October 10, 2014: Frick Collection Expansion Opposed, Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” to be Shown in London, and Artists and Writers Arrested in China for Peaceful Protest
Today’s Notable News
The Historic District Council stands opposed to the Frick Collection’s proposed expansion, which would overtake the gated garden to the east of the museum and connect it to its reference library on 71st street. The Council believes such an alteration to the museum would destroy the original building design by Thomas Hastings and the “graceful transformation” into a museum orchestrated by John Russell Pope. (via The New York Times)
“Savage Beauty,” the retrospective Alexander McQueen exhibition that cemented itself as one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most popular shows ever, arrives in London next year at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Scheduled to open in October 2015, the exhibition will include several garments not seen in the New York edition. (via The Guardian)
A group of artists and writers have been detained by police in China for showing support to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, including organizing a poetry reading and poster exhibition. Amnesty International says the detainment is illegal and without legitimate charge. (via The Art Newspaper)
A collection of 340 photographs of cross-dressing men on weekend retreats in the 1950s and ’60s, published back in 2005 in the book Casa Susanna, are headed to auction and are estimated to sell for $100,000-$150,000. (via The LA Times)
Best of Instagram
“The Paris Art Scene Goes Modern”: Paris is slowly transforming into a hot spot for contemporary art and architecture. (via The Wall Street Journal)
“In the Shadows of Archaeological Swashbucklers”: New interest is emerging around the histories of archaeological sites in the Middle East. (via The New York Times)
“Practitioner of the Dark Arts: In Addition to Being a Filmmaker, David Lynch Creates Haunting Visual Art” (via The Wall Street Journal)
Artist of the Day
Jean-Antoine Watteau was born on this day in 1684. He established a new genre of painting labeled fête galante, which depicts aristocrats in natural settings. Watteau’s innovative style combined reality with fantasy, imbuing his scenes with a sense of the theatrical.
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