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Conservation groups protest against the Frick’s expansion plans

Plus: Berkshire Museum to sell nine more works from its collection | Albright-Knox Museum reveals details of planned expansion | and Jessica Porter named director of ArtTable

26 June 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Conservationists protest against new Frick expansion plans | Local conservation groups held a news conference yesterday on the steps of City Hall in New York, criticising the museum’s new plans for an extension, reports the New York Times. Critics claim that the revised plans, which have been drawn up by Annabelle Selldorf, will ‘destroy or irrevocably change many important facets of the Frick Collection, including the landmarked Russell Page Garden and renowned Music Room’. Their aim was to urge the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to postpone its vote – due to be held today – in the hope that the plans may be further revised.

Berkshire Museum to sell nine more works from its collection | The Berkshire Museum has decided to sell off a further nine items from its collection in private sales after a first tranche of works fared disappointingly at auction. According to the Art Newspaper, seven works by artists including Alexander Calder, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt will be sold through Sotheby’s. The auction house will also offer two Qing dynasty works from the museum’s collection during its Asia Week sales in September.

Albright-Knox Museum reveals details of planned expansion | The Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo has revealed new designs for its $155m expansion project. The revised plans have been drawn up in response to the reception that greeted earlier designs revealed last summer, which were criticised for significantly altering Gordon Bunshaft’s original building. The new proposal will see a standalone building added to the museum.

Jessica Porter named director of ArtTable | New York-based non-profit ArtTable has appointed Jessica Porter as its next director, reports ARTNews. Porter is currently executive director of New York Artists Equity Association, and also served as founding director of Porter Contemporary gallery from 2006 to 2017.

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