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Gilbert and George announce details of planned foundation

Plus: David Geffen pledges $150m to LACMA building project | Frieze announces stand prize winner and Tate acquisitions | and conservative activists protest nude performance at São Paulo’s MAM

5 October 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Gilbert and George announce details of planned London foundation | Gilbert and George have revealed details of their planned foundation, to be housed in a former brewery near their home in East London. According to the Art Newspaper, the 6,000 square foot space will be used to show their own work, and – if funds are sufficient – that of other artists. The foundation will be a registered charity, supported by the artists themselves, and incorporating storage space, an office, three galleries, and a walled garden. ‘We’re realising that big museums don’t show your work that often,’ they told TAN. ‘This way, we can host large-scale shows and rotate them every six months to a year.’

David Geffen pledges $150m to LACMA building project | Entertainment mogul David Geffen has pledged $150m towards the construction of a new building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Peter Zumthor-designed structure will be named in his honour. Geffen’s contribution is good news for the museum, which has now secured $450m of the $650m needed to go through with the project. As reported yesterday, a planned renovation of the concert hall at New York’s Lincoln Center – to which Geffen donated $100m – has been shelved. Geffen has since condemned the failure of other wealthy New Yorkers to donate to the project.

Frieze announces stand prize winner and Tate acquisitions | São Paulo’s Galeria Luisa Strina has been awarded the Frieze London stand prize, with additional citations going to fellow São Paulo gallery Mendes Wood, Berlin’s Galeria Gregor Podnar, Vienna’s Hubert Winter and the Parisian Air de Paris. The Frieze Tate Fund, which acquires works from the fair for the museum collection, has alighted on exhibits by Dorothy Iannone, Mary Beth Edelson, Hannah Black and Lawrence Abu Hamdan.

Conservative activists protest nude performance at São Paulo’s MAM | A nude performance by Wagner Schwartz at São Paulo’s Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) has sparked protests, with conservative activists calling the work ‘revolting’. According to ArtReview, the protests also moved city mayor João Doria to criticise the museum. Counter protests have since taken place.

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