Happenings: Top Art News, from George W. Bush’s Paintings to Ai Weiwei’s Foray Into SciFi

This week, the Public Art Fund 2014 Spring Benefit auction continues; we launch the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Artists Ball auction; the Dallas Art Fair opens to the public on Apr. 11th; we offer a preview of Art Brussels; and we feature Richard Phillips’s his first museum retrospective in the U.S., at Dallas Contemporary.

Elsewhere on the walls, in New York, Alex Rose opens at envoy enterprises, Robert Longo opens at Metro Pictures and Petzel Gallery; Vik Muniz opens at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.; Ethan Murrow opens at Winston Wachter Fine Art; and the 2014 AIPAD Photography Show opens.

...in Dallas, Julian Schnabel and Richard Phillips open at Dallas Contemporary; and Fredrik Værslev opens at The Power Station.

...in Los Angeles, Eleanor Antin opens at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.

...in London, Giuseppe Penone opens at Gagosian Gallery.

...in Paris, Pierre et Gilles opens at Galerie Daniel Templon.

In the news last week, George W. Bush spoke about his first exhibition, a show of portraits of world leaders (NBC); artists started an online campaign in support of Ukraine (The Art Newspaper); the New York Times art critics released their gallery guide to New York City (New York Times); five major museums across the U.S. have joined forces to bring ‘Art Everywhere’ (Los Angeles Times); Ai Weiwei will act in a SciFi documentary (Hyperallergic).

And, in case you missed it, we hosted SP-Arte and featured dealers Marian Goodman, Nara Roesler, and Matthew Wood, and São Paulo-born street artists Os Gêmeos; we launched the Dallas Art Fair preview including a guide to the fair and galleries to watch; and we took a look at current shows at gallery partners including Elmgreen & Dragset at Galerie Perrotin, “simple life is interesting” at Klein Sun, D.O.C. at UNIX Gallery, Taku Aramasa and Yoshishige Saito at Annely Juda, and Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor at Pictura Gallery.