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  • Fire Devastates Glasgow School of Art for the Second Time in Four Years

    The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland was gutted by a fire that ripped through its historic Mackintosh building during the night of Friday, June 15. More than 120 firefighters and twenty engines were called to the site to battle the blaze, which spread to nearby structures, including the campus’s nightclub and the O2 ABC music venue, before they could contain it. No casualties have been reported.

    This is the second time in four years that the school’s iconic Art Nouveau building—considered architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece—has been ravaged by

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  • $45,000 Banksy Print Stolen from Toronto Exhibition

    A print by Banksy valued at $45,000 was snatched from an art exhibition in Toronto’s West End curated by Steve Lazarides, the artist’s former dealer. The theft occurred on Sunday, before the exhibition was open to the public. Surveillance footage released by authorities yesterday shows a person with a covered face gingerly entering the gallery and scuttling off with the work—titled Trolley Hunters, 2007—in tow. The stolen print, whose owner is at this point unknown, depicts Neanderthal-ish men crouched in the wilderness, hunting shopping carts. 

    Marketed as “the largest Banksy exhibit

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  • Baltimore Museum of Art Announces New Appointments

    The Baltimore Museum of Art has promoted two staffers and hired two new employees who will join the institution’s senior leadership team. Christine Dietze, who served as interim codirector of the museum from 2015 to 2016 and previously worked as deputy director of finance and administration, was named chief operating officer. Gamynne Guillotte, who had been the interim co–deputy director of education and interpretation since 2015, is the new chief education officer.

    In addition, Heather Hueglin Marchese, the managing director of major and planned giving at Maryland Public Television, was appointed

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  • LACMA Names 2018 Art+Technology Lab Awardees

    The Art+Technology Lab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants, which support projects that engage emerging technologies. The four recipients—Tahir Hemphill, Jen Liu, Sarah Rara, and Diana Thater—were chosen from more than 430 submissions and will receive up to $50,000.

    Titled “Implications of a Rap Neural Network,” Hemphill’s project will create a neural network to examine how cultural production is influenced by artificial intelligence by drawing upon the artist’s Hip Hop Word Count, a database of the lyrics of more than fifty thousand

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  • London’s the Showroom Names Elvira Dyangani Ose Director

    The Showroom, the London-based contemporary art practice that was established in 1983 to help artists stage their first solo shows in the city, has announced the appointment of its new director, Elvira Dyangani Ose. She will succeed Emily Pethick and will assume her responsibilities on September 3.

    Dyangani Ose joins the Showroom from New York’s Creative Time, where she works as senior curator. She is also a lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths and is a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Among Dyangani Ose’s recent curatorial projects is “Basilea”—Creative Time’s

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  • Manifesta Announces Artists Participating in Its Twelfth Edition

    Manifesta, the roving European biennial of contemporary art, revealed that fifty artists are participating in its twelfth edition, which kicks off in Palermo, Italy, this weekend. Titled “The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence,” the exhibition will focus on the history of the city as a hub for diversity, migration, and cross-pollination.

    Gardens will play a central role in the event, which takes on the botanical metaphor of the landscape designer and philosopher Gilles Clément, who sees the world we inhabit as a garden to be tended. The biennial also draws inspiration from the Sicilian

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  • Court Orders the Getty to Return Iconic Greek Bronze to Italy

    The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles was ordered to restitute its famous ancient Greek bronze known as Statue of a Victorious Youth to Italy, reports Deborah Vankin of the Los Angeles Times. Issued by an Italian court on Friday, June 8, the ruling states that the work was illegally exported. However, the institution claims that its acquisition of the work was legitimate.

    The piece, which some scholars have attributed to Lysippus—Alexander the Great’s personal sculptor—was originally found by an Italian fisherman in international waters in 1964. The mariner then sold the work, which

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  • Judge Upholds $6.7 Million in Damages to Be Awarded to 5Pointz Artists

    Four months after Judge Frederic Block awarded twenty-one artists $6.7 million in damages after ruling that developer Gerald Wolkhoff had broken the law when he whitewashed New York’s famous 5Pointz graffiti mecca in the dead of night, the federal judge will not back down from his verdict. On Wednesday, June 13, Block issued a cutting decision rejecting Wolkhoff’s post-trial motion to void the judgment or grant a new trial, according to Artnet.

    In an eighty-nine-page assessment, Block says he was “appalled” at Wolkhoff’s decision to white out the graffiti on the factory’s walls, an action the

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  • Former Museo Reina Sofía Director Appointed Spain’s New Culture Minister

    José Guirao, the former director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, was named Spain’s new minister of sports and culture. His predecessor, Màxim Huerta, stepped down after only a week in office, following allegations of tax fraud.

    Huerta, an author and former popular TV host, was pressured to resign after the Spanish press reported that he was fined nearly $420,000 after he tried to evade paying the government taxes last year. In response, Huerta criticized the press and said that he paid the full amount of the fine twice but still decided to resign.

    Currently the head of

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  • Harvard Art Museums Names Soyoung Lee Chief Curator

    The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced that Soyoung Lee has been appointed chief curator. Lee will be responsible for overseeing the museums’ three curatorial divisions: Asian and Mediterranean art, European and American art, and modern and contemporary art. She will take up the post on September 24.

    Lee comes to the Harvard Art Museums from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she has served as curator, associate curator, and assistant curator in the department of Asian art. She joined the Met in 2003 as its first curator for Korean art and has organized a

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  • AGUAS to Serve as Guest Curator of the 2018 Edition of Untitled, Miami Beach

    Untitled, Art announced that AGUAS, the artist-run curatorial platform founded by artist Rodrigue Mouchez in 2017, will be the guest curator of the seventh edition of its Miami Beach fair, which will take place from December 5 to December 9. AGUAS will work with Untitled executive director Manuela Mozo and artistic director Omar Lopez-Chahoud to curate a selection of international galleries and to develop a series of special artist projects that will be integrated throughout the fair.

    “When considering a curatorial guest for Untitled, Miami Beach I wanted to incorporate the collaborative energy

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  • Zac Langdon-Pole Named BMW Art Journey Award Winner

    Art Basel announced that the New Zealand–born, Berlin-based artist Zac Langdon-Pole has been named the next winner of the BMW Art Journey. An international jury unanimously selected Langdon-Pole from a shortlist of three artists whose works were exhibited in the Discoveries sector at this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong.

    Langdon-Pole’s installation at Auckland gallery Michael Lett’s booth at the fair comprised a new series of works, “Passport,” for which he fused two disparate materials: iron meteorites and nautilus shells. By pairing objects in configurations that are different from how viewers are

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