• California African American Museum Receives Gift of Thirty-Two Artworks

    The California African American Museum, or CAAM, based in Los Angeles, received a gift of thirty-two artworks—paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces—from collector and scholar Gordon W. Bailey. The donation features works from African American artists such as Sam Doyle, Purvis Young, Georgia Speller, “Missionary” Mary Proctor, Leroy Almon, and Herbert Singleton.

    George O. Davis, CAAM’s executive director, said, “[The museum] is honored to acquire this important collection of artworks, which furthers our mission of preserving and interpreting the art, history, and culture of

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  • Art Institute of Chicago Names Caitlin Haskell Curator of International Modern Art

    Art Institute of Chicago announced today that Caitlin Haskell has been appointed as the new curator of international modern art. Haskell most recently served as associate curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she focused on international modern art from the period of 1900 to the 1960s. She will begin working at the institution part-time on March 26 and will assume her full responsibilities in July.

    “Caitlin will be a perfect addition to the Art Institute of Chicago and brings tremendous vision and ingenuity to our museum,” said Ann Goldstein, AIC’s

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  • Anselm Kiefer’s First Public Work in the United States Debuts this Spring

    German artist Anselm Kiefer’s first site-specific outdoor public sculpture in the United States will be unveiled this spring at the top of Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens in New York. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund and real estate company Tishman Speyer, the sculpture is of a large open book that has the wings of an eagle that are thirty feet in span. The tome sits on top of a twenty-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column featuring a snake coiled around it Clustered around the base of the column are more books.

    “A public commission several years in the making, the iconography of

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  • Belgium Police Raid Homes as Investigation into Ghent Museum Exhibition Continues

    Following the suspension of the director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent over an exhibition of Russian avant-garde works that experts exposed as fakes, the Belgium police have raided a series of homes that may be connected to the controversy.

    Catherine de Zegher was temporarily removed from her post as the head of the institution last week, pending the results of an external audit. She first came under fire for organizing a show featuring twenty-six works loaned from the collection of Russian businessman Igor Toporovski’s Dieleghem Foundation.

    Three months later, after the works were installed,

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  • New York’s Creative Time to Present First Overseas Project for Art Basel

    The New York–based facilitator of public art projects Creative Time will be presenting its first overseas enterprise at Art Basel. The project—titled Basilea, and created by artists Lara Almarcegui and Isabel Lewis with the architecture studio Recetas Urbanas—was commissioned by the fair. According to Creative Time, Basilea “encourages reflection on a city’s possibilities through a series of immersive projects connecting the City of Basel, its residents, and the over 90,000 fairgoers who attend the Basel fair annually.” Basilea is Elvira Dyangani Ose’s first project as senior curator

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  • Rockport Center for the Arts to be Razed After Severe Damage from Hurricane Harvey

    Glasstire reports that the Rockport Center for the Arts in Corpus Christi, Texas—which was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey last August—will be razed. The building’s landlord decided that it would be financially impossible to salvage the building.

    Despite the setback, the institution continues to push forward: it went ahead with the Rockport Film Festival last November and made Elena Rodriguez its curator of exhibitions in January 2018. The Art Museum of South Texas also hosted the Rockport Center’s yearly “Birds in Art” show.

    The center has been planning, for a number of years, on

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  • Amy Sherald, Who Painted Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait, Is now Represented by Hauser & Wirth

    Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who painted former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait, will be represented by the international gallery Hauser & Wirth, reports Alex Greenberger of Artnews. Sherald’s painting currently hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, along with Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of Barack Obama.

    “I was invited to [Sherald’s] studio last year and was blown away by what I saw on that first visit—an art completely unique in its expression, within a genre that could not be more classical,” said Marc Payot, a Hauser & Wirth partner and the

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  • New Taipei Art Fair to Launch Next Year

    The first edition of Taipei Dangdai, a new art fair taking place at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, will launch in January 2019. Sponsored by UBS, the event will coincide with the 2018 Taipei Biennial, which opens on November 17.  

    Magnus Renfrew, the founding director of the Art HK fair—which is now Art Basel Hong Kong and is scheduled to run this year from March 29 until March 31—is the founder of Taipei Dangdai. “With Hong Kong, I was proud to be involved in organizing a fair that asserts itself as a global fair for the region and will remain so,” Renfrew told Sarah Douglas of

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  • Condo Announces Galleries Participating in Inaugural São Paulo Edition

    Condo, a collaborative exhibition of international galleries in which host galleries partner with visiting galleries to present works, has revealed the eight participants in the first edition of the project to take place in São Paulo.

    Opening on April 7, Condo São Paulo will run through May 12, and will showcase exhibitions from the following visiting galleries: Carlos / Ishikawa (London), GreyNoise (Dubai), KOW (Berlin), Nuno Centeno (Porto, Portugal), PM8 (Vigo), Proyectos Ultraviolet (Guatemala City), and Simon Preston (New York).

    This iteration of Condo will be different from previous editions.

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  • Esther Park Joins ArtCenter/South Florida as Vice President of Programming

    Esther Park, a South Florida arts leader known for her risk-taking cultural programming, will join ArtCenter/South Florida as the organization’s new vice president for programming. Park will lead the visual arts organization’s initiatives, including its new conversation series, Talks; its signature artist residency program; and other projects.

    “As ArtCenter continues to roll out ambitious programming, we sought a visionary who both knows Miami well and can imagine where it should go next,” said Dennis Scholl, ArtCenter’s recently appointed president and CEO. “We’re delighted Esther will join us

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  • Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Production Program Grant Awardees

    The Sharjah Art Foundation announced today that Mounira Al Solh, Doa Aly, Fatma Belkıs and Onur Gökmen, Taus Makhacheva, Joe Namy, and Ghassan Salhab are the recipients of its 2018 Production Program grant, which awards a total of $200,000 to artists to support new work. The awardees will work closely with the foundation to develop, produce, and present their projects, which span a wide range of media, including sculpture, artists’ books, installation, and performance.

    “Sharjah, the UAE and the region are sites of intense artistic activity, with artists working on experimental projects not only

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  • British Arts Educator Wins $1 Million Global Teacher Award

    Andria Zafirakou, a British arts and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School in Brent, a borough in northwest London, was named the fourth recipient of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes outstanding contributions to education. She was presented with the award at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

    Zafirakou was recognized for serving students in one of the poorest areas in the country. Brent is diverse—around 130 different languages are spoken in the borough—but it also has a high rate of crime. Zafirakou provides extra lessons throughout

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