• Mickalene Thomas, Tamika sur une chaise longue avec Monet, 2012. Photo: the artist and Lehmann Maupin.

    Baltimore Museum of Art to Devote 2020 to Celebrating Women Artists

    The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is launching a yearlong program of exhibitions dedicated to the presentation of female-identifying artists. The initiative is part of the BMA’s efforts to address race and gender diversity gaps within the museum field. It also coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920 and guaranteed women in the US the right to vote.

    Beginning in the fall, the museum will stage thirteen solo exhibitions and seven thematic shows, including “By Their Creative Force: American Women Modernists,” “Adorned:

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  • Department of Cultural Affairs press conference on August 1. Photo credit: Matthew Lapiska / NYCDDC.

    New York City Announces Record $212 Million Cultural Budget for 2020

    New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) announced that $212 million have been allotted for the 2020 fiscal year budget for the arts. The sum, which is the highest amount ever awarded to the cultural sector, is $13 million more than last year’s record of $198.4 million and is $57 million more than the National Endowment for the Arts’ annual budget for the entire country.

    At a press conference at Materials for the Arts in Queens on Thursday, August 1, city officials and cultural stakeholders convened to celebrate the second anniversary of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s comprehensive

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  • Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled. Courtesy of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

    Wisconsin’s Kohler Arts Center Acquires Thousands of Works by Eugene von Bruenchenhein

    The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has acquired more than 8,300 artworks by the self-taught American artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983). The collection, which comprises paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, slides, and photographs that span the entirety of von Bruenchenhein’s career, join the more than six thousand objects by him that are already in the center’s holdings.

    “I am delighted to have worked with Karen Patterson at the Kohler Arts Center and Terri Yoho at the Kohler Foundation in placing my collection of Eugene von Bruenchenhein’s art work with

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  • Karsten Schubert, 1990. Photo: Helen Taylor. Courtesy of Karsten Schubert, London.

    Karsten Schubert (1961–2019)

    Karsten Schubert, the dealer, publisher, and pillar of the London arts scene in the 1980s, has died at the age of fifty-seven. According to The Guardian, the cause of death was thyroid cancer. A champion of Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Bridget Riley, and Rachel Whiteread, among others, Schubert was one of the first gallerists to show the work of the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of innovative artists who emerged in the UK in the ’80s and rose to prominence in the ’90s.

    Born in Berlin in 1961, Schubert studied theology at Humboldt University before he began his career in the arts at Lisson

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  • Mary Anne Carter. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Mary Anne Carter Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

    The United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Carter has been serving as acting chair of the agency since June 5, 2018 and was officially nominated for the position by President Trump, who has been trying to eliminate both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities since he took office, in November. She is the twelfth person to helm the agency since its inception in 1965.

    Under her leadership, Carter has worked to expand arts therapy programs such as Creative Forces—which helps US service members and veterans

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  • Demonstrators in the Great Court of the British Museum on Saturday, February 16. Photo: Diana More. Courtesy of BP or Not BP?

    British Museum Engages with Climate Activists in Public Debate, Following Trustee’s Resignation

    The British Museum defended its sponsorship deal with British Petroleum in a debate with climate activists in the London offices of Tortoise Media on Wednesday, July 31. The event marked the first time the institution agreed to publicly engage with a climate campaign group over the ethics of accepting money from the oil giant and comes on the heels of museum trustee Ahdaf Soueif’s decision to step down over the controversial partnership, among other issues.

    According to the Financial Times, during the debate, Richard Lambert, chair of the museum’s board of trustees, claimed that the museum is

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  • Marc Chagall, Reverie. Photo: Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

    London Dealer Receives Prison Sentence for Cheating Clients Out of Millions

    Timothy Sammons, a London-based dealer and former head of the Sotheby’s Chinese art department, was sentenced to four to twelve years in prison for swindling collectors out of tens of millions of dollars, Bloomberg reports. The sixty-three-year-old pleaded guilty to fraud and grand larceny in a New York City court earlier this month.

    According to prosecutors, Sammons stole as much as $30 million from clients in the US, the UK, and New Zealand who consigned works such as Marc Chagall’s Reverie, Pablo Picasso’s Buste de Femme, and Paul Signac’s Calanque de Canoubier (Pointe de Bamer) to him between

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  • Robin Howell.

    High Museum Announces New Board Chair

    The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has appointed Robin Howell as chair of its board of directors. Howell succeeds Charles Abney III, who began his tenure in 2015, and will continue to serve for the next two years. The institution also welcomed four new board members: Farideh Azadi, Watt Boone, Will Powell, and Mark Preisinger.

    An Atlanta native and a longtime arts patron of the High, Howell has served on the museum’s board for several years, most recently on its nominating committee. She is also a former cochair of the High’s director’s circle and has supported key acquisitions for the collection

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  • Gary Simmons. Photo: Tito Molina.

    Gary Simmons Joins Board of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts

    The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announced today that artist Gary Simmons has been elected to its board of directors. Known for using icons and stereotypes of American popular culture to create works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class, Simmons has had solo exhibitions at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Kunsthaus Zürich; among others; and participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale and the most recent edition of Desert X.

    “I’m thrilled to be joining the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation

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  • Rendering of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Courtesy of Foster + Partners.

    Norman Foster Tapped for Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Expansion

    The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum in northern Spain has selected Foster + Partners as the winner of an architectural design competition for the expansion and remodeling of its building. The London-based firm’s proposal included the addition of a large overhanging, “pavilion-like” rooftop that will sit atop the original brick structure, its 1970 expansion, and Plaza Arriaga, which separates them. The plaza will then be enclosed by glass, creating a new lobby at the center of the museum.

    “Our design will restore the existing mid-twentieth century building and setting to its original glory, create a new

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  • David Breslin and Jane Panetta. Photo: Scott Rudd.

    Whitney Museum Promotes Curators David Breslin and Jane Panetta

    The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that two of its curators are receiving promotions. David Breslin will become the institution’s first director of curatorial initiatives, and Jane Panetta, who curated this year’s Whitney Biennial with Rujeko Hockley, will succeed him as director of the collection. “David and Jane truly exemplify the best of the Whitney’s spirit in their generous dedication to artists and our community,” said Scott Rothkopf, the museum’s senior deputy director and chief curator.

    Since Breslin joined the Whitney in 2016 as curator and director of the collection,

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  • Installation view of “La Muestra del Millón” (2018) at UV Estudios, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Ariel Authier.

    NADA Welcomes Seventeen New Gallery Members

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) announced that seventeen new galleries have become NADA members. Hailing from ten cities across the globe, the galleries include UV Estudios (Buenos Aires), Berthold Pott, (Cologne), Harlan Levey Projects (Brussels), and Baxter Street Camera Club of New York.

    Through its organization of year-round events and programs such as its inaugural New York Gallery Open, which was held earlier this year, NADA strives to facilitate meaningful relationships among its constituents. NADA House, the organization’s second off-site exhibition on Governors Island, will close

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