• From top left clockwise: María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio.

    Eleventh Berlin Biennale Curators Announced

    The Berlin Biennale has named María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio as the curators of its upcoming edition, which will take place in the summer of 2020. 

    Berríos is a sociologist, writer, and independent curator, and the cofounder of the Chilean editorial collective vaticanochico. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including “Nuestro desconocido, nuestro caos, nuestro mar” (2014) at the Museo Experimental el Eco in Mexico City and “Alberto Cruz: El cuerpo del arquitecto no es el de un solo hombre” (2017) at Visuales in Santiago, Chile.

    Cervetto, whose work

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  • Diego Marcon. Photo: Musacchio Ianiello.

    Diego Marcon Wins 2018 MAXXI Bulgari Prize

    MAXXI, the national museum of contemporary art and architecture in Rome, has awarded artist Diego Marcon with the 2018 MAXXI Bulgari prize, which aims to advance the careers of emerging artists. Marcon was recognized for his video Ludwig, which will be on view at MAXXI alongside works by the award’s finalists, Talia Chetrit and the multimedia artist duo Invernomuto, until November 4 and will be added to the institution’s permanent collection.

    Projected on a wall of the museum, Ludwig features a computer-generated boy, who holds a burning match and sings about the nature of human existence while

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  • Exhibition claiming to show works by Kusama and Murakami at LuOne shopping mall, Shanghai.

    Chinese Company Mounts Fake Kusama and Murakami Exhibitions

    Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami are considering taking legal action against a Chinese company that has been staging exhibitions purportedly featuring the artists’ works. Kusama and Murakami were unaware that the shows were being organized, and the pieces that were on view are believed to be forgeries. The company may soon face a civil or criminal complaint over the exhibitions, which the artists say are in violation of intellectual property laws.

    According to the Japan Times, Yoshifumi Onodera, Kusama’s legal representative, confirmed that at least six such exhibitions have

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  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Massachusetts Foundations Team Up to Launch $25 Million Arts Initiative

    The Barr Foundation and Klarman Family Foundation, two Boston-based charitable organizations, are partnering on a new $25 million initiative in support of Massachusetts arts institutions. The foundations first started collaborating on how to strengthen the health of the state’s cultural sector in 2012 when they launched the Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative, a multiyear investment that aimed to boost the finances of thirty Boston-area arts organizations.

    “Arts and cultural organizations have enormous potential to add value to the vibrancy, social wellbeing, and creative economies of

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  • Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autoreconstruction: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist. Performance view, The Kitchen, New York, 2018. Photo: Paula Court.

    Art Basel Miami Beach Halts Public Art Program, Announces Collaboration with New York’s the Kitchen

    Art Basel Miami Beach will no longer feature a free outdoor sculpture program, which for years has been held outside the Bass museum at Collins Park. The fair’s film program at Miami Beach SoundScape Park will also be discontinued, reports the Miami Herald. The popular outdoor programming will be replaced with a new live performance by the Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, slated to take place twice daily in the newly renovated convention center.

    Previously, the fair did not have a venue suitable for large-scale performances. After undergoing three years of construction, the convention

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  • Tintin Wulia, 1001 Martian Homes, 2017. Photo: Riyant.

    Indonesia Announces Collaborative Project for 2019 Venice Biennale

    A collaborative, interactive work by artists Handiwirman Saputra and Syagini Ratna Wulan will be shown in the Indonesian pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the country’s Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and Yayasam Design + Art Indonesia announced on Thursday.

    Titled Akal tak Sekali Datang, Runding tak Sekali Tiba (Reason and Negotiation Never Come Just Once), the work will comprise a functioning Ferris wheel that visitors can ride, a smoking room, and four hundred lockers, reports Jakarta Globe. The pavilion will be curated by Asmudjo Jono Irianto and Yacobus Ari Respati, and Enin Supriyanto

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  • Grant recipient Anastasia Bogomolov. Photo: the Garage Museum, Moscow.

    Moscow’s Garage Museum Names 2018–19 Grant Recipients

    The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow has announced that eight artists have been selected for its 2018–19 grant program, which awards a monthly fellowship of 30,000 rubles, or roughly $500, to emerging artists over a twelve-month period. According to the museum, the program, which was founded in 2012 in order to provide artists with institutional and financial support, is the first of its kind in Russia. The grants were awarded in three categories: contemporary art, land art, and art writing.

    The grant recipients, selected from a pool of 280 applicants, are Elena Anosova (Irkutsk), Ian

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  • Portrait of Jeff Donaldson, circa 1970, unidentified photographer. Photo: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

    Archives of American Art Gifted $5 Million from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

    The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC, announced that it has received one of the largest gifts in its history, a $5 million donation from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The funds will support the digitization of materials on art and artists from historically underrepresented groups in the archives’ collections and will boost the institution’s total endowment for digitization efforts to $11 million. 

    Highlights from the collection of items that will be prioritized for processing and digitization include a scrapbook that belonged to Edward Mitchell Bannister,

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  • Hito Steyerl. Photo: Trevor Paglen.

    Hito Steyerl Wins 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize

    The Akademie der Künste in Berlin has named artist Hito Steyerl the winner of the 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize, which recognizes international multimedia artists based in Germany. The $13,600 prize will be presented to Steyerl in an award ceremony at the Akademie der Künste in February 2019. An exhibition and a publication on her work will also be organized by the institution.

    Born in Munich in 1966, Steyerl is a professor of experimental film and video and a cofounder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her works, which range from installations and

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  • Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Pssst Leopard 2A7+, 2013. Photo: König Gallery.

    Natascha Süder Happelmann to Represent Germany at 2019 Venice Biennale

    Natascha Süder Happelmann and her spokeswoman Helene Duldung will represent Germany at the 2019 Venice Biennale, the organizers of the German pavilion announced today. The art historian and curator Franciska Zólyom, who has been the director of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, since 2012, is the curator of the pavilion.

    Natascha Süder Happelmann is an intentional misspelling of the name of artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian—the press release notes that the name is the chosen result of over thirty years of collected misspellings of her name by public authorities. Süder Happelmann’s

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  • Rendering of the entrance to Studio Voltaire in London. Photo: Matheson Whiteley.

    London’s Studio Voltaire Announces Expansion Plans

    Studio Voltaire, the UK-based nonprofit known for championing emerging and underrepresented artists through commissions and other programming, has announced that it is planning a major expansion project. The venue, which provides affordable on-site studios to more than forty-five artists, is planning to add more work spaces for artists, room for educational initiatives, a garden, and a café. It will also renovate its existing galleries.

    The London-based architectural firm Matheson Whiteley will lead the nearly $3 million project, which will provide 42 percent more studio space for artists. It

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  • Edouard Duval-Carrie receiving the $75,000 Michael Richards Award. Photo: World Red Eye.

    ArtCenter/South Florida Awards Nearly $500,000 to Miami-Based Artists

    ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach announced the inaugural recipients of the Ellies. Established earlier this year, the visual art awards aim to elevate and celebrate the careers of Miami-based artists. Selected from a pool of more than five hundred submissions, forty-four artists and art educators were honored at a ceremony that took place at the Bass on Wednesday night. The honorees will each receive a grant in support of an unrealized project. A total of $491,000 will be split between them.

    Among the recipients of the Ellies is Edouard Duval-Carrie, who was named the inaugural winner of

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