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CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS. The opening for the long awaited Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles was postponed again, this time to 2025, the Los Angeles Times reports. It is the second shift in two years; The first in 2021 was in response to Covid. Despite this, the museum, which is funded by ARTnews Top 200 collectors George Luke and Melody Hobson, drives the construction process forward. “We wanted to take our time after the building was completed to ensure the building went through the proper prep and refurbishment processes so we could ensure the artworks entered the building safely,” says the director Sandra Jackson Dumont said the newspaper. “And that process — mitigation — really takes time.”
ART THERAPY is now offered in Brussels. Artnet News reported that the Brugmann University Hospital is running a pilot program where psychiatrists can offer what they call a “museum prescription,” which is essentially a doctor’s order to get you into a facility. Individuals who receive the recipe will receive five free visits to a number of museums, including the Contemporary Art Room headquarters. The inspiration, said its organizers Guardianwas a similar program conducted in Canada in 2018. This initiative posited that seeing art could increase the release of hormones like serotonin.
Adrian Villar Rojas was selected to take over all 23,680 square feet of a new underground space in Art Gallery of New South Waleswhich is due to reopen after an expansion in December. [The Guardian]
The Turner Prize nominated group Forensic Architecture said it uncovered new evidence linked to the shooting Al Jazeera reporter Shirin Abu Akleh. Forensic Architecture claims it can now “conclusively” show that Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American, was attacked by Israeli forces. [The Art Newspaper]
Hilde Lynn Helphensteinthe person behind the Instagram account of the popular art world satire Jerry Gogosianworks with Sotheby’s to run a sale of emerging artists. Per Wall of the artists in it are “pulled directly from @jerrygogosian’s Instagram network.” [W Magazine]
collector Howard Farber and his wife Patricia are hired to sell a group of Cuban artworks Christies in a Latin American art sale this month. On tap are works by Los Carpinteros, Belkis Ayon, Tanya Brugueraand more. [Penta]
philanthropist Ellen Stirn Mavec is the new CEO Cleveland Museum of Art. She replaces Scott Mueller, a ARTnews Top 200 collector who has served as Chairman since 2019. [Cleveland.com]
GALLERY PRESENTATION SHIPPING. The artist Zineb Sedirawho designed the stunning French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year has joined Goodman Gallery. Petrit Halilaj is now on the list of Kurimanzuto which has offices in Mexico City and New York. Umar Rashidwho has one MoMA PS1 Exhibition opening this week, forged relationships with Almine Rech, which also announced plans to expand into Tribeca yesterday. And last week the foundation of the late painter Hedda Stars got representation Victoria Miro.
“ART PATZ” is the name that the New York Post gave to the actor Robert Pattinsonwho as ARTnews previously reported has curated a small auction for Sotheby’s. That post Now there’s a report saying art world insiders are unhappy with the proposed auction, which unnamed sources have branded as a flashy selling tactic. However, Sotheby’s doesn’t appear to be concerned. A representative for the auction house said: “Fostering new perspectives by collaborating with guest curators is nothing new and we look forward to welcoming you to our exhibition, which opens this weekend at 1334 York Avenue.” [New York Post]