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  • Tony Bechara.

    New York’s El Museo del Barrio Receives $1 Million Gift

    Tony Bechara, the chair emeritus of El Museo del Barrio’s board of trustees, has donated $1 million in support of the museum’s curatorial and education programs. The gift will also be used to create an endowment for El Museo, which is located on Museum Mile on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

    “This is a significant moment for Latino artists and for El Museo,” said Bechara. “We are entering into a transformative period of achievement after some years of instability. Our galleries recently reopened after a renovation to critical acclaim. We are also proud to announce our theater will reopen in

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  • Stan Lee.

    Stan Lee (1922–2018)

    American comic book writer Stan Lee—legendary architect of the Marvel Universe and imaginer of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, and the Avengers—died today in Los Angeles at the age of ninety-five. As a comics writer and an editor of Marvel Comics, Lee played a massive role in shaping not only comics but also pop culture throughout the world during his six-decade career.

    Born Stanley Lieber in Manhattan in 1922, Lee secured a foothold in the comic book industry through a menial assistantship at Timely Comics, which would become

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  • Sondra Perry receiving the Nam June Paik Award during a ceremony at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster on Friday, November 9. Photo: Joachim Busch.

    Sondra Perry Wins 2018 Nam June Paik Award

    American artist Sondra Perry has been named the ninth winner of the Nam June Paik Award by the Kunststiftung NRW, the arts foundation founded by the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1989. Honoring multidisciplinary artists working in media art, the $28,000 biennial prize was presented to Perry in an award ceremony at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster on Friday, November 9. Finalists for the prize included Andreas Angelidakis, Antoine Catala, and Hanne Lippard.

    Perry is known for creating videos, sculptures, and installations, often based on her own experiences, that engage critically

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  • Klaus Biesenbach in front of Barbara Kruger’s installation at LA MOCA. Photo: Myles Pettengill.

    LA MOCA Expands Board, Welcomes Five New Members

    The director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Klaus Biesenbach, who took the helm of the institution only three weeks ago, is expanding the museum’s board. The institution announced today that it has welcomed five new members: Adrian Cheng, Marina Kellen French, Simon Mordant, Sean Parker, and Julia Stoschek. Three of the additions are also board members at MoMA PS1 in New York, where Biesenbach served as director from 2009 until this past October.

    “I am humbled and grateful to welcome five extraordinary philanthropists, leading art specialists, and pioneering supporters of the

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  • Jeff Koons, Fait d’Hiver, 1988. Photo: Christie’s. Franck Davidovici, Naf Naf ad, 1985. Photo: Naf Naf.

    Paris Court Finds Jeff Koons Guilty of Copyright Infringement

    More than three years after advertising creative director Franck Davidovici sued Jeff Koons for copyright infringement, a Paris court has found the American artist guilty of plagiarizing a 1985 ad campaign, Fait d’hiver, by the French clothing label Naf Naf. Both the ad and Koons’s statue, which he produced in 1988, share the same name and feature a pig with a barrel of rum hanging from its neck nuzzling a woman lying in the snow. The latter was sold to the Prada Foundation for over $4 million in 2007.

    Koons’s sculpture was shown at the 2011 Venice Biennale and reproduced in an exhibition catalogue

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  • Teresita Fernández’s Eclipse, 2002, a gift of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, to the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Photo: Oriol Tarridas.

    Miami’s Pérez Art Museum to Launch New Latin American and Latinx Art Fund

    The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced today that it has established the Latin American and Latinx Art Fund, which will support exhibitions and other programming. The initiative aims to increase the institution’s engagement with Latin American artists and culture and will launch on November 13. It will be followed by a series of events that will connect artists with art industry leaders to advance the dialogue around Latinx art in Miami. The first such program, Latinx Art Sessions, will take place from January 24 to January 25, 2019.

    “Miami artists are making important contributions to the

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  • Wei Ying and Long Xingru. Photo: Elaine W. Ng.

    2018 Hyundai Blue Prize Winners Announced

    Curator Wei Ying and artist and curator Long Xingru were named the winners of the 2018 Hyundai Blue Prize on Wednesday, November 7. Wei, who received the Creativity Prize, and Long, who received the Sustainability Prize, will both be given $87,000 from Hyundai, as well as opportunities to conduct research trips and visit international art institutions, reports Art Asia Pacific.

    The awardees were selected by public voters online, artists, media professionals, and critics, including Qiu Zhijie and Art Asia Pacific editor and publisher Elaine W. Ng. Among the other finalists for the award were Wang

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  • Artist Marta Perez Garcia's installation at the Reeves Center.

    Following Outcry, DC Arts Commission Rescinds Amendment Restricting “Vulgar” and “Overtly Political” Artwork

    In response to swift backlash from the arts community in Washington, DC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has revoked a new measure that would have allowed it to terminate funding for any grant recipient’s work that is considered “lewd, lascivious, vulgar, overtly political, or excessively violent, constitutes sexual harassment, or is, in any other way, illegal,” reports the Washington Post

    The controversy began on Monday when DCCAH interim executive director Angie Gates introduced the amendment, prompting an outcry from the cultural sector. The Andy Warhol Foundation, the

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  • Oscar Rabin, Self-Portrait. Photo: Natalia Shalina.

    Oscar Rabin (1928–2018)

    Oscar Rabin, the Russian avant-garde painter who helped spur the second wave of Soviet-period nonconformist, or “unofficial,” art, has died in France at age ninety. Over a six-decade career, his ashen still lifes, landscapes, and interiors repeatedly chronicled the bleak realities of the USSR and its absurdities. Rabin’s departure from the state-enforced socialist realism and his organizing of alternative art events, such as the infamous 1974 “Bulldozer Exhibition,” led to pressures that resulted in his loss of Soviet citizenship and his emigration to Paris in 1978. Along with his wife Valentina

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Names Andrea Bayer Deputy Director for Collections and Administration

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced today that Andrea Bayer has been appointed deputy director for collections and administration. Bayer currently works as a curator in the institution’s department of European paintings and has been serving as an interim deputy director for collections and administration since May, when the Met’s longtime administrator Carrie Rebora Barratt stepped down to become the first female president of the New York Botanical Garden.

    “Andrea Bayer is a highly-respected scholar, an imaginative exhibition curator, and an esteemed colleague at the Met,” said

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  • From top left: Golnar Adili, Jennifer Bartlett, Eliza Bent, Keisha Bush, André Daughtry, Jonathan González, Zac Hacmon, Terrance James Jr., NIC Kay, Ying Liu, Asif Mian, Kenneth Pietrobono, Orlando Tirado, and Zhiyuan Yang.

    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards 2018–19 Artist Residencies

    The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) announced today the recipients of its 2018–19 Workspace Artist Residencies. The program invites between fifteen and thirty emerging artists, performers, and writers to participate in a nine-month studio residency where they are encouraged to take creative risks, collaborate, and attend weekly talks with curators, gallerists, critics, and other industry professionals.

    Among the artists-in-residence are poet and transportation activist Jennifer Bartlett, filmmaker André Daughtry, screenwriter Orlando Tirado Amador, and visual artist Kenneth Pietrobono.

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  • Magazzino Italian Art Foundation.

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation Launches Research Center, Fellowship Program

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, which is devoted to postwar and contemporary Italian art and is located in Cold Spring, New York, announced the opening today of a new research center, as well as the start of a fellowship program. Francesco Guzzetti, an Arte Povera expert, will serve as its inaugural scholar-in-residence. Joining Magazzino after a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, Guzzetti will lead tours at the center, contribute research on the museum’s holdings, and develop public programs. 

    The twenty-thousand-square-foot museum, whose Miguel Quismondo–designed building opened

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