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  • Bisa Butler, Andre D. Wagner, and Nicole R. Fleetwood. Photos: Gioccarlo Valentine, Ike Edeani, and Nicole R. Fleetwood.

    Gordon Parks Foundation Names 2022 Fellows

    The Gordon Parks Foundation announced textile artist Bisa Butler and photographer Andre D. Wagner as the recipients of its 2022 fellowships and named and author and curator Nicole R. Fleetwood as the inaugural Genevieve Young Fellow in Writing. Each will receive an award of $25,000 in aid of new and ongoing project centered around representation and social justice; Butler and Wagner will each exhibit their work in a solo show at the foundation’s Pleasantville, New York, gallery.

    “We are proud to support the work of Bisa, Andre, and Nicole, who each carry Parks’s legacy forward through work that

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  • Khanyisile Mbongwa. Photo: Tatyana Levana.

    Khanyisile Mbongwa to Curate 2023 Liverpool Biennial

    South African artist and independent curator Khanyisile Mbongwa has been announced as the organizer of the Twelfth Liverpool Biennial, to take place from June to September 2023. Mbongwa, who helmed South Africa’s Stellenbosch Triennale 2020, will lead a curatorial team whose makeup has not yet been revealed. This edition will mark the event’s twenty-fifth anniversary.

    “Her long-standing curatorial concerns around care and repair will be vital in thinking about new futures together with the city,” noted Liverpool Biennial director Sam Lackey.

    Mbongwa previously served as an adjunct curator for

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  • The Grand Palais in Paris. Photo: David Pendery/Wikipedia Commons.

    Art Basel in, FIAC Out at Paris’s Grand Palais

    Art Basel today revealed that it will be launching a new art fair this October at the iconic Grand Palais, located in Paris’s posh 8th arrondissement. The as-yet-to-be-titled Parisian fair will be the fourth of its kind for Art Basel’s parent, MCH Group, which operates contemporary and modern art fairs in Miami Beach and Hong Kong as well as in the aforementioned Swiss city. It will also mean the displacement of premier French art fair FIAC, which since 1975 has laid claim to the historic glass-and-steel venue during that month.

    The surprise upset came after Grand Palais president Chris Dercon

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  • Sixty-three artists and collectives participate in the eightieth Whitney Biennial. Photo: The Whitney Museum of American Art.

    Whitney Biennial Reveals Artist List for 2022 Edition

    The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, has announced the artists who will be participating in the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Titled “Quiet as It’s Kept,” after a colloquialism inspired by novelist Toni Morrison, jazz drummer Max Roach, and artist David Hammons, all of whom have invoked it in their works, the event will feature the work of a diverse array of sixty-three artists and collectives in various stages of their careers. The Biennial will run from April 6 through September 5, with select programs continuing through October 23; it is being co-organized by Whitney curators David Breslin

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  • Thierry Mugler. Photo: Max Abadian/Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal.

    Thierry Mugler (1948–2022)

    French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, whose iconic clothes graced the frames of David Bowie, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, and Madonna as well as those of modern-day stars Lady Gaga and Cardi B, died January 23 at home in Vincennes, outside Paris, at the age of seventy-three. The news was announced on his brand’s official Instagram account. Mugler rose to fame in 1973 after establishing his own label, for which he created fantastic, often highly architectural designs that emphasized the wearer’s form in a frequently titillating fashion. A self-professed modifier of his own body via various

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  • Claire Bernardi. Photo: Sophie Crepy.

    Claire Bernardi to Helm Musée de l’Orangerie

    The French Ministry of Culture on Thursday announced that it has selected Claire Bernardi as the next director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Bernardi, since 2012 a curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, takes the reins from Cécile Debray, who this past October was named head of the Picasso-Paris Museum. In her new role, Bernardi will work closely with Musee d’Orsay chief Christopher Leribault, who himself is new to his position, having recently replaced Laurence des Cars, who last spring was named the first woman to lead the Louvre.

    The Musée de l’Orangerie, which occupies the Tuileries

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  • Adjoa Jones de Almeida and Carolyn Royston. Photos: Jonathan Dorado.

    Brooklyn Museum Names Adjoa Jones de Almeida and Carolyn Royston as Deputy Directors

    The Brooklyn Museum today announced the creation of two new roles and revealed their inaugurators, Artnews reports. Adjoa Jones de Almeida will serve as deputy director for learning and social impact, while Carolyn Royston joins the museum as deputy director for engagement. Jones de Almeida will move over from the museum’s education division, of which she has been director since 2016, while Royston arrives from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, where she is chief experience officer.

    Both bring deep experience to their roles. Before arriving at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013,

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  • Talia Rosen, Arne Glimcher, Kathleen McDonnell, and Oliver Shultz. Photo: © Luca Pioltelli/Pace Gallery.

    Pace Announces Gallery 125 Newbury in New York

    Pace Gallery today revealed a new project space in New York. Gallery 125 Newbury will be helmed by Pace founder and chairman Arne Glimcher. Situated on the corner of Broadway and Walker Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood, the space is named for the address of Pace’s inaugural gallery, founded in Boston in 1960. The gallery is expected to open this fall.

    Gallery 125 Newbury will operate in association with Pace, which is led by Glimcher’s son Marc Glimcher, who since 2011 has been the gallery’s president and CEO. Under the guidance of the senior Glimcher, who at eighty-three has six decades of

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  • Cynthia Chavez Lamar. Photo: Walter Lamar.

    Cynthia Chavez Lamar to Lead National Museum of the American Indian

    Cynthia Chavez Lamar has been named director of the National Museum of the American Indian, becoming the first Native woman to helm a museum under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution in the 175 years since that organization’s founding. Chavez Lamar, who is of Hopi, Navajo, and Tewa descent and a member of the San Felipe Pueblo in central New Mexico, had since last year served as acting associate director for collections and operations for the museum, which has outposts in New York; Washington, DC; and Suitland, Maryland. She will assume her new role on Valentine’s Day.

    “I don’t see this as

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  • Stephane Ackermann. Photo: Protocinema.

    Stephane Ackermann (1969–2022)

    Independent curator and art historian Stephane Ackermann, whose keen eye for ingenuity and brilliance in art, design, fashion, textiles allowed him to help numerous artists reach their potential, died in his sleep on January 18 in Istanbul, where he lived. The news was confirmed by Mari Spirito, executive director and curator of Turkish nonprofit Protocinema, on whose advisory board Ackermann served. In the course of a career spanning three decades, Ackermann stood out for his deep knowledge regarding modern and contemporary art of Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. As a respected

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  • Nathalie Bondil. Photo: Miguel Legault/Flickr.

    Nathalie Bondil Settles with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    Nathalie Bondil, the former director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) who sued that institution’s board of directors for wrongful termination and defamation following her controversial 2020 firing by board chair Michel de la Chennelière, has reached a settlement with the entity. The amount the board will pay Bondil has not been revealed; in her initial suit, filed this past September in Canada’s Superior Court, she sought a total of $1.5 million, claiming $750,000 for moral damages and $750,000 for punitive damages.

    Bondil had worked at the MMFA for more than two

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  • Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is offering salon services in protest of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules. Photo: Sebastian Koppehel/Wikipedia Commons.

    Protesting Lockdown Measures, Dutch Museums Open as Gyms, Salons

    A number of arts organizations across the Netherlands today opened their doors in entirely new and unexpected capacities today in order to protest what they see as unfair lockdown rules. Under Covid-19 restrictions imposed in December amid yet another virus surge, museums, theaters, concert halls, and cinemas must remain shuttered while nonessential commercial concerns such as gyms, barbershops, brothels, and nail salons were late last week given permission to conduct business within limits imposed by the government.

    Among the participants in the protest, which organizers have cast as playful

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