Damon Dash Debuts New LES Gallery, Hirst's Tate Show Sets Record, and More

Damon Dash Debuts New LES Gallery, Hirst's Tate Show Sets Record, and More
Damon Dash
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– Jay-Z's Former Business Partner Joins Lower East Side Gallery SceneRoc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash, who shuttered his Tribeca gallery and DIY think tank DD172 last summer, will launch his latest art space on gallery-filled Orchard Street later this month. Opening at 60 Orchard on September 27 with a street art group show including works by Jim JoeKatsu, and Beau, the new gallery, named Poppington, will be a few doors up from Lesley Heller Work Space, Scaramouche, and across the street from fellow transplant McKenzie Fine Art. [BoweryBoogie]

– Hirst Sets Box Office Records in London: Despite being panned by critics, Damien Hirst's first major exhibition in 20 years smashed box office records at the Tate Modern, attracting almost half a million visitors in five months. The 463,087 visitors — which equals about 3,000 a day — made Hirst's the most visited solo exhibition ever held at the gallery, ahead of Edward Hopper in 2004 and Gauguin in 2011. It is also the second most visited exhibition in the Tate Modern's history, after the joint Matisse/Picasso show in 2002. [ARTINFO UKStandard]

Linda Yablonksy Curates a Movie Set: "Arbitrage," a new movie about an art-savvy hedge-fund kingpin's affair with a young French gallerist (played by Richard Gere and Laetitia Casta), brought in the big guns when it came time to select artworks for the set walls: Linda Yablonsky. The art critic, who served as a consultant on the film, installed millions of dollars' worth of art in the characters' apartments, including works by Brice Marden, Laurie Simmons, Adam McEwen, and Ryan McGinley. "When we were done installing, I thought this was a really great show," she said. "It's too bad it's not in a gallery." [WSJ]

– MoMA Will Show Record-Setting "Scream": The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will show the version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" that collector (and MoMA board member) Leon Black purchased at Sotheby's in May for $119.9-million, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. The prized pastel will hang alongside prints by the Norwegian artist from the museum's permanent collection from October 24 until April 29, 2013. [Press Release, ITA]

– Berlin's Old Masters Dispute Could Cost City Modern Art Gift: A battle over the fate of Berlin's Old Masters collection, which was to be removed from the city's Gemäldegalerie to accommodate a gift of modern art masterpieces worth $190 million from collectors Heiner and Ulla Pietzsch, may end up costing the city the latter treasure trove. The Pietzschs promised their 150 Surrealist and AbEx works to Berlin on the condition that they be exhibited in one of its museums, but with the city strapped for exhibition space, it's now in danger of losing the entire collection. [WSJ]

David Roberts Opens New Art Center: Property developer and art collector David Roberts is opening a new art center inside a 12,000-square-foot former furniture factory in northwest London. The cavernous space will hold larger acquisitions that don't fit in his 3,000-square-foot public gallery in Fitzrovia. The opening exhibition features works by Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Matthew Day Jackson, and Thomas Houseago, as well as lesser-known artists such as Kris Martin, Keith Coventry, and Rebecca Warren. [Telegraph]

– Vanity Fair Stops Pollock SaleJackson Pollock's "Red, Black & Silver," which was to serve as a centerpiece of Phillips de Pury's September 20th sale, was removed just one week before going under the hammer in order to undergo additional provenance research. Doubts about the authenticity of the painting — which belonged to Pollock's late mistress Ruth Klingman — arose in part from an article in Vanity Fair. The auction house plans to offer the painting again at a later date after its been vetted more thoroughly. [Vanity Fair]

 Reading the Tea Leaves at L.A. MOCA: Critic Christopher Knight suggests that billionaire collector Eli Broad may supplement his uneven collection with that of L.A. MOCA when his private collection museum opens across the street. During his bailout negotiations with MOCA in 2008, Broad demanded a formal loan arrangement as part of the deal. Though he eventually dropped the request due to resistance from MOCA's donors, Broad's influence now "likely makes the absence of a formal arrangement moot," says Knight. [LAT]  

– Annie Leibovitz Wins Wexner Prize: The decorated photographer will be the fourteenth recipient of the $50,000 prize, awarded every so often (beginning in 1992) by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio to living artists whose work "reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence." In addition to the hefty check, Leibovitz will receive a gnarled statue of a hammer by Jim Dine. Previous Wexner winners include Merce Cunningham, Gerhard Richter, and Spike Lee. [Media Bistro

Leo Villareal Lights Up the Bay Bridge: This March, New York artist Leo Villareal will make his mark on the west coast with "Bay Lights," an installation featuring 25,000 white lights arranged in an abstract pattern on the Bay Bridge. Over the next few months, electricians will climb the suspension cables during the night to affix the LED lights to the structure. The $8 million project will stay up for two years. "What you will see are sequences that are orchestrated but will never repeat," explained Villareal. "You could think of it almost as music, but mapped to the visual sense." [SFGate]


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