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  • Sur, Oman. Photo: Mangostar/Wikipedia Commons.

    Oman National Pavilion to Debut at Venice Biennale

    Oman will present its first-ever Venice Biennale national pavilion this spring at the event’s fifty-ninth iteration, taking place April 23–November 27, 2022. Curated by art historian Aisha Stoby, whose area of expertise is the modern art of Oman and the Middle East, the multimedia exhibition will feature the work of five artists spanning three generations: painter Anwar Sonya, known as the godfather of Oman’s contemporary art scene; photographer and abstract artist Hassan Meer, founder of experimental collective the Circle; photographer and videographer Budoor Al Riyami; sculptor and textile

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  • New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Carlos Delgado/Wikipedia Commons.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art to Renovate Modern Wing with $125 Million Gift

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced yesterday that it had received a pledge of $125 million from activist collectors Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang. The promised gift is the largest monetary donation in the history of the institution, and is earmarked for the renovation of the museum’s Modern Wing, which will expand to include 80,000 square feet of exhibition and public space and will be rechristened the Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Wing.

    The Met has sought for more than a decade to renovate its Modern Wing. “The reimagining of these galleries will allow the Museum to approach

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  • The recipients of the 2021 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

    Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Announces 2021 Grantees

    The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant has named the twenty writers who are the recipients of its 2021 grants, which total $695,000. The grantees work across three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—and each will receive an award of between $15,000 and $50,000. The grants, administered by Creative Capital, are issued in support of contemporary-art writing and are meant to foster critical writing in relation to the visual arts. Work considered ranges from brief reviews in magazines or newspapers to in-depth book-length studies, on topics aimed at both general and special-interest

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  • Leo Xu, the senior director of David Zwirner Hong Kong, and its new director, Lihua Tung. Photo: David Zwirner gallery.

    David Zwirner Taps Lihua Tung to Lead Hong Kong Outpost

    New York–based gallery David Zwirner has announced Lihua Tung as the new director of its Hong Kong location. Since February 2020 a senior director and senior specialist of twentieth-century and contemporary art at Phillips auction house in Hong Kong, Tung will work in tandem with the outpost’s senior director, Leo Xu. The pair are charged with expanding the gallery’s presence in exhibitions and fairs across Asia. Tung, who prior to her arrival at Phillips spent nearly a dozen years specializing in contemporary art at the Hong Kong and Taiwan outposts of  storied auction house Christie’s, will

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  • Robert Farris Thompson in 2009.

    Robert Farris Thompson (1932–2021)

    Art historian Robert Farris Thompson, renowned for his extensive and luminous writing on the art of Africa and the Afro-Atlantic and for his lively lecturing on the topic, died November 28 at the age of eighty-eight. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Alicia Thompson Churchill. Thompson, who minted the term “Black Atlantic,” devoted his life to the study of African art history, of which he was one of the world’s foremost scholars. His pathbreaking book Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, an investigation of the trajectory of the visual arts and philosophies

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  • The new Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco will open in the city’s Dogptach neighborhood next summer. Photo: rosatrieu/Wikipedia Commons.

    Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco Announces Key Hires, Inaugural Programs

    The Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco (ICA SF), a new noncollecting art museum slated to open in summer 2022, has announced four hires to crucial positions and has revealed plans for its inaugural exhibition. Situated in the city’s trendy Dogpatch neighborhood and occupying a refurbished 11,000-square-foot 1940 brick building that was once home to a paint company, the museum will begin welcoming the public in January with a three-month series of pop-up exhibitions by Bay Artists before officially opening in September with a major exhibition of work by Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey

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  • Virgil Abloh. Photo: Myles Kalus Anak Jihem/Wikipedia Commons.

    Virgil Abloh (1980–2021)

    Visionary designer and artist Virgil Abloh, who built a clothing empire based on the Duchampian notion that an original design need be altered only 3 percent in order to stand as new, died in Chicago on November 28 of cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was forty-one years old. Trained as an architect, Abloh turned his attention to clothing after a Rem Koolhaas–designed building he spied being constructed on a college campus inspired him to apply the strictures of architecture to the structure of garments. The founder of unicorn fashion house Off-White, renowned for consistently

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  • A fourteenth-century Ife portrait that was repatriated to Nigeria this week. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    The Met Repatriates Looted Benin and Ife Works

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has officially restituted three objects in its collection to Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). The Met had promised to return the objects this past June, and did so in a ceremony in New York on Monday, where the museum also signed an agreement promising to collaborate with the Nigerian government on future scholarship and loans of other artwork. Under this arrangement, the Met will lend some of its holdings to several Nigerian museums, including the planned Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City. In exchange, the NCMM will

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  • The Brooklyn Museum in New York. Photo: Elisa Rolle/Flickr.

    Brooklyn Museum Receives Historic $50 Million Gift from New York City

    A $50 million gift to the Brooklyn Museum announced yesterday by outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marks the largest donation in the museum’s history. The windfall from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs is the upshot of the shrewd politicking from Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, who came to de Blasio in June 2020 with the request, The New York Times reports.

    “Our exhibitions and public programs have been embracing ideas for twenty-first century museums, but our building is absolutely mired in the 19th century. So it’s time to catch up,” she told the Times. The museum’s

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  • Christine Messineo. Photo: Ramsey Alderson.

    Frieze Appoints Christine Messineo Director of US Fairs

    Frieze organizers have hired art dealer Christine Messineo to direct its two annual US events, Frieze Los Angeles and Frieze New York. Messineo will take up her position on November 29, two months before Frieze LA opens its third edition next February in a new Beverly Hills venue.

    While her first job at an art fair, Messineo is no stranger to their booths. Previously a partner at New York’s Bortolami gallery from 2009 to 2015, Messineo moved to LA in to become a director at Hannah Hoffman Gallery. In 2020, she was named executive director of the Plan Your Vote initiative, whose campaigns used

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  • *A rendering of the Hexagon extension of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Image: SANAA/Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Moscow’s Garage Museum to Expand in Gorky Park

    Moscow’s Garage Museum is once again following the Moskva River down to Gorky Park, where it will expand into the long-abandoned century-old Hexagon exhibition pavilion that stands nearby its current building. The structure, designed by Russian architect Ivan Zholtovsky, is to be reimagined by Japanese architecture firm SANAA and will give the twelve-year-old contemporary art museum significantly more space in which to host exhibitions and programming.

    Built to house an exhibit of tools and machines at the inaugural All-Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Industries Exhibition, held in 1923, and

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  • Christine Y. Kim. Photo: Ye Rin Mok.

    Tate Modern Names Christine Y. Kim Britton Family Curator-at-Large

    London’s Tate Modern today announced that Christine Y. Kim will serve as the inaugural Britton Family Curator-at-Large (North American Art). Kim, since 2009 a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will divide her time between Los Angeles and New York, where she will focus on focus developing Tate’s collection of North American art through new research and acquisitions. She will step into her new role in January 2022.

    While at LACMA, Kim, a 2022 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow, worked to expand and diversify that institution’s collections, exhibitions, and programs and to foster

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