Current Affairs 15.01

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gives more than 200 Latin American Artworks to six Museums

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a Venezuelan collector and philanthropist, aims to boost the visibility of Latin American art, and in order to do this her foundation, the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros is donating more than 200 artworks to a carefully selected group of museums across the United States, Latin America and Europe, in particular the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The pieces are from a broad and diverse collection in order not to make a singular point about Latin American Art.

The MFA employs a puppy to protect and preserve their collection

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has employed Riley, a 12 week old Weimaraner puppy. He will be used to detect insects, bugs and prevent infestations which could harm the museum objects. This is the first institution to add a sniffer dog into the institution to prevent bugs, but us at the Courtauldian are hoping for many more!

Missing Sol LeWitt Painting reappears in a home in Houston

The architect William F. Stern commissioned a large Sol LeWitt painting and his artworks were left to the Menil Collection. However, being site specific, the work could not be removed without damaging the work, so when the house was sold, the painting was covered with plaster. However, when picked at with a butter knife, the painting was beautifully intact, behind a thin layer of covering.

Condo 18, London

46 galleries have teamed up to create Condo 2018, a huge, city wide art show. A group of world class, contemporary galleries from New York to Shanghai have set up in 17 of London’s best young galleries. The show is an art party, suggesting a he love for the international art scene, more than doubling since its debut in 2016. Although Condo 2018 is spread across the city, from Kennington to Mile End, the show is running until February, you can take your time!

Throughout London, Until 10th February 2018

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Cézanne’s Portraits

Until 11th February 2018 The National Portrait gallery’s new exhibition brings together over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits. Cézanne, being one of the most influential artist of the nineteenth century, influencing cubism, fauvism and avant garde artists, made over 160 portraits. The National Portrait Gallery aims to highlight the pictoral and thematic characteristics of the works, and the role of the sitters in the work. Curated by John Elderfield.

National Portrait Gallery