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On Sunday night, Maya Lin was standing in the main hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., next to a sculpture of Maya Lin. It was not of her own design, nor did it look anything like her work. It was by a fellow artist, the Berlin-based Karin Sander, who uses 3-D ink-jet printing to fabricate mini-models of men and women out of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. It looks like a Maya Lin action figure. It’s called Maya Lin 1.5.

“Dorothy Moss, the curator, said that they’re always interested in new ways of portraiture,” said Lin, who currently has an installation up at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian that re-creates the Chesapeake Bay using 168,000 marbles.

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The Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s decorative arts and crafts museum in Washington, DC, is due to reopen to the public on November 13 after a two-year, $30m renovation. Built in 1859 across from the White House, the Renwick is the first American building designed specifically to showcase art.

The inaugural exhibition, “Wonder”, will take over the entire museum. The Renwick commissioned nine contemporary artists, including Chakaia Booker, Tara Donovan, Maya Lin and Leo Villareal, to create site-specific, room-size installations out of unorthodox materials such as insects, tires and glass marbles.

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The artist Maya Lin, best known for her work on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, has been chosen to lead the redesign of the Smith College library, a historic structure built in 1909 that has been added to three times over the years.

The assignment would be Ms. Lin’s first work on a college library, though she designed the Langston Hughes Library in Clinton, Tenn. The job also involves a personal connection for Ms. Lin as her mother, Ming-Hui Chang, attended Smith as an undergraduate after she fled China in 1949.

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One of the richest prizes in the arts, the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, is being awarded to the artist Maya Lin.

Ms. Lin, who first caught the world’s attention in 1981 with her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will collect the award at a private event at the Museum of Modern Art on Nov. 12.

The prize, now in its 21st year, was established by Lillian Gish’s will, and it is given annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.”

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In the third iteration of its Platform series, the Parrish Art Museum presents artist Maya Lin, whose ecologically inspired works exist at the intersection of art, architecture, and environmental science. Platform: Maya Lin, opening July 4 and continuing through October 13, 2014, reveals the artist's exploration of how humans experience and impact the landscape. It will be on view during the Parrish Art Museum's annual gala, the Midsummer Party, on July 12, 2014.

Platform: Maya Lin features Lin's Pin River-Sandy (2013), a massive geographical installation depicting the boundaries of Hurricane Sandy's flood plain, composed of thousands of straight pins. Installed on the east wall of the Norman and Liliane Peck/Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Gallery, the work has a span of 12 feet (112 5/8 x 144 x 1 1?2 inches). Lin's three marble sculptures, Arctic Circle (2013), Latitude New York City (2013), and Equator (2014), representing the typographies at each of these positions on the globe, are installed in concentric rings in the center of the gallery floor. Three new, recycled silver works, Accabonac Harbor (Long Island Triptych), 2014, Georgica Pond (Long Island Triptych), 2014, and Mecox Bay (Long Island Triptych), 2014, are particularly relevant to the location of the Museum on Long Island's East End, and are installed on the wall opposite Pin River-Sandy.

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Monday, 25 November 2013 17:38

Art Dealer Plans to Buy Jail to House Collection

Art, photography, and furniture dealer, Daniel Wolf, and Maya Lin, his award-winning architect wife, are planning to purchase the Yonkers City Jail for $1 million. The couple will turn the rundown, 10,000-square-foot structure into studio, gallery and loft space. The former jail closed in September and was put on the market by the city for $2.5 million.

The space, which will be designed by Lin, will house Wolf’s collection and serve as a base for dealing art as well as holding exhibitions and other public events. Yonkers’ Mayor, Mike Spano, said, “This prime waterfront real estate in the heart of our vibrant downtown area was no place for a jail, but it’s an ideal location for an international art collection like that of Daniel Wolf.”    

A closing is expected in December when the city approves the transaction.

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