The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) has announced two big appointments to its senior staff. Nathaniel Prottas, who comes to the museum from previous posts at the Frick and the Cloisters, will serve as MOBIA’s new director of education. Daniel C. Beaudoin, who joined the museum in February, is the institution’s new director of development.
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A new art history-inspired Tumblr entered the universe yesterday, courtesy of Tumblr veteran Cecilia Azcarate. Ikea b4-16 finds classic Ikea items in paintings made before 1650 and most of the results are surprisingly spot-on. A Trogen chest turns up in a Hieronymus Bosch work, the Mother Mary reclines on a Mandal bed, and pink Aina curtains parts to reveal the young virgin. Our favorite is the red pillow highlighted in the background of Hans Memling’s “The Annunciation” (pictured above).
While some might argue that Prince’s entire career has been one long performance project, the Purple One makes an explicit reference to art in the title of his recently announced new album “Art Official Age.” Slated to be released on September 30 — on the same day as his much-anticipated 3rdEyeGirl album “Plectrumelectrum” — the arty record was produced, written, and performed by Prince himself and is being publicized as “classic Prince,” according to Rolling Stone. But what exactly will the album have to do with art? Will it go the Koonsy way of Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP?” Here’s what we know so far.
This bus stop ad for High Holidays at the 92 Street Y stopped us in our tracks near Barclays Center in Brooklyn. While attempts to cool up your religion to attract a younger demographic are nothing new, we’re betting that this is the first time Shepard Fairey’s iconic OBEY GIANT design aesthetic has been appropriated to promote Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (Fairey himself, of course, has been known to borrow before.)
Two weeks before it is slated to open to the public on September 6, the Bienal de São Paulo has announced the full list of participants and projects for its 31st edition. Organized by a team of curators that includes Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, Benjamin Seroussi, and Luiza Proença, the biennial will present about 250 works from more than 100 artists through December 7.
Marianne Boesky Gallery is gearing up for fall with a bunch of new appointments and a new artist for its roster, reports Artnet. Kristen Becker, who has been a director at Luhring Augustine since 2007, will head up the gallery’s Chelsea space. Further uptown at Boesky East, Kelly Woods and Veronica Levitt have been appointed as co-directors.
Two news items from the Studio Museum in Harlem this morning: First, Amanda Hunt, formerly curator of LA-based non-profit art space LAXART, is set to take the role of assistant curator. Hunt, who has largely focused on large-scale public and performance works, replaces Thomas J. Lax who recently departed for MoMA.
The soon-to-open food and beer hall Berg’n (the brainchild of the team behind the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg outdoor markets) transplants four of Williamsburg’s foodie vendors to a Selldorf Architects-designed garage in Crown Heights. Slated to finally open on August 27 after many delays, Berg’n will feature a huge selection of beers, a Parlor coffee and Dough doughnut counter, brunch specials, an Oyster happy hour, and planned DJ sets by the likes of Paul Collins of Beirut. The space aims to appeal to Brooklynites at all times of the day and night.