March 21, 2008

Grant for Carnegie Museum of Art; New Director for Qatar Museums Authority

Artdaily reports that the Pittsburgh-based Fine Foundation has awarded Carnegie Museum of Art a grant of $150,000 for an initiative that will use new media to expand the museum’s outreach to teens and provide pathways by which museum and online visitors can experience Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International. The Carnegie International Young Audiences Engagement Project will involve a group of local teens who will interact with the art and artists of the 2008 International and parlay their experiences into web site content and formats. “We are grateful to the Fine Foundation for its timely and generous assistance in reaching an important audience for the Carnegie International,” said Richard Armstrong, the Henry J. Heinz II director of Carnegie Museum of Art. The 2008 Carnegie International will include work by forty artists, for many of whom this will be their American museum debut, and will include approximately 200 works in a wide range of media.

Roger Mandle, who is stepping down as president of the Rhode Island School of Design when his contract expires on July 31, has been named executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority, reports Carol Vogel in the New York Times. The Qatar Museums Authority is overseeing the building of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, designed by I.M. Pei and scheduled to open in November.

March 21, 2008

National Gallery of Art Adds Nearly One Hundred Works to Photography Collection

The National Gallery of Art in Washington is adding nearly one hundred works to its photography collection, including prime examples by major artists from the 1960s and ’70s, reports the New York Times' Carol Vogel. The photographs come from the collection of Eileen and Michael Cohen of New York, in a part-gift, part-purchase transaction arranged by the Chelsea dealer David Zwirner.There is a rare black-and-white print of Bruce Nauman’s Self-Portrait as a Fountain, 1966, his seminal work that nods to Duchamp’s famous readymade of 1917. Also included are several pieces by members of Arte Povera, the 1960s Italian movement that used everyday materials as a way to blur the lines between art and life. These photographs are the National Gallery’s first Arte Povera acquisitions in any medium. But many of the photographs dovetail with the museum’s holdings of paintings, drawings, and prints. “We had a number of works by these artists, but few representatives of their photographs,” said Sarah Greenough, the National Gallery’s photography curator. Until now, the museum had paintings, drawings, and prints by Warhol but no photographs. Now it has a set of four of his Polaroid self-portraits.

March 21, 2008

Winners of New Museum's Altoid Awards; Creative Capital Receives TOBY Fund Gift

The winners of the $25,000 Altoids Awards for American emerging artists have been announced. Ei Arakawa of New York City; Michael Patterson-Carver of Portland, Oregon; Lauren Kelley of Houston, Texas; and Michael Stickrod of New Haven, Connecticut were selected among forty-six nominees by a jury composed of artists Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The prize is awarded biennially by the New Museum and Altoids to four artists nominated and selected by a panel comprised entirely of other artists. In addition to cash prizes, the 2008 award recipients will appear in a joint exhibition organized by Massimiliano Gioni, director of special exhibitions at the New Museum, on view from June 25 through October 12, offering these artists their earliest exposure to a broad, international museum audience. “For so many of these artists, this is a life-changing opportunity, and that is exactly what we are here for—to champion emerging artists and to consistently offer our audiences the chance to experience new art and new ideas from a variety of perspectives,” said Lisa Phillips, the Toby Devan Lewis director of the New Museum.

Creative Capital is the recipient of a major, three-year gift from the TOBY Fund, established by collector, philanthropist, and former curator Toby Devan Lewis. This $540,000 gift specifically supports the production costs of Creative Capital emerging fields artists, a category that encompasses artists whose work includes imaginative uses of new technologies, as well as genre-blurring applications of familiar creative practices. “From our very first grant round in 1999, Creative Capital was committed to artists whose work doesn't neatly fit the usual discipline categories,” said Creative Capital¹s president Ruby Lerner. “While the sometimes indefinable nature of these projects is tremendously exciting, it also creates a handicap, as this kind of work often lacks the support infrastructure of more traditionally defined disciplines. Ms. Lewis has always had a similar passion for artists who boldly cross all sorts of boundaries‹discipline, aesthetic, thematic—and we're thrilled that the TOBY Fund for Emerging Fields at Creative Capital will draw more attention to how these artists challenge the very landscape of the contemporary arts.” The TOBY Fund grant will allow Creative Capital to support more of its emerging fields grantees at the $50,000 level, the organization's maximum award. To date, Creative Capital has funded 48 emerging fields projects representing sixty-five artists, with $1.1 million in direct funding and more than $1 million in artist services. Artists previously supported through this category include Cory Arcangel, Luca Buvoli, Hasan Elahi, Marie Sester, and art collectives such as the Yes Men and SubRosa.

March 21, 2008

The American Institute of Architects' 2008 Housing Awards Winners

The American Institute of Architects has announced the recipients of its annual awards for excellence in housing design. An image gallery of the winners can be found at the Los Angeles Times' website. The eight AIA winners in the one- or two-family housing category included the Streeter House in Deep Haven, Minnesota, by Duluth-based Salmela Architect. The house is constructed of simple elements such as Glulam beams, glass, and structural insulated panels. Another winning entry, by Lake/Flato Architects, reimagined the classic Lake Tahoe cabin as a construction of weathered wood, exposed concrete and rusted Cor-Ten steel. The jury for the 2008 Housing Awards included: Jury chair Sanford Steinberg, Steinberg Design Collaborative LLP, David Jameson, David Jameson, architect; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record; Charles F. McAfee, McAfee3 Architects; and Mark McInturff, McInturff Architects. The jury recognized projects in four award categories: one- and two-family custom housing, multifamily housing, one- and two-family production housing, and special housing. A full list of the winners can be found here.

March 20, 2008

Graciela Iturbide Wins 2008 Hasselblad Foundation Award

The Hasselblad Foundation has announced that the 2008 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography will be awarded to Mexico City–based artist Graciela Iturbide. The foundation notes that Iturbide “has developed a photographic style based on her strong interest in culture, ritual, and everyday life in her native Mexico and other countries. Iturbide has extended the concept of documentary photography to explore the relationships between man and nature, the individual and the cultural, the real and the psychological.” Iturbide will receive five hundred thousand Swedish krona (eighty thousand dollars) and a gold medal at a ceremony on October 25 at the Hasselblad Center in Göteborg, Sweden, where she will also have a solo show. Previous winners include Nan Goldin, Lee Friedlander, and Bernd and Hilla Becher.

March 20, 2008

$1.75 Million to Saint Louis Art Museum; Cleveland Museum Acquires New Works

The Saint Louis Art Museum received a $1.75 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to endow two full-time assistant or associate curator positions at the museum, reports the Saint Louis Business Journal. The grant must be matched dollar for dollar through new contributions to the Saint Louis Art Museum Foundation. The search for candidates will begin after the required matching funds have been secured. The museum was awarded a previous grant in 1990 that is currently supporting Mellon Fellowships in pre-Columbian and modern art.

The Cleveland Museum of Art announced several key additions to its collection approved by the Collections Committee at its March meeting, including a set of twelve fan paintings by the twentieth-century Chinese artist, Fu Baoshi, and an important self-portrait by Max Beckmann, reports Artdaily. “The Cleveland Museum of Art is committed to strengthening an encyclopedic collection that is already widely considered to be one of the finest of its type in this country,” museum director Timothy Rub said. "With the addition of twelve fan paintings by Fu Baoshi, the CMA has demonstrated its commitment to extending its holdings of Chinese art into the modern period.” The majority of the paintings bear dedicatory inscriptions indicating that they were painted for the artist’s wife, Shihui, and his eldest daughter, Yishan. Max Beckmann executed more than eighty self-portraits in all media during his career; in Self-Portrait with Bowler Hat, 1921, he presents himself not as an artist, but as a well-to-do burgher with bowler hat, suit, tie, and cigarette.

March 20, 2008

Seven Indicted for Selling Fake Picassos, Warhols

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged seven dealers who played key roles in international art-fraud rings that reaped more than five million dollars selling thousands of fake limited-edition prints around the world. Michael Higgins and Jeff Coen report in the Chicago Tribune that one of the Northbrook, Chicago, dealers, Michael Zabrin, spoke in code as he discussed the counterfeit prints over the telephone with his European contacts, according to the charges. Zabrin went so far as to provide many customers with certificates that purported to prove the authenticity of the limited-edition prints, but prosecutors said they were fraudulent as well. The second local dealer, James Kennedy, forged the signatures of celebrated artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Joan Miro and traveled the country to sell the fakes at art shows, authorities said. Leon Amiel Jr., a New York art broker charged in the same indictment as Kennedy, allegedly placed shill bids on the forgeries on eBay, the Internet auction site, to try to jack up prices. “Literally thousands of people in different countries and on different continents may come to learn that when they thought they bought an original work signed by Picasso or Dali or Chagall, they in fact bought a fake,” US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said during a news conference.

March 19, 2008

Sonsbeek 2008 Artist List Announced

Artistic director Anna Tilroe has released a list of twenty-eight participating artists, representing fourteen countries, who will participate in the tenth international Sonsbeek sculpture exhibition this summer. The exhibition, “Grandeur,” will feature Alain Séchas, Ana Maria Tavares, Body Condon, Charlie Roberts, Eylem Aladogan, El Anatsui, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, Hans van Houwelingen, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Johan Creten, Johan Simons, Joseph Sumégné, Marijke van Warmerdam, Matthew Monahan, Michel François, Nindityo Adipurnomo and Mella Jaarsma, Rini Hurkmans, Rona Pondick, Serge Onnen, Stephen Wilks, Lara Schnitger, Thomas Houseago, Tomas Saraceno, Willem Boshoff, and Yasue Maetake.

March 19, 2008

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2008 Art Awards

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of nine artists who will receive its 2008 awards in art, which will be presented in May at the Academy’s annual ceremonial event. Five Academy Awards in Art will be given; the winners are Llyn Foulkes, Eric Holzman, Judith Linhares, Gordon Moore, and Susan Smith. Charles Long will receive the Award of Merit Medal for Sculpture, Anna Conway the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art, Mark Greenwold the Jimmy Ernst Award in Art, and Marc Trujillo the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Painting.