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  • Olga Viso. Courtesy of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

    Warhol Foundation Announces Curatorial Research Fellows

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has named its spring 2019 Curatorial Research Fellows. Five arts professionals—Peter S. Briggs, Jaime DeSimone, Polly Nordstrand, Catherine Taft, and Olga Viso—will receive grants of up to $50,000 in support of new scholarship on contemporary visual art. The news comes on the heels of the organization’s announcement that it will award $3.81 million in grants to visual arts organizations.

    “Each of these curators will explore important, previously unexamined work by experimental artists and forgotten movements,” said Joel Wachs, the foundation’s

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  • Brendan Fernandes, The Master and Form, 2019, at the  Whitney Biennial, New York. Photo: Lauren Cavalli.

    Bethany Collins and Brendan Fernandes Win 2019 Chicago Artadia Awards

    Artadia, a nonprofit organization that supports artists working in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco through its merit-based awards program, has selected Bethany Collins and Brendan Fernandes as the winners of this year’s Chicago Artadia Awards. They will each receive $10,000.  

    The jury for Artadia’s tenth cycle in Chicago comprised Ylinka Barotto, assistant curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Ian Berry, director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York; Grace Deveney, assistant

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  • Black Rock Senegal, located on the coast in Yoff Virage, Dakar, 2019.

    Artists Selected for Kehinde Wiley’s Inaugural Residency Program in Senegal

    Black Rock Senegal, the residency program launched by artist Kehinde Wiley earlier this year, announced today that sixteen multidisciplinary artists have been invited to to live and work in Dakar from August to April 2020. In addition to room and board, the artists have access to individual studio space and will receive a stipend for supplies and other incidentals.

    The participants were selected from more than seven hundred applications by a committee comprising artist and producer Swizz Beatz; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Thomas Lax, curator of

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  • M Woods, Beijing. Photo: Xia Zhi.

    Beijing’s M Woods Art Museum to Open Second Location

    M Woods, the private contemporary art museum housed in a former munitions factory in Beijing’s 798 Art District, is opening a second space in the Longfusi Development on Qianliang Hutong in the city’s Dongcheng district in August, the Art Newspaper reports. Renovated by architect Shuhei Aoyama and B.L.U.E. Studio, the new four-story venue will boast more than 40,000 square feet. Exhibitions of David Hockney, organized with Tate, and Ausitn Lee will inaugurate the space.

    Collectors Lin Han, Wanwan Lei, and Michael Xufu Huang founded M Woods in 2014. In a 2018 interview, Xufu Huang said, “We all

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  • Olivia Thornton. Courtesy of Phillips.

    Phillips Appoints Olivia Thornton Head of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Art, Europe

    Phillips has named Olivia Thornton head of its department of twentieth century and contemporary art, Europe. Thornton joins the auction house after working at Sotheby’s for twelve years. During her tenure there, she held various roles, most recently as head of day sales. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, she worked for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, assisting with exhibitions on Jackson Pollock, Constantin Brancusi, and the Pietszch Collection.

    “We are extremely pleased that Olivia is joining our team,” said Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Phillips’s worldwide co-heads of twentieth

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  • (Top row:) Taylor Renee Aldridge, Mariela Fullana Acosta, Sarah Hotchkiss, and Cara Ober. (Bottom row:) Kristina Kay Robinson, Andrew Russeth, Jenn Shapland, and Catherine Wagley. Photos courtesy of the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation.

    Rabkin Foundation Awards $400,000 to Arts Journalists

    The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation in Portland, Maine, has awarded $400,000 to eight writers for the third cycle of its annual grant program, which honors contributions to arts journalism. The recipients, who have been published regularly in Artforum, Artnews, Art in America, New York Magazine, Aperture, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and ARTS.BLACK, among other media outlets, will each get $50,000.

    “We award these prizes each summer with great joy and anticipation,” Susan C. Larsen, executive director of the foundation said in a statement. “Today would have been Leo Rabkin’s one-hundredth

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  • Chéri Samba, Water Problem, 2004.

    MoMA Receives Forty-Five Contemporary African Artworks from Collector Jean Pigozzi

    The Museum of Modern Art has been gifted forty-five works of contemporary African art from collector Jean Pigozzi. The donation includes a selection of sculptures by Romuald Hazoumè and Bodys Isek Kingelez; paintings by Moké and Cheri Samba; photographs by artists such as Seydou Keïta and Jean Depara; and drawings by the mystic Gedewon. It also consists of a major work by Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Alphabet bété, 1991, a pictographic alphabet of 449 syllables that the artist hoped would be a new tool for universal communication.

    “Several years ago, we began a conversation with Jean about the

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  • The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. Photo: Zeitz MOCAA.

    Storm Janse van Rensburg Appointed Senior Curator at Zeitz MOCAA

    The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town has added Storm Janse van Rensburg to its curatorial team. As the new senior curator, Van Rensburg will work with executive director and chief curator Koyo Kouoh to develop the institution’s exhibition program. He comes to the museum from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he has worked as head curator of exhibitions since January 2015, and will take up the post on September 2.

    “Storm brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role, both as a curator and an academic,” said Kouoh. “I am thrilled to welcome

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  • The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.

    Worcester Art Museum Gifted $10 Million

    The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Massachusetts announced today that it has received a $10 million donation from the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation—the largest gift in its 123-year history. The foundation also gave the institution a $4 million endowment gift in 2015. Museum director Matthias Waschek told the Boston Globe that Jean and Myles have generously supported the institution as well as other cultural organizations in the city since they moved to Worcester in 1960.

    “On behalf of the Worcester Art Museum, I would like to thank the McDonough family—and Jean in

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  • Side view of the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria. Photo: Dylan Thuras.

    Getty Awards 2019 Keeping It Modern Architectural Conservation Grants

    The Getty Foundation has revealed the recipients of its 2019 Keeping It Modern Grants, which support architectural conservation projects across the globe. More than $1.6 million will go to ten structures, ranging from the Soviet-era Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria to the Uganda National Museum, in countries including Argentina, Lithuania, Mozambique, and Spain.

    A common theme among this year’s projects is adaptive reuse. In addition to needing financial assistance for preservation efforts, many of the buildings outgrew their original purpose, such as the Torino Esposizioni, a former exhibition

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  • Emma Lavigne. Photo Manuel Braun.

    Emma Lavigne to Lead Palais de Tokyo in Paris

    Emma Lavigne has been named the next president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She will become the first woman to take the helm of the institution in its seventeen-year history. She comes to the arts center from the Centre Pompidou-Metz, where she has served as director since 2014. Lavigne succeeds Jean de Loisy who departed in December to head the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris’s academy of fine arts.

    Prior to joining Centre Pompidou’s satellite in Metz, Lavigne held positions at the International Council of Museums and the Paris Cité de la Musique. In 2008, she was appointed

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  • Sotheby’s, London.

    Sotheby’s Shareholders File Lawsuits to Halt Sale of Auction House

    Two Sotheby’s investors, Eli Goffman and Shiva Stein, have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan in an attempt to block the $3.7 billion sale of the auction house to BidFair USA, which is owned by the media mogul and collector Patrick Drahi, Bloomberg reports. The complaints cite “incomplete and misleading disclosures” as the reason behind the legal action and are seeking unspecified damages.

    Sotheby’s was not fazed by the suits. In a statement, the auction house said: “As the vast majority of all public company mergers over $100 million are the subject of shareholder litigation, the

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