DODGEgallery founder Kristen Dodge has announced that her gallery will shut its doors on the four-year anniversary of its founding next month. Dodge gives no reason for the closing in a lengthy email she sent out to the gallery’s email list this morning. Located in a former sausage factory at 15 Rivington St., DODGE reps artists Rebecca Chamberlain, Dave Cole, Taylor Davis, Environmental Services, Darren Blackstone Foote, Ted Gahl, Sheila Gallagher, Ellen Harvey, Jason Middlebrook, Daniel Phillips, Cordy Ryman, and Lorna Williams. Read Dodge’s full email below.
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A landmark sale of Stanley J. Seeger’s collection broke the record for number of participants in an auction at Sotheby’s London. More than 2,000 collectors participated in “1000 Ways of Seeing: The Private Collection of the Late Stanley J. Seeger,” which took place on March 5 and 6. Over 600 people attended the sale in person, while almost 1,600 bids were placed over the telephone and a quarter of the overall buyers bid online. The sale was equally vast, consisting of 1,000 individual objects that ranged from artifacts from the Titanic to papers belonging to Orson Welles (pictured above).
Artist Olafur Eliason is the 2014 recipient of MIT’s Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts. In addition to a $100,000 prize, he’ll be conducting public programming for the school and a gala will be held in his honor next week. The most distinctive feature of the award is Eliasson’s residency at MIT, which will center around his art and business project “Little Sun,” a portable, solar-powered lamp developed by the artist.
In its twelfth year, the internationally-regarded Glenfiddich Residency, which takes place at Scotland’s Glenfiddich distillery, is breaking the frame by selecting a collaborative pairing for its Canadian representative. Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have been awarded the three-month residency, valued at more than $20,000, and just one of seven desired spots reserved for representatives of the US, Taiwan, Mexico, and elsewhere. The duo (who are based out of Vancouver and Toronto, respectively, though frequently collaborate at residencies around the world) will be bringing their sculptural practice to northern Scotland from June through September 2014.
Some big announcements for the international art competition ArtPrize came through the news circuit this morning, now making it one of the largest art prizes in the world. The organization’s juried Grand Prize is now a whopping $200,000, and it is doubling the number of eligible finalists to include a “Final 20.” (more…)
In Wes Anderson’s new film “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set to come out this Friday, the plot revolves around the theft of a 16th century masterwork titled “Boy With Apple” by the fictional artist Johannes Van Hoytl. To paint the perfect masterpiece for the film, the director turned to British figurative painter Michael Taylor. We got in touch with Taylor to ask about working with Anderson, the artistic inspirations for the painting, and who sat for the work.
“I’m daring people to go in and just walk through,” Burundi-born, Johannesburg-based artist Serge Alain Nitegeka said to ARTINFO when describing his elaborate installation at Marianne Boesky Gallery’s Armory Show booth. For his first trip to New York and the first-ever showing of his work in the U.S., Nitegeka has erected a complex web of interconnected beams and shipping crates across the front of the Boesky booth that visitors must navigate through to access the paintings hanging at the back. An eye-catching giant, Nitegeka’s in situ piece is one of the few presentations at the fair to deviate from a more staid multi-artist hanging.
With a redesigned image and special focus on China, the Amory Show opened to a packed house at noon today. Among the many collectors, curators, and critics, we spotted actor Neil Patrick Harris, musician David Byrne, actor Ethan Suplee (who we also saw in Miami shopping with Leonardo DiCaprio), and Miami Collector Donald Rubell strolling the aisles. Check out some highlights from the first hours of the fair below.
The Whitney Biennial officially opened its doors this afternoon with a bustling press preview attended by artists, curators, and other art world illuminati. Opening remarks from director Adam D. Weinberg, Chief Curator Donna De Salvo, and the show’s three curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner, all reflected on the fact that this would be the very last Biennial to take place in the Breuer building before the Whitney decamps downtown.
Julie Meneret Contemporary Art has announced that Shanghai-born, New York-based performance artist Miao Jiaxin will be the fifth artist to join the gallery’s roster since it opened its doors on the Lower East Side this past November. Jiaxin is slated to have a solo exhibition at the gallery this May, but he will also stage a performance at the Armory Show this Thursday.