The Broad unveils its East West Bank Plaza 

The Broad, L.A.’s new contemporary art museum, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Second Street. Photo by Jamie Pham

LOS ANGELES – The Broad today announced that its outdoor plaza has been named for its longtime leading partner, East West Bank. The plaza, where East West Bank-supported programs such as Family Weekend Workshops, Summer Happenings and Soul of a Nation Celebration: A Special Musical Performance Curated By Quincy Jones have taken place, has been named the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad.

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Gold Rush daguerreotypes coming to Peabody Essex

Unknown maker, American. Portrait of a California gold miner with tools, about 1850. Daguerreotype, quarter plate, 4 1/4 × 3 1/4 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo, Gift of Hallmark Cards Inc., 2005.27.115.

SALEM, Mass. – From the moment the first cry of “Gold!” was heard at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands of people made the journey west to find their fortune. Daguerreotypists, practitioners of one of the earliest forms of photography, also made their way west to capitalize on the ready market of potential customers. Their images reveal a nation on the cusp of economic, social and environmental change. Organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and curated by Jane Aspinwall, “Gold Rush: Daguerreotypes of Early California” will be on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from April 4 through July 12.
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Stedelijk Museum picks artists for exhibition

Sadik Alfraji, ‘Sing like the Southerners Do,’ 2019, sound-drawing installation. Courtesy the artist

AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum’s open call for this year’s biannual exhibition “Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions” received a record of 1,408 entries. Unlike previous editions, the open call invited submissions from makers of all disciplines.

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Art Institute of Chicago acquires monumental Tiffany window

Tiffany Studios landscape window, design attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (American, 1857–1953); Tiffany Studios (American, 1902–32). Hartwell Memorial Window (Light in Heaven and Earth), 1917. Corona, New York. Leaded glass; 701 x 487.7 cm (276in x 192 in). The Art Institute of Chicago image

CHICAGO –The Art Institute of Chicago announced Wednesday the acquisition of an extraordinary memorial window attributed to Agnes F. Northrop and made by Tiffany Studios in 1917. Originally commissioned for the Central Baptist Church (now known as Community Church of Providence) as the gift of Mary L. Hartwell in memory of her husband, Frederick W. Hartwell, the window is a pinnacle achievement in the medium of stained glass.

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Steve McQueen exhibition opens Feb. 13 in London

Steve McQueen Static 2009 Video still © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

LONDON – Celebrated for his powerful and uncompromising vision, Steve McQueen creates work that addresses the urgent issues of representation, identity and history. Starting on Feb. 13, Tate Modern presents the first survey of his work in the UK for over 20 years, offering a timely moment to reflect on these themes. Featuring 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, the exhibition is an unprecedented opportunity to experience the depth of McQueen’s visual art career in this country for the first time since he received the Turner Prize in 1999.

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British Baroque culture is focus of Tate exhibition opening Feb. 4

Antonio Verrio, The Sea Triumph of Charles II, circa 1674 The Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

LONDON – British Baroque: Power and Illusion is the first ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain. From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, Tate Britain’s exhibition opening February 4, 2020, explores the rich connections between art and power in this often-overlooked era. The show includes many new discoveries and artworks displayed in public for the first time, many on loan from the stately homes for which they were originally made.
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Boca Raton Museum of Art receives $1M gift

Martin Grass and  Jody Harrison Grass, the chair of the museum’s board of trustees. Boca Raton Museum of Art image

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s executive director, Irvin Lippman, announced two major philanthropic milestones at the museum’s 70th anniversary Gala on Jan. 25. The first announcement was the $1 million contribution by the Gala’s honorary chairs, Jody Harrison Grass and her husband Martin Grass, to benefit the museum’s education initiatives. Jody is the chair of the museum’s board of trustees.

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The Broad marks 5th anniversary with free exhibitions

From left: John Baldessari, ‘Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog),’ 1985. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles. Art © John Baldessari; Kara Walker, ‘The White Power Gin / Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere,’ 2019. © Kara Walker; Andy Warhol, ‘Liz [Early Colored Liz],’ 1963. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society, New York.

LOS ANGELES – The Broad Museum’s 2020 slate will cast new light on its world-renowned postwar and contemporary art collection built over 50 years by founders Eli and Edythe Broad.

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The Met acquires rare inscribed jar by David Drake

David Drake (circa 1801–1870s), Stony Bluff Manufactory, Edgefield District, South Carolina, storage jar, 1858. Alkaline-glazed stoneware. H: 22 5/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Ronald S. Kane Bequest, in memory of Berry B. Tracy, 2020

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased a rare stoneware storage jar by the enslaved African American potter and poet David Drake (circa 1801–1870s), it was announced Tuesday.

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Chicago Art Institute to host El Greco: Ambition and Defiance

Image provided by Art Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO – Bringing together over 55 paintings and sculptures, the Art Institute of Chicago presents El Greco: Ambition and Defiancefrom March 7 to June 21, 2020. The first major exhibition in over 15 years devoted to Doménikos Theotokópoulos, known widely as El Greco, Ambition and Defiance foregrounds the artist’s personality to chart the development of his distinctive style, offering a new view of his prescient aesthetic. The exhibition is organized by the Art Institute with the Réunion des musées nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris and the Musée du Louvre.

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