March 16, 2015: Kanye West Gets an Honorary Art Degree & Sotheby’s Taps Madison Square Garden CEO

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Mar 16, 2015 8:38PM


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Closing This Week

In New York … On Saturday, March 21st, “Chamberlain, de Kooning & Others” closes at Allan Stone Projects; “Wave & Particle: A Group Exhibition Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Creative Capital” closes at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts; “Antonakos: 1977-78, Cuts and a Wall” closes at Lori Bookstein Fine Art; “Kacho Fugetsu: Natural Beauty in Japanese Art” closes at Scholten Japanese Art; “Recent Acquisitions” closes at Nayef Homsi Ancient Art of Asia; “Deborah Turbeville: Unseen Versailles Revisited” closes at Staley-Wise Gallery; “Regine Schumann: Look Into It” closes at De Buck Gallery.

In Los Angeles … On Sunday, March 22nd, “Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting” closes at LACMA.

In London … On Friday, March 20th, “Hugh Scott Douglas: Consumables” closes at Simon Lee Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

Today U.S. government officials will return to the Iraqi government approximately 65 stolen and smuggled artifacts—some over 4,500 years old—including the head of an Assyrian statue looted several years ago from the same archaeological site recently ravaged by ISIS. (via the New York Times)

Having received art awards and attended art school before beginning his music career, Kanye West will be granted an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago this May. (via Billboard)

Following William F. Ruprecht’s dismissal, Sotheby’s has chosen a new president and chief executive officer, Tad Smith—who will join the auction house at the end of this month, leaving his current position as president and CEO of Madison Square Garden —while Domenico De Sole has been named chairman of the board, a position Sotheby’s has newly decided to separate from that of CEO. (via The Observer)

Some 90 works from the collection of John Whitehead—who died last month and is credited with leading Goldman Sach’s international expansion—are estimated to bring in over $40 million according to Christie’s, where they will be auctioned in May.  (via Bloomberg)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will each receive large gifts of Asian art from the outstanding private collection of the late Mary Griggs Burke, who had amassed over 1,000 works since the 1960s; the Met will receive 320 works, while close to 700 pieces will go to the Minneapolis institution, allowing each to dramatically improve its collection in this area. (via the New York Times)

With the case reopened, the University of Oklahoma is once again fighting to keep a work by Pissarro that a French citizen claims was stolen by Nazis from her family during WWII. (via the LA Times)

Senior curator at MOCA in Los Angeles Alma Ruiz will retire this month, having been with the museum for 31 years, and will turn her attention to independent curatorial pursuits. (via Artforum)

Contemporary Istanbul’s new artistic advisor will be Marc-Olivier Wahler, the current director and founder of Paris exhibition space Chalet Society who formerly led New York’s Swiss Institute and Paris’s Palais de Tokyo. (via Artforum)

Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans van Beuningen hopes to expand its facilities to display stored works from its collection while also allocating approximately 10% of the new space for private collectors, who would pay rent to boost the museum’s assets. (via The Art Newspaper)

Having gone missing this weekend from its post in front of an Upper West Side subway station, where it was installed as part of an outdoor show mounted by Marlborough Chelsea, Tony Matelli’s Stray Dog—a hyper-realistic sculpture of a seeing-eye dog—was found near Riverside Park and is now being held by the New York Parks Department.  (via ARTnews)

Best of Instagram

Via @hyperallergic: “A view of Mehreen Murtaza’s fantastic ‘Deep Earth Object’ (2015). It is an @artdubai commission at Al Serkal, #Dubai’s gallery district.”

Good Reads

Instagram Becomes Key Part of MoMA Architecture Exhibition(via The Observer)

For Homeless Photographers, Pride of Place in Paris(via the New York Times)

Step Inside Magritte’s Surreal Paintings With This Virtual Reality Tour(via FastCo. Design)

What Does It Take for an Architect to Disown a Project?(via Architizer)

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Nanten Bush and Flycatchers in Snow, ca. 1929
Scholten Japanese Art
Petit Theatre de Marie Antoinette, Unseen Versailles, 1981
Staley-Wise Gallery
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