Art World Abstracts: A Battle Over the Frick, and More!

The 70th Street Garden at The Frick (Courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation)

The 70th Street Garden at The Frick (Courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation)

“Officials at the Frick Collection knew their plan to build a six-story addition to a beloved, landmark, jewel-box museum would draw detractors. But leaders of that Fifth Avenue museum say they didn’t expect it to get so intense so fast.” [NYT]

Ever wonder how exactly David Hockney got into painting on iPads and using Photoshop at the ripe old age of 77? Well, it’s all because of his sister. So we have her to thank for the new works. [The Telegraph]

Qatari megacollector Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani died suddenly at his home in London. He was 48. [The Art Newspaper]

Our friend Daniel Grant has two very helpful, servicey pieces in The Wall Street Journal, on how to choose the right art dealer, and how to frame art correctly. [WSJ and WSJ]

Here’s a little explainer on how the Detroit Institute of Arts was so crucial in saving the entire city from interminable bankruptcy. [Slate]

And word came over the transom this morning that Laura Copelin, an assistant curator of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, has been appointed associate curator of Ballroom Marfa. Convenient timing, seeing as the Ballroom Marfa benefit gala is tonight.