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  • Yuki Kihara. Photo: Arts Council of New Zealand.

    Yuki Kihara to Represent New Zealand at 2021 Venice Biennale

    The Arts Council of New Zealand announced yesterday that Japanese-Samoan artist Yuki Kihara will represent the country at the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale. The news marks the first pavilion announcement for the forthcoming edition, and the first time an artist of Pacific descent has been selected for the New Zealand pavilion.

    Kihara said: “The glass ceiling has been shattered. This moment is so much bigger than me, especially for the Pacific art community.”

    Kihara’s interdisciplinary practice spans photography, video, and performance and refers to histories of colonialism and their ongoing legacies

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  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Photo: Bobby Rogers. Courtesy of Walker Art Center.

    Walker Art Center Commissions Angela Two Stars to Create Work for Sculpture Garden

    Saint Paul–based artist Angela Two Stars of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe has been awarded a commission by the Walker Art Center in Minnesota. She will create a site-specific public artwork for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that will debut in the fall of 2020.

    Two Stars was selected by staffers at the Walker and a committee made up of native curators, artists, and cultural figures from a pool of more than fifty artists after the institution issued a call for proposals in January. The commission is part of the center’s renewed commitment to engage more with local American Indian communities

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  • The Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, Miami. Bakehouse Art Complex.

    Bakehouse Art Complex Plans to Build Affordable Housing for Miami Artists

    The Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami’s Wynwood district—a nonprofit that offers studio residencies and provides local creatives with access to classrooms; exhibition spaces; a photography lab; and ceramics, woodworking, and welding facilities—wants to expand the scope of its impact in the city by building up to 250 affordable housing units for artists.

    The organization’s board of directors has established a five-year strategic plan that outlines how it will better use its 2.3-acre campus to serve the needs of the local arts community. “The redevelopment of Bakehouse ensures artists and art making

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  • Ladan Akbarnia. Photo: San Diego Museum of Art.

    Ladan Akbarnia Joins San Diego Museum of Art as Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art

    The San Diego Museum of Art has appointed Ladan Akbarnia its new curator of South Asian and Islamic art. Akbarnia will be responsible for managing the museum’s exhibitions and public programing; engaging the South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities in San Diego and California; and contributing to its provenance research and strategic acquisitions. She will take up the post on October 15.

    Akbarnia comes to the museum from the British Museum in London where she served as assistant keeper of its collections of Islamic art and curator of its Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic

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  • Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. Photo: Barozzi/Veiga.

    Art Institute of Chicago Taps Barcelona Firm for Campus Revamp

    The Art Institute of Chicago has hired Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga of the Barcelona-based architecture firm Barozzi/Veiga to overhaul the museum. Director James Rondeau told the Chicago Tribune that the institute plans to move forward cautiously to ensure that there are enough funds to complete the project. He said. “We’re really just at the point of saying that we’ve enlisted thought partners to dream the future.” The institute hasn’t undergone changes since the completion of the 264,000-square-foot, Renzo Piano–designed modern wing in 2009.

    Rondeau added that working with the architects

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  • Mona Hatoum in her London studio in 2019. Photo: Japan Art Association/The Sankei Shimbun.

    Mona Hatoum and William Kentridge Among 2019 Praemium Imperiale Laureates

    On Tuesday, September 17, the Japan Art Association announced the winners of the 2019 Praemium Imperiale awards, which honor practitioners in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theater/film. The six recipients are William Kentridge, Mona Hatoum, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Bando Tamasaburo. Recognized for their achievements in the arts, each laureate will be awarded 15 million yen, roughly $139,000, and will be honored at an award ceremony in Tokyo on October 16.

    In an interview with Artforum earlier this month, Hatoum spoke about her current

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  • Daniel Buren, Peinture (Manifestation 3). Photo: Philippe Migeat/Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP.

    Artwork by Daniel Buren Badly Damaged in Knife Attack at Centre Pompidou

    A man who visited the Centre Pompidou in Paris on Thursday, September 12, was arrested after he attacked a painting by French modernist Daniel Buren with a knife, AFP reports. Peinture (Manifestation 3), 1967, was badly damaged and has since been removed from view so that conservation professionals can assess whether it can be restored.

    The police were able to use museum security footage to track down the suspect, who did not reveal a motive for his actions. A representative of the museum said it believed the man is being held in a psychiatric unit. The incident occurred just a week after a work

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  • Aimé Iglesias Lukin. Photo: Americas Society.

    Aimé Iglesias Lukin Named Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Americas Society

    Aimé Iglesias Lukin has been appointed the new director and chief curator of visual arts at the Americas Society, the New York–based organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the political, social, cultural, and economic issues confronting the Americas. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Iglesias Lukin is an art historian and curator who has lived in New York since 2011. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Rutgers University and is specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art.

    Previously, Iglesias Lukin has held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in

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  • Installation view of Maurizio Cattelan’s “Victory is Not an Option” at Blenheim Palace. Photo: Tom Lindboe.

    Maurizio Cattelan’s Solid Gold Toilet Stolen from Blenheim Palace

    An artwork by Italian provocateur Maurizio Cattelan—a solid 18-karat gold toilet worth about $5 million—was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, over the weekend. Titled America, the piece was on display in “Victory Is Not an Option,” Cattelan’s first solo exhibition in the UK in more than twenty years. A sixty-six-year-old man was detained shortly after the heist, but was not charged.

    According to the New York Times, the police said that the working toilet was taken early Saturday and that the thieves caused “significant damage and flooding” to the building, which is the birthplace

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  • Mike Henderson, ​In Long of the Way,​ 2019. Courtesy of Artadia.

    Mike Henderson and Angela Hennessy Win 2019 San Francisco Artadia Awards

    Artists Mike Henderson​ and ​Angela Hennessy have won the 2019 San Francisco Artadia Awards. Open to visual artists who have lived in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo, for a minimum of two years, the prize comes with $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

    In the first round of jurying, independent curator and writer Essence Harden; artist Amie Siegel; and Diya Vij​, associate curator of public programs at the High Line in New York, ​selected five finalists, including Ranu Mukherjee, Dionne Lee, and Sam Vernon. ​Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, an assistant

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  • Inwood Hill Park, New York City. Photo: |www.flickr.com/photos/danakosko/2971577050/|Dana/Flickr|.

    New York City to Build $15 Million Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center

    New York City is planning to build a new $15 million performing arts center dedicated to the American immigrant experience in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. The cultural venue is being spearheaded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), which issued an REFI (request for expressions of interest) for nonprofit organizations interested in running the center on September 4.  

    “At a time when immigrants are constantly under attack by the current administration, this cultural institute will be a beacon of hope and safe haven

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  • Fake scripts from a protest against the Sacklers led by artist Nan Goldin and the activist group P.A.I.N.

    New York Attorney General’s Office Claims Sacklers Tried to Conceal Wealth

    As the members of the Sackler family with ties to OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma attempt to settle thousands of lawsuits with municipal and state governments over their role in the opioid crisis in the United States, the New York Attorney General’s office said Friday that it discovered that the Sacklers had transferred around $1 billion to Swiss banks and other accounts in an alleged attempt to protect their wealth from the ongoing litigation, the New York Times reports.

    “While the Sacklers continue to lowball victims and skirt a responsible settlement, we refuse to allow the family to

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