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  • Bruno Racine.

    Bruno Racine to Lead Pinault’s Venice Museums

    French billionaire François Pinault has appointed museum veteran Bruno Racine director of the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice. The eighty-three-year-old Pinault—whose luxury conglomerate company Kering owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, and Balenciaga, among other brands—opened the Palazzo Grassi in 2006 and the Punta della Dogana in 2009. Pinault also owns the holding company Artemis S.A., which has a majority stake in Christie’s.

    Racine previously led the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Centre Pompidou, and the French Academy in

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  • Untitled landscape by Robert S. Duncanson from the Walters’ donation. Photo: Howard University.

    Howard University Gifted 152 Works of African American Art

    Howard University in Washington, DC, has received a gift of 152 African American artworks from the collection of arts patron Patricia Turner Walters. Valued at more than $2.5 million, the donation includes works by Robert S. Duncanson, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Grafton Tyler, and contemporary artists Barkley Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, and Kehinde Wiley. Walters also owns some of the earliest surviving works by African American artists in the country as well as paintings, sculptures, rare prints, and photographs from the Harlem Renaissance and other notable eras.

    Walters, who began

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  • Robert William Burke Jr.

    Robert William Burke Jr. (1948–2020)

    Robert William Burke Jr., a distinguished gallerist and collector, died on January 3 at his home in Paris at seventy-one years old. Known by his middle name, Burke was the adopted son of Robert William and Sarah Evelyn Burke of Marianna, Arkansas, where he grew up and went to high school. He went on to study literature and history at Hendrix College in nearby Conway and, after earning his degree in 1971, lived alternately in New York and Paris.

    Burke’s career began at the Gotham Book Mart in New York in the late 1960s. Fascinated with the new French literature, he eventually relocated to Paris,

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  • Roberto Alvim. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Brazilian Secretary of Culture Fired for Quoting Nazi Propaganda in Speech

    Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, fired his secretary of culture, Roberto Alvim, after Alvim released a video on his Twitter account on Thursday, January 16, in which he quotes a speech by Joseph Goebbels, who served as the minister of propaganda for the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945. The Rio Times reports that Alvim made the six-minute video to announce a new National Arts Award.

    “The Brazilian art of the next decade will be heroic and will be national; it will be endowed with great capacity for emotional involvement and deeply linked to the urgent aspirations of our people, or else

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  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Ten Museums Selected for AAMD’s Paid College Internship Program

    The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has chosen ten art museums to host interns in 2020. In its second year, the paid internship program was established to engage with college students from underrepresented backgrounds and to encourage them to pursue opportunities at cultural institutions. In 2019, the association issued a resolution calling on all museums to end unpaid internships as part of an effort to increase equity and diversity in the field.  

    More than forty-five member museums applied to take part in initiative. Each institution will be paired with students based in the area,

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  • Choi Jeong Hwa, Breathing Flower, 2015 at the IBM Building in Honolulu for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. Photo: Chris Rohrer. Courtesy of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation.

    Honolulu Biennial to Become a Triennial

    The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is restructuring and will relaunch as a triennial, now opening in February 2022. Melissa Chiu, the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was previously announced as the curatorial director of the third edition of the festival, which will now host a symposium as a preview of the event in February 2021.

    “After two successful editions of Honolulu Biennial, we have been reflecting on the most dynamic and optimal model to best serve the needs of our community and be of relevance within the global contemporary art ecosystem,” the foundation’s

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  • Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung’s Statue of Peace, 2011. Photo: YunHo Lee/Wikipedia.

    Aichi Triennale Exhibition Will Be Restaged in Taiwan Following Censorship Controversy

    More than six months after an exhibition organized as part of the Aichi Triennale in Japan was shuttered following political and violent threats, the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art in Taiwan announced that it would host the show in its studio space in the spring.

    Following the opening of the exhibition “After ‘Freedom of Expression?,’” which focused on the history of censorship in Japan, in August, the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya received numerous death threats by phone, email, and over fax over its inclusion of a “comfort woman” statue—a monument that commemorates Korean

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  • Sophia Narrett, Flutter, 2019.

    Frieze New York Announces 2020 Exhibitors, Kohn Gallery Now Represents Sophia Narrett, and More

    Frieze has released the list of two hundred participating galleries for the ninth edition of Frieze New York, which will return to Randall’s Island Park from May 8 to May 10, 2020, with preview days on May 6 and 7. More than sixty of the exhibitors are New York galleries—303 Gallery, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Gagosian, Marian Goodman Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, Kai Matsumiya, Pace Gallery, Salon 94, Skarstedt, and David Zwirner, among others. Participants from thirty countries will also be

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  • Clarissa Morales. Photo: Bryan Conley. Courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

    Carnegie Museum of Art Appoints Four New Department Heads

    The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMoA) in Pittsburgh announced four new senior leadership hires. The institution named Chris Fry as director of finance, Stefanie Mohr as director of marketing and engagement, Clarissa Morales as director of collections and exhibitions management, and Jason Segreti as director of visitor services. The appointments were made ahead of the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

    Fry comes to the institution with more than fifty years of financial planning and budgeting experience. He most recently served as the senior financial analyst at Management Science

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  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Philadelphia Museum of Art Faces Pressure from Lawmakers to Overhaul Harassment Polices

    Following a New York Times investigation that brought to light sexual harassment complaints made against Joshua Helmer—the ex-director of the Erie Art Museum—the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) has been under scrutiny for how it handled allegations of misconduct when Helmer worked at the institution from 2013 to 2018.

    The publication interviewed nine former female coworkers of Helmer’s at the PMA who said that Helmer made advances toward them at the workplace—four of the women entered consensual relationships with him, and two of the women directly reported to him. While some said

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  • Participants in NOMAD’s Justice Studio program, which provides youth in two Florida juvenile detention centers with tools and guidance to express themselves through art. Photo: Todd Bates. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

    NEA Awards $27.3M to Projects in All Fifty States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced the first grant recipients of the 2020 fiscal year. The federal agency will award $27.3 million to 1,187 projects in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Funding was distributed through the NEA’s Art Works program, which provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 for “artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage,” and Challenge America grants, which are matching grants offered to small and mid-size organizations in underserved communities.  

    Among the initiatives receiving funding

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  • Linda Stark, 
Stigmata, 
2011
. Photo: 
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Courtesy of the Andy Warhol Foundation.

    ICA Miami and LA MoCA Among New Andy Warhol Foundation Grantees

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is awarding $3.93 million to forty-six organizations from nineteen states for its fall 2019 grant cycle. The funds will support visual arts programs, upcoming exhibitions, and curatorial research. Among the first-time recipients of grants from the foundation are A Blade of Grass in Brooklyn, New York; Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

    “The fall 2019 grant list reflects the foundation’s unwavering commitment to supporting experimental artistic practice around the

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