August 16, 2013

Tacoma Art Museum Receives $2 Million Grant from State

The Tacoma Art Museum has received $2 million from the state of Washington, subsidizing the institution’s current $15.5 million expansion project, reports Rosemary Ponnekanti of the News Tribune. The grant is part of the Department of Commerce’s State of Washington Building for the Arts program, which provides funding for twelve nonprofit cultural organizations. TAM will use the grant for the museum’s new Haub Western American Art wing and redesigned entry, scheduled to open on September 5 of this year.

August 16, 2013

International News Digest


Score one for artistic freedoms: As the BBC reports, Jonathan Meese has been acquitted of all charges, after he was hauled to court for performing a Nazi salute twice at an event called “Megalomania in the Art World” at Kassel University. Though public displays of Nazi symbolism are illegal in Germany, Meese and his lawyers successfully argued that his gesture, and his use of the swastika symbol, are meant satirically. “Art has triumphed,” Meese said after the verdict was announced. “Now I am free.” reports that ArtChronika, a leading Russian art magazine, will be shutting down, according to the Baibakov Art Projects blog, which notes that the magazine drew attention to the Pussy Riot case with its iconic cover story. Founded in 1999, the magazine was taken over by Shalva Breus, who also established the ArtChronika Foundation, and has been led since 2011 by editor-in-chief Maria Roguleva. Word is the magazine’s staff has quit en masse, which has led to much speculation in the press.

In more news from Russia, Norman Foster’s architectural firm has resigned from its role in the expansion of Moscow’s State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts—a project that has stalled over disputes between officials and preservationists, reports Sophia Kishkovsky in the Art Newspaper. Foster’s resignation took place after a challenge from Moscow’s lead architect, Sergei Kuznetsov, “demanding that Foster take a more active role in the project and prove his commitment by coming to the Russian capital within a month,” notes Kishkovsky. But Foster + Partners asserted that it had already earlier quit the job, and specified that its name could not be used in conjunction with the project, because it had been elbowed out of project-development discussions. “This was despite numerous attempts by the practice to continue working with the museum,” said the firm.

Over in Brazil, the Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo has announced the winners of its annual awards, notes ArtNexus. Regina Silveira won in the “Whole Oeuvre” category and Odires Mlászho has been named “Artist of the Year 2012–2013”; both will receive around $86,000. Meanwhile, Rodrigo Braga, who’s been recognized in the “Emerging Artist” category, will win approximately $30,000.

August 15, 2013

Jasper Johns Assistant Charged With Theft of Artist’s Work

James Meyer, the longtime assistant to artist Jasper Johns, was arrested yesterday on charges that he stole twenty-two works by the artist, reports Patricia Cohen of the New York Times. Allegedly, Meyer sold the works to an unnamed New York gallery for $6.5 million dollars, claiming the works were given to him as gifts from the artist and would be included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné. Meyer, fifty-one, has assisted Johns for twenty-seven years. He has pled not guilty to charges of transporting goods and wire fraud.

August 15, 2013

Graham Foundation Announces 2013 Grantees

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts has announced its 2013 grantees. The grants, which total $448,000, have been awarded to forty projects by organizations that demonstrate originality in the field of architecture, which include independent publishers, community-based organizations, architecture galleries and museums, and architecture and design schools. Among the projects awarded: a publication on Chandigarh and Casablanca by the Canadian Center for Architecture; a series of online articles in Places Journal; an exhibition on architect Lebbeus Woods organized by the Southern California Institute of Architecture; and a dedicated architecture and environment residency at Headlands Center for the Arts. Founded in 1956 by Chicago-based architect Ernest R. Graham, the Graham Foundation seeks to foster the development and exchange of ideas about architecture and its role in the arts and society.

August 15, 2013

Kasper König Named Chief Curator of Manifesta 10

Kasper König has been named chief curator of Manifesta 10. The 2014 biennial will be hosted at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Berlin-based König was until recently the director of Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and has previously served as professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, as well as curator for numerous large-scale exhibitions. Manifesta, which focuses on education with its emphasis on public programming, will celebrate its twentieth anniversary at the museum, an institution that will be celebrating its own anniversary—its 250th—that same year.

August 15, 2013

Ed Ruscha Joins SF MoMA Board of Trustees

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced the election of artist Ed Ruscha to its board of trustees. The board, which previously included painter Robert Bechtle, reserves one seat for an artist, who is elected for a term of three years and whose responsibilities include representing the artistic community, seeking out new audiences, and collaborating with the long-term vision of the institution. SF MoMA hosted Ruscha’s first museum retrospective in 1982. The artist joins the board during the beginning stages of the museum’s expansion project, set to be completed in 2016.

August 13, 2013

Denver Art Museum Receives Gift of Art and $500,000

The Denver Art Museum in Colorado has received a gift of fifty paintings and sculptures from the western art collection of Henry Roath, reports Randy Kennedy of the New York Times. The gift includes works by lbert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran (the museum’s first of the artist’s work), Frederic Remington, Ernest L. Blumenschein, and the Taos Society of Artists. Roath, a retired lawyer and banker based in Denver who began collecting art four decades ago, will also donate $500,000 to the museum to establish a fund for acquisitions. More than sixty pieces from Roath’s collection have already been on long-term loan to the museum since 2011.

August 13, 2013

Kohl’s Donates $2 Million to Milwaukee Art Museum

Kohl’s Corporation has announced it will donate $2 million over the next three years to the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin, reports Stacey Vogel Davis of the Business Journal. The gift fosters Kohl’s Art Generation program, which funds the new exhibits in “Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery” in October 2013 and September 2015 as well as the updates to Kohl’s Art Generation Lab that provides children with a behind-the-scenes look at the happenings of the museum.

August 12, 2013

Performa Announces First Commissions for 2013

Performa has announced its first commissions for the biennial’s fifth edition, Performa 13, set to take place in New York on November 1-24, 2013. The commissions include work by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Subodh Gupta (IN), Rosa Barba (IT), Alexandre Singh (UK), Marianne Vitale (USA), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Ryan McNamara (USA), Pawel Althamer (PO), Nicholas Hlobo (SA), Tori Wrĺnes (NO), Florian Hecker (DE), and Rashid Johnson (USA). Each artist will create new live pieces for this year’s program, which concerns the theme of citizenship. “Several of the commissions confront our sense of humanity, of community,” says Performa founding director and curator RoseLee Goldberg, “and what it means to be a citizen in our twenty-first-century world of immigrant nations.”