February 13 | Maureen Paley to open new space in Hove, England
This week, both Maureen Paley gallery and Toronto's Museum of Contemporary Art announce plans to expand with new exhibition spaces.
Maureen Paley opens new space
London dealer Maureen Paley, who launched her East End gallery in 1984, is opening a second space in the seaside town of Hove on England’s south coast.
The new gallery will be housed in a Regency building, and will open with a show of works by young Brazilian artist Paulo Nimer Pjota on July 8 (running through October 2017). Paley hopes to use the new space to show more performance art. The gallery will be open at weekends only. More via the Financial Times.
Details of Garage Triennial announced
The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow has released details of the inaugural Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, which runs from March 10 through May 14, 2017.
Featuring works by over 60 artists from across the country, the triennial will look at the figures that have been shaping the Russian art world over the past five years. In advance of the exhibition, Garage has developed an online dictionary of contemporary Russian artists and local art scenes to educate people about this underexplored art scene. The triennial will be accompanied by a public program of talks and discussions that will take place across the country. Further details via e-flux.
Canada pumps millions into the arts
The Canadian government has allocated $5.1 million to The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.
The money was awarded by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF), and will support a project to transform the Tower Automotive Building situated in Toronto’s Junction Triangle into exhibition space. The new space will expand the institution’s footprint by 55,000 square feet. It is due to open this fall. As part of the 2016 budget, the federal government announced that over the next two years it will invest an additional $168 million in cultural infrastructure projects via the CCSF. Artforum has further details.
NY museum pulls anti-Trump project
An anti-Trump performance and video installation involving actor Shia LaBeouf has been shut down after it became “a flashpoint for violence.”
The participatory art show, entitled “He Will Not Divide Us,” was being hosted by New York’s Museum of the Moving Image in the city’s Queen’s borough. It consisted of a camera and microphone mounted on one of the museum's exterior walls, where visitors were invited to stand and repeat the words "he will not divide us." The footage was then live-streamed on the project's website. La Boeuf and two collaborators had said they intended to do it around the clock for four years. "Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests," the museum said. LaBoeuf himself was arrested after an altercation with a neo-Nazi at the project site. The Guardian has more information.
Shia LaBeouf with a fellow participant outside the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Image via cbslocal.com
Klimt to lead Sotheby’s sale
Gustav Klimt is likely to clinch another huge total at auction next month, when his 1907 painting Bauerngarten will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale in London on March 1.
The work has an estimate in excess of £45 million, but is expected to realize far more. The announcement that Bauerngarten will lead Sotheby’s March sale follows the revelation by Bloomberg’s Katya Kazakina that Oprah Winfrey sold Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) for $150 million, in a private deal brokered by Larry Gagosian. Klimt is one of only ten artists whose works have fetched in excess of $100 million at auction, the others being Gauguin, Cezanne, Rothko, Picasso, Modigliani, Bacon, Giacometti, Pollock and De Kooning. ARTnews has more.