Art Movements is a weekly index of developments centering the people of the arts and culture sphere. Listen to our weekly podcast of the same name on iTunes.
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has announced their 2018-2019 workspace artist residencies. [via email announcement]
Sondra Perry received the 2018 Nam June Paik award for artists working with moving images and new technology. Perry will receive €25,000 (~$28,300). [ARTnews]
Alison Rossiter was awarded the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Rossiter will receive $40,000. [Israel Museum]
The winners of the 2018 Hyundai Blue Prize were announced. Wei Ying, curator, was awarded the creativity prize and Long Xingru, artist and curator, was awarded the sustainability prize. Both winners will receive 600,000 Chinese yuan (~$87,000) and paid travel to international art institutions to continue their research. [Art Asia Pacific]
The Black Portraiture(s) V: Memory and the Archive, 1619-2019 conference at New York University (Oct. 17-19, 2019) is seeking “abstracts summarizing a paper or panel related to the subject of the trans-Atlantic slavery and its profound contemporary resonances in artistic methods and archives that span visual and performing arts, architecture and structures of public memory.” Proposals must be submitted by December 15, 2018. [Black Portraitures]
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in New York is seeking artist submissions from working artists throughout Africa and the Diaspora. Submissions will be digitally archived and referenced by curators while organizing upcoming exhibitions. [MoCADA]
The Shed, a New York City visual and performing arts center opening in 2019, is looking to fill 20 positions, including Digital Content Manager, Director of Public Programs, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Manager. [The Shed]
Njideka Akunyili Crosby is now represented by David Zwirner in collaboration with Victoria Miro. [via email announcement]
The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation will award its annual grants to the Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN), Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College (Chicago, IL), Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD), and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (Santa Fe, NM) to receive support for upcoming exhibitions. [via email announcement]
Quentin Bajac was appointed the director of the Jeu de Paume in Paris. [Le Monde]
Andrea Bayer was elected deputy director for collections and administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. [via email announcement]
The estate of Bernd & Hilla Becher will be represented by Paula Cooper Gallery. [via email announcement]
Mary Ceruti was named the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. [via email announcement]
Stephanie Cristello was named the artistic director of the EXPO Chicago art fair. Kathleen Rapp was appointed managing director of VIP relations, and Jeff Rhodes was appointed managing director of operations and exhibitor relations. [ARTnews]
Chris Dercon will run the Grand Palais in Paris. [NYT]
Thomas Fougeirol and Jo-ey Tang are now represented by Lyles & King gallery in New York. [ARTnews]
Lauren Halsey is now represented by the David Kordansky Gallery. [CultureType]
Sandra Lagumina was appointed the non-executive president of Agence France-Muséums. [Le Journal des Arts]
Rebecca Matalon was named a curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. [Houston Chronicle]
Alice Quinn has stepped down from her role as executive director of the Poetry Society of America. [Poetry Society of America]
Wilmer Wilson IV is now represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York and Connersmith Gallery in Washington, DC. [ARTnews]
Gérald Bloncourt (1926–2018), photographer and activist who captured immigrant narratives after being expelled from his home country of Haiti for anti-government protests in 1946 [Hatian Times]
Louise DeSalvo (1942–2018), Virginia Woolf scholar and memoirist [Baristanet]
Barbara Jonas (1933–2018), art collector and philanthropist [NYT]
Juris Jurjevics (1943–2018), independent publisher who founded Soho Press [NYT]
Francis Lai (1932–2018), Oscar- and Academy Award-winning composer [Variety]
Stan Lee (1922–2018), comic book writer, editor, and publisher beloved for his leadership in crafting the Marvel Universe [BBC]
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (1934–2018), literary critic for The New York Times [NYT]
Jean Mohr (1925–2018), Swiss photographer and humanitarian. [NYT]
Oskar Rabin (1928–2018), painter who led a group of dissident artists in the 1960s and ’70s Soviet Union [NYT]
Douglas Rain (1928–2018), Shakespearean actor who voiced Hal 9000 in the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey [BBC]
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Guggenheim Museum Union Rallies at VIP Opening
The museum’s commitment to diversity in exhibitions rings hollow to workers who say they are not receiving a fair wage.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
Quieter Artworks Stand Out At a New York Photo Fair
At this year’s Association of International Photography Art Dealers show, the best works offer glimpses into the personal lives of photographers and their subjects.
Special Edition: 🖌️Artists’ Signatures ✍️
In this special edition, we investigate what artists’ signatures actually mean, and the fascinating results reveal the multifaceted history of this curious phenomenon.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
What Is a Signature in the Internet Age?
As a cryptographic unit for record-keeping, an NFT can be seen as analogous to a signature or an autograph.
The Meaning of Ancient Greek and Roman Artisan Signatures
What did a signature mean in the ancient world, and how much can we trust what they seem to tell us?
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
Michelangelo’s Signature and the Myth of Genius
Michelangelo served as a stellar example for future artists who sought status and economic independence.
Uncovering the Photographer Behind Arshile Gorky’s Most Famous Painting
As we pursue photographer Hovhannes Avedaghayan a fascinating picture begins to emerge of him and the world of which he was part.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
100 Years of Artist Signatures in a Detroit Club
The beams in Detroit’s Scarab Club act as a guest book of sorts, carrying a wealth of stories and history, including signatures by Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Margaret Bourke-White, Isamu Noguchi, and others.
The Myth of Agency Around Artists’ Signatures
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.