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    Zona Maco Reveals Gallery List for 2020 Edition, Untitled, Art Miami Beach Awards Otazu Art Prize, and More

    Zona Maco has announced that more than one hundred galleries hailing from twenty-six countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia will participate in its next edition, which will take place in Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City from February 5 to February 9, 2020. For the first time, Zona Maco will present its modern and contemporary art, design, photography, and antiques fairs simultaneously in the same location. 

    Among the exhibitors to the seventeenth iteration of the modern and contemporary art fair are Espacio Continuo (Bogotá), Galería La Caja Negra (Madrid), Galerie LeLong & Co. (New York),

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  • Kenny Rivero, New Hat, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Charles Moffett.

    Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces NADA Acquisition Gift

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) have announced the selection of the third annual NADA acquisition gift for the museum. PAMM associate curator María Elena Ortiz and assistant curator Jennifer Inacio have selected New Hat, 2019, by Dominican-American artist Kenny Rivero from Charles Moffett’s booth for the institution.

    “We are thrilled to have acquired Kenny Rivero’s exceptional painting into our collection as it dialogues with PAMM’s commitment to Latinx and Caribbean artists,” the curators said. “We are grateful for NADA’s support and for presenting another

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  • Worker Gabe Ryan removes a sign that includes the name Arthur M. Sackler at an entrance to Tufts School of Medicine, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Photo: AP/Steven Senne.

    Tufts University Rids Sackler Name from Its Buildings

    Tufts University in Massachusetts will remove the Sackler name from several buildings on its campus, as well as from its programs, over the family’s role in the United States opioid crisis. The school also announced that it will establish a $3 million endowment to support education, research, and civic engagement programs aimed at the prevention and treatment of addiction and substance abuse. Tufts is believed to be the first university to take down the Sacklers’ name.

    “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others have shared with us the negative impact the Sackler name has on them each day,

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  • The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

    The Ringling Gifted Major Photography Collection by Stanton and Nancy Kaplan

    The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, has received a significant donation of more than one thousand photographs by artists such as Eugène Atget, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston, as well as an undisclosed amount of funding that will endow both a curatorial position in photography and the museum’s Photography and Media Arts Program. The gift from arts patrons Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan also includes a collection of Asian scholars’ rocks—naturally occurring stones, variously called viewing stones, spirit stones, and respect stones (gongshi), that are

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  • Hannah Starkey, Pussy power, Women’s March, London 2017. Courtesy of Maureen Paley, London.

    Hepworth Wakefield Wins $132,000 Freelands Award

    The Freelands Foundation has selected Hepworth Wakefield as the fourth recipient of its $132,000 Freelands Award, which will support the presentation of a major exhibition of work by the Belfast-born photographer Hannah Starkey in 2020. The survey will be the artist’s first solo exhibition to take place at a major institution. It will include a new body of work that will be centered on shifting female identities within communities that were once strongly defined by coal mining and industrial manufacturing.

    “Starkey’s emotionally evocative body of work created over the last twenty years, subtly

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  • Solveig Øvstebø. Courtesy of Astrup Fearnley Museet.

    Solveig Øvstebø Named Executive Director of Oslo’s Astrup Fearnley Museet

    Solveig Øvstebø, the director and chief curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, will join the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo as its new executive director in May 2020. Øvstebø succeeds Gunnar B. Kvaran, who has led the museum since 2001.

    Øvstebø announced in August that she planned to step down from the helm of the Renaissance Society after a seven-year tenure, during which time she bolstered the institution’s endowment, launched a new series of programming dedicated to performance, and oversaw twenty solo exhibitions of work by artists such as Kevin Beasley, Alejandro

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  • Hans van Manen, Taco Dibbits, and Henk van Dijk with some of the donated Robert Mapplethorpe photographs. Photo: Jan-Kees Steenman/Rijksmuseum.

    Rijksmuseum Receives Donation of Early Mapplethorpe Works

    The Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen and his husband, Henk van Dijk, have gifted the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam twenty-four works by the late American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989). Among the pieces included in the donation are twenty-one photographs and three porcelain plates featuring photographs of flowers. “I have been looking at them for forty years,” van Manen said. “Now other people will be able to enjoy them.”

    While the Rijksmuseum has approximately 150,000 photographs that were taken in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries in the Netherlands and abroad in

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  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Alexander Franke/Wikipedia.

    Museums Close as Workers of Various Industries Strike Across France

    As nationwide protests sweep France, several cultural institutions have temporarily shuttered. Unions representing the transportation sector called for workers to stage a mass walkout today to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s changes to the state’s pension system. The strike, which began Wednesday, involves individuals from various fields, including teachers, hospital employees, and police officers. As a result, the country has largely come to a standstill.

    Artnews reports that the Musée d’Orsay in Paris closed today and wrote on Twitter that it is “uncertain” if it will open Friday, and the

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  • Installation view of “Emily Jan: After the Hunt” (2017) at Hamilton Artists Inc. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

    Small Arts Organizations Recognized by Canada’s New $68,000 Lacey Prize

    The National Gallery of Canada has named Hamilton Artists Inc. in Ontario the first recipient of its new biennial Lacey Prize, which was launched by John Lacey in partnership with the gallery earlier this year. The award recognizes the critical role artist-run centers and small arts organizations play in supporting artists and fostering emerging practices in Canada.

    Hamilton Artists Inc., which celebrates its forty-fifth anniversary in 2020, will receive $38,000 (USD), and finalists Gallery Gachet in Vancouver and Calgary’s Untitled Art Society in Alberta will each be awarded $15,000. In addition,

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  • Hesse McGraw. Photo: Mike Sinclair. Courtesy of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Appoints Hesse McGraw Director

    The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) announced today that Hesse McGraw has been named the institution’s tenth director. McGraw will oversee all aspects of the noncollecting museum’s artistic and educational programs, fundraising efforts, and day-to-day operations. McGraw will assume his role at CAMH in January 2020.

    “I could not be more pleased that Hesse McGraw will be coming to Houston to serve as the new director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston,” said Dillon Kyle, chair of the board of trustees. “Hesse brings a wonderful combination of a deep passion for the arts and practical

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  • Stephen Garrett. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

    Stephen Garrett (1922–2019)

    The British architect and veteran museum director Stephen Garrett, who became the first to lead the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu after the death of founder J. Paul Getty in 1976, died on December 2, Artnews reports. He was ninety-six years old. He is survived by his longtime partner Phyllis Nugent and his four children, Carey Cowham, Georgia Garrett, Rebecca Garrett, and Jason Garrett.

    Born in Ashtead, England, in 1922 to parents Howard Garrett and Ida King-Harman, Garrett was a student of the Dragon School, Oxford, and the Charterhouse School, Surrey, before he

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  • Top row: Nora Alter, Leticia Alvarado, Hakim Bishara, Paul Brown, Sean Carney, and Nicole Caruth. Middle row: Jace Clayton, Aruna DSouza, Ala Gilbert, Ari Heinrich, Robb Hernandez, and Jean Ma. Bottom row: Prudence Peiffer, Paul Schmelzer, Jillian Steinhauer, Elvia Wilk, Mimi Wong, and Nicole Woods. Courtesy of Creative Capital.

    Arts Writers Ari Heinrich, Jillian Steinhauer Among Warhol Foundation Grantees

    The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program announced today that it will award $680,000 to nineteen recipients of its 2019 grants, including Leticia Alvarado, Aruna D’Souza, Patricia Failing, Ari Heinrich, Jillian Steinhauer, and Mimi Wong. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books, and short-form writing—these awards support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews and self-published blogs.

    “The Warhol Foundation aims to support the full range of artistic

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