“Tate Modern is a significant step closer to raising the £215m it needs for its extension after the Israeli shipping billionaire Eyal Ofer donated £10m. The gallery gave the details of one of its biggest cash gifts on Tuesday. In recognition of Ofer’s contribution, Tate Modern will name the level 3 east galleries the Eyal Ofer galleries.”
(The Art Newspaper)
“Abdulnasser Gharem, 40, is a gentle, thoughtful colonel in the Saudi army—not a pen-pusher, though; he has seen action twice—who came to the West’s attention during the Venice Biennale of 2009, where the artists’ collective Edge of Arabia, of which he is co-founder, showed his hauntingly beautiful video, Al Siraat.”
“Sarah Charlesworth, an artist whose photo-based works deconstructed, subverted and otherwise addressed cultural assumptions, died on Tuesday in Hartford. Ms. Charlesworth was part of a wave of talented artists, who rephotographed existing photographs or dissected the medium’s conventions with staged tableaus.”
(The Art Newspaper)
“An impressive new publication designed to help art aficionados unravel the legal intricacies of the art world—”The Art Collecting Legal Handbook” (Thomson Reuters)—should prove invaluable for collectors and dealers worldwide (co-editors Bruno Boesch and Massimo Sterpi crucially cover all key international jurisdictions). The foreword by former Art Basel supremo Sam Keller, now director of Basel’s Fondation Beyeler, especially caught our eye.”
Irina Antonova came to work at Moscow’s renowned Pushkin Museum the year the second world war ended. She built herself up to director, brought the Mona Lisa to the Soviet Union and outlasted every leader from Stalin to Yeltsin to become the doyenne of Russia’s art world. On Monday, Antonova was unceremoniously let go. Some blamed her age – at 91. But she remains as sharp as when she was challenging Soviet authorities to display the work she loved so much, from Marc Chagall to Wassily Kandinsky, considered traitors for fleeing the motherland.