On the red carpet of the Brooklyn Museum’s annual Brooklyn Artists Ball last night, director Arnold Lehman buzzed around snapping pictures with honorees Kehinde Wiley, Jenny Holzer, and David and Jane Walentas, as well as notable people in attendance like New York’s First Lady Chirlane McCray and prodigal son Jeffrey Deitch. Plenty of artists — including usual suspects Chuck Close, Mickalene Thomas, and Dustin Yellin — also turned out for the 2014 edition of the museum’s gala and fundraiser.
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Following Aimia AGO Photography Prize’s recent announcement that New York photographic and film artist Laurie Simmons and internationally itinerant curator Okwui Enwezor were named to its 2014 panel, the leading Canadian prize for photography has released its longlist of 22 international photographic artists.
Michigan non-profit the Flint Public Art Project (FPAP) is currently seeking an architect-in-residence to take charge of their current project to turn a former funeral home in downtown Flint into an alternative art space and design incubator called Spencer’s Art House. The Theaster Gates-like project will turn the dilapidated house into a space for exhibitions, performances, an outdoor screenings, studios, and artist residencies. While some renovation has already taken place on the foundation, exterior, and grounds, FPAP is seeking someone to take charge of the second phase of the project that will include repairing the roof, installing plumbing and electric, and seeing the project through to completion.
Following the announcement earlier this year that the Sobey Art Award prize money would increase by 50 percent, the Nova Scotia-based Sobey Art Foundation released the 2014 longlist of nominees yesterday. The list includes 25 artists under the age of 40 and spans five regions across Canada. A curatorial panel comprised of one representative from each region will pare down the list to five finalists, announced June 4, and ultimately a single prize winner, who will be announced November 19. The winner will receive $50,000, with $10,000 going to each of the four runner-ups. The remaining 20 longlisted artists will receive $500 each.
This summer, Edinburgh sculpture park and art gallery Jupiter Artland will present an artwork that will send Morse code signals to the moon. The piece, “Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon)” (2007) by Berlin-based, Scottish artist Katie Paterson, will be installed at the gallery from July 17.
Ten-year-old L.A. stalwart David Kordansky Gallery has announced that its heading to a new 20,000-square-foot, Kulapat Yantrasast-designed location that will open this September. Moving from Culver City to South La Brea, the gallery is tripling its size and will have a library, offices, and private gardens, in addition to two exhibition galleries.
After publicly admonishing the Delaware Art Museum late last month, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has gone a step further and written a public letter to Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams, and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to ask them to get involved in the museum’s decision to sell up to four works from its collection to pay down a significant debt acquired after the museum’s 2005 expansion.
The first joint show in 48 years of Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke is set to open at Christie’s Mayfair next Friday, April 25. “Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke” will survey the careers of both artists until 2010, the year of Polke’s death.The exhibition coincides with the opening of Polke’s first comprehensive retrospective at MoMA later this week, on April 19.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced Indigenous Australian artist Daniel Boyd as the winner of the 2014 Bulgari Art Award for his work “Untitled,” 2014. The $80,000 award, which consists of a $50,000 painting acquisition and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000, is one of the most valuable art awards in Australia.