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  • Gabriela Rangel. Photo: Guyot/Mendoza.

    Gabriela Rangel Appointed Artistic Director of MALBA

    The Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) has named Venezuelan curator Gabriela Rangel as its new artistic director. Rangel comes to the institution from New York, where she most recently served as head of the Chief of Americas Society. A specialist in Latin American Art, Rangel will be responsible for overseeing the institution’s exhibition program, collection, publications, and educational initiatives as well as spearheading collaborations with other local and international institutions.

    “After an exhaustive search over nearly a year, we have chosen Gabriela Rangel, a professional

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  • Josine Ianco-Starrels. Photo: Courtesy Los Angeles Cultural Affairs.

    Josine Ianco-Starrels (1926–2019)

    The Romanian-born curator Josine Ianco-Starrels, who became an influential figure on the Los Angeles art scene and a champion of underrepresented artists beginning in the 1960s, died at her home in Rogue River, Oregon, on April 8, the Los Angeles Times reports. Her daughter, Elissa Kline, said she passed away of natural causes.

    “Ianco-Starrels is a progressive, energetic curator with an international perspective and a great depth of knowledge of contemporary California art,” Long Beach Museum of art director Stephen Garrett said in 1986.

    The daughter of the Israeli-Romanian artist and architect

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  • Jiří Fajt.

    Czech Minister of Culture Dismisses Two Prominent Museum Directors, Sparking Protests

    Last week, Czech culture minister Antonin Staněk dismissed Jiri Fajt, former director of the National Gallery, Prague, for five years, and Michal Soukup, the head of the Olomouc Museum of Art, Monopol reports.

    The culture minister said in a public statement that the dismissals were based on the results of “currently completed and ongoing public administration controls of both institutions.” He continued that he had lost faith in the directors to lead the art institutions in a way that os “economically [responsible].”

    Staněk is also filing a criminal complaint against Fajt for disputes regarding

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  • Valerie V. Gay.

    Barnes Foundation Names Valerie V. Gay Deputy Director for Audience Engagement, Chief Experience Officer

    The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has appointed Valerie V. Gay as its new deputy director for audience engagement and chief experience officer. Gay most recently served as executive director of Philadelphia’s Art Sanctuary and has nearly twenty years of experience in nonprofit administration. She will be responsible for expanding the organization’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and will take up the post in April.

    “Art Sanctuary has been a community partner of the Barnes for six years, and over that time, I’ve admired its work in public, community, and family programs,” Gay said in a

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  • Rick Kinsel. Photo: Vilcek Foundation.

    Rick Kinsel Joins NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees

    The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in Manhattan announced today that it has welcomed Rick Kinsel to its board of trustees. Kinsel currently serves as the president of the Vilcek Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to the United States and to fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences. Kinsel has been with the foundation since its inception in 2000.

    Prior to joining the foundation, Kinsel was director of cultural affairs for Coty Inc. in New York, supervising all arts and educational programs from 1997 to 2003. He also helped

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  • Olu Oguibe, Monument for Strangers and Refugees, 2017.

    Olu Oguibe’s Documenta Obelisk Returns to Kassel

    After being dismantled in October amid rising pressure from far-right politicians, artist Olu Oguibe’s concrete obelisk returned to Kassel, Germany, on Thursday, Monopol reports. Monument to Strangers and Refugees, 2017, was originally installed in Kassel’s Königsplatz for Documenta 14 and was intended as a rebuke to xenophobia. The monument bears the inscription, “I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35), in four different languages: Arabic, English, German, and Turkish.

    The Nigerian-born, US-based artist was awarded the quinquennial’s Arnold Bode Prize by the city, which called the

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  • Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian.

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019)

    Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose lucent works ally modernist abstraction with Islamic ornament, has died at age ninety-seven. Renowned internationally for her dazzling, painstaking mirrorwork, in later life Farmanfarmaian rose to prominence as one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists as well as one of its most prolific collectors. The first artist to make secular cut-glass mosaics, Farmanfarmaian, whose career spanned six decades, was also celebrated for her paintings, drawings, textile designs, and monotypes.

    Born in 1922 to Ottoman aristocrats in Qazvin, Iran, and taking up art early

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  • Lorraine O’Grady, Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire celebrates with her friends), 1980–83/2009. Photo: Lorraine O'Grady/Artist Rights Society, New York.

    Franklin Sirmans to Curate Frieze Section Paying Tribute to New York’s Just Above Midtown Gallery

    For the upcoming edition of Frieze New York, Franklin Sirmans, the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), will curate a special section of fair that will highlight artists from Just Above Midtown (JAM). The historic space served as a platform for contemporary African American artists at a time when they were struggling to find representation. Linda Goode Bryant, the then director of education at the Studio Museum in Harlem, founded the gallery in 1974, when she was just twenty-three years old.

    In a 1975 interview with Mimi Poser, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s then head development

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  • The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Launches Endowment Fund

    The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow has set up an endowment fund to ensure its long-term financial sustainability and is seeking donations. Endowment funds are a means by which nonprofit organizations can accumulate capital. With the help of a management company, the money donated to the fund will be invested, and its earnings will be used to fund its exhibitions, grant programs, and other initiatives. Museum director Anton Belov called the move a priority for the institution.

    “The establishing of Garage Endowment Fund is an important stage in the museum’s transition from private art

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  • Benon Lutaaya.

    Benon Lutaaya (1985–2019)

    Benon Lutaaya—a Ugandan-born, South Africa–based artist, activist, and arts patron—died on Saturday from cancer at the age of thirty-four. After earning a BFA in education from Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda, he moved to Johannesburg for a residency at the Bag Factory in 2011. Lutaaya often sourced found and recycled paper materials from the street to create collaged portraits, which were collected by South Africa’s Absa Museum, Ellerman’s Contemporary Art Collection, the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art, and other institutions.

    In 2016, Lutaaya founded the

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  • Installation view of “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.” Photo: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

    Guggenheim Museum’s Hilma af Klint Exhibition Draws Record Number of Visitors

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has announced that “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future”—the United States’ first major solo show of work by the Swedish artist—is the most popular exhibition in its history. The show has attracted more than 600,000 visitors since its opening in October 2018.

    The museum also reported that membership has increased by 34 percent since the exhibition opened and that more than 30,000 copies of the catalogue have been sold, surpassing the previous record set by the 2009 catalogue Kandinsky. Hilma af Klint–inspired merchandise has also been flying off

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  • View of “Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967,” at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, in 2017. Photo: NGC.

    Canadian Museums Association Receives $1 Million to Promote and Preserve Indigenous Culture

    On Tuesday, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) announced that more than $1 million will go toward an initiative aimed at amplifying the voices of First Nations communities in 2,600 museums and cultural institutions across the country. Funding is being provided by the government’s Museums Assistance Program (MAP), which supports Canadian museums and cultural professionals in the preservation of heritage collections. 

    The CMA Reconciliation Project will receive $680,948 to conduct a national review of museum policies in collaboration with indigenous peoples across Canada and an additional $

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