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  • A rendering of the renovations planned by The Kitchen in New York. Image: Rice+Lipka Architects.

    The Kitchen Launches $28 Million Capital Campaign to Secure Future

    New York arts nonprofit the Kitchen is kicking off a five-year $28 million capital campaign to raise funds for the renovation of its historic home in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood, and to secure its future. The organization, which supports artists working across an array of practices and is especially known for fostering the city’s experimental music and performance scenes over the past decades, has timed the effort to coincide with its fiftieth anniversary, taking place this year. The campaign is being overseen by director Legacy Russell, who assumed leadership of the Kitchen this month

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  • Gagosian’s new gallery at 9 rue de Castiglione, Paris. Photo: Thomas Lannes.

    Gagosian Will Open Third Paris Gallery

    Global megagallery Gagosian in October will open its third outpost in Paris. The gallery, at 9, rue de Castiglione in Paris’s 1st arrondissement, will be Gagosian’s eighteenth. In addition to the Paris branches, the dealer has half a dozen locations in New York alone, as well as three in London, and one each in Athens, Basel, Geneva, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Rome. Earlier this year, Gagosian shuttered its San Francisco outpost and leased space in the former Marciano Museum in Los Angeles, already home to the dealer’s Beverly Hills branch.

    “Paris is an important center for modern and contemporary

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  • Emma Lavigne. Photo: Manuel Braun.

    Palais de Tokyo President Emma Lavigne to Helm Pinault Collection

    Emma Lavigne, president of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, has been named chief executive officer of the Pinault Collection, which is headquartered in the same city. Lavigne is just two years into her job at the Palais de Tokyo, France’s largest noncollecting museum of contemporary art, where she was the first woman to lead that institution since its founding in 2002. She will take up her post at the Pinault Collection, which oversees the art collection of French billionaire François Pinault, on November 1, succeeding Jean-Jacques Aillagon, who will stay on as an adviser to the collection.

    In her

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  • Nairy Baghramian. Photo: Tucker Blair.

    Nairy Baghramian Awarded 2022 Nasher Prize for Sculpture

    Iranian-German artist Nairy Baghramian has won the 2022 iteration of the Nasher Prize. The prize, considered to be the world’s most prestigious sculpture honor, is awarded annually by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, to a living artist whose work expands the parameters of the form. Baghramian will receive $100,000 and, at a ceremony in Dallas in April, a Renzo Piano–designed award.

    “Deeply committed to the object-making traditions of sculpture, Baghramian carefully considers materials and form to create sculptures that are evocative, enigmatic explorations of the body and that probe our

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  • The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo: Eli Pousson/Wikipedia Commons.

    Baltimore Museum of Art Receives $150K Grant to Research Museum Structures

    The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has received $150,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a multi-year project aimed at reimagining the museum through the lens of equity and diversity. Dubbed the Mellon Initiative, the project will investigate through a series of interviews with artists, program partners, local leaders, and constituents the ways in which the museum could better serve the surrounding community.

    “Through the Mellon Initiative, we’re seeking to engage the critical conversations, debates, and creative imaginings about the future that are happening in museums,” said

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  • Still from Cao Fei’s Nova, 2019.

    Cao Fei Wins 2021 Deutsche Börse Prize

    Guangzhou-born, Beijing-based artist Cao Fei, whose work across media including film, photography, digital media, and sculpture explores the impact of technology on modern society, has won the prestigious $43,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation prize for her show “Blueprints.” The solo exhibition, the artist’s first in the UK, opened at London’s Serpentine in 2020, ahead of the Covid-19 crisis, and featured works including the 2018 video Asia One, about the last two remaining humans in an automated world, and the 2019 video Nova, which the artist has described as being about a “father-son

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  • Klaus Biesenbach. Photo: Casey Kelbaugh.

    Klaus Biesenbach to Head Neue Nationalgalerie

    Klaus Biesenbach has been announced as the next director of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and of its forthcoming Museum of the 20th Century. Biesenbach, who is currently artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (LA MoCA), will take up his new post in January 2022. The news comes just days after LA MoCA announced that Biesenbach would be sharing leadership duties there with Johanna Burton, who was named executive director of that lately beleaguered institution on September 2. Biesenbach had led LA MoCA since 2018; following a restructuring of the museum spurred by the

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  • Visitors to Art Basel’s Hong Kong edition this May. Photo: Art Basel.

    Art Basel UBS Report Suggests Galleries’ Recovery Gaining Strength

    Citing “resilience” as the buzzword characterizing the international art scene, a mid-year survey released today by Art Basel and UBS and written by Clare McAndrew shows gallery sales up 10 percent globally in the first half of 2021 over the preceding year. And while 23 percent of galleries were forced to cut staff in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic surged, 25 percent hired new employees in the first half of this year, and 50 percent said sales had improved over the previous year. Despite the good news, many of those reporting an increase in fortune were larger galleries, which reported a 21

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  • The Barbican Centre in London. Scott Wylie/Flickr.

    London’s Barbican to Receive $208 Million Makeover

    Citing a “pressing need to make changes to the Barbican building so that it continues to meet the needs of twenty-first century artists, audiences and communities,” the City of London has launched a call for proposals for the redesign of the Barbican Centre. The planned refurbishment of the Brutalist structure housing the multidisciplinary arts hub is part of the city’s plan to transform itself into an international cultural destination and will respond to the changes over the past forty years in the practice and exhibiting of art.

    The Barbican campus, which was designed by Chamberlin, Powell,

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  • Alison Gass at the future site of ICA San Francisco. Photo: Ulysses Ortega/ICA San Francisco.

    San Francisco to Welcome New Institute of Contemporary Art

    The Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco (ICA SF), a new noncollecting art museum, will open in summer 2022 in the city’s burgeoning Dogpatch neighborhood. Occupying a refurbished 11,000-square-foot 1940 brick building that once housed a paint company, the museum aims to accommodate programming that can respond swiftly to current events; with its high ceilings and airy space, it will also be able to host installations of large or unusual dimensions. “We want to keep it really open, expansive, and flexible for artists who aren’t necessarily working at a domestic scale,” Alison Gass, the

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  • The M+ Museum in Hong Kong. Photo: Virgile Simon Bertrand/Herzog & de Meuron.

    Hong Kong’s M+ Gears Up to Open, Removes Ai Weiwei Work

    Officials at Hong Kong’s hotly anticipated M+ Museum have announced that the institution will welcome the public on November 12 with an exhibition titled “Hong Kong: Here and Beyond,” and a show of works gifted to the institution by Swiss collector Uli Sigg, whose trove of Chinese contemporary art is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Admission will be free for Hong Kong residents during the institution’s first year.

    The opening of the 70,000-square-foot Herzog & de Meuron–designed contemporary- and modern-art museum has been delayed many times, most recently pushed from the beginning

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  • Billy Apple.

    Billy Apple (1935–2021)

    New Zealand Pop artist Billy Apple, who cast himself as a brand decades before the commercial practice gained widespread prominence thanks to the use of social media, died September 6 at the age of eighty-six. Apple, whom Anthony Byrt in 2011 characterized in Artforum as having “arguably done more for Conceptualism in [New Zealand] than any other figure,” was hugely influential both in his own country and abroad, exhibiting alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein at the peak of their popularity and founding one of New York’s first alternative art spaces.

    Born Barrie Bates in Auckland in 1935,

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