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Kerry James Marshall has commented on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to auction a painting of his, “Knowledge and Wonder” (1995), with Christies in New York on November 15. Marshall created the painting for the Legler branch of the Chicago Public Library, where it hangs on the second floor. The city will use the sale’s funds (which are expected to reach $15 million) to renovate the library and expand its programming and operating hours. The artist told ARTnews, “I am certain they could get more money if they sold the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza. Considering that only last year Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Kelly dedicated another mural I designed downtown for which I was asked to accept one dollar, you could say the City of Big Shoulders has wrung every bit of value they could from the fruits of my labor.”
Collector Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas plans to retract his loan of 700 drawings to the Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Portugal. The collector told ARTnews he sent a letter to the museum as a reaction to their censoring of its current Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Pictures, which resulted in the resignation of the museum’s director, João Ribas.
Dmitry Rybolovlev, billionaire Russian philanthropist, is suing Sotheby’s as part of an ongoing legal battle between Rybolovlev and art dealer Yves Bouvier, after Rybolovlev claimed the dealer overcharged him in a sale of 38 works for $2 billion. The billionaire says the auction house “materially assisted the largest art fraud in history.”]
Ezra Chowaiki was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release in a Manhattan federal court. He was charged with fraud, duping art dealers and collectors out of millions between 2015 and 2017, when he transferred over $16 million worth of artwork under false pretenses. He has been forced to forfeit his interest in over 20 works of art related to the fraud and will pay a restitution fee which will be decided in 90 days.
Ai Weiwei told the Los Angeles Times about the unexpected destruction of his Beijing Studio this August, and the human rights violations experienced in China today. He says he was in Berlin when his assistants alerted him of the demolition, which occurred prior to the date he had arranged with the Chinese government. He called the act a “demolition of human rights,” adding, “It was quite surreal, I was shocked. But in a state like China, you have no space to make any kind of argument or communication. You have to just stand there and watch.” He adds, “In Beijing or Shanghai, there must be thousands of villages that have been destroyed and those people just have to go back to where they [came] and they have no voice, they will never have any paper or reporter to talk about them.”
As part of the 2018 Hyundai Commission in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has renamed a building in the museum after London activist Natalie Bell for her work with local youth community groups. The building, typically known as the Boiler House, will be known under its new name for a year.
Over 140 artists and administrators from Documenta 14 (which occurred in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany, in 2017) have penned a letter in solidarity with Zak Kostopoulos, an LGBTQ activist and drag performer who was murdered in Athens on September 21. Kostopoulos was beaten by multiple men and died en-route to the hospital. Addressed to Giorgos Kaminis, the mayor of Athens, and Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of the Hellenic Republic, the letter says an “increasing number of cases of violence targeting minorities and underprivileged members of society in Greece.”
Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum, has said #MeToo, sharing her own story of sexual assault in an Instagram post. “It is time for new narratives that treat women — and all people — with respect and dignity. It is time for men and women to stand against harmful patriarchal narratives that support rape culture. It is time all leaders act with integrity. It is time…” she wrote.
JPMorgan Chase has donated $300,000 to the Rebuild Foundation, lead by artist Theaster Gates, for “art cultural development, and neighborhood transformation” on Chicago’s South Side. Their mission is centered around a central ideology: “black people matter, black spaces matter, and black objects matter.” The investment is part of a three-year plan to award $40 million to organizations throughout Chicago’s South and West Sides.
The 54,000-square-foot Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice will open this December as a hub for grantees, the foundation, and other nonprofits, including the UN Foundation, Philanthropy New York, and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.
The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh has announced plans for a $29 million expansion designed by Hoskins Architects.
The National Portrait Gallery in London has commissioned a portrait of activist Malala Yousafzai. The portrait was done by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat and was commissioned with funds from Outset Contemporary Art Fund. The portrait is currently on public display. “I am honored to have my portrait included in the National Portrait Gallery alongside some of Britain’s most influential writers, artists and leaders,” said Yousafzai. “I hope it will remind visitors that girls everywhere are fighting for change in their communities and countries — their stories must also be heard.”
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
Rachel Adams was appointed chief curator and director of programs of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.
Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York has named José Esparza Chong Cuy executive director and chief curator.
Exile Gallery will relocate from Berlin to Vienna.
The Gillmeier Rech Gallery in Berlin will close.
Nan Goldin will be represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery.
Valerie Hillings appointed director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Hanh Ho was hired as curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona.
Hadeel Ibrahim was appointed chair of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Louis Marchesano was appointed senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nikki Otten was appointed as associate curator of prints and drawings at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Holly Shen was appointed deputy director of the San José Museum of Art in California.
The Tim Van Laere Gallery in Antwerp will relocate to a new 10,800-square-foot space in the city.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum will exhibit the first-ever major monograph exhibition dedicated to the 16th-century Netherlandish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The exhibition, titled Bruegel, will run between October 2, 2018 and January 13, 2019, coinciding with the 450th anniversary of the artist’s death.
Ian Thom has curated his final exhibition, A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). Throughout his three-decade career, Thom has organized over 100 exhibitions at the VAG. He has collected around 90 of his favorite paintings, prints, and sculptural works from the gallery’s permanent collection of 12,000 works, which he was integral in building. The exhibition continues through March 17, 2019.
The inaugural L.E.S Art Week will take place between October 17 through 21 to celebrate New York’s Lower East Side, its galleries, and its artists, with over 20 participating galleries. All galleries have been asked to showcase a female artist or artists as their focus in 2018.
The Sustainable Arts Foundation’s Parent Grant is accepting applications for a four-week residency for artists with children under the age of 18. Artists who work in intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics are invited to apply. This grant includes a $1450 childcare stipend, up to $250 for travel costs, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. Applications are open until October 15.
The College Art Association of America (CAA) Annual Conference has announced its 2019 return to New York for its 107th annual conference. From February 13–16, the CAA will host over 300 sessions and professional development workshops, receptions, parties, and special tours at local museums and cultural institutions. The 2019 Distinguished Scholar is Dr. Elizabeth Boone, a specialist in Pre-Columbian and early colonial art of Latin America and the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Studies at Tulane University. The CAA (with help from Blick Art Materials and Routledge, Taylor & Francis), will offer grants and scholarships to attend, providing eight student member registrants with $250 each to attend the conference. Apply here.
Governors Island has announced a call for proposals for indoor programming and exhibition space for organizations working in arts, culture, and education. Additional information and applications are available here.
The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation announced Dr. Tessa Murdoch as the third recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship. [via email announcement]
The Rema Hort Mann Foundation announced the winners of its 2018 Emerging Artist Grants. Each recipient will receive unrestricted funds of $10,000.
Frieze London announced Sprüth Magers gallery in Berlin, London, and Los Angeles as the recipient of the Stand Prize and Wong Ping as the recipient of the Emerging Artist Prize. Frieze London also awarded the Focus Stand Prize to the Blank Projects Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.
Arcadia Missa Gallery in London and Asakusa Gallery in Tokyo were named the winners of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) NADA Miami International Gallery Prize.
The International Fine Print Dealers Association awarded its 2018 grants to the International Print Center New York; Lawrence Arts Center; Opalka Gallery at the Sage College of Albany; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
Suzan-Lori Parks will receive the 2018 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.
Shirin Alibadia (1973–2018), artist who challenged cultural norms in Iran with her depictions of women and girls
Helena Almeida (1934–2018), multi-disciplanary artist who explored the body and its relationship with painting known for her photography, performance art, body art, painting and drawing
Charles Aznavour (1924–2018), French-Armenian singer, lyricist, and diplomat
Marty Balin (1942–2018), singer-songwriter known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship
Jef Cornelis (1941–2018), Belgian film director who made films about Documenta 4 and 5
Merle Debuskey (1923–2018), promoter and press agent in theater
Geoff Emerick (1946–2018), audio engineer who worked with the Beatles on their albums “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and “Abbey Road”
Inge Feltrinelli (1930–2018), photographer, director, and publisher
Jerry González (1949–2018), visionary in Latin Jazz genre
Phyllis Kind (1933–2018), founder of Outsider Art Fair
Gary Kurtz (1940–2018), filmmaker and producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back
Walter Laqueur (1921–2018), historian, journalist and political commentator
Joe Masteroff (1919–2018), playwright best known for iconic musical Cabaret
Otis Rush (1935–2018), legendary Chicago blues guitarist and singer-songwriter
David Wong Louie (1954–2018), novelist and short story writer
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