As the Met prepares to open its annex in the Breuer Building, the Whitney’s former headquarters, its programming has gotten more and more contemporary. Here’s Calvin Tomkins on how the museum has adjusted. [The New Yorker]
At the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, a performance artist took off her clothes in front of Édouard Manet’s Olympia and lay down, only to be arrested for indecent exposure by French police. [The Guardian]
Three hundred members of the Art Students League have sued the organization for selling the air rights above its headquarters in 2014, a big piece of news nearly outdone by the punny New York Times headline for it: “At Art Students League, Air Rights and Airing Grievances.” [The New York Times]
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In Chicago, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Sonja Henderson and John Pitman Weber memorialized the Civil Rights Movement leader in an art installation dedicated to a 1966 march in Marquette Park. [Chicago Tribune]
The Smithsonian acquired a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. by Charles Alston for its African American History Museum. [Smithsonian Magazine]
For a new installation he’s planning for a cancer facility in Cleveland, Spencer Finch will climb a mountain in Germany and, along the way, record the hues of the sky. Doing so is meant to mirror the experiences of cancer patients. [The Art Newspaper]
More than a third of the dealers who showed at the London Art Fair say that rising rents are the biggest threat to the British art market. [The Art Newspaper]