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    Critics Discuss Auction Sales’ Impact on Art Scholarship

    LONDON, ENGLAND—For Apollo, Melanie Gerlis and Chaédria LaBouvier discuss the influence high auction prices have on the scholarship of an artist’s work, notably that of Jean-Michel Basquiat. On May 18, Basquiat’s 1982 painting Untitled became the sixth-most expensive work sold at auction ever, with a hammer price of $110.5 million dollars including Sotheby’s auction fees. [...] Read more

    Shortlist Announced for 2017 Jarman Award

    LONDON, ENGLAND—Alex Greenberger of Artnews writes that the shortlist for the 2017 Film London Jarman Award—which recognizes a filmmaker based in the UK—has been announced. One among the six selected artists will receive a cash prize of about $12,700. The recipient of the prize will be announced on November 20. The artists on the list [...] Read more
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    New Art Gallery Walsall Saved from Closure By Arts Council England Grant and University Partnership

    WALSALL, ENGLAND—The New Art Gallery Walsall has been saved from threat of closure thanks to a £3.5 million grant from Arts Council England to be disbursed over the course of four years, reports Martin Bailey of The Art Newspaper. The gallery will also partner with the University of Wolverhampton for financial and programming support for [...] Read more

    Richard Benson (1943–2017)

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—American photographer, author, and professor Richard Benson has died. The former longtime Yale University professor and master printer authored a number of books on photography, including The Face of Lincoln (1979); all four volumes of The of Atget (1981–1985); and The Printed Picture (2008); as well as printed photographs for renowned artists such [...] Read more
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    CalArts Names Dimitri Chamblas as Dean of Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance

    VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA—California Institute of the Arts has announced that Dimitri Chamblas, former artistic director of the Paris Opera’s creative digital platform 3rd Scene, has been chosen as the new Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance. Chamblas will begin his tenure with the start of the fall semester. “Dimitri has a world-wide reputation [...] Read more

    Hans Breder (1935–2017)

    IOWA CITY, IOWA—William Grimes reports in the New York Times that the artist and educator Hans Breder died on June 18 in Iowa City. He is perhaps best known as the founder of an intermedia program, the first interdisciplinary art course of its kind, at the University of Iowa in 1968 where his students included [...] Read more
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    Santander’s Centro Botín Opens to the Public

    SANTANDER, SPAIN—The Centro Botín in Santander, Spain opened to the public today, reports Hannah McGivern of The Art Newspaper. A permanent arts center led by the visual arts committee of the Fundaión Botín, the philanthropic organization founded by the Botín family of Banco Santander, was first planned in 2011 with an expected opening in 2014. [...] Read more

    Kassel City Council Approves Plan to Build Documenta Institute

    KASSEL, GERMANY—On Monday, June 19, Kassel’s city council voted in favor of building a $26.7 million research center dedicated to Documenta at a site adjacent to the University of Kassel, HNA reports. After hosting the contemporary art exhibition every five years since 1955, Kassel will “keep alive the concept and experience of Documenta in the [...] Read more
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    U.S. Congresswoman Proposes Student Debt Relief Program for Arts Workers

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Nydia Vélazquez, a Democrat from New York’s seventh district, has introduced legislation to ease student debt burdens for graduates employed in the arts. The proposed bill, the American Arts Revival Act, would extend the same loan forgiveness policies offered to federal employees to cultural workers, museum professionals, arts professionals, and arts and humanities [...] Read more

    Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Employees Resign En Masse

    BOULDER, COLORADO—On June 13, five full-time staffers, seven contract support staff and educators, and at least two part-time visitor-services workers resigned from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, writes Ray Mark Rinaldi of the New York Times. The museum has hired some emergency help and will remain open, but it may have trouble maintaining its [...] Read more
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    Erin Coe Named Director of Pennsylvania State University’s Palmer Museum of Art

    UNIVERSITY PARK, PENNSYLVANIA—Following a national search for a new director, Erin Coe has been named director of Pennsylvania State University’s Palmer Museum of Art, effective September 11, reports Maury Thompson for the Post-Star. Coe has served as director of the Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, New York since 2015; from 1999 to 2014 she was [...] Read more

    Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Announces 2017 Grantees

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced today the recipients of fifty-three grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. The 2017 awards total more than $10.3 million and provide funding for twelve new Pew Fellowships, thirty-nine project grants, and two advancement grants. “The center’s 2017 grant recipients represent the [...] Read more
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    Penn Graduate Student Union Unlikely Following National Labor Relations Board Appointment

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—A campaign and vote for graduate student employee unionization at the University of Pennsylvania face an uncertain future, reports Marielle Mondon of the Philly Voice. In March, following unionization efforts at Columbia, Yale, and Harvard universities, graduate student union organizers at Penn founded Graduate Employees Together–University of Pennsylvania (GET-UP), which registered more than one [...] Read more

    Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros to Gift 119 Works to Five Museums

    NEW YORK—The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) has announced that it will donate 119 pieces from its collection of colonial art to five leading institutions committed to the conservation and study of the legacies of Latin American art. The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin; the Denver Art Museum; the Hispanic Society Museum & [...] Read more
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    Jessica Farling Named Curator and Director of Southern Utah Museum of Art

    CEDAR CITY, UTAH—Jessica Farling has been appointed curator and director of the Southern Utah Museum of Art at Southern Utah University, the Deseret News reports. Her tenure as director will begin July 1. Farling was previously museum educator and director of public engagement at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum at the University of Oklahoma, where [...] Read more

    Classicist Receives Death Threats from Alt-Right over Art Historical Essay

    IOWA CITY, IOWA—Sarah E. Bond, a historian of Rome who works as an assistant professor in the classics department at the University of Iowa, has received death threats and is being targeted by the alt-right for publishing an article on polychromy in the ancient world. “They viewed the piece as ‘liberal professor says that all [...] Read more
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    Paul O’Neill to Step Down as Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College

    ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK—Paul O’Neill, director of the graduate program of Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College since 2013, will depart the institution to become artistic director of Finland’s Checkpoint Helsinki, Carolyn Twersky reports for Artnews. O’Neill has curated over sixty exhibitions and projects at venues worldwide over the course of his twenty-year career; he [...] Read more

    NEA Awards $82 Million in Final Round of Grants for 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Endowment for the Arts, which is currently preparing to shut down operations after President Trump slashed funding for the federal agency in the 2018 budget, has announced that it is awarding $82.06 million in its final grant round for 2017. The NEA’s legacy and ongoing influence are subjects of examination in pieces [...] Read more
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    Susan Cahan Appointed Dean of the Tyler School of Art

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—Following a nearly yearlong search, Susan Cahan has been appointed dean of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, reports Aaron Ball of the The Temple News. Cahan’s tenure in Philadelphia begins July 1. Robert Blackson, the director of Tyler’s exhibitions and public programs department, said of Cahan’s appointment that a “dawn of [...] Read more

    Australia’s Art Gallery of New South Wales Receives $184 Million Grant

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Sebastian Smee of the New York Times reports that Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales has received a local grant of about $184 million for an expansion. The addition, called the Sydney Modern, will be designed by the Japanese architectural firm SANAA. Another $75.4 million will need to be raised from the private [...] Read more
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    Toby Kamps Named Director of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

    HOUSTON, TEXAS—The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston has appointed Toby Kamps its next director following a nationwide search, Molly Glentzer reports for the Houston Chronicle. The Blaffer has been without a director since September 2016 following Claudia Schmuckli’s departure for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Kamps’s tenure begins in September [...] Read more

    National Museum of Women in the Arts Receives $9 Million Bequest

    WASHINGTON, D.C—The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, announced today that it has received a $9 million bequest—the largest single gift in its history—from the estate of California businesswoman Madeleine Rast. The gift, which will bolster the museum’s endowment, coincides with the institution’s thirtieth anniversary. “Madeleine was absolutely convinced of the [...] Read more
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    Daniel H. Weiss Named CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Museum

    NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board of trustees unanimously voted to name Daniel H. Weiss, currently the president and chief operating officer of the institution, as its new CEO. Weiss will also retain the title of president of the museum. In addition to the appointment, The Met announced that it will begin a search [...] Read more

    New Lawsuit Filed Against Santa Fe University of Art and Design

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Three students have filed a lawsuit in state district court against the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and its parent company, Laureate Education Inc., for breach of contract and fraud, Robert Nott of the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. This lawsuit, brought by students Zac Franklin, Raven Two Feathers, and [...] Read more
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    Eileen Cooper to Step Down as Keeper of Royal Academy Schools

    LONDON, ENGLAND—Artist Eileen Cooper announced her intention to resign from her position as Keeper of London’s Royal Academy Schools at the press preview of the Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition, reports Javier Pes of The Art Newspaper. Cooper was also head of the eight-member hanging committee of the Summer Exhibition and oversaw the [...] Read more

    Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta Win 2018 Jerwood/FVU Awards

    LONDON, ENGLAND—The Jerwood/FVU Awards announced today that Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta were named the winners of the 2018 edition of the prize. The artists will receive $25,000 each in support of the creation of new moving-image works. Once completed, the projects will be exhibited from April 6 to June 3, 2018 at Jerwood Space [...] Read more
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    Portland State University to Found Its First Art Museum

    PORTLAND, OREGON—Portland State University announced Thursday its plans to establish its first art museum in the university’s seventy-year history following a $5 million donation from philanthropist and businessman Jordan Schnitzer, for whom the new museum will be named. Schnitzer’s donation follows a $60 million bond approved by the state of Oregon two years ago to [...] Read more

    Weisman Art Museum Appoints Boris Oicherman as Curator for Creative Collaboration

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota announced that Boris Oicherman has been named the Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaboration. Oicherman will take up the post at the end of the month. At WAM, Oicherman will curate the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, a permanent space that was added [...] Read more
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    Documenta 14 in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte Münster Open Saturday

    KASSEL, GERMANY—Following the opening of the fourteenth edition of Documenta in Athens in April, the second half of the exhibition, taking place in Kassel, will kick off on Saturday, June 10. The opening coincides with the beginning of the Skulptur Projekte Münster’s fifth iteration, which will take place throughout the German town of Münster, the [...] Read more

    Dakota Nation Debates Whether to Burn Sam Durant’s “Scaffold”

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—After a ritual four-day-long dismantling of Sam Durant’s sculpture Scaffold, 2012, by the Dakota Nation, there is talk among tribe members as to whether or not the piece should be burned, as was originally planned, writes Hilarie M. Sheets of the New York Times. In May, a group of approximately one hundred Native Americans [...] Read more
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    Columbia University Opens the Lenfest Center for the Arts

    NEW YORK—For the New York Times, Jason Farago reviews “Uptown,” the first triennial exhibition featuring works by twenty-five artists hailing from Upper Manhattan that inaugurated Columbia University’s new Lenfest Center for the Arts. “Uptown” is curated by Deborah Cullen, the Miriam and Ira D.Wallach Art Gallery’s current director. The Lenfest—the second building to open on [...] Read more

    William Pope.L Wins 2017 Bucksbaum Award

    NEW YORK—The multidisciplinary artist Pope.L (also known as William Pope.L) has been named the recipient of the 2017 Bucksbaum Award, which recognizes an artist whose work was featured in the recent Whitney Biennial. Previous winners include Sarah Michelson and Zoe Leonard. Pope.L is a visual artist and educator whose practice of nearly four decades ranges [...] Read more
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    Joanna Grabski Named Director of Arizona State University’s School of Art

    TEMPE, ARIZONA—Joanna Grabski has been appointed director of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ School of Art, reports Sarah A. McCarty of ASU Now. Grabski will begin her tenure as head of the art school in July. She was previous chair of the department of art history and visual culture at [...] Read more

    Cleveland Museum Appoints Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi Curator of African Art

    CLEVELAND, OHIO—The Cleveland Museum of Art has announced that Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi will join the institution as its new curator of African art on August 1. Nzewi will oversee the care and development of the collection, research and advise on the acquisition of new works, and organize exhibitions. “Smooth is an exceptional curator with a [...] Read more
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    Former Louvre Director Plans to Donate Collection to Town in Northern France

    LES ANDELYS, FRANCE—Gareth Harris reports in the Art Newspaper that Pierre Rosenberg, who served as director of the Louvre from 1994 until 2001, has announced his intention to donate his large collection of paintings and drawings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries to Les Andelys, a town in the Normandy area of northern [...] Read more
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    Louise Bernard to Lead Obama Presidential Center Museum

    CHICAGO, IL—The Obama Foundation has announced that Louise Bernard, the director of exhibitions at the New York Public Library, was named the director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. Bernard will oversee the design, development, and operation of the institution. “One of the key aspects of the Obama Presidential Center is a museum [...] Read more

    Valerie Cassel Oliver Named Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA—Valerie Cassel Oliver has been appointed the new curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She will begin her new role on July 7, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Mary Lee Clark. Clark notes that Cassel Oliver is filling the position left vacant by John Ravenal in 2014. [...] Read more
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    Tate Britain Plans to Rehang Its Entire Collection

    LONDON, UK—Tate Britain announced that it is going to rehang its entire collection thematically and will also increase the amount of wall texts accompanying the works in order to improve visitors’ experience of the museum, Hannah Furness reports in The Telegraph. Alex Farquharson, who became the head of Tate Britain when former director Penelope Curtis [...] Read more
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    Institute of American Indian Arts Receives Donation of Suzan Harjo Archives

    SANTA FE, NM—The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced that it recently acquired the archive and art collection of Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne/Hodulgee Muscogee American Indian activist. The Suzan Shown Harjo Papers document her work as a Native lobbyist, broadcaster, and scholar between 1965 and the present. “At some [...] Read more

    Frick Collection Expands Pay-What-You-Wish Hours

    NEW YORK—Starting in July 2017, the Frick Collection in New York will extend its pay-what-you-wish admission to every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. The new weekday offering will replace the Frick’s current pay-what-you-wish admission on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and extend the special ticketing period from two to four hours. [...] Read more
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    Chad Dawkins Named Director of Exhibitions at Southwest School of Art

    SAN ANTONIO, TX—The Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, has appointed Chad Dawkins, associate director of Texas State Galleries at Texas State University, as its new director of exhibitions. He succeeds Mary Mikel Stump, who stepped down in April after a two-year term. Dawkins will take up the post on July 5. Prior [...] Read more

    Swedish Professor Helps Bust Italian Art Theft Ring

    LUND, SWEDEN–A Swedish academic was instrumental in helping Italy’s art fraud unit bring down a criminal ring responsible for stealing artworks and antique books from across the country, Andrea Vogt of The Telegraph reports. The Lund University professor tipped off the police after buying a rare sixteenth-century manuscript online. Upon receiving the prayer book, titled [...] Read more