April 28, 2017

Gladstone Gallery to Represent Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

Gladstone Gallery announced today that it will represent the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe in New York. An exhibition of his works will be presented at the gallery’s 515 West Twenty-Fourth Street location in spring 2018. “Robert was one of my closest friends, and we worked on a series of portfolios together in the 1980s,” Barbara Gladstone said in a statement. “His work and his personality made a profound and eternal impact on my life, and we are thrilled to support the efforts of his foundation to ensure his spirit is kept alive and that he remains one of the world’s most influential artists of the twentieth century.”

Born in Queens, New York, in 1946, Mapplethorpe left home in 1962 to enroll at the Pratt Institute, where he studied painting and sculpture, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1970. Throughout his career, Mapplethorpe captured a diverse mix of subjects with his lens, including male and female nudes, celebrity and commissioned portraits, New York’s subculture scenes, and still lifes. Among the institutions that staged solo exhibitions of his work are the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

April 28, 2017

Tate Staff Angered over Parting Gift for Nicholas Serota

Nicholas Serota

Staff members of Tate—many of whom are not paid London’s living wage—are up in arms after the organization requested donations for buying outgoing director Nicholas Serota a sailboat as a parting gift, Hannah Ellis-Petersen of The Guardian reports.

Employees were outraged after a notice stating that museum officials thought “long and hard” about a gift for Serota, who will leave Tate in May, and that it planned to purchase a sailboat, as a “very special reminder of the high regard which I know so many of us have for Nick and his contribution to Tate,” was posted in staff rooms at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Tate staff’s union representative Tracy Edwards said that workers first thought the signs were a hoax. “The staff at Tate are underpaid and overworked, and haven’t had appropriate pay rises, and this just demonstrates how divorced from reality the management at Tate are. It seems to me they’ve made a big error of judgment.”

April 28, 2017

Hauser & Wirth to Represent Geta Brătescu

Geta Brătescu

Hauser & Wirth announced today that it will represent Romanian artist Geta Brătescu in collaboration with her longtime dealer Marian Ivan of Ivan Gallery. The ninety-one-year-old pioneer of Romanian Conceptualism often explores themes of identity, gender, and dematerialization in her works. The gallery will present an exhibition of her works at its Twenty-Second Street space in November.

“We are thrilled to announce our representation of Geta Brătescu and look forward to working with Ivan Gallery and Galerie Barbara Weiss in the advancement of this seminal artist’s reputation,” Manuela Wirth said in a statement. “Marian Ivan’s close relationship with Geta is inspiring, and parallels our own approach to working with the artists in our care. I have been collecting Brătescu’s work in-depth for many years and have closely followed her artistic journey, so am now particularly excited to become intimately involved in the artist’s story in a professional capacity. She joins a family of strong women artists at the gallery who share a dialogue grounded in bringing intense physicality into their art making processes.”

Brătescu will represent Romania at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which opens May 13, and at Documenta 14, taking place in Athens and Kassel. With a career spanning fifty years, Brătescu has represented the country in a number of international biennials, including the Venice Biennale in 1960 and 2013 as well as the S„o Paulo Bienal in 1983 and 1987.

April 28, 2017

Lorie Mertes to Lead Miami’s Locust Projects

Lorie Mertes

The Miami nonprofit exhibition space Locust Projects announced today that Lorie Mertes has been appointed executive director. Currently the director of public programs at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, Mertes will officially assume the position on May 5. She succeeds Chana Budgazad Sheldon, who is stepping down after eight years to pursue new opportunities.

“Lorie’s ingenuity and ambition will prove invaluable at a time when Locust Projects celebrates two decades of programming and looks towards implementing a strategic planning process to map our path for the years to come,” said board chair Debra Scholl.

Mertes will be responsible for overseeing Locust’s exhibition program and annual programs such as Locust Art Builders, which provides artist-led instruction and resources to Miami-Dade high school students, and Locust Talks, a lecture series that hosts visiting directors and curators.

April 28, 2017

Vito Acconci (1940–2017)

Vito Acconci

The legendary artist Vito Acconci, best known for his works from the 1960s and 1970s for which he performed a number of controversial acts ranging from biting himself to masturbating under the floorboards of Sonnabend Gallery, has died at the age of seventy-seven. According to art dealer Kenny Schacter, the cause of death was a stroke.

Born in the Bronx in 1940, Acconci earned his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and his master’s degree in writing at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1964 before returning to New York. Over the course of his career, he created a diverse body of work in poetry, criticism, performance art, sound, film and video, photography, and sculpture that often explored themes of the human body and the relationship between himself and the public space. In the 1970s he created works reflecting his interest in architecture, landscape, and furniture design, and in the 1980s he began making sculptures that required viewer participation.

Since his first solo show in 1969, at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Acconci has participated in numerous exhibitions. Retrospectives have been organized by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 1978; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1980; and MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, in 2016. He also taught at several institutions including the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, the San Francisco Art Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the School of Visual Arts in New York.

April 28, 2017

Berlin Biennale Announces Curatorial Team for Tenth Edition

Gabi Ngcobo

Gabi Ngcobo, the curator of the Tenth Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, has invited Moses Serubiri, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Thiago de Paula, and Yvette Mutumba to collaborate with her as the curatorial team for the exhibition. In addition, graphic designer Maziyar Pahlevan was tapped to create the visual identity for this edition of the Biennial.

According to the Biennial’s website, each member of the team has “ongoing, malleable, and open-ended research interests,” and their creative output “continuously reflect[s] historical and current shifts and their uneasy entanglements.” The members have also worked previously with Ngcobo on various initiatives.

Opening on June 9, 2018, and running until September, the Biennial “proposes a plan for how to face collective madness” by focusing on strategies of self-preservation, the act of dismantling dominant structures, and building from a nonhierarchical position.

April 28, 2017

Francesco Manacorda Joins V-A-C Foundation as Artistic Director

Francesco Manacorda. Photo: Michael James O’Brien

Dedicated to the development and international presentation of Russian contemporary culture, the V-A-C Foundation announced today that Francesco Manacorda has been named its new artistic director. He currently serves as the artistic director of Tate Liverpool, which he joined in 2012. Manacorda will take up the post in September.

“I have followed closely the developments of V-A-C Foundation since it was established in 2009 and have been a huge admirer of their risk-taking, rigorous, and experimental approach,” Manacorda said. “I am delighted to join the team in a moment of great expansion in Moscow and Venice that will cement V-A-C’s international reach and present incredible opportunities for artists from all over the world.”

While at Tate Liverpool, Manacorda’s term was marked by his focus on education. He created a new take on programming at the institution, integrating exhibitions, learning, and research by presenting monographic exhibitions of modern artists alongside solo shows of contemporary artists, such as Piet Mondrian and Nasreen Mohamedi, Francis Bacon and Ella Kruglyaskaya with Maria Lassnig, and Jackson Pollock and Geta Bratescu with Glenn Ligon.

April 28, 2017

Phillips Names Julia Roxana Heinen as Regional Director for Switzerland

Julia Roxana Heinen

Phillips has announced the appointment of Julia Roxana Heinen as a specialist and regional director for Switzerland for twentieth-century and contemporary art. Heinen is currently the senior specialist for postwar and contemporary art at Bonhams in London.

“Switzerland has always been an important market for contemporary art and a home to many serious art collectors,” Cheyenne Westphal, global chairman of Phillips, said. “I am delighted that Julia has joined our team as part of our major global expansion as we work to provide clients throughout Europe the best service across all of the collecting categories in which we specialize. She will partner with Phillips’ senior executives in Europe, Asia, and the United States to further develop our global client relationships, focusing on delivering best-in-class services and engagement opportunities to today’s collectors.”

During her tenure at Bonhams, Heinen worked on auctions in London, New York, and Hong Kong, establishing an international client database for the auction house by focusing primarily on German and Swiss collectors.

April 27, 2017

Do Ho Suh Awarded Ho-Am Prize for the Arts

Do Ho Suh

Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh has been named the 2017 winner of the $275,000 Ho-Am Prize for the Arts. Established in 1990 by Kun-Hee Lee, the chairman of Samsung, the annual prize honors Koreans who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, engineering, medicine, community service, and the arts.

Born in Seoul in 1962, Suh earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Oriental painting from Seoul National University before relocating to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Suh is perhaps best known for creating colorful, translucent sculptures that reimagine his childhood homes in Seoul and his adolescence in the United States. In a statement issued by the prize, Suh was selected for his ability to “capture not only the real world but also the imaginary world, which encompasses the past and the present as well as the East and the West [via] the artist’s efforts to express his experiences of traversing different cultures, thereby elevating the status of the Korean art.”

In the February 2015 issue of Artforum, architecture critic Julian Rose reviewed an exhibition of Suh’s work at the Contemporary Austin. He wrote: “So many weighty themes are piled onto Do Ho Suh’s fabric sculptures, it seems remarkable that his diaphanous structures don’t collapse under their heavy load. History and biography, longing and belonging, migration and globalization—these are only a handful of the ponderous concatenations apparently called to mind by the artist’s works. Such associations are perhaps not surprising, given that Suh’s work addresses architecture, a perennially symbolic subject, and specifically the home—surely the most intensely symbolic of architectural spaces.”