October 30, 2014: The Hirshhorn Hires a Curator in New York, a Museum Demolished in Turkey, and Another Slew of Art Prizes
In New York …
“Klaus Lutz opens at The Kitchen
“MIGRATION” opens at Claire Oliver
“Daniel Gordon: Screen Selections and Still Lifes” opens at Wallspace
“Joel Holmberg: You Line” opens at American Contemporary
In London … “Sohei Nishino: New Dioramas” opens at Michael Hoppen Gallery; “Yang Yanping: Lotus Heaven” opens at Michael Goedhuis Gallery; “Interwoven Histories,” featuring Romuald Hazoumè, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Nnenna Okore, and Adejoke Tugbiyele, opens at October Gallery.
In Berlin … “Miklos Gaál: Piece in the Sky” opens at Wagner + Partner.
Today’s Notable News
Former Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer has been named curator-at-large for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, fulfilling a new New York-based position created by the Washington, D.C. institution. Melissa Chiu, the museum’s new director, has announced plans to steer its programming towards more experimental and international works, confirming that the first exhibition on her watch will feature Iranian video artist and photographer Shirin Neshat. (via The New York Times)
Pro-Kurdish demonstrators in southeastern Turkey have been blamed for demolishing Diyarbakir’s Ziya Gokalp House Museum and a public library, according to Turkish press reports, though these claims have been challenged as hasty, but as-yet-unproven assumptions in a complex political climate. (via The Art Newspaper)
Today in art prize news: Julien Prévieux has received the 14th Prix Marcel Duchamp, which was announced at last weekend’s FIAC in Paris; the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard’s 16th prize for emerging French art has gone to Camille Blatrix; Rhizome has given its inaugural Prix Net Art award to artist collective JODI, with an Award of Distinction going to Kari Altmann; the 5th Prix Pictet Commission has gone to Juan Fernando Herrán; and Absolut has released the list of nominees for its 2015 Absolut Art Award, which honors one contemporary artist and one art writer. A shortlist of five finalists will be announced at Art Basel Miami Beach in December, and the winning artist and writer will be revealed during the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015. The nominees, which will be judged by a committee led by New Museum director Massimiliano Gioni, include Camille Henrot, Ragnar Kjartansson, Amalia Pica, Laure Prouvost, and Rivane Neuenschwander, among others.
Best of Instagram
Via @surfacemag: “Artist Wang Jianwei at “Time Temple,” his first show in the U.S., opening at New York’s @guggenheim tomorrow (through Feb. 16, 2015). Stay tuned for a profile on Wang in our Dec/Jan Art issue.”
“Art: The Original Social Medium,” a discussion of Arnold Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead (1880) and the power of the reproduction of images—two themes also explored in the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s current exhibition, “Isles of the Dead.” (via Art Market Monitor)
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