September 9, 2014: Marcel Dzama Opens at David Zwirner, 18 Apps Every Artist Must Download, and Happy Birthday to Sol LeWitt

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Sep 9, 2014 6:22PM

Opening:

In New York, “Marcel Dzama: Une Danse de Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance)” opens at David Zwirner; Dan Graham and Harun Farocki open at Greene Naftali Gallery; and “Vienna Actionism, 1960–1966” opens at Hauser & Wirth.

In London, Francesca Woodman opens at Victoria Miro; “Jim Dine: Printmaker” and “Jim Dine: A History of Communism” open at Alan Cristea Gallery; and Mary Reid Kelley opens at Pilar Corrias Gallery.

In São Paulo, “Vik Muniz: Album” opens at Galeria Nara Roesler.

Today’s Notable News

Tonight, Artsy and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will host a panel discussion on the topic of the contemporary African art market, featuring Christa Clarke, senior curator, Arts of Global Africa at Newark Museum, Touria El Glaoui, director of 1:54, Taymour Grahne, gallerist and exhibitor at 1:54, Artur Walther, art collector and founder of The Walther Collection, and will be moderated by our own Melanie Edmunds.

Best of Instagram

@artbasel announces the 267 galleries that will appear in this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach (#ABMB2014) with a graphic work by Rosemarie Castoro.  

Good Reads

“Larry Gagosian and Masa Takayama Open Kappo Masa: The world’s most powerful gallerist joins the world’s top sushi chef to launch Kappo Masa” (via The Wall Street Journal)

Artforum offers a comprehensive rundown of the thirty-first Bienal de São Paulo (via Artforum)

“18 Apps Every Creative And Artist Type Should Download Right Now,” (which, full disclosure, includes Artsy) (via Huffington Post)

The New Yorker Festival announces a date for its virtual interview with Ai WeiWei, who will speak live with Evan Osnos (via New Yorker festival)

The Smithsonian Institution’s “famed George Washington portrait to be restored” (via Reuters)

“Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives Museums $17 million Push Toward Digital: Brooklyn Museum and American Museum of Natural History to Receive Funding” (via The Wall Street Journal)

Artist of the Day: Sol LeWitt

Today would have been the 86th birthday of pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. One of the leading exponents of Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt stressed the idea behind his work over its execution. “A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form,” he once said. LeWitt is best known for his large-scale “Wall Drawings,” rigorous arrays of designs, shapes, grids, and colors rendered in pencil and paint in coherence with strict instructions and diagrams to be followed in executing the work. LeWitt made over 1,200 of these works in his career, his visual vocabulary in strong alignment with Minimalism despite his rejection of the movement. His “structures,” as he preferred to call sculptures, were variations on geometric shapes, constructed from steel, polyurethane, or concrete, often featuring stacked cubes without sides. LeWitt is one of the seminal artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, influencing artists like Eva Hesse and Frank Stella, among countless others.

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