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.
Idea Capital has announced the nine winners of its 10th annual award for Atlanta creatives. This year’s award recipients are Ebony Blanding, Phoebe Brown, Jarrett Christian, Ben Coleman, Elizabeth Dinkova, Anthony Gaskins, Jason Kofke, Yanique Norman, and Cydnei Prather. This year’s grants total $18,000. [Idea Capital]
Nikolaus Gansterer was awarded the MAC International prize. The Vienna-based artist will receive a grant of £20,000 (~$25,000), and his work will be on view in an exhibition alongside other artists shortlisted for the prize until March 31. [Art Daily]
Jennifer Harge was named the inaugural winner of the Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists by New York-based nonprofit Queer|Art. [Broadway World]
The VIA Art Fund has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants, ranging in value between $15,000 to $100,000. This year, the organization gave eight artistic production grants, seven incubator grants, the 2019 VIA curatorial fellowship, and the 2018 Frontier Art Prize. Recipients include Martin Puryear, Tavares Strachan, and Jamillah James. [ARTnews]
+LAB’s Artist Residency Program in Los Angeles is accepting applications. The program is a creative place-keeping residency that will focus on addressing the most recent cycle of displacement that is affecting Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo. Applications are due January 15. [+LAB]
The Montello Foundation is accepting applications for its fifth season of artist retreats. Each residency will last two weeks, between May 11 and November 9, 2019. It will provide a new perspective for residents’ work and give residents space and time for undisturbed experimentation and reflection for two weeks. Applications are due January 27. [Montello Foundation]
Gaurav Bhatia has officially stepped down as managing director of Sotheby’s India. [ARTnews]
The Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village has closed after almost 42 years as a New York staple for jazz, comedy, and burlesque. [NYT]
Ruth Estévez was appointed senior curator-at-large at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts. [Art Fix Daily]
Lawan Glasscock was appointed executive director of Christians in the Visual Arts. [via email announcement]
Kate Green was appointed senior curator, and Kevin Burns was named associate curator of the El Paso Museum of Art. [Artforum]
Anthony Iacono is now represented by Marinaro Gallery [ARTnews]
KIOSK (an artist duo made up of Alisa Grifo and Marco Romeny) and Otis Houston Jr. are now represented by Gordon Robichaux gallery in New York’s Lower East Side. [ARTnews]
Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski were named artistic directors of the second FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. [via email announcement]
Paul Mpagi Sepuya is now represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. The artist will continue to work with Team Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, but no longer works with Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. [ARTnews]
Cecile Panzieri was named senior partner at Sean Kelly gallery in New York. Janine Cirincione, Lauren Kelly, and Thomas Kelly were also named partners. [via email announcement]
Nicolaus Schafhausen was appointed to a leadership position at the Nazi Documentation Center in Munich. [Monopol]
Diya Vij was named associate curator of public programs at the High Line in New York. [ARTnews]
David Voyles was appointed deputy director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. [Art Daily]
Marc-Olivier Wahler has stepped down as director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan. [TAN]
Lauren Wittels is now a partner at Luhring Augustine Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan along with Roland Augustine. [via email announcement]
Howell Begle (1944–2018), lawyer who championed for R&B artists, like Ruth Brown, being taken advantage of by their labels [Washington Post]
Joe Casely-Hayford (1956–2019), British fashion designer and founder of the brand Casely-Hayford [i-D]
Sylvia Chase (1938–2019), Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist [NYT]
Brian Garfield (1939–2018), suspense author known for his novel Death Wish, which inspired a popular Hollywood film series [Boston Globe]
Ringo Lam (1955–2018), prominent director of the 1980s Hong Kong New Wave generation [Hollywood Reporter]
Honey Lantree (1943–2018), 1960s rock drummer for the Honeycombs [NYT]
Christine McGuire (1926–2018), eldest singer in the McGuire Sisters [NYT]
Rosenda Monteros (1935–2018), actress popular across Latin America and in the US, known for her role in The Magnificent Seven [NYT]
Bernice Sandler (1928–2019), women’s rights activist who was instrumental in the creation of Title IX [Washington Post]
Mrinal Sen (1923–2018), acclaimed filmmaker known for his contributions to Bengali parallel cinema [Deadline]
Babs Simpson (1913–2019), iconic fashion editor at Vogue [Vogue]
Mary Kay Stearns (1925–2018), American actress in one of the earliest TV shows, Mary Kay and Johnny [NYT]
Wendy Ramshaw (1939–2018), artist who subverted ideas about jewelry, sculpture, installation, and design [Guardian]
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (1941–2018), historian who researched the overlooked role of Black women in the suffrage movement and authored African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 [NYT]
Ruedi Tschudi (1940–2019), Swiss gallerist and co-founder of Galerie Tschudi [Galerie Tschudi]
Hector Xtravaganza (1958–2018), legend in New York City’s ballroom scene, Grandfather of the House of Xtravaganza, AIDS activist, and a consultant for FX’s acclaimed series Pose [Variety]
Pegi Young (1952–2019), singer, activist, and co-founder of the Bridge School for children with severe speech and physical impairments [SF Chronicle]
Saudi Arabia Announces $1M “Freedom of Expression” Art Award
Kanye West, Roman Polanski, and Carl Andre are among the shortlisted artists.
British Museum Offers Greece “Exclusive NFT” of the Parthenon Marbles
“With the power of blockchain technology, there will be no question who the real owner is,” said a British Museum spokesperson.
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.
MoMA to Co-Curate Exhibition With NYPD
Arrest Me, Daddy hopes to cast a more positive light on the work of law enforcement officers.
Repatriation-Inspired Fragrance Line Hopes to Heal Collector Wounds
The exotic scents of the Rapatriement line offer solace and joy to dismayed collectors who were forced to return looted artifacts.
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.
Mediocre Painting Thought AI-Generated Revealed as Work of Real Artist
Visitors who spoke to Hyperallergic said they were “horrified” to learn that a human could come up with such a banal and poorly executed artwork.
Prince Harry to Star in New Van Gogh Biopic
The estranged prince said he took the role to raise awareness of mental health issues.
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.
Newly Discovered Trove of Vermeer Works Reveals He Painted Mainly Dogs
A cache of 243 paintings found in an English castle, all depicting canine subjects, suggests Vermeer’s true aspiration was to become a dog portraitist.
Vatican Partners With Balenciaga on “Spiritual” Menswear Line
A spokesperson for the church cited “shared values” with the fashion brand.
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.
Iran Issues Fatwa Against AI
A reinterpretation of the Quran through a queer lens, written by an AI chatbot, is said to cause the move.
Met Gala Announces 2023 “Looting and Plunder” Theme
Select A-list guests will be invited to wear any artifacts from the museum’s collection that have not yet been seized by the Manhattan DA’s office.