November 4, 2014: Sharjah Biennial and Art Basel Hong Kong Announce Exhibitors, Picasso’s Electrician Goes on Trial, and a Rare Showing for da Vinci’s Self-Portrait

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Nov 4, 2014 7:48PM


In New York … The Haas Brothers: Cool World” opens at R & Company; “Sigmar Polke: Threads of Metamorphosis” opens at Nahmad Contemporary; “New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America” opens at the Museum of Arts and Design; “El Greco in New York” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection; “Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; “George Horner: I Gave You a Retrospective at the City Dump” opens at Judith Charles Gallery; “Albert Oehlen: Fabric Paintings” opens at Skarstedt Gallery; “Adolph Gottlieb, David Rhodes, Vince Contarino, Joan Witek: Black & White” opens at Jason McCoy Gallery.

In Paris … Georges Mathieu: Paintings 1948-1959” opens at Galerie Applicat-Prazan.

Today’s Notable News

The Sharjah Art Foundation has revealed the artists who will be featured at the 12th Sharjah Biennial in 2015, among them Etel Adnan, Mark Bradford, Jimmie Durham, Mohammed Kazem, Julie Mehretu, Damián Ortega, Hassan Sharif, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Danh Vo. (via ARTnews)

Art Basel Hong Kong has released the list of exhibitors for its third edition, which will take place in March 2015. List highlights include Karmelo Bermejo at Carroll / Fletcher and Rachael Champion at Hales Gallery in the fair’s Discoveries section, where 20 galleries will present emerging artists; and in the Insights section—which features projects by 34 galleries in the Asia-Pacific region—GAMA at Chambers Fine Art, Chen Shaoxiong and Wang Luyan at Pékin Fine Arts, and Nezaket Ekici at Pi Artworks. (via Art in America)

At the close of his two-year residency as UBS MAP Latin America curator at the Guggenheim, Pablo León de la Barra has been named director of the Casa França Brasil in Rio de Janeiro. (via Artforum)

An electrician who did work for Pablo Picasso will go on trial, along with his wife, for their 2010 attempt to sell nearly 300 of Picasso’s works, which the electrician claimed to have received as a gift from the artist. (via The Art Newspaper)

A work by Leonardo da Vinci widely considered to be a self-portrait has gone on rare display in Turin, Italy. The 500-year-old chalk sketch is an object of fascination for many admirers of da Vinci, some of whom believe it to have magical powers. (via artnet News)

Best of Instagram

Via @cultured_mag: “Boys Gone Wild! Check out @thehaasbrothers first solo show in the US at @randcompanynyc, tonight!@nikolaihaas @simonhaas @zestym@evansnyderman #TheHaasBrothers #CoolWorld #RandCompany #NewYork #Gallery #Artists #Collection #Design #MiniBeasts”

Good Reads

The Women of the Arab Art World(via ARTnews)

Did Marcel Duchamp Steal Elsa’s Urinal?(via The Art Newspaper)

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