The Menil Collection announced that after March 4, 2012, it will relinquish frescoes hung in Houston's Byzantine Fresco Chapel to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, marking the conclusion of a 28-year loan. The Menil built the chapel to house the largest collection of intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western hemisphere, which were rescued from the black market. Public events in February will commemorate the works' 15-year tenure in Texas.
New York dealer Nicole Klagsbrun close will her pioneering second-floor gallery at 526 West 26th Street gallery in November, relocating to a new space two blocks away. Klagsbrun will maintain a ground floor project room at 534 West 24th St, according to the official release. The gallery did not immediately return a request for comments.
Klagsbrun will focus on her role as a "producer." The final exhibition in the old gallery will be John Pilson's "Long Story Shorts" [opens Nov. 4]. Her next show in the project space is a commission for Performa, featuring gallery artist Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, [opens Nov. 3].
Tuesday, the respective boards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art officially agreed to embark on the construction of a long-awaited addition to this cinematic city: an Academy movie museum to occupy the LACMA West building. The two organizations have initiated a formal agreement to outline fundraising plans, the museum's design and curatorial strategy, as well as the alterations to be made to the historic 72-year-old May Company department store building, which has housed LACMA West since 1994.
Beginning tomorrow, the Lukoil station at 10th Avenue and West 24th Street will offer something more than gas and bodega wares. Through Sept. 22, a pop-up exhibition, "Art Station," will take up residence in the endearingly grungy holdout from the old Chelsea that is now surrounded by gleaming condo buildings. The show will feature works by 11 Brooklyn-based emerging artists installed on walls, counters and display racks in the convenience store portion of the gas station, which will remain fully functional for the numerous taxis and others looking to fill up.
2012, aluminum, wood, sublimation print on polyester and concrete, 71 3/4 by 122 1/2 by 135 inches overall. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yor