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UNDER CONSTRUCTION.The opening for the long-awaitedLucas Museum of Narrative Artin Los Angeles has beendelayed again, this time to 2025, theLos Angeles Timesreports. It’s the second postponement in a two-year span; the first, in 2021, wasdone in response to Covid. Nevertheless, the museum, which is funded byARTnewsTop 200 CollectorsGeorge LucasandMellody Hobson, is plowing forward with the construction process. “We wanted to give ourselves time, once the building is complete, to make sure the building goes through the proper readiness and remediation processes, so we can ensure the artwork is safe coming into the building,” directorSandra Jackson-Dumonttold the paper.“And that process—the mitigation—really takes a period of time.”
ART THERAPYof a sort is now on offer in Brussels.Artnet Newsreports that theBrugmann University Hospitalis piloting a program where psychiatrists can offer what they’re calling a“museum prescription,”which is essentially a doctor’s orders to get thee to an institution. People who receive the prescription get five free visits to a spread of museums, including the contemporary art spaceCentrale. The inspiration, its organizers told theGuardian, was asimilar programdone in Canada in 2018. That initiative postulated that seeing art could increase the secretion of hormones like serotonin.
Adrián Villar Rojashas been picked to take over all 23,680 square feet of a new underground space at theArt Gallery of New South Wales, which is set to reopen in December following an expansion.[The Guardian]
The Turner Prize–nominated groupForensic Architecturesaid it has uncovered new evidence related to the shooting ofAl-JazeerareporterShireen Abu Akleh. Forensic Architecture claims it can now “conclusively” show that Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American, was targeted by Israeli forces.[The Art Newspaper]
Hilde Lynn Helphenstein, the person behind the popular art-world satire Instagram accountJerry Gogosian, is partnering withSotheby’sto lead a sale of emerging artists. PerW, all the artists in it are “pulled directly from @jerrygogosian’s Instagram network.”[W Magazine]
CollectorHoward Farberand his wifePatriciaare set to sell a group of a Cuban artworks atChristie’sin a Latin American art sale this month. On tap are works byLos Carpinteros,Belkis Ayón,Tania Bruguera, and more.[Penta]
PhilanthropistEllen Stirn Mavecis the new board chair of theCleveland Museum of Art. She replaces Scott Mueller, anARTnewsTop 200 Collectorwho had served as chair since 2019.[Cleveland.com]
GALLERY REPRESENTATION DISPATCH.The artistZineb Sedira, who did the stunningFrench Pavilionat theVenice Biennalethis year, hasjoinedGoodman Gallery.Petrit Halilajisnow on the rosterofkurimanzutto, which has spaces in Mexico City and New York.Umar Rashid, who has aMoMA PS1show opening this week,forged tieswithAlmine Rech, which also yesterday announced plans toexpand to Tribeca. And last week, the foundation of the late painterHedda SternegotrepresentationwithVictoria Miro.
“ART PATZ”is the name that theNew York Posthas given to actorRobert Pattinson, who, asARTnewspreviously reported, hascurated a small auctionforSotheby’s. ThePostnow has a report saying that art-world insiders are displeased with the planned auction, which unnamed sources lambasted as a showy sales tactic. Sotheby’s, however, does not seem worried. A rep for the auction house said, “Encouraging fresh perspectives by working with guest curators is nothing new and we look forward to welcoming you at our exhibition which opens this weekend at 1334 York avenue.”[New York Post]