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


Deaccessioned by De Salle

In a desperate bid to raise a staggering $5 million De Salle Universtity, Philadelphia, have decided to sell works from their university museum. The university recently announced that they would be removing a total of 46 works from their permanent collection, which will then be sold through Christies over the next few months. The sale works including that by Ingres, Matisse and Degas will go towards the reduction of the university’s debt’s, which totalled $144 million in 2016. Speaking to, La Salle’s Chief Communications Officer Jaine Lucas explained “While we greatly respect and appreciate the perspective of the art community, we are first and foremost a University. Our Board of Trustees made the decision to deaccession a select group of artworks after careful and thoughtful consideration of all the University’s assets, and in service to our students. We place great value in our art museum and our cultural heritage. The decision of which artworks would be sold was made by examining their pedagogical value with the target amount of $5 million we needed to raise.” Unsurprisingly the university’s decision has received mixed reaction, with many in the art world struggling to see the advantages a slightly smaller debt will bring to students and faculty of De Salle …