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  • The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

    NADA to Launch New Chicago Art Fair in September

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) announced today that it has established a new contemporary art fair, the Chicago Invitational. The inaugural event will take place at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel from Wednesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21, 2019 and will coincide with EXPO Chicago.

    “Historically, Chicago has been a hotbed of artist-run galleries and alternative spaces,” said Heather Hubbs, NADA’s executive director and a former Chicago-based art professional. “The city then and now embodies the experimental spirit of NADA, and we look forward to connecting our exhibitors

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  • Larry Bell, CS 9.22.15, 2015. Photo: Hauser & Wirth, New York.

    Diana Al-Hadid, Larry Bell, and Others Donate Works for Artadia Fundraiser

    In honor of the twentieth anniversary of Artadia, the nonprofit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards, Phillips will hold a benefit auction on May 15. Fourteen artists have donated works for the event.

    The sale will offer pieces by contemporary artists Diana Al-Hadid, Larry Bell, Katherine Bernhardt, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Sarah Crowner, Roe Ethridge, Shara Hughes, Caitlin Keogh, Shio Kusaka, Tala Madani, Angel Otero, Walter Price, and Jonas Wood.

    “Since its founding twenty years ago, Artadia has enriched the lives and careers of over three hundred artists,”

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  • Anthony d’Offay. Photo: Kate V. Robertson. Courtesy: Glasgow School of Art.

    Arts Professionals Protest Tate’s Decision to Renew Ties with Anthony d’Offay

    More than forty-five artists, curators, and academics have signed an open letter protesting the Tate’s decision to resume contact with the influential art dealer Anthony d’Offay, who was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women last year. When the allegations, which date from 1997 to 2004, emerged—they were first reported by The Observer—the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland suspended contact with the donor, who denies any wrongdoing.

    On April 6, The Times of London reported that the institutions decided to renew links to d’Offay. “Over a year

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  • Zeng Qunkai, Zhuang Wubin, and Deng Liwen.

    Asia Art Archive Announces Grant Recipients

    Asia Art Archive (AAA) has announced the three recipients of the 2018 Robert HN Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant, which supports one-year fellowships, on-site research at AAA in Hong Kong, and fieldwork in relevant regions.

    The Singapore-based writer, curator, and artist Zhuang Wubin was awarded the foundation’s largest grant. He will receive $15,000 for his project focusing on the circulation of photographs across Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from the 1930s to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong and its contribution to the idea of “Chineseness.”

    Two secondary $5,000 grants were awarded

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  • Rendering of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Photo: TDIC and Gehry Partners, LLP.

    Construction of Long-Delayed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to Begin Soon, Says Richard Armstrong

    At Abu Dhabi’s third annual Culture Summit, which ran from April 7 to April 11, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum in New York, declared that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is “on track and on budget.” In an interview with Euronews, he said that construction on the long-delayed Frank Gehry–designed museum will begin “soon” and should take around four years to complete.

    “We’ve been working with our colleagues here to put together what we think is really the first global collection after 1965,” Armstrong said. “We’ll be seeing important examples of work

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  • The Center for Contemporary Art in Tashkent.

    Uzbekistan’s First Center for Contemporary Art Opens in Tashkent

    The Center for Contemporary Art, a new institution in Tashkent, the capital and largest city in Uzbekistan, opened its doors on April 12. Located in a 1912 building designed by architect Wilhelm Heinzelmann—whose other projects range from the Uzbek Industrial-Construction Bank to the former Palace of the Grand Duke Nikolay Konstantinovich Romanov—the venue is the country’s first space dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

    Prior to being transferred to Uzbekistan’s ministry of culture in 2018, the facility was occupied by a diesel power station, which operated the first tram line in

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  • Clockwise from top left: Lola Flash (photo by Becci Manson); Gayatri Gopinath; Yve Laris Cohen (photo by Paula Court); Maria Bauman-Morales (photo by Thomas Dunn); Rodrigo Bellott; Hao Wu; Kate Bornstein; Mashuq Mushtaq Deen; Charles Rice-González (photo by Marisol Diaz); and Thomas Lax (photo by Paul Mpagi Sepuya).

    Queer|Art Announces 2019–20 Mentors

    Queer|Art, the New York–based nonprofit devoted to the creative and professional development of LGBTQ artists, has named the ten new mentors for the 2019–20 cycle of its Queer|Art|Mentorship (QAM) program. Established in 2011, QAM aims to propel the careers of emerging artists by pairing them with more established artists, whom they will meet with periodically over the course of a year. Applications for the program will be accepted beginning on May 12.

    To apply, prospective fellows will need to propose a project that they would like to work on. The mentors will work with Queer|Art staffers to

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  • The defendant (covering his face) and his lawyer in Cologne district court. Photo: dpa.

    Judge Fines Man for Stealing Sketches from Gerhard Richter’s Trash

    A Cologne District Court found a man guilty of theft for retrieving four discarded sketches from the garbage outside artist Gerhard Richter’s home in the city’s Köln-Hahnwald district in July 2016. According to Monopol, the forty-nine-year-old defendant attempted to consign the works—which have also been described as “overpainted photographs” by the broadcaster Deutsche Welle—to an auction house in Munich, which agreed to accept the works on the condition that they be authenticated by the Gerhard Richter Archive in Dresden.

    The man then proceeded to ask the archive to provide him with

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  • Susan Talbott. Photo: Thibault Jeanson.

    Fabric Workshop and Museum Executive Director Susan Talbott to Retire

    The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia has announced that its executive director, Susan Talbott, will retire in September after a nearly four-year tenure. Talbott took the helm of FWM in 2016 after the death of its founder, Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud, in August 2015. She was initially appointed interim director but assumed the position of executive director shortly after.

    Under her leadership, FWM saw a significant increase in visitor numbers and appointed its first-ever curator, Karen Patterson. Talbott also curated several exhibitions, including “Process and Practice: 40 Years

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  • Henry Wollman Bloch.

    Henry Wollman Bloch (1922–2019)

    American businessman and philanthropist Henry Wollman Bloch, the founder of the largest tax-service provider in the United States, H&R Block, and a longtime supporter of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, died on Tuesday, April 23. The arts patron was ninety-six years old.

    Born on July 30, 1922, Bloch studied at the University of Kansas City (today’s University of Missouri at Kansas City) and at the University of Michigan, where he earned his degree in mathematics. After graduation, he served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and flew in more than thirty combat missions.

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  • Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels, 1973–76. Great Basin Desert, Utah. Photo: ZCZ Films/James Fox.

    Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels to Undergo Conservation Work

    The Dia Art Foundation announced that it will lead the first major effort to conserve Nancy Holt’s iconic Sun Tunnels, 1973–76, in its forty-six-year history. Located on a remote forty-acre plot in Utah’s Great Basin Desert, the important work of Land art was acquired by the organization last year.

    Consisting of four concrete cylinders that are eighteen feet in length and nine feet in diameter and arranged in an “X” pattern on the desert floor, the work merges Holt’s interests in perception and time. During the summer and winter solstices, the tunnels align with the angles of the rising and

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  • The Port de la Rochelle, 1915, by French artist Paul Signac (1863–1935) at the ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Kiev on April 23, 2019. Photo: AFP.

    Police Recover Stolen Paul Signac Painting in Ukraine

    An oil painting stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, in the northeast of France, has been found in Ukraine, AFP reports. The Port of La Rochelle, 1915, by French Impressionist Paul Signac was cut from its frame during a heist last year. Valued at approximately $1.68 million, the canvas was found at the home of a man in Kiev, and several suspects were arrested. The homeowner is also currently being investigated on suspicion of murder.

    Police official Sergiy Tykhonov said that officers were tipped off about people looking for buyers for stolen works, which prompted them to carry out a

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