2013-09-20



Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955), “The Village” (1914), oil on canvas, 31 1/2 × 39 3/8 in. Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, Purchase, Leonard A. Lauder Gift, 2013 (© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)

Among the $1 billion Cubist art gift that Leonard A. Lauder made to the Metropolitan Museum of Ar this year are 14 pieces by Fernand Léger, one of which went on display this week. The exhibition of the whole Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection will open next October.

A branch of the Andy Warhol Museum may be arriving on the Lower East Side, Complex reported.

The Broad announced that the new museum, set to open in 2014 with art from the collection of Eli and Edythe Broad, will have free admission. Broad also stated that he’s not going to be continuing his annual $3 million donation to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) granted $450,000 to the Dallas Museum of Art to research its free membership model and expand it through a relationship with the Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This was part of the $30 million in federal grants that IMLS made to museums around the country.

In a case involving wire fraud, money laundering, and the forging of over 60 works including Pollock and Rothko paintings, Glafira Rosales has plead guilty.

The former director of El Museo del Barrio’s gender discrimination case against the museum was dismissed.

The first Downtown Armory Fair in New York will be held in the 69th Regiment Armory next May.

G. Wayne Clough, the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian who was embroiled in the David Wojnarowicz censorship controversy a few years ago, is stepping down next October.

Carrie Mae Weems is being honored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts.



Mary Pickford in a 1920 photograph (via the Alfred Cheney Johnston Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress)

The Upper East Side townhouse where Andy Warhol lived from 1959 to 1974 was sold for $5.5 million, the New York Daily News reported.

Three of Norman Rockwell’s most iconic paintings — which have been on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum for 18 years — are going to auction at Sotheby’s this December.

After being discovered in an old barn seven years ago, a long lost Mary Pickford film is having a screening following its restoration.

Dalian Wanda Group of China — owner of AMC theaters — gave $20 million towards the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ film museum.

A Cambodian statue that the country wants back is a the center of an escalating battle between Sotheby’s and federal lawyers, who have both filed accuastions of unethical behavior against the other this month, the New York Times reported.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired the world’s first 3D-printed gun, which is currently on display at the London Design Festival.

The New Yorker is cutting down its museum and gallery listings, partly as, the New York Times reports, “so many New Yorker readers are not even in New York.”



The “Inverted Jenny” postage stamp from 1918 at the Smithsonian (via Wikimedia)

An all-digital public library, with not a single book among its 10,000 titles, opened in Bexar County, Texas.

Cda-Projects is having a call for grants for artistic research and production aimed at encouraging “speculative approaches to how discourse is staged and how knowledge is produced, rethought, and interwoven across disciplines.”

Forecast Public Art and the Institute fro Public Art are having a call for nominations for the second International Award for Public Art.

The “Inverted Jenny” stamp, arguably the most famous American stamp for its illustration error, is going on permanent display at the Smithsonian for the first time.

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