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  • Jacob Mason-Macklin, Qualeasha Wood, and Cameron Granger.

    Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2021–22 Artists in Residence

    The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, has announced the three latest participants in its prestigious artist-in-residence program. Filmmaker Cameron Granger, painter Jacob Mason-Macklin, and textile artist Qualeasha Wood will enter the program, which is noted for having elevated the careers of a number of African and Afro-Latinx artists, including Candida Alvarez, Jordan Casteel, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, and Mickalene Thomas.

    All three of the new artists in residence are under thirty, with Granger and Mason-Macklin hailing from Ohio and Wood coming from New Jersey. Though the trio

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  • Cuba has experienced historic unrest and protests this year. Photo: Alex Graves/Flickr.

    Artists Withdraw from Havana Biennial as Boycott Looms

    Nearly half a dozen participants have pulled out of this year’s Havana Biennial as a gesture of support for the many artist-activists who remain jailed by the government, Hyperallergic reports. Said to have withdrawn from the state-sponsored event are French-Gabonese multidisciplinary artist Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Swiss video artist Ursula Biemann, Cuban painter Aimee Joaristi Argüelles, Colombian curator Maria Belén Saez de Ibarra, and French critic Nicolas Bourriaud.

    At the same time, a movement to boycott the biennial is growing. To date, more than four hundred people have signed an

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  • Emma Enderby. Photo: Haus der Kunst.

    Emma Enderby Named Chief Curator of Haus der Kunst

    Emma Enderby has been announced as the new chief curator of Munich’s Haus der Kunst (HdK), Artnews reports. Enderby since 2017 has served as curator at New York nonprofit space the Shed, where she organized exhibitions by Ian Cheng, Agnes Denes, and Trisha Donnelly, among others. She is currently working on a Tomás Saraceno show, slated to open in February.

    “Emma’s broad interdisciplinary expertise combined with her deep commitment to visionary artistic practices will be a fundamental contribution to the new paths of Haus der Kunst,” Andrea Lissoni, HdK’s artistic director, said in a statement.

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  • Lili Reynaud-Dewa. Photo: Jean-Michel Sicot.

    Lili Reynaud-Dewar Wins 2021 Prix Marcel Duchamp

    Installation and performance artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar has been announced as the winner of this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s most prestigious art prize. She received the award, which comes with $41,000 attached, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, earlier today. Through a practice incorporating sculpture, video, performance, and film, and often collaborating with others, the La Rochelle–born artist investigates feminist and social tropes in work often themed around cultural references.

    Reynaud-Dewar, who studied ballet and law before turning her attention to art, first came to broad attention

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  • Patrick Lee. Photo: Deniz Guzel.

    Patrick Lee to Helm Frieze Seoul

    Frieze has named Patrick Lee as the director of its inaugural Seoul edition, to launch in 2022. He will assume his new role in early November, roughly ten months ahead of the fair’s September 2 opening. About a hundred galleries are expected to exhibit in this first iteration, which is scheduled to run concurrently with the association’s annual Korean International Art Fair, with both events taking place at the COEX convention center in the city’s Gangnam district.

    Lee, an art-world veteran of fifteen years’ experience, is the executive director of Seoul’s Gallery Hyundai, one of the city’s best

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  • Margo Leavin (left). Photo: Getty Research Institute.

    Margo Leavin (1936–2021)

    Margo Leavin, a veteran gallerist and a longtime champion of Los Angeles artists, has died at the age of eighty-five, the Los Angeles Times reports. Widely known by both artists and collectors alike as a forthright and fair dealer, Leavin staged more than four hundred solo shows by emerging and international artists and was instrumental in elevating LA conceptualism as it developed in the 1970s. A generous philanthropist and a strong believer in, as she put it, “giving back,” Leavin in 2016 donated $20 million to her college alma mater. The gift—the largest ever made by an alumna to a school in

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  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photo: Elon Schoenholz/MOCA.

    228 Museums Reported to Have Laid Off 28 Percent of Employees Despite Receiving PPP Loans

    A report released last week by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) shows that 228 pandemic-hit arts and culture institutions who received aid via the United States’ federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) laid off a collective 28 percent of their workers, Hyperallergic reports, amounting to more than 14,400 people. Additionally, these institutions, all large organizations, accounted for half of all PPP funding, which totaled $1.6 billion and was distributed across about 7,500 institutions.

    The funding was approved by the US Congress in March 2020 as the

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  • Christian Rosa in 2013. Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images.

    Fallen Art Star Charged with Peddling Raymond Pettibon Forgeries

    Brazil-born artist Christian Rosa, described just seven years ago in the pages of this publication as “stratospherically successful,” has been charged with wire fraud in relation to the sale of four forgeries attributed to Raymond Pettibon, whom he had in recent years befriended, the New York Times reports. In a federal indictment announced yesterday, Rosa was charged with selling the works, backed by fake certificates of authenticity on which he had forged the noted artist’s signature, to two separate buyers. If convicted, Rosa faces up to twenty years in prison.

    Pettibon—who notoriously created

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  • Pink Stripe, 2021, by North Carolina–based painter Margaret Curtis.

    Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces Inaugural Fellows

    The New York–based Joan Mitchell Foundation, which earlier this year refocused its funding model to better provide artists with long-term assistance, today announced the inaugural recipients of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship. Fifteen artists working in the fields of painting or sculpture will each receive an unrestricted $60,000 grant, to be disbursed over a five-year span. During that time, recipients will also be given access to such services as private consultations with arts professionals; networking meetings; and programs focused on personal finance, legacy planning, and critical discourse.

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  • Sarah Suzuki. Photo: Peter Ross.

    MoMA Names Sarah Suzuki Associate Director, Three Other Leadership Appointees

    The Museum of Modern Art, New York, has announced four new appointees to top positions across departments. Sarah Suzuki has taken on the role of associate director; Beverly Morgan-Welch has been named senior deputy director of external affairs; Christy Thompson is the museum’s new senior deputy director of exhibitions and collections; and Nisa Mackie has been appointed the Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director of Learning and Audience Engagement. The four women have already stepped into their roles.

    Suzuki has been with MoMA for twenty-three years, having joined the institution as a research

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  • Catherine Nichols. Photo: Peter Rigaud.

    Manifesta Announces Curator, Theme for 2022 Pristina Edition

    Berlin-based curator Catherine Nichols has been named creative mediator of the forthcoming Manifesta 14, to be held in Pristina, Kosovo, in 2022. This edition of the itinerant biennial is to be titled “it matters what worlds world worlds: how to tell stories otherwise” and will investigate and promote collective storytelling, casting it, as the organizers described in a press release, as a “vital strategy of political and social engagement.” A Center for Narrative Practice is to be established at the city’s Hivzi Sylejmani Library, and will serve as the main hub for the biennial, which will

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  • Atta Kwami in 2019. Photo: Serpentine Galleries.

    Atta Kwami (1956–2021)

    Ghanian painter and printmaker Atta Kwami, whose brilliant geometric works evoke the architecture and textiles of West Africa and explore themes of migration and assimilation, died October 6 at the age of sixty-five. Long a giant in the Ghanaian art world, he in recent years won international acclaim as his work became more widely known. Kwami was also a noted art historian and curator devoted to preserving Ghana’s art history. His 2013 volume Kumasi Realism, 1951–2007: An African Modernism stood against the notion of “authentically” African art as embodied only by traditional styles and instead

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