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This week in art news: We Are Not Surprised (WANS) called for a boycott of Artforum, San Francisco launched a census to determine the impact of rising rents on artists and arts professionals, and the UK’s Royal Collection announced a series of nationwide exhibitions dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

Leonardo da Vinci, “Cats, lions and a dragon” (c.1517-18), black chalk, pen and ink, wash (Royal Collection Trust. © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018)

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Campaign group We Are Not Surprised (WANS) called for a boycott of Artforum. Directed at signatories of the group’s first open letter — a response to allegations of Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct — WANS is calling on artists and arts professionals “to not read, work with, or advertise in Artforum” until the magazine removes Landesman as co-owner and retracts its motion to dismiss Amanda Schmitt’s lawsuit.

Casino magnate and art collector Stephen Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of Wynn Resorts in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report detailing decades of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, including claims that Wynn routinely coerced female employees into having sex with him.

Los Angeles art dealer Aaron Bondaroff, cofounder and partner of Moran Bondaroff gallery (formerly known as OHWOW), resigned after three women accused him of sexual misconduct. In a statement, brothers Al and Mills Moran, the gallery’s other partners, stated that they “appreciate [Bondaroff’s] immediate resignation from the gallery. “Such behavior goes completely against our personal values and the spirit of community and respect that drew us to the art world a decade ago.” Mills Moran told ArtNews that he and his brother “only very recently learned about [the] allegations” against Bondaroff.

Twelve simultaneous exhibitions of Leonardo da Vinci‘s drawings will be held across the UK next year to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. A total of 144 drawings will be loaned from the Royal Collection. The works, which were bound into a single album by sculptor Pompeo Leoni around 1590, entered the collection during the reign of Charles II (1660–1685).

Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu, MBE, “Tutu” (1974), oil on canvas, 97 x 66.5 cm (courtesy Bonhams)

One of three missing paintings of Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi by Ben Enwonwu (1921–1994) was discovered in a North London flat. The painting, considered a key work of Nigerian modernism, will be auctioned at Bonhams on February 28.

Artist Mark Grotjahn declined to accept the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’s 2018 gala award — where he is a member of the board of trustees — citing the lack of diversity among the museum’s recent honorees. The news follows Lari Pittman’s decision to resign from the institution’s board two weeks ago. Recent MOCA gala honorees include Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and John Baldessari.

British artist and curator Stuart Semple launched an international campaign against “hostile design,” inspired by the presence of anti-homeless architecture in his hometown of Bournemouth.

An Egyptian excavation team discovered an ancient tomb dedicated to Heptet, a priestess during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty (roughly 2400 BCE).

A US judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the great-grandniece of German-Jewish businessman Paul Leffmann regarding the ownership of Pablo Picasso’s “The Actor” (1904–5). Laurel Zuckerman, who oversees the estate of Leffmann’s wife Alice, sought $100 million in damages, alleging that the work was sold under duress in order to flee the Nazi regime. The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the work in 1952.

Huma Bhabha was commissioned to create The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2018 Cantor Roof Garden installation.

San Francisco‘s city government launched an online census to determine how many artists and arts professionals have left the city due to rising rents.

Sotheby’s sued collector Anatole Shagalov for allegedly failing to honor his $6.5 million winning bid for a Keith Haring painting in May 2017. According to Bloomberg, Shagalov claims that the auction house reneged on an agreement to let him pay in installments. The collector further contends that Sotheby’s failed to make a “commercially reasonable” effort to acquire a higher price for the work when it later sold the work for a sum of $4.4 million.

Artist Robert Cenedella filed a federal class-action lawsuit against a number of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New Museum. In an 18-page court filing, Cenedella alleges that a “corporate museum cartel” is engaged in an “unlawful conspiracy” to manipulate the market for contemporary art. Robert Hantman, the artist’s lawyer, stated that Cenedella does not consider the lawsuit to be a work of performance art or satire.

Transactions

Nicolas Lancret, “Winter” (1719-21), oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 37 inches (courtesy Sotheby’s)

Nicolas Lancret’s “Winter” was sold at Sotheby’s for $2,655,000 (including buyer’s premium), a record for the artist. The work had remained in the same collection since 1889.

The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired an early 5th-century B.C. bronze appliqué depicting the Etruscan Sun God Usil.

The Tate received a $1.5 million conversation research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago will receive a $1 million gift from the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens acquired 19 photographic prints of Charles Darwin and his family circle.

The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) acquired 12 major works by Knoxville native Beauford Delaney.

Beauford Delaney, “Untitled” (ca. 1962-63), watercolor on paper, 36 x 24 inches (courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art)

Transitions

Elizabeth Alexander will succeed Earl Lewis as president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Brett Littman was appointed director of the Noguchi Museum.

Tim Voss was appointed artistic director of Künstlerhaus Wien in Vienna.

Garth Ross was appointed the inaugural executive director of Yale University’s Schwarzman Center.

Patricia Shults was appointed executive director of Art Alliance Austin.

Inés Katzenstein was appointed director of the Museum of Modern Art’s Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America

Marianna Schaffer was appointed director of artist initiatives at Creative Capital.

David Binder was appointed artistic director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Tamara Wootton Forsyth was promoted to deputy director of the Dallas Museum of Art. Sarah Schleuning was appointed the museum’s curator of decorative arts and design.

Yolanda Wisher was appointed curator of spoken word at Philadelphia Contemporary.

Phillips appointed Zhang Wenjia as regional director of its operations in China.

Jim Obergefell joined the board of directors for SAGE.

Ruth Wishart and Maggie Kinloch resigned from the board of Creative Scotland following the organization’s decision to withdraw funding from 20 arts organizations as part of its 2018 t0 2021 cycle.

Jeremiah Evarts was appointed director of Di Donna Galleries in New York.

Pablo Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, is planning a museum devoted to the artist and his second wife in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta will partner with Selldorf Architects to coordinate the first reinstallation of its collection in over a decade.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art closed its Pavilion for Japanese Art for a two-year restoration project.

Roberto Casamonti will open Florence’s first modern and contemporary art museum next month. The collection will be housed at the newly renovated Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni.

Art dealer Ales Ortuzar will open a new space, Ortuzar Projects, in TriBeCa on February 16.

The Letitia Gallery, founded by art dealers dealers Mohamad Al Hamoud and Annie Vartivarian, opened in Beirut.

Kettle’s Yard reopened following a two-year redevelopment.

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (photo © Hufton+Crow)

Accolades

Amy Sherald was named the recipient of the High Museum of Art’s 2018 David C. Driskell Prize.

Juliane Rebentisch was awarded the 2017 Lessing Prize.

The Vilcek Foundation announced the recipients of its 2018 Awards.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation announced its 2018 Emerging Artist Grantees for Los Angeles: Beatriz Cortez, Kelman Duran, Janiva Ellis, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Young Joon Kwak, Walker Tate, and Haena Yoo.

The Artist Foundation of San Antonio awarded grants to Riley Robinson, Aaron Prado, and Bryce Milligan.

Greek-American distance runner Alexi Pappas, British javelin thrower Roald Bradstock, Swiss fencer Jean-Blaise Evéquoz, and the American biathlete Lanny Barnes, were selected as the artists-in-residence for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Victoria & Albert Museum announced the shortlist for Jameel Prize 5, the international prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition: Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun, Wardha Shabbir and Marina Tabassum [via email announcement].

Hayv Kahraman, “The Translator” from the series How Iraqi Are You? (2015), oils on linen (courtesy Defares Collection)

Opportunities

Rhizome launched an open call for “internet-related objects” to include in a micro-edition of Internet Yami-Ichi at NADA New York 2018.

Obituaries

Claribel Alegría (1924–2018), poet.

Leon (Ndugu) Chancler (1952–2018), drummer.

Dennis Edwards (1943–2018), musician. Lead singer of the Temptations.

Sonia Gechtoff (1926–2018), Abstract Expressionist painter [announced by Anita Shapolsky Gallery].

John Harrison (1921–2018), historian. Pioneer of “history from below.”

Gene Sharp (1928–2018), activist and advocate of non-violent resistance.

Ambalavaner Sivanandan (1923–2018), writer and editor. Director of the Institute of Race Relations.

Geraldine Stephenson (1925–2018), dancer and choreographer.

Nicholas von Hoffman (1929–2018), writer and journalist.

Fathallah Zamroud (1968–2018), painter.

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