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  • Mirela Baciak. Photo: kunst-dokumentation.

    Mirela Baciak to Lead Salzburger Kunstverein

    The Salzburger Kunstverein has announced Warsaw-born curator Mirela Baciak as its next director. Baciak arrives to the Austrian institution from the steirischer herbst festival, where since 2019 she has served as curator for visual art and performance. She will step into her new role in July; her tenure is slated to last for five years, with the possibility to extend. Baciak succeeds Séamus Kealy, who was recently named executive director of Oakville Galleries, outside Toronto.

    “We are delighted to have appointed Mirela Baciak, a young and engaged curator whose curatorial and research practice

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  • Right of Return Fellow Victor “Marka27” Quiñonez. Photo: Maurice Sartirana.

    Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Awards Major Grant to Center for Art & Advocacy

    The Center for Art & Advocacy announced its launch today, catalyzed by a major grant from the Art for Justice Fund, the initiative founded by activist philanthropist Agnes Gund in 2017. The new entity, additionally funded by the Mellon Foundation, will be led by formerly incarcerated artist Jesse Krimes. The Center for Art & Advocacy is charged with supporting previously imprisoned artists, picking up where the Art for Justice Fund leaves off when the latter ceases operations as planned later this year. The new center will open an exhibition space in Brooklyn this fall.

    “The launch of the Center

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  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Photo: Giorgio Perottino.

    Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to Depart Castello di Rivoli

    Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who has led Turin, Italy’s Castello di Rivoli since 2015, will retire at the end of 2023 following more than two decades of service to the institution, The Art Newspaper reports. The museum has launched a search for her replacement, who would ideally assume the role in January 2024.

    Among the exhibitions Christov-Bakargiev has recently curated for the museum are those on digital artist Beeple, painter Giorgio de Chirico, “endurance” artist Anne Imhof, animator William Kentridge, and filmmaker Hito Steyerl. With Marianna Vecellio, she cocurated the group show “Artists

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  • Ariel Plotek. Photo: Museum of Sex.

    Ariel Plotek Named Inaugural Chief Curator of Museum of Sex

    New York’s Museum of Sex has announced that Ariel Plotek will serve as its first chief curator. Plotek arrives to the institution from Santa Fe’s Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, where since 2018 he had been curator of fine art. In his new role, Plotek will lead curatorial and collection efforts at the Museum of Sex, planning and curating exhibitions at the New York location as well as those at the institution’s recently erected Miami branch, which is slated to open to the public this fall.

    “We are thrilled to have Dr. Ariel Plotek join the Museum of Sex as our chief curator, as his extensive experience

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  • Kenneth Anger in 2013. Photo: Pal Hansen/Contour by Getty Images.

    Kenneth Anger (1927–2023)

    Pathbreaking experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, whose brief, surrealist homoerotic films continue to exert a profound influence on contemporary culture, died May 11 at the age of ninety-six. His death, in an assisted living facility in Yucca Valley, California, was announced by the gallery Sprüth Magers, which represents him. In addition to his filmic oeuvre, Anger, who was also an actor, an artist, and an author, was widely known for the bestselling Hollywood Babylon, a breathtakingly sleazy compendium of secondhand gossip centering around the brightest movie stars of the early twentieth

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  • Artforum 2023 Audience Survey Sweepstakes Rules

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  • *Jeff Perrone (left) with artist Jimmy Wright. Photo: John Corbett.

    Jeff Perrone (1953–2023)

    Jeff Perrone, a founding figure of the Pattern and Decoration movement, died this spring in New York at the age of sixty-nine. His death was confirmed by artist Elaine Reichek, his longtime friend. Perrone was a noted art critic whose 1976 Artforum essay “Approaching the Decorative” reshaped the conversation around the decorative in contemporary art. His own oeuvre was as powerful as his writing: Perrone jarringly placed materials typically associated with feminized craft, such as buttons, trim, and fabric, in the service of aggressive pronouncements, in works seeming at once to embrace and

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  • The Brazilian Pavilion at the Eighteenth Venice Architecture Biennale. Photo: Rafa Jacinto.

    Brazilian Pavilion Wins Golden Lion at 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale

    The Brazilian Pavilion has been announced as the recipient of the Eighteenth Venice Architecture Biennale’s prestigious Golden Lion for Best National Participation. The prizewinning exhibition, “Terra” (Earth), was curated by architects Gabriela de Matos and Paulo Tavares. The prize jury commended the pair for “a research exhibition and architectural intervention that center the philosophies and imaginaries of indigenous and black population towards modes of reparation.”

    “We are very happy to have received this opportunity, inspired by Lesley Lokko [curator of this year’s Biennale], to present

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  • Eugenie Tsai. Photo: Eugenie Tsai.

    Eugenie Tsai to Leave Brooklyn Museum

    Eugenie Tsai, who since 2007 has served as senior curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, on May 18 announced via Instagram that she is departing the institution. Tsai, who oversaw a number of important exhibitions during her tenure at the museum, named June 30 as her last day there.

    “All institutions are flawed, but I can’t think of another museum where I would rather have spent the last 15 years,” she wrote. “I love my colleagues, the artists I’ve had the privilege of working with, and the wonderful audiences served by the museum. I was fortunate to have stayed healthy and productive

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  • Cameron Rowland, Depreciation, 2018, restrictive covenant, 1 acre on Edisto Island, South Carolina Extended loan. Image: Dia Art Foundation.

    Dia to Steward Cameron Rowland’s Depreciation

    The Dia Art Foundation has announced that Cameron Rowland has awarded the organization stewardship of their 2018 work Depreciation, which, like much of their work, explores issues of racism, capitalism, and power. The work’s main component is a single acre of land on South Carolina’s Edisto Island and its attendant legal status; the plot, part of the onetime Maxcy Place plantation, was one of the portions of land given to formerly enslaved people under General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1865 Special Field Orders, No.15, which allowed each recipient “forty acres and a mule.” The acre was one of

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  • Left: Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 photo of Prince. Right: Andy Warhol’s 1984 work. Image: Supreme Court of the United States.

    Supreme Court Rules Against Warhol Foundation in Landmark Copyright Case

    The US Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts regarding the question of whether Warhol’s use in his own work of a photo of the musician Prince by Lynn Goldsmith constitutes fair use. The decision had been hotly anticipated in the wake of the Court’s October 12, 2022, hearing of the case, which Goldsmith originally launched six years ago in New York State.

    Goldsmith alleged that the late Pop artist illegally used her 1981 photo of the Royal Purple One in his 1984 “Prince Series,” a series of sixteen screen prints featuring the rock icon’s visage. Warhol

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  • A rendering of Ortuzar Projects’s new gallery at 5 White Street in TriBeCa.

    Ortuzar Projects Expanding into Former Artists Space

    New York gallery Ortuzar Projects is moving into 5 White Street, Artnews reports. The TriBeCa building, which housed the nonprofit Artists Space between 1984 and 1993, sits on the southeast corner of White and West Broadway, and allows visitors to enter from either street. The move is one of mere feet for Ortuzar Projects, which has occupied 9 White Street since its 2018 inauguration. At 10,000 square feet, however, the new digs are roughly three times the size of the gallery’s current 2,600-square-foot space. Designed by Caplan Colaku Architecture, who oversaw Artists Space’s 20009 expansion,

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