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THE BUILDING TIME IS IN BENTONVILLE. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened in that city of Arkansas in 2011, announced an expansion plan that would add 100,000 square feet. That’s a 50 percent increase, according to The Democratic Herald of Northwest Arkansas, and 65 percent jump in gallery space. Safdie Architects, who designed the original structure, is at the helm again. Completion date is 2024. Walmart heiress Alice Walton, veteran ARTnews The top 200 collectors, the statement said, “With the number of visitors we host annually, it is timely to increase our building and ensure that more people can access this offering.” According to the annual, in 2019 Crystal Bridges pulled out about 700,000 Art newspapers a survey of attendance, ranked 22nd among museums in the United States. (Found at No. 7 during 2020, aided by the early reopening of the pandemic.) Safdie Architects is also remodeling the museum lobby and courtyard, according to Architectural newspaper. That will be completed this spring.
SLOWLY, BUT FOR SURE, ART FAIRS ARE BACK TO BUSINESS. In early May, Hairstyle New York is in place, with strict coronavirus regulations and 66 exhibitors. Later in the month, Art Basel, Hong Kong will open with 104 cabins, ARTnews reports this morning. Roughly half of them will be what the fair calls satellite booths, meaning they will employ locals (and visible online). Prolonged quarantines in Hong Kong (and in some dealer countries) make it difficult to travel to the fair. The biggest events on the art market, TEFAF in Maastricht in the Netherlands and Art Basel in Switzerland, are currently scheduled for September.
The Pace Gallery occupies more space in Seoul’s Hannam neighborhood, where it has been operating since 2017. First: Sam Gilliam’s solo show, May 27th. [ARTnews]
Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos, who was known for his sculptures “Alien” and “Knight”, died at the age of 62, reports Helen Stoilas. [The Art Newspaper]
The National Gallery in London revealed a shortlist of six architects who were in the process of completing the renovation of the building and the terrain. These are: David Chipperfield Architects, Caruso St John, Witherford Watson Mann, Asif Khan, David Kohn Architects and Selldorf Architects. Start betting now. [Building Design]
Painter Gordon Smith, who died last year at the age of 100, has left a million-dollar resignation to the Vancouver Art Gallery to fund the curator’s position. [North Shore News]
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, which owns 15 stolen Benin bronzes, has adopted a new policy that could allow it to enter into discussions about returning items. [The Art Newspaper]
The estate of the late, esteemed artist and musician Daniel Johnston, who died in 2019, will find one of his never-before-seen drawings at an NFT auction. He is also preparing a website that will sell his work. [Austin American-Statesman]
Actor and painter Sylvester Stallone, who was talked about as a possible national endowment for the head of art in the Trump administration, joined the club of the former president in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. [Page Six]
The Beverly Hills estate where media baron William Randolph Hearst once lived is on the market for about $ 90 million. You may recognize this from movies like Godfather (1972) i Black is king (2020). [Architectural Digest]
BECAUSE OF THAT MENTION OF DANIEL JOHNSTON UP, it’s impossible to resist sharing a classic Johnston recording from 1990 on a radio show featuring a band from New Jersey Yo La Tengo so they could perform his “Speeding Motorcycle” together, the perfect song. About 16 years later, his drawings will appear at the Whitney Biennale and for Pitchfork, writer Nitsuh Abebe he would mark with it an opening on what it is now Frick Madison. “It’s a really big art museum,” the artist said at the time.
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