• Souls Grown Deep Foundation Expands Mission, Appoints New Board Chair

    The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the profile of African American artists from the southern United States, has announced that it is expanding its mission. In addition to promoting African American artists, the foundation will now also work to improve the socio-economic conditions of the communities represented in its collection.

    Mary Margaret Pettway, the foundation’s new board chair, will oversee the foundation’s new three-year strategic plan. Born and raised in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Pettway is a third-generation quilter. She is a member of the Gee’s

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  • Citing Nationalist Politics, Director of Austria’s Kunsthalle Wien Resigns

    Kunsthalle Wien director Nicolaus Schafhausen has reached an agreement with the city of Vienna for the early dissolution of his contract. Citing the “resurgence of nationalist politics in Austria,” the museum professional announced that he will step down from his post in March 2019, three years before his tenure is supposed to end.

    The German curator has led the Kunsthalle Wien since 2012. In a public letter explaining his decision, Schafhausen said that the institution’s programming is facing opposition from the country’s new coalition government. “Advanced experiments in the arts are increasingly

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  • Bard Names Tiona Nekkia McClodden the Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism

    The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College announced today that Tiona Nekkia McClodden has been selected as the fifth recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, an annual award that provides a scholar, activist, or artist with the opportunity to teach and conduct research at the school.

    An interdisciplinary artist and curator, McClodden, often critically examines intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary in her work, which ranges from documentary film and experimental video to sculpture and sound installation. Her research

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  • Philip Roth (1933–2018)

    Philip Roth, a league of American writer for whom John Updike and Saul Bellow were contemporaries, has died from congestive heart failure, reports Charles McGrath of the New York Times. He was eighty-five years old.

    Roth was the author of more than thirty books. Among Roth’s most famous works are Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), The Great American Novel (1973), My Life as a Man (1974), and I Married a Communist (1998). He was only the third writer—after Eudora Welty and Bellow—to have his volumes preserved by the Library of America while still alive. He was also the recipient of numerous

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  • Houston’s Rothko Chapel Vandalized

    On the morning of Friday, May 18, it was discovered that Houston’s Rothko Chapel had been vandalized. Allyn West of the Houston Chronicle reports that paint was poured into the non-denominational chapel’s reflecting pool near The Broken Obelisk, 1963–67, a Barnett Newman sculpture that was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., and near its entrance. Leaflets that read, “It’s okay to be white,” were also found scattered across the grounds. 

    David Leslie, the executive director of the chapel, which was founded by arts patrons John and Dominique de Menil in the 1970s, described the damage as a “hate

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  • Getty Foundation Launches Initiative to Support Curators of Drawings and Prints

    The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the launch of a new initiative that aims to strengthen curatorial practice in the graphic arts internationally. Citing a lack of well-qualified specialists in the prints and drawings fields, the foundation’s director, Deborah Marrow, said, “The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century will focus on assisting curators just starting out in their careers by funding curatorial fellowships; professional workshops and symposia; collection-based research projects; and exhibitions and publications.”

    Heather MacDonald, a senior

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  • BelgianArtPrize Nominees Withdraw Following Criticism of All-Male Shortlist

    The five nominees for the 2019 BelgianArtPrize have withdrawn from the contest after nearly hundreds of figures in the country’s art community signed an open letter on lambasting the prize for its jury’s selection of an entirely male shortlist. Sven Augustijnen, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gabriel Kuri, and the duo Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys all stepped away from the competition, which the open letter signatories called out for its “flagrant exclusivity.” Rather than a concession or expression of solidarity with the signatories, the collective decision was made because the artists

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  • Robert Indiana (1928–2018)

    Pop artist Robert Indiana, creator of the “LOVE” design that has graced everything from postage stamps to coffee mugs and countless city squares all over the world as a gargantuan public artwork, has died, reports Jori Finkel of the New York Times. He passed away at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, at the age of eighty-nine.

    The artist was born Robert Clark on September 13, 1928 in New Castle, Indiana. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after spending three years in the Air Force. He moved to New York in 1954 to start his art career. He found employment at an art supply store,

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  • LA’s Main Museum and ArtCenter College Announce Exploratory Partnership

    The Main Museum in downtown Los Angeles and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena have announced that they plan to enter into a seven-month operational and programmatic partnership, beginning June 1, that will allow both institutions to further their missions.

    Essentially, the arrangement between the two cultural institutions involves the Main becoming part of the ArtCenter. The museum, which only partially opened in 2016, will lease its historic Hellman building to the school for $1 per year, and the ArtCenter will provide financial stability for the Main. The partnership comes after a

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  • Interview Magazine to Fold Following Financial Turmoil

    Interview magazine—the publication founded by Andy Warhol in 1969 and known for its intimate conversations between celebrities in fashion, art, and music—is folding after years of legal upheaval and a number of staff departures, according to the Observer, which reports that the magazine filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is liquidating its assets. The end of Interview arrives less than a year after the Village Voice, another downtown New York staple, drew its print publication to a close, going online-only.

    Interview, dubbed “The Crystal Ball of Pop,” is shutting down after former editorial

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  • Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New Orleans

    Prospect New Orleans, the city’s contemporary arts triennial, has announced that Naima J. Keith, the deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, and Diana Nawi, a Los Angeles–based independent curator, will cocurate Prospect.5, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020.

    “Naima and Diana are thoughtful and daring curators with an exciting rapport and history of working together,” executive director Nick Stillman said. “I couldn't think of better partners to create the P.5 exhibition.” Keith and Nawi are both based in Los Angeles and have a long-standing collaborative

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  • Laure Prouvost to Represent France at 2019 Venice Biennale

    French video and multidisciplinary artist Laure Prouvost will represent France in the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place from May 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019. The French minister of Europe and foreign affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the French minister of culture, Françoise Nyssen, who are both members of the pavilion’s selection committee, said that Prouvost’s work is a “reflection of the dynamism of the French art scene.”

    Born in Lille in 1978, the artist studied in the United Kingdom and now lives and works in London and Antwerp. Known for her immersive and mixed-media

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