November 25, 2014: The Armory Show Releases 2015 Exhibitors, the New York Botanical Garden Recreates Frida Kahlo’s Garden, and Ugo Rondinone Joins Public Art Fund’s Board of Directors

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Nov 25, 2014 5:46PM


In New York … The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche goes on view today.

In London …

Gregor Gleiwitz: Predator” opens at HUS Gallery; Reiner Ruthenbeck and Julio Le Parc open at Serpentine Galleries.

In Berlin … “Undercover II,” including works by Richard Hamilton, Georg Herold, and A.R. Penck, opens at Wien Lukatsch.


In New York …Tom Otterness: Creation Myth” and “Richard Estes: Recent Work” close at Marlborough Gallery; “Meighen Jackson: Re[de]fined” and Lauren Jones Worth close at Walter Wickiser Gallery.

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

In Beijing … “Conscious: 12 Views on Painting” closes at Tang Contemporary Art.

Today’s Notable News

This afternoon the Armory Show will release the list of exhibitors for its 2015 edition, which will take place in March at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94 in Chelsea. The list comprises 197 galleries from 28 countries; among the fair’s new participants are Johann König, Metro Pictures, Cherry and Martin, The Breeder, MONITOR, Galerie Lelong, and Axel Vervoordt Gallery. Highlights from Armory Presents, a section devoted to single and dual artist presentations by galleries less than 10 years old, include Xu Zhen at MadeIn, Noémie Goudal at Edel Assanti, Aaron Aujla at C L E A R I N G, Berta Fischer at James Fuentes, Jesse Stecklow at M+B, Andrea Sala at Federica Schiavo Gallery, Michael Rakowitz at Lombard Freid Gallery, Chris Wiley at Nicelle Beauchene, and 1980s works by Peter Schuyff at Sorry We’re Closed. Whitechapel Gallery curator Omar Kholeif will curate Armory Focus, a section that foregrounds artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean; among these presentations are Fayçal Baghriche and Lamia Joreige at Taymour Grahne, Marwan Kassab Bachi at Meem Gallery, Wafaa Bilal at Lawrie Shabibi, and Nil Yalter at Galerist. Lawrence Abu Hamdan has been commissioned to work on the fair’s visual identity and to create an on-site project during Armory Arts Week, which will coincide with the New Museum’s third Triennial.

Public Art Fund has announced that Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and Municipal Art Society president Vin Cipolla will join its board of directors. Rondinone’s 2013 Rockefeller Center installation “Human Nature” was organized by the nonprofit. (via Artforum)

The New York Botanical Garden will recreate Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul garden and studio for what will be the artist’s first NYC solo exhibition in over 25 years. (via ARTnews)

In art prize news today: Njideka Akunyili Crosby was awarded the Smithsonian’s $25,000 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, and Nathaniel Mellors has won the £40,000 Contemporary Art Society Annual Award, conferred by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and the Sfumato Foundation. (via ARTnews and Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Via @guggenheim: “Planning to be in Miami for Art Basel? Join #GuggUBSMAP Latin America Curator Pablo León de la Barra (@pablodelabarra) for a series of talks held in conjunction with this year’s art fairs, including a talk with CIFO president Ella Fontanals-Cisneros on Dec 6 and a conversation with Under the Same Sun exhibition artist Tania Bruguera (@taniabruguera) on Dec 7. View the schedule at”

Good Reads

Paul Chan, a Prize-Winning Artist Who Wants to Be an Amoeba(via The Art Newspaper)

Tom Sachs, Dustin Yellin and More at an Art-Themed Slumber Party(via T Magazine)

Chris Ofili: Can Art Still Shock Us?(via BBC Culture)

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