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  • Carlo Santamaria.

    Carlo Santamaria (1955–2018)

    Dealer Carlo Santamaria, cofounder of the Naples-based gallery Raucci / Santamaria, died from cancer on November 18. He was sixty-three. Born in 1955 in Naples, Santamaria established his namesake gallery with Umberto Raucci in 1992. Since its founding, the gallery has been a pioneer in the Neapolitan art scene, fostering Italian artists including Maurizio Cattelan and Eva Marisaldi early on in their careers and exhibiting the work of artists such as Ugo Rondinone, Peter Doig, Cheyney Thompson, Cathy Wilkes, R.H. Quaytman, and Liz Deschenes in Italy for the first time. The gallery relocated to

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  • A rendering of the Molina Family Latino Gallery. Photo: Museum Environments/Branded Environments.

    Smithsonian to Open Its First Latino Gallery

    The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, announced on Thursday that it will open its first permanent gallery dedicated to Latino culture. The Molina Family Latino Gallery, which was named in honor of the donors who gave $10 million to the institution, will feature 4,500 square feet of bilingual exhibitions on the US Latino experience. Located on the first floor of the National Museum of American History, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Making Home: Latino Stories of Community and Belonging,” will be held in 2020.

    “The establishment of the Molina Family Latino Gallery is an important

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  • Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Olga Borisova during a 2017 detainment. Photo: Pyotr Verzilov.

    Pussy Riot Members to Receive $55,000 in Compensation for “Exceptionally Severe” Sentencing

    On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia must pay members of the art activist group Pussy Riot $55,000 in compensation for their 2012 arrest and detention. Three members—Maria Alyokhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Katya Samutsevich—were arrested for staging a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, during which they prayed to the Virgin Mary to rid the country of Vladimir Putin. They were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Samutsevich was released after a few months, and the two others were pardoned

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    “Assemble at the Whitney: No Space for Profiteers of State Violence” to Take Place this Sunday

    The art activist group Decolonize This Place has planned an action in front of the Whitney Museum of American Art at noon on Sunday, December 9, in solidarity with the over one hundred Whitney staffers who signed a letter in protest of museum board member Warren B. Kanders’s ties to the tear gas manufacturer Safariland last week. Their letter also called for the institution’s director, Adam Weinberg, to answer for Kanders’s inclusion on the board. Kanders is currently chairman and CEO of Safariland, whose products have been used by armed police forces and border patrol agents against asylum-seekers

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  • Ed Ruscha, Standard Station, 1966.

    Nebraska’s Joslyn Art Museum Receives Gift of Works from Ed Ruscha

    The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, has been promised a gift of eighteen works, including paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, by artist Ed Ruscha. The artist is also donating a collection of his artist’s books and about twenty pieces, dating from the 1960s through 2015, by Los Angeles–based artists such as Terry Allen, Richard Artschwager, Joe Goode, Ed Moses, and William Wegman. 

    “This gift by Ed Ruscha of his own work, in tandem with the works of other fixtures of the West Coast art scene over the past several decades, is one of the most significant gifts of contemporary art in

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  • Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, 2006, in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Photo: the Urban Land Institute.

    Anish Kapoor Settles Lawsuit with NRA over “Toxic Video” Featuring His Art

    The British artist Anish Kapoor declared “victory” over the National Rifle Association on Thursday after the group agreed to remove an image of Cloud Gate, a well-known public sculpture in Chicago, from one of its promotional videos.

    “This is a victory not just in defense of the copyright of my work, but it is also a declaration that we stand with those who oppose gun violence in America and elsewhere,” the artist wrote in a statement. “The NRA will not be allowed to use art in support of their propaganda.”

    The NRA used the 110-ton stainless steel work, which is better known as “The Bean,” in a

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  • The 2019 CIFO grantees: Oscar Abraham Pabón, María José Machado, Susana Pilar Delahante, Leyla Cárdenas, Cecilia Vicuña, Yucef Merhi, Nicolás Paris, Ana Linnemann, and Claudia Martínez Garay. Photo: CIFO.

    Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Names 2019 Grant Recipients

    The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) has announced the recipients of its 2019 Grants and Commissions Program Awards. Now in its seventeenth year, the annual initiative recognizes contemporary Latin American artists who engage with diverse themes across various media. Works by the winning artists will be exhibited at El Museo del Barrio in New York next fall.

    “For El Museo del Barrio, generating strategic alliances with new cultural platforms is essential,” said Patrick Charpenel, executive director of the museum. “This is the reason why we are now embarking on a collaborative project with

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  • Charlotte Posenenske, Eight Series C Reliefs, 1967. Photo: Estate of Charlotte Posenenske.

    Dia Acquires 155 Sculptural Works by Charlotte Posenenske

    The Dia Art Foundation announced that 155 sculptural works by the German artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) will enter its collection, the largest acquisition of the artist’s works by a museum to date. The majority of the pieces are from four series created during Posenenske’s final two years of practice, 1967 and 1968.

    “Charlotte Posenenske created an exceptionally innovative body of work within a focused and abbreviated period of time. While she exhibited widely during the years that she was active—alongside peers such as Hanne Darboven, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt—her contributions

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  • Robert Rainwater. Photo: Megan Mack.

    Robert Rainwater (1942–2018)

    Robert Rainwater, a curator, librarian, and art historian who significantly expanded the New York Public Library’s collection of modern and contemporary prints and artists’ books, has died at the age of seventy-five. Rainwater became curator of the New York Public Library’s print division in 1979, and over the course of nearly four decades he organized exhibitions with artists including Richard Tuttle and Lawrence Weiner. After Dorothea Tanning donated a significant collection of prints and posters of her late husband’s work, Rainwater organized “Max Ernst: Beyond Surrealism” in 1968, and Tanning

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  • Second Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant Awarded to Miatta Kawinzi

    The New York–based filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Miatta Kawinzi has been named the winner of the second Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant. Kawinzi received the honor at the IFC Center in New York’s Greenwich Village during a celebration held on Wednesday night. Administered by the nonprofit Queer|Art, the $5,000 grant will support the making of the new film installation SHE GATHER ME.

    Known for creating sculptural sound and video installations on the themes of selfhood, diaspora, and belonging, Kawinzi was chosen from a pool of ninety-four applicants. Her work SHE

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  • Lothar Baumgarten.

    Lothar Baumgarten (1944–2018)

    Lothar Baumgarten, the German Conceptual artist whose work often deployed and played with the aesthetics of ethnography, has died at age seventy-four. The death was announced today by Marian Goodman Gallery, which represents the artist. Baumgarten’s career spanned five decades and encompassed photography, installation, sculpture, text, and film. His art often examined received ideas concerning cultural knowledge, colonization, and indigenous people—an interest inherited from his anthropologist father. Baumgarten, who was born in Rheinsburg, Germany, in 1944, attended the Academy of Fine

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  • ICA LA Executive Director Elsa Longhauser to Step Down in 2019

    The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) announced today that its executive director, Elsa Longhauser, will depart in 2019 after eighteen years at the helm of the institution. Among Longhauser’s notable accomplishments are spearheading the campaign to rebrand, relocate, and revitalize the former Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA). The arts space, which was previously based at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, was transformed into the ICA LA, which opened in a former manufacturing facility in downtown Los Angeles in September 2017.

    “Elsa is a visionary leader with a master critical

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