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Selldorf Architects chosen for Frick expansion

Plus: Anicka Yi wins Hugo Boss Prize | Gallery dedicated to William Blake opens in San Francisco | and Clark Art Institute receives $2 million gift in support of works on paper

21 October 2016

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Selldorf Architects to design Frick expansion | New York’s Frick Collection has announced that Selldorf Architects has been selected to design a major expansion and upgrade to its facilities. Working closely with the museum’s leadership, the architectural partnership will develop a design plan that meets the Frick’s specific needs for accommodating growth. Frick director Ian Wardropper described Annabelle Selldorf as a ‘visionary’, and expressed confidence that the partnership’s plans would ‘enrich, rather than overwhelm’ the institution.

Anicka Yi wins Hugo Boss Prize | Anicka Yi has become the 11th artist to win the biennial Hugo Boss Prize, the Guggenheim announced today. Yi, who works mainly in sculpture and installation, was selected from a shortlist of six finalists including Tania Bruguera, Wael Shawky and Mark Leckey. Now in its 20th year, the award recognises significant achievements in contemporary art, and grants its winner $100,000 as well as a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim. ‘In selecting Anicka Yi as the winner from an exceptionally strong group of nominated artists, we wish to highlight the singularity of her vision and the generative new possibilities for artistic production offered by her practice’, read a statement issued by the jury. ‘We eagerly look forward to her exhibition at the Guggenheim this coming spring.’

Gallery dedicated to William Blake opens in San Francisco | San Francisco-based bookseller John Windle has opened a gallery devoted to the life and work of William Blake, the first space to focus on his art since 1793, reports The Art Newspaper. Windle, who has dealt in Blake’s work since the 1960s and claims to have 300–400 of his works in his inventory, describes the space as a ‘lifelong goal’. The gallery has opened with an exhibition titled ‘Always in Paradise: a William Blake Chrestomathy’, which comprises around 50 examples of Blake’s art and writings.

Clark Art Institute receives $2 million gift in support of works on paper | The Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts has received a donation of $2 million from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust in support of its works on paper collection. In recognition of the gift, the institution will name a new gallery in its recently renovated research centre in honour of the donors. ‘This very generous gift expands our ability to present exhibitions of works on paper’, said director Olivier Meslay. ‘It also allows us to imagine extraordinary programming opportunities for the future.’

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