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  • LA’s Main Museum and ArtCenter College Announce Exploratory Partnership

    The Main Museum in downtown Los Angeles and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena have announced that they plan to enter into a seven-month operational and programmatic partnership, beginning June 1, that will allow both institutions to further their missions.

    Essentially, the arrangement between the two cultural institutions involves the Main becoming part of ArtCenter. The museum, which only partially opened in 2016, will lease its historic Hellman building to the school, for $1 per year, and ArtCenter will provide financial stability for the Main. The partnership comes after a months-long

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  • Interview Magazine to Fold Following Financial Turmoil

    Interview Magazine—the publication founded by Andy Warhol in 1969 known for its intimate conversations between celebrities in fashion, art, and music—is folding after years of legal upheaval and a number of staff departures, according to the Observer, which reports that the magazine filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is liquidating its assets. The end of Interview arrives less than a year after the Village Voice, another downtown New York staple, drew its print publication to a close, going online-only.

    Interview, dubbed “The Crystal Ball of Pop,” is shutting down after former editorial

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  • Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New Orleans

    Prospect New Orleans, the city’s contemporary arts triennial, has announced that Naima J. Keith, deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, and Los Angeles-based independent curator Diana Nawi will cocurate Prospect.5, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020.

    “Naima and Diana are thoughtful and daring curators with an exciting rapport and history of working together,” executive director Nick Stillman said. I couldn't think of better partners to create the P.5 exhibition.” Keith and Nawi are both based in Los Angeles and have a longstanding collaborative

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  • Laure Prouvost to Represent France at 2019 Venice Biennale

    French video and multidisciplinary artist Laure Prouvost will represent France in the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place from May 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019. Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen, members of the pavilion’s selection committee, said that Prouvost’s work is a “reflection of the dynamism of the French art scene.”

    Born in Lille in 1978, the Turner-Prize winning artist studied in the United Kingdom and now lives and works in London and Antwerp. Known for her immersive and mixed-media installations that

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  • Steirischer Herbst Reveals Details for 2018 Edition

    Steirischer Herbst, the annual interdisciplinary contemporary arts festival that takes place in the Styrian capital of Graz, Austria, has announced that its fifty-first edition will explore the notion of belonging to a nation. Titled “Volksfronten” (Popular Fronts), which refers to the joint alliance of liberals, socialist, and communists against Fascism in the US and Europe in the 1930s as well as the name of ultra-rightwing nationalists groups, will kick off on September 20.

    This year’s event marks the first time that the festival will be led by a non-European curator, Russian art historian

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  • Expert Confirms that Painting Found by Dutch Dealer Is a Rembrandt

    Dutch dealer and Rembrandt specialist Jan Six claims that he has discovered a new painting by the artist, Portrait of a Young Gentleman. The world’s leading authority on the master, Ernst van de Wetering, has endorsed the finding.

    In an interview with the New York Times, van de Wetering said that he had no doubt that the work was by the artist’s hand and called it an “interesting contribution” to his oeuvre. The leading scholar, known for his comprehensive catalogue of Rembrandt’s work, The Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings, said that he will add the canvas to the six-volume register as painting No.

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  • Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

    Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, a moving portrait about a family of petty thieves trying to get by in Tokyo, has been awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or at the seventy-first edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Kore-eda accepted the honor from Cate Blanchett, the head of this year’s female dominated jury, on Saturday, May 19.

    Spike Lee won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second prize, for his drama about a black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, BlacKkKlansman. Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum was given Cannes’ third prize, the Jury Prize. Polish

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  • Laura Pye Named Director of National Museums Liverpool

    The National Museums Liverpool announced that Laura Pye, the head of culture for Bristol City Council, was appointed director. She will be responsible for overseeing eight of the city’s museums and galleries, including the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool, and the Lady Lever Gallery, and will take up the post in August.

    “I’m thrilled to be welcoming Laura to National Museums Liverpool,” said the organization’s chair, David Henshaw. “We’ve recently had our highest annual visitor figure ever, and with ground-breaking exhibitions including ‘China’s First Emperor’ and the ‘Terracotta

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  • 2018 Herb Alpert Award Winners Announced

    The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has been presented to five mid–career artists who were recognized for their contributions to the fields of music, film/video, theater, dance, and the visual arts. This year’s recipients of the $75,000 unrestricted prize are composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa, playwright Robert O’Hara, choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and artist Michael Rakowitz. 

    “At this fraught moment it’s a powerful antidote to honor and support this year’s winners who are alert to the world, rigorous in their reach, and fiercely engaged with that which is

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  • Marcus Civin Joins University of Nevada, Las Vegas as Department of Art Chair

    The University of Nevada Las Vegas announced that interdisciplinary artist, critic, and educator Marcus Civin has been named chair of the department of art at the College of Fine Arts effective July 15. Civin joins the college following eight years with the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including as associate dean for curriculum and assessment in graduate studies as well as interim director of curatorial practice. He is also the founder of New Urban Arts, a nonprofit community arts studio for high school students in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Israeli Minister Bans Art By Students Protesting Violence in Gaza

    Israel’s science, technology, and space minister, Ofir Akunis, has banned artworks by students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design from being shown at an international science conference taking place this month in Jerusalem after some students expressed solidarity with the Palestinians demonstrating at the Gaza border, according to Haaretz.

    More than sixty protestors were slain by Israeli soldiers this week when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered near the border. The students at the Jerusalem academy hung posters at their school on Wednesday listing the names of those killed,

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  • Germany Returns Cultural Artifacts to Indigenous People of Alaska

    Germany has returned nine artifacts to indigenous communities in Alaska. The publicly funded Berlin State Museums, which are overseen by the Prussian Cultural Foundation, determined that several masks, a baby basket, and a wooden idol had been unlawfully taken from a burial site nearly four decades earlier.

    The foundation’s president, Hermann Parzinger, said that because these icons were not gifted to the museum, they did not belong there. He presented part of a wooden mask to John F.C. Johnson, a representative of Alaska’s Chugach people, on Wednesday, May 16.

    “Our people are traders, but they

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