The New SFMOMA

Exterior view of the new SFMOMA, designed by Snøhetta; image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA
Exterior view of the new SFMOMA, designed by Snøhetta; image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA

After a three-year expansion and renovation, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened to the public this weekend. The museum has more than doubled in size and is now the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the US.

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PSFAF 2016

Laurence Jones, Black Palms, 2016; mixed media on linen, 57 1/8 x 72 7/8 inches; image courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Laurence Jones, Black Palms, 2016; mixed media on linen, 57 1/8 x 72 7/8 inches; image courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair will open its fifth edition on February 12, 2016. As in previous years, PSFAF coincides with Modernism Week and a Presidential visit to Sunnylands, making the Coachella Valley a hot ticket for the holiday weekend. More than 14,000 visitors are expected for the West Coast’s best art fair, which continues through February 14.

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Ólafur Elíasson, Baroque Baroque

Ólafur Elíasson, Five Orientation Lights, 1999; Stainless steel, colored glass, halogen bulbs, Fresnel lenses, each lamp: 200 x 70 x 70 cm, installation: dimensions variable; The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Baroque Baroque installation view at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, 2015; image © Ólafur Elíasson
Ólafur Elíasson, Five Orientation Lights, 1999; Stainless steel, colored glass, halogen bulbs, Fresnel lenses, each lamp: 200 x 70 x 70 cm, installation dimensions variable; The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires; Installation view at the Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna, 2015; image © Ólafur Elíasson

At the Winter Palace in Vienna, a selection of works by Ólafur Elíasson forms a site-specific exhibition titled Baroque Baroque. More than a dozen works, created during the last twenty years, are installed within the architecture of the 18th century palace. The contrast of Elíasson’s contemporary works inside grand Baroque staterooms alters perceptions of space and history for an experience that supersedes both.

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Post-Basel in Miami

Miami Beach; image via Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Miami Beach; image via Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The 14th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach closed on December 6 and the fair was as stupendous as ever. 267 galleries from 32 countries attracted 77,000 visitors to the convention center, and more than 20 satellite art fairs expanded Miami Art Week beyond South Beach into downtown, Wynwood, and the Design District.

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Ólafur Elíasson, Ice Watch

Video still from #IceWatchParis © 2015 Ólafur Elíasson
Video still from #IceWatchParis © 2015 Ólafur Elíasson

At the Place du Panthéon in Paris, twelve enormous blocks of ice are melting as world leaders are gathered nearby at Le Bourget for the UN Climate Summit. The ice is an installation by the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, whose work frequently joins nature and public installations to affect perceptions of the environment.

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