• Jean de Loisy and Palais de Tokyo Team to Curate Fifteenth Biennale de Lyon

    Jean de Loisy, the president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and several other of the institution’s curators—Daria de Beauvais, Adélaïde Blanc, Yoann Gourmel, Katell Jaffrès, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène, and Hugo Vitrani—will curate the fifteenth edition of the Biennale de Lyon. The exhibition will take place in various locations across the city and will be held from September 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

    Commenting on the appointment, De Loisy said: “It is a truly exciting challenge for the curators of the Palais de Tokyo to curate the next Lyon Biennale:

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  • Milan Mrkusich (1925–2018)

    Milan Mrkusich, the New Zealand painter and designer whose far-ranging contemplations of geometrical and architectural forms led him to become one of the country’s most celebrated postwar abstract artists, has died at age ninety-three.

    Born in Dargaville in 1925 to Dalmatian parents, Mrkusich took on an apprenticeship in writing and pictorial arts with Neuline Studios and also attended night courses at Seddon Technical, including life-drawing classes. Influenced by Piet Mondrian and the Bauhaus movement early in his career, he held his first exhibition in Auckland in 1949, and his work was included

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  • Shirley Tse to Represent Hong Kong at 2019 Venice Biennale

    M+ Museum and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) have announced that Shirley Tse will represent Hong Kong at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will kick off on May 11, 2019. The Los Angeles­–based artist will present new site-specific works in a solo exhibition curated by Christina Li.

    “It is a deep honor to represent Hong Kong, my hometown, and a place that shaped my formative years as an artist,” Tse said. “Big thanks to Christina Li for visiting me in my Los Angeles studio on a rare rainy day, and for inviting me. I look forward to collaborating with the curatorial team headed

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  • Guggenheim Appoints Corinne Godsall Director, Corporate, Institutional, and Global Partners

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation announced that Corinne Godsall has joined the institution as director, corporate, institutional, and global partners. Godsall comes to the Guggenheim from Smithsonian Enterprises, where she served as director of media operations. In her new role, Godsall is responsible for developing and managing a strategic plan for the museum’s global fundraising program with corporations, foundations, and government agencies in order to build support for Guggenheim initiatives, programming, and general operations.

    “Corinne’s far-ranging and considerable experience

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  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Absorbs Rutgers’s Brodsky Center

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has announced that it is taking over the Brodsky Center, a collaborative paper and printmaking center that is currently housed at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The institution will be moved into a new facility that will be developed by the academy over the summer.

    The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper was founded in 1986 by artist, educator, and arts advocate Judith Brodsky. It was renamed in her honor in 2006 and is dedicated to supporting the production of new work by both established and

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  • Kris Lemsalu to Represent Estonia at 2019 Venice Biennale

    The Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia has announced that multidisciplinary artist Kris Lemsalu has been chosen to represent the country at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place from May 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019. The Estonian pavilion will be located on the island of Giudecca, south of Venice, where the pavilions of Iceland, Kenya, and Portugal were presented in 2017.

    Known for her sculptures, installations, and performances that merge reality and fiction, Lemsalu will create an immersive fairy-tale world that will include music and dance for the biennial. Titled “

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  • One Killed, Twenty-Two People Injured in Shooting at New Jersey Arts Festival

    A twenty-four-hour arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey, was on the verge of being shut down on Sunday, June 17, when gunfire erupted. According to the New York Times, one suspect was killed, seventeen people were shot, and several others were injured as attendees attempted to run to safety.

    Angelo Onofri, a Mercer County prosecutor, said that it appears that the violence that broke out at 2:45 AM was the result of a dispute between gangs from the area. The suspect who was fatally shot was identified as Tahaij Wells, a thirty-two-year-old parolee who was released from prison, where he was serving

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  • Fire Devastates Glasgow School of Art for the Second Time in Four Years

    The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland was gutted by a fire that ripped through its historic Mackintosh building during the night of Friday, June 15. More than 120 firefighters and twenty engines were called to the site to battle the blaze, which spread to nearby structures, including the campus’s nightclub and the O2 ABC music venue, before they could contain it. No casualties have been reported.

    This is the second time in four years that the school’s iconic Art Nouveau building—considered architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural masterpiece—has been ravaged by

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  • $45,000 Banksy Print Stolen from Toronto Exhibition

    A print by Banksy valued at $45,000 was snatched from an art exhibition in Toronto’s West End curated by Steve Lazarides, the artist’s former dealer. The theft occurred on Sunday, before the exhibition was open to the public. Surveillance footage released by authorities yesterday shows a person with a covered face gingerly entering the gallery and scuttling off with the work—titled Trolley Hunters, 2007—in tow. The stolen print, whose owner is at this point unknown, depicts Neanderthal-ish men crouched in the wilderness, hunting shopping carts. 

    Marketed as “the largest Banksy exhibit

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  • Baltimore Museum of Art Announces New Appointments

    The Baltimore Museum of Art has promoted two staffers and hired two new employees who will join the institution’s senior leadership team. Christine Dietze, who served as interim codirector of the museum from 2015 to 2016 and previously worked as deputy director of finance and administration, was named chief operating officer. Gamynne Guillotte, who had been the interim co–deputy director of education and interpretation since 2015, is the new chief education officer.

    In addition, Heather Hueglin Marchese, the managing director of major and planned giving at Maryland Public Television, was appointed

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  • LACMA Names 2018 Art+Technology Lab Awardees

    The Art+Technology Lab at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants, which support projects that engage emerging technologies. The four recipients—Tahir Hemphill, Jen Liu, Sarah Rara, and Diana Thater—were chosen from more than 430 submissions and will receive up to $50,000.

    Titled “Implications of a Rap Neural Network,” Hemphill’s project will create a neural network to examine how cultural production is influenced by artificial intelligence by drawing upon the artist’s Hip Hop Word Count, a database of the lyrics of more than fifty thousand

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  • London’s the Showroom Names Elvira Dyangani Ose Director

    The Showroom, the London-based contemporary art practice that was established in 1983 to help artists stage their first solo shows in the city, has announced the appointment of its new director, Elvira Dyangani Ose. She will succeed Emily Pethick and will assume her responsibilities on September 3.

    Dyangani Ose joins the Showroom from New York’s Creative Time, where she works as senior curator. She is also a lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths and is a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Among Dyangani Ose’s recent curatorial projects is “Basilea”—Creative Time’s

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