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  • Frank Bowling, 2020. © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2021. Photo: Sacha Bowlin/Hauser & Wirth.

    Frank Bowling Wins 2022 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

    Guyanese-born, London-based artist Frank Bowling has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Wolfgang Hahn prize. He will receive the award at a ceremony taking place November 15 of next year, the evening before Art Cologne 2022 opens. The Museum Ludwig will acquire his 2020 acrylic-on-canvas work Flogging the Dead Donkey, which comments on monochrome painting through intense red and dirty brown hues splotched with vibrant blots of color and marred with sneaker prints. The painting will be the first work by Bowling to be acquired by a German public collection.

    “Frank Bowling’s paintings and

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  • Deidrea Miller. Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen.

    Christie’s Brings in Deidrea Miller as Head of Communications

    Global auction house Christie’s has hired Deidrea Miller as head of communications for its Americas division. Miller is a veteran of the PR industry and was most recently director at Brunswick Arts, where she advised clients including New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Humlebaek, Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. She previously served as deputy communications director for New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, in which capacity she handled external relations for two dozen city agencies, including NYC’s cultural affairs, economic development, and media and entertainment

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  • An aerial view of the Swiss Institute in New York’s East Village. Photo: Swiss Institute.

    Swiss Institute Reveals Board Changes, Launches Search for New Director

    The Swiss Institute (SI) today announced that board chair Maja Hoffmann has been elected president of the board of trustees, and that the New York–based nonprofit’s director, Simon Castets, has been elected the board’s executive chair. Castets will assume his new post on November 14, and will remain in it for a year. The organization has launched a search for a director to replace Castets, who served in the role for eight years.

    “It has been an honor to serve as SI’s chair for the past five years, in addition to supporting the program through the LUMA Foundation since 2007,” said Hoffmann. “Since

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  • A photograph by Musa N. Nxumalo included in Rencontres de Bamako’s eleventh edition.

    Rencontres de Bamako Postponed to 2022

    Organizers of Rencontres de Bamako (Bamako Encounters), the Mali biennial dedicated to African photography and video, have announced that the thirteenth edition of the event is postponed to 2022, owing to what they cite as “a strong demand from artists for an extension of the application period as well as the socio-political and health-related conditions we are currently facing globally.” Orignally scheduled to take place from November 20, 2021, to January 20, 2022, the event will now run from October 20, 2022 to December 20, 2022.

    The upcoming exhibition’s theme is “Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere

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  • TOQA, Room 4, 2019. Installation view, Twinflame Island Museum. Photo: Hawai'i Triennial 2022.

    Hawai’i Contemporary Announces Artists, Venues for 2022 Triennial

    The Hawai’i Contemporary has released the names of forty-three local and international artists and collectives slated to participate in the triennial’s 2020 edition (HT22). Titled “Pacific Century – E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea,” the event will take place February 8–May 8, 2022, across seven venues on the island of Oahu, and will be themed around climate change, history, social activism, and Indigenous knowledge in relation to Hawaii’s position at the nexus of Asia and Oceania.

    H22 is being organized by curatorial director Melissa Chiu (director of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington,

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  • Down Miami. Photo: Diana Robinson/Flickr.

    Volta Cancels Inaugural Miami Fair

    Organizers of the popular Art Basel satellite fair Volta have canceled the event’s inaugural Miami edition, slated to take place December 1–5, citing venue woes and restrictions related to the continuing Covid-19 crisis. Already pushed ahead from its expected 2020 launch thanks to the pandemic, the fair in the spring lost its original planned home, Mana Contemporary, when that space saw its license to host events canceled. According to Volta director Kamiar Maleki, Mana officials dragged their feet in notifying Volta of the change, causing the fair to scramble to find a new venue.

    In July, Maleki

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  • Jacob Mason-Macklin, Qualeasha Wood, and Cameron Granger.

    Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2021–22 Artists in Residence

    The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, has announced the three latest participants in its prestigious artist-in-residence program. Filmmaker Cameron Granger, painter Jacob Mason-Macklin, and textile artist Qualeasha Wood will enter the program, which is noted for having elevated the careers of a number of African and Afro-Latinx artists, including Candida Alvarez, Jordan Casteel, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, and Mickalene Thomas.

    All three of the new artists in residence are under thirty, with Granger and Mason-Macklin hailing from Ohio and Wood coming from New Jersey. Though the trio

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  • Cuba has experienced historic unrest and protests this year. Photo: Alex Graves/Flickr.

    Artists Withdraw from Havana Biennial as Boycott Looms

    Nearly half a dozen participants have pulled out of this year’s Havana Biennial as a gesture of support for the many artist-activists who remain jailed by the government, Hyperallergic reports. Said to have withdrawn from the state-sponsored event are French-Gabonese multidisciplinary artist Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Swiss video artist Ursula Biemann, Cuban painter Aimee Joaristi Argüelles, Colombian curator Maria Belén Saez de Ibarra, and French critic Nicolas Bourriaud.

    At the same time, a movement to boycott the biennial is growing. To date, more than four hundred people have signed an

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  • Emma Enderby. Photo: Haus der Kunst.

    Emma Enderby Named Chief Curator of Haus der Kunst

    Emma Enderby has been announced as the new chief curator of Munich’s Haus der Kunst (HdK), Artnews reports. Enderby since 2017 has served as curator at New York nonprofit space the Shed, where she organized exhibitions by Ian Cheng, Agnes Denes, and Trisha Donnelly, among others. She is currently working on a Tomás Saraceno show, slated to open in February.

    “Emma’s broad interdisciplinary expertise combined with her deep commitment to visionary artistic practices will be a fundamental contribution to the new paths of Haus der Kunst,” Andrea Lissoni, HdK’s artistic director, said in a statement.

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  • Lili Reynaud-Dewa. Photo: Jean-Michel Sicot.

    Lili Reynaud-Dewar Wins 2021 Prix Marcel Duchamp

    Installation and performance artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar has been announced as the winner of this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s most prestigious art prize. She received the award, which comes with $41,000 attached, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, earlier today. Through a practice incorporating sculpture, video, performance, and film, and often collaborating with others, the La Rochelle–born artist investigates feminist and social tropes in work often themed around cultural references.

    Reynaud-Dewar, who studied ballet and law before turning her attention to art, first came to broad attention

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  • Patrick Lee. Photo: Deniz Guzel.

    Patrick Lee to Helm Frieze Seoul

    Frieze has named Patrick Lee as the director of its inaugural Seoul edition, to launch in 2022. He will assume his new role in early November, roughly ten months ahead of the fair’s September 2 opening. About a hundred galleries are expected to exhibit in this first iteration, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the association’s annual Korean International Art Fair, with both events taking place at the COEX convention center in the city’s Gangnam district.

    Lee, an art-world veteran of fifteen years’ experience, is the executive director of Seoul’s Gallery Hyundai, one of the city’s best

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  • Margo Leavin (left). Photo: Getty Research Institute.

    Margo Leavin (1936–2021)

    Margo Leavin, a veteran gallerist and a longtime champion of Los Angeles artists, has died at the age of eighty-five, the Los Angeles Times reports. Widely known by both artists and collectors alike as a forthright and fair dealer, Leavin staged more than four hundred solo shows by emerging and international artists and was instrumental in elevating LA conceptualism as it developed in the 1970s. A generous philanthropist and a strong believer in, as she put it, “giving back,” Leavin in 2016 donated $20 million to her college alma mater. The gift—the largest ever made by an alumna to a school in

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