March 10, 2015: Independent Fair Expands to Brussels & the Met Gets a New President

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Mar 10, 2015 10:20PM


In New York … “Peter McGill: Cognition & Art Appreciation: The Art of Looking” opens at Brooklyn Art Space; Julia Kunin opens at Sandra Gering Inc.; “Richard Estes: Painting New York City” opens at Museum of Arts and Design; “Soundscape New York” opens at Museum of the City of New York; “Paul Chan: Badlands Unlimited Presents New Lovers,” a book reading and conversation with Chan, winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, starts at 7 p.m. at the Guggenheim Museum.

In Chicago … “Faheem Majeed: Chicago Works” opens at Museum of Contemporary Art.

In Los Angeles …Charles Atlas: Hammer Lectures: Revenge of the New Puritan” opens at Hammer Museum.

In San Francisco … “Jon Rubin” opens at San Francisco Art Institute.

In London …Nick Waplington, Alexander McQueen: Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process” opens at Tate Britain.

In Milan …Billy Childish: Cactus Garden” at Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co.

In Hong Kong …Wang Xinggang: “Senses of Reality: Solo Exhibition” opens at AP Contemporary; “Liu Dao: Babble Jabber” opens at island6; “Ren Ri: Yuansu Project” opens at Pearl Lam Galleries; “Annie Leibovitz, Hiroshi Senju: Forces of Nature” opens at Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Waterfall: Day, 2014
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Bismuth II, 2013
Sandra Gering Inc

Today’s Notable News

The recent video from the Islamic State depicting the destruction of the Mosul Museum may in fact have been ISIS’s cover-up for looting the museum’s artifacts with the intent to sell them on the black market. (via the Los Angeles Times)

New York’s Independent art fair is set to put down roots in Brussels’s former Dexia Art Center by next year, with an additional 4,000-foot Rue de la Régence exhibition space. (via Artforum)

The Met has named its new president, Daniel Weiss, who is currently the president of Haverford college and holds a doctorate in Western medieval and Byzantine art from Johns Hopkins and an M.B.A. from Yale. (via the New York Times)

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has promised a $200,000 donation that will go toward Joan Jonas’s U.S. Pavilion exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale. (via ARTnews)

The British government has accepted 37 paintings by Winston Churchill as part of its “Acceptance in Lieu” program, allowing his inheritance tax to be forgone. The works, made between 1915 and the late 50s, will be available for public viewing at Chartwell, Churchill’s family home. (via the New York Times)

In an announcement hastened by his passing away yesterday, German architect Frei Otto has been announced as the winner of the Pritzker Prize, considered the utmost honor in architecture, heretofore awarded to a living architect. Otto had been informed of his recognition several months before his death. (via the New York Times)

Canadian painter Gordon Smith has announced plans to donate his personal collection—which includes works by Jeff Wall, Bill Reid, and Douglas Coupland, among others—to the West Vancouver Museum in what will be the largest single donation in the institution’s history. (via The Globe and Mail)

The Sarasota Museum of Art has named as its new executive director Anne-Marie Russell, who comes to the museum from a 12-year tenure as executive director of Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art. (via the Herald-Tribune)

Best of Instagram

Via @momaps1: “A bit of @MoMAPS1 history — For our inaugural exhibition in June 1976, founder Alanna Heiss selected seventy eight artists to install a work in the former public school space. Gordon Matta-Clark chose to use the floor area in front of three doors, cutting a door-shaped hole in each. The result was a view that extended through the three floors of the building, an illusion in which floors became doors.”

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