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Lawrence Weiner participating in the 2005 Reykjavik Arts Festival. (Photo: Lawrence Weiner)

Mile-High Medal

Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner has won the Aspen Art Museum’s 2017 Aspen Award for Art, which will be presented at the institution’s upcoming ArtCrush event. The Bronx-based creative is celebrated as one of the first artists to “dematerialize” his artwork into words and intangible ideas. “Lawrence is a true friend of the museum, and one of the most significant contemporary artists of our time,” said Heidi Zuckerman, the institution’s CEO and director.
[Aspen Art Museum]

A work by Keith Haring, who will be included in The Brant Foundation’s “Animal Farm” exhibition. (Image: Creative Commons)

Brant Foundation Exhibitions Announced

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center has released its 2017 exhibition schedule. Starting in May, artist and musician Sadie Laska will curate “Animal Farm,” which will juxtapose 1980s pop artists with up-and-coming contemporary artists to explore the current political landscape, and in the fall, the institution will host a solo show of work by the late Jason Rhoades.
[The Brant Foundation]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., designed by David Adjaye. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Obama On View

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the firm behind the exhibition design for National Museum of African American History and Culture, will oversee the exhibit space for the Obama Presidential Center’s museum. The institution will soon be built on Chicago’s South Side.
[Chicago Tribune]

Rashid Johnson's "Untitled Escape Collage," (2016). (Photo: Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Gallery)

Artful Adaption

Artist Rashid Johnson and writer Suzan-Lori Parks are working together to adapt Richard Wright’s novel Native Son into a movie. Parks has previously adapted Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God for the screen.

Andre 3000. (Photo: Joe Pugliese / AUGUST, via WWD)

Tretorn Teams Up

Andre 3000 is slated to design a capsule collection for legacy footwear brand Tretorn. “We wanted to work with Andre because he resonates with all ages and he’s an OG. He’s not a flavor of the month,” said Nick Woodhouse, president and CMO of the brand’s parent company, Authentic Brands Group.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled (USA Today)" (1990). (Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, via Artnet)

Andrea Rosen Gallery to Close

After 27 years, Andrea Rosen is closing her eponymous gallery to focus on corepresenting Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s estate with David Zwirner. “I have come to realize that to be fearlessly open and responsive to our times and the future requires mobility, flexibility and the willingness to change, and consequently, I have decided to shift my life, and the focus of the gallery, in a significant way,” Rosen wrote.

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