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  • Edmund Capon.

    Edmund Capon (1940–2019)

    Edmund Capon, who served as director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in Sydney from 1978 to 2011, died in London on March 13, at the age of seventy-eight, The Guardian reports. The cause was melanoma.

    At AGNSW, Capon was known for getting rid of admission fees and overseeing the creation and expansion of a new space that houses the John Kaldor collection, valued at $35 million dollars. He also raised the museum’s profile by increasing the popularity of its Archibald Prize for portraiture, more than doubled the institution’s collection, and led a major expansion of the AGNSW’s Asian

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  • Emilija Škarnulytė, t 1 ⁄ 2, 2019. Photo: Maksim Belousov.

    Emilija Škarnulytė Wins $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize

    The Victor Pinchuk Foundation announced today that Lithuanian artist Emilija Škarnulytė has won the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, which recognizes contemporary artists under thirty-five. Škarnulytė received $100,000 and was honored at an award ceremony that was held at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev on Friday, March 22. A solo show of her work will be staged at the institution in 2020.

    Commenting on Škarnulytė’s work t 1 / 2, the jury noted that it “found its scale, rhythm, and pace mesmerizing.” “Her use of video expands into a multi-dimensional experience, confronting many of the major issues

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  • National Museum of Kazakhstan.

    Kazakhstan Withdraws from 2019 Venice Biennale

    The Republic of Kazakhstan will no longer make its Venice Biennale debut at the fifty-eighth edition of the exhibition this May. The Art Newspaper reports that the country’s inaugural national pavilion has faced a number of challenges since it was first announced in September 2018, ranging from confusion over who was organizing the project to the dismissal of its curators.

    The pavilion was commissioned by officials from the National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana, which is now called Nursultan—the capital city was renamed after the country’s outgoing president Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly

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  • South London Gallery Returned $164,000 to Sackler Foundation Last Year

    As museums in the UK begin to reconsider donations from the members of the Sackler family who have ties to the United States’ opioid crisis through the private pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer and distributor of OxyContin, the Art Newspaper reports that South London Gallery may have been the first arts institution to distance itself from the Sacklers.

    The gallery returned a $164,000 gift from the Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation last year. The donation was awarded in support of an expansion project that included the establishment of a new contemporary center. The

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  • Tank Shanghai during construction. Photo: Tank Shanghai.

    Following Delays, Tank Shanghai Opens in West Bund

    Originally slated to open last November, Tank Shanghai, the private museum project of collector and entrepreneur Qiao Zhibing, will open on March 23. The Beijing-based design firm Open Architecture converted five former oil tanks into the rotundas of the museum, which will make its debut with three exhibitions by artist Adrián Villar Rojas; the Japanese collective teamLab; and a group of contemporary Chinese artists, including Zeng Fanzhi, Yang Fudong, and Ding Yi.

    Qiao, whose collection includes works by Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, and Zeng Fanzhi, is planning a program that is “both Chinese

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  • Cosmin Costinas.

    Cosmin Costinas to Serve as Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale in 2020

    Siddhartha Arts Foundation has named Cosmin Costinas artistic director of the second Kathmandu Triennale in Nepal, which will take place in 2020. Costinas is executive director and curator of Para Site, Hong Kong, which will be a partner institution for the triennial. He previously served as guest curator at the Dakar Biennale (2018); curator at the Dhaka Art Summit (2018); cocurator of the tenth Shanghai Biennale (2014); and curator at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was also an editor of the Documenta 12 magazines project.

    The Kathmandu International Art Festival

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    The Met Commissions Contemporary Art for Its Fifth Avenue Building’s Facade

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has commissioned contemporary artists to create work for the facade of its flagship Fifth Avenue building as well as for its Great Hall. Wangechi Mutu be the first artist to ever make sculptures for the institution’s exterior. The works, which will be installed in the facade’s niches, will be unveiled on September 9 and remain on view until January 12, 2020.

    In addition, Kent Monkman’s new monumental paintings will be installed in the museum’s Great Hall in December, and Ragnar Kjartansson’s immersive video installation Death is Elsewhere, 2017–19, will

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  • Eugene Tan. Photo: Singapore Art Museum.

    Eugene Tan to Lead Singapore Art Museum

    Eugene Tan, director of the National Gallery Singapore (NGS) since 2013, will helm the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). The appointment goes into effect April 1. Tan will continue his leadership of the NGS and will direct both institutions. 

    At NGS, Tan oversees the museum’s exhibition program, collections, and programming. He has produced blockbuster exhibitions such as “Minimalism: Space. Light. Object” (2018–19) and has worked with various artists, including Ho Tzu Nyen, Lim Cheng Hoe, Pinaree Sanpitak, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Lee Mingwei.

    Before joining the museum, Tan was director of development

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  • Jitish Kallat, Covering Letter, 2012. Photo: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Artists Representing India at 2019 Venice Biennale Announced

    India has announced that seven modern and contemporary artists will represent the country at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which kicks off on May 11. Nandalal Bose, Atul Dodiya, GR Iranna, Rummana Hussain, Jitish Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, and Ashim Purkayastha will create work for the pavilion’s presentation of “Our Time for a Future Caring,” which will be curated by the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi.

    Co-organized by the India Ministry of Culture and the Confederation of Indian Industry and commissioned by the director general of the National Gallery of Modern Art, the group

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  • Tate Britain.

    Tate Will No Longer Accept Donations from Sackler Trust

    As the Sackler family’s relationship with arts institutions worldwide comes under increased scrutiny, Britain’s Tate announced on Thursday, March 21 that it will reject all future donations from the family’s charitable organization the Sackler Trust. The landmark decision follows the National Portrait Gallery in London’s announcement earlier this week that it mutually agreed with the Sackler Trust to put a $1.3 million grant on hold indefinitely.

    The Sacklers have made billions of dollars from the sale of OxyContin, the powerful painkiller manufactured by their private pharmaceutical company

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  • Claire Peeps. Photo: Robert Pacheco.

    Mike Kelley Foundation Welcomes Claire Peeps to Its Board of Directors

    The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts in Los Angeles announced today that Claire Peeps has joined its board of directors. Peeps currently serves as the executive director of the Durfee Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on “people who are making a better Los Angeles.” The organization is best known for its support of leadership development and community building through its Stanton Fellowships and other programs.

    “We are delighted to welcome Claire to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts,” said board chair John C. Welchman. “Her exemplary work at the helm of a sister

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  • Javier Hontoria.

    Javier Hontoria to Lead Spain’s Museo Patio Herreriano

    Curator Javier Hontoria has been named director of the Museo Patio Herreriano, the contemporary art museum in Valladolid, Spain, that showcases artworks dating from 1918 to the present in the cloisters of a former Benedictine monastery.

    Hontoria has curated exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago; and Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, among others. A prolific writer, he has written criticism and other essays on art for El Cultural, the supplement to the national Spanish newspaper El Mundo. He is also a regular

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