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Tate Declares “Climate Emergency,” Vows to Cut Emissions

July 17th, 2019

Directors at the Tate in London have declared a “climate emergency,” and will immediately set to work reducing the museum’s carbon footprint by 10 percent within the coming four years. “We will interrogate our systems, our values and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible,” the directors said in the announcement. “As an organization that works with living artists, we should respond to and amplify their concerns. And, as our audiences and communities across the world confront climate extinction, so we must shine a spotlight on this critical issue through art.”
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Long March Space Pivots Away from Art Fairs

July 17th, 2019

Beijing’s Long March Space will stop participating in art fairs. The gallery plans to “innovate business models and enter a new stage of art market work,” according to an announcement. 
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NYT Charts Story on Near Collapse of Notre Dame

July 17th, 2019

A piece in the NYT this week charts the damage caused by the fire at Notre Dame, and just how close the cathedral came to collapsing. “There was a feeling that there was something bigger than life at stake,” says Ariel Weil, mayor of the city’s Fourth Arrondissement, “and that Notre-Dame could be lost.”
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Tate Declares “Climate Emergency,” Vows to Cut Emissions

July 17th, 2019

Directors at the Tate in London have declared a “climate emergency,” and will immediately set to work reducing the museum’s carbon footprint by 10 percent within the coming four years. “We will interrogate our systems, our values and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible,” the directors said in the announcement. “As an organization that works with living artists, we should respond to and amplify their concerns. And, as our audiences and communities across the world confront climate extinction, so we must shine a spotlight on this critical issue through art.” Read More »

Long March Space Pivots Away from Art Fairs

July 17th, 2019

Beijing’s Long March Space will stop participating in art fairs. The gallery plans to “innovate business models and enter a new stage of art market work,” according to an announcement.  Read More »

NYT Charts Story on Near Collapse of Notre Dame

July 17th, 2019

A piece in the NYT this week charts the damage caused by the fire at Notre Dame, and just how close the cathedral came to collapsing. “There was a feeling that there was something bigger than life at stake,” says Ariel Weil, mayor of the city’s Fourth Arrondissement, “and that Notre-Dame could be lost.” Read More »

Hollywood Producer Returns Basquiat Purchased Through 1MDB Fund

July 17th, 2019

“Wolf of Wall Street” producer Joey McFarland has agreed to give up items he says he received as gifts from Low Taek Jho, the man behind the theft of billions of dollars from the Malaysian 1MDB fund, including a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Louvre Removes Sackler Name from Galleries

July 17th, 2019

The Louvre has removed the Sackler name from all of its galleries following protests this month, claiming that the statue of limitations on the donor name rights had expired.  “We protest against this attempt to rewrite history and call on [Director] Jean-Luc Martinez to rectify his statements as soon as possible in order to make official the removal of the Sackler name from the Louvre,” the P.A.I.N. activist group said of the news. Read More »

Warhol Foundation Awards $3.81 million to 41 Arts Orgs

July 17th, 2019

The Andy Warhol Foundation has given $3.81 million to 41 arts organizations in the United States and Canada for its spring 2019 grant cycle, which will go to support exhibitions, publications, and institutional programming.  Awards include a Barbara Kruger show at the Art Institute of Chicago and shows at the The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Read More »

NYT Names “25 Works of Art That Define the Contemporary Age”

July 16th, 2019

The NYT has a piece this week on 25 art works that defined the contemporary era, from Hans Haacke’s MoMA Poll to Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby.  The piece features interviews and comments on the work from a range of artists and critics. Read More »

Public Art Fund Makes Two Promotions Within Ranks

July 16th, 2019

The Public Art Fund has promoted  Kellie Honeycutt as its deputy director and Daniel S. Palmer as curator. “A key aspect of Public Art Fund culture is to nurture creative talent, and that includes our own extraordinary team. Both Kellie and Daniel are outstanding professionals, leaders in our field, and wonderful colleagues,” says Chief Curator and Director Nicholas Baume. “As we continue to embrace new opportunities to fulfill our mission, I’m excited to further our collaboration in their new roles.” Read More »

Perez Art Museum Receives $1 Million Grant for Caribbean Cultural Institution Venture

July 16th, 2019

The Pérez Art Museum Miami has received $1 million the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation towards the institution’s new Caribbean Cultural Institute. “It’s something that is in our DNA, and we’ve been talking about this for a long time,” says Franklin Sirmans, PAMM’s director. “Now we’re really going to be able to move the dial.”  Read More »

Rothko Chapel Gets $2 million for Renovation

July 16th, 2019

The Rothko Chapel has received $2 million from the Houston Endowment, which will help fund the chapel’s renovation plan. “Houston Endowment envisions Houston as a vibrant community where all people have the opportunity to thrive, and a vibrant community needs a strong arts ecosystem,” says Long Chu, the program officer of the Houston Endowment. “Fulfillment of the master plan will elevate Rothko Chapel’s role as one of Houston’s significant cultural institutions and expand its ability to contribute to Houston’s vibrancy.” Read More »

Ibrahim Mahama Interviewed in The Guardian

July 16th, 2019

Artist Ibrahim Mahama is interviewed in The Guardian this week, talking the paper through his recent show at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, and his conceptual interests. “Not everything is about Brexit,” he says when asked about the show’s ties to the British vote to leave the EU. “But sure. It’s about Brexit among other things. Ghana is very connected with Britain even now. So why not Brexit?” Read More »

Munich’s Haus der Kunst May Lay Off Large Pewrcentage of Part-Time Staff

July 15th, 2019

After several years of struggles, Munich’s Haus der Kunst may lay off two-thirds of its part-time or replace jobs with outsourced labor.  The museum has suffered from financial troubles in the past months.  Sources say the layoffs come “because we are aiming for a partial closure rather than a complete closure during the due renovation.”  Read More »

Biennale Paris Committe Chairs Resign Over Investigations

July 15th, 2019

Two chairmen of the Biennale Paris’s vetting committee have resigned over the inclusion of exhibitors targeted by criminal investigations in the fair.  The fair has seen controversies mount since a 2016 investigation over the inclusion of forged works. Read More »

Artist Hilary Harkness Heads to P.P.O.W. Gallery

July 15th, 2019

P.P.O.W. Gallery in Manhattan has added painter Hilary Harkness, who joins from the now shuttered Mary Boone.  “She has a very individual voice,” cofounder Wendy Olsoff says. “Her point of view and technique and idiosyncratic style are very much her own… I think a lot of younger women and men don’t know her work and seeing it at our gallery will be eye-opening and exciting.” Read More »

Tate Announces Donation of 5,000 Works by Ithell Colquhoun

July 15th, 2019

The Tate has announced that more than 5,000 sketches, drawings, and commercial artworks by artist Ithell Colquhoun have been given to it by the National Trust.  “She had very few solo exhibitions … that’s why this collection is so amazing – it is going to be a re-evaluation of her whole career because there is so much in the collection,” says Tate archivist Adrian Glew. Read More »

Pyotr Pavkensky Profiled in NYT

July 12th, 2019

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who has been arrested for a number of vandalisms of major Russian sites and government buildings. “The government’s aim is to suppress or neutralize art, to reduce me to a vandal, a madman, a provocateur,” he says, “but the criminal case becomes one of the layers of the artwork, the portal through which you enter and see the mechanisms of power exposed.” Read More »

NY Supreme Court Rules for Pace Gallery in Agnes Martin Dispute

July 12th, 2019

New York Supreme Court judge has ruled that Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and members of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné committee were within their rights to exclude 13 works owned by London art dealer James Mayor from the artist’s catalogue raisonné. “Whether any catalogue raisonné’s inclusion or non-inclusion of an artwork has any bearing on the work’s value has been recognized by New York courts as a function of the art marketplace,” ruled Judge Andrea Masley, “and it is not for the court to determine what the art market should or should not credit as reliable.”  Read More »

Beijing Police Evict Artists from Several Studio Complexes

July 12th, 2019

Beijing police evicted scores of artists from several studio buildings in the city’s arts district this week. “They are driving us all away on the excuse of cleaning up the underworld,” artist Canon Duan says. “We’re not prepared at all. And no one has explained it to us.”  Read More »

Penske Media Corporation Acquires Art Market Monitor

July 12th, 2019

Penske Media Corporation will acquire Art Market Monitor, the online publication of Marion Maneker, who will become editorial director of a holding company overseeing ARTnews and Art in America.  “In the art world, where a significantly fragmented audience spans so many websites, newsletters, and brands, PMC sees the opportunity to augment these exceptional brands with further investments in content and editorial, complemented by robust data and analytic tools, and growing an engaging live media and event business,” says chairman Jay Penske. “This acquisition adds a strong subscription business that expands PMC’s reach and influence in the art vertical.” Read More »

Hartwig Fischer Endorses BP Sponsorship

July 11th, 2019

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, endorsed BP as a sponsor this week, as pressure continues over the company’s role in the operation of various museums.  Fischer praised the museum for helping “create unique learning opportunities.” Read More »

NY Court Upholds Return of Nazi-Looted Works

July 11th, 2019

New York appellate court has upheld the return of two Egon Schiele drawings to the heirs of singer Fritz Grünbaum, whose art collection was confiscated before he was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.  “The tragic consequences of the Nazi occupation of Europe on the lives, liberty and property of the Jews continue to confront us today,” the judges wrote in their ruling. Read More »

David Zwirner to Open Paris Gallery

July 11th, 2019

David Zwirner will open a gallery in Paris’s Marais neighborhood this fall, coinciding with this year’s edition of FIAC. “In recent years, Paris has quickly become one of the most vibrant cities for the visual arts in Europe,” Zwirner said in a statement. “It’s a city where history meets the present, and we are endlessly excited to be able to occupy one of the most beautiful and legendary gallery spaces in Le Marais.” Read More »

Dealer Arrested in Connection with $140 Million Antique Smuggling Ring

July 11th, 2019

Art dealer Subhash Kapoor has been arrested and charged with trafficking more than $140 million in stolen antiquities. “These are, in many instances, priceless works that represent the culture and history of the countries from which they were stolen,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. “They are of enormous value.” Read More »

Studio Museum Names Artists in Residence for Coming Year

July 11th, 2019

The Studio Museum in Harlem has invited  E. Jane, Naudline Pierre, and Elliot Reed as  recipients of its 2019-2020 artist-in-residence program.  “In form, subject matter, and concept, the diverse practices of our three artists in residence for 2019–20 are all on the cutting edge, expanding the canon and showing us what’s possible in art today and even giving us a glimpse of what art might be tomorrow,” says curator and director Thelma Golden. Read More »