January 18, 2013

Christopher D’Amelio Joins David Zwirner as Partner

Christopher D’Amelio will be David Zwirner’s fifth partner. Carol Vogel of the New York Times reports that he is in the process of closing his gallery and will run Zwirner’s second Chelsea space, which will open February 15. D’Amelio was a director at Paula Cooper before starting his own space with Lucien Terras, which he later ran on his own. “Chris brings a lot of experience and knowledge, especially when it comes to Minimalism,” said Zwirner, who represents the estates of Dan Flavin and Donald Judd.

January 17, 2013

James H. Ottaway Becomes Chair of Storm King Board

The Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY, has announced that James H. Ottaway Jr. will be the next chair of its board of trustees. He will replace H. Peter Stern, who stepped down this year. Ottaway, who has been on the board since 1986, is a former journalist, and senior vice president at the Dow Jones & Company, as well as a former member of the Dow Jones board, reports Dan Duray for GalleristNY.

January 17, 2013

Holly Hotchner Resigns from Museum of Arts and Design

Holly Hotchner, the director of the Museum of Arts and Design, has announced that she will be stepping down from her position in April. This year will mark Hotchner’s sixteenth year as director of MAD. In a statement she said, “To be able to build a new museum in this city, already so full with culture, and to develop such a dedicated and growing audience is more than I had ever dreamed. On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of our new home, I feel that it would be best for the institution I have nurtured and love to build upon all that has been achieved and move forward into the future with new leadership.” The museum has appointed David Gordon, formerly director of the Milwaukee Art Museum and secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, to serve as acting director and to start to take over the day-to-day management of the museum, but will begin the search for a permanent director immediately.

January 16, 2013

Inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Award Goes to Trisha Brown

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has announced that choreographer Trisha Brown has won its inaugural Robert Rauschenberg Award. A donation of $720,000 from the Rauschenberg Foundation and the artist’s estate permanently endowed the $25,000 annual grant, which was established to honor Rauschenberg’s “legacy of innovation, risk-taking and experimentation.” Brown—the renowned choreographer whose most recent work, I’m going to toss my arms—if you catch them they’re yours, is making its premiere this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music—received support from the FCA in the 1970s. “We imagine that Bob, who had a long friendship and working relationship with Trisha, would have been pleased to know that she is the first recipient of this award,” said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

January 16, 2013

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Announces 2013 Artist Grants

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has announced the recipients of its 2012 Grants to Artists program. Fourteen unrestricted grants of $25,000 each (a total of $350,000), are to be awarded to artists based in the United States and internationally. The grantees are selected by a panel that includes the directors of the foundation, and drawn from nominations submitted by artists and arts professionals.

The 2013 recipients are:

January 16, 2013

Tania Bruguera Wins 2013 Meadows Prize

Artist Tania Bruguera has been named one of the two winners of the 2013 Meadows Prize. She will receive a $25,000 stipend as well as a four-week residency in Dallas, collaborating with students at the Meadows School of the Arts to create a work that will either end up in Dallas or make its debut in the city. The Cuban-born Bruguera works in behavior art, performance, installation, and video. Nadia Sirota, violist, has been named the other winner of this year’s prize.

January 16, 2013

Chief Curator Position Endowed at the Guggenheim

GalleristNY’s Michael H. Miller reports that the Guggenheim Museum’s board president Jennifer Stockman and her husband David have endowed the chief curator position at the museum, currently held by Nancy Spector. “Nancy Spector is the preeminent curator of contemporary art who has come to be known for her expectation-shattering installations,” said Stockman in a statement. “David and I are thrilled to endow her position so her precedent-setting work can continue.”

January 16, 2013

Deputy Director of British Museum Steps Down

The Art Newspaper reports that Andrew Burnett, the director of the British Museum in London, retired last month after a decade in his position, during which he oversaw the development of the museum’s World Conservation and Exhibition Center, slated to open next year. Burnett worked in the museum’s department of coins and medals prior to becoming deputy director. Last year, he was awarded a CBE.

January 15, 2013

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards College Art Association $630,000

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College Art Association a grant of six hundred and thirty thousand dollars to create a code of best practices for the both the creation and curation of artworks and scholarly publishing in the visual arts. The association will develop, publish, and disseminate standards of fair use based on copyright issues and creative practices in art production, scholarship, museum curation, and visual arts editing. The project begins this month and is set to be completed in 2016. Said the association’s board president Anne Collins Goodyear: “The challenges and uncertainties faced by artists and art historians today in securing rights to reproduce works of art in hard copy and electronically—and the difficulties in knowing when the law might require securing such rights—have serious adverse consequences for creative practice. Both scholarly and artistic projects are often compromised or even abandoned because of the arduous and expensive process of clearing permissions. An improved understanding of the scope of fair use and a field-wide agreement on its application will be invaluable to all practitioners in the visual arts.”