November 26, 2014: The Tate Releases Art-Inspired Maps for Popular Video Game, Daniel Arsham’s “Future Relic 03” to Debut at Tribeca Film Festival, and Kara Walker’s Birthday

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Nov 26, 2014 10:09PM


In London … Joseph Kosuth: Amnesia: Various, Luminous, Fixed.” opens at Sprüth Magers; Nick Mauss opens at Campoli Presti. 

In Paris … Jeff Koons opens at the Centre Pompidou.


In New York … Mira Dancy and Sarah Peters: BODYRITE” closes at Asya Geisberg Gallery; “Surface Tension” closes at Birnam Wood Galleries; “Michael Bell-Smith: Rabbit Season, Duck Season” closes at Foxy Production; William Kentridge closes at Marian Goodman Gallery; “Maurizio Cattelan: Cosa Nostra” closes at S|2 Sotheby’s. 

In Los Angeles … Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin closes at Regen Projects.

In Paris … “Carte Blanche to Kurimanzutto” closes at Galerie Patrick Seguin

Today’s Notable News

The Tate has released a series of art-inspired maps for the building-centric video game Minecraft, in a project called “Tate Worlds.” The first two maps available to use are modeled after André Derain’s The Pool of London (1906) and C.R.W. Nevinson’s The Soul of the Soulless City (New York, an abstraction) (1920)—transformed into three dimensional, pixelated video game-scapes. Up next, paintings by John Singer Sargent, John Martin, and Cornelia Parker will be similarly rebooted for “Tate Worlds.” (via The Guardian)

Alberto Burri’s Teatro Continuo, installed in Sempione Park in Milan for the 1973 Milan Triennale and dismantled in 1989 due to poor condition, will be rebuilt next year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth. (via The Art Newspaper) 

A 15th-century thangka—a traditional painting on cotton or a silk appliqué generally depicting elements of Buddhism—broke the record yesterday as the most expensive Chinese work sold at international auction, going for $45 million. It was purchased by Chinese collector Liu Yiqian, and will be shown in his museum, the Long Museum, in Shanghai. (via Art Market Monitor)

Daniel Arsham plans to release the third installment in his “Future Relic” film series at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The short film will star Juliette Lewis; the previous work from “Future Relic” featured James Franco. With nine pieces in total, the “Future Relic” short films will eventually join as one feature length production, to be released in 2017. (via The Wall Street Journal) 

Best of Instagram

Via @snarkitecture: “Edible Snarkitecture. We designed a chocolate bar in collaboration with Dandelion Chocolate and presented by Cool Hunting. A single bar splits along its edge to reveal two broken halves with excavated landscapes. Limited in edition to 500 and available on All profits benefit Southern Exposure, a SF arts non-profit.”

Good Reads

The Greatest Paintings in the World: 10 Luminaries Cast Their Ballots(via ARTnews)

Why ‘Site-Specific’ Isn’t So Specific(via Hyperallergic) 

David Hockney on the Purpose of Artists(via The Wall Street Journal) 

Artist of the Day

Happy birthday to Kara Walker, born on this day in 1969. Walker creates work that examines African American identity, drawing upon traditional folk art; her black-and-white silhouettes are instantly recognizable, often affixed directly to gallery walls and depicting uncomfortable, historically-referenced scenes. Walker ruled the New York art scene this past summer with her giant sugar sphinx sculpture (and molasses child factory workers) installed in the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. The project is now examined in “Afterword,” an exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York, which includes sketches, drawings, videos, and the sphinx’s left fist.

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