September 26, 2014: Vatican Illuminated Anew, Robin Williams’ Costumes at Auction, and Géricault’s Birthday

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Sep 26, 2014 9:02PM

Opening

In New York … Artists on Art: Fred Tomaselli joins in a conversation titled “Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India” at the Rubin Museum of Art tonight at 6:15 pm.

In  London ... Mario Merz opens at Pace Gallery.

Today’s Notable News

The Vatican Museum has installed hundreds of LED lights on both the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel, improving visibility of Michelangelo’s masterpiece by 500 percent. (via Wall Street Journal

The Cincinnati Art Museum has received a $6 million endowment from the Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust for the museum’s director position, to be filled by Cameron Kitchin starting October 1, 2014. (via ARTnews)

An open letter addressed the U.N. Security Council, beseeching it to place an embargo on the international trade of Syrian antiquities, in the hope that this might put an end to widespread looting occurring in the country’s World Heritage Sites. (via LA Times Culture Monster) 

Art dealer Ira Spanierman announced his retirement and the forthcoming closure of his eponymous gallery after 60 years in the business. (via Art Fix Daily)

Artists Daniel Temkin and Rony Maltz will project a 135,000-character word search puzzle containing every word Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges ever wrote onto the Manhattan Bridge this weekend as part of the Dumbo Arts Festival. (via The New York Times)

Several legendary costumes worn by the late Robin Williams, including his Mork spacesuit and a suit worn by his character Armand Goldman in The Birdcage, will go to auction in mid-October. (via The NY Observer)

Best of Instagram

Via @momaps1: “At the end of the #rainbow is the #vwdome in full swing for the NY Art Book Fair @printedmatterinc here at #momaps1”

Good Reads

This App is Your 360-Degree Passport to the World(via FastCo Design)

Meet the Artist Who Predicted The Ubiquity of the Internet in the 1970s(via Huffington Post Arts and Culture)

Artist of the Day

Théodore Géricault, a master of French Romanticism, was born on this day in 1791. Géricault is most renowned for his startlingly realistic depiction of a shipwreck, The Raft of the Medusa (1818-19), which was laced with subtle political criticisms. Géricault’s work served as a touchstone for his contemporaries and his work remains iconic of his time.

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