Amira Gad. Photo: Marco Kesseler.

Amira Gad Joins Lehmann Maupin as Artistic Director, Kasmin Now Represents Ali Banisadr, and More

Lehmann Maupin has announced the appointment of Amira Gad as artistic director. Gad joins the gallery from the Serpentine Galleries, where she has served as curator of exhibitions and architecture since 2014. She will be responsible for working with senior leadership to advance Lehmann Maupin’s artistic program and expand the gallery’s international network, focusing on institutions within the UK and Europe, and will be based in Lehmann Maupin’s new space in London’s Cromwell Place, which will open in May 2020.

“I’ve long been impressed by Amira’s talent and vision as a curator,” said cofounder David Maupin. “She has created critical context around the work of artists in our program, such as Kader Attia and Lee Bul, as well as other internationally renowned artists including Arthur Jafa and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. In getting to know her, it was evident that she could bring extraordinary curatorial insight and experience to our team, and it was only a matter of creating a role that would best suit her expertise.”

Luhring Augustine announced its co-representation of Lee Friedlander with Fraenkel Gallery. Friedlander, a prolific photographer whose career spans five decades, is best known for documenting the American social landscape. His photographs range from self-portraits and intimate familial scenes to sprawling cityscapes and images of uninhabited desert environs. In 1967, Friedlander’s work was displayed alongside that of Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand in the landmark exhibition “New Documents,” curated by John Szarkowski, at the Museum of Modern Art.

“We have long admired Friedlander’s work and his distinct, often humorous, approach to capturing images,” said gallery cofounders Lawrence Luhring and Roland Augustine. “His influence can be felt across generations in the work of many photographers that followed, and he continues to explore and push the evolution of the medium.” Luhring Augustine will present an exhibition of Friedlander’s work in the fall of 2020.

Artist Tavares Strachan has pledged to give proceeds from his current exhibition, “Smalls (from Hidden Histories series),” at the SFA Advisory in New York to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. According to Artnews, Strachan will donate 10 percent of the revenue made from selling artworks and 20 percent of the profits from selling clothing to two organizations: Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen.

Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane to hit the Bahamas on record. CNN reports that the category-five storm killed at least forty-three people and displaced more than seventy thousand. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), in collaboration with the city of Miami and Food for the Poor, is also spearheading efforts to help those affected by the hurricane. The institution is collecting nonperishable food items as well as first-aid and hygiene kits and other supplies.

“Our neighbors in the Bahamas were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian, and it is our duty as an institution at the crossroads of the Americas to help those affected by this devastation,” said PAMM director Franklin Sirmans. “PAMM is dedicated to serving the community, and I am proud that the Miami area can come together to show our support for the Bahamas.”

Nerve Visual art gallery in Northern Ireland is closing its doors. The Londonderry-based exhibition space had been located within the Nerve Center—a media arts organization dedicated to creative projects, community engagement, and educational initiatives—since 2016. The center, which also operates a satellite in Belfast, said that the space was funded on a project-by-project basis.

According to Derry Now, news of the closure has sparked an outcry from local artists, who are demanding that the center continue to use the space for visual arts programming. Prior to becoming Nerve Visual, the gallery space hosted the 2013 Turner Prize exhibition, which marked the first time that the show was ever held outside of London.

Kasmin Gallery now represents painter Ali Banisadr. Born in Iran in 1976, Banisadr is known for his densely populated paintings that draw from his childhood experiences of the Iran-Iraq War. His work is currently featured in the exhibition “Bosch & Banisadr, Ali Banisadr: We Work in Shadows at Gemäldegalerie,” which recently opened at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and has been included in exhibitions ranging from “Love Me/Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors” (2013) at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, to the Fifty-Fifth Venice Biennale. The New York–based artist will have his first solo exhibition at Kasmin Gallery in early 2021.

Ali Banisadr, 2019. Photo: Diego Flores.