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  • Frederick Weston, Body Map (Arms), 2017. Photo: Gregory Carideo. Courtesy of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

    The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 by the John Cage and Jasper Johns has revealed the eighteen artists selected for its 2020 Grants to Artists cycle. It has also named Meredith Monk the winner of its John Cage Award. All of the recipients will receive $40,000 in unrestricted funds.

    Established in 1993, the Grants to Artists awards provide unrestricted assistance to visual artists, performing artists, and poets. Recipients are chosen annually through a confidential two-part nomination and selection process. Six of the awards are named for artists

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  • Braydee Euliss. Courtesy of Indianapolis Contemporary.

    Braydee Euliss Named Executive Director of Indianapolis Contemporary

    Indianapolis Contemporary (I/C) has appointed Braydee Euliss as its new executive director. Euliss joined the institution’s staff last April, when she was appointed director of development. She succeeds outgoing consulting director Michael Kaufmann, who was hired by Indianapolis Contemporary’s board in late 2018 to helped rebrand and relaunch the organization.

    Prior to I/C, Euliss served as executive director of the Muncie Arts & Culture Council from 2017 to 2019. Previously, she worked as a framing specialist and gallery manager for Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company for over a decade. Euliss

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  • Oswald Oberhuber. Photo © Rudi Molacek. Courtesy KOW, Berlin.

    Oswald Oberhuber (1931–2020)

    Austrian artist, critic, educator, and gallerist Oswald Oberhuber, whose ever-evolving practice was guided by his principle of permanent change, has died. A long-time teacher, exhibition organizer, and rector at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Oberhuber was also the father of Nikolaus and Raphael Oberhuber, directors of Berlin’s KOW gallery.

    Born in 1931 in South Tyrol, Italy, Oberhuber moved to Innsbruck, Austria, in 1940. By the end of the decade he began making his plaster and bronze “sculpture informel”—his three-dimensional interpretation of the thickly impastoed postwar painting

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  • Performance Space New York. Courtesy of Performance Space.

    Performance Space New York to Give Management Over to Artists for One Year

    Performance Space New York, which was founded in an abandoned public school building in the East Village in 1980, announced today an ambitious restructuring plan that will essentially give artists free rein to reimagine the experimental art space’s purpose. The organization, which only announced a new name (it was formerly known as as Performance Space 122) and brand identity in 2018 following a major renovation, has invited a group of New York–based artists and collectives to run the venue for the entirety of 2020.

    “The artists have received keys to the spaces, have moved into our business

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  • Birgit Jooss. Courtesy of Documenta.

    Documenta Archive Director Birgit Jooss Steps Down

    Birgit Jooss, the head of Documenta Archiv, which was established to preserve the enormous amount of material related to the quinquennial’s past editions, will step down as director of the Kassel-based institution in February 2020. According to Monopol, Jooss cited her family as the reason for her departure. She has also accepted a position at Munich’s Central Institute for Art History.

    Prior to joining the Documenta Archiv in 2016, Jooss directed the German Art Archive in the Germanisches National Museum in Nuremberg from 2007 until 2015, when she became head of the archive at Berlin’s Academy

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  • Martine Syms. Courtesy of United States Artists.

    Martine Syms and Nari Ward Among 2020 United States Artists Fellows

    United States Artists (USA), the Chicago-based nonprofit, has named the fifty recipients of its 2020 fellowships, which come with unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. Working across ten disciplines including architecture and design, dance, film, media, visual art, and writing, the cohort was chosen based on their creative accomplishments. The 2020 fellows include Patty Chang, Edwidge Danticat, MOS Architects, Sophia Nahli Allison, Guadalupe Rosales, Cameron Rowland, Elizabeth Streb, Martine Syms, and Nari Ward.

    “We are so honored to celebrate the artists who are making vital contributions to the

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  • Arlene Schnitzer.

    Portland Art Museum Receives $10 Million Gift

    The Portland Art Museum in Oregon has received a landmark gift of $10 million from collector and philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, making it the largest donation from an individual in the institution’s 127-year history and one of the biggest investments in arts and culture in the region. 

    “We are so grateful to the Schnitzer family for their leadership in continually reinforcing that the arts are essential for vibrant, equitable communities,” said Brian Ferriso, the museum’s director and chief curator. “This gift, and the gifts it will inspire, will shape the future of the arts in this community

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  • Amanda de la Garza. Courtesy of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

    Amanda de la Garza Tapped to Lead Mexico City’s University Museum of Contemporary Art

    Art historian and curator Amanda de la Garza has been named the director general of visual arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City and head of its University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC). As the university’s top cultural executive, de la Garza will also oversee the operations of both the Museo Experimental El Eco, which was designed by German artist Mathias Goeritz in 1953 and acquired by the university in 2004, and the University Museum of Science and Art (MUCA-Roma), a research and exhibition space centered around design, architecture, and contemporary art.

    Born

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  • Cover of Harmony Holiday’s poetry collection HollywoodForever (Fence Books, 2017) featuring a photograph ofMiles Davis and Frances Taylor (cover design by Holidayand the publisher). Courtesy of the artist.

    Hammer Museum Reveals Artist List for 2020 Made in L.A. Biennial

    The Hammer Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens have announced that Aria Dean​, Kahlil Joseph, Nicola L., Diane Severin Nguyen​, and Ser Serpas​ are among the thirty artists who will participate in the upcoming biennial Made in L.A., which will take place from June 7 through August 30, 2020.

    Cocurated by ​Paris-based curator Myriam Ben Salah, LA-based curator ​Lauren Mackler, and the Hammer Museum’s assistant curator of performance, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, the fifth iteration of the exhibition will be staged across both venues to generate dialogue between the west

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  • Carolina Caycedo, My Brazilian Feminine Lineage of Struggle, from the series “Genealogy of Struggle,” 2018–2019. Courtesy of Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

    Museu de Arte de São Paulo Acquired 296 Artworks by Women Artists in 2019

    Last year, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) dedicated its entire program of exhibitions, publications, workshops, talks, and other events to women artists. As it organized and staged solo shows by Akosua Adoma Owusu, Catarina Simão, Jenn Nkiru, Laure Prouvost, and Tarsila do Amaral, among others, as well as the thematic exhibitions “Women’s Histories: Artists Before 1900” and “Feminist Histories: Artists After 2000,” it was also acquiring works by creatives who identify as female.

    At the end of its yearlong celebration of female cultural producers, MASP added 296 works by twenty-one contemporary

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  • Apinan Poshyanada, artistic director and chief executive of Bankok Art Biennale 2020.

    Bangkok Art Biennale Announces Theme of 2020 Edition

    The Bangkok Art Biennale revealed that the theme of its second edition, taking place at various temples across the city from October 10, 2020 to February 21, 2021, will be “Escape Routes.” Apinan Poshyanada, the festival’s chief executive and artistic director, said the exhibition’s artists will offer “‘escape routes’ to make us aware of the paths of sufficiency, sustainability, and inclusivity” as well as to “offer art practice as mind escapism where meditation, contemplation, ritualism, healing and performance become the essence of hope and optimism.” 

    The curatorial team comprises Sook-Kyung

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  • Tony Hall. Photo: BBC.

    Tony Hall Appointed Board Chair of London’s National Gallery

    The National Gallery in London has appointed Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead, England, chair of its board of trustees. Hall joined the National Gallery board in November 2019 and is currently the BBC’s director-general. Earlier this month, he was also named president of the European Broadcasting Union.

    Since beginning his post at the BBC in April 2013, Hall has led the company’s global editorial, commercial, and creative operations; he will step down from its helm this summer. Previously, Hall was the chief executive of the Royal Opera House from 2001 to 2013; a non-executive director and

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