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  • Lévy Gorvy’s gallery on Madison Avenue.

    New York Dealers Lévy Gorvy, Amalia Dayan, Salon 94, Announce Merger

    Two New York galleries—Lévy Gorvy and Salon 94—and dealer Amalia Dayan have announced that they are joining forces to establish a single consortium, called LGDR, whose flagship will be situated on the city’s tony Upper East Side. The news, first reported in the New York Times, is said to have come as a shock to a number of the galleries’ artists, whose fate is unclear.

    The new entity, which takes its name from the last initials of its owners—Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy, cofounders of Lévy Gorvy; veteran dealer Amalia Dayan; and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, the owner of Salon 94—will occupy digs

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  • Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Photo: Adrian Grycuk.

    Ujazdowski Castle Sparks Protests with “Anti–Cancel Culture” Exhibition

    Throngs of demonstrators gathered outside the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Warsaw on the evening of August 27 to protest the museum’s staging of “Political Art,” an exhibition CCA officials have characterized as celebrating free speech and challenging “cancel culture.” Critics of the show have branded it racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Islamist, and say that the show is being used as an excuse to give voice to and justify right-wing hate speech.

    The exhibition is the second staged by Piotr Bernatowicz, a member of the far-right Law and Justice Party (PiS), who was appointed

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  • Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. Photo: Simon Frank/Wikipedia Commons.

    UCCA Center for Contemporary Art Expands to Chengdu, Shopping Mall

    Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has announced that it will open a branch in the Sichuan province capital of Chengdu in 2024, The Art Newspaper reports, and that it will inaugurate a cobranded exhibition space in a Beijing shopping mall late this year. The Chengdu location will be the museum’s fourth: In addition to its original venue in Beijing, the museum operates outposts in coastal Bedaihe and in Shanghai, having opened the latter, christened Shanghai EDGE, this past May. The Chengdu museum will be part of a new cultural hub being developed by the Hong Kong–based Sunwah Group. The

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  • A rendering of the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Carlos Ott Architect. Photo: Carlos Ott Architect.

    Uruguay to Welcome Country’s First Contemporary Art Museum

    Renowned Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry is building Uruguay’s first contemporary art museum, in the coastal resort town of Punta del Este. Designed by Carlos Ott and slated to open January 8, 2022, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Atchugarry (MACA) will comprise 75,000 square feet and house the Atchugarry family’s collection, which comprises more than five hundred pieces, including works by Wifredo Lam, Vik Muniz, Louise Nevelson, Frank Stella, and Joaquín Torres-García, among others, and which notably includes Atchugarry’s first marble sculpture, made in 1979. The museum, which is to offer

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  • Marisa Albanese.

    Marisa Albanese (1947–2021)

    Italian artist Marisa Albanese, whose practice embraced painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation, died August 20 at the age of seventy-four. Intensely interested in movement, both physical and mental, and touching on themes of stratification, dislocation, and energy flows, Albanese often addressed immigration and concepts of the “other” in her work.

    Born in Naples in 1947, Albanese graduated from the Liceo Artistico Palizzi in that city, and then from the painting program at the Academy of Fine Arts, Naples. She later graduated from the modern literature program at the “Federico II” University

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  • Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Photo: Bard/Lisa Quinones.

    CCS Bard Receives $50 Million to Create Endowment

    The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard), has received a “transformative” $50 million gift in honor of its thirtieth anniversary. The paired donations—$25 million from the Marieluise Hessel Foundation and a matching $25 million from billionaire investor George Soros—were received as part of the college’s ambitious $1 billion endowment fund drive, launched earlier this year. Soros in April had promised the college $500 million if it matched that amount through donations within five years; to date, the campaign has raised nearly $800 million.

    “This gift from the Marieluise Hessel

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  • Jean-Luc Nancy in 2006.

    Jean-Luc Nancy (1940–2021)

    Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, renowned for his wide-ranging, challenging, and thoughtful writing on art, film, and politics, died August 23 at the age of eighty-one. Best known for his unfetteredly fresh takes on giants of thought, including Heidegger, Kant, and Sartre, he wrote extensively on art, taking as his subjects Simon Hantaï, Soun-Gui Kim, and On Kawara, the last of whom he especially admired for his works investigating death, time, and human existence. Nancy’s 2000 essay “L’intrus” (The Intruder), perhaps his most famous work, served as the basis for Claire Denis’s well-regarded 2004

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  • Demonstrators in Rotterdam rally on behalf of Afghans protesting and fleeing the Taliban. Photo: Donald Trung Quoc Don/Wikipedia Commons.

    Hundreds of Artists Sign Open Letter Calling for US to Offer Asylum to Afghan Culture Workers

    More than 350 cultural workers including artists Coco Fusco, Joyce Kozloff, Susan Meiselas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Walid Raad, Michael Rakowitz, Martha Rosler, Hank Willis Thomas, Cecilia Vicuña, and Martha Wilson, as well as writers Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Lynne Tillman, have lent their signatures to a fiery open letter from Arts for Afghanistan demanding that the US government “do everything in its power” to assist at-risk Afghans fleeing the country in an attempt to escape the newly ascendant Taliban rule. According to the authors of the letter, released August 24, the members

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  • Katherine Bradford. Photo: Canada gallery/Javier Romero.

    Katherine Bradford Wins Rappaport Prize

    Painter Katherine Bradford, known for her work depicting featureless, androgynous figures adrift in nebulous, color-saturated settings, has been named the winner of the 2021 Rappaport Prize. The news was announced by deCordova Sculpture Museum and Park, which administers the prize. Bradford, who divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Brunswick, Maine, will receive $35,000 and on November 3 will deliver the annual Rappaport lecture at the Lincoln, Massachusetts–based deCordova; a solo exhibition of Bradford’s work will follow there, at a date yet to be determined.

    The seventy-eighty-year-old

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  • Vivian Crockett. Photo: Ciara Elle Bryant.

    New Museum Appoints Vivian Crockett Curator

    Vivian Crockett will join New York’s New Museum as curator, beginning January 1, 2022, the institution announced today. The Brazilian American Crockett, who specializes in Latinx art and art of the African diaspora, comes to the museum from the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where she has served as the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art since February 2020.

    Crockett, who holds a BA from Stanford University, is in the process of obtaining her PhD in art history from Columbia University, with a dissertation focusing on the participatory and media-based work of Brazilian artists

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  • A rendering of Metro Arquitetos Associados’s 14-floor expansion of Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Photo: MASP.

    Museu de Arte de São Paulo Announces Major Expansion

    Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), the top modern and contemporary art museum in Brazil, on August 20 announced the construction of a new fourteen-story building that will provide the institution with roughly 75,000 additional square feet of space. As first revealed in Artnews, the project, a freestanding structure that will occupy a lot next to MASP’s iconic 1968 Lina Bo Bardi–designed building on Paulista Avenue, will cost $33.3 million and is expected to be completed by January 2024.

    Renderings show the new building—to be built by São Paulo–based firm Metro Arquitetos Associados based on a

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  • The Brooklyn Museum in New York. Photo: Elisa Rolle/Flickr.

    Brooklyn Museum Staff Vote to Unionize

    Employees of New York’s Brooklyn Museum on August 16 voted overwhelmingly to join the United Auto Workers Union (UAW). Out of a pool of 110 employees including conservators, curators, editors, front-desk workers, retail staff, and event organizers, 68 voted to agree to be represented by Technical, Office, and Professional Union, Local 2110, the branch of the UAW that already represents museum employees at New York’s Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, and New-York Historical Society. The move came less than three months after the group petitioned the US National Labor

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