January 28, 2015: Bonhams Sells 31 of Lazarides’s 33 Banksy Prints, National Gallery Employees Go on Strike, and the Joyce Foundation Honors Artists of Color
In New York … “Evie Falci: Voids and Invocations” opens at The Lodge Gallery; “Beautiful Monsters” opens at Gladstone Gallery; “Merlin James: Genre Paintings” and Harold Edgerton open at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
And tomorrow, January 29th, Asia Society hosts a panel discussion on “The Changing Landscape of Museums Today,” with Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, Melissa Chiu, director of the Hirshhorn Museum, Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and Peggy Loar of Asia Society, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.
In Los Angeles … “Eric Wesley: Some Work” opens at 356 S. Mission Rd.
In London … “Faiza Butt: Symmetrical” closes at Rossi & Rossi.
In Milan … “Rodolfo Aricò: Uno sguardo senza soggezione” closes at A arte Invernizzi.
Today’s Notable News
Employees of London’s National Gallery have decided to enact a five-day strike in protest of the museum’s plan to privatize its visitor and security services, a decision that could affect some two thirds of its staff. (via The New York Times)
The Joyce Foundation has named the collaborations between artists of color and Great Lakes-based arts organizations that will receive its $50,000 Joyce Awards for 2015: Sanford Biggers with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Nari Ward with Detroit’s Power House Productions, Helado Negro with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Sandra Delgado with Teatro Vista of Chicago. (via Artforum)
Bart van der Heide will join the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as chief curator; he was previously director of the Kunstverein München. (via Artforum)
The Art Institute of Chicago has received some 400 pieces from patron Barbara Levy Kipper’s collection of Buddhist ritual objects and both Asian and African ethnic jewelry. (via Broadway World)
Best of Instagram
“With the Economy Improving, Museums Go on a Buying Spree” (via New York Observer)
“‘No one group has done more to put our heritage at risk than Islamic State’” (via The Art Newspaper)
“At Long Last, Peru Gets a National Museum” (via Hyperallergic)
“Keanu Reeves to Give a Talk at the Fondation Beyeler About Gauguin for Some Reason” (via New York Observer)
Artist of the Day
The prolific Claes Oldenburg celebrates his 86th birthday today. With his grandiose use of scale and penchant for iconic subject matter, no other artist has married whimsy with biting social critique in quite the same way.
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