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After Strong Calls to Return African Art, France Drags its Feet

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

A piece in Art Newspaper this week details how France has done little to repatriate African art after strong calls for the move in the Sarr-Savoy report. “Returning material to its homeland is never a simple process. Rather, it is part of a larger web of exchange and cooperation, one primarily built on relationships,” writes reporter Alexander Herman. “Those relationships neither begin nor end with restitution, which is only one part of a much larger story.” (more…)

Hank Willis Thomas Sculpture Installed in Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Hank Willis Thomas’s work Unity has been installed in Brooklyn this week, receiving a profile in the NYT. “This sculpture is a homage to, and celebration of, the unique and multifaceted character of the borough of Brooklyn,” he says. “The spirit of Brooklyn has always been about upward mobility and connection to roots.” (more…)

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III Interviewed in Art Newspaper

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the newly appointed secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, gets an interview this week in Art Newspaper, and discusses his strategy for the future of the museum system. “Some of it is finding the tension between tradition and innovation. If 29 million people come to the Smithsonian every year, that means millions more will never get here,” he says. “And so, thinking about how effectively we reach outside of Washington. And then crafting the virtual Smithsonian [online], which gives people traditional access to our collections and expertise, but also lets them view the Smithsonian through the lens of innovation, race or American identity.” (more…)

Collector Egidio Marzona Buys Castle in Naumburg to Create Design Academy

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Art collector Egidio Marzona has purchased an abandoned castle, formerly the home of a Nazi propagandist and designer, near the German city of Naumburg to host a design academy. “In this place where we will remember the darkest chapter of our history, we will push back against pressure from the right and populism,” says Arne Cornelius Wasmuth, who will oversee the project. “This ‘uncomfortable monument’ should become a centre for free exchange and an international, liberal breeding-ground for innovative ideas.” (more…)

National Galleries of Scotland to Cease BP-Sponsored Art Shows

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The National Galleries of Scotland and its comprising galleries will no longer accept sponsorship funds from British Petroleum, citing a “climate emergency.” “We recognize that we have a responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency,” the institution said in an online statement. (more…)

Young Boy Who Fell from Tate Modern Able to Move His Legs

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The young boy thrown from an observation deck at the Tate Modern can now move his legs, CNN reports. “We can now bring him outside in a wheelchair to breath fresh air. It’s tiring for him but he really likes it, of course,” his family reported. (more…)

Steve McQueen Interviewed in The Guardian Over “Year Three” Portaits

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Steve McQueen’s show of portraits Year 3 students in the U.K. get a profile in The Guardian, and how he hopes his work will change conversations around race and identity in the art world and abroad.  “I remember going to the National Portrait Gallery and the only black people I saw there were the guards,” he says. “Art school was my liberation, that was where I could achieve my goals and realize myself. That opportunity should be offered up to every single kid and they can go off in whatever direction they want.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Report Traces Missing Art to Embassy Officials

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

A report in Art Newspaper finds that a number of missing art cases may implicate international diplomatic representatives and embassy officials, including work missing from the Venezuelan embassy in DC. “The problem is that for the past two decades in Venezuela, there has been no accountability,” says dealer and adviser, Alex Stein, who used to head Sotheby’s Latin American department. “Not many art professionals are fully aware of all the art in the hands of governmental institutions, and communists ruling the country nationalize a few thousand private companies and banks. It’s hard to trace the assets because there is no public record of what was there in the first place.” (more…)

Centre Pompidou Names Chiara Parisi as Director

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The Centre Pompidou outpost in Metz, France has tapped Italian curator and historian Chiara Parisi as its new director. “Parisi was unanimously chosen by the jury,” Jean-Luc Bohl, the president of the Metz Métropole local authority, says. (more…)

Two Fabrizio Morettis Team Up For Selling Exhibition at Sotheby’s

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

In a peculiar art world team-up, Strokes Drummer Fabrizio Moretti and Italian-born Old Masters dealer and collector Fabrizio Moretti for a selling exhibition at Sotheby’s. “I was attracted to this project by this idea of perspective,” Moretti the musician says. “The goal of this installation is to construct a process of orientation that abstracts and individualizes the experience of witnessing art.”  (more…)

NYT Profiles Yayoi Kusama’s Growing Visibility

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The NYT looks at the growing popularity and the increased exhibitions dedicated to Yayoi Kusama, and how her work has helped reshape the art viewing public.  “Since we started showing Kusama, our audience has grown much more diverse and much younger,” says David Zwirner. “It’s no longer an elite art world gathering, it’s people interested in all kinds of culture.” (more…)

Beatrix Ruf Heads to Garage Museum in Moscow

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Beatrix Ruf, formerly director of the Stedelijk Museum will head to Moscow’s Garage Museum to work on a long-term development plan and work on various exhibitions and initiatives.  “We started working with Beatrix Ruf a number of years ago, when she became a member of the museum’s advisory council,” says Garage director Anton Belov. “It is clear that her vision for the development of Garage aligns with ours, and expands it. We’re very excited to bring her on board.” (more…)

Marciano Art Foundation Lays Off 60 Workers In the Midst of Unionization Efforts

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The Marciano Foundation has laid off all of its visitor services associates, claiming the move was due to low attendance, only a few days after its associates tried to unionize. “This is a gross obstruction of workers’ rights,” the VSA’s potential union wrote online. “A complete disregard for its employees and their livelihoods.” (more…)

London’s National Portrait Gallery to Close for Three Years

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

London’s National Portrait Gallery will close for nearly three years over a £35.5m redevelopment of its 123-year-old London home, The Guardian reports.  “Where possible, staff will be offered part-time working and career break opportunities and the gallery is looking at a range of secondment opportunities with other institutions during the building period,” a spokesperson says. (more…)

Centre Pompidou Opening in Shanghai

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The new Centre Pompidou space is opening in Shanghai, featuring more than 27,000 square feet of exhibition space. “If we really wanted to make money, a better idea would be to sell shows one by one to major international museums,” Pompidou president Serge Lasvignes said in an interview. (more…)

Businessman Accused of Smuggling Picasso Looking at $111 M. Fine

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Businessman Jamie Botín could face an $111 million fine for smuggling a Pablo Picasso work out of Spain.  The businessman faced allegations that he was attempting to sell the work when he placed it aboard his yacht and headed to Switzerland.   (more…)

Dealers Behind Blain Southern Have Parted Ways

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Graham Southern and Harry Blain, founders of Blain Southern Gallery, have ended their partnership.  The company is “going through a period of restructuring but remains fully committed to its artists, program and the three spaces we have in London, Berlin and New York,” according to Blain, who remains head of the gallery. (more…)

Marciano Art Foundation Workers Move to Unionize

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

A group of workers at the Marciano Art Foundation in LA art moving to unionize.  “The Foundation relies on a system of labor that has historically undervalued its workers, paying workers minimum wage without benefits or basic protections,” the employees say in a statement. (more…)

Art Forger Claims Millions in Forgeries are on View at Dumfries House in UK

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Forger Tony Tetro has claimed that a number of his forgeries are among the works on loan currently to Dumfries House, a royal residences. “Dumfries House accepts artwork on loan from time to time from individuals and organizations such as the Scottish National Gallery,” a spokesperson for the Prince’s Foundation says. “It is extremely regrettable that the authenticity of these particular few paintings, which are no longer on display, now appears to be in doubt.” (more…)

Okwui Enwezor’s Last Curatorial Project to Open as Sharjah Biennial

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The final show staged and prepared by curator Okwui Enwezor before his death will open as the 15th edition of the Sharjah Biennial.  The show, “Thinking Historically in the Present,” will open in the United Arab Emirates in March 2021.  “Everybody’s looking back at art history, trying to rewrite the narrative of what we’ve been told,” says curator Hoor al-Qasimi, who serves as president and director of Sharjah Art Foundation. (more…)

Berlin’s Prestigious Hannah Höch Prizes Go to Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Two of Berlin’s most important art awards, the Hannah Höch Award and the Hannah Höch Förderpreis have been awarded to Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian, respectively. Haghighian represented Germany this year at the Venice Biennale. (more…)

LA’s Santa Fe Artist Colony Faces Drastic Rent Hikes

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The LA Times notes drastically increased rents at the Santa Fe Artist Colony, one of LA’s oldest and studio spaces. “The SFAC has been on our radar for some time,” said Adrian Fine, director of advocacy at theLos Angeles Conservancy. “We’d certainly been aware of potential changes down the road. Every time there’s a change of ownership, there’s a risk.” (more…)

Australian Pavilion at Venice 2021 to Feature Marco Fusinato

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The Australian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale will go to sound artist Marco Fusinato, Art News notes.  Fusinato’s work regularly centers around perception and tactility, including various ways of making listeners . “feel” sound. (more…)

Vanity Fair Profiles New Work by Glenn Kaino and Olympian Tommie Smith

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Artist Glenn Kaino is collaborating in a new project with athlete Tommie Smith, famed for the Black Power salute he gave during the 1968 Olympics. “The category of that time was status quo,” Smith says. “Back in 1968, the need was for young people, especially young black men, to take a stand on issues which had not been touched before.”

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