• İnci Eviner to Represent Turkey at Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale

    The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) announced today that İnci Eviner will represent Turkey at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will run from May 11 to November 24, 2019. She will present a new installation curated by Zeynep Öz.

    Born in Turkey and raised in Istanbul, Eviner is known for producing works that range from paintings to videos and performances. Her practice often uses drawing as a starting point and addresses the workings of power and the politics of representation, especially with regards to the female body. Previously, she has participated in a number of major

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  • Toronto’s Gardiner Museum Names Sequoia Miller Chief Curator

    The Gardiner Museum in Toronto has appointed art historian and artist Sequoia Miller as its new chief curator. Miller worked as a fulltime studio potter before re-entering academia as a doctoral candidate in the history of art at Yale University. In 2015, Miller curated the landmark exhibition “The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art,” which put ceramic artists like Peter Voulkos, Lucie Rie, and Toshiko Takaezu in dialogue with painters and sculptors such as Willem de Kooning, Ed Ruscha, and Mark Rothko, at the Yale University Art Gallery.

    “We are delighted to welcome Sequoia to the Gardiner,” Kelvin

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  • Katherine Westphal (1919–2018)

    Textile artist Katherine Westphal, known for her trailblazing use of various heat-dyeing techniques to transfer photocopied images onto items such as dresses, kimonos, and quilts, has died, writes Richard Sandomir of the New York Times. She was ninety-nine years old, and passed away at her home in Berkeley, California.

    Westphal was born in Los Angeles in 1919. Her father was a grocer and her mother, a homemaker. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in painting from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught art at the University of Wyoming for a bit, and then went on to

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  • BMW Signs Three-Year Contract with Art Dubai

    The car company BMW’s Middle Eastern outpost has signed on to support Art Dubai for the next three years, writes Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The partnership also includes backing from the Arabian Gulf Mechanical Centre, or AGMC—Dubai’s BMW group importer.

    “We have been engaged in talks with Art Dubai for quite some time while evaluating manifold possibilities of cultural engagement in the region,” said Thomas Girst, BMW group’s global head of cultural engagement, in an online interview. “The time just felt right in 2018.”

    BMW is also a patron of the Frieze and Art Basel art fairs.



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  • Artists and Arts Professionals Fight to Save Memphis College of Art from Closure

    Despite the board of directors’ decision to close the Memphis College of Art by May 2020, a group of students, artists, and arts professionals are rallying to keep the school open. They launched a “Save Memphis College of Art” petition, which has nearly 3,500 signatures, and they are also considering taking over the institution.

    Tootsie Bell, an MCA alum, jeweler, and silversmith, started the petition. She is now working to make the group a nonprofit organization and will soon make public a plan to build a financially sustainable model for the beloved school.

    Citing declining enrollment, overwhelming

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  • California African American Museum Receives Gift of Thirty-Two Artworks

    The California African American Museum, based in Los Angeles, received a gift of thirty-two artworks—including paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces—from collector and scholar Gordon W. Bailey. The donation features works by African American artists such as Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Georgia Speller, “Missionary” Mary Proctor, Leroy Almon, and Herbert Singleton.

    George O. Davis, CAAM’s executive director, said: “[The museum] is honored to acquire this important collection of artworks, which furthers our mission of preserving and interpreting the art, history, and culture of African

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  • Art Institute of Chicago Names Caitlin Haskell Curator of International Modern Art

    The Art Institute of Chicago announced today that Caitlin Haskell has been appointed the museum's new curator of international modern art. Haskell most recently served as associate curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she focused on international modern art from the period of 1900 to the 1960s. She will begin working at the institution part-time on March 26 and will assume her full responsibilities in July.

    “Caitlin will be a perfect addition to the Art Institute of Chicago and brings tremendous vision and ingenuity to our museum,” said Ann Goldstein,

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  • Anselm Kiefer’s First Public Work in the United States Debuts this Spring

    German artist Anselm Kiefer’s first site-specific outdoor public sculpture in the United States, titled Uraeus, will be unveiled this spring at the top of Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens in New York. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund and the real estate company Tishman Speyer, the sculpture is of a large open book that has the wings of an eagle that span thirty feet. The tome sits on top of a twenty-foot-tall lead-clad, stainless-steel column featuring a snake coiled around it. Clustered around the base of the column are more books.

    “A public commission several years in the making, the

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  • Belgian Police Raid Homes as Investigation into Ghent Museum Exhibition Continues

    Following the suspension of the director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent over an exhibition of Russian avant-garde works that experts alleged were fakes, the Belgian police have raided a series of homes that may be connected to the controversy.

    Catherine de Zegher was temporarily removed from her post as the head of the institution last week, pending the results of an external audit. She first came under fire for organizing a show featuring twenty-six works loaned from the collection of Russian businessman Igor Toporovski’s Dieleghem Foundation.

    Three months later, after the works were installed,

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  • New York’s Creative Time to Present First Overseas Project for Art Basel

    The New York–based facilitator of public art projects Creative Time will be presenting its first overseas enterprise at Art Basel. The project—titled Basilea, and created by artists Lara Almarcegui and Isabel Lewis with the architecture studio Recetas Urbanas—was commissioned by the fair. According to Creative Time, Basilea “encourages reflection on a city’s possibilities through a series of immersive projects connecting the City of Basel, its residents, and the over 90,000 fairgoers who attend the Basel fair annually.” Basilea is Elvira Dyangani Ose’s first project as senior curator

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  • Rockport Center for the Arts to be Razed After Severe Damage from Hurricane Harvey

    Glasstire reports that the Rockport Center for the Arts in Corpus Christi, Texas—which was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey last August—will be razed. The building’s landlord decided that it would be financially impossible to salvage the structure.

    Despite the setback, the institution continues to push forward: it went ahead with the Rockport Film Festival last November and made Elena Rodriguez its curator of exhibitions in January 2018. The Art Museum of South Texas also hosted the Rockport Center’s yearly “Birds in Art” show.

    The center has been planning, for a number of years, on

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  • Amy Sherald, Who Painted Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait, Is now Represented by Hauser & Wirth

    Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who painted former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait, will be represented by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, reports Alex Greenberger of Artnews. Sherald’s painting currently hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, along with Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of Barack Obama.

    “I was invited to [Sherald’s] studio last year and was blown away by what I saw on that first visit—an art completely unique in its expression, within a genre that could not be more classical,” said Marc Payot, a Hauser & Wirth partner and the

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