May 29, 2015: Chinese Artist Detained for Photoshopping President & Jeff Koons Moves Studio to Hell’s Kitchen


In New York …

: Como La Flor, with Caitlin Keogh” opens at SIGNAL; “Douglas Paulson and : The Menu for Mars Kitchen” opens at Pierogi; opens at The Drawing Center; “Neon Eon,” with works by Gerard & Kelly, , , and Alina Tenser, opens at Kate Werble Gallery; “Kevin Reuning (aka kevvy metal): source material” opens at Microscope Gallery.

On Saturday, May 30th, “The Inaugural” opens at Lyles & King.

In Los Angeles …

Celebration” opens at Lazarides; “Flamenco” opens at Vigo Gallery; “Ben Woodeson: obstacle” opens at Berloni.

In Berlin …

In Paris …

opens at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; CHOICES Collectors Weekend opens at 40 galleries around Paris, with a group exhibition at L’École des Beaux-Arts.

In Milan …

opens at Lisson Gallery.

In Zagarolo (outside Rome) …

On Saturday, May 30th, GRANPALAZZO 2015 opens at Palazzo Rospigliosi.

In Tokyo …

Today’s Notable News

Chinese artist Dai Jianyong has been detained for posting a photoshopped picture of the country’s president, Xi Jinping, on social media and could receive up to five years’ prison time if convicted. The doctored image slapped a mustache on the Chinese leader and contorted his features into Dai’s signature “chrysanthemum face.” (The flower’s name is slang for anus.) The incident points to more severe “crackdown[s] on artistic expression” in the country, effective since last October. (via The Independent)

’s controversial painting The Holy Virgin Mary (1996)—which depicts a monumental black Virgin Mary using elephant dung and pornographic images—will hit the auction block next month, as part of Christie’s June 30th sale, and is expected to bring in around $2.3 million. (via the New York Times)

Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art has added three works by female contemporary artists to its collection: Girl on a Swing (2004) by (to go on view next year), Opposite of White, v. 2 (Large) (A) (2006–07) by (to go on view by the end of this year), and Cleaning the Drapes (1967–1972) by . Additionally, the museum now counts amongst its holdings two drawings by , an outsider artist from Chicago. (via The Washington Post)

is moving his studio to West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen, having been evicted from his Chelsea space as reported on last fall. If the artist ends up purchasing the adjoining lot, his combined studio space will be 25,000 square feet. (via ARTnews)

Best of Instagram

Via @ceciliaalemani: “#collectivityproject official opening day @highlinenyc @highlineartnyc come visit on the high line at 30th street @studio @tanyabonakdargallery”

Via @metmuseum: “‘A multimedia extravaganza that moves between quiet contemplation and brilliant visual assault.’ —@WSJ on ‘China: Through the Looking Glass,’ on view through August 16. #metmuseum #ChinaLookingGlass”

Via @gagosiangallery: “‘I didn’t want them to be anything, to have the graspability of a figure or a statue. They had to be something that you really took time to understand visually and emotionally.’ —

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