June 23, 2015: Guggenheim Helsinki Designer Announced & MoMA Employees Agree On Contract

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Jun 23, 2015 9:28PM


In New York ...

Thrust, 1968
Waterhouse & Dodd

Trevor Bell: Thrust” opens at Waterhouse & Dodd; “Friedemann Heckel and Philipp Rossle: SOFTHITS” opens at D&F Contemporary; “Stanley Bate: A Retrospective” opens at Sorelle Gallery; “We Fall Apart” opens at Con Artist Collective; Patrick Van Caeckenbergh opens at Lehmann Maupin; “Eva Lundsager: Special Presentation” opens at Van Doren Waxter; “Santi Moix: A Moment” opens at Paul Kasmin.

In London ...

“Re-Recordings” opens at the Chelsea Space Gallery.

In Paris ...


In Hong Kong ...


The Guggenheim Helsinki has taken a step closer to realization with the announcement of the winning design, “Art in the City,” created by the Parisian firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes. The design will feature glass and charred timber, with a lighthouse-esque tower—but has yet to gain the approval of the city, which has been divided over the $147 million project. (via the New York Times)

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the four U.S. cities that will each receive a grant of up to $1 million as a part of its inaugural Public Art Challenge grant. Marc Pally will curate in Los Angeles; Erwin Redl in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Theaster Gates is to organize in Gary, Indiana; and Adam Frelin to spearhead in Troy, New York. (via ArtForum)

Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Miriam Schapiro, a pioneer of the feminist art movement in the 1970s, passed away over the weekend, at the age of 91. Schapiro, whose work was devoted to furthering the presence of female artists, first made her mark in the New York School and later became a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement. (via ARTnews)

Monday evening, MoMA employees voted to approve a new five-year contract, and as a result avoided a strike. The new contract was upheld by 95% of the employees, who are also members of the United Autoworkers Local 2110. This ends negotiations that had been deadlocked since May, and public protests to call attention to the cuts proposed by the museum’s administration. (via Hyperallergic)

Shifting Degrees of Certainty, 2014
Andrea Meislin Gallery

MoMA announced the 19 artists who will have works in this year’s edition of its annual “New Photography” showcase for emerging photographers. The 30th anniversary exhibition, entitled “Ocean of Images,” is set to open on November 7th, and will feature works by Ilit Azoulay, Lucas Blalock, Edson Chagas, Natalie Czech, Mishka Henner, John Houck, and Indrė Šerpytytė, among others. (via ARTnews)

The Morgan Library and Museum has announced that Roger S. Wieck will head its department of medieval and renaissance manuscripts. Wieck was previously the associate curator in the department. (via ArtForum)

The Fonds Canson pour l’Art et le Papier announced last night that Argentine Adrián Villar Rojas is the winner of the 2015 Prix Canson for his drawings of disintegrating objects, though he is better known for his sculptures. His work is now on view at the High Line and the Guggenheim in New York and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. (via ARTnews)

A new world record was set for an Asian artwork sold in an online auction with the $3.83 million sale of the Imperial Immortal Mountain Clock, which was made in the Guangzhou workshop. The work was bought by a well-known Chinese businessman and art collector Liu Yiqian, whose collection is on view in the Long Museum in Shanghai. (via ArtfixDaily)

Eugenio Valdés Figueroa will be the director and chief curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, the founder and president Ella Fontanals-Cisneros revealed. Valdés Figueroa comes from the Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he was the art and education director. (via ArtForum)

Sotheby’s doubled the amount it can borrow to make art loans from $550 million to $1 billion after pressure from investors to boost profit—and in an effort to upgrade clientele and consignments. The New York-based auction house secured the line of credit from a conglomerate including General Electric Capital Corp. (via Bloomberg)

best of instagram

Via @amfar: “Behind the scenes: Artist @Shantell_Martin finds a blank canvas at the #amfARxShantell beach towel shoot with @jayrellis! #amfARgenCURE”

Via @pacegallery: “Visit Brewer Street Car Park in London to see Carsten Nicolai's "unicolor" a digital wall, projecting wavelengths of colors and sounds, which opens tomorrow. Nicolai’s work is influenced by scientific reference systems and mathematics. #TechTuesday #CarstenNicolai”

Via @thebroadmuseum: “‘Compared to Disney Hall's smooth and shiny exterior, which reflects light, The Broad is porous and absorptive, channeling light into the public spaces and galleries.’ — Liz Diller [📷 of our skylights by @Myles_Standish]”

good reads

GIFs That Bring Street Art to Life” (via Hyperallergic)

European Copyright Reform Could Restrict Photography in Public Spaces” (via Hyperallergic)

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