December 12, 2014

Fulton Ryder to Close

Fulton Ryder, the Upper East Side bookstore founded by artist Richard Prince, will close its doors on December 25. Inspired by the late John McWhinnie, a rare-book dealer and gallerist who had collaborated with Prince on several occasions, Fulton Ryder specializes in artists' books, rare magazines, collectibles, and sometimes exhibitions of work by Prince himself. It welcomes visitors by appointment and has been operated by Fabiola Alondra. The project announced the closing of its physical space in an email to its mailing list, but it will continue with other projects.

December 12, 2014

Michel du Cille (1956–2014)

Lorena Muoz-Alonso reports at Artnet that the photojournalist Michel du Cille died unexpectedly yesterday of a heart attack while on assignment in Liberia. Du Cille, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was awarded his first in 1985 for Spot News Photography with the Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy for their coverage of the eruption of Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano. He joined the Washington Post in 1988 and worked for that newspaper for the next twenty-six years, which included time as director of photography and assistant managing editor, before resuming his work as a full-time photographer. Du Cille was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956 and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's in the same subject from Ohio University.

December 12, 2014

Guy Bennet Named Director of Collections and Acquisitions at Qatar Museums

Carol Vogel reports in the New York Times that Guy Bennett, a former Christie’s expert turned dealer, has been named the director of collections and acquisitions for the Qatar Museums, formerly known as the Qatar Museums Authority. The chairwoman of the Qatar Museums, Sheikha al-Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, said, “We welcome Guy’s expertise in building our collection as the Qatar Museums prepares to transition to the next phase of development.”

December 11, 2014

Jochen Volz Named Curator of 2016 So Paulo Biennial

Jochen Volz has been named curator of the thirty-second So Paulo Biennial, reports Artnet. Volz is currently head of programs at the Serpentine Galleries in London. He previously spent eight years as curator and artistic director at the Instituto Inhotim in Brazil and also curated the 2009 Venice Biennale along with Daniel Birnbaum. In the 2006 So Paulo Biennial, he contributed a presentation paying homage to Marcel Broodthaers.

The So Paulo Biennial, launched in 1951, is the second oldest biennial in the world (after Venice). It has been staged since 1957 at the Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

December 11, 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum Receives $5 Million for Sculpture Garden

The St. Louis Art Museum has received five million dollars to begin construction of a sculpture garden. The gift comes from board president Barbara Taylor and her husband, Enterprise Holdings chairman Andy Taylor. David Hunn of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the money will pay for the planting of 450 trees, installation of sculptures already owned by the museum, and establishment of a two-million-dollar garden endowment, among other things.

December 10, 2014

Chair of Met Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints to Step Down

George R. Goldner, who’s been the Drue Heinz chair of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of drawings and prints for twenty-one years, has decided to step down from his role. Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s CEO and director, announced that Nadine Orenstein—a curator in the department specializing in European paintings—will become Drue Heinz curator in charge of the department. Said Campbell of Goldner, “He has led his talented team of curators in making an astonishing number of acquisitions—8,200—beginning with an exquisite Perugino drawing that was his first purchase for the museum. Our current exhibition “Paper Chase” presents more than sixty superb works by such masters as William Blake, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian, in celebration of George’s accomplishments.”

December 10, 2014

Florida Street Artist Hit by Police Car Dies

Charles Rabin reports in the Miami Herald that Delbert Rodriguez Gutierrez, a street artist who went by the name Demz, has passed away. As reported earlier, Gutierrez had been listed in critical condition after he’d been hit by a police car in a chase that ensued after he’d allegedly been caught painting on private property in Miami’s Wynwood district. Rabin notes that Gutierrez’s accident happened the same day a group of local activists gathered in Midtown Miami to remember Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by police officers who were both recently cleared by grand juries.

December 10, 2014

Jane Freilicher (1924–2014)

Jane Freilicher, Yellow, 2009.

Artist Jane Freilicher has passed away. Known for her sensitive paintings of rural and urban scenes, Freilicher was one of the few women to be member of a legendary group of New York painters and poets, including John Ashbery, whose book Quick Question she highlighted in the Summer 2013 issue of Artforum, noting, "I’ve been reading his poems since the Middle Ages. They are refreshing and take you to a new realm you can inhabit for a while.” Freilicher was a recipient of an NEA grant and an Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and her works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC; and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The American Academy of Arts and Letters recognized her with a gold medal for painting in 2005. Her archive is currently owned by the Houghton Library at Harvard University.

December 10, 2014

Guggenheim Foundation Approves Twenty-Year Extension of Bilbao Agreement

Guggenheim Bilbao

The Guggenheim Foundation’s board has decided to renew the agreement governing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for another twenty years. Juan Ignacio Vidarte, director general of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and deputy director and chief officer for global strategies of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, said, “Since it opened, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has had a transformative effect on the region and the world, changing the way people think about and experience both museums and art. Together with our colleagues in New York, we look forward to continuing this fruitful exploration and exchange.” Since it opened its doors in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has staged nearly 140 exhibitions and brought in almost seventeen million visitors.