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  • Installation view of  “Conduition,” the first solo exhibition by Liz Collin at LMAK Gallery.

    Inaugural Lower East Side Art Week Kicks Off Today

    Twenty-four galleries on the Lower East Side in Manhattan have teamed up to launch the inaugural L.E.S. Art Week, taking place from October 17 to October 21. Among the galleries participating are Brennan & Griffin, Foley Gallery, James Cohan, and Thierry Goldberg. Organized by Lesley Heller, founder of the eponymous gallery at 54 Orchard Street, and Bart Keijsers Koning, co-owner of LMAKgallery at 298 Grand Street, the event aims to boost gallery attendance and present programming—artist talks, tours, performances, and panel discussions—to expand the visitors’ understanding of each

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  • Theresa Papanikolas.

    Theresa Papanikolas Appointed Seattle Art Museum’s Curator of American Art

    The Seattle Art Museum announced that Theresa Papanikolas has been named its new curator of American art. Papanikolas comes to the institution from the Honolulu Museum of Art, where she currently serves as deputy director of art and programs, and will take up the post in January.

    “We’re thrilled that Theresa will be joining us here at SAM,” director and CEO Kimerly Rorschach said in a statement. “She’s an inspired curator who will continue to build on the wonderful American art program started in 2004 by Patricia Junker. She has broad expertise in European as well as American art and brings an

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  • Architecture Office, Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas.

    Judd Foundation to Revamp Its Buildings in Marfa

    The Judd Foundation has announced a new longterm restoration plan for its spaces in Marfa, Texas, where the Minimalist artist lived and worked since the 1970s. The multi-year project will focus on six of the twenty-one buildings in the city and will aim to ensure they remain vital spaces for the direct engagement of Donald Judd’s work.

    Defined by Judd’s plans, drawings, and writings, the foundation will restore the buildings; create new collection and conservation facilities as well as spaces for programming, scholarship, and other initiatives; and complete Judd’s working plans for the Print

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  • FIAC.

    FIAC to Open in Paris

    The forty-fifth edition of the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, better known as FIAC, will kick off in Paris this week. The fair, featuring 195 galleries hailing from twenty-five countries, will take place at the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais from Thursday to Sunday, October 18 to October 21.

    Among the exhibitors returning to the fair are Hauser & Wirth (London, Somerset, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Zurich); Gmurzynska (Zurich, St. Moritz); Canada (New York); Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles); High Art (Paris); Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels); Salon 94 (New York); and Tim Van

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  • Edward Hopper, Chop Suey, 1929, from the Barney A. Ebsworth Collection.

    Christie’s Partners with Blockchain-Secured Art Registry Service for Upcoming Sale

    The sale of the Barney A. Ebsworth collection will be conducted at Christie’s as part of a pilot partnership with the blockchain-secured digital art registry service Artory, which will provide complete transaction histories before bidding and produce digitally encrypted certificates for each of the more than ninety works on sale. The major collection of American modernist art, expected to net over $300 million at auction, includes works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, and Jackson Pollock.

    “Artory’s mission is to protect and grow the prosperity

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  • Mel Ramos.

    Mel Ramos (1935–2018)

    Mel Ramos, the Pop artist who won polarizing fame with farcical paintings of pinup girls, has died at eighty-three. The cause was heart failure. Ramos often staged his subjects—nearly always nude women—with consumer products: behind Coca-Cola glasses, astride cigars, emerging from candy wrappers or banana peels, leaning against tubes of Colgate, and, in one case, as an odalisque on a box of Velveeta. While acclaim arrived early for the artist, second-wave feminists, including the late art scholar Linda Nochlin, criticized his work for what many have argued is a retrograde depiction of

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  • Clément Cogitore. Photo: Le Bal.

    Clément Cogitore Wins 2018 Marcel Duchamp Prize

    The Centre Pompidou and the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (ADIAF) in Paris have announced that the thirty-five-year-old filmmaker Clément Cogitore has won the eighteenth edition of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, an annual $40,000 award that aims to raise the profile of contemporary French artists. Artists Mohamed Bourouissa, Thu Van Tran, and Marie Voignier were also nominated for the prize.

    Born in Colmar in 1983, Cogitore is known for his numerous films, videos, installations, and photographs that often feature themes of collective memory, ritualism, and the figuration

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  • Goldsmith's photograph, left, and Warhol's portrait, right, with markings from court filings.

    Lawsuit Over Warhol’s Portraits of Prince Fuels Debate Over Art and Appropriation

    The Andy Warhol Foundation and photographer Lynn Goldsmith both filed cross-motions for summary judgment in a Manhattan federal court last Friday, October 12, reports the Art Newspaper. Raising questions about artistic appropriation, the lawsuit in question began last year and concerns Warhol’s 1984 portrait series of Prince, which Goldsmith claims was derived from her photograph of the pop star from 1981, and which she granted a one-time license to be used as source material for an artist illustration for Vanity Fair. In addition to the illustration for Vanity Fair, Warhol produced fifteen

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  • Marisa Mazria Katz, editorial director of Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism.

    Eyebeam Launches Arts Grant Program for Journalistic Projects

    The Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Brooklyn has announced the launch of the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ), a program that will provide grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to artists pursuing journalistic work on topics such as technology and data privacy, disinformation, artificial intelligence, and the 2018 and 2020 elections. Financed by Craig Newark Philanthropies, ECFJ will accept applications on a rolling basis and will be headed by Marisa Mazria Katz, founding editor of Creative Time’s publishing branch Creative Time Reports, where she facilitated partnerships with

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  • View of the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum.

    British Museum to Defend Collection in New Initiative: “Not Everything Was Looted”

    The British Museum is starting a program that aims to soften its reputation as a repository for plundered artifacts, according to The Guardian. The initiative, a series of monthly talks called “Collected Histories” that begins on Friday, is partially a response to art historian Alice Procter’s Uncomfortable Art Tours, trips that expose how major institutions in London “came into being against a backdrop of imperialism,” according to its website. Procter led a tour at the British Museum—which refuses to repatriate its looted treasures, including the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, and

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  • Wrightwood 659. Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

    New Tadao Ando–Designed Arts Space Opens in Chicago

    Wrightwood 659, a new exhibition space dedicated to architecture and socially engaged art, has opened in a former apartment building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The venue was designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning, self-taught architect Tadao Ando, who often works with reinforced concrete and is known for his mastery of light.

    Founded by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Fred Eychaner, who is president of the Chicago-based grantmaking organization the Alphawood Foundation, and architectural historian Dan Whittaker, Wrightwood 659 will present two exhibitions a year. Lisa Cavanaugh,

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  • Tavares Strachan. Photo: Andy Romer.

    Tavares Strachan Awarded VIA Art Fund’s $100,000 Frontier Prize

    The VIA Art Fund and the World Frontiers Forum announced that Tavares Strachan has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frontier Art Prize, an annual $100,000 award dedicated to honoring a visual artist whose practice reflects a pioneering spirit and whose work addresses global challenges. “The Frontier Art Prize continues to be an experimental project, one that aims to make direct and impactful connections between art and our future,” Bridgitt Evans, the founder of the VIA Art Fund, said in a statement.

    Born in the Bahamas in 1979, Strachan examines the intersection of art, science, and

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