Studio Libeskind Completes an Affordable Housing Complex in Brooklyn, and Other News

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The Atrium at Sumner Houses by Studio Libeskind. Photography by Hufton + Crow

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Studio Libeskind completes an 11-story affordable senior housing complex in Brooklyn.

Studio Libeskind has completed The Atrium at Sumner Houses, an 11-story affordable housing block for seniors in Brooklyn. The building features 190 apartments, with a focus on housing seniors earning below 50 percent of the Area Median Income and those formerly homeless, as part of the city’s Seniors First program. Central to the design is a full-height atrium surrounded by angled facades, reflecting Daniel Libeskind’s personal experience in social housing. The building includes amenities like a community center, garden, laundry, and exercise facilities.

In a surprise move, New York art dealer David Lewis announces his gallery’s closure.

New York art dealer David Lewis announced on Instagram that he is closing his gallery after 11 years. Lewis opened his first space on the Lower East Side before moving to Tribeca in 2021. His gallery showcased artists like Trey Abdella, Thornton Dial, Mary Beth Edelson, and Barbara Bloom. The gallery’s final show, “Everyone Loves Picabia,” marks its closure after having presented 80 exhibitions and participating in high-profile art fairs like Frieze and Art Basel.

Reece Clarke wearing Dior Men's for “The Afternoon of a Faun.” Photography by Steve Hatton/Electric Egg

Kim Jones designs costumes for a ballet commission that also informs his couture.

Kim Jones, the artistic director of Dior Men’s, has designed costumes for a new dance commission, “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Russell Maliphant, which premiered at the Charleston Festival. Inspired by his lifelong passion for Charleston Lewes and his uncle Colin Jones, a ballet dancer turned photographer, Jones designed wide-leg gray trousers and a lace vest with comfort and aesthetics in mind. His fall 2024 men’s collection draws from the collection of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, blending couture elements with wearable pieces. 

Art Basel’s Paris fair rebrands and relocates to the newly renovated Grand Palais.

Art Basel’s Paris fair will relocate to the renovated Grand Palais for its third edition in October 2024, expanding from 154 to 194 galleries. The fair has also been renamed from Paris+ par Art Basel to Art Basel Paris. The event will feature 194 exhibitors from 42 countries, with three sections: Galeries, Emergence, and Premise, showcasing established and emerging artists. In a statement, the fair’s director Clément Delépine highlighted Paris’s role as a cornerstone of the global art market and promises an enriched experience for galleries and visitors.

Potential criminal prosecutions related to the Grenfell Tower fire won’t start until 2026.

Potential criminal prosecutions related to the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people in June 2017, will not begin until at least late 2026 due to the investigation’s complexity. Nineteen companies and organizations, along with 58 individuals, are under investigation for potential corporate manslaughter or fraud. The police have gathered extensive evidence over nearly seven years, with the final public inquiry report expected in mid-2024. According to the BBC, families and survivors find the prolonged wait for justice “unbearable.”

The silver box containing Wu-Tang Clan’s album “Once Upon a Time in Shalon.” Photography courtesy of the artist, Pleasr, and Mona

Today’s attractive distractions:

Beauty TikTok is obsessing over Bag Balm, which treats chapped cow udders.

The sole copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album will be played at a Tasmania museum.

Apps like Find My have normalized location sharing, but with some drawbacks.

A suburban brewpub in Chicago is serving up shots of cicada-infused Malört.

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