March 30, 2015: Warhol Museum Cancels NYC Expansion & Walker Art Center Launches $75 Million Renovation

Closing This Week

In New York … 

In London …
On Wednesday, April 1st, “Forms & Faces” closes at Robert Fontaine Gallery.

In Tokyo … On Saturday, April 4th, “Shiro Tsujimura: ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy” closes at KAMIYA ART.

Today’s Notable News

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will mark its 75 years as a public museum with a $75 million renovation, which will complete a decade-old expansion project. Anticipated to wrap up in 2017, the expansion will strengthen the visual connection between the institution and the neighboring Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which will also receive a revamp. (via the New York Times)
In 2018, the British Museum will debut its Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, featuring pre-1500 and select contemporary Islamic art, mostly culled from the museum’s current holdings. (via the New York Times)
Klaus Albrecht Schröder, the director of Vienna’s Albertina Museum has called for a statute of limitations on claims of Nazi looting regarding art housed in public institutions—potentially 100 years following the end of WWII. According to Schröder, it becomes increasingly difficult to verify the original owners of these works as time goes on. The Austrian-Jewish community has countered Schröder’s position by calling for timelier provenance research. (via The Art Newspaper)
Last Thursday, a Munich court reached a verdict on the case of Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection, ruling that the works will go to the Kunstmuseum Bern rather than to Gurlitt’s cousin, who had brought the inheritance suit. (via the New York Times)
Tomorrow, councilman Jimmy Van Bramer plans to submit a bill for review by Queens’s city council regarding the value of public opinion on government-funded art installations, in reaction to recent dissent around a bright pink sculpture planned installation in Long Island City. The bill proposes that the city be required to seek public feedback in the early stages of planning such projects, which the councilman believes will not just allow for public criticism but also help stimulate the population’s interest in public art. (via the New York Times)
Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum has cancelled its planned Lower East Side branch, which was anticipated to open in 2017, due to operational and business concerns. The museum will continue to participate in NYC-based collaborative projects. (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Fall 2016 will witness the inaugural edition of the newly announced Saitama Triennale, which will be directed by curator and P3 art and environment founder Takashi Serizawa and will celebrate contemporary art made in collaboration with the Tokyo-adjacent city’s local population.  (via BLOUIN Artinfo)
The new venture from the owners of Art Miami, Art Miami New York, which will feature in Frieze Week this May, has released the list of exhibitors—representing some 1,200 artists and 50 countries—for its first edition. (via Artfix Daily)
Following the previously announced August retirement of Michael Conforti, the Clark Art Institute’s interim director will be Francis Oakley, former president of Williams College and the Clark’s board, and a current trustee at the institution. (via ARTnews)
Pandora I
Albert Irvin RA
Pandora I, 1999
Advanced Graphics London
Kepler I
Albert Irvin RA
Kepler I, 1998
Advanced Graphics London
Kepler II
Albert Irvin RA
Kepler II, 1998
Advanced Graphics London
Innovative British painter and screen-printer passed away last week at the age of 92. Over the course of his practice, which did not find wide recognition until the artist was in his 60s, Irvin increasingly embraced abstraction and gestural painting, eventually using a combination of brushes and a floor squeegee to create his music-inspired works. (via The Guardian)
The founding director of both Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as former director of Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum and a celebrated curator and art critic, Michael Rush, passed away this past weekend. (via Artforum)

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