November 10, 2014: Detroit’s Art Museum Helps Save the City, 2016 Moscow Biennial Curator Announced, and the Met Re-Installs a Sculpture After a Decade of Restoration

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Nov 10, 2014 9:29PM


In New York … Takashi Murakami: In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” opens at Gagosian Gallery; “Thomas Houseago: MOUN ROOM” opens at Hauser & Wirth; “Roy Lichtenstein: The Popular Image” opens at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

In London … Shoja Azari: The King of Black” opens at Riflemaker.


In New York … Alexander Calder closes at Pace Gallery.

In London … Human Interface” closes at Hus Gallery; “Brand New Second Hand” closes at Vigo Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

Fundraising efforts by the Detroit Institute of Arts contributed significantly to the approval of a “Grand Bargain” for restructuring the city’s debts to end its bankruptcy; as a result, the museum will become an independent institution and its collection will remain intact. (via Slate)

Yesterday’s auction of Jeff Koons works as part of Project Perpetual raised over $5.5 million, which Project Perpetual will donate to the United Nations’ Shot@Life program. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is putting a 15th-century statue of Adam back on display after a decade of restoration, following a 2002 incident in which the statue fell and shattered on the museum’s floor. The museum’s painstaking process of restoration, which implemented advanced technological aids and an unusual transparency, is in line with a recent transformation in traditional institutional restoration efforts. (via The New York Times)

Bart de Baere, director of M HKA, Antwerp’s Museum of Contemporary Art, has been named curator of the 2016 Moscow Biennial. (via Artforum)

American arts patron Ina Ginsburg and Qatari art collector and former minister of culture Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani passed away on Sunday. (via The New York Times, The Art Newspaper)

A forthcoming Miami residential project designed by Rem Koolhaas will feature Jaume Plensa’s The Poets in Bordeaux (Body Soul God, Country, Water Fire), a piece which consists of three resin sculptures, illuminated and sitting atop 35-foot poles. (via ARTnews)

Best of Instagram

Via @gagosiangallery: “#Repost from @takashipom --- #TakashiMurakami: In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow opens tonight, Monday, November 10, 6–8pm ET.”

Good Reads

Leaving the Monsters Behind: Thomas Houseago’s Long Road to ‘Moun Room’(via The New York Times)

The Great Playscapes(via Herman Miller)

Revamped Montreal Biennial Looks to the Future, in More Ways than One(via Art in America)

Artist of the Day

Satirical English painter and printmaker William Hogarth was born on this day in 1697. Hogarth is best known for his humorous portrayal of 18th-century society and his early efforts to secure copyrights for his works, which resulted in the 1735 Engravers’ Copyright Act.

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