Curator Christophe Cherix will be head of a new super-department of some 74,000 objects at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan has recruited Pritzker prize-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to reimagine LACMA as the encyclopedic museum of the future while resolving the museum's complicated campus format. In a proposal for a $650-million project that has been seven years in the works, Zumthor proposes a horizontal building along Wilshire Boulevard, east of Chris Burden's outdoor sculpture of lampposts, Urban Light (2008), that will be wrapped in glass on all sides, its exhibition spaces elevated one floor above ground level, with solar panels on the roof. Read More
An artist best known for refined post-Minimalist sculptures, Jene Highstein died at age 70 in New York on Apr. 27 after a brief battle with lung cancer. Soft-spoken and admired for his intelligence and humor as well as his work, Highstein developed, over the course of a nearly five-decade career, a spare and evocative sculptural language. He favored monumental forms and was adept in a wide range of mediums, including stone, metal, wood, glass, concrete and resin. His work is related to Minimalism but is distinctive in its sensuousness and its use of curving lines and organic shapes inspired by nature. Read More
The late Franco-Hungarian artist Simon Hantai (1922-2008), whose second solo show at New York's Paul Kasmin Gallery opens on May 8, once posed in his studio amid a group of unstretched canvases. Casually spread out on the floor or hung in tiers on the wall, the canvases graphically display the distance he traveled from conventional painting over the course of an increasingly rebellious artistic life. Two are nonchalantly pinned up by only one of their corners like enormous patterned flags. Read More
Mixed Media. Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Extraction, the most recent series of mixed media collages