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  • Gordon Rintoul. Photo: National Museum Directors’ Council.

    National Museums Scotland Director Gordon Rintoul to Step Down

    Gordon Rintoul has announced that he will resign as director of the National Museums Scotland in March 2020 after eighteen years in the role. During his tenure, he was responsible for leading the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life, and the National War Museum.

    Rintoul’s departure follows the completion of a fifteen-year, $97 million overhaul of the National Museum of Scotland, which added twenty-nine galleries, new public gathering spaces, and more rooms for educational initiatives. In addition, it opened up areas of the institution that

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  • Octavio Abúndez, A Select History of Humanity from the “(Hi)stories” series, 2018. Courtesy of Kohn Gallery.

    Nicodim Gallery Opens New Location in Downtown Los Angeles, Octavio Abúndez Joins Kohn Gallery, and More

    Nicodim Gallery is moving from its location in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, which it has occupied since 2009, to the adjacent downtown area. Its new ten-thousand-square-foot space is on the ground floor of an industrial building at 1700 S. Santa Fe Avenue, alongside Susanne Vielmetter’s gallery, which recently underwent an expansion. Founded in 2006 by dealer Mihai Nicodim, who migrated to the United States from Romania before the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, Nicodim Gallery represents artists Razvan Boar, Adrian Ghenie, Simphiwe Ndzube, Katherina Olschbaur, and Zhou Yilun,

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  • Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung, Statue of a Girl of Peace, 2011. Courtesy of the artists.

    Police Arrest Man Who Made Arson Threat over Aichi Triennale Exhibition in Japan

    Japanese authorities have detained a fifty-nine-year-old man who faxed a threat to the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya for including a “comfort woman” statue in an exhibition that was organized as part of the Aichi Triennale. According to the Japan Times, the man was identified as Shuji Hotta, a truck driver from Inazawa. He was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of obstruction of business by force.

    Hotta became a suspect after the police discovered security camera footage of him sending a fax the day of the threat. The handwritten note, which said that the museum would be set on fire

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  • The Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building.

    Glasgow School of Art Students Demand Tuition Refund

    Students attending the Glasgow School of Art—the embattled institution that is struggling to recover from the damage caused by two major fires, both of which devastated its iconic Mackintosh building—are demanding compensation due to the dilapidated state of classrooms and studios and their program’s lack of resources, the Sunday Post reports.

    Twenty-nine students signed an eleven-page letter, which was sent to the school’s management, detailing their frustrations. In the document are complaints about broken radiators, leaks, and unclean toilets. It also describes a lack of program

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  • Carroll Dunham, Particular Aspects (three), 2003. Photo: Carroll Dunham. Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

    Mead Art Museum Receives Anonymous Gift of 170 Contemporary Artworks

    The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has been gifted more than 170 works of contemporary art by artists such as Carol Dunham, Mona Hatoum, David Hockney, Thomas Ruff, and Cindy Sherman from an anonymous donor. In celebration of the donation, the museum will include a selection of the works in the exhibition “Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts,” opening September 10.

    “We are so incredibly fortunate to be the recipients of a gift of contemporary art of this scale and scope,” said David E. Little, director and chief curator of the museum. “The addition of more

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  • The Istanbul Shipyards. Photo: Orhan Pamuk. Courtesy of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

    Istanbul Biennial Forced to Change Venues Due to Construction Delays

    The sixteenth edition of the Istanbul Biennial, which is scheduled to open to the public on September 14 and to run through November 10, must find a new venue for a portion of its programming. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts revealed on Wednesday, August 7, that the exhibition will no longer be held at the historic six-hundred-year-old Istanbul Shipyards, which was supposed to serve as its main location.

    Founded in the city’s Golden Horn harbor by Sultan Mehmet in 1455, the shipyards, which have been abandoned for many years, are part of a major redevelopment project that will create

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  • A man looking up into space. Photo: Klemen Vrankar/Unsplash.

    Collectors to Launch Artwork into Space to Draw Attention to Climate Change in Africa

    The African Artists for Development (AAD)—a charitable organization founded by French collectors Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in 2009—is planning to launch an artwork by a contemporary African artist into space in order to spotlight a data-collection mission that will attempt to measure how climate change is impacting Africa. The research will ultimately be used to help leaders of African countries make decisions about sustainable development, agricultural practices, and other polices. The announcement comes less than a year after artist Trevor Paglen sent a sculpture, Orbital Reflector

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  • Rendering of Teresita Fernandez’s Paradise Parados. Courtesy of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Teresita Fernández, Leo Villareal, and Hank Willis Thomas to Create Works for the Brooklyn Academy of Music

    The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has invited three Brooklyn-based artists—Teresita Fernández, Leo Villareal, and Hank Willis Thomas—to make art for its downtown campus. The new commissions are being funded by a $3.5 million gift that the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust made in 2015 in support of BAM’s public art initiative. Some of the works will be installed at BAM Strong, which is what the academy is calling an expansion project—led by architect Mitchell Giurgola—that will unite all of its spaces along Fulton Street.

    “Commissioning public art by three artists forging

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  • Jeffrey Richmond-Moll.

    Georgia Museum of Art Appoints Jeffrey Richmond-Moll Curator of American Art

    The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia has tapped Jeffrey Richmond-Moll as its new curator of American art. Richmond-Moll previously worked in curatorial roles at the Princeton University Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the New York Historical Society, and the Delaware Art Museum.

    “The staff and I are excited that Jeff is joining us at the Georgia Museum of Art,” said museum director William U. Eiland. “His experience and interests match the strengths of our collections, and we look forward to his furthering our investigations into the history of American

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  • Jessica Strahan, Survived, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art Awards Louisiana Contemporary Prizes

    The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans has announced the artists who have received awards as part of Louisiana Contemporary, its annual juried exhibition featuring work by contemporary artists from across the state. Each year, with support from the Helis Foundation, the museum presents awards to four artists. This year’s recipients are Jessica Strahan, Sarrah Danziger, Rachel David, and Thomas Deaton.

    The artists were chosen to represent Louisiana from a pool of 364 applicants by guest juror David Breslin, who was recently promoted to director of curatorial initiatives at the Whitney

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  • Amara Antilla. Photo: David Heald/the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

    Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center Names Amara Antilla Senior Curator

    The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati has appointed Amara Antilla as its new senior curator. Antilla comes to the CAC following eight years at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she most recently held the position of assistant curator. During her tenure at the institution, she coordinated performances and special projects by midcareer and established artists such as Luis Camnitzer, Amalia Pica, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Slavs and Tatars, and helped organize retrospectives and solo exhibitions of work by Simone Leigh (2019), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (2015),

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  • Aspen Meadows looking toward the lodges. Photo: Dan Bayer. Courtesy of the Aspen Institute.

    Aspen Institute to Launch Center Dedicated to Bauhaus Artist Herbert Bayer

    The Aspen Institute in Colorado is planning to open a research center dedicated to the work of Austrian designer, painter, photographer, typographer, and architect Herbert Bayer, an influential member of the Bauhaus movement. The new venue will be named the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, after Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who donated $10 million in support of the project. The announcement coincides with the global celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus.

    “The impact of art and design in society has been a source of inspiration for Stewart and me throughout our lives,”

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