A weekly update of art world news.
Bob Ross Makes His Museum Debut
Beloved PBS Joy of Painting host, Bob Ross, is undergoing a rebrand. Known for his kitschy reputation as a soft-spoken painter, Ross will have his first museum exhibition as part of the group show “New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival” at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. According to the museum website, the show aims to exhibit late 20th- and 21st- century artists that “appropriate, critique, or embrace ‘New Age’ aesthetics.” By including Ross the museum curators hope to alter the perception of his work from campy to conceptual, showing him not as the novelty whose afro inspired chia pets, but as a trailblazer of art therapy. Four of Ross’ landscape oil paintings from his TV show will be on view alongside Rashid Johnson, Tony Oursler, Mai-Thu Perret, Robert Pruitt, and others.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)
Dia Art Foundation to Open New Space in Chelsea in 2020
The Dia Art Foundation has announced its plans to join its three buildings in Chelsea on West 22nd Street to create a new art venue. The plan was devised with the intention to broaden what the foundation has to offer, including more exhibition space, new programming, as well as a bookstore. This addition is in part of an expansion project that has already raised about $72 million of their $90 million funding goal. After the expected completion in the fall of 2020, Dia will reopen their gallery space in SoHo as well as expand the exhibition space at their Hudson Valley location.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
MassArt Introduces Plan to Open New Contemporary Art Museum
Massachusetts College of Art and Design has announced the opening of a new contemporary art museum, MassArt Art Museum (or MAAM), in early 2020. Its location in the renovated space that is currently used as gallery space and will be free and open to the public. Just as with the school’s gallery, the museum will remain a place that MassArt uses to train students studying to be curators, preparators, and registrars.
Read the full story (WBUR)