If you’re been anywhere near the Green Line or Museum Street in Boston, you’ve seen the hulking glass structure perched to the side of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ old Beaux-Arts building. Finally, we get a peak inside the new structure thanks to a media preview this past week. Designed by eminent architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum’s new wing provides a dedicated home for the MFA’s strongest collection: American art, from pre-colonial to modern. Plus, the expansion provides a special home for one of the masterpieces of American colonial painting: a seventeen-by-fifteen-foot canvas depicting George Washington, by Thomas Sully.
There’s no excuse not to come out to New York’s greatest up-and-coming arts neighborhood this weekend. Not only is our own #TheSocialGraph show opening this Friday night (6-9p) at Outpost, but emerging gallery Famous Accountants will be hosting a solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist Andrew Ohanesian as well.
This two-for-one deal, plus upcoming events at the Outpost space and Beta Space’s Sunday art extravaganza are an all-encompassing opportunity to catch up on the contemporary art world you’ve been reading about. Continue on below for a comprehensive schedule that will guide you through the best weekend in Bushwick arts’ recent history, from Friday night through Monday morning.
Halloween is already past, so candy is supposed to be on sale, right? Not at last night’s Philips de Pury sale when a lucky bidder ended up paying $4.5 million for 200 pounds of blue cellophane-wrapped treats. The candy pile by Felix Gonzalez-Torres was only one of a number of high-selling works at the auction house’s Carte Blanche and Contemporary Art Part I auctions.
Beijing-based writer and art professional Melanie Wang brought to our attention the upcoming November 17th court case of Wu Yuren, a Chinese photographer and installation artist whose provocative work and political activism have earned him the nickname “Little Ai,” a play on the artist Ai Weiwei’s reputation for not shying away from defiance in the face of pressure from the Chinese government. The trial is another step in the conflict between artists and the forces of Chinese politics.
Last night to the accompaniment of much fanfare and celebrity attendance German conceptual “artist’s artist” Hans-Peter Feldmann won the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize, a biannual award that comes with a cool $100,000. Feldmann wasn’t the obvious choice for the prize; at 69, he is the oldest artist to receive an award usually bestowed upon emerging artists. [New York Times]
A number of news sources are reporting that Chinese art great Ai Weiwei is under house arrest in his north Beijing home. “I am under house arrest,” Mr Ai told The Daily Telegraph by telephone. “They asked me not to go and to tell everyone the party was off, but I said I couldn’t do that and they’d have to stop me.”
New York Art Book Fair kicks off today, so if you like print media AND contemporary art as much as we do (even though we’re online), there’s only place to be this weekend: MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, where the fair is being held. Hosted by AA Bronson, president of NYC art media shop and proponent Printed Matter, New York Art Book Fair is an unrivaled chance to get a look at that rare breed of affordable collectible contemporary art: artist books.
A Facebook post is sometimes a dangerous thing. When Artinfo’s “What’s Troubling about the Smithsonian’s Gay Art Show,” re-titled “What’s Troubling About the Smithsonian’s Hide/Seek Show,” article was posted to their Facebook page, it was re-captioned with the admittedly punchy line: “Are sexuality and gender appropriate themes for a Smithsonian art exhibition?” The ensuing response thread involved commenters, the show’s curators, and a game of journalistic hedging. It turns out that this “reviewer” hadn’t even seen the show they critiqued.
A rare Modigliani nude hit the auction block at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern sale last night, and the painting didn’t disappoint. Bidding opened at $38 million and skyrocketed from there: five telephone bidders pushed the price up to a record-breaking $68,962,500, Artinfo reports.