February 5, 2016

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Announces Los Angeles Emerging Artist Grant and Stanley Hollander Award Winners for 2016

Marisa Takal, Froggy I, 2015, oil on canvas, 66 x 50”.

The Rema Hort Mann Foundation announced its 2016 Los Angeles Emerging Artist Grant and Stanley Hollander Award winners today. Every Los Angeles emerging artist grantee will receive an unrestricted gift of $10,000 “for demonstrating outstanding work as well as an ability and commitment to make a substantial contribution in the arts.” The eight grantees are:

Lauren Davis Fisher
Kenyatta Hinkle
Gelare Khoshgozaran
Nick Kramer
Nevine Mahmoud
Lee Relvas
Daniel R. Small
Marisa Takal

The Stanley Hollander Award—a new award named after Stanley Hollander, a long-time arts patron and major benefactor for the foundation—is an additional monetary gift of $15,000 that is being given to Marisa Takal.

More information about all the award winners can be found on the Rema Hort Mann Foundation's website here.

February 5, 2016

Rasel Chowdhury Receives Dhaka Art Summit’s Samdani Art Award

Rasel Chowdhury

The Dhaka Art Summit, which opens today and runs through February 8, has just announced that photographer Rasel Chowdhury, selected from a shortlist of thirteen artists, is the winner of this year’s Samdani Art Award. Chowdhury will be given a three-month, all expenses paid residency with the Delfina Foundation in London. The biannual award “aims to support, promote, and highlight Bangladeshi contemporary art and showcase the work of talented emerging artists between the ages of twenty-two and forty who live and work in Bangladesh.”

Says Tate Modern director Frances Morris, “The Dhaka Summit has rapidly become an important focus for artists from South Asia and beyond and this year is attracting widespread international attention. The Samdani Foundation have done an amazing job in combining new research, artistic production and creative collaboration . . . . I am personally looking forward to making discoveries and encountering new perspectives in Dhaka.” 

February 5, 2016

Old Brewery to Become Cultural Complex in Central Berlin

Architectural rendering of Bötzow Brewery.

Hans Georg Näder, an art collector and billionaire who made his fortune in medical technology, has signed up British architect David Chipperfield to transform the nineteenth-century Bötzow Brewery, located in central Berlin, into a cultural complex. The project, which will cost nearly $280 million, is scheduled to be completed by 2019, reports Clemens Bomsdorf of the Art Newspaper.

February 5, 2016

Yoshiko Kakudo (1934–2016)

Yoshiko Kakudo

The first curator of Japanese art at the Asian Art Museum, Yoshiko Kakudo, has died, reports Rafu. Receiving her MA in decorative art from UC Berkeley in 1964, Kakudo joined the museum’s Avery Brundage Collection the same year, starting as a research assistant. She became curator of Japanese art in 1970, and stayed in the role until retiring in 1994.

During her tenure Kakudo was responsible for the Japan Center Extension Gallery, and also led the museum’s Korean art collection until a dedicated Korean art curator was hired in 1989. She curated and co-curated over thirty shows over the course of her career, and her volume “Art of Japan: Masterworks in the Asian Art Museum” won first prize in the museum catalogue category of the American Association of Museums’ publication contest.

As a patron of the arts, she donated a collection of William Abbenseth photos for an exhibition at SF MoMA.

February 4, 2016

Naima Keith Will Leave Studio Museum in Harlem to Serve as Deputy Director at California African American Museum

Naima Keith

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s curator, Naima Keith, will be leaving her job to begin a new role as deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the California African American Museum in LA’s Exposition Park, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Carolina A. Miranda.

At the Studio Museum, Keith was responsible for curating “Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989,” which represented the artist’s first museum survey, and also organized “Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street,” which is opening in one month. Keith comes from Los Angeles, and obtained an MA at UCLA.

The California African American Museum operated without a director for about one year, after Charmaine Jefferson stepped down in July of 2014, and until executive director George Davis was hired this past summer.

February 4, 2016

Benjamin Millepied to Step Down from Paris Opera Ballet

Benjamin Millepied

The director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied, will be stepping down to return to his own choreography—and LA—according to Roslyn Sulcas in the New York Times. The French paper Paris Match first reported rumors of his departure yesterday. Millepied started his role in November 2014, bringing an cross-disciplinary spirit and level of visibility to the enterprise. The director of the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner, will be holding a press conference later today.

Calling his departure “a blow to the opera’s much-vaunted era of new collaboration between opera, ballet, and other artistic ventures,” Sulcas wrote that the choreographer had spoken “of his dislike for the rigid hierarchical system of grading and promotion at the Opera.”

“His discontent with various aspects of his role has been well documented over the past few months,” she added.

February 4, 2016

National Museum in Yemen Destroyed by Civil War

Locals on the footsteps of the National Museum in the Yemeni city of Taiz

The National Museum in the Yemeni city of Taiz was damaged on Sunday, as part of the fallout from the nation’s ongoing civil war, according to the New York Times’ Shuaib Almosawa and Kareem Fahim. A rebel movement from the north known as the Houthis were shelling the city, resulting in a fire that incinerated the museum and most of its rare manuscripts and other artifacts.

“Manuscripts, an ornate turban said to belong to an unknown but ancient king, old Qurans dating back more than one thousand years, and private pistols of Imam Ahmed Hamid Al-Deen- the last Yemeni Imam (national religious leader) before Arab nationalists seized power in 1962- have all been destroyed,” reports the Middle East Eye.

February 4, 2016

Emma Hart Wins Sixth Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Emma Hart

Max Mara has awarded London-based artist Emma Hart its sixth annual prize for women, reports Artinfo. UK-based female visual artists who have not yet had a solo survey show are eligible for the prize, which has been awarded biennially since 2005. The winner receives a six-month residency in Italy to produce work that will then be featured in a major solo show at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2017.

Hart received her BFA at Central Saint Martins, and proposed to work on clay or ceramic sculptures that will be exhibited as well as objects, photos, and video. For her award residence she will work in artist Alighiero Boetti’s studio.

"The jury were impressed with the depth and breadth of references in [her] approach, from the Milan System’s Approach of family psychotherapy to the novels of Elena Ferrante, to the Italian tradition of Maiolica ceramics,” said Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery.

February 3, 2016

Mari Spirito Named Director and Curator of New Istanbul Exhibition Space

Mari Spirito

Mari Spirito, the curator and founding director of Protocinema – a nonprofit that organizes exhibitions traveling between Istanbul and New York – has been appointed as the new curator and director of a recently established art space in Istanbul.

The exhibition space, Alt, opened last month as a venue for exhibitions and performing art projects, Today’s Zaman reports. The center is housed in a former brewery in Bomonti.

Spirito and assistant curator Gökcan Demirkazık said that “authorship” is the theme of Alt’s first season, and the first solo show features the works of Canadian contemporary artist Rodney Graham.

According to Daily Sabah, Spirito said, “Although Turkish art is going through hard times, new galleries and exhibition spaces such as Alt continue to be opened.”