• Director of Ghent’s Museum of Fine Arts Suspended over Controversial Exhibition

    Catherine de Zegher, the director of Ghent’s Museum of Fine Arts, has been suspended from her position, pending the results of an external audit. An autonomous municipal company that oversees Ghent’s cultural institutions, the Arts and Design of the city of Ghent, called an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 7, to address a report published by the Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard, which alleged that de Zegher lied to the city’s cultural committee.

    De Zegher has faced mounting criticism over the exhibition “From Bosch to Tuymans: A Vital Story,” which featured works attributed to Russian

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  • Dia Acquires Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, Its First Work of Land Art by A Woman

    The Dia Art Foundation in New York anounced that it has acquired Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, 1973–76—a pioneering work of Land art located in the Great Basin Desert in northwestern Utah. In recognition of the acquisition, the Holt-Smithson Foundation will gift Dia Holt’s Holes of Light, 1973. Formed in 2017, the Holt-Smithson Foundation is an artist-endowed organization that continues the creative legacies of Holt and Robert Smithson. 

    “Nancy Holt was an important innovator and intellect,” said Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation. “She deeply understood Dia’s commitment to

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  • Metropolitan Museum Appoints Michael Gallagher as New Deputy Director for Conservation and Chair of Paintings Conservation

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that Michael Gallagher has been named the deputy director for conservation and the chairman of paintings conservation. The new, two-part role builds upon Gallagher’s current leadership responsibilities as the museum’s conservator in charge of paintings conservation. He will assume the post on April 1.

    “The Met’s conservation and scientific research departments are global leaders in their fields, and our increasing number of conservation activities and ambitions merit a separate and distinct voice within the museum’s leadership,” Daniel H. Weiss, the

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  • Jamal Cyrus Selected as BMW Art Journey Award Winner

    Art Basel and BMW announced that the Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus, whose work focuses on the formulation of African American identity through cultural and political movements, such as the Jazz Age of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, has been named the next BMW Art Journey winner. An international jury selected him unanimously from a shortlist of three artists—which in addition to Cyrus, included A.K. Burns and Mariela Scafati—whose works were exhibited in the Positions sector at last year’s Art Basel show in Miami Beach.

    Cyrus’s winning

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  • Group Takes to Natural History Museum Gift Shop to Protest Science-Denier Trustee

    In an effort to pressure the American Museum of Natural History to cut ties with billionaire climate-change denier Rebekah Mercer, a New York–based group known as Clean Money Project stocked the museum's gift shop with a line of fake products and displayed ersatz exhibit signs on Monday. Since January, hundreds of scientists have called for the unseating of Mercer, a museum board member who has funded climate-change denial campaigns and who helped back Donald Trump’s presidential run.

    The fake products included postcards with Mercer’s face and the words “climate change denier and museum board

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  • Galerie Nagel Draxler Opens New Space in Cologne

    Gallerists Saskia Draxler and Christian Nagel have announced that they will open a new outpost in Cologne. The space will be Galerie Nagel Draxler’s second location in the city—it currently operates a project space in partnership with the Diko Reisen travel agency at Komödienstraße 48, where it stages two to three exhibitions per year. The gallery also has two spaces at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin.

    Formerly known as Galerie Christian Nagel, the gallery was originally founded by Christian Nagel in Cologne in 1990. Its new headquarters in Cologne will be designed by Roger Bundschuh Architects,

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  • Erik van Lieshout Awarded 2018 Heineken Prize for Art

    Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout has won the Heineken Prize for art, the Netherlands’ most prestigious prize for visual artists. He will receive a cash prize of around $123,000, half of which will fund a new exhibition or publication. Van Lieshout will be honored at an award ceremony that will take place in Amsterdam in September.

    Born in Deurne in 1968, Van Lieshout lives and works in Rotterdam. He studied at the Academy of Art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and at Atelier 63 in Haarlem. His work primarily consists of drawings, collages, sculptures, and videos. He participated in the 2013 Venice

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  • Farah Al Qasimi Wins 2018 NADA Artadia Award

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has announced that Farah Al Qasimi, whose work often addresses the shared visual traditions of hospitality across cultures, is the recipient of this year’s $5,000 New York Artadia Award. This is the eleventh time NADA and Artadia have partnered to present the award. Al Qasimi’s work is exhibited at the Helena Anrather booth. The gallery also staged the artist’s first New York solo exhibition last year.

    The jury comprised Natalie Bell, associate curator at the New Museum, and Alexis Lowry, associate curator at the Dia Art Foundation. “Farah Al Qasimi’s richly

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  • Cape Town’s Blank Projects Wins Armory Show Booth Prize

    The Armory Show announced today that the Cape Town gallery Blank Projects has won the second annual Presents Booth Prize. The award recognizes an outstanding and innovative gallery presentation within the Presents section of the fair, which is a platform for galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recent work from emerging artists. Blank Projects will receive a $10,000 prize for its presentation of works by Igshaan Adams and Cinga Samson.

    “We’re really pleased and very proud to have been awarded the Presents Booth Prize this year,” Jonathan Garnham, the founder and owner of Blank Projects,

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  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Names Lili Chopra Executive Director of Cultural Programs, Grants, and Services

    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announced today that Lili Chopra has been appointed executive director of cultural programs, grants, and services. She currently serves as the executive vice president and artistic director of the French Institute Alliance Française, which she joined in 2006. She will take up the post on April 9.

    During her tenure at FIAF, Chopra founded and cocurated Crossing the Line, a highly multidisciplinary festival featuring commissioned works by US and international artists. More recently, she coconceived and cocurated the Tilt Kids Festival. Prior to her time at FIAF,

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  • Tate Artist-in-Residence Resigns Over Director's Comments About Sexual Harassment

    British artist Liv Wynter has stepped down from her role as artist-in-residence at the Tate, citing what she perceives as both the museum's and the art world’s failure to reckon with sexual harassment and to cultivate inclusion. Wynter’s resignation was largely a response to recent comments about sexual harassment allegations made by Tate director Maria Balshaw, who told the Times: “I personally have never suffered any such issues. Then, I wouldn’t. I was raised to be a confident woman who, when I encountered harassment, would say, ‘Please don’t’ . . . or something rather more direct.”


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  • Kalman Aron (1924–2018)

    Kalman Aron, an artist and Holocaust survivor whose portraiture allowed him to better understand his experience in concentration camps, has died at ninety-three, according to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. By trading sketches of Nazi guards and their families for bits of food, Aron would eventually endure seven concentration camps, the first of which he arrived at when he was sixteen. After the war, he received a scholarship to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and earned a master’s degree. He became a celebrated American portraitist after moving, in 1949, to California, where he

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