Monday, August 3, 2015

Last week in art

A roundup via Christie's on Twitter:

Pride of Pinner … this Ming Vase was found on a suburban bookcase. Photograph: Terry Smith/Rex Shutterstock 

Ai Weiwei denied six-month UK visa: The British government claims the artist lied on his application form, in a move that has sparked outrage from his London gallery. The Home Secretary reviews and then grants the visa

Tate Britain names Alex Farquharson new Director: The founding director of Nottingham Contemporary has been named successor to Penelope Curtis — news that has been broadly welcomed across the art world. (The Telegraph)

Sydney set to approve investor’s $32 million answer to MONA: Billionaire arts philanthropist Judith Neilson submits proposal to build a major gallery and theater
(The Sydney Morning Herald)

Whitney Museum receives $2 million for educational programming: The gift, from billionaire Steven A. Cohen and his wife Alexandra, will allow the New York institution to boost its engagement with schools and the community

Metropolitan Museum draws record crowds: The institution drew 6.3 million visitors last year, buoyed by a spate of well-attended shows and a seven-day-a-week schedule  (The New York Times)

Why do so many art galleries lose money? The art business is booming but many galleries are barely getting by. One German expert thinks he knows why. Here's a clue; it's because of high rents and artists' demands. (Bloomberg)

Seattle to host first large-scale art fair in years: Featuring galleries including Pace and Gagosian, the 2015 Seattle Art Fair is the brainchild of Microsoft co-founder and art collector Paul Allen (The New York Observer)

Tate announces ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions for 2016: Major retrospectives will present work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschenberg and Paul Nash
(The Financial Times - registration required + paywall.)

Could there be a masterpiece lurking in your home? What really happens when you find a Ming vase on a shelf, or a Michelangelo behind the sofa?(the Guardian)

The Costa del Sol now has an art fair: A popular holiday destination, the region is attempting to turn itself into an art hotspot with new event Art/Marbella
(Huffington Post)

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