• Kirill Serebrennikov. Festival de Cannes.

    Russia Releases Director Kirill Serebrennikov from House Arrest

    On Monday, a Moscow court overturned a lower tribunal’s ruling last week to extend the theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov’s house arrest, the New York Times reports. The forty-nine-year-old head of Moscow’s Gogol Center theater had been confined to his apartment for nearly twenty months after he was accused of taking part in a $2 million embezzlement scheme.

    Serebrennikov’s supporters claim the charges brought against him are politically motivated and that the financial fraud case is really about artistic freedom. The artistic director is known for staging provocative works that often

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  • The latest rendering for the new LACMA building spanning Wilshire Boulevard. Photo: Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner.

    Los Angeles County Votes in Favor of LACMA’s New $650 Million Building

    Despite criticism of the latest revision to Peter Zumthor’s designs for the new $650 million home of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously in favor of the project.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the five supervisors signed off on the institution’s plan to raze its four existing buildings and approved the allocation of $117.5 million in funds for the construction of its new structure at a board meeting on Tuesday.

    Following the release of an environmental impact report last month, the design for the new building, which

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  • Roberta Smith.

    Roberta Smith Wins $50,000 Lifetime Achievement Award

    New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has been named the winner of the inaugural $50,000 Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to art journalism. This is the first time the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, which grants eight prizes to art journalists annually, has given out a Lifetime Achievement Award. At Smith’s request, the prize money has been donated to the Art for Justice Fund.

    “Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and

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  • Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg with Spoonbridge and Cherry, Model, 1987, in their NewYork studio, 1987. Photo: Jan Staller.

    Getty Research Institute Acquires Archives of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today it has acquired the complete archives of artist Claes Oldenburg and his collaborator and wife Coosje van Bruggen, a noted curator, artist, and art historian. The collection comprises substantial materials from every period of Oldenburg’s career, as well as extensive documentation of the  large-scale public monuments that the couple developed together between 1976 and 2009.

    “The Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen archives are among the most significant and visually rich archives ever to be acquired by the Getty Research Institute,” said Mary

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  • Samson Young, sketch for Performa 19 Commission, 2019.

    Performa 19 Announces First Commissions by Ed Atkins, Yvonne Rainer, Samson Young, and More

    Performa, the New York biennial dedicated to performance art, revealed today the first commissions for its eighth edition, which will take place from November 1 to November 24, 2019. The biennial will feature works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ed Atkins, Nairy Baghramian, Tarik Kiswanson, Paul Pfeiffer, and Samson Young, among others, and will draw inspiration from the spirit of the Bauhaus. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the art and architecture school.

    Projects range from musicals, such as Arunanondchai’s new work, which is based on the idea of the Ghost Cinema—a post–Vietnam

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  • São Paulo’s Pinacoteca.

    Brazilian Governor Proposes 23 Percent Cut to Culture Ministry Budget

    Nineteen museums and cultural organizations, including the São Paulo Pinacoteca, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the State System of Public Libraries of São Paulo, and the São Paulo Dance Company, are at risk of being impacted by a new budget cut proposed by São Paulo governor João Doria, reports the Art Newspaper.

    The multimillionaire businessman, who hosted the Brazilian version of The Apprentice and rose to political prominence in 2016 before taking office in January of this year, announced a contingency plan earlier this month that would slash the culture ministry’s annual budget by

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  • Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017. Photo: Henning Rogge.

    Nicole Eisenman’s Grouping of Works from Fountain Heads to Boston

    Nicole Eisenman’s large-scale outdoor sculpture Grouping of Works from Fountain will be permanently installed at the redeveloped 401 Park building in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston in late spring. The work is an iteration of Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain, which made its international debut at Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2017.

    Featuring several monumental figures of bathers situated in various positions of repose around a shallow pool of water, Grouping of Works from Fountain will be situated in a new public park adjoining the 1920s-era building and former home of Sears & Roebuck Co. that

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  • Lee Bul.

    Lee Bul Awarded Ho-Am Prize for the Arts

    South Korean artist Lee Bul has been named the 2019 winner of the $263,300 Ho-Am Prize for the Arts. Established in 1990 by Samsung chairman Kun-Hee Lee, the annual award honors Koreans who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, engineering, medicine, community service, and the arts.

    Born in 1964, Lee is a front-runner of contemporary Asian art and has been active for over thirty years. She studied sculpture at Hongik University in Seoul and first rose to international prominence in the late 1990s with her “Cyborg” sculpture series. Her intricate installations reflect a

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  • Oprecht & Helbling bookshop, which opened in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1925. Photo: Hauser & Wirth.

    Hauser & Wirth Publishers to Open New Global Headquarters in Zurich

    After more than twenty-five years since it launched its publishing arm, Hauser & Wirth has announced that it will open a global headquarters and flagship bookshop in Zurich on June 8, marking a significant expansion for the organization. The new space will join Hauser & Wirth’s three galleries in Switzerland.

    Located at Rämistrasse 5, in the heart of Zurich’s cultural district, the headquarters will be housed in the site of the former bookshop Oprecht & Helbling, which opened in 1925, and Europa Verlag, which was founded by Emil and Emmie Oprecht in 1933.

    The headquarters will serve as a hub for

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  • Biennale of Sydney artist Barbara McGrady’s Sister Girls stylin up, Mardi Gras, 2013.

    Biennale of Sydney Reveals Details of Its Twenty-Second Edition

    The Biennale of Sydney announced today the theme of its twenty-second edition and the first thirty-three artists, creatives, and collectives who have been invited to participate in the event. Titled “NIRIN,” the exhibition will be curated by Brook Andrew, the biennial’s first indigenous curator, and will take place from March 14, 2020 to June 8, 2020.

    The exhibition will coincide with Australia’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s expedition to the continent. The British explorer and Royal Navy officer mapped the east coast of Australia in 1770, paving the way for British

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  • Taja Lindley. Photo: Jaime Richards.

    New York City Announces Four New Public Artists in Residence

    Artists Taja Lindley, Laura Nova, Julia Weist, and Janet Zweig have been invited to participate in New York City’s Public Artists in Residence (PAIR) program. The four creatives will be embedded within city agencies and will realize projects that focus on civic and social issues.

    “The Public Artists in Residence program is grounded in the recognition that our city’s artists can offer fresh insights and strategies for tackling the challenges at the heart of local government services,” said cultural affairs commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “This extraordinary new group of PAIRs promises to do exactly

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  • Charles Gaines. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

    Charles Gaines Receives 2019 MacDowell Medal

    The sixtieth Edward MacDowell Medal will be awarded to conceptual artist Charles Gaines. First presented by the MacDowell Colony, the oldest artist residency program in the United States, to American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder in 1960, the annual prize recognizes “artistic excellence.” Gaines will be honored at an award ceremony on the program’s grounds in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on August 11.

    Gaines, a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, has had more than eighty solo shows, and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions around the globe. He

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