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ARTIST CARMEN HERRERA, whose carefully crafted geometric paintings achieved great fame late in life, died Saturday at the age of 106, Maximiliano Duron reports in ART news. Born in Cuba in 1905, Herrera lived in postwar Paris with her husband, the late Jesse Loewenthaland exposes his abstractions to the New Realities Fair. They settled in New York in 1954, and she worked in relative obscurity until about 20 years ago, when a critically acclaimed gallery exhibition boosted her profile. the Whitney Museum his work in 2016. In the fall, Lisson Gallery will open a branch in LA with an exhibition of his paintings. To learn more about Herrera: ART news published a primer on his remarkable career, and profiled her in 2015 at her New York studio, where she was famous for regale interviewers while enjoying a glass of scotch.

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THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS. London Whitechapel Gallery in London opens soon “A century of artist’s studio: 1920-2020”, an exhibition devoted to the workplaces of artists, and in FinancialTimeswriter Olivia Laing has a try surveying them . She writes that they can be “a site of high-flying experiments” or “a type of circus”, and that “the private studio has elements of both monastic cell and prison”. Their economy is not easy, especially for artists working in inner cities, artists Richard Porter tell him. “It’s very exhausting to make it work.” the outgoing director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick, proposed a possible countermeasure for this in the Guardian: Rent vacant shops to artists at reduced rates. They “will bring with them a whole art of living, which brings a neighborhood back to life,” she says.

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the Portland Museum of Art in Maine plans to more than double the size of its campus and add a new six- or seven-story building with a rooftop sculpture garden. It is raising $85 million for the project – $15 million has been lined up so far, he said. [Portland Press Herald]

A 1200 year old stone Buddha A sculpture stolen from a temple in India some 20 years ago has been returned to the country’s authorities. An Italian collector returned the coin after receiving proof that it had been looted. [The New York Times]

Journalist Caroline A. Miranda took a look at the new Sofia Stadium in Los Angeles, home of Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, which was designed by a team led by Lance Evans of the firm HKS. Its design aims to keep the crowd “close to the action”, she writes, and if you “can afford one of the shacks on the field, you could very well have a defensive lineman landing in your beer.” . [Los Angeles Times]

A few souvenirs from the gift shop so far Vincent Van Gogh show in london Courtauld Gallery are criticized as insensitive to mental illness. Offerings include an ear-shaped eraser (van Gogh, of course, cut one of his own) and a bar of soap labeled as being for “the tortured artist who loves fluffy bubbles.” [The Guardian]

Collector Billie Milam Weismanthe Los Angeles director Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundationwho bears the name of her late husband, got the profile treatment of Georgina Adam. She enjoyed making art in her early years, Milam Weismann recalled. “At school, we were given a limited amount of paper to paint on, so when I had used it all up, I painted on my dress.” [Financial Times]

the wordle the craze has reached the communication department of the Centre Pompidou. [@CentrePompidou/Twitter]

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COURAGEOUS BIDDING. During the November evening sales in New York, one of the biggest headlines was the crypto kingpin Justin Sun paying $78.4 million for a price Alberto Giacometti sculpture, The nose (1947), to Sotheby’s. Surprisingly, Sun was fairly new in the work of the artist when he offered this formidable sum, it turns out. His adviser, Sidney XiongRecount New York Times journalist Zacharie Small, “Before the auction, he knew nothing about Giacometti.” She spoke with Sun about the sculptor’s practice for three hours before they fought over the piece – and the rest is art advice history. [NYT]

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