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  • Tate Britain. Photo: Rikard Österlund.

    Tate Britain to Center Women Artists in Rehang

    London’s Tate Britain has revealed that work by female artists will account for a large portion  of the institution’s forthcoming rehang of its collection, to be unveiled to the public May 8. “Tate Britain’s new displays will embody our commitment to expanding the canon and diversifying British art history,” said Polly Staple, director of the museum’s British art collection. “In recent years, we have brought so many incredible works into Tate’s collection and visitors will soon be able to see these new acquisitions hung alongside more familiar and much-loved classics.”

    The rehang is the first in

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  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Marine Guernesey, 1883.

    Musée d’Orsay to Restitute Masterpieces by Cézanne, Gauguin, Renoir

    A Paris court last week ordered the Musée d’Orsay to return to the heirs of noted French dealer Ambroise Vollard four major works stolen during World War II, The Art Newspaper reports. Slated for restitution are an 1883 Guernsey seascape and a ca. 1908–10 sanguine study (held by the Cleveland Museum of Art) for the Judgement of Paris, both by Renoir; Gauguin’s 1885 Still Life with Mandolin; and Cézanne’s Undergrowth, ca. 1890–92, a watercolor. The paintings belonged to Vollard at the time of his sudden death in a traffic accident in 1939; aided by the dealer’s brother, Lucien Vollard, who had

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  • Margarita Cabrera, VOCHO VW Beetle Sedan, 2004, vinyl, thread, and model parts, 3 1/4 x 9 x 4".

    Blanton Museum of Art Acquires 5,000+ Works by Latino Artists

    The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, announced that it has acquired 5,650 works from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia Collection, one of the world’s largest assemblies of Chicano and Latino art. The acquisition, accomplished via donation and purchase, reflects the museum’s goal of becoming a major center for modern and contemporary Latino art. To support this effort, the Blanton established the position of associate curator of Latino art. The museum in March will welcome two new gallery spaces dedicated to Latino art, with an exhibition devoted to portraits by

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  • Mark Loughney, Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration (detail), 2014–, graphite on paper, approx. 600 drawings, each 12 × 9".

    Mellon Foundation Commits $125 Million to Art Projects Centering Mass Incarceration

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced the launch of its Imagining Freedom initiative, a $125 million effort aimed at supporting artistic development among those negatively affected by the US carceral system. The multiyear grantmaking program will aid “arts and humanities organizations that engage the knowledge, critical thinking, and creativity of millions of people and communities with lived experience of the US criminal legal system and its pervasive forces of dehumanization, stereotyping, and silencing.”

    As noted by the foundation, the US imprisons more of its citizens than any other

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  • The Centre Pompidou. Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr.

    Centre Pompidou, LACMA Announce Major Blockchain Art Accessions

    The Centre Pompidou in Paris on February 10 announced that it had purchased eighteen NFTs by thirteen artists renowned for their work in the genre. The acquisition, which encompasses crypto art, plastic arts, net art, and generative art, is the first of its kind by a major French art institution, and expands on the Pompidou’s history of acquiring work in new media. “Web3 is an innovative territory that artists have now seized upon to create original and daring work,” said Pompidou director Xavier Rey in a statement, “and this collection reaffirms our support for artists in their conquest of new

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  • Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. Photo: Bernt Rostad/Flickr.

    Director Zelfira Tregulova Pushed Out of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery

    Art historian Zelfira Tregulova, who led the state Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow since 2015, has been forced out of her job. Tregulova told Russia’s National State News that the Russian Ministry of Culture blindsided her early this month with a demand that she respond by February 6 to a complaint brought to the ministry by a museum visitor named Sergei Shadrin. Shadrin accused the Tretyakov Gallery of failing to hew to the “traditional Russian spiritual and moral values” espoused in a decree set forth by Putin this past November. Mentioned among the values are “human rights,” “patriotism,” “service

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  • Gustav Klimt, The Black Feather Hat, 1910. Photo: Ronald S. Lauder Collection.

    Ronald S. Lauder, Jewish Heirs Reach Agreement on Klimt Painting

    Billionaire cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder has reached an agreement with the descendants of Irene Beran regarding Gustav Klimt’s famous 1910 canvas The Black Feather Hat. Lauder has agreed to restitute the painting, which has resided in his collection for half a century, to the Berans and then to repurchase it from them. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The agreement follows years of collaborative investigation between the Beran heirs and Lauder aimed at discovering the work’s provenance.

    Beran, born in 1886 and a resident of Brno, in what is now the Czech Republic, is documented

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  • MTV’s Dometi Pongo, Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu, artist Adam Pendleton, and critic Kenny Schachter. Photo: MTV.

    Hirshhorn to Debut Reality Show Aimed at Minting Art Star on MTV

    Washington, DC’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will launch a six-episode reality television series on March 7. Titled The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist, the show will air concurrently on MTV (“right after Ru-Paul’s Drag Race!” the press release announces) and on the Smithsonian Channel. Seven emerging American artists will compete for a $100,000 cash award and the opportunity to present their work at the Hirshhorn: They will be judged by a panel led by the museum’s director, Melissa Chiu.

    The show, which the museum created in partnership with MTV Studios, Paramount, and the

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  • Simone Forti performing Sleepwalkers, 1968/2010. Photo: Jason Underhill.

    Simone Forti Wins 2023 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

    Organizers of the Venice Biennale have awarded the Italian American artist, choreographer, and dancer Simone Forti the 2023 Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in the field of dance. “I didn’t know what the Golden Lion was,” the eighty-seven-year-old told the New York Times, adding, “If someone has to take the role and stand there holding it, I am honored to be the one to do it for the community.”

    Born in Florence, Forti with her family migrated to California. She studied under Anna Halprin in the late 1950s, contributing to early works by the choreographer. In 1961, Forti created her seminal

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  • X Zhu-Nowell. Photo: Farah Al Qasimi.

    X Zhu-Nowell Named Artistic Director of Rockbund Art Museum

    The Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai has announced X Zhu-Nowell as its new artistic director. Zhu-Nowell arrives from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where they have served as assistant curator since 2014. Concurrent with their work at the Guggenheim, Zhu-Nowell, served as a consulting curator at RAM They are known for their investigation of exhibition histories and institutional practices through artist interventions in Asia.

    “Since its establishment in 2010, RAM has not only been the beating heart of contemporary art in Shanghai, but also maintained a legacy of radical

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  • Archie Moore with Inert State, 2022. Photo: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

    Archie Moore to Represent Australia at 2024 Venice Biennale

    Kamilaroi and Bigambul artist Archie Moore will represent Australia at the Sixtieth Venice Biennale, becoming only the second Indigenous artist to be given charge of the country’s pavilion at the prestigious event, after Tracey Moffatt, who did so in 2017. Trevor Nickolls and Rover Thomas in 1990 became the first Aboriginal artists to represent Australia at the Biennale. News of Moore’s participation in the event was announced by the Australian Council for the Arts, the state agency tasked with awarding the commission.

    “To have an esteemed First Nations artist such as Archie Moore represent

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  • The Des Moines Art Center.

    Kelly Baum to Lead Des Moines Art Center

    The Des Moines Art Center has announced Kelly Baum as its new director, effective this May. Baum arrives to Des Moines from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art. She takes the reins from Jeff Fleming, who is retiring after twenty-five years in the role.

    Baum had been at the Met for eight years before accepting the directorship of the Iowa institution. She previously worked as a curator of modern and contemporary art at Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, and the Blanton Museum of Art, Houston. At the Met

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