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  • Hirshhorn’s Decision to Postpone Wodiczko Projection Is a Missed Opportunity, Critics Say

    After a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left seventeen people dead, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, decided to reschedule the restaging of an artwork—a massive projection featuring a large image of two hands, one holding a gun and the other a candle, that was set to be displayed on the building’s exterior. The decision has sparked an outcry among art critics and creative professionals.

    For Philip Kennicott, the chief art and architecture critic of the Washington Post, the museum’s response was misguided. “No doubt the museum would have

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  • André Harvey (1941–2018)

    André Harvey, a self-taught American artist known for his bronze sculptures of various animals including pigs, frogs, cows, manatees, and penguins, died at the age of seventy-six, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports. Harvey had been a writer and a teacher before he was inspired to pursue a career in art while traveling abroad in 1969.

    Harvey and his wife, Bobbie, were visiting a gallery in Vallauris, France, when he first decided to become a sculptor, and he convinced the gallery owner to teach him how to weld. He then continued his training when he returned to the United States, where

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  • Berlin Art Week Moved to End of September

    According to Monopol, the date of Berlin Art Week has been changed. It will now be held from September 26 to September 30 and will coincide with the opening of the new fair Art Berlin, which will take place at the disused Tempelhof Airport. Moritz van Dülmen, the managing director of Cultural Projects Berlin and one of Berlin Art Week’s organizers, cited the postponement of the fair as the reason why the event was pushed back two weeks. More details about programming and locations will be announced this spring.

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  • Berlin Museum Head Calls for Global Art Restitution Guidelines

    Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation president Herman Parzinger is urging international organizations to implement worldwide guidelines similar to the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art to aid museums in researching the provenance of their collections, according to the Art Newspaper. Parzinger said that agencies like UNESCO or the International Council of Museums—which are on board with his proposal—should organize conferences to develop a strategy. Adopted by forty-four countries in 1998, the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art outline the process for restituting

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  • Austin’s Art.Science.Gallery. to Relocate

    Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin will close its current location in the Canopy studio complex, which is also home to Big Medium and Bale Creek Allen galleries, on February 24, 2018. While the gallery is planning to reopen in a new and more affordable space later this year, it has not revealed any other details about its plans.

    According to Glasstire, Art.Science.Gallery. is the latest gallery to shutter due to rising rents on the city’s east side. The space is also having a “rad moving sale” that will run from February 20 to February 24, when the gallery will host the closing reception of its last

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  • Kemi Ilesanmi and Juan Sánchez Join Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Board of Directors

    The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced today that arts administrator and curator Kemi Ilesanmi and artist and Hunter College professor Juan Sánchez have been appointed to its board of directors. The foundation advances the work of living artists through grants, residencies, partnerships, and access to professional services. To ensure that this work is guided as best as possible by the needs of artists, the foundation requires that one third of its board be working artists in addition to members from other fields.

    Sánchez joins artists and current board members Tomie Arai, Ronald Bechet, Yolanda

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  • Moderna Museet Receives Donation of Twelve Monochrome Paintings

    Collector Claes Nordenhake, who has owned and operated a gallery in Malmö, Switzerland, since 1976, is donating twelve abstract paintings from his collection to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. All of the works are monochromes and will be shown in a room at the museum later this year.

    “Claes Nordenhake is an unusual collector,” Moderna Museet director Daniel Birnbaum said. He noted that visitors stopped coming to his gallery in the 1980s because they felt all the works looked the same. Today, we can see that his eye for the miniscule differences is what has made his own collection so remarkable.

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  • Bloomberg Philanthropies to Grant Up to $1 Million for Public Art Projects

    Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation that encompasses all of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, has announced the launch of an initiative that will award up to $1 million in funding to public art projects that address civic issues. Mayors of US cities with thirty thousand residents can submit proposals for works that will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. Called the Public Art Challenge, the initiative aims to encourage mayors to partner with

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Administrator Named President of New York Botanical Garden

    Carrie Rebora Barratt, the deputy director for collections and administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been appointed as the first female president of the New York Botanical Garden. After spending nearly three decades of her career at the Met, the Chicago native had been seen as a potential successor of the museum’s former director Thomas P. Campbell, who resigned in 2017.

    Barratt first joined the Met as a curator of American paintings and sculpture in 1990. Since then, she has curated numerous major exhibitions on artists such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Sully, and Gilbert

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  • Tiffany Foundation Announces Recipients of 2017 Biennial Grants

    The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation announced the recipients of its 2017 biennial grants. Thirty artists who work in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, craft, and new media will each be awarded $20,000 in order to produce new work. In May 2018, their artwork will be documented in a catalogue published by the foundation.

    The recipients were chosen from a pool of 156 people, who were nominated by artists, critics, museum professionals, and foundation trustees. The seven-member jury was made up of Phong Bui, cofounder and artistic director of the Brooklyn Rail; Ruth Estévez, the

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  • SculptureCenter Appoints Sohrab Mohebbi as Curator

    SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, announced today that Sohrab Mohebbi, the associate curator at REDCAT gallery in Los Angeles, will join the organization as its new curator on April 1, 2018. Mohebbi will be responsible for organizing exhibitions, public programs, and publications. He succeeds Ruba Katrib, who is now a curator at MoMA PS1.

    “Sohrab brings great energy, intellect, and passion to his work with art and artists,” said executive director Mary Ceruti of his appointment. “His creative yet rigorous approach to exhibition-making, coupled with his collaborative spirit and

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  • Laura Raicovich Says Queens Museum Report Is Proof of Misalignment Between Her and the Board

    Laura Raicovich, the former director of the Queens Museum in New York, has responded to an independent investigation ordered by the institution’s board, which found that Raicovich and then-deputy director David Strauss did not “comport themselves with the standards of their positions.” The report also suggested that Raicovich “misled the board” and was forced out of her position as director. It specifically cited her handling of a controversial event sponsored by the Israeli government that was hosted by the institution last November and her failure to disclose her involvement with the book

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