November 14, 2014: A $2 Billion Renovation Plan for the Smithsonian, the Met Offers a Glimpse of Future Projects in the Whitney’s Former Building, and Monet’s Birthday

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Nov 14, 2014 9:11PM


In New York … Ryan Foerster opens at C L E A R I N G; “Serge Alain Nitegeka: Morphings into BLACK” opens at Boesky East; Thomas Braida opens at Monitor Studio; Keith Haring opens at Pace Prints. And this weekend, Noam Rappaport opens at James Fuentes’s “Grand Re-opening” on Sunday, November 16th.

In London … Jonathan Monk: I ♥ 1984” and “Art & Language: Nobody Spoke” open at Lisson Gallery; “Bertrand Lavier: Fountain” opens at Serpentine Galleries; and Richard Patterson opens tomorrow, November 15th, at Timothy Taylor Gallery.

In Paris … Sarah Morris: Once a Thief” opens at Air de Paris.

In Los Angeles … Jacolby Satterwhite: How Lovely Is Me Being As I Am” opens at OHWOW tomorrow, November 15th, along with “Amy Adler: Location” at ACME. and “Kris Kuksi: Antiquity in the Faux” at Mark Moore Gallery.

In San Francisco … Sean Raspet: Residuals” opens at Jessica Silverman Gallery.

In Miami … Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future” opens tomorrow, November 15th, at Locust Projects


In New York … Federico Uribe: Drawn in Pencils” closes tomorrow at Adelson Galleries.

In London … Philippe Parreno: With a Rhythmic Instinction to Be Able to Travel Beyond Existing Forces of Life” closes at Pilar Corrias Gallery; “Aboudia: Trin Trin Ba-By” closes at Jack Bell Gallery; “Mel Bochner: Going Out of Business! (and other recent paintings on velvet)” and “Merlin Carpenter: DECADES” close today and tomorrow, respectively, at Simon Lee Gallery; “Damien Hirst: SCHIZOPHRENOGENESIS” closes tomorrow at Paul Stolper Gallery

Today’s Notable News

Computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton has donated 75 works from his personal collection to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; the gift includes pieces by Polly Apfelbaum, Carrie Mae Weems, and Glenn Ligon. Since 2000, Norton has given over 1000 works to various museums and educational institutions. 

Harvard will unveil its newly renovated museum building tomorrow, which unites (under one brand new, pyramidal glass roof) the collections from the university’s three art museums: the Fogg Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and the Busch-Reisinger Museum. The renovation project took six years to complete and was orchestrated by architect Renzo Piano. For its inaugural exhibition, the Harvard Art Museums will display a series of recently restored Rothko murals that have not been seen publicly since they were removed just 15 years after their initial installation due to sun damage. (via The Art Newspaper)

The Smithsonian has also caught the renovation bug, revealing yesterday a $2 billion proposal to overhaul the area surrounding the main building, creating new entrances and connecting previously existing underground levels with the addition of new subterranean gallery spaces, and expanding green spaces for visitors to enjoy. The project, designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, has no official timeline as of yet. (via The Washington Post)

And as the Whitney prepares to move out of its Marcel Breuer-designed building into its new downtown space, the Met is slowly divulging, after 3 years of silence, its plans for the Whitney’s former home. The Met will occupy the Madison Avenue building for at least eight years, and will kick off its stay with a show titled “Unfinished,” showing work from the Renaissance to present day, scheduled to open in March 2016. (via The New York Times) 

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Making Sense of NYC’s $1.5 Billion Art Auction Week” (via Hyperallergic) 

Artist of the Day

One of the most iconic figures of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840. Often opting to paint en plein air and particularly skilled at capturing light and shadow and the way the two transform color, Monet is best known for his paintings of water lilies and haystacks. 

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