Olafur Eliasson will be honored with the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, which “recognizes rising, innovative talents” and comes with a $100,000 prize, as well as a short residency at the school. The school made the announcement today, praising the Icelandic polymath for his “ambitious public art projects, large-scale installations, architectural pavilions, major art exhibitions, spatial experiments, sensory experiences and a distinctive art and social business enterprise—Little Sun, a solar powered lamp that is ‘a work of art that works in life.'” Past recipients include Agnes Denes (in 1990), Jeff Wall (1995), Isaac Julien (2001) and Santiago Calatrava (2005).
Almost two weeks after Sandy hit New York, Chelsea is slowly coming back to life. Many galleries are having openings tonight in newly refurbished spaces, including hard-hit David Zwirner, who’s presenting a Diana Thater show.
Olafur Eliasson’s “Little Sun” will come to Tate Modern. [WSJ]
Marina Abramovic, though she asserts she is not a feminist, will give a talk just for women at Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown festival. [The Guardian]
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, who is known for his technologically sophisticated sculptures, just started a green business with the adorable name Little Sun. (Sounds like something Murakami would come up with.) Thanks to Hyperallergic for bringing us the story from Davos, Switzerland.