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FROM THE MUSEUM HALLS.Hot on the heels of announcinga $25 million giftfor its planned expansion last month, theTampa Museum of Artin Florida said it haslined up another $5 millionfor the project, theTampa Bay Timesreports. The donation comes from local philanthropistsPennyandJeff Vinik’sVinik Family Foundation, and comes with naming rights for the institution’s education center. The museum has now raised $71 million of its $100 million goal for the project. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, artistMarina Abramovic’s much-delayed exhibition at London’sRoyal Academy of Artshasa new opening date, theArt Newspaperreports. Originally slated for September 2020, it is now on tap for September of 2023. Mark your calendars!
ON THE MOVE.ArtistSally Saul, who makes playful and inventive ceramics, hasjoined the rosterof New York’sVenus Over Manhattangallery. “I think I’m one of her biggest collectors, so it’s always good to share with others what you love yourself,”Adam Lindemann, VOM’s founder, toldAlex GreenbergerinARTnews. TheMuseum of Fine Artsin Boston has hiredMichael J. Bramwellto be itsfirst curator of folk and self-taught art, theBoston Globereports. He is currently visiting guest curator at theMuseum of Early Southern Decorative Artsin Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And theVisual Arts Centerof New Jersey, in Summit, has tappedKristen Evangelistato be itsdirector of exhibitions, perNew Jersey Stage.
Singer, writer, and photographerPatti Smith was been awarded France’s Légion d’Honneur. “I embraced France my whole life,” Smith said, “and to receive an embrace like this in return is a wonderful thing.”[AFP/Bangkok Post]
Social-media posts from K-pop stars and other South Korean celebrities who are art collectors are drawing their fans to museums and galleries. “I thought art had totally nothing to do with me, something highly sophisticated people enjoy. But RMdispelled that prejudice for me,”one said, referring to theBTSband member.[The Korea Herald]
The recent wedding of actressChloë SevignyandKarmadealerSiniša Mačkovićin her native Darien, Connecticut, featured an ice sculpture of a swan bedecked with chains. Its designer? ArtistLizzi Bougatsos, who suggested that Sevigny meet Mačković.[British Vogue]
In a newly published study, archaeologists say that they believe they have found the oldest-known mine in North or South America. Located in easternWyoming, it appears to have been a source of hematite, or red ocher, some 12,000 years ago by people digging with antlers or bones.[Smithsonian Magazine]
June Fitzpatrick, a veteran art dealer in Portland, Maine, died on Monday at the age of 83. “She had a really good eye, and she didn’t just show what she thought would sell, but what she thought was worthwhile,” said local art writerEdgar Allen Beem, who termed her the city’s leading gallerist during her run.[Portland Press Herald]
Are you headed to Switzerland forArt Baselnext month?Wallpaperhas a guide to key art museums across the alpine country, from Geneva and Zurich to Lugano and Bern.[Wallpaper]
FAIR PLAY.More than 50 percentof the roughly 130 exhibitors atArt Basel Hong Kong(which just opened today to invited guests) have satellite booths,Ted Loosreportsin theNew York Times. That means local reps are taking the place of dealers who are unable, or unwilling, to visit the city from abroad and sit through its seven-day quarantine. Basel head honchoMarc Spiegleris not on hand, butAdeline Ooi, its director for Asia is, and she told theTimes that the mandatory hotel stay is “certainly not for everyone, but I’ve also come to appreciate this experience of self-isolation.”[NYT]