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  • The Centre Block, Canadian Parliament. Photo: Saffron Blaze/Wikipedia Commons.

    Canada Moves to Alter Copyright Law to the Benefit of Artists

    Canadian innovation minister François-Philippe Champagne and heritage minister Pablo Rodriguez are collaborating to draft a reform to the country’s copyright laws that would allow artists to profit when their work is resold, the Canadian daily Globe and Mail reports. The effort is meant to assist Canada’s roughly 21,000 artists, many of whom regularly work below the poverty line. Inuit artists in particular stand to benefit: Because such artists typically live and work in remote areas and sell their work there, they miss out when the galleries who purchase their works resell them.

    “Artists are

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  • Zoe Kahr. Photo: Memphis Brooks Museum.

    Zoe Kahr to Lead Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art board of trustees announced Zoe Kahr as the institution’s next director beginning on November 1. Kahr will leave the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she has served as deputy director in charge of curatorial and planning since 2010. In her new role, Kahr will oversee the museum’s move from its longtime home in the city’s Overton Park neighborhood to its brand-new $150 million downtown waterfront digs, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

    “I’m joining the Brooks Museum and the greater Memphis arts community at a uniquely thrilling time,” acknowledged

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  • Max Hollein. Photo: Eileen Travell/Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Met Director Max Hollein to Add Role of CEO

    Max Hollein, since 2018 the director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will additionally assume the role of the institution’s CEO in July 2023. The post is being vacated by Daniel Weiss, who earlier this year announced he would step down in June 2023 after six years in the position (Weiss has been president of the museum since 2015; he took on the added role of CEO in 2017). The Met board decision to appoint Hollein to the role followed an exploration by a subcommittee of Hollein’s achievements to date and of his suitability for the role.

    “We are delighted to appoint Max to lead the Met

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  • Detail from Henry Darger’s Vivian Girls at the Collection de l'art brut. Photo: cometstarmoon/Flickr.

    New Lawsuit Filed Over Rights to Henry Darger Estate

    A new lawsuit, filed July 27 in US District Court in Chicago, alleges that the estate of Henry Darger is illegally in the hands of his former landlord. The suit, brought by a distant relative of Darger and Darger’s estate, accuses Kiyoko Lerner, who with her now-deceased husband Nathan rented the artist an apartment in their Chicago building for decades, of illegally profiting from the sale of Darger’s work.

    The Lerners beginning in the 1930s served as landlords to Darger, a recluse who worked as a hospital janitor, during which time he created numerous works of art, most famously writing and

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  • A rendering of the new South Meadow, currently a parking lot. Photo: Storm King Art Center.

    Storm King Announces $45 Million Revamp

    Storm King Art Center in Windsor, New York, is embarking on a $45 million capital project that will result in substantial enhancements to its open-air museum facility. The plan calls for a new “Welcome Sequence,” featuring consolidated parking and accessible amenities; the construction of a building dedicated to conservation, fabrication, and maintenance; and the assumption of a holistic approach to landscape stewardship and environmental sustainability. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

    “This ambitious capital project enriches the absolute best things about Storm King while helping

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  • Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, one of the 2021–22 grantees. Photo: Skowhegan.

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces Nearly $2.7 Million in New Grants

    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation revealed that it would award grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to 106 artists and nonprofit organizations across the globe. The recipients represent sixteen countries and sixteen states. The grants are meant to provide artists and organizations with professional support, enabling them to create new work, purchase materials, rent studio space, prepare for and mount exhibitions and attend residencies. Funds may also be used to offset living expenses.

    The Lee Krasner Award for lifetime achievement this year went to Brazilian multimedia artist Josely Carvalho, a

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  • Daisy Nam. Photo: Ballroom Marfa.

    Daisy Nam Tapped to Lead Ballroom Marfa

    Daisy Nam, who arrived to Ballroom Marfa as a curator in 2020, will take over as executive director of the noncollecting Texas art institution, The Art Newspaper reports. The post is being vacated by Laura Copelin, who had occupied the position since 2019. Nam, who will continue to serve as curator as well, will step into her new role immediately.

    I’m dedicated to supporting what the artists need, whether that’s space or research or connecting them with other people to create a body of work that we show here before it moves out into the world,” said Nam, who cast Ballroom Marfa’s brief as “

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  • The British and Greek governments agreed in May to hold formal talks about the Parthenon marbles. Photo: Justin Norris.

    British Museum Proposes “Parthenon Partnership” with Greece over Contested Marbles

    Jonathan Williams, deputy director of London’s British Museum, has suggested a plan for repatriating the Parthenon marbles to Greece, according to The Guardian. Loosely termed the “Parthenon partnership,” the scheme calls for Greek authorities and British Museum officials to agree to a program of lending and borrowing the objects—fifteen metopes, seventeen figural sculptures, and a portion of a frieze that graced the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple on the Acropolis before being removed to the UK by Lord Elgin, then the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, early in the nineteenth century.

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  • Caitlin Berry. Photo: Sarah Marcella.

    DC’S Rubell Museum Appoints Caitlin Berry as Inaugural Director

    The Rubell Museum in Washington, DC, on Monday named Caitlin Berry as its first director. Berry, previously the director of the Cody Gallery at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, will oversee the museum in its new home, a 32,000-square-foot complex occupying the city’s former Randall Junior High School and slated to open to the public on October 29. An expert in Washington Color School, midcentury African American, and contemporary art, Berry will work with the Rubell family and with Juan Valdez, director of the Rubell Museum in Miami, to create exhibitions and programming at the

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  • Katy Siegel. Photo: Walley Films.

    Curator Katy Siegel Leaves Baltimore Museum of Art for SF MoMA

    Katy Siegel, senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) since 2016, is leaving that institution to accept the post of research director of special program initiatives at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA). She will inaugurate the role, which was created with her in mind by former BMA colleague Christopher Bedford, who earlier this year decamped as the director of the Baltimore institution to lead SF MoMA. At the San Francisco museum, where she’ll begin working in September, Siegel will “develop scholarly research related to modern and contemporary

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  • Annie Leibovitz. Photo: Robert Scoble/Flickr.

    Annie Leibovitz Portraits of Volodymyr Zelensky Ignite Debate

    A series of portraits of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and first lady Olena Zelenska shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for a digital issue of Vogue have provoked dissent around the world. Zelensky—who on Russia’s unprovoked February invasion of Ukraine is famously reported to have met offers of evacuation with the retort, “I need ammunition, not a ride”—is depicted in his typical outfit of an olive-drab T-shirt and matching fatigues snuggling his wife in the presidential compound in Kyiv. Zelenska, wearing clothes attributed to various Ukrainian designers, appears solo on

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  • Documenta 15, curated by the ruangrupa collective, has become a magnet for controversy. Photo: Documenta/Nicolas Wefers.

    Documenta Hit with New Allegations of Anti-Semitism

    The curators of the contentious Documenta 15, which opened in Kassel, Germany, June 18, are facing the latest in a string of allegations that they have allowed the display of anti-Semitic work. The complaints this time focus on a 1988 brochure by the Archives des Luttes des Femmes en Algérie, an Algerian women’s collective that seeks to situate the struggle for independence in Algeria alongside other battles, including that between Palestine and Israel. The brochure contains a portrayal of an Israeli soldier whose face resembles that of a monkey, with a Star of David on his helmet. The figure,

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