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  • Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda. Photo: carlier | gebauer.

    Pakui Hardware to Represent Lithuania at 60th Venice Biennale

    Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda, who together make up duo Pakui Hardware, have been chosen to represent Lithuania at the Sixtieth Venice Biennale, slated to take place in 2024. The pair will present an immersive installation at the Lithuanian pavilion that will include works by the modernist painter Marija Teresė Rožanskaitė (1933–2007). The pavilion is organized by the Lithuanian National Museum of Art undercommissioner Arūnas Gelūnas and curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas and João Laia.

    The Vilnius- and Berlin-based Pakui Hardware are known for a practice that places both organic and

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  • Veronica Ryan. Photo: Brian Roberts.

    Veronica Ryan Wins 2022 Turner Prize

    Montserrat-born sculptor Victoria Ryan has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Turner Prize, one of the world’s top visual art awards. Her work explores themes of displacement and loss through organic sculptures frequently embodying soft, vegetal forms and made from organic and recycled materials. At sixty-six, Ryan, who emigrated to the UK in the 1950s as a child, is the oldest artist ever to receive the honor. She was nominated for her 2021 solo exhibition “Along a Spectrum” at Spike Island, Bristol, and for her monument to the Windrush generation. Unveiled in Hackney, London, last year,

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  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/Flickr.

    Brazil to See Restoration of Culture Ministry Under President-Elect Lula

    Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is expected to reinstate the country’s culture ministry, which was dismantled by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2019. The Art Newspaper notes that Lula, as the once and future leader is nicknamed, made the promise to restore the ministry a part of his campaign platform. He also vowed to increase funding to the Rouanet Law, a federal tax incentive to provide monies to cultural endeavors that saw funding cut by more than 50 percent under Bolsonaro, who publicly demonized it as promoting corruption.

    Lula is also tasked with selecting a new

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  • Gerhard Richter. Photo: Werner Bartsch.

    David Zwirner Lands Right to Exclusively Represent Gerhard Richter

    German painter Gerhard Richter, a giant in the worlds of both Photorealism and abstraction, is leaving Marian Goodman, his gallery of thirty-seven years, for David Zwirner. The ninety-year-old artist will have his first show with the globe-spanning megagallery at its New York flagship in March 2023. Zwirner has multiple galleries in New York, with outposts in London and Hong Kong; Richter’s connection to the gallery dates to 1994, when he showed at its New York space just months after the gallery’s launch. The artist’s relationship to the Zwirner family goes back even farther: Richter in 1968

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  • Ceremonial Head of a King. Photo: Franko Khoury/Smithsonian.

    US Restitution Organization Sues Smithsonian to Prevent Repatriation of Benin Bronzes

    The New York–based Restitution Study Group (RSG) is suing the Smithsonian in an attempt to halt the repatriation to Nigeria of the so-called Benin bronzes held by the institution. At an October 11 ceremony held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, the institution officially ceded to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments in Nigeria ownership of the twenty-nine Benin bronzes held in its collection. The objects are part of a roughly 90,000-piece trove looted by British troops in 1897 from the Republic of Benin, as Nigeria was then known.

    As part of the repatriation

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  • Cover: Reopening ceremony for Nam June Paik’s 1988 The More, the Better, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea, September 15, 2022.

    Penske Media Acquires Artforum

    December 7, 2022, New York, NY: Today, Penske Media Corporation (PMC) announced the acquisition of Artforum International Magazine, a leading voice in the contemporary art world. Artforum will join PMC’s constellation of brands as it celebrates its 60th anniversary year. Since its founding in 1962, Artforum has been at the vanguard of contemporary art criticism, and throughout its history has remained the voice of record for the art world.

    Publisher Danielle McConnell and Associate Publisher Kate Koza will continue to lead Artforum operations, with Editor David Velasco helming editorial initiatives.

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  • The New School University Center in New York. Photo: MusikAnimal/Flickr.

    Boycott Takes Hold as New School Adjunct Strike Continues

    The strike launched November 16 by adjunct faculty at New York’s New School and at the Parsons School of Design, which it encompasses, has entered its third week, with strikers and their supporters stepping up their efforts, and parents threatening to sue the school for “services not rendered.” In addition, a number of artists, educators, and others who have given lectures or performances at the schools in an open letter of December 2 announced a boycott action.

    “Until this issue is resolved in solidarity with the faculty and in accordance with the University’s historically progressive values,

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  • Samanthe Rubell. Photo: Axel Dupeux.

    Samanthe Rubell to Lead Pace Gallery amid Restructuring

    Samanthe Rubell has been named the next president of Pace Gallery, Artnews reports. The change comes as the blue-chip gallery, which has nine outposts around the world, restructures for the second time in under a decade. Rubell was awarded the position by Pace CEO Marc Glimcher, son of gallery founder Arne Glimcher, on the collective advice of ten of the organization’s most senior directors, characterized in their advisory capacity as forming a “Round Table.”

    “This is not unrelated to the passing of the baton from my father to me, which started actually about ten years ago,” the younger Glimcher

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  • A view of the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum in London. Photo: Pjposullivan1/Flickr.

    British Museum in Secret Talks with Greece over Repatriation of Elgin Marbles

    British Museum chair George Osborne last week met in London with Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for the sole purpose of discussing the repatriation of the so-called Elgin marbles to Greece. Following their meeting, the pair delivered an address at the London School of Economics, in which Mitsotakis acknowledged that a return of the 2,500-year-old marble sculptures was “possible.”

    “A win-win solution can be found that will result in the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures in Greece, while at the same time taking into account concerns that the British Museum may have,” Mitsotakis

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  • Leon Black. Photo: Apollo Asset Management.

    MoMA Trustee Leon Black Accused of Rape

    Leon Black, formerly board chair of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and currently a trustee, is being sued on charges that he raped a woman in the Manhattan townhouse of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, his onetime financial adviser. Cheri Pierson on November 28 filed a suit alleging that Black orally raped her in a “secluded area” of Epstein’s home in 2002, leaving her in “excruciating pain.” Pierson, who at the time of the alleged rape was a single mother of limited means, said she was invited to the townhouse by Epstein to give Black a massage, for which he paid her three

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  • Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Self-portrait, 2021. Photo: David Zwirner.

    Aline Kominsky-Crumb (1948–2022)

    Pathbreaking underground comics artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb died of pancreatic cancer at her home in the Cévennes region of southern France, at the age of seventy four on November 29. Kominsky-Crumb in the 1970s emerged as a comedic and artistic force with comics that unsparingly, often crassly, depicted the complex emotional and physical lives of women. Frequently autobiographical, her comics touched on subjects ranging from masturbation to menopause, abortion to adoption, hairy armpits to receding hairlines, and broke ground for generations of women comedians, writers, and comics artists. “I

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  • The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Photo: Elon Schoenholz/Flickr.

    LA’s Hammer Museum Sets Opening Date for Expansion

    After more than two decades, the newly expanded and renovated Hammer Museum is set to open March 26, 2023, according to the Los Angeles Times. Led by Michael Maltzan Architecture, the restoration includes a new, more visible entrance on the corner of Wilshire and Westwood boulevards, across from a yet-to-be-built Metro station, which itself is slated for completion in 2027. Down the block on Wilshire, where it meets Glendon Avenue, will be an outdoor sculpture terrace, while a neighboring building that was formerly home to City National Bank will host new gallery space.

    The remodeled main Hammer

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