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  • Heidi Zuckerman. Photo: Karl Wolfgang.

    Orange County Museum of Art Names Heidi Zuckerman CEO and Director

    The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) has announced Heidi Zuckerman as its new CEO and director. Zuckerman, who previously served as CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum, will assume her new role February 8. She succeeds Todd Smith, who led the institution from August 2014 through summer 2020.

    “Heidi is an innovative and inspiring museum leader who combines a deep love for art and artists with an exceptional record of leading museums to be entrepreneurial, vibrant, and sustainable,” said Craig Wells, OCMA board chair and a co-chair of the search committee in a statement. “The programmatic

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  • Okwui Enwezor. Photo: Jeff Weiss.

    Marian Goodman Gallery and ICI Launch Emerging Curator Initiative Honoring Okwui Enwezor

    Marian Goodman Gallery has announced an initiative in support of emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) curators and honoring the late curator Okwui Enwezor. The initiative, conceived of by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen, is in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI) and will aid ICI’s professional development programs and research fellowships, with the goal of empowering and sustaining a more diverse generation of curators, and of forging collaborative networks among curators, artists, and art spaces internationally.

    The Nigerian-born Enwezor, who died in

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  • View of Documenta 14. Photo: Heinz K. S.

    Documenta 15 Faces Possible Postponement

    Organizers are grappling with the realization that the fifteenth edition of Documenta, the internationally known contemporary art show held every five years in Kassel, may have to be pushed back at least to 2023 owing to the continuing Covid-19 crisis, the event’s general director, Sabine Schorrman, told The Art Newspaper. Slated to take place June 8–September 25, 2022, and curated by Indonesian art collective ruangrupa, Documenta 15 is likely to be postponed because of organizational issues caused by travel restrictions as planning enters the phase requiring artists to be present in the city

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  • Miami’s Freedom Tower, which contains the Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design.

    Miami Dade College Museum Accused of Censoring Forensic Architecture Exhibition

    Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design faces allegations that it censored the work of London-based research group Forensic Architecture (FA), whose major exhibition “True to Scale” opened at the institution in February, according to the New York Times. The Florida museum is additionally alleged to have failed to renew the contract of the exhibition’s curator, Sophie Landres, as a punitive measure.

    The controversy centers around Forensic Architecture’s stated goal of investigating, as part of its exhibition, the Homestead Emergency Care Shelter, a detention center for migrant children that

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  • Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Crimes de Solidarité (Crimes of Solidarity), 2020, two-channel video installation and performance. Photo: Anais Baseilhac & VOST Collectif.

    VIA Art Fund Announces Record $1.5 Million in 2020 Grants

    VIA Art Fund has announced its 2020 grant recipients, among whom the nonprofit will distribute $1.5 million, the largest disbursement it has made to date. The funds will be awarded to artists, collectives, and institutions across four categories: Artistic Production Grant Fund, VIA | Wagner Incubator Grant Fund, 2020 VIA Grantee Relief Fund, and the VIA Curatorial Fellowship.

    Among the projects assisted by the artistic production grants, which total $925,000 and are issued in support of the production, exhibition, and accessioning of new works of art., are Charles Gaines’s monumental public

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  • Home of the Arts, Gold Coast.

    New Year Brings New Art Spaces to Australia

    Australia will welcome a slew of new art institutions this year, along with several refreshed galleries slated to open following renovation. Of these, a number are expected to open before the summer.

    Among these is an expansion at Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA). Scheduled to open April 10, it will be the country’s largest art gallery not occupying a major city. The $47 million six-story structure, designed by Melbourne’s ARM architects, houses 59,000 square feet of exhibition space and boasts a 3-D Voronoi-diagram skin. HOTA’s inaugural exhibition, “Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise,” will

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  • Photo: Expo Chicago.

    Expo Chicago Postpones 2021 Edition

    Expo Chicago has announced that it is postponing its in-person art fair, planned for April, becoming the first international art fair to push back a 2021 IRL event. No new dates have been announced for the fair, originally scheduled to take place April 8–11 at the Windy City’s Navy Pier, but organizers have reportedly discussed various dates with the pier operators, including several sets in July, and September 23–26, which would have been its typical window prior to the advent of Covid-19.

    The virus is responsible for the setback, with positive test rates surging to 10.3 percent in Chicago this

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  • The Bourse de Commerce. © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Niney and Marca Architects, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier/Marc Domage.

    Inauguration of Pinault’s Bourse de Commerce Postponed

    The Pinault Collection’s Bourse de Commerce, Paris, which was to welcome visitors January 23, has been forced to delay its opening as French prime minister Jean Castex has ordered cultural institutions to remain closed at least until February in an attempt to rein in the new, particularly infectious variant of Covid-19, The Art Newspaper reports.

    “All activities and establishments currently closed will remain closed until the end of the month,” Castex said, noting that there would be “no softening” of restrictions leveled on cultural and sports institutions during that period, but that he would

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  • Constantino Brumidi’s The Apotheosis of Washington, 1865.

    Curators Assess Damage to Capitol Artworks in Wake of Pro-Trump Mob

    It appears that the majority of the many historical paintings and sculptures on display in the US Capitol escaped lasting harm amid the damage done by pro-Trump supporters who stormed the building on January 5, according to the New York Times; however, several works were vandalized or destroyed and some may have been looted.

    Among the works stolen, damaged, or defaced are a nineteenth-century marble bust of Zachary Taylor, the twelfth president of the United States, who died in office in 1850; the sculpture was splashed with a substance that appeared to be blood. An evacuated picture frame found

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  • France’s Cour de Cassation. Photo: Wikipedia.

    Members of Art-Dealing Wildenstein Family Face Retrial in French Court

    Members of the Wildenstein family, possessors of one of the world’s largest collection of Old Masters, have been ordered by France’s highest court to face a retrial after being acquitted of tax fraud in 2018. The new trial will mark the third time the case against French American art dealer Guy Wildenstein; his nephew Alec Wildenstein, Jr.; and Liouba Soupakova, widow of Guy’s brother Alec Wildenstein—collectively referred to in the French press as “les W”—has come before the courts. Also being tried are a notary, a lawyer, and two trust-fund managers.

    The defendants were first tried on charges

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  • Amanda Coulson. Blair Meadows.

    Amanda Coulson Departs National Art Gallery of the Bahamas to Lead New TERN Gallery

    Amanda Coulson is stepping down from her post as executive director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas to take up the role of founding director of TERN Gallery, a new space in Nassau, Bahamas, dedicated to showcasing and elevating the work of young and emerging Bahamian and Caribbean artists, and to bringing the region’s art scene to greater international prominence.

    Before coming to the National Gallery of the Bahamas as director in 2011, Coulson, who holds a masters in fine arts from New York University, cofounded the VOLTA Art Fair. The event, taking place annually, in New York and

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  • Kim Tschang-Yeul.

    Kim Tschang-Yeul (1929–2021)

    Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul, who was widely known for his “water drop” paintings, which he characterized as a way of erasing his ego, died January 5 at the age of ninety-one. Along with Nam June Paik and Lee Ufan, Kim was one of Korea’s most influential artists of the past century.

    Born in 1929 in Maengsan, in what would come to be North Korea, Kim in 1945 moved south, where he studied under Lee Kwae-dae, eventually enrolling in the art program at Seoul National University. Following the interruption of the Korean War (1950–53), Kim, with Park Seo-Bo, Suh Se-Ok, Ha Chong-Hyun, and Chung

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