The Met Plans Modern Wing Expansion, Sotheby’s Moves Spring Sales—and More

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Museum expansion activists should brace themselves because the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a 180,000 square foot expansion.

Sotheby’s plans to hold all of its spring sales, both Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary, in one single week in May. The change up comes after Christie’s move this fall to combine sales categories and move its sales to a single week.

Quartz has compiled revealing statistics on the surprisingly large amount of artwork that museums don’t show to the public. Among their findings: most of the world’s large museums only display 5 percent of their collection.

The city of Dresden, Germany has bought a painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner that was taken by the Nazis from the Dresden City Art Gallery during WWII. The painting, titled Street Scene in Front of the Hair Salon, was once deemed “degenerate art” by the Third Reich.

A note for pop starts: when shooting a music video in front of a painted mural, it’s polite to credit the artist. 

The Storefront for Art and Architecture is hosting a competition that asks participants to name buildings that should be destroyed. The project is response to the debate that occurred over the destruction of Tod Williams’ beloved American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street—now since gone.

In today’s New York Times, the artists chosen for the next “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum are more international than ever before, with over one-third born outside the U.S. And Steven A. Cohen, prominent art collector and billionaire, has taken out a sizable loan with Morgan Stanley using his art collection as collateral.

The Met Plans Modern Wing Expansion, Sotheby’s Moves Spring Sales—and More