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  • Still from Mirage (Sarab), 2016, by independent Saudi artist Nugamshi who will participate in the yearlong Arab Art and Education Initiative, which kicks off in October.

    Yearlong Arab Art Initiative to Kick Off in New York this Fall

    The Misk Art Institute, established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud last year, has announced that it will launch the yearlong Arab Art and Education Initiative in New York this October. The citywide program is being organized in partnership with the United Nations and more than fifteen major cultural institutions. According to the institute, the initiative will serve as “a new platform for cultural dialogue to build greater understanding between the United States and the Arab world.”

    Among the institutions participating are the Brooklyn Museum, which will stage an

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  • Christine Koppes.

    Christine Koppes Joins San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art as Curator, Director of Public Programs

    The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has named Christine Koppes as its new curator and director of public programs. Koppes comes to the ICA from Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, where she served as assistant curator for more than five years.

    While working at Bedford Gallery, Koppes helped organize exhibitions and public art projects featuring work by national and international artists, as well as numerous public programs, such as her popular Frida Fest, which celebrated the career of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Koppes has a bachelor’s degree

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  • Let Me Change Your Name, choreographed by Eun-Me Ahn and performed at the 2017 Dance Umbrella Festival. Photo: Eunji Park.

    Following Rise in Rejection of Artist Visas, UK Festival Directors Call for Revision of Application Process

    More than two dozen directors of prominent art festivals throughout the UK have penned an open letter to the government urging it to make the visa application process for artists more affordable and more transparent. The call for reforming the process comes after a score of artists expressed that they are reluctant to accept invitations to participate in cultural events in the UK since there will most likely be complications with obtaining visas. Fair organizers also noted that there were often delays and refusals of visas for applicants from Middle Eastern and African countries. 

    “The current

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  • Nancy Chunn, 9/11, 2002–04.

    Nancy Chunn Wins Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s $25,000 Artist Award

    The Artists’ Legacy Foundation of Oakland, California, has chosen Nancy Chunn as the recipient of its 2018 Artist Award. Established in 2007, the $25,000 merit prize is awarded to a painter or sculptor who has made significant contributions to their field.

    Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, the New York–based artist is best known for her vibrant, witty narrative paintings that densely layer symbols from pop culture, everyday life, cartoons, and geopolitical conflicts onto the canvas. With a nearly forty-year-long career, Chunn, a self-described “political junkie,” says that she has “never stopped

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  • NG27 protesting in front of the National Gallery. Photo: CrowdJustice.

    Alleging Unfair Dismissal, Former Workers at London’s National Gallery to Auction Art for Employment Lawsuit

    Taking a stand against what they call the “exploitation of ‘bogus’ self-employment in the arts,” twenty-seven artists and art lecturers are auctioning off original artworks to raise money for a lawsuit against London’s National Gallery, which the group alleges terminated them unfairly and without benefits last October after misclassifying them as freelance contractors. The case could set a precedent for gig employment in the public sector and workers’ rights in the art industry, in which workers frequently face exploitation with unpaid or low-paid labor.

    According to Artnet, the claimants had

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  • Egon Schiele, Woman Hiding her Face, 1912.

    German Foundation Criticized for Removing Works from Nazi-Looted Art Database

    The German Lost Art Foundation, founded by the German federal government in 2015 in an effort to assist in the restoration of Nazi-looted artworks after World War II, is facing backlash for removing sixty-three works by the Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele from its Lost Art Database after dealers challenged the provenance of the pieces.

    On one side of the controversy are the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese cabaret performer whose art collection containing over four hundred works—including eighty-one by Schiele—was inventoried by the Nazis in 1938. The descendants maintain that

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  • Susan Baley.

    Oklahoma’s 108|Contemporary Appoints Susan Baley Executive Director

    108|Contemporary, the Tulsa, Oklahoma–based nonprofit organization that supports local craft artists, announced that Susan Baley has been named executive director. Baley currently serves as the head of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, which is known for its collection of 2,500 works of American art, and will assume the position in November.

    Since Baley joined the Swope Art Museum in 2015, she has expanded its audience by launching several programs, including Art Start, Second Saturday Studio, and Museum on the Move. Under her leadership, the museum increased attendance by more than

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  • Stephen J. Kim.

    Princeton University Art Museum Names Stephen J. Kim Associate Director for Information and Technology

    The Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey has announced that Stephen J. Kim will join the institution as its new associate director for information and technology. Kim will be a part of the museum’s senior management team and will be responsible for developing a sustainable technological program and leading all digital initiatives. He will take up the post on September 4.

    “Stephen’s background in the technology sector, including his deep experience with innovation and shaping teams, makes him an ideal fit at this time in the museum’s evolution,” said James Steward, the Princeton University

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  • Site of Palmyra. Photo: Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO.

    Devastated by ISIS, the Ancient City of Palmyra to Reopen by 2019

    The Syrian government has announced that it plans to restore the 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra, which was nearly razed by the Islamic State during its occupation of the UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015 and 2016. Located in Homs, a city in western Syria, Palmyra is expected to reopen in the summer of 2019 after a restoration project that is estimated to cost $2 billion.

    When Syria pushed the militant group out of Palmyra last year, it discovered that ISIS had destroyed much of its Old City, including the Temple of Bel, the Temple of Baalshamin, and the Arch of Triumph. In addition to decimating

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  • Rendering of UOVO: BROOKLYN by Butz-Wilbern.

    UOVO to Open Its Fourth Art Storage Facility in Brooklyn

    UOVO, the New York–based art storage company conceived of by real estate executive and collector Steven Guttman, has announced that it is opening its fourth location in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in 2019. UOVO boasts that it provides a “holistic” approach to collections management.

    “Since opening UOVO in 2014, we have seen an unprecedented demand for our integrated art storage and services, which represent a complete reimagining of the industry,” Guttman said in a statement. UOVO, which means egg in Italian, received its name to reflect the company’s mission of safeguarding fragile objects by means of

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  • Curator Jesús Fuenmayor, biennial director Cristóbal Zapata, and curator Félix Suazo. Photo: Cuenca Biennial.

    Organizers of Ecuador’s Cuenca Biennial Urge Government to Release Funds for Exhibition

    The organizers of the Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador have written an open letter to the government expressing their “enormous worry” over its delay in distributing the $100,000 that have been allocated for the exhibition. Without the funds, “it will be impossible to inaugurate the next edition of the biennial,” the letter reads.

    Slated to open on November 23 and run through February 3, 2019, the exhibition will include the work of fifty-three artists, including Diego Barboza, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, and María José Machado. “It’s incredible that the most important cultural event in the country—for

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  • Installation view of “A Brune Figure in Winter Evening Resists Identity” (2018). Photo: Arratia Beer Gallery, Berlin.

    Arratia Beer Gallery in Berlin Closes After Twelve Years

    Euridice Arratia, the founder of Berlin’s Arratia Beer gallery, announced in a letter on Saturday that after a twelve-year run the arts space has closed. Arratia established the midsize gallery with Elizabeth Bee in 2006. She did not give a reason for the closure. Over the years, the gallery has worked with artists such as Maria Anwander, Patty Chang, Omer Fast, Holly Hendry, Mary Reid Kelley, Pablo Rasgado, Javier Téllez, and Claudia Wieser.

    In the letter, Arratia thanked artists, performers, writers, curators, and friends, among others. “My appreciation goes also to the museum colleagues and

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