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    Studio Museum in Harlem Awards $50,000 Wein Prize to Diedrick Brackens

    Diedrick Brackens has been named the winner of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s 2018 Joyce Alexander Wein Prize, a $50,000 award that honors the artistic achievements of African American artists who demonstrate “great innovation, promise, and creativity.” The institution made the announcement at its fall gala at the Park Avenue Armory on Thursday evening.

    Born in Mexia, Texas, in 1989, Brackens is a Los Angeles–based artist who employs African, American, and European textile techniques to create tapestries conveying abstract and figurative scenes that often deal with issues of identity, sexuality,

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  • The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum Reveals Expansion Plans

    The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha announced that it has tapped the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta to lead a major expansion project that will add new galleries and spaces for educational initiatives and other public programming, as well as revamp the institution’s Memorial Building and Walter and Norman Foster–designed addition, built in 1931 and 1994, respectively.

    “The museum is one of Nebraska’s greatest assets, and this project will allow it to be and do more,” Joslyn’s executive director and CEO Jack Becker said in a statement. The additional galleries will allow the institution to focus

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  • Luke Syson.

    Luke Syson to Head Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum

    Luke Syson, who has been chairman of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2012, will head the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge beginning early next year, reports the Art Newspaper. He succeeds Tim Knox, who became director of the Royal Collection last February.

    Previously, Syson was curator of medals at the British Museum from 1991 to 2002 and was senior curator in the medieval and Renaissance department at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 2002 to 2003. From 2003 to 2011, he was curator of pre-1500 Italian painting and head of research

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  • Haegue Yang. Photo: Studio Haegue Yang, courtesy Kukje Gallery, Seoul / Busan.

    Haegue Yang Awarded 2018 Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award

    Haegue Yang has been recognized by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism with the Republic of Korea Culture and Arts Award. The multimedia artist, who received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize and opened an accompanying solo survey exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, earlier this year, will be honored at an award ceremony at Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art on October 24.

    Born in Seoul in 1971, Yang is known for her formally and conceptually rigorous practice in video, collage, and installation. A professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt since 2017, she has

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  • Simone Leigh. Photo: the Wall Street Journal.

    Simone Leigh Wins 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York announced tonight that the Brooklyn-based artist Simone Leigh has been awarded the $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize, which honors significant achievements in contemporary art. Leigh is the twelfth artist to receive the biennial prize, and an exhibition of her work will be staged at the Guggenheim Museum in April 2019. The other finalists for the prize included Bouchra Khalili, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang—who was just named a recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Grant.

    Born in Chicago in 1967, Leigh was recognized for her ceramics,

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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Photo: The Met.

    Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums Reject Saudi Funding for Arab Art Programs

    Amid the international uproar over Saudi Arabia’s suspected involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who Turkish officials believe was assassinated by Saudi operatives earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum declared that they would no longer accept funding from the Saudi government or groups supported by the country.

    In a statement provided to the New York Times, the Brooklyn Museum said that “in light of recent events and in harmony with the international community’s concerns,” it no longer plans to

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  • Sigrid Neubert. Photo: Archive Sigrid Neubert.

    Sigrid Neubert (1927–2018)

    Photographer Sigrid Neubert, best known as a chronicler of German postwar architecture, died on October 13 at the age of ninety-one, reports Monopol. Her family announced her passing on Tuesday. Neubert worked mainly in Munich and Bavaria, where she photographed for architects Kurt Ackermann, Walther and Bea Betz, Franz Hart, Friedrich Kramer, Hans Maurer, Karljosef Schattner, and Gerd Wiegand, among others.

    Born in Tübingen, Germany, in 1927, Neubert trained as a photographer at the State Institute for Photography in Munich from 1948 to 1954. Initially working as an advertising photographer for

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  • Niels Van Tomme. Photo: Lars Sjöqvist.

    De Appel Director Niels Van Tomme Departs to Join Argos Centre for Art and Media

    Niels Van Tomme, the director of the de Appel Museum in Amsterdam who joined the institution following a defunding scare in 2016, has announced that he will step down on November 30. Van Tomme took up the reins of the embattled institution after the controversial firing of its former director Lorenzo Benedetti and, according to a release, is leaving the de Appel in “good shape.” He will soon head to Brussels to lead the Argos Centre for Art and Media.

    “I am very happy to bring my international network and my recent experiences in Amsterdam to the challenging context of Argos,” Van Tomme said in

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  • Olu Oguibe, Monument for Strangers and Refugees, 2017.

    Documenta Obelisk to Remain in Kassel after Months of Uncertainty

    The fifty-three-foot concrete obelisk made by artist Olu Oguibe and titled Monument to Strangers and Refugees, 2017, will stay in Kassel, following months of uncertainty and rising pressure from far-right politicians who sought to remove the pro-refugee work. The obelisk, installed in the city’s Königsplatz during last year’s Documenta and inscribed with the Bible verse “I was a stranger and you took me in” in four languages, was uninstalled on the morning of October 3 and had previously been vandalized and deemed “deformed art” by an AfD politician. The work, purchased by Kassel earlier this

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  • Anne MacDonald (right) and Sam Wagstaff. Photo courtesy of Maureen Keefe and Michael Penhallow.

    Anne MacDonald (1942–2018)

    Anne MacDonald, an editor, art-book publisher, patron, and friend to artists and curators, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Oursler, Sophie Calle, David Wojnarowicz, and Sam Wagstaff, died last Tuesday. She was seventy-five years old. In addition to championing artists as a publisher, MacDonald served as an Artforum contributing editor from 1988 to 1994.

    Born in 1942 and raised in Grosse Point, Michigan, MacDonald earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan before moving to California in the 1970s, where she soon became involved with the San Francisco arts community and served on

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  • Abaseh Mirvali Named Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s New Executive Director and Chief Curator

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) in California has appointed independent curator Abaseh Mirvali executive director and chief curator. She is taking over the helm of the institution ahead of its expansion to the city’s Funk Zone district. Mirvali succeeds Miki Garcia, who departed from the MCASB in December of last year to head the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe.

    Previously, Mirvali served as the executive director of the Colección Jumex and the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City from 2005 to 2008 and as the CEO and executive director of the Biennial

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  • Photo: Ed Lederman/PEN America.

    PEN America Sues Trump over First Amendment Violations

    PEN America, the nonprofit literary and human rights organization headquartered in New York, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that claims he repeatedly attacked various journalists and media outlets in an attempt to stifle free speech. The complaint states that Trump’s actions, including his threats of retaliation against the press for criticizing him and his administration, violate the First Amendment and his oath to uphold the Constitution.

    “President Trump has directed his threats and retaliatory actions at specific outlets whose content and viewpoints he views as

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