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An artwork by Yayoi Kusama, who was commissioned to create an installation for the 2017 Armory Show in March. (Photo: "All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins" (2016), courtesy of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.)

Putting on a Show

New York’s annual Armory Show has commissioned 11 artworks to be installed around the fair. In addition to large-scale works by artists like Ai Weiwei and Yayoi Kusama, curator Eric Shiner enlisted dealer Jeffrey Deitch to recreate “Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon,” which he debuted at the Armory’s 1995 edition.
[The New York Times]

Acoustic Architecture

After nearly 10 years of development, Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg opens today. The concert hall is a central component of Hamburg’s Hafen City, an area that’s ground zero for one of Europe’s largest urban renewal projects.

Number Crunch

The New York City Mayor’s Office began using a custom dashboard today, which synthesizes and renders data from the city government’s 70 separate agencies and groups. “The data gap isn’t about data being accessible or inaccessible … It’s about data actually being used,” said David Gonzalez, who worked on the project.

Those Who Wait

After a decade of false starts, Star Wars creator George Lucas has settled on a site in Los Angeles for his Ma Yansong-designed museum. Lucas will provide the $1 billion necessary for construction and an institutional endowment.

Private Space

On Jan. 23, SAP cofounder and billionaire Hasso Plattner will open his new private museum in Potsdam, Germany. The building, a reconstruction of Frederick the Great’s palace, will house his collection of East German contemporary art and historical masterworks.

London Calling

Maria Balshaw, director of Manchester’s Whitworth museum, is poised become the Tate’s new director. Although the Tate’s board of trustees has chosen Balshaw, Prime Minister Theresa May still has to approve their selection.

In a Fog

San Francisco’s fourth annual FOG Design and Art Fair kicks off tonight with a gala benefitting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The line-up for the four-day show, which officially opens tomorrow, includes talks with Sterling Ruby and David Adjaye, as well as booths from many of the country’s largest galleries.
[FOG Design + Art]

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