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  • Artists Denounce Suspension of Ghent Museum of Fine Arts Director in Open Letter

    Over sixty art workers have signed an impassioned open letter protesting the temporary dismissal of director Catherine de Zegher from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. De Zegher was suspended from her role in March after the Art Newspaper reported that the museum may have mounted forged artworks in an exhibition of Russian avant-garde art. De Zegher has recently filed a complaint with the city of Ghent concerning her suspension, according to De Standaard.  

    De Zegher has faced intense scrutiny for “Russian Modernism 1910–30,” a show that included twenty-six artworks from the collection

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  • Judith O’Toole. Photo: SkySight Photography.

    Judith O’Toole to Serve as Acting Director of the Mattress Factory

    The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, which has come under fire for its mishandling of sexual harassment allegations, announced today that Judith O’Toole, the former director of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, will join the institution as acting director. The appointment follows the Mattress Factory’s decision to place executive director Michael Olijnyk on temporary paid leave after three former and one current employee filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

    The controversy, which was first reported by Pittsburgh’s NPR station, 90.5 WESA, revolves around the

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  • Linda Harrison. Photo: the Newark Museum,  New Jersey.

    Newark Museum Appoints Linda Harrison Director

    The Newark Museum in New Jersey announced today that Linda Harrison has been named its new director and chief executive officer. Harrison succeeds Steven Kern, who stepped down from his post in 2017, and will become the museum’s eighth director, assuming her responsibilities in January.

    Harrison comes to the museum with more than twenty years of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors and has served as director and CEO of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) since 2013. Prior to joining MoAD, she founded two San Francisco businesses and worked as a vice president at Eastman

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  • Marco Gastini.

    Marco Gastini (1938–2018)

    The Turin-based painter Marco Gastini, who mined the tensions of his medium with works that mixed self-expression with rigorous methodology, has died. He was eighty years old. Gastini worked adjacent to but apart from the reigning Arte Povera, Conceptualism, and Minimalism movements of his generation and is perhaps best known for rendering his tentative brushstrokes on Plexiglas rather than on a traditional canvas support, beginning in the early 1970s. His experimentations with color, and its absence, led him to be considered a pioneer of Pittura Analitica, or analytical painting. The artist

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  • Amy Sherald.

    Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards $3.9 Million to 125 Artists

    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded nearly $4 million to 125 artists and twenty-five organizations for its 2017–18 grant cycle. Among this year’s grantees are Artadia in Brooklyn, New York; Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Whitechapel Gallery in London.

    The organization is also giving $100,000 to the Madison Square Park Conservancy, in support of Martin Puryear and his US pavilion commission for the 2019 Venice Biennale, and $228,000 to artists and organizations that were affected by the devastating hurricanes and wildfires that occurred in California and across the US earlier this

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  • Katie Hollander. Photo: Annenberg Space for Photography.

    Katie Hollander Named Director of Los Angeles’s Annenberg Space for Photography

    The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles announced today that veteran arts administrator Katie Hollander has been named its new director. Hollander, the former deputy and executive director of New York’s Creative Time, has served as interim director of the venue since November 2017.

    During her ten-year tenure at Creative Time, Hollander organized Kara Walker’s monumental public art installation A Subtlety, 2014, at Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Refinery; Duke Riley’s Fly by Night, 2016, a performance involving a flock of LED light–toting pigeons; and Sophie Calle’s Here Lie the Secrets of

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  • Rendering of the Orange County Museum of Art’s new home. Image: Morphosis Architects.

    California’s Orange County Museum of Art Launches Temporary Space

    The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Santa Ana, California, plans to open a new temporary space, dubbed OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, in South Coast Plaza Village on November 3. The museum will occupy the former retail space while it continues to build its new home a few blocks away at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The new Thom Mayne–designed institution is slated to open in 2021.

    “As we build our new home at Segerstrom Center, we have a unique opportunity to broaden our programs and our reach,” Todd D. Smith, the museum’s director and CEO, said in a statement. “OCMAEXPAND is a guiding principle,

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  • Joseph Antenucci Becherer.

    Joseph Antenucci Becherer Appointed Director of Snite Museum of Art

    Joseph Antenucci Becherer, the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been tapped as the new director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame. Becherer will be responsible for organizing the museum’s exhibition and educational programs. He will also be heavily involved in the design of the university’s new seventy-thousand-square-foot Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

    “We are thrilled to have someone of Joseph’s artistic vision, talents, and

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  • The living room of the Coltrane home. Photo: Joshua Scott.

    John and Alice Coltrane’s Home Named a “National Treasure”

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Coltrane Home in Huntington, New York, a “National Treasure,” reports the New York Times. The organization will help renovate and preserve the two-story, brick and wood-frame house, where in 1964 John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme, which some consider to be his masterwork and even one of the greatest jazz albums in history.

    Alice and John Coltrane bought and moved into the home in 1964, raising their children there together until John died in 1967 from liver cancer. Alice would live there until the early 1970s, recording her first solo

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  • The Shed, New York.

    New York’s the Shed Commissions Fifty-Two Artists to Create Work in 2019

    Alex Poots, artistic director and CEO of the Shed—a new visual and performing arts center currently being built in Manhattan—announced today that fifty-two New York­–based emerging artists and collectives have been commissioned to create new work as part of its inaugural Open Call program. The institution received proposals that push the boundaries of six creative disciplines: design, visual arts, music, performing arts, literary arts, and cinema, and selected artists who have not yet had the opportunity to make work for a large cultural institution.

    Co-organized by senior curator Emma

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  • Nina Chanel Abney, Untitled, 2012.

    Peggy Cooper Cafritz Bequeaths Major Collection to Harlem’s Studio Museum

    Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, announced today that the institution received a bequest of more than four hundred works by contemporary artists of African descent from the legendary civil rights activist Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who passed away earlier this year.

    “We are humbled that the indomitable Peggy Cooper Cafritz chose the Studio Museum to help steward the legacy of her incredible vision,” Golden said in a statement. “Peggy was a trailblazing champion of artists of African descent, and at her core believed deeply in the power of art. Through her

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  • Statue of Florence Nightingale outside San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital.

    San Francisco Decrees 30 Percent of City’s Public Art to Depict Historical Women

    San Francisco’s board of supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance on September 26 stipulating that at least 30 percent of the city’s public art must depict nonfictional women, in distinction from female figures being used to depict symbols or archetypes, such as Lady Liberty or the Three Graces. Introduced in June 2017, the ordinance’s 30 percent rule applies to statues, as well as to “other works of art on City-owned property, public building names, and street names.” It also marks the creation of a Women’s Recognition Public Art Fund “to accept gifts to pay for the design, construction,

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