• James Yood (1952–2018)

    Chicago-based arts writer and educator James Yood, who once distilled the role of the critic as one that fulfills a responsibility “to look and think as hard as possible,” has died. A committed and eloquent assesser of Chicago artists, Yood was a professor of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he also directed its New Arts Journalism program.

    In addition to being a regional correspondent for art ltd magazine, Yood was a regular contributor to Artforum, Aperture, GLASS quarterly, and, among other publications. Yood also taught

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  • Alys Tomlinson Wins $25,000 Sony World Photography Award

    London-based artist Alys Tomlinson has won the top prize of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards. Recognized for “Ex-Votos”—an intimate series of black-and-white portraits, landscapes, and still-life images of pilgrimage sites in France, Ireland, and Poland—Tomlinson was named photographer of the year and will receive $25,000.

    This was the first time that Tomlinson entered the prize competition. She is also the first woman to win what is considered the Oscars of the photography world, since 2014 when the prize went to US photojournalist, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz.

    “Alys Tomlinson is a

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  • Sam Francis Foundation Releases Catalogue Raisonné Online

    The Sam Francis foundation has announced that the first installment of the artist’s catalogue raisonné is now available online. It contains 201 known entires on the abstract expressionist’s works from 1945 to 1949. The foundation will update the digital historical record as it continues its research into Francis’s oeuvre.

    The catalog, titled Sam Francis: Online Catalogue Raisonné Project—The Compilation of Unique Works on Paper and Expanded Version of Canvas and Panel Painting, is an interactive platform that was developed with panOpticon software. It includes the foundation’s archives as

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  • MoMA Sues Lower East Side Café and Arts Space over Trademark Infringement

    The Museum of Modern Art in New York has filed a lawsuit against a newly opened green tea café called MoMACha, which also serves as an exhibition space, accusing the business of infringing on its trademark. MoMaCha opened on 314 Bowery earlier this month with a show by the Dallas-based artist Dan Lam.

    According to the complaint, the “defendants’ willful intent here is clear as there is no possibility that they were not aware of MoMA or its famous MoMA mark . . . They are blatantly attempting to take advantage of the MoMA marks, which are unquestionably famous within the modern and contemporary

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  • Rome’s Frutta Gallery Opens Second Outpost in Glasgow

    Scottish-born dealer James Gardner, who founded Frutta in Rome in 2012, has opened a second location in Glasgow, Andrew Russeth of Artnews reports. Located on 9 Duke Street, the gallery launched with an exhibition of works by Santo Tolone. Titled “The Distance Between the Fridge and My Belly, or Rather Between Your Eyes and This Title,” the show will run until May 26.

    “Both Roma and Glasgow are somewhat on the geographical edge of Europe—that is, they parenthesize Central Europe and in that sense their independence makes [it] interesting,” Gardner said. “Yet they are linked via the openness

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  • Fearless Girl Statue Moves to New York Stock Exchange

    New York’s Fearless Girl—the fifty-inch-tall bronze girl who, arms akimbo, has stared down Arturo Di Modica’s Charging Bull sculpture for a little over a year—will soon be permanently relocated to stand outside the New York Stock Exchange, the original location of her bovine rival. Mayor Bill de Blasio and State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the financial firm that installed the statue, had been in talks to find the sculptures new homes since February, though the bull is, as of now, to remain at the Bowling Green location in the financial district.

    Fearless Girl, designed by Kristen

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  • ICA London Launches Independent Film Council

    London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts has established an independent film council, which will advise and advocate for cinema dedicated to independent film and artists’ moving image works.

    The council includes performer and filmmaker Tilda Swinton; producer Stanley Buchthal; academics Erika Balsom and Laura Mulvey; film editor Walter Murch; Sundance Institute’s documentary program director, Tabitha Jackson; the National Film and Television School’s head of screen arts, Sandra Hebron; and artists and filmmakers Gerald Fox, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naeem Mohaiemen, James Richards,

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  • Copenhagen Contemporary Appoints Marie Nipper Director and Announces New Location

    The Danish arts center Copenhagen Contemporary has revealed that it will move to a new permanent home on Refshale Island in June. The approximately 75,000-square-foot space was a former industrial welding hall. It also announced that Marie Nipper was named the institution’s new director.

    Nipper has worked as a curator at the ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, since April 2014. Previously, she was an interim artistic director at Tate Liverpool. Commenting on the institution’s new program, Nipper said that it will continue showing “big and technically demanding installation art” and presenting a

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  • Mophradat Names Artists for Inaugural Consortium Commission

    Mophradat, the Brussels-based contemporary arts organization that aims to create opportunities for artists from the Arab world, has revealed the artists who were selected for its inaugural Consortium Commissions—a new co-commissioning initiative for which cultural institutions from across the globe team up to support the production of new work. The program will award $22,000 to six artists and collectives.

    The artists chosen are Basma Alsharif, Shadi Habib Allah, Yazan Khalili, Maurice Louca, Jasmina Metwaly, and nasa4nasa, an artist duo made up of Egyptian choreographers and dancers Salma

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  • OMA-Designed Qatar National Library Officially Opens

    The Qatar National Library in Doha officially opened its doors to the public on April 16. Designed by Rem Koolhaas’s firm, OMA, the angular concrete building with diamond-shaped facades is approximately 452,000 square feet. Located in Education City—a region on the outskirts of the capital that was designated for schools, universities, research facilities, and other educational initiatives—the structure is divided into three wings, each housing a different kind of library: the National Library, the Public Library, and the University Library. It also contains the Heritage Collection,

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  • Phillips Collection Names Makeba Clay Its First Chief Diversity Officer

    The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, has hired Makeba Clay as its first chief diversity officer. She will be responsible for the Phillips’s institutional inclusion strategy. Clay has helped higher education and cultural organizations work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion goals for the last twenty years. Currently the president and CEO of Innovative Global Solutions Consulting, LLC, Clay previously served as a diversity consultant for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and as the associate vice president of institutional equity and diversity at the College

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  • Evgeny Gusyatinskiy to Curate Garage Museum’s Upcoming Outdoor Film Program

    The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow announced today that the Russian film critic Evgeny Gusyatinskiy will curate the 2018 edition of Garage Screen, the museum’s popular outdoor summer film program known for showing works that moviegoers would otherwise not be able to see in Russia.

    Gusyatinskiy is the editor of Iskusstvo Kino (The Art of the Cinema), one of the oldest film magazines in Europe. Since 2011, he has also served as the programmer of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which welcomed 329,000 attendees in 2018.

    “Moscow’s cinephile community is dedicated, but small

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