March 23, 2015: Adam Dant Chosen to Chronicle Britain’s Election & Kiev Biennale Cancelled
Closing This Week
In Hong Kong … On Saturday, March 28th, “Kacey Wong’s Art of Protest – Resisting Against Absurdity” closes at AJC.
Today’s Notable News
In its May 12th auction, Sotheby’s hopes to bring in some $50 million for one work by Roy Lichtenstein—The Ring (Engagement) (1962)—illustrating the jump the artist’s market has witnessed over the past half decade. (via The Wall Street Journal)
Chile has announced its pavilion’s lineup for the Venice Biennale. Curated by cultural theorist Nelly Richard, the pavilion will include work by video and performance artist Lotty Rosenfeld and photographer Paz Errázuriz. (via ARTnews)
Due to the continuing conflict and unstable political climate in Ukraine, the second edition of Kiev’s contemporary art biennale, Art ARSENALE, which had already been postponed after tensions began to rise early last year, has been cancelled. (via the New York Times)
Adam Dant, whose work channels the 18th-century social critiques of William Hogarth, has been chosen as the official artist for Britain’s general election and will travel throughout Britain to record the people, places, and events of the campaign. (via The Guardian)
After being cancelled last week for its inclusion of a pornographic sculpture featuring a former Spanish king, the exhibition of Austrian artist Ines Doujak’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona has gone on display after all. (via The Art Newspaper)
In partnership with Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Design Miami/ has launched a competition that will lead to its first ever student-designed (and competition-decided) pavilion. (via Architizer)
Its largest ever single donation, Southern Methodist University (SMU) has received a gift of $45 million from the Meadows Foundation, to be split between the university’s eponymous museum and school of the arts. (via The Dallas Morning News)
Hans Erni, a Swiss artist whose practice ranged from paintings commissioned for the International Olympic committee, to ceramics, to postage stamps, passed away this weekend at the age of 106. (via The Guardian)
Best of Instagram
Via @stormkingartcenter: “Today kicks off #MuseumWeek and we’re sharing some #SecretsMW! Did you know that the first vision for Storm King was as a Hudson River School exhibition space? In fact, in 1963 Storm King held a major Winslow Homer exhibition that included six paintings Homer completed during a long visit to Houghton Farm in Mountainville, NY. Are there any secrets you’d like to know about Storm King?”
“Why Are Art Heists So Fascinating?” (via The Atlantic)
Artists of the Day
Early 20th-century-Spanish artist and sculptor Juan Gris and late-20th century, contemporary Italian painter Francesco Clemente are diametric opposites in their styles. While Gris was associated with cubism, Matisse, Braque, and Léger, Clemente falls within neo-expressionism, and is compared to Georg Baselitz and David Salle. But—differences aside—the artists share this day, in 1887 and 1952, respectively, as their birthday.
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