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  • Marian Goodman in 2014. Photo: Thomas Struth.

    Marian Goodman Announces Five Partners

    New York’s Marian Goodman Gallery today revealed a new partnership structure and leadership plan. Philipp Kaiser, currently the gallery’s chief executive director of artists and programs, has been announced as president and partner, while executive directors Emily-Jane Kirwan, Rose Lord, Leslie Nolen, and Junette Teng have been named partners. An advisory committee has been formed to aid the partners in overseeing the gallery’s continuing stewardship and program development. Comprising the committee are Elaine Budin, the gallery’s managing director; executive directors Aebhric Coleman and Nicolas

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  • Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962, oil on canvas, 69 3/4 x 120".

    Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $5.1 Million in Climate Grants to Art Institutions

    The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation on July 28 announced the recipients of its first round of climate-change grants totaling $5.1 million, parceled out among seventy-nine US institutions in amounts ranging from $7,000 to $100,000. The foundation additionally revealed that a further $4.9 million will be awarded in a second round, as the nonprofit steps up its efforts to help museums green their operations. “The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation wants to help galvanize the arts community to reach for a net-zero carbon footprint, starting right now,” said foundation chairman Clifford Ross in a statement.

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  • MoMA PS1 in New York. Photo: MoMA PS1.

    MoMA PS1 Unveils Artist List for 2021 Greater New York Exhibition

    Having been forced last year by the Covid-19 crisis to delay the fifth edition of its regional quinquennial survey Greater New York, MoMA PS1 has announced that the exhibition will open October 7 and run through April 18, 2022. Featuring forty-seven artists and collectives, the show will take as its theme artistic networks in New York, and will feature works belonging to two seemingly very different categories: documentary and Surrealism. Those taking part in this iteration represent a wide swath of intergenerational New York, ranging from up-and-comers to established, well-known artists, their

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  • A rendering of the building that will house Christie's new headquarters in Asia. Image: Christie’s.

    Christie’s Details New Asia Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong

    Christie’s has announced that a curvy, glass-clad Zaha Hadid Architects–designed skyscraper scheduled to be completed in 2023 in Hong Kong will house its new Asia Pacific headquarters. The blue-chip auction house has signed a ten-year lease for four floors of the thirty-six-story tower, known as “the Henderson,” becoming its first anchor tenant, and plans to open there in 2024.

    The auction house’s new digs comprise 50,000 square feet, 30,000 square feet of which will be devoted to gallery and salesroom space, which is limited to just 7,000 square feet at its current Hong Kong outpost. Previously

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  • The Zabludowicz Art Collection in London. Photo: Reading Tom/Flickr.

    25 Artists Sever Ties with Zabludowicz Collection over Pro-Israel Connection

    Twenty-five artists and art workers have announced that they are disaffiliating from London’s Zabludowicz Collection, citing the contemporary art museum’s connections to the Israeli military. On July 26, the twenty-five, all of whom have either exhibited at or collaborated with the institution, sent letters to the Zabludowicz Collection and to its affiliates, including Daata Editions, Daata Fair, and Times Square Space, detailing their plan to “deauthor” all “conceptual content” they had created for the collection. This was limned as including not just artworks but screenings, talks, workshops,

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  • Xavier Rey. Photo: Centre Pompidou.

    Xavier Rey Named Director of Centre Pompidou

    Xavier Rey has been announced as the next director of the Centre Pompidou. The thirty-nine-year-old, who is currently director of the Musée de Marseille, will assume his new role in October, two years before the storied Parisian institution closes for a four-year-long renovation project. He replaces outgoing director Bernard Blistène, who spent eight years at the helm before departing last month.

    News of Rey’s appointment as leader of France’s top contemporary art museum appeared to take many insiders by surprise, given his comparative youth and relatively brief curatorial experience. He is nearly

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  • Louise Fishman. Photo: Karma.

    Louise Fishman (1939–2021)

    Louise Fishman, whose process-based large-scale abstractions draw on queer, feminist, and Jewish cultures, died early July 26 at the age of eighty-two. The news was confirmed by New York gallery Karma, which represents the artist. Often working with a grid motif, Fishman melded gestural abstraction with geometric minimalism to create densely layered and textured paintings that appear as if they had been built or woven. From the massive, energetic oil-on-canvas works for which she became known in the 1970s and ’80s, to the small-scale watercolors of recent years, her entire body of work radiates

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  • Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, 1969, in Overton, Nevada. Photo: Clf23/Wikipedia Commons.

    Solar Project that Threatened Michael Heizer’s Double Negative Canceled

    Plans for a massive solar power plant that would possibly have occluded views from Michael Heizer’s 1969 Double Negative have been scrapped. The billion-dollar Battle Born Solar Project, which was to occupy 9,000 acres atop Mormon Mesa near Overton, Nevada, bowed out after residents campaigned against it, saying its impingement on the view from the iconic Land art work would deter tourists and thus (double) negatively affect the local economy. Those protesting worried that visitors to Double Negative, two fifty-foot-deep trenches spanning Mormon Mesa, remote natural plateau eighty miles north

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  • Cuban demonstrators have felt emboldened despite the crackdown on dissent. Photo: Alex Graves/Flickr.

    Cuba Punishes Protesters Via Summary Trials and Imprisonment

    Following the landmark protests begun July 11 in the streets of Havana, the Cuban government has begun cracking down on freedom-seeking demonstrators by subjecting them to summary trials and imprisonment, with the result that human rights groups are on high alert. Following the arrest of more than six hundred protesters, whose detention local activists are tracking via a spreadsheet, Human Rights Watch decried the government’s response to the unprecedented demonstrations as an act of “brutal repression,” while PEN America called out Cuban authorities for “muzzling independent thought, action,

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  • Dorothy Kosinski. Photo: Daniel Schwartz.

    Phillips Collection Director Dorothy Kosinski to Depart

    Dorothy Kosinski, who has served as director and CEO of the Phillips Collection since 2008, is set to depart the private Washington, DC, institution at the end of 2022. During her tenure, the hundred-year-old Phillips Collection, which claims to be the country’s first museum of modern art, saw its collection more than double, from two thousand objects to more than five thousand, through acquisitions focused on photography and contemporary art. Its endowment also grew, to nearly $100 million, representing a fivefold increase.

    Midway through her service, Kosinski began examining equity and diversity

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  • Isolde Brielmaier. Photo: Quil Lemons.

    Isolde Brielmaier Joins New Museum as Deputy Director

    Isolde Brielmaier has been named deputy director of the New Museum in New York, the institution announced today. Brielmaier is to succeed Karen Wong, who, having served as the museum’s deputy director for nine years, will depart at the end of August to lead GBA/Guilty by Association, a new for-profit company focused on supporting underrepresented artists. Wong will remain affiliated with the New Museum as a creative consultant.

    Brielmaier, who has served on the New Museum Board of Trustees since 2016, is currently curator at large at New York’s International Center of Photography. She holds a

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  • Gavin Williiamson, UK’s Secretary of State for Education. Photo: Hidden Harms Summit/Flickr.

    UK Government Halves Arts Funding in Higher Education

    Dealing a transformative blow to the country’s cultural status, the UK government is slashing spending on the arts in higher education by a gutting 50 percent and awarding the spoils to science and medicine. The idea of severely reducing funding for subjects related to arts and culture was introduced earlier this year by education secretary Gavin Williamson, who cited the Covid-19 crisis as one reason for the shift in allocation within a budget that is actually slightly higher than that of the previous year. Williamson pointed to an Office for Students (OFS) assessment of the arts as “high cost”

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