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Hirshhorn Museum Hires Stéphane Aquin as Chief Curator

Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has tapped Stéphane Aquin, the curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, to be its new chief curator. Aquin, who has been with the MMFA since … Read More


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Abstract Expressionist John Grillo Has Died at 97

Abstract Expressionist painter John Grillo died of a heart failure at age 97 on November 26, just over a month after a five-decade retrospective of his work at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Born in 1917 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Grillo became … Read More


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When Is It Better to Donate Art Rather Than Sell It?

Over in The Wall Street Journal today, Daniel Grant looks at when it’s better to give a work to a museum rather than sell it. He actually crunches the numbers on this, in a section I’ve excerpted below, and it’s … Read More


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Catherine Opie's Portlandia portrait.

Catherine Opie Did the Posters for Portlandia Season Five

Catherine Opie, known for her tough portraits that often celebrate queer culture, has designed the posters for the fifth season of the IFC television series Portlandia. They feature the show’s stars, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, at right, as depicted by … Read More


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"Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix.

Morning Links: ‘Petite Révolution’ Edition

The Louvre has begun its $67 million makeover to make it feel more accessible to visitors in what amounts to what new president Jean-Luc Martinez calls a “petite révolution.” [The New York Times] Remember the 83-year-old woman in Borja, Spain … Read More


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Hane, Freilicher, Nasturtiums and Petunias II, 2003.

Poetry Project Celebrates Jane Freilicher in New York Tonight

Just a quick note that, if you’re going to be in New York this evening, at 8 p.m. the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village will be holding an event in honor of Jane Freilicher, the … Read More


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Gawker Says Matthew Barney is Dating Sheryl Crow

Gawker’s Friday round-up of anonymous rumors from Gawker commenters has a particularly juicy one this week: Matthew Barney is dating Sheryl Crow. Whether he is trying to be ironic or not, it’s true. Give it three months until it shakes … Read More


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Swedish Auction House Sells Work to Online Bidder For $1.9 M.

The Financial Times reports that the Swedish auction house Bukowskis has sold a work by August Strindberg from 1894 to an online bidder for SKr14.3m, or $1.9 million. Though the opacity of these things can be tricky, that would seem … Read More


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Record Set for Adriaen de Vries, But Apple-1 Sold By Steve Jobs Falls Short of Estimate at Christie’s

A 1976 Apple computer, originally sold to a customer by Steve Jobs himself out of his Los Altos garage, sold for $365,000 at Christie’s in New York on Thursday, below its estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. The computer was part … Read More


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Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party, 1974–79.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Morning Links: Dinner Party Edition

Roberta Smith takes a nuanced view of “The Forever Now,” the contemporary painting show that just opened at MoMA. [The New York Times] Museums are collecting more data about their visitors, and trying to get your smartphone involved more in … Read More


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Guy Bennett to Qatar Museums

The New York Times reports that Guy Bennett, former art advisor and former co-head of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art department, has joined Qatar Museums (formerly the Qatar Museums Authority), as its new director of collections and acquisitions. Read more … Read More


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Fulton Ryder to Close

Richard Prince’s secretive Upper East Side bookstore Fulton Ryder will close on December 25, the store wrote in an email to its mailing list today. Fulton Ryder, a pseudonym of Prince’s, was run by Fabiola Alondra and staged gallery-like shows—even … Read More


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Works by Yoko Ono, poster, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, November 24, 1961.
Photograph by George Maciunas. Courtesy The Museum Of Modern Art, New York.

MoMA Announces 2015 Yoko Ono Show

Today the Museum Of Modern art announced its first solo exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono. Titled “Yoko Ono: One Women show, 1960-1971,” it will run from May 17 to September 7, 2015. The show will focus on what … Read More


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Worcester Art Museum Taps Elizabeth Athens to Be Assistant Curator of American Art

Today the Worcester Art Museum, of Worcester, Massachusetts, hired Elizabeth Athens, a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Yale, as its new assistant curator of American art. A specialist in 18th- and 19th-century American art, she will start at the … Read More