January 29, 2015: Museums Wager Paintings on the Super Bowl, Hauser & Wirth to Represent the Mike Kelley Foundation, and the Sharjah Biennial Announces Its Lineup

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Jan 29, 2015 10:29PM


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

In London … “Athena Papadopoulos” and “Partial Presence” open at Zabludowicz Collection.

In Berlin … “Tatsumi Ryusui and Emily Perry: Sounds in the Ordinary,” a one night event in the series “Potential in the Ordinary” opens at ROCKELMANN &.

In Los Angeles … Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens; “Karl Holmqvist & Ei Arakawa: Y.O.Y.O.G.A.L.A.N.D.” opens at Overduin & Co.

In Turin… The finalists exhibition for the Arts Section of the first Mario Merz Prize opens at Fondazione Merz, featuring Anri Sala, Glenn Ligon, Wael Shawky, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Lida Abdul. The winner will be chosen before the end of April. 


In New York … Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night” and “The Photographer’s Playspace” close at Aperture Gallery

In London … Linda Karshan: Signs of Men and Footfalls” closes at The Redfern Gallery; “Satoshi Kojima” closes at TRAMPS

Today’s Notable News

Hauser & Wirth now represents the Mike Kelley Foundation exclusively. (via the LA Times)

The Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the opening schedule of installations, performances, and other events, as well as the list of included artistsLynette Yiadom-Boakye, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Bradford, Iman Issa, Abdullah Al Saadi, Julie Merhretu, Eduardo Navarro, Danh Vo, and Damián Ortega among them—for the twelfth edition of its Sharjah Biennial.

Wagering on the Super Bowl in true art world fashion, the Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts have each put up a paintingAlbert Bierstadt’s Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast (1870) and Winslow Homer’s West Point, Prout’s Neck (1900), respectively—one of which will be exhibited for three months at the others’ institution. (via ARTFIXdaily)

The Victoria and Albert Museum has admitted to having an image of the prophet Muhammad in its collection, a fact it denied during an interview following the Charlie Hebdo attack. (via The Guardian)

Beginning February 1, Sotheby’s will enforce new brackets for buyer’s premium percentages, which will hit buyers of works in the low-to-mid price range the hardest. (via the New York Times)

Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum has named Caitlín Doherty as curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs. (via Artforum)

Thomas Lentz, longtime director of the Harvard Art Museums, will step down this summer. (via the New York Times)

Five short-listed designs for the 2017 Bristol Arena will be displayed online and in a physical exhibition, and public opinion will help decide the winner. (via Architizer)

Best of Instagram

Via @jamescohangallery: “#NamJunePaik will open at JCG, NY on Feb. 12! The exhibition will feature Paik’s M200/Video Wall, which includes 94 television monitors playing images of #Mozart, Cage and Beuys. | #JamesCohanGallery #exhibitions #videoart #installation”

Good Reads

The Art of the Curious Nineties(via ARTnews)

What Happens When You Steal an Artist’s Identity(via Hyperallergic)

Artist of the Day

Barnett Newman—born on this day in 1905—is known for creating staggeringly large color field paintings, featuring geometric monochrome sections that leave no trace of brushstrokes and offer a foil to Jackson Pollock’s gestural paint splatterings on the other side of the abstract-expressionism coin. 

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