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  • Lauren Haynes. Photo: Rana Young.

    Nasher Museum of Art Names Lauren Haynes Senior Curator

    Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art has hired Lauren Haynes away from her post as curator of contemporary art and director of artist initiatives at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Haynes will step into the role of senior curator at the Durham, North Carolina museum on June 7. Her hiring follows the promotion of Nasher chief curator Trevor Schoonmaker to director of the institution.

    “I am thrilled that Lauren is joining our team,” Schoonmaker said in a statement, noting that he first met Haynes in 2008 at “Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool” at the

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  • Beeple, EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, 2007–21, five thousand digital drawings, dimensions variable.

    Beeple JPEG Fetches $69 Million at Christie’s Auction

    The NFT craze continues apace. Just days after multivalent musician and artist Grimes raked in $6 million selling digital artworks variously featuring cherubs, swords, and ethereal pop soundtracks, and weeks after Chris Torres’s Nyan Cat, a vivid GIF depicting a cat with a Pop-Tart body and emitting a rainbow vapor trail, brought its creator nearly $600,000, a single JPEG by digital artist Beeple fetched $69.3 million at auction. The sale, conducted by venerable auction house Christie’s, awarded the unnamed buyer ownership of Beeple’s Everydays—The First 5000 Days, 2021, a digital collage of

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  • The Museum of Chinese in America in New York. Photo: Jim Henderson/Wikipedia.

    Museum of Chinese in America Cancels Godzilla Collective Exhibition After Protesting Artists Withdraw

    New York’s Museum of Chinese in America has canceled an exhibition of work by pioneering artist collective Godzilla: Asian American Arts Network after nineteen of the group’s members withdrew in protest of what they contend is the museum’s support for a large new jail in Chinatown, where the institution is located. The exhibition, “Godzilla vs. the Art World: 1990–2001,” was to open in May focusing on the efforts of the collective over the 12-year span of its existence, during which it published a newsletter, organized “slide slams,” and sponsored symposiums on Asian American art in an effort

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  • View of the Noldor Artist Residency, Labadi, Accra. Photo: Noldor Artist Residency.

    Ghana’s First Independent Artist Residency Adds Fellowships, Space

    Accra, Ghana’s Noldor Artist Residency, established this past November with an inaugural four-week residency awarded to emerging Ghanian artist Emmanuel Taku, has announced that it is adding a yearlong program for junior and senior fellows and that it will be occupying a 7,500-square foot space in a former pharmaceutical warehouse in the city’s burgeoning Labadi arts district. The fellowship program is aimed at emerging and midcareer contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora, with the intent of helping them collectively deepen their practices, while fostering a sense of community.

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo: Hugo Schneider/Wikipedia.

    Met to Pay Staff Salaries with Funds from Deaccessioned Works

    Just a month after raising hackles with its announcement that it was considering selling off some of its rarely or never-seen works to offset its budget gap, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has said it has temporarily approved the use of funds raised via deaccessioning to pay its workers’ salaries. In doing so, it follows a precedent established by the Brooklyn Museum and other US institutions that have taken advantage of the new Covid-era guidelines established by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).

    According to the new rules, in effect for two years beginning last April,

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  • La Paris Biennale, housed in the Grand Palais. Photo: Paris Biennale.

    Paris Biennale Ends Its Run

    After more than sixty years, the last handful of which were notably scandal-ridden, the Paris Biennale is folding its tent, The Art Newspaper  reports. A new as-yet-unnamed event is expected to take its place late this November.

    Established in 1959 by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) under the auspices of André Malraux and arising out of what was previously simply known as the “Antiques Fair,” the Paris Biennale initially showed only work by artists under the age of thirty-five. Expanding to offer quantities of jewelry, antiques, watches, and art, the fair quickly became the world’s

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  • Wilhelmina Cole Holladay. Photo: Philip Bermingham.

    Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (1922–2021)

    Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, who founded the world’s only museum devoted solely to the work of female artists, died March 6 at the age of ninety-eight. At the time that the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, opened, in 1987, between 95 percent and 98 percent of work exhibited in museums was by men.

    Born in Elmira, New York, to a businessman father and a homemaker mother, Holladay credited her grandmother with introducing her to beauty and to close looking. “As a little girl I would say, ‘Look, Grandma, isn’t that flower beautiful?’” Holladay recalled. “She would reply, ‘Yes,

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  • Mariana Ibrahim Photo: Sofia Giner.

    Mariane Ibrahim to Open Paris Gallery Featuring Art from the African Diaspora

    Just two years after moving her eponymous gallery from Seattle to Chicago, Mariane Ibrahim is to open an outpost in Paris in response to growing demand from European collectors for work by Black artists, Artnews reports. The new gallery will open in September in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, with a group show; among the artists Ibrahim currently represents are Amoako Boafo, Lina Iris Victor, Clotilde Jimenez, and Ayana V. Jackson.

    The gallerist, who grew up in Somalia and France before leaving Paris for the United States in 2010, said that she was drawn back to the city by the recent surge in

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  • Metro Pictures on West Twenty-Fourth Street.

    New York’s Metro Pictures Gallery to Permanently Close

    New York gallery Metro Pictures announced today that it will close its doors after this year’s programming, ending a historic four-decade run. An email sent by the gallery cited “a demanding year of pandemic-driven programming, and the anticipated arrival of a very different art world.” 

    The decision marks the latest of many upheavals to an art scene whose landscape, like that of most cities, has been transformed by an ongoing pandemic that has decimated jobs, necessitated digital exhibition models, and shuttered small and midsize art spaces.

    Founded in SoHo in 1980 by Helene Winer and Janelle

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  • Elizabeth Ann Macgregor. Photo: Eva Rinaldi/Wikipedia.

    Longtime Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia to Depart

    Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, who served as director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, has resigned following twenty-two years on the job. She has said she will depart the institution in October, two months ahead of the expiration of her most-recent five-year contract, in December, in order to facilitate a smooth transition for her replacement as the museum celebrates its thirtieth anniversary.

    A tireless advocate for Australian art, Macgregor is famously credited with leading the institution from near bankruptcy to becoming the world’s most visited contemporary art museum. Welcoming

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  • Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Photo: Franz Gerd Frank.

    Majority of German Museums to Reopen March 8

    The German government on March 3 surprised museums with the news that most will be allowed to open Monday, March 8, The Art Newspaper reports, putting them ahead of restaurants, theaters, and sports facilities, which are to remain shuttered until March 22. The institutions, which have been closed for four months owing to the continuing Covid-19 crisis, may open if their area has averaged fewer than a hundred cases per hundred thousand residents in the past seven days. Of those, museums in areas where the infection rate is between fifty and one hundred per hundred thousand must require visitors

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