The ever-expanding Guggenheim Foundation is, for a change, pruning one of its outposts. The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin will close at the end of this year.
A relatively small space in the Guggenheim empire, the Deutsche branch has been located within the headquarters of the Deutsche Bank building for 15 years. It opened in the reunified city in 1997, making a much smaller splash than the Guggenheim Bilbao, which opened that same year.
Dorothea Tanning, artist and poet, died on Jan. 31 at the age of 101. Erudite and prolific for seven decades, Tanning often said she learned how to paint by gazing at paintings on her frequent visits to the Art Institute of Chicago. Her Surrealist figurative work in oil on canvas or watercolor on paper gave way in the 1950s to more atmospheric abstractions. Beginning in the late '50s, she also made biomorphic soft sculptures out of materials like wool, tweed, felt and fur.
Steven Leiber, 54, art dealer and collector, died Jan. 28 in San Francisco after a year-long battle with cancer. Leiber occupied a niche, specializing in contemporary artist's books, reference material and ephemera-announcements, flyers, posters-as well as multiples and works on paper.
Mixed Media, 212 x 66 inches, Courtesy the artist.
Artist Kirstine Roepstorff was born and trained in Denmark, but lives and works in Berli