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  • Pasadena Museum of California Art to Close

    After sixteen years in operation, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will shutter when its current exhibition season comes to an end in October. Board chair Jim Crawford first recommended that the noncollecting museum should close in a board meeting held on Wednesday, June 13. Since not all of the thirteen members of the board were in attendance, a vote was conducted via email, and the decision was reached on June 18. The reason for the closure was not given.

    “After sixteen years of presenting art and design through exhibitions that explore the unique cultural dynamic of California, the board

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  • Anish Kapoor Sues the NRA over Copyright Infringement

    Anish Kapoor is taking on the National Rifle Association. On Tuesday, June 19, the London-based artist filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the organization after it used footage of his iconic sculpture Cloud Gate, which resides in Millennium Park in Chicago, in a recruitment video. Titled “The Clenched Truth,” the sixty-second production features a number of modernist buildings, including Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Renzo Piano–designed New York Times headquarters, while criticizing former president Barack Obama, the media, and liberals, among other things.

    According

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  • Lauren Ross Named Executive Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park

    Lauren Ross, a former curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, has been appointed executive director of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis, Missouri. She will be responsible for managing the 105-acre park’s facilities and sculpture grounds, overseeing its collection and exhibition program, and cultivating donor relationships.

    “With her background as curator, educator, strategic planner, fundraiser, Lauren will guide Laumeier Sculpture Park as we enter our fifth decade of nurturing the community through art and nature,” Matt Harvey, the park’s board

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  • Condo Announces Galleries Participating in Its 2018 New York and Shanghai Editions

    Condo, the gallery share program that founder Vanessa Carlos launched in London in 2016, has announced the galleries participating in its upcoming New York and Shanghai events. Since it was established, the collaborative event, conceived of as an alternative to the traditional art fair, has expanded to São Paulo and Mexico City, and has inspired similar exhibition models in the cities of Los Angeles, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Warsaw.

    Kicking off on June 29 and running through July 27, Condo’s second New York edition is being organized by Simone Subal of Simone Subal Gallery and Nicole Russo of

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  • Artist Banu Cennetoğlu and The Guardian to Publish List of Refugee Deaths

    In conjunction with her forthcoming exhibition at London’s Chisenhale Gallery, Banu Cennetoğlu is also facilitating the distribution of “The List” in The Guardian, in print and online, on June 20, 2018, World Refugee Day.

    Compiled and updated each year by UNITED for Intercultural Action, an antidiscrimination network of 550 organizations in forty-eight countries, “The List” traces information related to the deaths of 34,361 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993 (last documented as of May 5, 2018).

    Since 2007, Cennetoğlu has facilitated

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  • Artadia Announces the 2018 Houston Awardees

    Artadia announced today that Francis Almendárez and Dana Frankfort are the winners of this year’s Houston Awards. They will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds. Applications were open to visual artists who had lived in Houston for over two years, worked in any media, and were at any stage of their career.

    Almendárez is an interdisciplinary artist known for making works that explore the intersections of history, ethnography, and the arts, using them as tools to address memory and trauma, specifically of migrant and queer bodies of the Caribbean and Central American diasporas.

    Frankfort’s

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  • Knight Foundation to Give $500,000 Through New Miami Arts Initiative

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it will invest $500,000 in grants for Miami-based artists in an effort to commission works across the fields of dance, theater, and music. The nonprofit has continually helped fund cultural entities in the area—it has contributed over $125 million to the arts in southern Florida—and through the new Knight New Work Miami program it aims to support artists currently living in Miami or with strong ties to the city. The open call for works that will debut in 2020–21 runs through August 31. The initiative marks the first time

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  • Deborah Cullen-Morales to Lead the Bronx Museum of the Arts

    The Bronx Museum of the Arts announced that it has hired Deborah Cullen-Morales as its new executive director. Cullen-Morales comes to the institution from the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. She succeeds Holly Block, who served as director of the museum for eleven years and died of breast cancer last fall.

    Joe Mizzi, the chairman of the museum’s board of trustees, told the New York Times in a phone interview that Cullen-Morales has “big shoes to fill.” Among her many achievements at the museum, Block is known for spearheading the decision to stop charging admission

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  • Art Basel’s Baloise Prize Awarded to Suki Seokyeong Kang and Lawrence Abu Hamdan

    Suki Seokyeong Kang and Lawrence Abu Hamdan have been awarded the 2018 Baloise Art Prize, bestowed annually upon two emerging artists exhibited in the “Statements” sector at Art Basel in Switzerland. The roughly $30,000 prize celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.

    “Retooling vernacular objects and shaping them into sculptures often rooted in traditional Korean music notation and scoring, Kang explores the limits and conditions of coexistence, especially a coexistence grounded by conflicts in space,” read a statement about Kang, who was born in Seoul in 1977. “Hamdan also explores the

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  • Joan Jonas Wins 2018 Kyoto Prize

    The Inamori Foundation in Japan has revealed the winners of this year’s Kyoto Prize, which is presented annually in each of the following categories: advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy. The recipients—neurologist Karl Deisseroth, mathematician Masaki Kashiwara, and artist Joan Jonas—will each be presented with a twenty-karat gold medal and more than $900,000.

    Born in New York in 1936, Jonas originally trained as a sculptor but soon became a pioneer of performance and video art. Deeply influenced by the work of Trisha Brown, with whom she studied dance, as well

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  • Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Awards $8.7 Million to Philadelphia Artists and Cultural Organizations

    The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced that it is awarding more than $8.7 million to Philadelphia-based artists and cultural organizations, funding twelve fellowships and thirty-three projects.

    “The ambitious and imaginative work of Philadelphia’s artists and institutions will offer audiences outstanding cultural experiences in the year ahead,” said Paula Marincola, the center’s executive director. “We are very gratified to continue to support the region’s vibrant cultural community through our annual grantmaking.”

    The Pew Center fellowships provide awards of $75,000 to individual artists

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  • Brook Andrew Appointed Artistic Director of 22nd Biennale of Sydney

    The Biennale of Sydney announced that Brook Andrew has been named artistic director of its twenty-second edition, which will be held in 2020. An artist of the Wiradjuri Nation, with Celtic ancestry, Andrew is known for creating work that assembles new understandings of historical legacies.

    Andrew is currently completing a three-year Australian Research Council grant for which he is designing a national memorial for the Aboriginal people who were killed during the Frontier Wars, a series of conflicts between Indigenous Australians and European settlers that began in 1788 and lasted until the 1930s.

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