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In Retrospect: Koons and Prince Are Kings of the Art World Pyramid Scheme

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Join us every Saturday as we take a week’s worth of street-art branded water bottles back to the store to help fund our art acquisitions, in retrospect. (more…)

Hammer Museum Ups the Ante for $100K Biennial Award

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For the second edition of its Mohn Award, bestowed upon an artist participating in its “Made in L.A.” biennial — whose sophomore outing runs June 16-September 7, 2014 — the Hammer Museum is upping the ante, offering not only the same $100,000 purse for the winner, but also adding two $25,000 prizes, one dubbed a Career Achievement Award, the other being the Public Recognition Award. In 2012, painter Meleko Mokgosi won the inaugural Mohn Award at the first-ever “Made in L.A.” biennial, a response of sorts to MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” quinquennial. (more…)

Art World Missed Connections: Monumental Sexual Tension at MoMA PS1, and More

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As they do in summer, taking refuge from the heat and humidity in cool, air-conditioned museum galleries, New Yorkers are evidently weathering our exceptional string of cold weather systems by taking to well-heated art institutions, where their warmed hearts are leading them into all kinds of interesting situations. This week’s batch of Art World Missed Connections includes a young man belatedly returning a woman’s affections in order to get free admission to MoMA — which, at $25, seems totally fair — and a young lady who improbably turned the disturbing sexual energy of MoMA PS1’s about-to-close Mike Kelley retrospective into grounds for a romantic pursuit, and more. (more…)

Bard Launches Fellowship With $400K Haring Foundation Gift

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Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) and Human Rights Project (HRP) have established the new Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism thanks to a $400,000 grant, to be paid out over five years, from the Keith Haring Foundation. Each year, the cross-disciplinary fellowship program will allow one scholar, artist, or activist to do research and teach in Bard’s CCS and HRP programs. (more…)

North Carolina Museum Acquires Mary Cassatt’s “Madame X”

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh has acquired its first painting by Mary Cassatt thanks to a gift from Charlotte Hanes who, with her late husband R. Philip Hanes Jr. — in whose memory the work was gifted — has been its longtime owner. (more…)

Koons Balloon Bunny Hops Up in Manhattan

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Jeff Koons, one of the most famous artists to come out of the East Village gallery scene, is back on his old stomping grounds, sort of. His sculpture “Balloon Rabbit (Red)” (2005-2010) has taken over the lobby of 51 Astor Place, a new building adjacent to the embattled art and architecture school the Cooper Union that has been built by collector Edward J. Minskoff’s firm, Edward Minksoff Equities, Inc. When ARTINFO swung by to see the perky red rabbit this morning, passing pedestrians appeared pleased by the playful piece of (quasi-)public art. (more…)

Carolina Jayaram Leaves Chicago Artists Coalition for United States Artists

Carolina-Garcia-Jayaram-Jacob-BollOn Monday evening Carolina Garcia Jayaram announced her resignation from the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) and was named as the new chief executive officer at United States Artists (USA), the Los Angeles-based arts-grant giving non-profit. Jayaram takes up her new post at USA on February 24, overseeing an organization that gives out some $50,000 annually in unrestricted grants to artists working in every medium in the U.S. (more…)

Steven Evans To Helm Houston’s Fotofest Biennial

fotofest-steven-evansFotofest, the Houston-based biennial of photography, moving image art, and new media art, has hired Steven Evans to be its new executive director, a job he’ll take up in early February — just in time for this year’s edition of the biennial, running March 15-April 27, which will highlight the works of some 50 artists from the Middle East. Evans was most recently the interim director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio and previously the executive director at the Linda Pace Foundation, also in San Antonio. He was also the managing director of Dia Beacon when it opened. (more…)

Wadsworth Atheneum Nets $9.6M Gift

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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, has received a whopping $9.6-million gift from the estate of Charles H. Schwartz, the institution’s largest bequest ever, which will go toward creating an endowment to expand the museum’s collection of European and English art from the 18th century and earlier. Schwartz, whose friends knew him as “Bun,” was a member of the Wadsworth Antheneum’s foremost membership program, the Society of Daniel Wadsworth, until he died in 1995. He was a Connecticut resident and an Old Masters collector. (more…)

George Clooney Caper Spawns Museum Exhibitions

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The upcoming George Clooney-directed film “The Monuments Men,” which recounts the efforts of the same-named platoon of soldiers that, during World War II, sought to track down the many invaluable artworks seized by the Nazis, has inspired at least a couple of American museums to mount exhibitions related to the exploits of the unit chronicled in the star-studded movie. This exceptional chapter in recent art history will be the subject of a new permanent installation at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans,  a historical display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City — whose first two directors were Monuments Men alumni — and a temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (AAA). (more…)