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  • Rebecca Ann Siegel.

    Frieze Names Rebecca Ann Siegel Publisher

    Rebecca Ann Siegel, cofounder and publisher of the art and politics journal Even, has been named publisher of Frieze and will work with editorial director Jennifer Higgie to lead its print and digital publishing arms. Previously, she was an associate of the New York–based art advisory firm Ruth Catone and Pace Gallery. She completed her undergraduate studies in art history at Yale University and received a master’s degree from Columbia University. Together with New York Times art critic Jason Farago, Siegel founded Even, which was published three times a year, in 2015 (with Siegel’s departure,

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  • Irene Aristizábal. Photo: BALTIC.

    BALTIC Welcomes Irene Aristizábal as Head of Curatorial and Public Practice

    The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, has appointed Irene Aristizábal as its new head of curatorial and public practice. Aristizábal comes to the institution from Nottingham Contemporary, where she has worked as head of exhibitions since 2013. She will take up the position in March 2019.

    “Irene is a deeply respected and knowledgeable curator with significant experience of embedding complex public programs within exhibition making practice,” BALTIC director Sarah Munro said in a statement. “BALTIC is leading a new conversation and vision in response to urgent times and I’m

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  • Riot cops at the UNC protest on Monday night. Photo: Twitter.

    Protesters Rally Against UNC Chapel Hill’s Decision to Reinstate Confederate Statue

    On Monday night, protesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rallied against the university board’s decision to reinstate Silent Sam, the Confederate monument that was toppled on August 20. Riot cops were brought to the scene of the protests, where students gathered with signs. “We have nothing to lose but our chains,” they chanted. Maya Little, the UNC history doctoral student who faced criminal charges for throwing red ink and blood on the Confederate statue in April, called for professors and TAs to join the protest by not turning in final grades. 

    “The university will continue

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  • Ann Carlson, Symphonic Body / Water, Emigrant, Montana, July, 2018. Photo: Elly Stormer-Vadseth.

    VIA Art Fund to Award $1 Million to Small Arts Organizations

    The VIA Art Fund is partnering with the Wagner Foundation to establish a five-year $1 million fund in support of small to midsize nonprofit arts organizations across the United States. The Incubator Grant Fund will offer twenty-five recipients unrestricted grants of up to $40,000 that will be dispersed over a two-year period.

    Recognizing the challenges smaller arts organizations face in attracting and sustaining both capital and human resources, VIA and Wagner will only award grants to nonprofit institutions with annual budgets of up to $2.2 million. The funds will go toward general operating

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  • A cleaner removing graffiti calling for the resignation of Macron from the base of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photo: Thibault Camus.

    “Yellow Vest” Protestors Damage Monuments in Paris

    As over 100,000 people convened on central Paris over the weekend to rally against increasing fuel prices, the “yellow vest” protesters caused more than $1 million in damage to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe, and artifacts within it, the New York Times reports. Workers could be seen scrubbing off graffiti that read “Macron Resign” from its base on Sunday.

    Following the third weekend of protests, France surveyed the destruction and has begun to clean up the capital, which was littered with empty tear-gas canisters and the debris from charred vehicles and broken glass

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  • Artists Arrested for Protesting New Decree Limiting Artistic Freedom in Cuba

    Artist Tania Bruguera and Bienal de La Habana organizers Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Yanelys Nuñez Leyva were among those arrested on Monday for planning a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture in Havana in protest of a government decree, which aims to eradicate independent cultural activity, days before it goes into effect. The legislation would essentially give the state the power to censor art at will. Several activists were prevented from participating in the protest. Some were antagonized by the authorities for days before the event, and others were detained in the hours leading up to it.

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  • Raqs Media Collective Appointed Artistic Director of 2020 Yokohama Triennale

    The Yokohama Triennale has named Raqs Media Collective, the New Delhi–based group formed in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artistic director of its seventh edition, which will open in July 2020. Raqs is known for producing work across a range of media that often explores the intersection of art, philosophy, and historical inquiry. Among the collective’s recent curatorial projects are “In the Open or in Stealth: The Unruly Presence of an Intimate Future” (2018–19) at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; the Eleventh Shanghai Biennale (2016–17); and “

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  • Christina Martinez, Bradford Nordeen, Susan Snodgrass, Michael Stone-Richards, Wendy Vogel, and Malik Gaines. Photo: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

    Andy Warhol Foundation Awards Grants for Arts Writing

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced today the twenty-one recipients of its 2018 Arts Writers Grants. They will receive a total of $725,000. Administered by the New York–based nonprofit Creative Capital, the grants will support critical writing about contemporary art and range from $15,000 to $50,000.

    “The foundation’s commitment to arts writing is a natural extension of the grants the foundation makes to artist-centered organizations and museums, which often include funds for the publication of exhibition catalogues, brochures, and other outlets for scholarly perspectives,”

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  • Pace Gallery to Open Chelsea Flagship Building in 2019

    Pace Gallery announced today that it will open its new flagship gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in September 2019. Located at 540 West Twenty-Fifth Street, Pace’s new headquarters is being developed by Weinberg Properties and designed by Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture. Spanning eight stories and measuring approximately 75,000 square feet, the building will feature expansive indoor and outdoor galleries; a 10,000-volume research library; an open art-storage area; and a 2,200-square-foot space dedicated to new media works, performance, and public programming.

    “Designing this new

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  • Former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a press conference announcing the city of Jackson, Mississippi, as the winner of a $1 million Public Art Challenge Grant. Photo: Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    City of Jackson, Mississippi, to Receive $1 Million Grant for Public Art

    Jackson, Mississippi, is the latest city to be awarded a $1 million Public Art Challenge Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable organization of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Anchorage, Alaska, and Coral Springs, Florida, were also named as grant winners earlier this month.

    The funds will support the project “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” which aims to inform policy related to nutrition by using art as a medium to communicate the complexities of the issue in the city. Local and national artists, landscape architects, filmmakers, farmers,

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  • 22 Cortlandt Alley. Photo: Andrew Kreps.

    Andrew Kreps to Relocate from Chelsea to TriBeCa

    In May 2019, Andrew Kreps will head from Chelsea to a two-floor, ten-thousand-square-foot gallery at 22 Cortlandt Alley in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood, reports Artnews. It will be designed by Markus Dochantschi of StudioMDA and will be around the corner from 55 Walker—the old home of the nonprofit Artists Space—which Andrew Kreps, Bortolami, and Kaufmann Repetto have been operating as a project space, featuring recent exhibitions organized by Blank Forms, Song Cycle, Manila Institute, and O.O. & M.M., this fall. “The two spaces will allow our artists the opportunity to exhibit in

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  • Washington, DC.

    New Bill Threatens Independence of DC Arts Commission

    A bill proposed by Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser could change the role of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) from an independent arts funder to an advisory body. The new bill would create a Department of Arts and Humanities within the mayor’s office, which would be run by a director—appointed by the city—who would be given “exclusive authority for evaluating and initiating action on matters relating to the arts and humanities,” reads the draft legislation.

    “As introduced, this bill clarifies that the DCCAH board members serve an advisory role and explicitly

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