1. Underground 1930s London Club Comes Back to Life
“Queer City: London Club Culture 1918-1967” is the result of a collaboration between the UK’s National Trust and National Archives, in which the two organizations have re-created The Caravan, a queer-friendly members club in central London that existed for a mere six weeks in 1934, before being raided and closed by the police. From March 2-26, visitors will be able to visit the club, and even have a drink there during evening openings.
2. Global Art Sales Fall 22% after Market Reactions to Trump and Brexit
Global art sales are down by 22% from 2015, as the Art market reacts to a turbulent year with the election of Donald Trump and Brexit. The number of mega-expensive works sold and this represents pieces over the value of $10m for a single work of art has also tumbled by up to 50%. China has regained its status as the world’s top market,over the US another revelation that the west isn’t performing as well as it was a year ago.
3. Metropolitan Museum’s Director Resigns Under Pressure
On Tuesday, Thomas P. Campbell resigned under pressure as the director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after months of growing concerns among staff members and some trustees about its financial health and his capacity to lead the largest museum in the country. The Met said that Mr. Campbell, 54, had made the decision to leave the job he had held for eight years.
4. 20 Artists to Watch at The Armory Show
As The Armory Show opens its 23rd edition, 210 galleries from 30 countries across the globe have converged on Manhattan’s west side. The fair’s 2017 installment boasts not only roomier aisles and bigger booths, but an increase to the number of galleries in the Presents section, which offers solo or duo artist presentations by young dealers, and a revitalized Focus section, bringing in new or rarely seen work curated by Jarrett Gregory. With these changes come an abundance of artists on the rise. These range from young German photographer and Andreas Gursky protégé Louisa Clement, to first-time Venice Biennale participants Fiete Stolte to name a few.
5. A Revelation about Margaret Thatcher’s Spirited Campaign to Get the Thyssen Collection
Margaret Thatcher campaigned hard to bring the Thyssen collection to the UK, recently declassified Downing Street documents at the UK National Archives reveal. At one point in 1988, it looked like the UK prime minister was winning over Baron Heini Thyssen-Bornemisza, but British hopes were ultimately thwarted. His wife, a former Miss Spain, preferred Madrid as a home for the collection that Neil MacGregor, the then director of London’s National Gallery, advised Downing Street was “the most important private collection of paintings in the world”.
6. France’s First Permanent Fashion Museum
The Palais Galliera in Paris has been the setting of several fashion exhibitions in the last four years. Yesterday, it was announced that in 2019—with the support of the fashion brand Chanel—the Palais will open a permanent exhibition gallery, making it France’s first permanent fashion museum. Chanel has partnered with the city of Paris to finance the construction of the new space, which will be called Salles Gabrielle Chanel (The Gabrielle Chanel Rooms), at an estimated cost of €5.7 million euros ($6 million).
7. The Winners of the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta have been announced as the recipients of the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize – the first time that three individuals have been jointly awarded the prize. Mr. Aranda, Ms. Pigem, and Mr. Vilalta are the co-founders of Catalan studio RCR Arquitectes, which they established in 1988 in their hometown of Olot where they remain based. The decision to bestow the award on a little-known studio is a major departure for the prize, which has historically been awarded to a big name “starchitect” such as Zaha hadid or Frank Gehry.
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