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  • Sojung Jun’s La Nave de los Locos, 2016, from the Han Nefkens Foundation collection. Photo: the Han Nefkens Foundation.

    Han Nefkens Foundation Establishes New Video Art Award for Emerging Korean Artists

    The Han Nefkens Foundation, the Barcelona-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting artistic production through its grant program, has announced that it is launching a new video art award in collaboration with the Buk-Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea. The annual $15,000 prize aims to support the creation of new work by emerging artists from Korea who have made significant contributions to contemporary art.

     

    “The Han Nefkens Foundation is delighted to partner with the Buk-Seoul Museum of Art for our first award in Asia,” said Han Nefkens, founder of the organization. “The Buk-Seoul Museum is a

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  • The Drawing Center, New York.

    Frieze Announces Partnership with New York’s the Drawing Center

    Frieze announced that it is teaming up with the Drawing Center in New York. Their new yearlong partnership marks Frieze’s first collaboration with a museum that will span multiple fairs. It will also directly support the Drawing Center’s mission and programs, including its exhibitions, Open Sessions series, and Drawing Papers series. 

    Commenting on the initiative, Loring Randolph, artistic director of Frieze Americas, said: “This vital new partnership with the Drawing Center also builds on Frieze’s commitment to supporting New York’s exceptional cultural landscape, and represents a pioneering

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  • Harold Gregor.

    Harold Gregor (1929–2018)

    Harold Gregor, a painter whose devotion to the American interior earned him the moniker “Dean of the Midwest Landscape,” died earlier this month at age eighty-nine. The artist, who was based in Illinois, rose to national prominence in the 1970s for his vibrant, Photorealist interpretations of the agrarian heartland, which he would go on to render in panoramas, aerial views, and luminous abstractions.

    Gregor was born in 1929 in Detroit, where he earned an undergraduate degree at Wayne State University before enrolling in Michigan State University’s master of science program in 1952. He studied

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  • Riyas Komu.

    Kochi-Muziris Biennale Cofounder Steps Down Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Riyas Komu, cofounder and secretary of India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, has been accused of sexual misconduct and has temporarily stepped down from his post. Allegations against Komu first surfaced on the anonymously run Instagram account @herdsceneand on October 16. The account, which was created earlier this month, claims that it is “cutting though BS in the Indian Art world, one predator and power play, at a time.”

    The accuser, a thirty-seven-year-old female artist, said that she met Komu during a studio visit in Mumbai in 2015. She claims that he invited her to Kochi, India, to discuss a

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  • Jac Leirner, Leveled Spirit, 2017. Photo: Ruth Clark.

    Jac Leirner Wins Twenty-Fifth Wolfgang Hahn Prize

    The Museum Ludwig in Cologne has awarded the twenty-fifth Wolfgang Hahn Prize, which honors contemporary artists who are under-recognized in Germany, to the Brazilian artist Jac Leirner. As the first South American artist to win the prize, Leirner will receive a maximum of $115,000. The institution will also mount a show by the São Paulo–based artist and will add one of her works to its collection. An award ceremony will be held at the museum in April.

    “Leirner is one of the most important exponents of conceptual art today as well as of so-called institutional critique,” Jochen Volz, juror and

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  • View of “GDPR: Group Display of Paintings & Renderings,” 2018 at Signal.

    Brooklyn’s Signal Gallery to Close

    Signal is closing, the Bushwick­-based gallery announced on its website. It staged the first solo or New York–based exhibitions of work by Sophie Hirsch, Rachel Rossin, Fin Simonetti, Madeline Hollander, Ivana Basic, FlucT, and others. “GDPR: Group Display of Paintings & Renderings,” a group show with Sedrick Chisom, Alex Gardner, Haley Josephs, Kristina Lee, Paul Anthony Smith, and Margaux Valengin, which closed on August 5, was its last exhibition.

    “If there is something that unites the artists we tend to work with, it’s people who actually really care about art—where art means something

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  • Diedrick Brackens. Photo: diedrickbrackens.com.

    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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