• The Box, Plymouth Appoints Nigel Hurst Head of Contemporary Arts

    The Box, Plymouth—the new exhibition space in Plymouth, England, slated to open in 2020—announced that Nigel Hurst has been named its new head of contemporary arts. Hurst comes to Plymouth from the Saatchi Gallery in London, where he’s worked in various roles for the past twenty-three years. Most recently, he served as gallery director and CEO. Hurst will assume his responsibilities in early September.

    “Nigel’s appointment is a very welcome development for the Box and the city,” Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans said in a statement. “We’re working to create a step-change in

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  • House of Representatives Rejects Proposal to Cut NEA and NEH Funding by 15 Percent

    In a 297–114 vote in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, the House of Representatives shot down a proposal to slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by 15 percent, or about $23 million, in 2019. The rejection of the budget cuts was a victory for arts advocates across the United States.

    First proposed by Republican Glenn Grothman, a representative from Wisconsin’s sixth congressional district, the amendment to the federal government spending bill was meant to make a “small dent” in the United States’ spending. During a House Rules Committee

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  • Nationalmuseum Sweden to Reopen in October

    The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest fine arts and design institution, has announced that it will reopen to the public on October 13, following a major renovation. Led by the Swedish architecture firms Wingårdhs and Wikerstål Arkitekter, the project increased the amount of exhibition space—the museum will now be able to showcase more than 5,000 artworks from its collection—created a sculpture courtyard, and added a restaurant. Two existing courtyards have also been reopened for public use.

    The revamp aimed to improve accessibility by building a new elevator tower and expanding its

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  • Amid Rising Nationalism, Germany’s Green Party Politicians Call for Artistic Freedom

    Two members of Germany’s Green party have created an online petition that warns of the rise of right-wing national governments and calls for artistic freedom in the country and throughout Europe.

    Titled “The Brussels Declaration,” the petition points to recent developments in Austria, Hungary, and Poland and charges their governments with “trying to direct the creative scene toward their own ends with a policy of national isolation.”

    According to the organizers of the petition, Erhard Grundl and Claudia Roth, the cultural landscape is being threatened. The right-wing Alternative for Germany party

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  • Imprisoned Turkish Artist Smuggles Thank You Note to Banksy

    Five months ago the anonymous British artist Banksy and street artist Borf painted a mural protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in New York. On Tuesday, Banksy revealed that he received a handwritten letter from the artist thanking him for his support.

    Doğan was arrested at a café in July 2016 and sentenced to nearly three years in prison for painting the destruction of a predominantly Kurdish town with Turkish flags flying above it. Doğan was on assignment for the feminist Kurdish news agency JINHA when she made

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  • Jhaveri Contemporary Moves to Larger Mumbai Space

    Jhaveri Contemporary has announced that after eight years in the Malabar Hill neighborhood of Mumbai, the gallery is relocating. It will move to a new larger home in the city’s historic area of Colaba. The new space, which is situated on the third floor of a nineteenth-century mansion on Mereweather Road, will triple the gallery’s footprint.

    Comprising two exhibition spaces, the new gallery boasts thirteen-foot ceilings, concrete walls, exposed beams, and large windows that let in an abundance of natural light. The gallery will also have two balconies with views of the Gateway of India and the

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  • Song-Ming Ang to Represent Singapore at 2019 Venice Biennale

    Singapore’s Fost Gallery has announced that artist Song-Ming Ang has been selected by the National Arts Council to represent the country at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will open in May 2019. Michelle Ho, director of the ADM Gallery at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University and a former curator at the Singapore Art Museum, will curate the pavilion.

    Ang’s art often examines how people relate to music, individually and as a society. Through his practice, Ang challenges contexts in which music is produced, shared, and consumed. For his 2012 work, Parts

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  • Nonprofit Dedicated to Working with Artists in Conflict Zones to Launch in October

    Ruya Maps, a nonprofit that plans to work with visual artists based in areas of social or political instability, will launch this fall. A sister organization of the Iraqi-based Ruya Foundation, best known for commissioning the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Ruya Maps will host projects across the globe.

    Led by director Tamara Chalabi and curatorial advisor Paolo Colombo, the program aims to bring exhibitions, artist commissions, workshops, talks, and other initiatives to new audiences in order to foster a greater understanding of the global challenges people face. Ruya Maps will make these

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  • Whitney Ferrare Joins Pace Gallery as a Senior Director in Hong Kong

    Pace Gallery announced that Whitney Ferrare has been appointed senior director. Based in Hong Kong, Ferrare will support primary and secondary market activity for Pace’s artists and estates, as well as contribute to the gallery’s exhibition and art fair programming across the Asia Pacific region. She will also lead Pace’s first participation in Sydney Contemporary in Australia, which kicks off on September 13.

    “When we opened our second gallery in Hong Kong this past
 March, it was clear that it wasn’t the culmination of Pace’s work
 in Asia; but rather, the commencement of a new level of 

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  • Andy Warhol Foundation Awards $295,000 in Curatorial Research Fellowships

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced today that it will award a total of $295,000 to six curatorial research fellows to encourage new scholarship in the field of contemporary art. Recipients will receive grants of up to $50,000 to support travel, archival research, interviews, and other activities.

    The spring 2018 fellows are Emma Chubb, with the Smith College Museum of Art; Eric Crosby, with the Carnegie Museum of Art; Perrin Lathrop, with the Fisk University Galleries; Kate MacKay, with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Pavel Pyś, with the Walker Art Center;

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  • Pussy Riot Members Sentenced to Fifteen Days in Jail for World Cup Final Protest

    The four members of the punk art collective Pussy Riot who were arrested after they disrupted the final match of the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday were sentenced to fifteen days in jail and barred from attending sporting events for the next three years.

    The activists—Veronica “Nika” Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova, and Petya Verzilov—stormed the field at the Luzhniki Stadium, while dressed as Russian police officers, during the second half of the match between France and Croatia, which France won, in protest of the country’s political and prison systems. They were

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  • European ArtEast Foundation Names Inaugural Research Grant Recipients

    The European ArtEast Foundation has announced the three inaugural recipients of its new research grant program, which it launched in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation this past April. By offering individual grants, which range from around $4,000 to $8,000, the London-based organizations hope to engage more curators and theorists in Eastern European art.

    The recipients are curator and art historian Dominik Kurylek, who is working on a project on stage designer and director Leokadia Serafinowicz and modern puppetry in Poland; educator Caterina Preda, who is conducting research on socialist

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