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It's official: the Whitney Biennial is now brought to you by Tiffany & Co.

With a $5 million gift, the high-end jeweler will be the lead sponsors for the next three editions of the contemporary art survey, through 2021. News of the sponsorship comes on the eve of the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art's new Renzo Piano–designed building at the base of the High Line.

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Advance tickets went on sale Friday for the soon-to-reopen Whitney Museum of American Art, and visitors should prepare for some sticker shock. Ticket prices are now pegged at $22, up from $20 at the now-shuttered Breuer Building.

The Whitney closed its doors on the Upper East Side in October, after a blockbuster Jeff Koons retrospective. Its new location at the base of the High Line at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington and West Streets, in a building designed by Renzo Piano, will provide the Whitney almost double the exhibition space.

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Most of us think of the High Line as something of a weird, wonderful urban park. But Cecilia Alemani, the curator and director of High Line Art, hastens to correct us, because it is so much more: “The High Line is both a promenade and an observatory: a place removed only 30 feet from the hustle of Manhattan streets, yet with this small distance the park allows its visitors space for respite and reflection,” she said. On Friday morning, High Line Art announced its newest open-air exhibition "Panorama," an art installation meant to bring together “humankind and nature” and entice viewers to reflect on their relationship to the outdoors.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 15:52

The Whitney’s New Building will Open on May 1

On November 19, during the Whitney Museum of American Art’s annual fall gala, director Adam D. Weinberg announced that the institution’s long-awaited downtown location will open on May 1, 2015. The Whitney closed the doors of its Brutalist Marcel Breuer building last month, following a wildly successful Jeff Koons retrospective. The building, which was the Whitney’s home for nearly fifty years, will be leased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the next eight years, with the possibility of extending the agreement for a longer term. The Met plans to present exhibitions and educational programming in the iconic building.

The Whitney’s new home will be located at 99 Gansevoort Street in New York City’s vibrant meatpacking district, between the High Line, an elevated linear park, and the Hudson River. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the new building will roughly double the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, allowing the first comprehensive presentation of its collection of modern and contemporary American art.

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While there’s an ongoing mini-exodus of smaller galleries from Chelsea due to rocketing rents, not everyone is leaving the neighborhood. In early 2015, Lisson Gallery — which currently has two locations in London, one in Milan, and a private showroom on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — will open an 8,500-square-foot space at 504 West 24th Street. That address situates them on a block with peers like Gagosian, Luhring Augustine, Andrea Rosen, and Gladstone Gallery.

“Designed by Markus Dochantschi of Studio MDA in collaboration with Studio Christian Wassmann, the gallery will be constructed around the foundational elements of the High Line,” according to press materials

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