September 7, 2012

Dmitri Plavinsky (1936–2012)

Dmitri Plavinsky, a pivotal artist in the Soviet Union’s nonconformist art movement, has passed away at the age of seventy-six. Artdaily reports that Plavinsky played a substantial role in overthrowing the “state-enforced mandates of socialist realism” and paved the way for the development of contemporary art in Russia. Michael Mezzatesta, an expert on the artist’s oeuvre and director of the Duke University Nasher Museum of Art, said that his work “probed the roots of the Russian spirit. He never lost faith in its strength or historical richness. Plavinsky’s art remains a lasting legacy to one of the motherland’s greatest artists of his generation.” Plavinsky’s work is housed in collections at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum Ludwig in Koln as well as displayed widely in permanent collections at museums throughout Russia.

September 6, 2012

Mark Manders to Represent Dutch Pavilion at 2013 Venice Biennale

Sculptor Mark Manders has been selected for the 2013 Venice Biennale's Dutch Pavilion, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, reports GalleristNY. Manders, born in 1968, is represented by Tonya Bonakdar and frequently makes work with common building materials. He has had solo exhibitions at venues ranging from Castello di Rivoli in Italy to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

September 6, 2012

Bridget Riley Wins Sikkens Prize

Bridget Riley will be honored with the Sikkens Prize from the Sikkens Foundation, based in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, reports GalleristNY. The prize has been given every two years since 1959 to honor the “social, cultural, and scientific developments in society in which color plays a specific role.” Previous recipients include Donald Judd and Jan Dibbets. Riley will be awarded the prize by the Museum of Modern Art’s emeritus curator at large, John Elderfield, at a ceremony on October 28 at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague.

September 6, 2012

The Warhol Foundation and Christie’s Announce Partnership for Sales

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Christie’s have announced that they have partnered for future sales of Andy Warhol’s collection. This partnership was undertaken to increase the foundation’s endowment in order to sustain its support of the visual arts. Christie’s will conduct phased sales over a period of years using multiple platforms, including single-artist live auctions, private sales, and continuing online auctions, while the foundation will continue to donate significant works to museums. Joel Wachs, president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, said in a statement: “These sales will provide unprecedented global access to Andy Warhol’s work, in keeping with the artist’s own democratizing philosophy and working methods. The gifts we will make to museums along with the enhanced grant making made possible by the art sales, when taken together, will underscore Warhol’s legacy and impact on the art world and will provide an even more secure basis to expand that philanthropy in the future.”

September 5, 2012

Anne-Imelda Radice to Direct American Folk Art Museum

The New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin reports that Anne-Imelda Radice has been named the new director of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The institution made headlines last year for almost closing its doors due to financial woes. Radice, who recently worked as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will begin next week. A doctorate in art and architectural history, she was the first director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and an assistant curator at National Gallery of Art.

September 5, 2012

Julio Cesar Morales Begins as Curator of Arizona State University’s Art Museum

Artist, educator, and curator Julio Cesar Morales is the new curator at Arizona State University’s art museum. Morales’s artwork has appeared in venues ranging from the Los Angeles County Art Museum to the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and he has participated in the 2009 Lyon Biennale and the 2007 Istanbul Biennale. As a curator, he organized the San Francisco Art Institute’s exhibition “Living in Studio Kuchar,” 2012, on the filmmaker George Kuchar, and “The One Who Sees Blindly,” 2012, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he was adjunct curator since 2008. Said Morales about his new role, “The ASU Art Museum holds an important place in the critical and contemporary art world, and I am honored to join the team.”

September 5, 2012

Art Berlin Contemporary Names Maike Cruse Director

Curator Maike Cruse has been named the 2013 director of abc art berlin contemporary. As a component of Berlin Art Week, abc brings together national and international galleries presenting contemporary art. Cruse was previously press spokeswoman for the KW Institute of Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennial for contemporary art. She cofounded and coorganized Galerie im Regierungsviertel and the Forgotten Bar in Kreuzberg, Berlin. She has been a freelance curator since 2011.

September 4, 2012

Patrick Moore Appointed Deputy Director of Andy Warhol Museum

Patrick Moore, the director of development at the Andy Warhol Museum since 2011, has been appointed deputy director, reports GalleristNY. Moore has previously worked as the new business development director at the Persad Center, a counseling center that focuses on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. The Warhol Museum’s director, Eric Shiner, described Moore as a “consummate professional.”

September 4, 2012

Columbia and MoMA Acquire Frank Lloyd Wright Archives

The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University have jointly acquired the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright, which include 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale presentation models, manuscripts, correspondence, and other documents. Columbia will hold all the paper-based material, including drawings, photographs, and correspondence, and MoMA will house the three-dimensional works, including prototypes and models.

Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson chief curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and professor in the Art History and Archeology department at Columbia, said: “At MoMA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work will be in conversation with great modern artists and architects such as Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier . . . . This collaboration provides opportunities to reposition Wright as a key figure in the larger development of modern art and architecture, after decades of scholarship that have often emphasized his lone genius and his unique Americanness. A new chapter in appreciating Wright is opened by this new setting for his legacy.”