• Exterior of BRIC. Photo: Liz Ligo.

    BRIC Launches Prize to Support Underrecognized New York Artists

    BRIC​, the Brooklyn-based arts organization, has established the $100,000 ​Colene Brown Art Prize​ to help advance the careers of New York–based artists. Underwritten by Deborah Brown—a BRIC board member and founder of Storefront, an artist-run gallery in Bushwick—in memory of her late mother, the unrestricted grant will be divided between ten creatives, who will each receive $10,000.

    “BRIC is grateful for the tireless support of Deborah Brown, a board member who reflects our ethos and understands firsthand the challenges facing contemporary artists,” said BRIC president Kristina Newman-Scott.

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  • Ana Mazzei, Body Wall, Paluca, 2018. Photo: Gui Gomes.

    Glasgow International Names Artists Participating in 2020 Edition

    Glasgow International, Scotland’s biennial festival for contemporary art, has announced the details of its upcoming program, which will take place from April 24 to May 10, 2020. More than one hundred artists—including Kader Attia, Yuko Mohri, and Eva Rothschild—will participate in the approximately sixty exhibitions and other events that will be staged in various venues across the city.

    “The theme for 2020 is ‘attention’ and this idea of how we pay attention to something or how we attend to ourselves and each other is something we’ve sought to consider both in our approach to curating the festival,

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  • Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest, 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

    Inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art Prizes Awarded

    On the eve of the opening of the first Toronto Biennial of Art, which launched on Saturday, September 21, and is on view until December 1, the exhibition revealed that Abel Rodríguez has been selected as the winner of its inaugural Art Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the biennial, and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan has been named the first recipient of its Emerging Artist Prize. Both awards come with a monetary prize of $15,000.

    Titled “The Shoreline Dilemma” and curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the exhibition explores the implications of Toronto’s ever-changing shoreline.

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  • Anton Segerstrom, Craig Wells, Annette Wiley, Mayor Katrina Foley, Thom Mayne, Mark Perry, Carlos Gonzalez, and Todd D. Smith at the Orange County Museum of Art groundbreaking ceremony. Courtesy of OCMA.

    Orange County Museum of Art Breaks Ground on New Building

    The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) broke ground on the museum’s new building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. The institution has raised $47 million of the $73 million needed for construction costs, which is 65 percent of its campaign goal. Designed by Morphosis, the architecture firm founded by Pritzker Prize-winner Thom Mayne, the new 53,000-square-foot facility is projected to open in 2021.

    “We are so incredibly grateful to our donors for allowing us to take this important step towards realizing a new home for the Orange County Museum of Art at Segerstrom

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  • Ghada Amer, MY NYMPHEASE #2, 2018. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky.

    Galerie Nagel Draxler Opens New Location in Munich, Marianne Boesky Now Represents Ghada Amer, and More

    The Galerie Nagel Draxler, which has locations in Berlin and Cologne, has announced the opening of its new premises in the Maxvorstadt district of Munich. Located at Türkenstraße 43, the street level gallery is in walking distance of the Museum Brandhorst and Pinakothek der Moderne. An exhibition addressing environmental issues such as climate change and featuring American artists Mark Dion and Christine Wang will inaugurate the space on October 23.

    UNTITLED, ART Miami Beach has released the list of exhibitors for its eighth edition, taking place from December 4 to December 8. Among the participating

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  • Joseph Michael’s VOICES FOR THE FUTURE, 2019. Photo: Project Pressure.

    Joseph Michael Installation Will Illuminate UN Building Ahead of Climate Action Summits

    As the United Nations prepares to host the Youth Climate Summit and the Climate Action Summit on September 21 and September 23, which will introduce government, corporate, and civil initiatives that aim to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade and to net zero by 2050, the New Zealand–based artist Joseph Michael will light up the UN’s New York headquarters with large-scale projections of a massive iceberg.

    Titled VOICES FOR THE FUTURE, the artwork was produced in collaboration with the environmental charity Project Pressure and the Permanent Mission of New

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  • Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art.

    Gianfranco Gorgoni (1941–2019)

    The Italian photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni, who was the premiere documenter of major Land art works—including Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence, 1976—has died at age seventy-seven. Born in Rome, Gorgoni moved to the US in 1968 to produce a photographic essay and stayed after a chance encounter with Robert Rauschenberg.

    In the 1970s, Gorgoni captured the portraits of artists including Ellsworth Kelly, Claes Oldenburg, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol, Alfred Leslie, and others, many of which were included in his book The New Avant-Garde: Issues

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  • Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari. Photo: ArTree Nepal.

    Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari Named Curators of Kathmandu Triennale 2020

    The Kathmandu Triennale has appointed Nepalese artists and cultural organizers Hit Man Gurung and Sheelasha Rajbhandari as cocurators of its 2020 edition. They join director Sharareh Bajracharya and artistic director Cosmin Costinas in organizing the festival, which began in 2009 in order to address questions of climate change and feminism and was reformatted into a triennial in 2017, shifting its focus to further engage trans-Asian voices and the Nepali contemporary art scene. The forthcoming edition is slated to open in December 2020.

    Gurung was born in Nepal in 1986 and studied at Tribhuvan

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  • Philippe Pirotte. Photo: Büro Schramm/Gestaltung.

    Philippe Pirotte Steps Down as Director of Frankfurt’s Städelschule

    Philippe Pirotte, the director of the Städelschule, the prestigious art school located in Frankfurt, Germany, has announced that he will resign from his position on March 31, 2020. According to Monopol, the Belgian art historian and curator will remain at the school in the role of professor of art history and curatorial studies, and plans to take on research and curatorial projects. Appointed in 2014, Pirotte has also led the Portikus, an exhibition space for contemporary art connected to the institution.

    During his tenure, Pirotte has overseen the transition of ownership of the Städelschule from

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  • Mami Kataoka. Photo: Biennale of Sydney.

    Mami Kataoka Appointed Mori Art Museum Director

    Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum announced yesterday that Mami Kataoka, the museum’s chief curator and deputy director, will be the institution’s next director. Fumio Nanjo, who has helmed the Mori since 2006, will serve as special advisor to the museum upon his retirement at the end of this year. “Kataoka, as one of the few female museum directors in Japan and the country’s most internationally-active curators, is superbly equipped to guide the Mori Art Museum in the next phase of its development,” Nanjo said.

    Kataoka has served as the chief curator at the Mori, where she has staged exhibitions with

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  •  Henry Urbach, 2010. Photo: Winni Wintermeyer. Courtesy of SF MoMA.

    Henry Urbach (1963–2019)

    Architecture and design scholar, curator, and educator Henry Urbach died on September 14, after a years-long struggle with late-onset bipolar disorder, at the age of fifty-six. An advocate and cultivator of experimental architecture projects, Urbach opened a gallery in New York to provide a platform for architects such as LOT-EK, who transformed a cement-mixer into a media cocoon and lounge for his solo exhibition at the arts space in 2000, and Freecell Architecture, which constructed MoistSCAPE, a three-dimensional steel matrix inset with panels of living moss, in the gallery in 2004.


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  • Joseph Beuys, 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), inaugurated at Documenta in 1982. © Joseph Beuys/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York. Courtesy of Dia Art Foundation, New York.

    Admission to Dia’s New York City Sites Will Soon Be Free

    The Dia Art Foundation announced today that it will offer free admission across its New York City sites starting in September 2020, to coincide with the reopening of Dia:Chelsea, which is currently undergoing a major expansion. The admission policy will extend to all six of Dia’s sites when the new space Dia:SoHo opens in the fall of 2022. Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan, said the organization hopes the move will “increase access, deepen engagement, and encourage repeat visits” to its locations.

    Led by Architecture Research Office (ARO), the overhaul of Dia:Chelsea involves the merging of its

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