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  • Chinese artist Zhang Daqian on view during Asian Art Week at Christie's, New York. Photo: Xinhua/Wang Ying.

    After Public Hearings, Trump Administration Revises Proposed Tariff on Chinese Art

    The Trump administration’s tariff on imported Chinese goods will no longer apply to art and antiques, according to an updated list released on Monday by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The agency said that after engaging “in a thorough process to rigorously examine the comments and testimony” from the public hearings held last month in Washington, DC, to deliberate the tax, they had “determined to fully or partially remove 297 tariff lines from the original proposed list.”

    US lawyer Peter Tompa was one of the more than three hundred people who attended the hearings

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  • David Adjaye.

    David Adjaye Tapped to Design New Princeton University Art Museum

    Princeton University announced today that London-based architect David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, will lead the design for the university’s art museum, which has a collection of over 100,000 works spanning from the age of antiquity to contemporary art. The current museum is projected to close in 2020 for about three years; the new museum will replace it with a “dramatically enlarged space for the exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and art conservation, as well as object-study classrooms and office space for the hundred-person museum staff,”

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  • Rendering of Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz.

    Hauser & Wirth to Open Its Ninth Gallery in St. Moritz, Switzerland

    Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will open its third Swiss location and its ninth outpost internationally this December. The new 4,400-square-foot exhibition space, spanning three floors, will occupy the Palace Galerie, a building owned by Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in the center of St. Moritz.

    “Our new gallery in St. Moritz represents a return to my earliest steps into the art world and speaks to our DNA as a Swiss gallery,” Iwan Wirth, president and cofounder of Hauser & Wirth said in a statement. “I organized my first show in St. Moritz in 1987 at age seventeen, an exhibition that included

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  • Elliot Bostwick Davis Named Director and CEO of Norton Museum of Art

    The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, announced that art historian and curator Elliot Bostwick Davis has been appointed its new director and CEO. She succeeds Hope Alswang, who will retire on March 1, 2019 after leading the institution for nine years.

    Davis joins the Norton at a moment of transition for the institution. It is currently undergoing an expansion and will open with a new 42,000-square-foot West Wing and sculpture garden designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners in February.

    “It is an honor to become the next director of the Norton

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  • Ralph Lemon.

    Ralph Lemon Awarded $250,000 Heinz Award

    The American choreographer and visual artist Ralph Lemon—a self-described conceptualist whose work leaps across disciplinary boundaries to test conventions of dance and theater—has been named a recipient of the prestigious $250,000 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category. During more than four decades of performance-making, Lemon has explored race and memory, as well as experiences of grief and spirituality, through nonhierarchical movement and language.

    “Ralph has consistently created art that pushes audiences to think and feel and ponder, both in the midst and in the wake of

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  • Annette Michelson, ca. 1966. Photo: Peter Hujar. The Getty Research Institute, 2014.M.26. Gift of Annette Michelson. The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC.

    Annette Michelson (1922–2018)

    Annette Michelson, whose film criticism not only profoundly influenced cinema studies but helped legitimize the medium as a viable subject of scholarship, has died. She was ninety-five years old. As a critic, editor, translator, and historian, Michelson evolved new theoretical paradigms for grappling with modernist art, most notably as a writer and editor for Artforum and then as a cofounder of October. An early interpreter of minimalism and avant-garde cinema, Michelson also helped contextualize individual artists like Michael Snow, Robert Morris, and Dziga Vertov, and through October and her

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  • Joshua Roth. Photo: Alex J. Berliner.

    Joshua Roth (1978–2018)

    Joshua Roth, the head of the fine arts division of Hollywood’s United Talent Agency (UTA), has died at the age of forty. The Los Angeles–based lawyer joined the agency—one of the top three talent agencies in the city with a clientele including Mariah Carey and Chris Pratt—to found its fine arts division in 2015 with the aim of helping visual artists secure funding for projects. He had previously worked as an art lawyer, advising clients such as the New York–based galleries Andrea Rosen, Venus Over Manhattan, and Regen Projects. The agency did not announce the cause of death, though a

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  • Jan Fabre. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki.

    Jan Fabre Under Investigation Following Sexual Harassment Claims

    After accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, the Belgian choreographer and Troubleyn dance company founder Jan Fabre is being investigated by the Flemish Ministry of Culture.

    Twenty former employees and dancers have sent an open letter to the Dutch art magazine rekto:verso describing a culture of harassment at Troubleyn, which started in 1986. The letter alleges that Fabre, who is among Europe’s most acclaimed and contentious artists, engaged in a pattern of intimidation, inappropriate comments, and sexual harassment. “It came down to the proposition: ‘No sex, no solo,’” a performer

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  • Manuela Moscoso, curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2020.

    Manuela Moscoso Named Curator for 2020 Liverpool Biennial

    Manuela Moscoso, who is currently senior curator at Mexico City’s Tamayo Museo, has been appointed curator of the 2020 Liverpool Biennial. She will work with the biennial curatorial team to cocurate the eleventh iteration of the contemporary art festival, which will take place from July 11 through October 25, 2020. The biennial is the largest festival of contemporary visual art in the United Kingdom.

    ”I am thrilled to be moving to Liverpool to start working with the talented team on the next edition of the Biennial,” Moscoso said. “It is a challenge and a great new context in which to set my

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  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Knight Foundation Establishes $5 Million Art-Tech Initiative for Philadelphia

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation plans to help bolster the missions of two Philadelphia arts institutions that have prioritized art and technology innovation through a $5 million Art and Technology fund. The money will go to the Barnes Foundation—which will open a cross-departmental digital engagement center—and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will work on enhancing visitors’ experiences with their collection and 142-year-old building through technology. Both institutions aim to develop their projects both in- and offsite, and will use the funds to strengthen resources

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  • Artists protesting the repression of artistic freedoms in Cuba. Photo: Cubalex.

    Cuban Activists Release Manifesto Against the Criminalization of the Arts

    Following the Cuban government’s introduction of a new decree that aims to eliminate independent cultural activity, artists and activists across the island have banded together to issue a manifesto condemning the legislation.

    Decree 349, which will go into effect in December, was one of the first laws signed by Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel. Essentially, it gives the country’s authorities the power to restrict artistic freedom by allowing them to fine artists, confiscate materials, seize property, and shut down cultural events that haven’t been approved by the government.

    Released on

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  • Hyunjin Kim, curator of the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale’s Korean Pavilion. Photo: Art Asia Pacific.

    2019 Venice Biennale’s Korean Pavilion Participants Announced

    Seoul-based curator and writer Hyunjin Kim, who was named curator for the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale’s Korean Pavilion in June, has chosen Hwayeon Nam, Siren Eun Young Jung, and Jane Jin Kaisen to display work at the country's exhibition, according to Art Asia Pacific. The pavilion will be themed around narratives of East Asian modernization, and will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019. 

    Kim is currently lead Asia curator for KADIST, a Paris– and San Francisco–based contemporary arts nonprofit, and served as director of Arko Art Center, Seoul, from 2014 to 2015, and cocurator of the

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