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  • Tal R, Paris Chic, 2017. Courtesy of Victoria Miro.

    Danish Court Rules Against Designers who Planned to Shred Painting by Tal R

    A Danish court has issued an injunction against watchmakers Arne Leivsgard and Dann Thorleifsson to prevent them from cutting up the painting Paris Chic, 2017, by artist Tal R and including pieces of the canvas in the decorative faces of their newest line of designer wristwatches. According to The Guardian, the duo bought Tal R’s work, which is from the artist’s “Sexshops” series, for $91,000 from Victoria Miro Gallery in London in August.

    While Tal R, whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses painting, sculpture, and installations, acknowledged that anyone who bought one of his works had the

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  • Stamatina Gregory. Courtesy of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

    Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Names Stamatina Gregory Director of Curatorial Programs

    Curator and art historian Stamatina Gregory will join the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York as the new director of curatorial programs on January 6, 2020. In this newly created position, Gregory will oversee the museum’s exhibitions and collection management, future programming, and external collaborations. “Stamatina brings a depth of experience along with a keen awareness of contemporary visual art movements that will engage and expand our audiences,” said Margaret Rose Vendryes, cochair of the museum’s board of trustees.

    Gregory’s curatorial work primarily focuses on the interrelationship

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  • Photography and fashion workshop at Edge Zones Art Center. Photo: Nathan Campos. Courtesy of the Knight Foundation.

    Knight Foundation Announces Miami Arts Challenge Winners

    The Knight Foundation will award $1.8 million to forty-four artists and arts organizations who have been selected as winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, which was established to fund arts projects that would enrich the city of Miami and South Florida. The organization will also recognize twenty-one community leaders as champions of the arts during a celebration at the Pérez Art Museum Miami on Monday night and will provide them each with $10,000 to give to local cultural producers and institutions.

    “Arts and culture connect people to place and to each other,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight

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  • Installation view of “COSMO” (2015) by Andrés Jaque and the Office for Political Innovation at MoMA PS1. Photo: Miguel de Guzman. Courtesy of MoMA PS1.

    Andrés Jaque to Curate Thirteenth Shanghai Biennale

    Spanish curator, architect, and writer Andrés Jaque has been appointed the chief curator of the Shanghai Biennale’s thirteenth edition, which will be held at the Power Station of Art from November 13, 2020 to March 28, 2021. The Power Station of Art’s academic committee cited Jaque’s concept of spatial interventions and frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with artists, scientists, architects, historians, and ecologists as two of the reasons he was selected for the post.

    Commenting on his vision for the biennial, Jaque said: “It will be my priority that the city of Shanghai is not only a

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  • Mami Kataoka. Photo: Ito Akinori. Courtesy of CIMAM.

    CIMAM Appoints Mami Kataoka President, Elects New Board Members

    The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) has named Mami Kataoka, deputy director and chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, as its new president and Suzanne Cotter, director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, as secretary-treasurer. The announcement was made during the organization’s annual conference, which was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney from November 15 to November 17. CIMAM also revealed the nomination of its new board.

    “I am thrilled to take this role of president of CIMAM as the first non-European

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  • Rendering of the National Gallery of Hungary. Courtesy of SANAA.

    Budapest Politicians Block Construction on New National Gallery

    The groundbreaking on the new $275 million National Gallery of Hungary has been postponed after Budapest’s center-left mayor Gergely Karácsony, who took office in October, raised concerns about the building’s environmental impact on Budapest’s City Park. According to the Art Newspaper, Karácsony said that he is not opposed to the SANAA-designed museum but is against the construction of such a monumental building in one of the city’s few green spaces. 

    In a vote that took place on November 5, Budapest’s General Assembly supported Karácsony’s proposal to halt the project. Work on the House of

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  • Cindy Sherman’s  Murder Mystery, 1976. Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

    ICA Miami Adds More Than One Hundred Works to Its Collection

    The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, has acquired more than one hundred works of art by emerging and established contemporary artists including Allora & Calzadilla, John Baldessari, Tony Conrad, Liam Gillick, Arthur Jafa, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Anicka Yi. “As we approach ICA Miami’s fifth anniversary, we are thrilled to announce so many landmark achievements for the museum since its founding, particularly in 2019 with the launch of major new projects and the growth of our collection that assert ICA Miami’s distinct voice in global contemporary art,” said artistic director Alex Gartenfeld.

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  • Roger Cardinal. Photo: Raw Vision.

    Roger Cardinal (1940–2019)

    The British scholar Roger Cardinal, who translated and broadened Jean Dubuffet’s conception of art brut—a label applied to artists who work outside of official cultural institutions—died on November 1 at the age of seventy-nine, according to The Guardian. Pressed by his publishers to anglicize the French artist’s coinage, Cardinal introduced the term “Outsider art” in his 1972 book of the same name. Despite his ambivalence about the title, the text was well received in the United States and slowly helped advance a field of art scholarship that has enjoyed resurgence in recent years.

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  • María Berrío, A Last View of the Sky, 2019. Courtesy of Victoria Miro.

    Perrotin to Move Its Hong Kong Outpost to Kowloon, Victoria Miro Now Represents María Berrío, and More

    Perrotin, the Paris-based gallery with locations in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo, is planning to close its satellite in Hong Kong and open a new space in Kowloon in March. Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin told the Art Newspaper that the move has nothing to do with the current pro-democracy protests in the city. “This is an earlier project which came to a head when we decided to open a large space in Shanghai where we can organize several shows at the same time.”

    The new satellite will be closer to arts spaces such as the K11 Musea, the “cultural-retail” destination owned by billionaire

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  • The ruins of Palmyra in 2010. Photo: Bernard Gagnon/Wikipedia.

    Russia and Syria to Restore Ancient Syrian City Desecrated by ISIS

    Russia and Syria have signed an agreement declaring their intention to work together to restore the ancient city of Palmyra, which was gravely damaged by ISIS during the militant group’s occupation of the area between 2015 and 2017. Both the State Hermitage Museum and the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences signed pacts with Syria’s Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) in Damascus on November 25.

    The countries are planning to launch an international campaign in support of the regeneration of the UNESCO World Heritage site, which is

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  • The Certosa di Trisulti. Photo: Mattis/Wikimedia.

    Italian Culture Ministry Tries to Evict Right-Wing Group from Monastery

    The Italian government approved the long-term lease of a thirteenth-century monastery to a right-wing religious organization connected to Steve Bannon, the ex–chief strategist of President Donald Trump and the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, then blamed the move on staff shortages. According to the Art Newspaper, the culture ministry is now trying to evict the British conservative group from the historic site, which it has occupied since April.

    Called the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (Institute for Human Dignity), the organization was founded by Benjamin Harnwell in 2008 as a kind

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  • Abu Dhabi. Валерий Дед/Wikipedia.

    Art Basel Cancels Abu Dhabi Summit Charging $15,000 Admission

    Art Basel is calling off a new initiative for which it planned to invite hundreds of arts professionals, scholars, and thought leaders in the fields of science, technology, and finance, among other industries, to Abu Dhabi for a three-day event that would have addressed global issues such as sustainability and artificial intelligence. The art fair cited the short timeline to organize the think tank as the reason for its cancelation—Art Basel only announced the program—which was slated to take place in February 2020—in September.

    Dubbed Art Basel Inside, the program was being

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