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NEWS FROM THE GREAT WHITE NORTH. the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto has hired a threesome architectural firms—Selldorf Architects, Diamond Schmittand Two Row Architect—to create a design for a new 50,000 square foot building that will be dedicated to global modern and contemporary art. Selldorf has been on a tear lately. Its expansion of San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art which has just been unveiled, has won strong reviewsand construction is underway on its expansion from Frick-Collection At New York. During this time, the Portrait Gallery of Canada in Ottawa tapped Robert Stevenformer head of Burlington Art Galleryto be its next director.
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. Art depicting animals is spend some time, Francesca Gavin argue in the FinancialTimesnoting that Sotheby’s recently had a sale devoted to the theme, among other data points. It “became a way to address ideas around domination and oppression, environmental change, or, simply put, intimacy,” writes Gavin. In this case, a collection of sculptures by late animal-loving artists Claudius and Francois Xavier Lalanne (bird candlesticks, a bronze sheep) are to be sold by Daniel Marchesseau contribute to the financing of an extension of the Orsay Museum in Paris, the Guardian reports. And in June, in New York American Museum of Natural HistoryLevon Biss will show close up pictures he takes of insects. Bliss told the New York Times “I want to raise awareness of the insect decline crisis and have conversations to help the public understand that we need biodiversity in the insect world.”
the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art said he had “parted ways” with his new manager, Cara Courage, who was only appointed to the post in February, after an 18-month search. Courage had been to Tate Modern in London, at the head of his Tate Scholarship program. She did not comment. [Detroit Metro Times]
The Polish government replaced Jaroslaw Suchan as head of Sztuki Museum in Łódź with Andrzej Biernacki, which said it intends to “diversify” its offering beyond “pro-environmental, gender or queer art promoted by Western cultural institutions”. Many actors in the local art world condemned this surprise decision. [Artforum]
Through his Museum of Art and Photographybusinessman and collector Abishek Poddar created an open source encyclopedia for Indian art history which currently has 2,000 entries. His team of researchers plans to add about 1,000 more each year. [CNN]
the Freud Museum in London, which is the former residence of Sigmund Freudwill host for the first time an exhibition of works by artists Lucian Freud, grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis. Opened in July, it will include paintings, letters, family photos, and more. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Lucian Freud. [The Guardian]
A new record has been set for a piece of armor at auction: At approx. The 1560 gold helmet went for €690,000 (about $726,000) with costs to Thierry de Maigret in Paris this month, more than 10 times its high estimate. The piece was part of four sets of armor ordered by the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. [Financial Times]
Artist Raphael Montañez Ortizwho helped found The Barrio Museum in New York in 1969, is now the subject of a retrospective at the museum. He got the profile treatment of Mark A. Stein. [The New York Times]
‘THE GRAND LADY OF LAS VEGAS.’ Billionaire businesswoman and collector Elaine Wyn (a veteran of the ART news List of the top 200 collectors) is the subject of a long profile in WSJ. Magazine which affects his divorce from Steve Wynher prowess in the corporate boardroom and the “mini oval office” she had in a former residence for President George H. W. Bush to use during his visit. (Reflection!) A great moment: She remembers that after having anonymously taken a Francis Bacon triptych for $142.4 million at a 2013 Christie’s auction, most people suggested that a man made the purchase. “I remember being offended that the speculation was focused on men, and no one thought a woman would have the money or the balls,” she said. [WSJ]