The Park Avenue Cube at 432 Park Avenue, where Phillips auction house will move next fall.
Photo: Phillips

Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief

Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from Phillips moving its New York headquarters to the leader of the Smithsonian stepping down

Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.

1. Phillips is moving its New York headquarters

Phillips auction house, currently situated on Park Avenue at 57th street, is moving nearby, to 432 Park Avenue. Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the skyscraper is currently the tallest residential tower in the Western hemisphere and features an attached glass cube that spans 55,000 square feet of office space, which Phillips will occupy come fall.

2. Famed Italian architect Renzo Piano to design new Genoa bridge

Authorities in Genoa on Tuesday chose a design by Italy’s most famous living architect, Renzo Piano, for a bridge to replace the Morandi overpass that collapsed in August, killing 43 people and injuring dozens. Piano, 81, who is originally from Genoa, had submitted a proposal in September for the new bridge that he claims “will last for a 1,000 years and will be built of steel.”

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The leader of the Smithsonian Institution, seen above, has resigned. Photo: Courtesy of the Smithsonian

3. Smithsonian head David Skorton resigns

David Skorton, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that he will step down from the post in June. Skorton, a trained cardiologist, will become president of the Association of American Medical Colleges when he leaves the Smithsonian.

4. Untitled Art, San Francisco announces guest curator and special projects for third edition in 2019

Untitled Art, San Francisco announced that Juana Berrío, San Francisco–based curator and cultural producer, will guest curate the third edition of the fair. Berrío will oversee Untitled Art, Special Projects and introduce Untitled Art, Books & Editions, a new section of artists books, publications, and limited editions.

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Meleko Mokgosi, Acts of Resistance I, 2018 Photo: Baltimore Museum of Arts

5. Baltimore Museum of Art acquires 48 works

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that 48 works of art, including paintings by Meleko Mokgosi and Amy Sherald; photographs by Louise Lawler, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Carrie Mae Weems; sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Senga Nengudi; and textiles by Stephen Towns were added to its collection. Thirty-five of the works, gifted from Baltimore collectors Mary and Paul Roberts, will go on view in a special exhibition, that will run from April 3–June 30, 2019.


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