March 19, 2015: Gavin Brown Expands to Rome & Drake Plays DJ for Sotheby’s

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Mar 19, 2015 9:52PM


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

In Los Angeles … “James O. Clark: 1993 to 2011 in 2015” opens at ltd los angeles.

In London … Anne Truitt: Drawings” and “Paul McDevitt: Grand Canyon” open at Stephen Friedman Gallery; “Eileen Quinlan: After Hours” opens at Campoli Presti.

In Berlin …Danilo Dueñas: The painting fallen, and the collapse of Rome” opens at Galerie Thomas Schulte.

In Milan … “New Vibrations,” including works by Kadar Brock, Evan Nesbit, Nicholas Pilato, Jeff Zilm, Jennifer Boysen, Graham Wilson, and Donna Huanca, and “Brian Kokoska and Zack Davis: Fatal Dad” open at Brand New Gallery.

In Tokyo … Ed van der Elsken: Love on the Left Bank” opens at Taka Ishii Gallery; “Jad Fair: Love Birds” opens at Hiromart Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

Gallerist Gavin Brown has announced plans to open a new space in Rome next month, expanding his New York-based operation to an 8th-century church he’s scouted for the last ten years. (via ARTnews)

Rapper Drake will collaborate with Sotheby’s on a selling exhibition of works by contemporary African-American artists, choosing music to complement several of the pieces. (via the New York Times)

The list of exhibitors has been released for Spring Masters, which opens on New York’s Park Avenue Armory on May 8th. (via New York Observer)

Dia Art Foundation has added four new trustees to its board, among them George Condo, who replaces Brice Marden as the organization’s artist trustee. (via the New York Times)

LACMA’s collection will soon include the museum’s first work by Bernini, gifted by the Ahmanson Foundation as one of the 50 art donations the institution will receive next month to mark its 50th anniversary. (via the LA Times)

The Long Beach Museum of Art in Southern California has received a donation of $2 million—its largest ever, as well as the largest sum ever gifted to a Long Beach cultural institution—from patrons Sylvia and Ronald Hartman. (via ARTnews)

Hong Kong’s M+, slated to open in 2018, has added a painting by Indian artist Atul Dodiya to its collection; the acquisition, which was purchased at this year’s Art Basel in Kong Hong, was chosen by a jury of curators and directors from M+ and other international institutions. (via ARTnews)

The storied Goldwyn family art collection—led by a 1948 Picasso and a Matisse from 1946—will be sold by Sotheby’s over the course of nine auctions, with some 25 works expected to bring in $25–30 million. (via the New York Times)

New York’s El Museo del Barrio has named current board officer and former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia as its new chairman. (via the Wall Street Journal)

Clark Art Institute director Michael Conforti has announced that he will retire this August, having held the position since 1994 and recently spearheaded the institution’s $145-million fundraising campaign for an expansion completed last summer. (via ArtfixDaily)

Best of Instagram

Via @guggenheim: “#TBT From the Guggenheim Archives, browse through 1970s ephemera from gallery exhibitions of #OnKawara’s monumental ‘One Million Years’ series on ‘One Million Years’ includes ‘One Million Years: Past’ (subtitled ‘For all those who have lived and died’) and ‘One Million Years: Future’ (subtitled ‘For the last one’). The former represents one million years stretching backward from the year Kawara made the set. The latter stretches forward one million years.Continuous live readings of ‘One Million Years’ take place Sun, Wed, Fri, 11 am–5 pm through May 3 on the ground floor of our rotunda.”

Good Reads

Inexpensive IKEA art print fools visitors to museum in the Netherlands(via the LA Times)

A Portable Museum Makes Art on the Go(via Hyperallergic)

Artist of the Day

Over the course of a quarter century, Josef Albers (born on this day in 1888) created his “Homage to the Square” series of over 1,000 works in various media, for which he is lauded today. In the series, Albers used the simple geometric shape to explore and emphasize the element of color, which his studies at the Bauhaus had focused on. A professor at Black Mountain College, Albers was a seminal figure not just because of his own artistic practice, but also as a teacher for a generation of young artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Eva Hesse.

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