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  • The Magazzino Italian Art Foundation.

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation Names New Research Center Coordinator and Scholar-in-Residence

    Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, New York, announced today that it is expanding its research initiatives. In support of its recently launched research center and fellowship program, which was established in 2018, the organization appointed Melissa Dunn as its inaugural research center coordinator. It also named Tenley Bick as its first American scholar-in-residence.

    In her new role, Dunn will oversee the development and management of the center’s growing collection, which has added over nine hundred holdings since opening last fall and comprises nearly five thousand publications,

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  • The West Bund Museum in Shanghai. Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

    Centre Pompidou’s Shanghai Outpost Opens Friday

    After more than a decade of planning an expansion to China, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will finally open a branch of the modern and contemporary art museum in Shanghai on Friday, November 8. The institution unveiled its new venue, called Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project, in the recently completed David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Museum, located along a new seven-mile cultural corridor on the banks of the Huangpu River on Tuesday. Among those who attended the inauguration ceremony was French President Emmanuel Macron.

    According to the New York Times, the Pompidou is calling the

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  • Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza. Courtesy of Big Medium.

    Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza to Curate 2020 Texas Biennial

    Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza have been named cocurators and creative directors of the seventh edition of the Texas Biennial, which opens in the fall of 2020. The regional survey of contemporary art has run intermittently since it first launched in 2005. The last iteration, which was led by Leslie Moody Castro, was held in a warehouse in Austin in 2017 and showcased the work of thirty-three artists.  

    Backed by the Austin nonprofit Big Medium, the 2020 biennial has also received a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The theme, venues, and list of artists participating

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  • The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

    Former Stedelijk Museum Director Beatrix Ruf to Join Moscow’s Garage Museum

    Beatrix Ruf, the embattled former director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, is joining the team of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The institution revealed that its director, Anton Belov, will work with Ruf on a long-term development plan for the museum in an announcement about its upcoming programs and exhibitions on Friday, November 1. Ruf will also help Garage develop exhibitions, educational initiatives, and partnership projects for 2020.

    The veteran museum leader, who previously directed the Kunsthalle Zurich, became embroiled in a controversy ignited by Dutch media

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  • The Marciano Art Foundation.

    Marciano Art Foundation Workers Push to Unionize

    Staffers at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles have initiated a union drive. The New York Times reports that around seventy part-time employees of the private museum, which was founded by Maurice and Paul Marciano, the creators of the fashion label Guess, and opened its doors in 2017, filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, November 1.  

    Among those organizing are docents, visitor services associates, and other front-facing staffers. “The foundation relies on a system of labor that has historically undervalued its workers, paying workers minimum wage without

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  • Marco Fusinato, Aetheric Plexus, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

    Marco Fusinato to Represent Australia at 2021 Venice Biennale

    The Australia Council has announced that Marco Fusinato will represent the country in the fifty-ninth edition of the Venice Biennale, which kicks off in May 2021. The Melbourne-based artist and musician is known for making mixed-media works that take on the form of recordings, performances, and installations.

    Fusinato released his first recordings in 1996 and has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including the 2018 Biennale of Sydney, the 2015 Venice Biennale, and the 2012 São Paulo Bienal. “It’s an immense privilege to have been chosen from among such a high caliber of

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  • Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photo: Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne.

    Sri Lanka’s First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum to Open in December

    Sri Lanka is planning to open its first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art next month.The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka, which has been three years in the making, began as a privately funded venture. In 2016, a nonprofit organization was founded to support the project, and a committee of international curators, arts professionals, and industry leaders was formed. The institution will be temporarily housed on the seventeenth floor of the Colombo Innovation Tower (CIT) in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and will begin welcoming visitors on December 12.

    “While the

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  • Okwui Enwezor. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale.

    Sharjah Biennial Will Present Okwui Enwezor’s Final Exhibition in 2021

    The 2021 edition of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates will stage the last show by the highly influential Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who passed away after a long battle with cancer in March. Titled “Postcolonial,” the exhibition is a sequel to “Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945–1965” (2016–17), an ambitious presentation of art created after World War II that opened at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, which he led from 2011 to 2018.

    Hoor al-Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, told the New York Times that Enwezor’s landmark Documenta

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  • StudioMDA rendering of Phillips’s Park Avenue space. Courtesy of Phillips. 

    Phillips Taps Markus Dochantschi’s studioMDA to Design New York Headquarters

    Phillips announced that studioMDA, founded by Markus Dochantschi, will design its new headquarters at 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The auction house revealed that it planned to relocate to the new luxury building designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and Macklowe Properties in December of last year.

    The auction house will assume more than 55,000 square feet of commercial space in the residential tower’s double-height, column-free underground concourse and will take over the Park Avenue Cube, a white-glass modernist structure of more than 5,000 square feet on the northwest corner of Fifty-Sixth

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  • Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art.

    Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles Closes, Kasmin Now Represents Alma Allen, and More

    Dealer Richard Telles announced that he has closed his Los Angeles gallery, Richard Telles Fine Art, after a twenty-six-year run. Its final exhibition, a selection of paintings by Richard Hawkins and John McAllister, was on view through October 19. Telles opened the space at at 7380 Beverly Boulevard in 1993, after serving as director of the late Chicago gallerist Roy Boyd’s outpost in Santa Monica. Telles cited increasing operating costs and diminished sales as the reason for the closure.

    Over the years, the gallery staged exhibitions of work by Monika Baer, Ginny Bishton, Jim Isermann, Louise

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  • Tom Finkelpearl. Courtesy of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl to Depart New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs

    On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Tom Finkelpearl, who has served as the city’s cultural affairs commissioner over the past five years, will step down at the end of the year. The news comes amid a controversy over the city’s push to replace public monuments with more statues honoring women, people of color, and previously overlooked historic figures, and took many in the art world by surprise.

    “The timing of it is suspect,” councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, chair of the city council’s cultural affairs committee, told NY1. “It doesn’t seem like there is any reason for Tom

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  • Shannon R. Stratton. Photo: Jessica Labatte. Courtesy of the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency.

    Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency Names Shannon R. Stratton Executive Director

    The Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan, has appointed Shannon R. Stratton as the 110-year-old organization’s next executive director. Stratton is currently interim senior curator at large for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a faculty member of the master’s program in critical craft studies at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina.

    “Her broad experience, national reputation in the arts community, and forward-thinking orientation to partnerships will be essential in moving Ox-Bow into our next century, growing our regional

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