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  • Paul Virilio.

    Paul Virilio (1932–2018)

    Paul Virilio, the influential French philosopher, urbanist, teacher, and writer on speed and acceleration, has died at the age of eighty-six. His family announced yesterday that he suffered from a cardiac arrest on September 10, according to LeMonde.fr. Virilio wrote influential books and essays on perception, cinema, media studies, and military and information technology, including War and Cinema (1989), Strategy of Deception (2000), Pure War (1983), and Speed and Politics (1986). “Since the beginning of the twentieth century . . . the screen . . . became the city square,” he wrote in The Lost

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  • Ian Buruma, former editor of the New York Review of Books.

    Editor Ian Buruma Leaves New York Review of Books After Backlash Over Essay

    Amid furor over his decision to publish an accused sexual assaulter’s essay on the #MeToo movement, Ian Buruma has left his position as chief editor at the New York Review of Books (NYRB), a publicist from the magazine confirmed today to the New York Times. The exact conditions of his departure are as yet unknown, and the NYRB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    His leaving follows a week of backlash against Buruma and the magazine’s publication of an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, the former radio show host who was accused by over twenty women of sexual harassment, assault, and battery,

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  • Geta Brătescu in 2015. Photo: Ștefan Sava/Hauser & Wirth.

    Geta Brătescu (1926–2018)

    Geta Brătescu, a leading figure of Romanian Conceptual art who honed her legacy of pioneering abstraction in a Bucharest studio amid the repressive Ceauşescu regime, has died at age ninety-two. The death was confirmed by Hauser & Wirth, which has represented the artist since last year. Although Brătescu has long been a major inspiration for many contemporary Romanian artists, she worked in relative obscurity outside of that country until recent years, which saw a career survey at the Tate Liverpool as well as her 2017 participation in both Documenta 14 and the Venice Biennale, the latter as

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  • Piers 92 and 94, where next year’s Armory Show will take place.

    Curators for 2019 Armory Show Announced

    The Armory Show announced today that Sally Tallant, director of the Liverpool Biennial; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and Dan Byers, director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, will curate portions of its 2019 iteration. That edition will mark the fair’s twenty-fifth anniversary since it started in 1994, and will run from March 7 to March 10 on New York’s Piers 92 and 94.

    Tallant will curate the “Platform” section, a section dedicated to large-scale installations and performances. According to a release,

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  • Chinese artist Zhang Daqian on view during Asian Art Week at Christie's, New York. Photo: Xinhua/Wang Ying.

    After Public Hearings, Trump Administration Revises Proposed Tariff on Chinese Art

    The Trump administration’s tariff on imported Chinese goods will no longer apply to art and antiques, according to an updated list released on Monday by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The agency said that after engaging “in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony” from the public hearings held last month in Washington, DC, to deliberate the tax, they had “determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list.”

    US lawyer Peter Tompa was one of the more than three hundred people who attended the hearings

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  • David Adjaye.

    David Adjaye Tapped to Design New Princeton University Art Museum

    Princeton University announced today that London-based architect David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, will lead the design for the university’s art museum, which has a collection of over 100,000 works spanning from the age of antiquity to contemporary art. The current museum is projected to close in 2020 for about three years; the new museum will replace it with a “dramatically enlarged space for the exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and art conservation, as well as object-study classrooms and office space for the hundred-person museum staff,”

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  • Rendering of Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz.

    Hauser & Wirth to Open Its Ninth Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland

    Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will open its third Swiss location and its ninth outpost internationally this December. The new 4,400-square-foot exhibition space, spanning three floors, will occupy the Palace Galerie, a building owned by Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in the center of St. Moritz.

    “Our new gallery in St. Moritz represents a return to my earliest steps into the art world and speaks to our DNA as a Swiss gallery,” Iwan Wirth, president and cofounder of Hauser & Wirth said in a statement. “I organized my first show in St. Moritz in 1987 at age seventeen, an exhibition that included

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  • Elliot Bostwick Davis Named Director and CEO of Norton Museum of Art

    The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced that art historian and curator Elliot Bostwick Davis has been appointed its new director and CEO. She succeeds Hope Alswang, who will retire on March 1, 2019 after leading the institution for nine years.

    Davis joins the Norton at a moment of transition for the institution. It is currently undergoing an expansion and will open with a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing and sculpture garden designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners in February.

    “It is an honor to become the next director of the Norton

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  • Ralph Lemon.

    Ralph Lemon Awarded $250,000 Heinz Award

    American choreographer and visual artist Ralph Lemon—a self-described conceptualist whose work leaps across disciplinary boundaries to test conventions of dance and theater—has been named a recipient of the prestigious $250,000 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category. During more than four decades of performance-making, Lemon has explored race and memory as well as experiences of grief and spirituality through nonhierarchal movement and language.

    “Ralph has consistently created art that pushes audiences to think and feel and ponder, both in the midst and in the wake of each

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  • Annette Michelson, ca. 1966. Photo: Peter Hujar. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.26. Gift of Annette Michelson. The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC.

    Annette Michelson (1922–2018)

    Annette Michelson, whose film criticism not only profoundly influenced cinema studies but helped legitimize the medium as a viable subject of scholarship, has died. She was ninety-six years old. As a critic, editor, translator, and historian, Michelson evolved new theoretical paradigms for grappling with modernist art, most notably as a writer and editor for Artforum and then as a cofounder of October. An early interpreter of minimalism and avant-garde cinema, Michelson also helped contextualize individual artists like Michael Snow, Robert Morris, and Dziga Vertov, and through October and her

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  • Joshua Roth. Photo: Alex J. Berliner.

    Joshua Roth (1978–2018)

    Joshua Roth, the head of the fine arts division of Hollywood’s United Talent Agency (UTA), has died at the age of forty. The Los Angeles–based lawyer joined the agency—one of the top three talent agencies in the city with a clientele including Mariah Carey and Chris Pratt—to found its fine arts division in 2015 with the aim of helping visual artists secure funding for projects. He had previously worked as an art lawyer, advising clients such as New York–based galleries Andrea Rosen, Venus Over Manhattan, and Regen Projects. The agency did not announce the cause of death, though a close

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  • Jan Fabre. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki.

    Jan Fabre Under Investigation Following Sexual Harassment Claims

    After accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, Belgian choreographer and Troubleyn dance company founder Jan Fabre is being investigated by the Flemish ministry of culture.

    Twenty former employees and dancers have sent an open letter to Dutch art magazine rekto: verso describing a culture of harassment at Troubleyn, which started in 1986. The letter alleges a pattern of intimidation, inappropriate comments, and sexual harassment from Fabre, who is among Europe’s most acclaimed and contentious artists. “It came down to the proposition: ‘No sex, no solo,’” a performer who worked with Fabre

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