Week in Review: Steve McQueen, Humor at the Armory, the Whitney Biennial, and the Week’s Other Top Stories

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Tony Tasset, The Artists Monument, installed in Hudson River Park for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Courtesy the artist, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, Berlin.

Sean Landers, Golden Section (2013), at Belgium-based Galerie Rodolphe Janssen’s booth (507, Pier 94) at the 2014 Armory Show.

Oscar Puts Steve McQueen Beyond Contemporary Art
Steve McQueen may have nabbed a MoMA show before turning 30 and the Turner Prize two years later in 1999, but the relatively small sphere of the art world left him wanting. Now, with an Oscar on his shelf, he’s found a new home and his true audience in Hollywood, argues Coline Milliard.

Handicrafts Carry the Day at the 2014 Whitney Biennial
Although the three-curator format of this year’s biennial doesn’t lend itself to thematic cohesion, the presence of handicrafts throughout the floors pulls a thread through the show, reports Rozalia Jovanovic.

Humorous Artworks Ease Fairtigue at the 2014 Armory Show
What do you need to make it through all the art fairs? A plan of action, stamina, and artworks with a sense of humor. Benjamin Sutton walks the Armory Show’s Pier 94 and discovers artworks that help lower the fairtigue factor.

Yes, More Brooklyn Gallerists You Need to Know
Following last week’s initial group of must-know art spaces and gallerists in an ever-more professional art world in Brooklyn, Benjamin Sutton points out six more spots you’d be a fool to miss tonight at Bushwick-Ridgewood Armory Night, beginning at 6 p.m.

Does the Russian Incursion in Crimea Threaten the Cancellation of Manifesta 10?
While the Russian presence in Crimea continues and multilateral talks fail to diffuse the mounting Cold War–style conflict, the future of Manifesta, the roaming European biennial of contemporary art, looks increasingly precarious. A report by Alexander Forbes.

Emerging Artists Play Major Role at ADAA 2014 Art Show
The 72 galleries may be more established uptown at ADAA, but emerging artists top the offering, reports Eileen Kinsella.

SPRING/BREAK Probes Deep Into Our Techno-Creepy Culture
At the curator-driven alternative to Armory Week fair madness, downtown cool kids are showing art that exposes our over-connected digital lives, says Cait Munro.

Israel Takes Larger Role in the Search for Nazi Looted Art
The Jewish state has upped its restitution efforts at home and is providing an increasing level of assistance to museums and governments worldwide to help send artworks looted by the Nazis back to their rightful heirs, Alexander Forbes reports.

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