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  • Whitney Museum Appoints Adrienne Edwards Curator of Performance Art

    The Whitney Museum of Art in New York has named Adrienne Edwards, the curator at large at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, its new curator of performance. She will take up the post in May.

    “Adrienne has distinguished herself as one of the most innovative curators working in performance today by engaging artists across diverse disciplines and often challenging them to explore new genres and experimental forms,” Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney’s chief curator and deputy director for programs, said. “She brings to the Whitney a wonderful complement of scholarly rigor, social commitment, and a deeply

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  • Frieze Art Fair to Launch Los Angeles Edition in February 2019

    Frieze art fair has announced that it will be inaugurating an annual Los Angeles edition at the Paramount Pictures Studio next year, taking place from February 14 through February 17. Bettina Korek has been named executive director of the fair, with Ali Subotnick serving as its curator. Frieze LA will host sixty international exhibitors, making it smaller than its New York edition, which has around one hundred and ninety exhibitors, and Frieze London, which has one hundred and sixty. The announcement of Frieze LA arrives nearly two years after Hollywood entertainment firm Endeavor purchased a

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  • Charlotte Mouquin Named Executive Director of Pelham Art Center

    The board of directors of Pelham Art Center in New York has announced that curator and artist Charlotte Mouquin will succeed Lynn Honeysett as the center’s new executive director. Honeysett will step down from her post in March. Mouquin said that the Pelham Art Center resonates strongly with her principles of bringing art to the public, engaging and educating people about art, and connecting people and cultures.

    Previously, Mouquin had been the director of the Rush Arts Galleries of the Brooklyn-based Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for seven years. Originally from Rockland County, New York,

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  • Artist Decries Censorship after ARCOmadrid Removes His Portraits of Political Prisoners

    The opening of ARCOmadrid on Wednesday, February, 21, was marred by controversy after organizers of the contemporary art fair were accused of censorship. The fair removed a work comprising a series of twenty-four portraits of various figures currently imprisoned in Spain. Catalonians who are currently awaiting trial for sedition for their part in the northeast region’s bid for independence are among the people featured. While it is unclear who gave the order for the work to be taken down, artist Santiago Sierra said the decision to censor his piece “seriously damages the image of this international

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  • Wexner Center for the Arts Director Sherri Geldin to Step Down after Twenty-Five Years

    Sherri Geldin, the director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, has announced that she will resign after a twenty-five term at the end of December. Geldin became the head of the institution in 1993. During her tenure, she oversaw a $15 million renovation, tripled the center’s annual operating budget, raised over $30 million funds for the institution’s endowments, and organized major exhibitions, including “Roy Lichtenstein” (1995); “Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire” (1999); “Part Object, Part Sculpture” (2005); the first museum retrospective of Mark Bradford (2010); and

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  • Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to Donate Works for New Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid

    Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, the Cuban-born art collector and founder and president of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, is planning to donate works of Latin American art to the Spanish State, Maximilíano Durón of Artnews reports. She has signed a preliminary agreement with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, the Spanish minister of education, culture, and sports, that calls for the establishment of a new contemporary art museum in Madrid to house the works. The news comes on the heels of the foundation’s decision to close its Miami exhibition space in order to focus more on collaborating with institutions

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  • Tania Bruguera to Create Tate’s 2018 Turbine Hall Commission

    Tate Modern announced today that Tania Bruguera was selected to create the next Hyundai Commission for Turbine Hall. Best known for her politically-engaged projects and activism, Bruguera is a Cuban artist whose works over the last two decades have ranged from her performance The Burden of Guilt, 1997–99, for which she consumed soil mixed with salt water for forty-five minutes—a reference to the legend of the mass suicide of a group of indigenous Cubans—to Tatlin’s Whisper #5, 2008, which also took place at Tate’s Turbine Hall. For the performance, visitors were confronted by mounted

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  • Paula Hayes Named the Baltimore Museum of Art’s First Landscape Artist in Residence

    The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that it has named visual artist and landscape designer Paula Hayes as its first landscape artist in residence. In this role, Hayes will develop the overall creative direction of the museum’s physical environment, which encompasses 7.5 acres, for the next two years.

    Best known for her blown-glass terrariums, botanic sculptures, and interactive spaces, Hayes often creates work that connects people with nature. “Throughout my career I have worked with a mix of public and private spaces, but working with an institution like the BMA is a new endeavor for me,” she

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  • Manchester Museum Appoints First Female Director

    The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester in England has announced that Esme Ward will serve as the institution’s new director. She is the first woman to be elected to the post in the museum’s 125-year history. Ward succeeds Nick Merriam and will assume her responsibilities on April 9.

    “I am thrilled to be appointed the new director of the Manchester Museum,” Ward said. “The vision to use its collections to promote understanding between cultures and a sustainable world could not be more timely or relevant.”

    Ward first joined Whitworth Gallery, which is also part of the University of

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  • Panel Created to Verify Authenticity of Russian Avant-Garde Works Lent to Belgian Museum Suddenly Disbands

    A panel that was formed to investigate a number of allegedly fake Russian avant-garde works in the exhibition “From Bosch to Tuymans: A Vital Story” at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent in Belgium—including pieces by artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky that were on loan from the Dieleghem Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Brussels-based Russian businessman and art collector Igor Toporovski—was dissolved only hours after meeting, reports Simon Hewitt of the Art Newspaper. One day later, the city of Ghent returned the artworks and announced that the loan had been

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  • Artist in Singapore Given Six-Month Jail Term for Stalking Woman

    Artist Chun Kai Qun was recently ordered to spend six months in jail for stalking and harassing a woman, reports Julee WJ Chung of Art Asia Pacific. Chun pleaded guilty to the offense, which took place in 2016 between November 3 and December 2. He also harassed the woman throughout most of last year.

    Chun met the woman in 2015. They became friends. Chun, however, wanted more out of the relationship, despite being turned down by her numerous times. He then began following her from her workplace to her home as many as four times a month. He would also send her sexually explicit emails up to seventeen

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  • Arts Professionals Launch Petition to Reinstate Beatrix Ruf as Stedelijk Museum Director

    More than one hundred artists, curators, and other arts professionals are calling for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to reinstate former director Beatrix Ruf, who stepped down amid controversy over her management of the institution in October 2017. Among those rallying to her defense are artists Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, and Richard Serra, and museum directors Bart Rutten of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Jacqueline Grandjean of Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

    Ruf joined the Stedelijk after Ann Goldstein stepped down from the helm of the museum in 2014, but she resigned last

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