• French Museum Removes Work from Exhibition, Following Backlash on Social Media

    The Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France, has pulled a video work by the Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, which features several tethered chickens that appear to be on fire, after a public outcry. Activists criticized the work on social media, calling it “animal torture.”

    Ironically, the video was made as a statement against animal cruelty, and the chickens starring in it were not harmed. The museum announced that it consulted with the artist following the strong reaction it incited online, and he ultimately decided to withdraw the piece. Titled Spring, 2013, the work was included in the

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  • Jan Gerchow, Head of Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Wins Kairos Prize

    Jan Gerchow, the director of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, has been awarded the KAIROS Prize, which recognizes European artists and academics who have made major contributions to the fields of art, music, architecture, design, film, photography, literature, and journalism. The roughly $90,000 annual award aims to honor individuals who have an “entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and creativity in the field of European culture, and an intercultural understanding,” and is administered by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg.

    Born in Braunschweig in 1958, Gerchow joined the Frankfurter Haus

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  • Shenzhen Biennale Fires Curator Gary Xu over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

    Curator and educator Gary Xu has been accused of sexual harassment. On Wednesday, March 14, reported that writer and professor Wang Ao, an assistant professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, posted a statement on social media claiming that Xu sexually assaulted his female students over a span of twenty years. Xu denies any wrongdoing.

    According to ArtAsiaPacific, an anonymous woman, who said she had previously been in a relationship with Xu, also came forward with allegations of abuse. She shared a picture of her face with a large bruise and a photo of an order of

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  • Caroline Baumann, Brett Littman, and Andres Serrano Awarded the Insignia of Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters

    Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Brett Littman, incoming director of the Noguchi Museum; and photographer Andres Serrano received the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from Bénédicte de Montlaur, the cultural counselor of the French Embassy, at a ceremony in New York on March 5.

    De Montlaur praised Baumann’s contribution to the expansion of the Cooper-Hewitt’s scope through both renovation and innovation, Littman’s tenure as head of the Drawing Center in New York, and Serrano for “confronting his audiences with pictures questioning

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  • Helen Legg Named Director of Tate Liverpool

    Tate announced today that Helen Legg has been appointed the new director of Tate Liverpool. She will join the institution from Spike Island in Bristol, UK, where she has served as director since 2010, and will take up the post this summer.

    “As the gallery enters its fourth decade, Helen will lead the institution into a new era,” Tate’s director, Maria Balshaw, said. “Her impressive track record at Spike Island and at Ikon means she brings a wealth of expertise to the role. Her curatorial achievements and her experience of developing crucial networks and partnerships will help us attract the

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  • New Banksy Mural Demands Release of Jailed Turkish Artist

    A mural by Banksy with the words “Free Zehra Doğan”—a Turkish artist and journalist who was sentenced last March to nearly three years in prison for painting a Kurdish region of Turkey destroyed by the country’s security forces—was unveiled on Thursday evening on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in Manhattan. The seventy-foot work depicts jail bars in the form of marks tallying the days Doğan has spent in prison, with her face peering out from behind one of the cells. Her hand grips a bar that doubles as a pencil. On Thursday night, Doğan's painting was projected above the

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  • Cooper Union Announces Plan to Restore Free Tuition

    In a historic reversal, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York has announced that it plans to reinstate free tuition for all undergraduate students within the next ten years. The legendary school was one of the last tuition-free colleges in the country before it decided to start charging students in 2014, sparking a public outcry and protests that eventually led to the resignation of the institution’s board and then-president, Jamshed Bharucha.

    “The trustees, a majority of whom are alumni, understand that the decision to begin charging tuition in 2014 deeply fractured

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  • Getty Research Institute Acquires Archive of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has acquired the archive of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the longest running contemporary artists’ space in Los Angeles. The LACE Records includes photography, ephemera, artists' correspondences, promotional materials, video documentation of events and performances, and other items from the first four decades of exhibitions and programs at the institution. Future documents of the active contemporary art site will also be added to the institute’s collection.

    “We are particularly pleased to preserve and study an archive of this caliber from a

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  • Dorothy Henriques-Wells (1926–2018)

    Dorothy Henriques-Wells, a painter who depicted the florals and landscapes of her native Jamaica with a spare yet ebullient lyricism, has died in Miami at ninety-two, according to the Jamaica Observer. In 1950, Henriques-Wells became the first black alumnus of OCAD University, then known as the Ontario College of Art, and she later went on to teach art in Jamaica for more than two decades. A recipient of Jamaica’s Silver Musgrave Medal for Art and an artist represented in the country’s National Collection, she exhibited in Kingston at the Institute of Jamaica’s Annual All Island shows and the

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  • Frank Gehry Chosen to Design Major Colburn School Expansion

    Frank Gehry has been selected by the Colburn School to design a major expansion that will introduce four performance areas, in addition to classrooms, a dance rehearsal center, and student housing, across an estimated area of two hundred thousand square feet in its downtown Los Angeles campus. The project will develop the school’s Grand Avenue campus, which is adjacent to its Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of Gehry’s most iconic buildings. The proposed extension includes a new concert hall, this one with seating for 1,100 people. It would become the institute’s first venue for full-scale orchestra

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  • Winners of 2018 National Magazine Awards Announced

    The recipients of the 2018 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media were announced in New York on Tuesday. New York magazine and the New Yorker both won three awards, and GQ won two. Aperture magazine, the international quarterly specializing in photography, has been honored for the second time. This was the fifty-third presentation of the awards.

    Known as the Ellies, after the copper reproductions of Alexander Calder’s stabile Elephant that are presented to each winner, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the

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  • Nicolas Chow Appointed Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia

    Sotheby’s announced that Nicolas Chow has been named chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. Chow first joined the auction house in 1999. In 2006, he was appointed international head and chairman of the Chinese Works of Art Department. During his tenure, he led the expansion of the Chinese art market and introduced several prominent collections to auction, including the Meiyintang Collection of imperial Chinese porcelains and the Le Cong Tang Collection of Chinese ceramics.

    “Nicolas, already our worldwide head of Chinese Works of Art has been exemplary in his leadership and expertise,” Kevin Ching, the CEO

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