November 21, 2014: Paul Chan Wins the 10th Hugo Boss Prize, Calder Sculpture Returns to its New York Home, and British Museums Protest Copyright Law

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Nov 21, 2014 10:24PM


In New York … Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: The Love Within” opens at Jack Shainman Gallery; “Bright Matter” opens at Muriel Guépin Gallery; “Kara Walker: Afterword” opens at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

In London … Saul Fletcher opens at Alison Jacques Gallery; “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life” opens at Pace; “Mike Pratt: The Meeting of Two Eyebrows” opens at Workplace Gallery.


In New York … Wayne Thiebaud closes at Acquavella Galleries.

Today’s Notable News

Yesterday evening, Paul Chan was announced winner of the 10th Hugo Boss Prize, which entails an award of $100,000 and the opportunity to produce a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in early 2015. Chan works across various media, including animation and sculpture, and recently founded the experimental print and e-book publishing house Badlands Unlimited. Read more about the prize and selection process in Artsy’s interview with Guggenheim curator and Hugo Boss Prize judge Katherine Brinson. (via Guggenheim)

Alexander Calder’s Janey Waney (1969) has been re-installed in Gramercy Park after traveling to the Netherlands for the European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht and a Calder exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The sculpture has called Gramercy Park its home since 2011. (via ARTnews)

In a campaign nicknamed “Catch 2039,” museums in the UK are leaving display cases and exhibits purposefully empty in protest of British copyright laws that state all documents by authors born before 1969 that were not published by late 1989, or those with unclear authorship—like historical letters and other written works with unknown authors—are subject to copyright until 2039. Such laws prevent museums from displaying original documents; according to a 2009 estimate, nearly 50% of archived documents fall under this copyright stipulation. (via Hyperallergic)

Best of Instagram

Via @newmuseum: “‘Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Live Through That’ is the first US solo museum presentation of the artist, and includes site-specific videos that Reynaud-Dewar created in empty galleries during the transition period between exhibitions at the New Museum. The exhibition is on view through January 25”

Good Reads

After Detroit’s Close Call(via The Wall Street Journal)

I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea: The Appeal of Home Galleries(via ARTnews)

Artist of the Day

Surrealist master René Magritte was born on this day in 1898. Magritte painted unexpected, uncanny scenes, where bodies can shape-shift and objects seem to appear out of thin air. His work was often witty, despite its baffling subject matter, and he sometimes incorporated nonsensical or paradoxical phrases.

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