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  • Francine du Plessix Gray.

    Francine du Plessix Gray (1933–2019)

    Francine du Plessix Gray, the French-American reporter, critic, novelist, and feminist known for her elegance and unsparingness in chronicling issues of the self and beyond, died in Manhattan on Sunday from complications of congestive heart failure. She was eighty-eight years old.

    Gray’s upbringing was defined by both entitlement and loss. Born to a French father and Russian mother in 1933 in Warsaw’s French embassy, Gray emigrated from France to New York with her mother, Tatiana Yakovleva, after her father’s plane was shot down in 1940 by fascists near Gibraltar. In New York, Yakovleva—once

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  • Interior view of LX. Photo: Max Yawney.

    LX Gallery Opens in Manhattan

    LX, a new arts space on Sixtieth Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, has opened to the public. Founded by real estate entrepreneur Louis Buckworth and directed by Cecilia Weaver, LX will present exhibitions and programming dedicated to contemporary art, in addition to art advisory services.

    “LX is a new kind of art space, a destination where visitors will linger and converse about the art in a salon like setting that is intimate and inspiring by design,” Weaver said in a statement. According to Thomas Juul-Hansen, who designed the space, LX aims to capture the feel of an uptown townhouse and

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  • Pérez Art Museum Miami.

    Pérez Art Museum Miami Receives $100,000 Grant

    The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has received a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The funds will support the museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Teresita Fernández: Elemental,” opening in the fall of 2019, and related programming. Co-organized with the Phoenix Art Museum, the mid-career survey will feature more than fifty artworks created by Fernández over the last two decades, including large-scale sculptures and installations that explore landscape, perception, identity, and the natural world.

    “We are grateful to have the imprimatur of the Andy Warhol Foundation,”

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  • Osman Kavala.

    Museum Group Demands Release of Turkish Activist Osman Kavala

    The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) published a statement calling for the release of Turkish businessman, arts patron, and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who is the chair of the cultural nonprofit Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture) and has been detained in a Turkish prison for over a year. Anadolu Kültür fights for the rights of artists and marginalized communities. It also runs a small, vital arts center in Istanbul known as Depo.

    CIMAM also spoke out against the Turkish police’s detainment of a group of thirteen Turkish academics and cultural workers last

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  • Kathia St. Hilaire, Acassan, 2018.

    Inaugural Winners of $25,000 Jorge M. Pérez Award Announced

    The inaugural winners of the unrestricted $25,000 Jorge M. Pérez Award—named after and established by Jorge M. Pérez, billionaire real estate developer and board member of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)—were announced on Saturday, January 12, during the annual gala of the National YoungArts Foundation.

    Dedicated to Latinx artists, the award recognized Miami natives Chat Travieso, a Brooklyn­–based multidisciplinary artist working with architecture and public space, and painter and printmaker Kathia St. Hilaire, whose work investigates her Caribbean and black cultural heritage. Patti

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  • Awardee niv Acosta’s BLACK POWER NAPS. Photo: Xeno Rafaél.

    Creative Capital Awards $5 Million to Fifty Artist Projects

    Creative Capital announced today the fifty-eight recipients of awards totaling $5 million. Working in literature, performance, the visual arts, moving image art, technology, and other disciplines, the awardees, will receive up to $50,000 in project funding and an additional $50,000 in career development services.

    “There is no better way to mark our upcoming twentieth anniversary than by recognizing these artists and projects,” said Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital’s president and executive director. “The 2019 class of Creative Capital awardees is a window into some of the most innovative, exciting,

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  • Joseph Jarman, founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

    Joseph Jarman (1937–2019)

    Joseph Jarman, a saxophonist, percussionist, and founding member of avant-garde jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died on Wednesday, January 9, in Englewood, New Jersey. He was eighty-one years old. Jarman, whose practice combined music with poetry, polemics, painting, and experimental dance and theater, was known for his tenure with the Art Ensemble, a flagship of the nonprofit cooperative Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Drawing from the blues, folklore, world music, and ritual, AACM was an important part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Jarman was

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  • Nicolaus Schafhausen. Photo: Kunsthalle Wien.

    Nicolaus Schafhausen Accepts Position at Nazi Documentation Center in Munich

    German curator Nicolaus Schafhausen, who has been at the helm of Vienna’s Kunsthalle Wien since 2012, has accepted a leadership position at the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism in Munich, Monopol reports.

    Last year, Schafhausen announced that he planned to tender his resignation and depart the Kunsthalle Wien in March 2019, three years before the expiration of his contract. “Given the current nationalist politics in Austria and the situation in Europe, the future impact of cultural institutions, such as the Kunsthalle Wien, is questionable,” he said at the time. He

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  • Johanna Chromik. Photo: Niko Havranek.

    Johanna Chromik Named Artistic Director of Vienna Contemporary

    The Vienna Contemporary has appointed Johanna Chromik as the art fair’s new artistic director. Born in Poland, Chromik was raised in Germany, where she started her career in the art world at Galerie Eigen+Art, which has spaces in Leipzig and Berlin. Since then she has held various positions in arts administration and has led both the König Galerie and KOW in Berlin. She will assume her responsibilities at Vienna Contemporary on January 15.

    “We are very happy to welcome Johanna as our new artistic director,” the art fair’s board chair Dmitry Aksenov said in a statement. “Together with the existing

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  • Yayoi Kusama, LOVE IS CALLING, 2013. Photo: ICA, Boston.

    ICA Boston Acquires a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room

    The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, announced today the acquisition of Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING, 2013, one of the artist’s twenty existing Infinity Rooms. Featuring vividly colored, tentacle-like, inflatable sculptures covered with the artist’s signature polka dots and encased in a mirrored room to create an illusion of infinite space, LOVE IS CALLING is the second work by Kusama to enter the collection and will go on view in the fall of 2019.

    “Over a six-decade-long career, Kusama has indelibly shaped some of the most important art movements of the twentieth century, including

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  • Ann Pibal, CBLT, 2018.

    Thieves Steal Ann Pibal Painting from Manhattan’s Team Gallery

    Team Gallery, located on the ground floor of a building in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, has been burglarized. John Annese of the New York Daily News reports that the arts space was targeted by two thieves, a man and a woman, who managed to steal an Ann Pibal painting on Thursday, January 10. The work, a blue painting on aluminum titled CBLT, has an estimated worth of $12,000.

    Dan Barrett-Freire, whose husband, dealer José Freire, owns the gallery, said the man walked into the back room where Pibal’s exhibition, “Surf Type,” is currently on view, while the woman lingered in the front. After

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  • Skarstedt’s new space at 19 East Sixty-Fourth Street in Manhattan.

    Skarstedt to Open Its Second New York Location this Spring

    Skarstedt Gallery announced today that it will open its second New York space in March 2019. Located at 19 East Sixty-Fourth Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the historic space was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer and first opened as an art gallery in 1932. It was also formerly owned by art world bigwigs, the Wildenstein family.

    In 2013, the Wildensteins nearly sold the 25,000-square-foot-venue to the Qatari royal family, but the deal fell through. It was eventually purchased by the Chinese conglomerate HNA in April 2017. Because of financial troubles, the Beaux Arts-mansion was put

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