• Brixton’s Edward Colston statue, which was thrown into the harbor last summer. Photo: Wikipedia.

    UK Government Announces New Legislation Protecting Historic Monuments

    The UK government has announced new legislation meant to protect the country’s historic monuments. If the bill passes Parliament, anyone wishing to remove a historic statue would need to first obtain listed building consent or planning permission. Councils seeking to grant such permission would be required to notify the British communities secretary, who would render the final decision about the application in question.

    The proposed legislation comes just weeks after the country completed Brexit, and on the heels of a June 7, 2020, incident in which an eighteen-foot-high statue of seventeenth-century

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  • Nick Cave’s Truth Be Told. Photo: Nick Cave/Jack Shainman Gallery.

    Brooklyn Museum to Host Controversial Nick Cave Artwork

    Nick Cave’s Truth Be Told, 2020, a massive text work currently on display on the exterior of the School, an outpost of Jack Shainman Gallery, in Kinderhook, New York, will move to the plaza of the Brooklyn Museum this spring, the New York Times reports. The work, which comprises the three words of the title cut from black vinyl and spanning the 160-foot-wide face of the gallery, a repurposed high school, sparked outrage from the village government, which has claimed that it is a sign and thus violates city code.

    Cave, who created the work in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of

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  • View of Castello di Rivoli.

    Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museum to Serve as Covid-19 Vaccination Center

    Castello di Rivoli, near Turin, will open its vast galleries as a Covid-19 vaccination center, becoming the first museum in Italy to do so. The institution is partnering with Rivoli city health authorities in support of Italy’s organized effort to vaccinate its citizens against the virus that to date has sickened 2.3 million and killed 80,000 in the country. 

    Officials at Castello di Rivoli, which occupies the Savoy royal palace, came up with the idea of offering up their third-floor gallery for the vaccination process after realizing that the 10,000-plus-square foot space was ideal for the

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  • Naomi Beckwith. Photo: Nathan Keay.

    Guggenheim Appoints Naomi Beckwith Deputy Director, Chief Curator

    New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has announced the appointment of Naomi Beckwith as deputy director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator. In the latter role, Beckwith, formerly senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, will replace Nancy Spector, who resigned in October. In her dual roles, which she will assume in June, Beckwith will oversee the museum’s collections, exhibitions, publications, and curatorial programs and archives, and will play “an instrumental role in shaping the museum’s vision.”

    “One cannot overstate the iconicity and consequence of the Guggenheim

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  • Warhol Foundation Announces Fall 2020 Grant Recipients

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced the fifty-one recipients of its fall 2020 grants, which total $3.9 million and are issued in support of visual arts programs, exhibitions, and curatorial research. Among the first-time grantees are several dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists and writers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and who are living with disabilities. These include Philadelphia’s BlackStar, which prioritizes opportunities for filmmakers and critics, and Chicago’s Sixty Inches from Center and New York’s Wendy’s Subway, both

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  • Heidi Zuckerman. Photo: Karl Wolfgang.

    Orange County Museum of Art Names Heidi Zuckerman CEO and Director

    The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) has announced Heidi Zuckerman as its new CEO and director. Zuckerman, who previously served as CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum, will assume her new role February 8. She succeeds Todd Smith, who led the institution from August 2014 through summer 2020.

    “Heidi is an innovative and inspiring museum leader who combines a deep love for art and artists with an exceptional record of leading museums to be entrepreneurial, vibrant, and sustainable,” said Craig Wells, OCMA board chair and a co-chair of the search committee in a statement. “The programmatic

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  • Okwui Enwezor. Photo: Jeff Weiss.

    Marian Goodman Gallery and ICI Launch Emerging Curator Initiative Honoring Okwui Enwezor

    Marian Goodman Gallery has announced an initiative in support of emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) curators and honoring the late curator Okwui Enwezor. The initiative, conceived of by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen, is in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI) and will aid ICI’s professional development programs and research fellowships, with the goal of empowering and sustaining a more diverse generation of curators, and of forging collaborative networks among curators, artists, and art spaces internationally.

    The Nigerian-born Enwezor, who died in

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  • View of Documenta 14. Photo: Heinz K. S.

    Documenta 15 Faces Possible Postponement

    Organizers are grappling with the realization that the fifteenth edition of Documenta, the internationally known contemporary art show held every five years in Kassel, may have to be pushed back at least to 2023 owing to the continuing Covid-19 crisis, the event’s general director, Sabine Schorrman, told The Art Newspaper. Slated to take place June 8–September 25, 2022, and curated by Indonesian art collective ruangrupa, Documenta 15 is likely to be postponed because of organizational issues caused by travel restrictions as planning enters the phase requiring artists to be present in the city

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  • Miami’s Freedom Tower, which contains the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design.

    Miami Dade College Museum Accused of Censoring Forensic Architecture Exhibition

    Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design faces allegations that it censored the work of London-based research group Forensic Architecture (FA), whose major exhibition “True to Scale” opened at the institution in February, according to the New York Times. The Florida museum is additionally alleged to have failed to renew the contract of the exhibition’s curator, Sophie Landres, as a punitive measure.

    The controversy centers around Forensic Architecture’s stated goal of investigating, as part of its exhibition, the Homestead Emergency Care Shelter, a detention center for migrant children that

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  • Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Crimes de Solidarité (Crimes of Solidarity), 2020, two-channel video installation and performance. Photo: Anais Baseilhac & VOST Collectif.

    VIA Art Fund Announces Record $1.5 Million in 2020 Grants

    VIA Art Fund has announced its 2020 grant recipients, among whom the nonprofit will distribute $1.5 million, the largest disbursement it has made to date. The funds will be awarded to artists, collectives, and institutions across four categories: Artistic Production Grant Fund, VIA | Wagner Incubator Grant Fund, 2020 VIA Grantee Relief Fund, and the VIA Curatorial Fellowship.

    Among the projects assisted by the artistic production grants, which total $925,000 and are issued in support of the production, exhibition, and accessioning of new works of art., are Charles Gaines’s monumental public

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  • Home of the Arts, Gold Coast.

    New Year Brings New Art Spaces to Australia

    Australia will welcome a slew of new art institutions this year, along with several refreshed galleries slated to open following renovation. Of these, a number are expected to open before the summer.

    Among these is an expansion at Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA). Scheduled to open April 10, it will be the country’s largest art gallery not occupying a major city. The $47 million six-story structure, designed by Melbourne’s ARM architects, houses 59,000 square feet of exhibition space and boasts a 3-D Voronoi-diagram skin. HOTA’s inaugural exhibition, “Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise,” will

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  • Photo: Expo Chicago.

    Expo Chicago Postpones 2021 Edition

    Expo Chicago has announced that it is postponing its in-person art fair, planned for April, becoming the first international art fair to push back a 2021 IRL event. No new dates have been announced for the fair, originally scheduled to take place April 8–11 at the Windy City’s Navy Pier, but organizers have reportedly discussed various dates with the pier operators, including several sets in July, and September 23–26, which would have been its typical window prior to the advent of Covid-19.

    The virus is responsible for the setback, with positive test rates surging to 10.3 percent in Chicago this

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