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  • Leading French Cultural Figures Urge Paris to Accept Jeff Koons’s Gift

    Prominent members of France’s arts community are calling for Paris to continue with its plans to install Jeff Koons’s controversial memorial to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks in Paris and Nice, titled Bouquet of Tulips. The artist gifted the design for the monument—a thirty-four-foot-tall bouquet of tulips—in 2016 as “a symbol of remembrance, optimism, and healing.” The work has since been criticized by a number of artists and arts professionals, who took issue with the cost of the piece, which was paid for by the French State and private donations, and its future location,

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  • Max Desfor (1913–2018)

    Pulitzer Prize–winning war photographer Max Desfor died on Monday at the age of 104, the Associated Press reports. Desfor worked for the Associated Press for more than four decades and was best known for the images he took of the Korean War.

    Desfor began documenting the war after he parachuted into North Korea with US troops in 1950. While driving near Pyongyang, the country’s capital, he noticed a bridge had been bombed. Thousands of refugees were lined up along the bank waiting to cross the Taedong River. Desfor climbed a fifty-foot-high area of the bridge to capture the displaced as they

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  • Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018)

    Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a prominent Washington, DC arts patron and civil rights activist who championed black artists and whose collection of African American art was among the country’s largest, has died at the age of seventy. According to her family, the cause was pneumonia. A mentor to and collector of work by artists including Kerry James Marshall, Jacob Lawrence, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kara Walker, and Kehinde Wiley, Cafritz also advocated tirelessly for educational causes and in 1974 cofounded what is now the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. As a part of her mission to bridge the capital’s

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  • Outsider Art Fair to Expand to Basel in June

    The Outsider Art Fair, which celebrates self-taught artists, art brut, and outsider art, has announced that it is branching out to a new location this year. In June, the fair will hold its first-ever edition in Basel. The event will take place at the Hotel Pullman from June 13 to 17 and will present works by artists such as James Castle, Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Judith Scott, and Adolf Wölfli.

    While the fair will coincide with Art Basel, Andrew Edlin, the owner of the Outsider Art Fair, told the New York Times that it won’t try to compete with the leading contemporary art event. “You know when

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  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Names New Assistant Curator

    The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas announced that Jennifer Padgett has been appointed assistant curator. She previously served as the museum’s research assistant and as its 2016 Tyson Scholar fellow. As assistant curator, Padgett will contribute to exhibition planning, publications, research, and growth of the collection, with a particular focus on American art from the 1900s through 1960s.

    Padgett, a Ph.D. candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, has held various other positions and fellowships in the museum field, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the

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  • Widow of Hitler’s Art Dealer Gives Artworks to Berlin State Museums

    Barbara Göpel, the late art historian whose husband, Erhard Göpel, is remembered primarily as Adolf Hitler’s art dealer and an important member of the Linz Special Commission during World War II, has donated works to the Berlin State Museums. According to the Art Newspaper, the gift includes a painting by Hans Purrmann along with forty-six drawings, fifty-two prints, and two portraits (one of Erhard) by Max Beckmann. Erhard played a significant role in obtaining the Schloss family collection, one of the largest holdings of Flemish and Dutch art to be assembled in France, which the Gestapo seized

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  • Hwang Hyun-san Resigns as Chairman of Arts Council Korea

    Citing health concerns, Hwang Hyun-san has stepped down as chairman of the Arts Council Korea (ARKO), bringing to an end what was meant to be a three-year term he started last November, according to ArtAsiaPacific. Hwang, a prominent literary critic, was one of thousands of cultural figures in South Korea blacklisted during the presidency of now-impeached Park Geun-hye, who was arrested last March. His predecessor, Park Myung-jin, stepped down last May over her role in excluding artists and cultural figures from receiving government support. Hwang vowed to investigate the discrimination. “This

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  • Marta Moreira de Almeida Appointed Deputy Director of Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves

    Curator and art historian Marta Moreira de Almeida has been named the deputy director of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves in Porto. She has worked as a curator for the Serralves Foundation’s Fine Arts Service since 1991 and became the coordinator of the department in 1995. In 1999, she helped organize the museum’s groundbreaking inaugural exhibition “Circa 1968.”

    Commenting on the appointment, the museum’s new director, João Ribas, said: “Marta has been working in Serralves for over twenty-five years and has worked directly with all the previous museum directors. This gives her in-depth

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  • Eduardo Paolozzi Mural Revealed After Demolition in Berlin

    A mural by Eduardo Paolozzi, the late sculptor and artist widely recognized as a founder of the British Pop art movement, was rediscovered on the side of a residential building in Berlin after a bank that had obscured the work since the 1980s was razed, according to Kate Brown of Artnet. The composition, which is the artist’s largest public work, measuring ten thousand square feet, was completed in 1976 near the Zoologischer Garten railroad station. It is uncertain what will happen to the mural, as there are already plans for a new building that would once again conceal the art, which had

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  • Line Ouellet Steps Down as Director and Chief Curator of Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec

    Line Ouellet, the director and chief curator of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, has announced that she will step down from her post in May 2019. She has been at the helm of the institution since 2011. During her tenure, the museum completed a major expansion project, inaugurated the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, launched two prizes, and added approximately four thousand works to its collection.

    “After seven years at the head of the MNBAQ, I am extremely proud to have been at the forefront of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion project, a true work of art. I am incredibly thankful for the work

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  • Cooper-Hewitt Hires Chief Experience Officer and Elects New Board Leadership

    The Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Washington, DC, has announced that it has appointed Carolyn Royston to the newly created position of chief experience officer. She took up the post on February 5. The museum has also elected Elizabeth Ainslie, the owner of Elizabeth Ainslie Interiors, as chair; Scott Belsky, the chief product officer and executive vice president of Creative Cloud at Adobe, as president; and Todd Waterbury, chief creative officer for Target, as a vice president of its board of trustees. Cooper-Hewitt director Caroline Baumann called the new board leadership “

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  • OMA Reveals Design Renderings for Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery

    OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has released its renderings for the New Tretyakov Gallery redesign. The gallery has been housed in the Central House of Artist—the largest exhibition venue in Russia—since 1983. Over the years, the space has become fragmented after a number of additions and other modifications were made. As a result, Rem Koolhaas said that improving accessibility and visibility will be central to the gallery’s transformation.

    “Our proposal is a reconsideration of the New Tretyakov, focusing on improving its spatial infrastructure and the elimination of

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