library’s South Court Auditorium.

In London … London Art Fair opens today at the Business Design Centre; “Virgile Ittah & Kai Yoda: Walking on the beach imitating sand” opens at HUS Gallery; “I never thought I’d see you again: Painting History” opens at Marlborough Contemporary; “Ian Breakwell: Important works from the ’60s and ’70s” opens at Anthony Reynolds Gallery; “ESPACE: Geometric Abstraction 1930-1960” opens at Hanina Fine Arts.

Today’s Notable News

Belgian painter Luc Tuymans has been convicted for copyright violation after creating a portrait that bears a heavy resemblance to a photograph of a Belgian politician. Tuymans will be fined for plagiarism if he shows the painting or “reproduces” the photographer’s work again. (via Hyperallergic)

The Menil Drawing Institute has named David Breslin as its new chief curator; Breslin is currently both curator and professor at Williamstown, MA’s Clark Art Institute. (via Artforum)

The winners of this year’s Prudential Eye Awards for contemporary Asian art have been announced, with Japanese collective Chim↑Pom honored as overall best emerging artist. Other emerging artists recognized include Mithu Sen, Donna Ong, Christine Ay Tjoe, Sherman Ong, and Meekyoung Shin; Future Perfect and Asia Art Archive were recognized for their institutional support of contemporary Asian art. (via Blouin Artinfo)

LACMA has received its first round of donations in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary: twelve works gifted from trustees that include pieces by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Hans Memling, Giambologna, François Boucher, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. (via the L.A. Times)

Best of Instagram

Via @manacontemporary: “Marina Abramović working on a print in the GLE silk screening studio at Mana.”

Good Reads

Artists Fight for Fair Pay(via The Art Newspaper)

Might at the Museum: New York’s Museums at War(via Vanity Fair)

Italy Goes Global in Search for Museum Directors(via the New York Times)

Artist of the Day

Today, on his 60th birthday, Jeff Koons can look back on a pretty successful year—not to mention the past three and a half decades. Since he last celebrated his birth, the wildly popular and just as wildly criticized artist has seen a major retrospective that took up residence at the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou (and hits the Guggenheim Bilbao this summer) and an enormous installation at Rockefeller Center, to name just a few of the many projects Koons has had his hands in this year.

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