• Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Production Program Grant Awardees

    The Sharjah Art Foundation announced today that Mounira Al Solh, Doa Aly, Fatma Belkıs and Onur Gökmen, Taus Makhacheva, Joe Namy, and Ghassan Salhab are the recipients of its 2018 Production Program grant, which awards a total of $200,000 to support new work. Awardees will work closely with the foundation to develop, produce and present their projects, which span a wide range of media including sculpture, artist’s books, installation, and performance.

    “Sharjah, the UAE and the region are sites of intense artistic activity, with artists working on experimental projects not only with the local

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  • British Arts Educator Wins $1 Million Global Teacher Award

    Andria Zafirakou, a British arts and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School in Brent, a bourough in northwest London, was named the fourth recipient of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes outstanding contributions to education. She was presented with the award at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

    Zafirakou was recognized for serving students in one of the poorest areas in the country. Brent is diverse—around 130 different languages are spoken in the borough—but it also has a high rate of crime. Zafirakou provides extra lessons throughout

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  • Portland Museum of Art Announces Free Admission for Everyone 21 Years Old and Under

    The Portland Museum of Art in Maine is changing its admission policy to offer free admission to everyone age twenty-one and under, beginning on April 11. The policy change was backed by philanthropist Susie Konkel, who is a well-known advocate for youth. All eligible visitors will also be able to sign up for the Susie Konkel Pass, which will provide the holder opportunities to attend special events such as free screenings of PMA Films.

    “I’m honored to work with the staff at the PMA to ensure that every child in the Maine community and throughout the world can feel the joy and wonder that comes

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  • The Broad Acquires Major Works by Mark Bradford and Yayoi Kusama

    The Broad in Los Angeles has acquired a number of new works including Mark Bradford’s forty-foot painting Helter Skelter I, 2007, which founding director and chief curator Joanne Heyler called one of “the most significant works he has ever produced,” and his more recent I Heard You Got Arrested Today, 2018, which is currently on view at LA’s Hauser & Wirth. The museum bought Helter Skelter I at Phillips London for $12 million.

    “Exemplifying Bradford’s ‘social abstraction,’ Helter Skelter I is a masterpiece that references a chilling period in Los Angeles history—cult leader Charles Manson’s

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  • French Museum Removes Work from Exhibition, Following Backlash on Social Media

    The Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France, has pulled a video work by the Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed, which features several tethered chickens that appear to be on fire, after a public outcry. Activists criticized the work on social media, calling it “animal torture.”

    Ironically, the video was made as a statement against animal cruelty, and the chickens starring in it were not harmed. The museum announced that it consulted with the artist following the strong reaction it incited online, and he ultimately decided to withdraw the piece. Titled Spring, 2013, the work was included in the

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  • Jan Gerchow, Head of Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Wins Kairos Prize

    Jan Gerchow, the director of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, has been awarded the KAIROS Prize, which recognizes European artists and academics who have made major contributions to the fields of art, music, architecture, design, film, photography, literature, and journalism. The roughly $90,000 annual award aims to honor individuals who have an “entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and creativity in the field of European culture, and an intercultural understanding,” and is administered by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg.

    Born in Braunschweig in 1958, Gerchow joined the Frankfurter Haus

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  • Shenzhen Biennale Fires Curator Gary Xu over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

    Curator and educator Gary Xu has been accused of sexual harassment. On Wednesday, March 14, reported that writer and professor Wang Ao, an assistant professor of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, posted a statement on social media claiming that Xu sexually assaulted his female students over a span of twenty years. Xu denies any wrongdoing.

    According to ArtAsiaPacific, an anonymous woman, who said she had previously been in a relationship with Xu, also came forward with allegations of abuse. She shared a picture of her face with a large bruise and a photo of an order of

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  • Caroline Baumann, Brett Littman, and Andres Serrano Awarded the Insignia of Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters

    Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Brett Littman, incoming director of the Noguchi Museum; and photographer Andres Serrano received the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from Bénédicte de Montlaur, the cultural counselor of the French Embassy, at a ceremony in New York on March 5.

    De Montlaur praised Baumann’s contribution to the expansion of the Cooper-Hewitt’s scope through both renovation and innovation, Littman’s tenure as head of the Drawing Center in New York, and Serrano for “confronting his audiences with pictures questioning

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  • Helen Legg Named Director of Tate Liverpool

    Tate announced today that Helen Legg has been appointed the new director of Tate Liverpool. She will join the institution from Spike Island in Bristol, UK, where she has served as director since 2010, and will take up the post this summer.

    “As the gallery enters its fourth decade, Helen will lead the institution into a new era,” Tate’s director, Maria Balshaw, said. “Her impressive track record at Spike Island and at Ikon means she brings a wealth of expertise to the role. Her curatorial achievements and her experience of developing crucial networks and partnerships will help us attract the

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  • New Banksy Mural Demands Release of Jailed Turkish Artist

    A mural by Banksy with the words “Free Zehra Doğan”—a Turkish artist and journalist who was sentenced last March to nearly three years in prison for painting a Kurdish region of Turkey destroyed by the country’s security forces—was unveiled on Thursday evening on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in Manhattan. The seventy-foot work depicts jail bars in the form of marks tallying the days Doğan has spent in prison, with her face peering out from behind one of the cells. Her hand grips a bar that doubles as a pencil. On Thursday night, Doğan's painting was projected above the

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  • Cooper Union Announces Plan to Restore Free Tuition

    In a historic reversal, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York has announced that it plans to reinstate free tuition for all undergraduate students within the next ten years. The legendary school was one of the last tuition-free colleges in the country before it decided to start charging students in 2014, sparking a public outcry and protests that eventually led to the resignation of the institution’s board and then-president, Jamshed Bharucha.

    “The trustees, a majority of whom are alumni, understand that the decision to begin charging tuition in 2014 deeply fractured

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  • Getty Research Institute Acquires Archive of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has acquired the archive of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the longest running contemporary artists’ space in Los Angeles. The LACE Records includes photography, ephemera, artists' correspondences, promotional materials, video documentation of events and performances, and other items from the first four decades of exhibitions and programs at the institution. Future documents of the active contemporary art site will also be added to the institute’s collection.

    “We are particularly pleased to preserve and study an archive of this caliber from a

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