The three guest curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (Artist and Professor, Painting and Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—have announced the artists who will participate in next year’s exhibition. Each curator will oversee installations on one floor, “representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies….This can be seen in [the curators'] choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”
This Biennial will be the last in the Whitney Museum’s current building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street; the museum will relocate to its new, Renzo Piano designed building in Spring 2015.
In an effort to expand its public art program, LAX has installed Influx: Art at LAX, the “first-ever public art festival” of eleven new temporary art installations scattered throughout the airport. Some spaces are viewable only to ticketed passengers while others are open to the public. In all, the project contributes to “nearly doubling its art exhibition space at LAX, with new installations in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, 7, and 8.” Influx will run until the end of the year.
The dates for the 19th Annual Los Angeles Art Show have been announced: Thursday, January 16 through Sunday, January 19, 2014. The Art Show will once again be at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J and K and offer its four distinct “fairs-within-a-fair” for Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional, Vintage Posters, and the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair. Click here for more information and check out their blog for the latest news.
The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, has launched a new online forum called Art Rules. Here’s how it works:
The website asks visitors to answer the question: “What is art?” Their answers appear on the website for other visitors to comment on, and conversations are started around the submitted ‘rules’. Visitors can ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’ with these rules – as well as share a rule using Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The more people ‘Agree’ with a rule, the larger it will appear on the website, and vice versa. The website has been seeded with a number of rules written by leading artists, curators and critics. This is to serve as inspiration for visitors and enable the site to become a repository of outstanding thinking as well as a community of cultural commentators.”
Don’t like what you see? Write your own rule.
The LA Times reports that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has put in an offer to take over both branches of the financially-struggling Museum of Contemporary Art. The offer letter, from LACMA Director Michael Govan and the two board co-chairs, was dated February 24 and in response to MOCA’s initial request for a merger of the institutions.
Read Michael Govan’s response to the LA Times article here and the final decision of the MOCA Board here.
It’s that time of year again to mark your calendars for the Annual Los Angeles Art Show, which will be held January 23-27, 2013 in the South Hall of the LA Convention Center. This year is even more comprehensive, with four distinct “fairs-within-a-fair” (last year there were three): Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional, Vintage Posters, and the IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair. All this translates into 200,000 square feet of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, installation, and video from around the world. Information has not yet been posted for events, so check the LA Art Show blog often!
For those who were unable to get to Kassel, Germany this summer for documenta 13, here’s your chance to virtually experience installations at all venues. The 360°-Tour offers participants numerous ways to navigate the vast system of projects: by visitor’s favorites (with accompanying video), by a room-by-room “walk through” of each venue, by individual works of art chosen from a map, or by artist. Additional projects are web based.
hat tip to Laurie Monahan
A new online exhibition, Lost Art, “explores the stories behind the loss of some of the most significant works of modern and contemporary art.” The works of art shown are not only those stolen, but also those which have been destroyed by disasters or neglect, and are all in various states of “loss” — temporary or permanent. The project is curated by the Tate and will post a new work each week. Be sure to use the zoom in/out and click-and-drag functions to get the full effect of the warehouse-like space.
The Hammer Museum will have new hours of operation starting Saturday, June 2. The museum will be open 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (the museum is closed on Mondays). Both admission and parking fees will remain the same.
These new hours begin at the same time as the exhibition Made in L.A. 2012, the museum’s first large-scale biennial survey that features work by 60 artists from the L.A. region and exhibited in three venues (Hammer Museum, LA><ART, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park).
ARTstor announced an addition of more than 750 images from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s permanent collections in New York, Bilbao, Venice, and Berlin. This is the first installment of a projected 7,000 total images from the Guggenheim Foundation, which will include not only works of art but also 5,000 installation views from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York.