On Monday night the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) held a panel discussion at Christie’s in honor of the 90th birthday of one of its most famous participants, Ellsworth Kelly. Titled “American Abstraction Since Ellsworth Kelly,” the Robert Storr-moderated talk featured a star-filled, inter-generational roster of Lynda Benglis, Frank Stella, Julie Mehretu, and Odili Donald Odita, each of whom has participated in FAPE’s program to put contemporary art in U.S. embassies in one way or another. (more…)
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As it did last year during its Frieze Week fair in New York, the New Art Dealers Alliance will again partner with Little Collector to offer tours for kids five and older at its NADA Miami Beach fair this week at the Deauville Beach Resort. The tours, which run at 1pm on Friday December 6, Saturday December 7, and Sunday December 8, are free with RSVP (see below). (more…)
The estate of late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is now represented in Los Angeles by OHWOW gallery, per an announcement on Thursday morning. The gallery will work in partnership with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to present exhibitions of the controversial, classically influenced photographer’s work at its West Hollywood location. (more…)
After the Indianapolis Museum of Art reduced their staff by 11 percent this past March, several high profile employees, including former senior curators Lisa Freiman and Ronda Kasl, have left the museum. The latest to make an exit is curator of contemporary art Sarah Green. Green, who has worked at the museum since 2007, is leaving her position to work on a brand new PBS Digital Studios web series called “The Art Assignment” that is set to debut next year.
As Chelsea finally starts to wake up from its summer slumber, Pace Gallery played host to a one night only presentation of the late Lisa de Kooning’s artist-in-residence program on Wednesday, September 4. Lisa, daughter of Willem, founded and ran the East Hamptons residency for two years, until she sadly passed away last year. Now, her 17-year-old daughter Lucy de Kooning-Villeneuve has taken over the program and is managing it as she starts college at the New School. This year’s exhibition included Alexander Massouras’s “Divers” paintings, Aakash Nihalani’s graphic pasted shapes, and Carlos Soto’s moody video piece. ARTINFO spoke to de Kooning-Villeneuve about the artists she chose and her favorite de Kooning.
Recently, news from Dallas’s Nasher Sculpture Center has revolved around the museum’s feud with the ill-constructed Museum Tower nearby. Now, however, the Center is stepping out from under the tower’s glare with the announcement of the commission of 10 new public sculptures to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary. 10 artists — Lara Almarcegui, Good/Bad Art Collective, Rachel Harrison, Alfredo Jaar, Liz Larner, Charles Long, Rick Lowe, Vicki Meek, Ruben Ochoa, and Ugo Rondinone— will create the public works which will be installed at 10 sites citywide from October 19, 2013 to February 16, 2014.
A mural and sound art installation by American artist Bill Fontana, installed in Enschede, Netherlands, may have been hijacked to project orgasmic “sex-moaning noises” from loudspeakers installed in a large part of the town, according to a video called “Geluidskunst gehacked” that has surfaced on Reddit. The piece was installed in 2009 as part of a citywide art project called Cultuurmijl and originally accompanied by a soothing birdcall soundtrack. Although the town of Enschede is known for it’s prominent technical university, the Universiteit Twente, and therefore home to a lot of tech-savvy college students, many Reditters are calling the video a fake.
If, for some reason, you’re dying to know the identity of the new director of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) — the group that runs the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor — before everyone else (except Lee Rosenbaum, who called it for Colin Bailey 10 days ago), you can watch a live-stream of FAMSF’s “Special Announcement” today at noon Pacific Standard Time (3pm Eastern Standard Time). (more…)
The new director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), Charles Venable, is unabashedly excited about using blockbuster exhibitions — including “Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile,” a recent show at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts that he hopes to use as the main concept for a forthcoming show — to replenish the institution’s endowment after it dropped by $100 million in 2008, while cutting costs by $2 million. “We need to maximize audience and perform financially at a different level,” he told the Indy Star, a two-fold goal towards which he has made major strides since taking the museum’s reins in October of last year. (more…)