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GARDEN PARADISES.It has been a big week for art and parks! TheStorm King Art Centerin New York just announceda $45 million upgradeof its grounds, and now theUffizi Galleriesin Florence, Italy, has said it willspend €50 million(about $51.1 million) to renovate its gloriousBoboli Gardens, according to theArt Newspaper. “Our objective is not only to return the Boboli to the glories of the times of theMediciand theLorenadynasties, but to go further, making it the best open museum in the world,” the museum’s director,Eike Schmidt, said in a statement. It is slated for a 2030 completion. Meanwhile, theObama Presidential Centerin Chicago said that a water garden on its forthcoming campus will be named for the former president’s mother,Ann Dunham, and that it willfeature an installationby artist and architectMaya Lin.
CAROLE CAROOMPAS, AN INTENSELY INFLUENTIALLos Angeles artist, performer, and teacher,died on July 31, at the age of 76,Catherine Wagleyreports in theLos Angeles Times. The cause wasAlzheimer’s disease. Caroompas’s “intricate paintings and performances pulled ravenously from pop culture and literature,” Wagley writes. In one memorable 1981 piece, she performed as a lecturer, discussing archery and periodically singing songs she composed. Her paintings were often epically scaled and incisively feminist.“She was one of the most important artists around and has been always underrated,” the curatorMichael Duncantold Wagley.
For an upcoming show at theBaltimore Museum of Art, artistsCatherine Opieand artistJack Pierson have selected some 90 of the more than 350 works that filmmaker and artist John Waters donated to the institution from his collection in 2020. The exhibition will open in November. [CBS News Baltimore]
DirectorLaura Poitraswill screen her latest film, a documentary about photographerNan Goldinand her campaign against the pharmaceutical-producingSacklerfamily, at theNew York Film Festivalin October. It is titledAll the Beauty and the Bloodshed.[Indiewire]
PhilanthropistsJoseph TsaiandClara Wu Tsai, who have appeared on theARTnewsTop 200 Collectorslist, have donated $50 million to theDavid Geffen HallatLincoln Centerin New York, which is currently undergoing renovations. Its main auditorium will be named theWu Tsai Theater.[The New York Times]
The9/11 Memorial & Museumin Manhattan has hiredElizabeth L. Hillman, the president ofMills Collegein Oakland, California, to be its next president and chief executive. She takes the place of museum cofounderAlice M. Greenwald, who announced her departure late last year.[The New York Times]
The Spanish/Mediterranean-style home of fashion designersTommy and Dee Hilfigerin Palm Beach, Florida, features works byAndy Warhol, and theArchitectural Digestfeature about the abode has the couple cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on a jet ski.[Architectural Digest]
SHARPSHOOTER.In theNew York Times,Siddhartha Mitterhasan in-depth profileof artistTiona Nekkia McClodden, who currently has work on view at a trio of high-profile New York venues. Early in the story, Mitter accompanies McClodden to a gun range, a practice that has become integral to her life—and informed her art.“Every bullet that I load, I’m breathing through it,” she said there. “I’m adjusting to being in the space. There’s a protocol.”[NYT]