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  • A rendering of Sarah Sze’s Fallen Sky. Photo: Storm King Art Center.

    Storm King Commissions Site-Specific Sculpture by Sarah Sze

    Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, has commissioned a new site-specific sculpture by Sarah Sze for its permanent collection. The work, titled Fallen Sky, will consist of an entropic thirty-six-foot-diameter spherical cavity, pressed into the ground and sheathed in mirrored stainless steel, and will occupy a location just below Storm King’s museum building.

    “Pressing into the earth, the concave sculpture reflects the concave sky, creating a sense of the landscape in reverse,” Sze explained. “As visitors peer into the reflection, they are immersed in the sky from above and below,

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  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art Appoints Christopher Wayner Deputy Director

    The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans has announced that Christopher Wayner joined the institution as its new deputy director. Wayner most recently served as director of exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art. During his tenure there, he helped oversee the installation of Mark Bradford’s presentation at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Previously, he worked as a program coordinator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and as an exhibition specialist at the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC.

    “We are very excited to have Chris Wayner fill this leadership position,”

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  • Arvid Jense and Marie Caye, SAM2 & SAM3, 2017. Photo: Guangdong Museum of Art.

    Guangzhou Triennial Releases Artist List for Its Sixth Edition

    The Guangzhou Triennial has announced that forty-nine artists hailing from the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and China will participate in its sixth edition, which will take place at the Guangdong Museum of Art between December 21, 2018 and March 10, 2019.

    Titled “As We May Think, Feedforward,” the event will “reflect on the trajectories of technological advances and their reverberations throughout the social sphere over the past decades.” Its title references an essay written by the American engineer

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  • Anne Leonard.

    Clark Art Institute Names Anne Leonard Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

    The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, announced today that it has appointed Anne Leonard as curator of prints, drawings, and photographs. Leonard will be responsible for overseeing the Clark’s collection of works on paper, its acquisitions, and the exhibition program for the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery. She will also supervise the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper and contribute to other curatorial and academic initiatives. She will take up the post in January.

    A scholar of nineteenth-century European art, Leonard currently serves as senior curator of European art and director

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  • Artists Denounce Suspension of Ghent Museum of Fine Arts Director in Open Letter

    Over sixty art workers have signed an impassioned open letter protesting the temporary dismissal of director Catherine de Zegher from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. De Zegher was suspended from her role in March after the Art Newspaper reported that the museum may have mounted forged artworks in an exhibition of Russian avant-garde art. De Zegher has recently filed a complaint with the city of Ghent concerning her suspension, according to De Standaard.  

    De Zegher has faced intense scrutiny for “Russian Modernism 1910–30,” a show that included twenty-six artworks from the collection

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  • Judith O’Toole. Photo: SkySight Photography.

    Judith O’Toole to Serve as Acting Director of the Mattress Factory

    The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, which has come under fire for its mishandling of sexual harassment allegations, announced today that Judith O’Toole, the former director of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, will join the institution as acting director. The appointment follows the Mattress Factory’s decision to place executive director Michael Olijnyk on temporary paid leave after three former and one current employee filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    The controversy, which was first reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR station, 90.5 WESA, revolves around the

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  • Linda Harrison. Photo: the Newark Museum,  New Jersey.

    Newark Museum Appoints Linda Harrison Director

    The Newark Museum in New Jersey announced today that Linda Harrison has been named its new director and chief executive officer. Harrison succeeds Steven Kern, who stepped down from his post in 2017, and will become the museum’s eighth director, assuming her responsibilities in January.

    Harrison comes to the museum with more than twenty years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and has served as director and CEO of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) since 2013. Prior to joining MoAD, she founded two San Francisco businesses and worked as a vice president at Eastman

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  • Marco Gastini.

    Marco Gastini (1938–2018)

    The Turin-based painter Marco Gastini, who mined the tensions of his medium with works that mixed self-expression with rigorous methodology, has died. He was eighty years old. Gastini worked adjacent to but apart from the reigning Arte Povera, Conceptualism, and Minimalism movements of his generation and is perhaps best known for rendering his tentative brushstrokes on Plexiglas rather than on a traditional canvas support, beginning in the early 1970s. His experimentations with color, and its absence, led him to be considered a pioneer of Pittura Analitica, or analytical painting. The artist

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  • Amy Sherald.

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards $3.9 Million to 125 Artists

    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded nearly $4 million to 125 artists and twenty-five organizations for its 2017–18 grant cycle. Among this year’s grantees are Artadia in Brooklyn, New York; Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Whitechapel Gallery in London.

    The organization is also giving $100,000 to the Madison Square Park Conservancy, in support of Martin Puryear and his US pavilion commission for the 2019 Venice Biennale, and $228,000 to artists and organizations that were affected by the devastating hurricanes and wildfires that occurred in California and across the US earlier this

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  • Katie Hollander. Photo: Annenberg Space for Photography.

    Katie Hollander Named Director of Los Angeles’s Annenberg Space for Photography

    The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles announced today that veteran arts administrator Katie Hollander has been named its new director. Hollander, the former deputy and executive director of New York’s Creative Time, has served as interim director of the venue since November 2017.

    During her ten-year tenure at Creative Time, Hollander organized Kara Walker’s monumental public art installation A Subtlety, 2014, at Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery; Duke Riley’s Fly by Night, 2016, a performance involving a flock of LED light–toting pigeons; and Sophie Calle’s Here Lie the Secrets of

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  • Rendering of the Orange County Museum of Art’s new home. Image: Morphosis Architects.

    California’s Orange County Museum of Art Launches Temporary Space

    The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Santa Ana, California, plans to open a new temporary space, dubbed OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, in South Coast Plaza Village on November 3. The museum will occupy the former retail space while it continues to build its new home a few blocks away at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The new Thom Mayne–designed institution is slated to open in 2021.

    “As we build our new home at Segerstrom Center, we have a unique opportunity to broaden our programs and our reach,” Todd D. Smith, the museum’s director and CEO, said in a statement. “OCMAEXPAND is a guiding principle,

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  • Joseph Antenucci Becherer.

    Joseph Antenucci Becherer Appointed Director of Snite Museum of Art

    Joseph Antenucci Becherer, the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been tapped as the new director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. Becherer will be responsible for organizing the museum’s exhibition and educational programs. He will also be heavily involved in the design of the university’s new seventy-thousand-square-foot Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

    “We are thrilled to have someone of Joseph’s artistic vision, talents, and

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