November 6, 2014: A Major Week for Museum Donations, Getty Breaks the Record Purchase for a Manet, and Guggenheim Still Subject to Protests

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Nov 6, 2014 10:51PM

Opening

In New York … Independent Projects, which will feature monographic exhibitions by galleries including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, David Zwirner, and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, opens tonight with private preview, and tomorrow for the weekend-long art fair before transforming into an exhibition running through November 15th; “Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films,” featuring 15 previously unreleased videos created by Andy Warhol, makes its New York debut tonight at BAM; Editions / Artists’ Books Fair 2014 opens at the Lower East Side Printshop; “Neo Rauch: At the Well,” “Christopher Williams: For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons Sur La Société Industrielle (Revision 19),” and Franz West open at David Zwirner; “Alberto Giacometti & On Kawara” opens at Yoshii Gallery; Sigmar Polke and Birgit Jürgenssen open at Fergus McCaffrey; “Geo+Morphic: Paintings by Chase Langford” opens at Susan Eley Fine Art; “Gold” opens at Dillon Gallery; “Lorenzo Vitturi: Dalston Anatomy” opens at Yossi Milo Gallery; “Wu Jian’an: Transformation” opens at Chambers Fine Art; Pier 54 opens at High Line Art; “Peter Blume (1906-1992)” opens at ACA Galleries; “Inside - Outside” opens at Klein Sun Gallery; “Eugѐne Atget: A Quiet Calling” opens at Pace/MacGill Gallery; “Pedro Cabrita Reis: The Field” opens at Peter Freeman; “Jessica Todd Harper: The Home Stage” and “Allison L. Wade: It’s Not You” open at Rick Wester Fine Art; “Domingo Zapata: A Bullfighter in New York” opens at C24 Gallery; “Darren Waterston: Split the Lark” opens at DC Moore Gallery; “Mario Schifano: The ’60s” opens at Luxembourg & Dayan; “Jill Moser: New Paintings and Prints” opens at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.; Enrico David opens at Michael Werner; Tomory Dodge opens at CRG Gallery; “Valentin Carron: Music is a s-s-serious thing” opens at 303 Gallery; Paul Jenkins opens at Robert Miller Gallery; “The Last Picture Show” opens at Churner and Churner.

Today’s Notable News

’Tis the season for making major donations to art museums—Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art was given $1 million over the weekend, the Saint Louis Art Museum accepted 225 works cumulatively valued at over $50 million, and LACMA has received its largest donation to date, a collection worth $500 million that includes works by Pissarro, Degas, Manet, Monet, and Picasso, on the heels of a vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to provide $125 million in funding for the museum’s new building. (via Artforum, ARTFIXdaily, and The New York Times)

In other acquisition news, the J. Paul Getty Museum purchased Manet’s Spring (Le Printemps) (1881) at last night’s Christie’s auction for more than $65 million, breaking the record price for Manet’s work. (via LA Times)

Protests continue over the Guggenheim’s construction of an Abu Dhabi outpost on Saadiyat Island, centering on complaints of working and living conditions for the project’s labor force. (via The New York Times)

WSJ. Magazine has named Kara Walker the 2014 Art Innovator of the Year, awarding Walker the title in a ceremony held last night at New York’s MoMA. (via WSJ. Magazine)

Currently the artistic director of S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium, Philippe Van Cauteren has been chosen to curate the National Pavilion of Iraq at next year’s Venice Biennale. (via Artforum)

Best of Instagram

Via @highlinenyc: “Shake off the rainy day blues by joining us at the public opening of @highlineartnyc’s first traditional exhibition #Pier54 tonight, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at 120 Eleventh Avenue (at West 20th Street)! Conceived as a tribute to and a reaction against “Pier 18,” a project organized by Willoughby Sharp in 1971, ‘Pier 54’ is an exhibition featuring photographic documentation of actions by 27 female artists which took place this past summer on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54. Photo copyright @lizlig

Good Reads

What Makes a Sale a Restitution?(via The Art Newspaper)

New York Times Art Critic Responds to Criticisms Over Michelle Grabner Review(via Journal Sentinel)

Dinner as Performa(nce) Art(via New York Observer)

From Millet’s The Angelus to Rothko, Why Do Some Works of Art Make Us Cry?(via The Independent)

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