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Martin Creed installation at the Tate in 2010 (photograph by Neil MacWilliams, via Flickr)
Martin Creed installation at the Tate in 2010 (photograph by Neil MacWilliams, via Flickr)

Glenn Adamson was appointed director of the Museum of Arts and Design. The former director of research at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London came as a surprise successor to Holly Hotchner, as Adamson has been incredibly critical of the museum in the past, from its gallery proportions to its name.

Museum of Arts and Design (photograph by Paula Bray, via Powerhouse Museum)
Museum of Arts and Design (photograph by Paula Bray, via Powerhouse Museum)

Architect Renzo Piano was named an honorary Italian senator, a lifelong position that allows him to participate in parliament.

Lower East Side gallery Toomer Labzda announced it is closing, and Helen Toomer is moving on to direct the Collective Design Fair, turning the gallery space on Forsyth Street into a fair office.

The Guardian is reporting about an inquest expected to conclude this week on David Hockney’s studio assistant who was stated to have died in March after consuming drain cleaner during a 24-hour binge.

The Renoir Estate Collection, which is considered the biggest archive of the painter’s personal possessions — with everything from his marriage license to the only two sculptures he completed on his own — goes to auction this month at Heritage Auctions.

To raise endowment funds, the Willem de Kooning Foundation is selling off 10 paintings through a Gagosian Gallery show this November.

Sotheby’s is launching its new sales gallery in the fancy London neighborhood of Mayfair, its first permanent space outside of New York, with early work by Joseph Beuys.

And Sotheby’s Mayfair neighbor will soon be Larry Gagosian, with his third London Gallery.

Despite the American Museum of Natural History agreeing to return over 70 Apache objects four years ago, they have yet to leave due to a dispute over the museum calling them “cultural items” instead of “sacred” as the Apaches assert they are.

Charles Bank Gallery is now Judith Charles Gallery, adding the name of Gina Judith Fraone, the gallery’s director for the past two years, and removing that of Michael Bank Christoffersen who left in 2011 due to health reasons.

To combat its budget crisis, the School District of Philadelphia is considering selling their collection of around 1,125 pieces of art.

Last April, the famed 16th-century Biblioteca dei Girolamini in Naples was closed when hundreds of its books were found to be missing, and now the director of Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer has been arrested in connection with the case.

Storefront for Art and Architecture and PRAXIS Journal were chosen to curate the American Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale, which will be directed by Rem Koolhaas.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, acquired a life-size portrait of actor Edwin Booth by John Singer Sargent, at a price estimated between $4 and $5 million.

Martin Creed’s “Work No. 227: The lights going on and off,” his one-room installation wherein lights turn on and off that won him the 2001 Turner Prize and the distaste of some art viewers (including one egg-thrower), has been acquired by the Tate.

The 2013 exhibitors for Art Basel Miami Beach were announced.

Lego's first female scientist (photograph by Maia Weinstock, via Flickr)
Lego’s first female scientist (photograph by Maia Weinstock, via Flickr)

The largest 3D-printed art installation yet, called Echoviren, took 10,800 hours to print, and is now decomposing in a California Redwood forest for the next 30 to 50 years.

An underground slave city was discovered beneath Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli by amateur archaeologist spelunkers.

LEGO released its first figure of a female scientist.

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