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  • Benjamin Griveaux, 2017. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Parisian Mayoral Candidate Drops Out after Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Leaks Explicit Videos

    Russian dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who sought asylum in Paris after fleeing Russia in 2017, has unexpectedly become a major player in the French city’s mayoral race. According to the New York Times, Pavlensky leaked sex videos involving Benjamin Griveaux of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche, on social media to expose “political hypocrisy.” Griveaux withdrew from the race on Friday, shortly after the material began circulating. The scandal led to French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn’s announcement that she would be taking Griveaux’s place as the party’s

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  • Alessandro Bianchi.

    Alessandro Bianchi Appointed General Manager of Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca

    Pirelli HangarBicocca, the nonprofit foundation and contemporary art complex in Milan, has named Alessandro Bianchi as its next general manager. Bianchi comes to the institution with nearly two decades of experience in the cultural sector. He most recently served as an advisor to institutions such as the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in Milan, the Teatro Regio in Turin, and the Fondazione Nazionale per la Danza in Reggio Emilia. Bianchi will succeed Marco Lanata, who will continue in his role as real estate management director for the Pirelli Group, on March 2.

    Born in Turin in 1976, Bianchi

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  • Roden Crater, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1979. Photo: James Turrell/Wikiart.

    Online Gaming Company Founder Gifts $3 Million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project

    American billionaire Mark Pincus, founder of the online gaming company Zynga, has donated $3 million to Roden Crater, a largescale Land artwork that artist James Turrell has been creating within a dormant volcano in the Painted Desert region of Northern Arizona for more than four decades. The gift was announced by Marc Glimcher of Pace Gallery, which exhibited works by Turrell at Frieze Los Angeles last weekend, at a private party honoring the artist at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood on February 13.

    Since acquiring the volcanic cinder cone in 1977, Turrell built tunnels and apertures

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  • Peter Uka, Quiet Listening, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim.

    NADA Names Exhibitors of New York Gallery Open, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Appoints Tom Hunt Director, and More

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has released the list of exhibitors participating in the second edition of its New York Gallery Open, which will take place from March 5 to March 8. The event will bring together more than sixty galleries, non-profits, and alternative spaces across New York City for a series of guided tours, artist talks, performances, dinners, and other programming. The inaugural New York Gallery Open was launched last year after NADA canceled its annual fair in order to focus on initiatives which would greater serve New York galleries. Among the galleries taking part in the

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  • Frieze Art Fair.

    Silvia Lara Wins Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award

    Frieze and Deutsche Bank have named Silvia Lara the winner of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award, which grants $10,000 to emerging, Los Angeles–based filmmakers between the ages of twenty and thirty-four years old.

    “I began as a writer and photographer but even as a writer I always hoped to one day see my ideas on screen,” said Lara. “It took some time but I eventually learned that there was such a thing as cinematography and that it would prove to be a harmonious union between my two passions: storytelling and creating images.” Commenting on the collaboration between the

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  • Chitra Ganesh, Sultana’s Dream, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Durham Press.

    Leslie-Lohman Museum Selects Chitra Ganesh for Fourth QUEERPOWER Commission

    The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York has commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh to create the next iteration of its annual site-specific installation, QUEERPOWER, which will take up ten of the institution’s windows at the corner of Wooster Street and Grand Street in SoHo. Ganesh’s yearlong installation will draw on urban imagery, including early photography and video of queer and trans subcultures, and the history of architecture in SoHo, and will also address gentrification and the challenges it presents for queer life in the city.

    Funded by a grant from the program’s longtime

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  • Vivian Crockett. Photo: Naima Green.

    Vivian Crockett Joins Dallas Museum of Art as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art

    The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has named Vivian Crockett assistant curator of contemporary art. Crockett currently serves as a Joan Tisch teaching fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Prior to joining the Whitney, she was a research fellow in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked on the exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done” (2018) and the 2018 Museum Research Consortium.

    “We have been actively expanding the range of curatorial expertise and programming at the DMA to reflect both the incredible breadth of

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  • Unseen Amsterdam, 2017. Photo: Almicheal Fraay/Unseen.

    Insolvent Unseen Amsterdam Fair Leaves Artists Unpaid, Sets Sights on Fall Opening

    Less than two weeks after Unseen, the Dutch company that runs the photography fair Unseen Amsterdam, declared bankruptcy, London-based artist Felicity Hammond published an open letter criticizing the organization over its failure to compensate her for commissions and advertising work that she completed for the 2019 edition.

    Hammond also called out an affiliate but independent organization called Unseen Foundation for actively seeking sponsors to reboot the fair and proceed with the 2020 iteration this autumn. While the foundation is not financially intertwined with Unseen’s commercial entities,

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  • Elisabeth Wild, Untitled, 2017, paper collage, 9 3/10“ x 9 3/10”.

    Elisabeth Wild (1922–2020)

    Swiss Austrian painter and collagist Elisabeth Wild—who began her career painting landscapes and still lifes but turned to fabulist collaged abstractions sourced from the pages of magazines in later life—has died at the age of ninety-eight in Panajachel, Guatemala, where she lived with her daughter, the artist Vivian Suter.

    Wild was born in Vienna, in 1922, to a Catholic mother and a Jewish father. In 1939, fleeing the Nazis, the family moved to Argentina, where Wild studied painting at Bueno Aires’s Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes and worked as a fabric designer before marrying

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  • Clément Chéroux. Photo: Frederic Neema. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    MoMA Names Clément Chéroux Chief Photography Curator

    The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York announced today that Clément Chéroux will join the institution as its next chief curator of photography. He will be responsible for the Department of Photography’s collection of 30,000 works and will be charged with guiding its installations, acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and loan programs. Chéroux succeeds Quentin Bajac, who stepped down to become director of the Jeu de Paume in Paris after a five-year tenure, and will take up the post in June. 

    Chéroux is currently the senior curator of the Pritzker Center for Photography at the San

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  • Members of the Women’s History Congressional Commission. Photo: Women’s History Congressional Commission.

    House of Representatives Approves Plan to Build New Women’s History Museum

    As cultural institutions across the United States organize programming in celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment, which granted women the right to vote, the House of Representatives voted in favor of establishing a museum dedicated to women’s history. The legislation, which was passed on Tuesday, comes more than three years after the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s newest addition to the National Mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    “With full support from Congress, the Smithsonian has proven adept at creating museums

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  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

    ICA Miami Welcomes Seven New Members to Its Board of Trustees

    The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, has added seven new members to its board of trustees: Daniel Berkowitz, Michele Beyer, Suzi Cordish, Andi Potamkin, Andre Sakhai, Roz Stuzin, and Alex Witkoff. The museum also named Margot Greig as board president, following her more than five years of service as an ICA trustee.

    “Margot is an incredible champion of the museum and an anchor of our board,” said Irma Braman, board cochair. “We are delighted to see her leadership in our organization grow and to welcome our new trustees.” ICA’s artistic director, Alex Gartenfeld, added: “ICA Miami’s

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