Tom Waits's Edgy Art Book, Paris Airport Opens Rodin Exhibition, and More

Tom Waits's Edgy Art Book, Paris Airport Opens Rodin Exhibition, and More
Tom Waits, photographed by Anton Corbijn

– Tom Waits's Photography Published: A new limited-edition book-form collaboration between the gravely-voiced singer and photographer Anton Corbijn, "Waits/Corbijn," will feature photos by the latter and "curiosities" by the former — including, for the first time, his own photographs — along with new texts by preeminent music critic Robert Christgau and indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Waits fans may want to start saving now: When it hits shelves on May 8, the 272-page book, available in just 6,600 copies, will retail for £135 ($216). "I love working with Anton, he’s someone with a real point of view," Waits said. "Believe me, I won’t go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone." [Telegraph]

– Rodin Lands at Paris Airport: Yesterday an exhibition of 50 Auguste Rodin sculptures on loan from Paris's Rodin Museum opened at l'Espace Musées, an exhibition space in hall M of terminal 2E at Paris's Roissy-Charles de Gaule airport. It is the inaugural show in the rotating gallery, which will host a new exhibition from a major Paris institution every six months. While the airport sees some 61 million travelers every year, the Espace Musées — which tapped former Musée d'Orsay president Serge Lemoine to head up its visual art program — hopes to bring in 500,000 visittors every year. [Le Figaro]


– Ninteenth-Century Italian Painting Found in Thrift Store: The country's Goodwill stores are apparently full of lost masterpieces. The latest valuable artwork to turn up in one of the second-hand shops is a small 19th-century painting of an old woman holding a teacup by Giovanni Battista Torriglia (1858-1937), which was discovered by Maria Rivera, one of the store's employees, and could earn as much as $20,000 in an online auction on the Goodwill's website. (An appraiser valued it at $12,000-$18,000.) "I didn’t know how much at the time," Rivera said, "but I knew we had some money here." [LAT]

– No Known Allergen Fears from Laib's Pollen Field: Next week, German artist Wolfgang Laib will unveil his largest pollen installation to date — "Pollen From Hazelnut" — at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. News of the glowing yellow field of pollen has unnerved our friends at Hyperallergic, who, as you might imagine, are particularly sensitive to allergens. A MoMA representative told the blog that the artist has created pollen fields dozens of times for as long as one year with no known incidents. Let's hope he keeps his track record intact! [Hyperallergic

– Mellon Foundation Finances Copyright Study: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College Art Association a $630,000 grant to create a code of best practices for both the creation and curation of artworks and scholarly publishing in the visual arts. The project, which focuses particularly on issues of fair use and copyright, begins this month and is set to be completed in 2016. Reflecting on the need for such a code, CAA board president Anne Collins Goodyear said, "Both scholarly and artistic projects are often compromised or even abandoned because of the arduous and expensive process of clearing permissions." [Artforum]

 Tate Takes on LS Lowry: The divisive British painter LS Lowry, whose portrayals of working-class life in northern England are wildly and widely popular but have long been dismissed by the art world, will be the subject of an exhibition at Tate Britain in June, the artist's first major retrospective since his death in 1976. "Part of Lowry is that he's not kitsch. Kitsch is doing your thinking for you, telling you how to think and feel," said Anne Wagner, who is co-curating the exhibition with TJ Clark. "Lowry never tells you how to feel... to have represented the lives of the working class and not become a propagandist is an astonishing achievement." [Guardian]

– Donald Judd Home-Studio Sets June Opening Date: The pioneering American minimalist sculptor's longtime live-work space at 101 Spring Street has been undergoing a top-to-bottom restoration over the last three years. It will finally open to the public in June, with tickets for guided tours of the building — and Judd's collection of works by Dan FlavinMarcel DuchampClaes OldenburgFrank Stella, and more — available by appointment through the Judd Foundation, which will operate the center. "He worked on the building on and off for over 20 years so there is a lot of history and development," said Judd Foundation co-president Flavin Judd, the artist's son. "This was 101 Spring Street’s 140-year check-up. Unfortunately it needed surgery, but it shouldn’t need anything else for at least another 140 years." [Press Release]

– L.A.'s Art Schools Remain on Top: The art schools of Los Angeles gained worldwide renown in the 1960s when Allan KaprowChris Burden, and John Baldessari began to teach there. Now, those schools remain among the best in the world, but the hierarchy among them is changing. USC has emerged as a leader of the pack, overtaking CalArts and UCLA. [TAN]

– AFAM Gets Contemporary Curator: The American Folk Art Museum in New York has added another curator to its ranks. Dr. Valérie Rousseau will serve as curator of 20th century and contemporary art beginning February 14. Before joining AFAM, where she will focus on self-taught contemporary artists, Rousseau served as an independent curator, organizing exhibitions of James CastleHenry Darger, and Guo Fengyi and serving as program director of the Outsider Art Fair. [Press Release]

– Crystal Bridges Gets Help From a Neighbor: Bentonville, Arkansas's Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded in 2011 by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, may be among the wealthiest art institutions in the country — but it has notorious gaps in its collection when it comes to Abstract Expressionism. When planning its exhibition "Abstractions on Paper: From Abstract Expressionism to Postminimalism," Crystal Bridges borrowed from the collection of the little-known Arkansas Arts Center rather than a larger institution like MoMA. The small center lent works by Helen FrankenthalerRobert Motherwell, and others currently on view in the exhibition. [Arkansas Times]


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