March 17, 2015: Oprah’s Art and Design Collection Goes to Auction & MoMA Gets Its First Schnabel

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Mar 17, 2015 8:24PM


In London … “Natures, Natural and Unnatural: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye selects from the V-A-C collection” opens at Whitechapel Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

MoMA has acquired Painted Bronze (1960), a seminal work by Jasper Johns and its first early Johns sculpture of such importance, as well as its first paintings by Julian Schnabel and Kerry James Marshall. (via the New York Times)

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has elected five new trustees to its board. (via Artforum)

For tomorrow’s 25th anniversary of the largest-ever U.S. art theft, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will offer a virtual, online display of the 13 works taken from the institution in 1990. (via the New York Times)

The Google Art Project is expanding its Street Art database, adding over 10,000 images to its offerings, with a party to celebrate the expansion launch planned for this evening in LA. (via the LA Times)

Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will auction 500 lots from Oprah Winfrey’s private collection— including artworks, furniture, and decorative arts, in addition to other personal valuables and memorabilia—with proceeds set to go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. (via ARTnews)

Following disputed attempts to do so in 2012, the Stedelijk Museum has legally succeeded in permanently banning artist Rob van Koningsbruggen for threatening to urinate on several of the museum’s artworks. (via NL Times)

In the midst of a multimillion-dollar campaign to fund a new space for itself on the West Side, Manhattan’s Irish Arts Center has received a private donation of $1 million, its first seven-figure gift. (via IrishCentral)

Best of Instagram

Via @danielarsham: “This is entirely made of foamcore and hot glue. Amazing @tomsachs show at The Contemporary Austin. More on my snapchat ➡️ daniel_arsham

Good Reads

An Art Museum Designed for Taking Selfies(via Hyperallergic)

A History Of Tall Buildings, Visualized(via FastCo. Design)

Artist of the Day

No doubt we were all “taken over” by Hank Willis Thomas’s interactive booth at The Armory Show 2015. Although Thomas questioned “whether people [would] even know it’s there,” his photo-reflective installation captivated everyone. Today, we toast not only his success at the Armory but his 39th birthday!

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