• Metropolitan Museum Creates Residency Program for Artists Committed to Social Change

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has launched a collaborative residency program for New York artists committed to social change as part of an initiative, dubbed the Civic Practice Partnership, that aims to provide support to artists across the five boroughs.

    The inaugural participants in the yearlong residency are choreographer and performance artist Rashida Bumbray and multimedia visual artist Miguel Luciano. They will work with the Met to develop collaborations between the museum and their geographic communities: Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn and East Harlem in Manhattan, respectively.

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  • Mona Hatoum Wins Ruth Baumgarte Art Award

    The London-based Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum has been named the winner of the fourth Ruth Baumgarte Art Award. She will be presented with the $24,000 prize during a ceremony that will be held at Berlinische Galerie on June 23.

    Known for her multimedia installations that feature a diverse range of media, including metal, light, glass, and bodily materials such as hair, Hatoum often creates works that interlace her personal experiences with issues of gender and the body. Born to Palestinian parents in Beirut in 1952, the artist attended the Beirut College for Women (now the Lebanese American

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  • Frieze New York Exhibitors Offered 10 Percent Refund for Enduring Extreme Heat

    A month after the close of the seventh edition of Frieze New York, which took place on Randall’s Island, the organizers of the event have revealed that exhibitors are being offered a 10 percent refund due to the sweltering temperatures endured during the beginning of the fair.

    Many exhibitors complained that the fair’s failure to cool down the big tent had a negative impact on sales, discouraging visitors from attending the event and even causing some galleries to leave early. While this was not the first time Frieze New York had problems with the weather—it was forced to temporarily close

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  • Harn Museum of Art Names Lee Anne Chesterfield Director

    The University of Florida announced that Lee Anne Chesterfield has been appointed as the new director of the Harn Museum of Art. Chesterfield is currently the senior advisor for museum planning and board relations at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. She will assume her responsibilities on July 1.

    During her tenure at the VMFA, Chesterfield served as the principal advisor to director Alex Nyerges. Since joining the institution in 2004, Chesterfield has worked in a variety of roles, including as interim deputy director for art and education and as the museum’s first curator of ancient

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  • Oslo Reveals Location of Inaugural Biennial

    Oslo’s Agency for Cultural Affairs announced today the location of the inaugural edition of the Oslo Biennial, which will open in May 2019. It will be housed at Myntgata 2, a nearly 38,000-square-foot building in the city’s historical center. Visitors will be able to see the space during preview hours on June 22.

    The building will serve as the exhibition’s headquarters. It will include a visitor center, administrative offices, and spaces for public events, as well as sixty studios that will be made available to Oslo-based artists and participants in the biennial’s visiting artist program.


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  • Sarah Needham Appointed Executive Director of the Hill Art Foundation

    J. Tomilson Hill has announced that Sarah Needham has been appointed the executive director of his New York–based art foundation, which will launch in November. Housed in the twelve-story Peter Marino–designed Getty building located on West Twenty-Fourth Street in Chelsea, the foundation will include a public exhibition and education space.

    Needham will manage all logistical aspects of the foundation—from staffing, brand management, and marketing to initiating partnerships within the arts community. She will also work closely with Hill, the foundation’s president, to organize temporary

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  • Mary Flanagan and Dawn Chan Receive Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art

    The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation announced today that writers Mary Flanagan and Dawn Chan were named the recipients of the 2018 Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art. Flanagan will receive $40,000 in recognition of her sustained dedication to the field, and Chan will receive $20,000 for showing exceptional promise as an arts writer.

    The Arts Writing Awards were established in 2015 to provide support to writers who advance research, scholarship, and dialogue about digital art. Past recipients include Rudolf Frieling, Ed Halter, Nora Khan, and Christiane Paul, among others. This year marks

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  • Paul Kasmin to Open Chelsea Gallery with Rooftop Sculpture Garden

    Paul Kasmin Gallery announced today that it will open a fourth Chelsea location that will feature a rooftop sculpture garden situated alongside New York’s High Line Park. The outdoor space will host a rotating exhibition program, bringing contemporary works by the gallery’s artists to the six million people who visit the promenade each year.

    “The new gallery is the result of many years of discussion,” said Kasmin. “Nearly all galleries in Chelsea are adapted industrial spaces, so the real ambition has been to create a purpose-built exhibition space with the sole intention of showing art at its

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  • Melbourne to Build Australia’s Largest Contemporary Art Gallery

    The Victorian State Government has announced a collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to create Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery, which will be built in the Melbourne Arts Precinct in Southbank. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the gallery—which will be called NGV Contemporary and is estimated to open in 2025—will serve as the crown jewel for what premier Daniel Andrews said will become the country’s “cultural capital.” The Victorian State Government has already allocated around $150 million to secure the site and start planning the

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  • Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Expands to Los Angeles

    Tanya Bonakdar, founder of the eponymous gallery located at 521 West Twenty-First Street in Manhattan, announced that she will open a second outpost in Los Angeles this July. The space will be led by Mary Leigh Cherry and Lia Trinka-Browner, who will serve as director and gallery manager, respectively.

    “The contemporary arts community of Los Angeles is unique and unparalleled, from its universities, to its resident artists, to its museums and private foundations to its individual patrons and supporters,” Bonakdar said. “We wish to contribute and engage with this community by exhibiting our unique

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  • Meadows Museum in Dallas Names Amanda W. Dotseth Curator

    The Meadows Museum at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas has appointed Amanda W. Dotseth to the position of curator. A specialist in the Spanish Middle Ages, Dotseth is currently completing a Meadows/Mellon/Prado postdoctoral fellowship at the museum. She will begin her new role on September 19.

    During the two-year fellowship, Dotseth worked on a number of exhibitions, including “Zurbarán: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle” (2017); “Chillida in Dallas: De Música at the Meyerson” (2018); and “At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase” (2018).

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  • MOCA Cleveland Senior Curator to Join Pace Gallery

    Pace announced today that Andria Hickey, currently senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, will join the gallery as its new senior director and curator. Working collaboratively with Pace’s international leadership team, directed by president and CEO Marc Glimcher, Hickey will help to shape the gallery’s exhibition program. She will take up the post in September.

    “[Hickey] brings with her an invaluable depth of experience and passion for working collaboratively with artists, curators, and institutions to realize exhibitions and public art projects that have provoked new thinking

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