September 22, 2013

International News Digest


Ingvlid Goetz has given 375 works from her contemporary art collection—and the Herzog and de Meuron–designed museum that contains it—to the state of Bavaria, according to Julia Michalska in the Art Newspaper. Michalska notes that the Wall Street Journal named Goetz’s collection in the top ten private collections, and that Goetz has expressed her intention to remain in charge of the museum as its director. The remaining 4,000 works in her collection will also be turned over to the state on permanent loan. Bavaria’s prime minister, Horst Seehofer, called Goetz’s gift “a huge win for the state’s art collection, especially in the field of media art.”

Artist Kostas Sahpazis has won this year’s Deste Award, offered by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Museum of Cycladic Art. The prize, given biannually to a Greek or Cypriot artist living in Greece or abroad, comes with a cash award of over $13,000. Speaking on behalf of the jury, Kunsthaus Zurich curator Bice Curiger praised Sahpazis for making work that introduces “an oscillating force into all sorts of defined categories of art and art history, while revolving around ideas of subtle destabilization.”

Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Art has issued a call for proposals for its new museum building, according to the Baibakov Art Projects blog—a change in course from the museum’s original plan to build a seventeen-story tower designed by Mikhail Mindlin, the museum’s director. Mindlin will now apparently be one of the jury members reviewing proposals; others will include Moscow’s chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov, Baibakov Art Projects’ own Maria Baibakova, and Venice Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni.

September 20, 2013

Malcolm Daniel Appointed Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Malcolm Daniel has been named curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, effective December, reports Carol Vogel of the New York Times. Daniel is currently a senior curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former head of its photography department. Vogel writes that Daniel is fourth from the Metropolitan to join the Houston museum; Gary Tinterow assumed the role of director in 2011 and has brought on, including Daniels, three colleagues since then. In the past two years, Mahrukh Tarapor, a former associate director, joined as the museum’s senior advisor for international initiatives, and Deborah Roldán, a former research associate, assumed the role of assistant director of exhibitions.

September 19, 2013

Eli Broad to End His Funding of LA MoCA

Eli Broad has announced he will no longer continue giving $3 million a year to LA MoCA, effectively ending his five-year relationship as the museum’s primary funder, report Deborah Vankin and Mike Boehm of the Los Angeles Times. His funding of the museum began in December 2008 with a pledge of $30 million that would be spread over five years. Broad’s new museum is set to open across the street from LA MoCA in late 2014, which critics say might be a factor in Broad’s decision not to renew. The Broad will offer free admission to its visitors unlike its neighbor. The last quarterly installment of $750,000 from Broad’s foundation to LA MoCA is due in October.

September 18, 2013

G. Wayne Clough to Step Down from Smithsonian

Patricia Cohen reports in the New York Times that G. Wayne Clough has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as director of the Smithsonian Institution. Since 2008, Clough has helmed the Smithsonian’s network of museums and research centers. Under Clough’s leadership, the National Museum of African Art appointed a new director, and construction began on the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Smithsonian’s chancellor—Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.—praised Clough, saying that his “enthusiastic embrace of the Smithsonian’s mission has earned the public’s admiration and support.”

September 18, 2013

Frye Art Museum Receives $1.1 Million

The Seattle Times reports that the Frye Art Museum has received a total of $1.1 million from the Raynier Institute and Foundation. The money will be used to create two awards that recognize Washington artists, and will also support the Raynier Foundation exhibitions, a series of shows curated by the Frye Art Museum.

September 17, 2013

Winners of 2013 Praemium Imperiale Arts Awards Announced

The Japan Art Association has announced the 2013 winners of the Praemium Imperiale arts awards, each of which comes with a prize of $150,000 and recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prize, reports Felicia R. Lee of the New York Times. Michaelangelo Pistoletto has been honored for painting, Antony Gormley for sculpture, Francis Ford Coppola for film, and David Chipperfield for architecture, among a list of other winners. Past awards have gone to Ingmar Bergman, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Gehry, Jean-Luc Godard, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Akira Kurosawa, Renzo Piano, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ravi Shankar. An award ceremony will take place in Tokyo on October 16.

September 16, 2013

Dealer Pleads Guilty to Selling Abstract Expressionist Fakes

Art dealer Glafira Rosales has pled guilty to her role in what the government has described as a conspiracy to perpetrate a phony art scam, reports Laura Gilbert of the Art Newspaper. According to a statement issued by US Attorney Preet Bharara, Rosales sold more than sixty phony works she claimed were by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Willem De Kooning, among others, to the now-closed Knoedler gallery and another gallery for a total of $33.2 million; collectors paid more than $80 million for the works. In her guilty plea today, Rosales revealed that the forgeries were painted by an artist based in Queens and that her longtime companion was a coconspirator in the scam. Rosales agreed to forfeit the $33.2 million (along with her home) and to pay $81 million in restitution. She faces a maximum sentence of ninety-nine years in prison. Neither Rosales's companion, who is believed to be overseas, nor the artist have yet been charged.

September 16, 2013

Hammer Museum Receives $2 Million Gift

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, has announced that it has received $2 million from billionaire board member Anthony Pritzker, reports David Ng of the Los Angeles Times. The gift, which is being donated through the Pritzker family’s foundation, will benefit the museum’s education programs for children who attend public schools in the area.

September 16, 2013

Dallas Museum of Art Receives $450,000 Grant

The Dallas Museum of Art has announced that it has received a grant of more than $450,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will extend the museum's free membership program, DMA Friends, to three partner institutions: the Denver Art Museum, LACMA, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The grant will also support the research and development of new technologies in evaluating the interests and needs of the audience of each partnering institution.