• Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018)

    Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a prominent Washington arts patron and civil rights activist who championed black artists and whose collection of African American art was among the country’s largest, has died at the age of seventy. According to her family, the cause was pnemonia. A mentor and collector of artists including Kerry James Marshall, Jacob Lawrence, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Kara Walker, and Kehinde Wiley, Cafritz also advocated tirelessly for educational causes, and in 1974 cofounded what is now the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. As a part of her mission to bridge the capital’s artistic and

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  • Outsider Art Fair to Expand to Basel in June

    The Outsider Art Fair, which celebrates self-taught artists, art brut, and outsider art, has announced that it is branching out to a new location this year. In June, the fair will hold its first-ever edition in Basel, Switzerland. The event will take place at the Hotel Pullman from June 13 to 17 and will present works by artists such as James Castle, Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Judith Scott, and Adolf Wölfli.

    While the fair will coincide with Art Basel, Andrew Edlin, the owner of the Outsider Art Fair, told the New York Times that it won’t try to compete with the leading contemporary art event. “

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  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Names New Assistant Curator

    The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas announced that Jennifer Padgett has been appointed assistant curator. She previously served as the museum’s research assistant and as its 2016 Tyson Scholar fellowship. As assistant curator, Padgett will contribute to exhibition planning, publications, research, and growth of the collection, with a particular focus on American art from the 1900s through 1960s.

    Padgett, a Ph.D. candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, has held various other positions and fellowships in the museum field, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the

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  • Widow of Hitler’s Art Dealer Gives Artworks to Berlin State Museums

    Barbara Göpel, the late art historian whose husband is remembered primarily as Adolf Hitler’s art dealer and an important member of the Linz Special Commission during World War II, has donated works to the Berlin State Museums. According to the Art Newspaper, the gift includes a painting by Hans Purrmann along with forty-six drawings, fifty-two prints, and two portraits (one of Erhard Göpel) by Max Beckmann. Erhard played a significant role in obtaining the Schloss family collection, one of the largest holdings of Flemish and Dutch to be assembled in France, which the Gestapo seized from the

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  • Hwang Hyun-san Resigns as Chairman of Arts Council Korea

    Citing health concerns, Hwang Hyun-san has stepped down as chairman of the Arts Council Korea (ARKO), bringing to an end what was meant to be a three-year term he started last November, according to ArtAsiaPacific. Hwang, a prominent literary critic, was one of thousands of cultural figures in South Korea blacklisted during the presidency of now-impeached Park Geun-hye, who was arrested last March. His predecessor, Park Myung-jin, stepped down last May over her role in excluding artists and cultural figures from government support. Hwang vowed to investigate the discrimination. “This blacklist

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  • Marta Moreira de Almeida Appointed Deputy Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

    Curator and art historian Marta Moreira de Almeida has been named deputy director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto. She has worked as a curator for the Serralves Foundation’s Fine Arts Service since 1991, and became coordinator of the department in 1995. In 1999, she helped organize the musuem’s groundbreaking inaugural exhibition “Circa 1968.”

    Commenting on the appointment, the museum’s new director João Ribas said, “Marta has been working in Serralves for over twenty-five years and has worked directly with all the previous museum directors. This gives her in-depth knowledge

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  • Eduardo Paolozzi Mural Revealed After Demolition in Berlin

    A mural by Eduardo Paolozzi, the late sculptor and artist widely a founder of the British Pop art movement, was rediscovered on the side of a residential building in Berlin after the razing of a bank that had obscured the work since the 1980s, according to Kate Brown of Artnet. The composition, which is the artist’s largest public work at 10,000 square feet, was completed in 1976 near the Zoologischer Garten railroad station. It is uncertain what will happen to the mural, as there are already plans for a new building that would once again conceal the art, which had previously only been visible

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  • Cooper Hewitt Hires Chief Experience Officer and Elects New Board Leadership

    The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Washington, DC, has announced that it has appointed Carolyn Royston to the newly-created position of chief experience officer. She took up the post on February 5. The museum has also elected Elizabeth Ainslie, the owner of Elizabeth Ainslie Interiors, as chair; Scott Belsky, the chief product officer and executive vice president of Creative Cloud at Adobe, as president; and Todd Waterbury, chief creative officer for Target, as a vice president of its board of trustees. Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann called the new board leadership “

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  • OMA Reveals Design Renderings for Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery

    OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has released its renderings for the New Tretyakov Gallery redesign. The gallery has been housed in the Central House of Artist—the largest exhibition venue in Russia—since 1983. Over the years, the space has become fragmented after a number of additions and other modifications were made. As a result, Rem Koolhaas said that improving accessibility and visibility will central to the gallery’s transformation.

    “Our proposal is a reconsideration of the New Tretyakov, focusing on improving its spatial infrastructure and the elimination of

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  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Launches Radio-Guided Highway Gallery and Appoints Director of Collections

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi has unveiled a radio-guided highway gallery comprising billboards featuring ten artworks from the museum’s collection that have been installed along the E/11 Sheikh Zayed road from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

    The initiative—a partnership with Abu Dhabi Media Company, Radio 1 FM (100.5 FM), Classic FM (91.6 FM), and Emarat FM (95.8 FM)—will engage drivers by transmitting a thirty-second narrative about each piece as they approach the billboards. Among the works on display are the Mari-Cha lion, an ancient Islamic work from the Mediterranean region; the Egyptian sarcophagus

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  • Supreme Court Rules Victims of Jerusalem Bombing Cannot Seize Artifacts from Museums

    The US Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, February 21, that Americans who were injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize Persian cultural artifacts from Chicago museums as compensation for a $71.5 million judgment that Iran defaulted on.

    According to Kevin Lessmiller of Courthouse News, the 8-0 judgment ends the legal battle which has been waged by eight severely injured US citizens. The victims of the bombings and their families sued Iran in a federal court in Washington, DC, in 2003 under the terrorism exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which protects

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  • Hammer Museum Receives $50 Million in Support of Major Expansion

    The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles announced today that it has received a historic gift of $30 million from LA-based philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick. The donation, which is the largest the Hammer has received in its history, follows a gift of $20 million from television producer Marcy Carsey, who has served as the museum’s board chair since 2014. The donations are part of a larger capital campaign that aims to raise $180 million to fund a multiyear project that involves the renovation and expansion of the institution.

    “Art has long inspired Stewart and me in a profound and meaningful

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