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  • The French Institute Alliance Française.

    French Institute Alliance Française Appoints Courtney Geraghty Artistic Director

    Manhattan’s French Institute Alliance Française announced that Courtney Geraghty has been named its new artistic director. Geraghty joins FIAF from the French Embassy in Santiago, Chile, where she served as a Cultural Attaché, curating and commissioning artistic events from a variety of disciplines and operating as the South American performing arts liaison across the region. She will begin programming for FIAF in 2019.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Courtney to FIAF,” said the organization’s president Marie-Monique Steckel. “With her perspective as an American with a passion for French culture,

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  • Greenspon Gallery in New York.

    After Backlash, Greenspon Gallery Scraps Show by Alleged Neo-Nazi Boyd Rice

    Amy Greenspon, owner of Greenspon gallery in New York City’s West Village, canceled a two-person show scheduled to open tonight after an email announcing the exhibition sparked a public outcry. According to the dealer, a number of friends and colleagues were alarmed that the exhibition was going to feature works by artist and experimental noise musician Boyd Rice, who has a reputation for being a Nazi sympathizer, and is also notorious for collaborating with white supremacists, incorporating fascist imagery into his works, and for advocating for the subjugation of women. It would also have

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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump, 1982. Photo: Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

    Brant Foundation to Open Exhibition Space in Manhattan

    The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut, announced today that it will open a new space in New York City’s East Village in March 2019. Located at 421 East Sixth Street, the venue will occupy a century-old building originally designed as a substation for the energy company Consolidated Edison and which later served as the home and studio of artist Walter De Maria from the mid-1980s until his death in 2013. The foundation has tapped the New York firm Gluckman Tang Architects to renovate the structure, which will boast of 7,000 square feet of exhibition space.

    Brant, a manufacturing executive,

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  • Dominic Willsdon. Photo: Sarah Deragon.

    Dominic Willsdon to Lead Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art

    The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University announced today that Dominic Willsdon has been named its new executive director. Willsdon comes to the ICA from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where he served as curator of education and public practice since 2006. Willsdon succeeds Lisa Freiman, who stepped down at the beginning of the year, and will take up the post on December 1.

    “The VCU community enthusiastically welcomes Dominic Willsdon as the new executive director of the Institute for Contemporary Art,” said Gail Hackett, the provost and vice president

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  • Baltimore Clayworks.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies Reveals Baltimore, Denver Organizations to Join $43 Million Arts Program

    Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the final participants that have been selected to be a part of its $43 million Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Fourteen cultural organizations in Baltimore and thirty-five organizations in Denver will join the cohort of two-hundred small and midsize nonprofit organizations joining AIM.

    The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of organizations within seven US cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.  As part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities

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  • Installation view of “Strange Beach” (2018) at Fridman Gallery in New York.

    Fourteen New Galleries Join NADA

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, announced today that it has welcomed fourteen new gallery members to its international community. Hailing from ten cities from seven countries, the new members include Creative Growth (Oakland), Geary, (New York), Raster (Warsaw), and Weiss Berlin (Berlin).

    The announcement comes on the heels of NADA’s decision not to hold its New York Art Fair next year. The organization canceled the event in order to focus its resources on additional

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  • Tianyue Jiang. Photo: Christopher Stach.

    New York’s Kasmin Gallery Welcomes Tianyue Jiang as Director

    Kasmin Gallery in New York announced that Tianyue Jiang has been named director. In addition to overseeing the exhibition program for the gallery’s four spaces in Manhattan and its new rooftop sculpture garden, Jiang will lead Kasmin’s strategic development in Asia.

    “It is wonderful to welcome someone of Tianyue’s immense experience to the gallery to lead our ambitions both in Asia and at home here in New York,” Paul Kasmin said in a statement. “Her specialized knowledge of the region will be of tremendous importance as we continue to develop our client base and introduce more Asian artists to

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  • Mary Boone, in the documentary film The Price Is Everything (2018).

    New York Dealer Mary Boone Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

    Dealer Mary Boone, owner of an eponymous gallery with two locations in New York, pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false federal tax returns on Wednesday, Colin Moynihan of the New York Times reports. The sixty-six-year-old, known for championing artists such as Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel at the start of their careers, will be required to appear in court in January for sentencing. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

    “This is the worst day of my life,” she wrote in an email to the publication. “I have learned from my mistake and I am working

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  • Marcel Duchamp, The Box in a Valise/Boite en Valise (Series E) From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy [de ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy], 1963. Photo: Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2018.

    Hirshhorn Gifted More Than Fifty Works by Marcel Duchamp and His Contemporaries

    The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden announced today that it has received “the most significant gift of art since Joseph Hirshhorn’s passing in 1981.” The donation of more than fifty artworks includes thirty-five seminal pieces by artist Marcel Duchamp and a number of photographs and works on paper by his contemporaries and artists he’s influenced such as Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Man Ray, and Tristan Tzara.

    Collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine amassed the significant private holdings of Duchamp works over the course of twenty years. In addition to the artworks, they

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  • Photo: Recontres d’Arles.

    Cultural Figures Criticize Gender Disparity at Rencontres d’Arles in Open Letter

    Leading cultural figures are up in arms over the gender disparity of artists featured in the 2018 edition of the annual photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, which is held every summer in Arles in the south of France. An open letter published by Libération on Monday, September 3, claims that out of the fifteen major monographic exhibitions mounted for the event only three include works made by female artists.

    The signatories of the letter—which include the Whitechapel Gallery’s Iwona Blazwick and Susan Collins; the director of London’s Slade School of Fine Art; and artists Victor

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  • Shahidul Alam.

    Artists Rally in Support of Jailed Bangladeshi Photographer Shahidul Alam

    British art-world bigwigs such as Tate Modern director Frances Morris; Arts Council England chair Nicholas Serota; and artists John Akomfrah, Lubaina Himid, Chantal Joffe, Anish Kapoor, and Mark Wallinger, among forty others have signed an open letter demanding the release of the photographer Shahidul Alam, who was arrested for criticizing the Bangladeshi government last month.

    The outspoken critic of corruption was detained on August 5 after he was interviewed by Al Jazeera. Alam denounced the government’s handling of a student-led protest over road safety, which resulted in clashes between the

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  • The National Museum, in Rio de Janeiro, which was devastated by a massive fire that engulfed the building Sunday night. Photo: Fabio Motta/Estado Contuedo.

    Outrage Follows Fire that Consumed Brazil’s National Museum

    Hundreds of protesters clashed with police on Monday, September 3, after a massive fire gutted Brazil’s National Museum destroying most of the two-hundred-year-old institution’s holdings of twenty million historical objects. The blaze began after the museum closed to the public around 7:30 PM on Sunday evening and quickly engulfed the building. It took more than eighty firefighters six hours to extinguish the flames.

    While investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started, demonstrators are claiming years of financial neglect led to the museum’s downfall—due to budgetary woes

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