July 18, 2014

Otto Piene (1928–2014)

The artist Otto Piene has passed away, according to his gallery. Piene’s death came after the opening of his exhibition “Otto Piene. More Sky” at the Neue Nationalgalerie and Deutsche Bank, and as he was preparing for the upcoming Sky Art Event. Piene was founder, with Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, of the iconic ZERO group, which was known for single-evening exhibitions as well as manifestos often published in concert with these shows. Before long, the group was collaborating with the likes of Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, and Lucio Fontana. Piene received the Sculpture Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 1996, and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts in 2003. He represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1967 and 1971, and his work was included in Documenta in 1959, 1964, and 1977. A large-scale historical survey of ZERO will open at the Guggenheim in New York this fall.

July 18, 2014

Morgan Library Receives Gift from Lichtenstein Estate

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, has announced that it has received a gift from the estate of Roy Lichtenstein. The gift, given by the artist’s wife, Dorothy, includes twenty-one sketchbooks belonging to the artist and two of his early drawings, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse I (both 1958), as well as several drawings by artists who were part of Lichtenstein’s circle, notably Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Brice Marden. “It is a unique institution,” Dorothy Lichtenstein explained about the Morgan. “Whenever [Roy and I] visited, [it] felt like a total respite from the hectic pace of the city. When the Morgan started showing modern and contemporary art I thought it would be the best place to share some of the drawings we had collected over the years.”

July 18, 2014

Massimiliano Gioni Becomes Artistic Director at New Museum

The New Museum, New York, has announced that curator Massimiliano Gioni has been promoted to artistic director. Gioni, over his tenure at the museum as associate director and director of exhibitions, organized “Carsten Höller: Experience,” “Urs Fischer,” “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” “Ostalgia,” “After Nature,” “Ghosts in the Machine,” and the museum's inaugural triennial “Younger Than Jesus.” As artistic director, Gioni will work more closely with the museum’s director, Lisa Phillips, who has stated of his new role, “It accurately reflects the expansiveness of Massimiliano’s vision and the wide spectrum of activities it contains.”

July 18, 2014

Lauren Wright Named Curator and Artistic Director of Biennial of the Americas

The Denver-based Biennial of the Americas has announced that Lauren Wright will be its curator and artistic director. Wright was curator at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK, from 2010 through 2014; before that she served as assistant director of Furtherfield.org, a London-based organization for art, technology, and social change, and has also organized independent curatorial projects for Tate, Hayward Gallery Touring, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

July 17, 2014

Major Collection Donated to Two Pennsylvania Museums

The late publisher Richard Mellon Scaife has bequeathed his art collection to two Pennsylvania museums, the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. He also left a nature conservancy to the Brandywine, along with $15 million to manage it. Scaife was an heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and the owner of Trib Total Media, which includes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and five other daily newspapers, reports the Associated Press in article published on Delware Online. Scaife passed away July 4 at the age of eighty-two. Said Virginia Logan, executive director of Brandywine: “That he has chosen to leave the conservancy—a property containing acres of mature forest—reflects his belief in the importance of our mission.”

July 16, 2014

2014 Praemium Imperiale Award Winners Include Martial Raysse, Giuseppe Penone, and Steven Holl

The winners of this year’s Praemium Imperiale Awards have been announced. In the categories of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and film, the respective winners are Martial Raysse, Giuseppe Penone, Steven Holl, Arvo Pärt, and Athol Fugard. Overseen by the Japan Art Association, the prize recognizes those who have made a “major international impact in their particular field.” Now in its twenty-sixth year, the award’s been given to 134 artists to date. Previous winners include Michelangelo Pistoletto, Antony Gormley, Frank Gehry, Jean-Luc Godard, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Akira Kurosawa, and Robert Rauschenberg.

July 16, 2014

Marco Maggi to Represent Uruguay at 2015 Venice Biennale

Artist Marco Maggi will be representing Uruguay in the next Venice Biennale. Maggi, who divides his time between Montevideo, Uruguay, and New Paltz, New York, makes drawings and installations comprising commonly found material. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, São Paulo; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among other venues.

July 15, 2014

Martino Stierli Named Chief Curator of Architecture and Design At MoMA

Martino Stierli has been named chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art. Stierli is currently the Swiss National Science foundation professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich, where he teaches the history of modern architecture. He succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who left in 2013 to become the Meyer Schapiro professor of art history in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University—Bergdoll remains a part-time curator at MoMA. Said Glenn D. Lowry: “The breadth and depth of Martino's scholarship, knowledge, and interests in architecture, design, and modern art are impressive. He brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context. With his solid grounding in the history of modern architecture and art, coupled with a keen interest in contemporary practice, Martino will be an effective and energetic leader.” Stierli begins his post March of 2015.

July 15, 2014

Tsang Kin-Wah to Represent Hong Kong at Venice Biennale

Artist Tsang Kin-Wah will represent Hong Kong at next year’s Venice Biennale. Tsang was chosen by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and M+, the contemporary art museum opening in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Two positions—assistant curator and curatorial assistant—will also be created for the project, and to supplement Tsang’s Venice exhibition, M+ will present a series of concomitant public programs. The artist has staged solo shows at the Mori Art Museum in Japan and the Chinese Arts Center in Manchester, United Kingdom, and his work is held in the collections of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Mori Art Museum.