January 27, 2015: The Smithsonian Considers Venturing Overseas, an Unfinished Klimt to Visit Boston, and the UAE Releases Venice Biennale Lineup

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Jan 27, 2015 8:22PM


In London … “First Happenings: Adrian Henri in the ’60s and ’70s” opens at ICA.

Today’s Notable News

In response to an invitation by London’s mayor Boris Johnson, the Smithsonian may be expanding beyond U.S. borders, becoming the first international institution in the British capital’s expected “cultural quarter.” (via The Art Newspaper)

Also in London, The Dulwich Picture Gallery will soon mount an exhibition that will place a forgery among original works from the institution’s collection, in an attempt to test viewers’ sensibilities and interrogate categorical ideas of authenticity. (via Hyperallergic)

As part of its “Visiting Masterpieces” series, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting a recently received, unfinished painting by Gustav Klimt, Adam and Eve (1917-1918), which is on loan from Vienna’s Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. (via The Huffington Post)

Curator Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi has announced the 14 artists who will feature in this year’s United Arab Emirates pavilion at the Venice Biennale—including Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif—in an exhibition recognizing UAE’s art practices over the past 35 years. (via ARTnews)

The only building that celebrated impressionist painter J.M.W. Turner ever built will be restored and open to the public on a regular basis, thanks to a £1.4 million grant. (via Hyperallergic)

Best of Instagram

Via @brooklynmuseum: “Love #art AND #technology? Our new mobile app, ASK will enable you to ask questions about any work of art during your visit—and we’ll do our best to answer in real time. Have an iPhone? Free Feb 5th? Sign up to become a user tester at bit.ly/1JWEVuD

Good Reads

Snow-Filled Illustrations from One of America’s First Humor Magazines Are Just Perfect(via The Huffington Post)

Sex, Mayhem, and Ghosts of the Unconscious: The Art World’s Multimedia Extravaganza(via ARTnews)

Artist of the Day 

In intricate genre scenes, Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp, born on this day in 1585,depicted his countrymen in a variety of winter activities—no doubt perfect for a wintry day like today.

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