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  • A view of an Hervé Guibert exhibition at Callicoon Fine Arts in 2014. Photo: Calicoon Fine Arts.

    New York’s Callicoon Fine Arts to Close

    Respected New York gallery Callicoon Fine Arts has announced that it will shutter following the July 17 close of its last show. The news was revealed yesterday on the gallery’s Instagram. Callicoon Fine Arts was founded in 2009 above a pizza shop in the tiny town of Callicoon, New York, by Bronx native Photios Giovanos. The gallery’s hours were originally limited to the weekend, as Giovanos maintained his day job in the city at the storied Metro Pictures, which in March announced its own year-end closing following more than forty years in business.

    In 2011, Giovanos was forced to reckon with the

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  • Janet Malcolm. Photo: Kevin Sturman.

    Janet Malcolm (1934–2021)

    Janet Malcolm, a longtime writer for the New Yorker who influenced generations of essayists and journalists with her trenchant, lucid prose and fearless approach to controversial subjects, died today in New York at the age of eighty-six. The news was first announced on Twitter by her colleagues at the magazine. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, Malcolm was the author of the well-regarded The Journalist and the Murderer, about the ethics of journalism, whose theme remains a hotly debated topic of discussion nearly thirty years later. Her 1986 New Yorker profile of

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  • Angela Su, Dr Trepan's Surgical Instrument No. 4, 2011. Photo: Duddell’s.

    Angela Su to Represent Hong Kong at Venice Biennale

    Hong Kong’s M+ museum and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) have announced that Angela Su will represent the city-state at the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale, opening April 23 next year. Su, who will work with Hong Kong pavilion curator Freya Chou to develop her project, is the first Hong Kong–based female artist to represent the city-state at the Biennale in a one-person show. Los Angles sculptor Shirley Tse in 2019 became Hong Kong’s first solo woman representative at the event.

    The Hong Kong–born Su, who holds a degree in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and a visual arts

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  • El Anatsui’s Three Angles, 2018, at the Fifty-Seventh Carnegie International.* Photo: Carnegie.

    58th Carnegie International to Open September 2022

    The Fifty-Eighth Carnegie International will open in Pittsburgh on September 24, 2022, according to curator Sohrab Mohebbi, and will run through April 2, 2023. The launch date for the event is a few weeks earlier than is typical, in order to allow organizers to take advantage of early autumn’s hoped-for warm weather.

    Mohebbi, who last summer was named to helm the Carnegie International, also announced Ryan Inouye as the event’s associate curator. Inouye, who got his start at Los Angeles’s REDCAT before moving on to New York’s New Museum, has since 2017 served as senior curator at the Sharjah Art

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  • The new Orange County Museum of Art. Image: Morphosis.

    Orange County Museum of Art Nears Completion, Reveals Plan to Relaunch California Biennial

    With construction of the brand-new $93 million Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) museum reported to be 75 percent complete less than two years after the project’s September 2019 groundbreaking, the Costa Mesa, California, institution has announced its plan to open to the public October 8, 2022. The California Biennial, being relaunched following a Covid-19-induced hiatus, will serve as the museum’s inaugural exhibition.

    Designed by Morphosis, the architecture and design firm founded by Pritkzer Prize winner Thom Maybe, OCMA’s new Segerstrom Center for the Arts is anchored by an open public plaza

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  • Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Photo: Raisa Galofre.

    Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung to Lead Haus der Kulturen der Welt

    Polymathic curator and author Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung has been appointed director of Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Ndikung will take the reins from departing director Bernd M. Scherer on January 1, 2023.

     “As an internationally sought-after renowned curator and cultural manager, Bonaventure Ndikung is a perfect fit for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt,” said state culture minister

    Monika Grütters, chair of the supervisory board of the KBB, in a statement. “With his excellent network, his scientific education, and his passion for art, he is virtually predestined to further develop this

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  • Raphaela Platow. Photo: Tina Guterrez.

    Raphaela Platow Named Director of Speed Art Museum

    Louisville, Kentucky’s Speed Art Museum has chosen what Raphaela Platow as its next director. Platow, who since 2007 has served as director and chief curator of Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center—which under her leadership saw its budget double and attendance increase by 400 percent—will assume her new role later this summer.

    “The Speed is a renowned, encyclopedic art museum with a robust commitment to contemporary art and deep investment in the Louisville community and the region,” said Platow in a statement. “I am delighted to join the Speed team, working alongside the staff and board to

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  • Anaïs Duplain, Negarra A. Kudumu, Marie Hélène Pereira, and Ronald Rose-Antoinette. Photo: Marian Goodman.

    Inaugural Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowships Announced

    Independent Curators International (ICA) has named four 2021 curatorial research fellows as part of the Marian Goodman Gallery initiative honoring the late curator Okwui Enwezor. Anaïs Duplan of Brooklyn and Iowa City; Negarra A. Kudumu of Seattle; Marie Hélène Pereira of Dakar, Senegal; and Ronald Rose-Antoinette of La Trinité, Martinique, will each receive a $10,000 stipend as well as mentorship and a tailored framework within which to conduct independent research. The fellows will also be able to use as resources ICI’s programs and network of collaborators as they engage in their work. 

    Open

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  • Christo with a drawing of the wrapped Arc de Triomphe. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2019 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.

    Arc de Triomphe to Receive Christo Wrap in September

    Famed Parisian landmark the Arc de Triomphe will be swathed in silvery-blue fabric and bright red rope this fall, courtesy of the late installation artist Christo. The project, titled Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, was originally intended to be staged in spring of 2020 but was put off to September of that year after environmental groups raised concerns about disturbances to birds nesting there; the new dates were scrapped owing to the Covid-19 crisis.

    Christo first envisioned the project, which will ultimately involve 270,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric and nearly 10,000 feet of

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  • Robert Indiana. Photo: Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.

    Robert Indiana Legacy Battle Resolved

    The dispute as to who should retain control of the legacy of late artist Robert Indiana has reached a conclusion after three fraught years. The artist’s estate, known as the Star of Hope Foundation, and the New York–based Morgan Art Foundation, which holds the copyright to Indiana’s iconic “Love” series, on Friday agreed to drop their overlapping claims and counterclaims and instead work together to preserve and promote the artist’s legacy.

    “The future is bright for the market and legacy of Robert Indiana, and the estate is pleased to have helped create this success,” said James Brannan, the

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  • A farm at the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art & Research center was scorched during a raid by Israeli forces. Photo: Aline Khoury.

    Artists Launch Fundraiser in Support of Looted West Bank Arts Center Dar Jacir

    The nonprofit Association for Modern and Contemporary Arab Art (AMCA) has launched a fundraiser in aid of the Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, which sustained heavy damage in May, when it was reportedly ransacked by Israeli occupation forces. Led by Julia Bryan-Wilson, a group of artists and educators including Ahmad Diab, Asma Kazmi, Anneka Lenssen, Sarah Rogers, and Nada Shabout are among those behind the effort, which is aimed at rebuilding the independent arts center founded by Golden Lion–winning Palestinian artist Emily Jacir with her sister, filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, in

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  • Sunjung Kim. Photo: Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

    Gwangju Biennale Foundation Faces Audit in Wake of President’s Ouster

    Following the forced departure, announced May 27, of Gwangju Biennale Foundation president Sunjung Kim, the foundation is facing questions from both city and state. The Gwangju Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the South Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor on June 7 announced that they would jointly audit the organization, ArtAsiaPacific reports. The investigation is aimed at discovering whether allegations by the Biennale’s labor union that Kim was verbally abusive toward employees and engaged in unfair firing practices of management-level staff are true.

    Kim on June 10 issued a

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