National Gallery of Australia Closes, Johnson Publishing to Auction 100 Artworks, and More: Morning Links from January 6, 2020 – ARTnews

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The pioneering conceptual artist John Baldessari has died at age 88. [ARTnews]

The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, where an exhibition of works by Matisse and Picasso is currently on view, closed on Sunday due to smoky air caused by raging brushfires. [The Art Newspaper]

The Market

Later this month, the Chicago-based company Johnson Publishing, which filed for bankruptcy last year, will auction 100 works of art previously displayed in its offices. Among the works set to hit the block are a series of chromogenic prints by Carrie Mae Weems. [Chicago Sun Times]

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National Gallery of Australia Closes—and More

In a private auction last summer, Johnson Publishing sold its archive of images from Ebony and Jet magazines to a consortium of philanthropic organizations. [ARTnews]

Museums

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s move to new storage facilities in east London involves packing and transporting 250,000 objects, 350,000 books, and over 1,000 archives, making it the museum’s largest relocation of its collections since World War II. [The Guardian]

“There are many, many spreadsheets,” Sarah Cucinella-McDaniel, chief registrar at the Denver Art Museum, said of the logistical details behind the institution’s ongoing exhibition “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.” [NPR]

In case you missed it: Phyllis Tuchman wrote last month that the Denver Art Museum’s Monet survey “is telling the story of a long life lived to the fullest.” [ARTnews]

Exhibitions

At San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, a presentation titled “Lost at Sea: Art Recovered From Shipwrecks” features a “fantastically whimsical flying horse on a fragment of 15th-century Vietnamese pottery” and many more wonders, according to Edward Rothstein. [The Wall Street Journal]

David Pagel writes that artist Alice Tippit, whose paintings are now on view at Grice Bench in Los Angeles, “is a colorist who understands understatement.” [Los Angeles Times]

Photography

Artist Clare Gallagher discusses her photographs of domestic messes: “I want to draw attention to what is not shown about home—the everyday things that are right in front of our eyes, but go almost unnoticed and uncommented on.” [The Guardian]

And finally, behold photographer Michal Chelbin’s vibrant portraits of Ukrainian teenagers at prom. “These pictures should make us think about the possible futures of these young people, and of their country,” Janet Elise Johnson writes of the images. [The New Yorker]

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