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  • Joachim Homann. Photo: Dennis and Diana Griggs, Tannery Hill Studio.

    Harvard Art Museums Names Joachim Homann Curator of Drawings

    The Harvard Art Museums has appointed Joachim Homann as its new curator of drawings. Homann currently serves as curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, which has one of the oldest collections of historic European drawings in the country. In his new role, he will oversee Harvard’s extensive drawings collections and organize exhibitions, publications, public lectures, and other programming. He will take up the post on August 19.

    “Joachim’s curatorial approach blends rigorous connoisseurship with big, new ideas,” said Ethan Lasser, curator of American art and head of the

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  • Heidi Schreck in What the Constitution Means to Me at New York Theatre Workshop. Photo: Joan Marcus.

    New York City Launches New Fund to Promote Civic Engagement through the Arts

    New York City’s Office of Strategic Partnerships has established a new fund to support opportunities for young New Yorkers to connect with local arts productions and civic projects. The Civics and Arts Fund will work with cultural organizations and community groups across the five boroughs to promote civic learning, engagement, and discourse. “New York City is home to some of the world’s best art and theater, and yet it’s not accessible to all,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With this initiative the city is taking steps to change that.”

    The fund’s first partnership will be with Tony-nominated

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  • Brett Weston, untitled, ca.1985, a gift from the Christian Keesee Collection to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Photo: Brett Weston Archive.

    Fifty Works by Photographer Brett Weston Donated to the Block Museum

    The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Illinois has received a gift of fifty photographs by American photographer Brett Weston (1911–1993). The images, which range from sweeping landscapes to botanical studies, were donated by Christian Keesee, who acquired a large collection of Weston’s work directly from the photographer’s estate in 1996. Keesee has given works to several museums over the past decade.

    Born in Los Angeles, Weston learned photography from his father, Edward Weston (1886–1958). While he mostly photographed the natural world, Brett Weston also explored

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  • The Dallas Museum of Art.

    Dallas Museum of Art Board Welcomes New Board Members

    The Dallas Museum of Art has elected seven new members to its board of trustees: Thaddeus Arroyo, chief executive officer of AT&T Business; Kathryn W. Hall, owner of HALL, WALT, and BACA Wines; Roger Horchow, philanthropist and Broadway producer; Sophia Johnson, founder and president of ABI; Barbara Thomas Lemmon, a longtime supporter of the museum; Brendan McGuire, regional president of PNC; and Vaughn O. Vennerberg II, partner and president of MorningStar Oil & Gas. They will each serve for a three-year term.

    In addition, six individuals were elected to serve as representative trustees for a

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  • Ellsworth Kelly’s “Romanesque Series,” 1973–76, which were gifted to the Blanton by the artist. Photo: Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.

    Blanton Museum Gifted Seventy-Six Artworks by Ellsworth Kelly

    The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin has received seventy-six works of art by Ellsworth Kelly through various donations from the late artist, and president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear; television producer Douglas S. Cramer; longtime art collectors Jan and Howard Hendler; Blanton national leadership board members Jeanne and Michael Klein; and philanthropist and collector David G. Booth.

    The gift consists of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints spanning Kelly’s seven-decade career. The majority of the works provide additional context for Austin,

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  • Tony DeLap in his studio. Photo: Laure Joliet. Courtesy of Parrasch Heijnen Gallery.

    Tony DeLap (1927–2019)

    Tony DeLap, the West Coast pioneer of abstraction, Minimalism, and Op art whose lifelong fascination with magic and sleight of hand informed many of his works, died on Wednesday, May 29, at his home in Corona del Mar, California. Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles and Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York confirmed his passing. The ninety-one-year-old artist was known for his meticulously produced paintings and sculptural works—made of aluminum, Plexiglas, metal, wood, lacquer, and resin, among other materials—which often challenged viewers’ spatial perception.

    “There is a discernable

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  • Marlborough, London. Photo: Marlborough.

    Marlborough Consolidates Programming, Announces New Flagship Space

    Marlborough has announced plans to streamline its programming, close its gallery in midtown Manhattan, and open a new flagship space as part of a major restructuring. The company currently owns Marlborough Contemporary, located in New York and London; Marlborough Gallery, the Fifty-Seventh Street space that will shutter in December; and Marlborough Fine Art, which was founded by Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer in London in 1946—all of which currently operate independently. Following the rebranding, the galleries’ program will be united under the leadership of Max Levai, who will assume the

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  • Sharis Alexandrian. Photo: Benjamin Eagle/Lévy Gorvy.

    Lévy Gorvy Names Sharis Alexandrian Senior Director, Anna Laudel Expands to Düsseldorf, and More

    Lévy Gorvy has welcomed Sharis Alexandrian as its new senior director. Alexandrian comes to the gallery from White Cube, where she has served as director since October 2012. During her tenure at the gallery, she expanded its market into Europe and spearheaded its successful participation in Paris’s Foire Internationale d’art Contemporain (FIAC). Alexandrian is also a member of the TEFAF Modern and Contemporary Selection Committee.

    “Brett and I are delighted Sharis has chosen Lévy Gorvy as her new professional home,” Dominique Lévy said in a statement. “Her commitment to the arts and loyalty to

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  • Screenshot of the “Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019” spreadsheet.

    Art Workers Circulate Public Spreadsheet to Promote Salary Transparency, Reveal Pay Gaps

    Current and former employees of art institutions are sharing the terms and salaries of their employment in a public Google Spreadsheet titled “Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019.” The document—whose editors have claimed to hold jobs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums—began circulating on Friday morning after its creation by a worker at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA).

    Michelle Millar Fisher—an assistant curator of European decorative

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  • Jennie Lamensdorf and Tina Vaz. Photo: Facebook.

    Facebook Hires Guggenheim’s Tina Vaz to Head its Artist Residency Program

    Facebook announced Tina Vaz, the former deputy director of global communications at the Guggenheim Foundation, will join the company to head its artist residency program and Analog Research Lab. 

    Vaz has been at the Guggenheim since 2011, where she has managed its marketing, public relations, and social media initiatives. She was previously the director of communications at the BMW Guggenheim Lab and the Guggenheim Helsinki and Abu Dhabi projects.

    Jennie Lamensdorf, who works for the New York real estate firm Time Equities as director of its artist residency program, will also join the company.

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  • Hindenburg zeppelin over Jerusalem, Palestine, 1936. Unidentified photographer. Photo: Arab Image Foundation.

    Arab Image Foundation Launches Digitized Photography Archive

    The Arab Image Foundation (AIF), a Beirut-based nonprofit organization and archive of photography from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora, has released 22,000 images from its collection on an online platform. AIF will also reopen its building, which has been closed since 2016, to the public this summer.

    The foundation, which was established in 1997 by Fouad Elkoury, Samer Mohdad, Walid Raad, and Akram Zaatari, has a collection of over 600,000 photos and documents that have been assembled through donations and by artists and researchers over the past twenty years.

    “We built this

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  • Art Düsseldorf. Photo: MCH Group.

    Art Basel Parent Company MCH Group Sells its Stake in Art Düsseldorf

    Art Basel’s parent company MCH Group has sold its 25.1 percent stake of Art Düsseldorf to Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells, who cofounded ArtHK (now Art Basel Hong Kong) in 2007.

    Angus and Etchells—veteran fair organizers who have also launched the Taipei Dangdai, India Art Fair, Art Central Hong Kong, Photofairs Shanghai, and Sydney Contemporary—bought an additional 15 percent share from the fair’s owners, Walter Gehlen and Andreas Lohaus, for an undisclosed sum.

    Gehlen, who with Lohaus retains the remaining 60 percent share of the German art fair, said Angus and Etchells bring a “strong

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