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  • Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art, West Building. Photo: Wikipedia.

    National Gallery and Smithsonian Latest Institutions to Close in Response to Covid-19 Second Wave

    The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, will close on November 21 owing to a recent local and nationwide spike in Covid-19 cases, the institution announced yesterday. All seven of the city’s Smithsonian’s museums and the National Zoo will close on November 23. Neither the NGA nor the Smithsonian has offered a reopening date, but the closures are expected to last through the winter holidays, typically one of the busiest times of year for the museums.

    The news comes just days after the announced November 20 closures of Philadelphia institutions the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the

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  • A rendering of the cross-section from Hanover Street through galleries and workspaces. Photo: Jamie Fobert Architects

    Pace Gallery Announces London Expansion

    As other London galleries or would-be galleries scrap their plans or close their outposts in response to the double whammy of Covid-19 and a looming no-deal Brexit, the blue-chip Pace Gallery has announced its plans to expand its footprint in the city, where it will take over the 8,600-square-foot space abandoned by defunct mega-gallery Blain Southern in March.

    The new space, located in Mayfair’s Hanover Square, is slated to open in fall of 2021 and will be renovated by Jamie Fobert Architects, who designed Pace’s first London gallery, which it opened in Soho in 2011. The Hanover Square gallery

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  • The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

    Susan Dackerman to Step Down as Director of Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center

    Susan Dackerman, director of Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, is leaving her post under pressure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Dackerman’s departure comes on the heels of an independent investigation, launched at her request, into her administration, following allegations that at a toxic workplace thrived under her leadership.

    “Stanford has completed a careful analysis of the situation of Cantor Arts Center, including an external investigation of specific issues. Stanford and Cantor director Susan Dackerman have mutually agreed that Dackerman will be leaving the museum. Dackerman

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  • Yesomi Umolu. Photo: Nicolette Nunez.

    Serpentine Taps Yesomi Umolu as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice

    Yesomi Umolu has been appointed director of curatorial affairs and public practice for London’s Serpentine Galleries, the institution announced today. Umolu is the first person to occupy the newly created position; in her role, she will spearhead the development of editorial and educational content for exhibitions, events, and other curatorial initiatives.

    Umolo is expected to take up her post in January 2021; the native Londoner is currently director and curator at the Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago, where she additionally lectures on contemporary visual art and spatial

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  • Virginia Jaramillo, Site No. 15 13.5099 S, 71.9817 W, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72".

    Anonymous Was a Woman Names 2020 Award Recipients

    New York–based organization Anonymous Was a Woman (AWAW) has named ten recipients of its 2020 awards. The awards, unrestricted grants of $25,000 apiece, are made to woman-identifying artists over the age of forty who have made significant contributions in their respective fields and who continue to make crucial work. Among this year’s recipients are Linda Goode-Bryant, founder of the storied Just Above Midtown Gallery, the first gallery operating in a major arts district to consistently show work of African American artists and artists of color, and Chitra Ganesh, whose work addresses aspects

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  • Michael Hall. Photo: Grace Roselli.

    Michael Hall Named Artistic and Executive Director of New York’s Art Students League

    The Arts Student League announced today that Michael Hall will become its new artistic and executive artistic director.

    Hall succeeds Michael Rips, who after three years departed the Manhattan-based art school this June, and arrives at the nonprofit from Art Basel, where since 2015 he has served as global head of operations and logistics, and which has, due to the pandemic, canceled its 2020 Swiss, Miami, and Hong Kong editions, with the latter’s 2021 event already postponed from March to May.

    As with Art Basel, which quickly pivoted to digital showrooms, in March the 146-year-old Arts Student

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  • 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantees.

    Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Announces 2020 Grantees

    The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant has named the twenty-two writers who are the recipients of its 2020 grants, which this year total $675,000. The grantees are divided into three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—and will receive remunerative awards of between $15,000 and $50,000. The grants are issued in support of contemporary-art writing and are aimed at preserving critical writing in relation to the visual arts. Work considered ranges from brief reviews in magazines or newspapers to in-depth book-length studies, with topics targeting both general and special-interest

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  • Frieze Los Angeles signage. Photo: Mark Blower.

    Art Basel Hong Kong and Frieze Los Angeles Postpone 2021 Events

    The effects of the continuing Covid-19 crisis are beginning to spill into 2021, with Art Basel Hong Kong and Frieze Los Angeles both announcing the postponement of events originally scheduled for the coming year.

    Art Basel Hong Kong on Monday said that it would push its March event to May, citing travel restrictions that would make holding the fair in March untenable. The 2020 iterations of Art Basel’s fairs in Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Miami Beach were canceled owing to the pandemic. When it finally takes place, Art Basel Hong Kong will be the first Art Basel event to take place IRL since

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  • Pace Gallery. Photo: Pace.

    Pace Launches Internal Investigation Following Workplace Abuse Allegations

    Just days after Pace Gallery on Friday announced that it had begun a legal investigation of Douglas Baxter and Susan Dunne, two of its top dealers, according to Artnet News, Baxter, a president of the company, announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the company, citing unaddressed “anger management issues.” The news comes on the heels of an article published last Thursday on the same platform, limning allegations by current and former Pace employees that the pair had fostered a “toxic” workplace environment that had gone unaddressed for two decades, despite numerous complaints.

    “I

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  • Jil Weinstock. Photo: Will Ellis.

    Jil Weinstock Named Director of Baxter St at CCNY

    New York arts nonprofit Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York has named Jil Weinstock director of the organization. Weinstock, who will assume her new post on November 19, was previously artistic director at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York.

    “I’m honored to work with Baxter St and joyfully return to my beginnings in photography,” said Weinstock in a statement. “In addition to nurturing the growth and development of Baxter’s diverse community of artists and supporters, I look forward to amplifying new voices through its rigorous lens-based exhibition and public programming and

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  • Ivan Kožarić, 1963. Photo: Branko Balić.

    Ivan Kožarić (1921–2020)

    Modernist sculptor Ivan Kožarić, a leading figure of contemporary Croatian art for more than six decades, and who repeatedly defied convention through playful, sometimes impossible encounters in public space, has died at age ninety-nine. After taking a central role in the avant-garde of late-’40s former Yugoslavia, Kožarić in 1959 cofounded Gorgona, a widely influential Croatian collective (and short-lived “anti-magazine”) premised on spiritual kinship and artistic autonomy. “I am not an artist,” he once said. “I came to a position where I now can say I am on the trail of art, and this is enough

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  • Shanghai’s West Bund District. Photo: West Bund.

    Longlati Foundation to Open in Shanghai, Pledges $450,000 Annually to Support Young Chinese Artists

    The Longlati Foundation, a new private nonprofit organization founded by Singapore investor David Su and Chinese artist Chen Zihao, will open May 2021 in Shanghai and will provide 3 million yuan ($450,000) annually to support work by Chinese artists born after 1990, according to Artnews. The foundation will occupy 7,350 square feet of space in the Art Tower in the city’s West Bund district, which is home to Shanghai’s best-known galleries, including ShanghART, as well as institutions including the Yuz Museum and the Shanghai outpost of the Long Museum.

    The foundation, which was established in

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