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ARTnews in Brief: News from Around the Art World—Week of June 24, 2019

Ahmet Öğüt, The Castle of Vooruit, 2012, which will be included in the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara, Romania.


“ARTnews in Brief” is a continually updated weekly post that details goings-on in the international art industry.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

New York’s Rachel Uffner Gallery to Expand
Rachel Uffner gallery in New York will close for the summer and reopen in mid-September in newly expanded digs. The gallery is taking over a storefront next door to its current Suffolk Street space, allowing the Lower East Side enterprise to expand its viewing room and storage. In September, Rachel Uffner will reopen with a solo show by Leonhard Hurzlemeier in its main space and a presentation of glassworks by Joanne Greenbaum in the storefront. “The new space will give our artists the chance to do something different,” Uffner told ARTnews. —Annie Armstrong

Sargent’s Daughters Adds Four Artists to Roster

Sargent’s Daughters in New York now represents Emily Furr, Wendy Red Star, Sarah Slappey, and Brandi Twilley. Furr, whose paintings are often informed by the landscape of the Midwest, had her first solo show with the gallery in 2018. Red Star’s work focuses on indigeneity and colonialism, and she had her debut New York solo exhibition with the gallery in May. Slappey, whose work will be on view at Sargent’s Daughters in 2020, makes paintings and works on paper featuring intersecting hands, limbs, branches, and other organic forms. Twilley, whose paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Sex in New York and Hood Gallery in Brooklyn, among other venues, has focused on her childhood bedroom for one of her past series, which was shown at Sargent’s Daughters in 2017.

San Antonio Museum of Art Appoints Four New Board Members

The San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas has added four new members to its board of trustees: Rebecca Cedillo, Kathleen Finck, Aleyda Kniestedt, and Jennifer Lee. They will begin their three-year terms on the board on October 1. Cedillo serves as Ombudsman at the University Health System in San Antonio, and she has previously worked as the first chief of water resources for the San Antonio Water System and as director of planning for the city of San Antonio. Finck is senior vice president of Frost Wealth Advisors-San Antonio, and Kniestedt is an artist, collector, and architect. Lee is president and chair of the JK Lee Family Foundation, and is a member of the advisory committee for the board of the Magik Theater in San Antonio.

Goodman Gallery Taps Jo Stella-Sawicka As Director for London Outpost

Goodman Gallery has named Jo Stella-Sawicka as the director of its London location. For the last nine years, Stella-Sawicka has worked with the Frieze art fair, most recently as artistic director for Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Africa. She joins the gallery, which also has locations in Johannesburg and Cape Town, in August.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Cate Giordano Joins Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris

Cate Giordano, a New York–based artist known for crafting ingenious, sometimes-ominous life-size installations with materials like newspaper, cardboard, and chicken wire and enlisting such environments in bizarro, uproarious videos, is now represented by Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris. She’ll have a show with the gallery, which also represents Dave Hardy, Rachel de Joode, and Michelle Lopz, in the fall of 2020. Those who visited the Margulies Warehouse during last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach may have caught her work. It’s also in the collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, and has been shown at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn and venues in Boston, San Francisco, and beyond. —Andrew Russeth

D.C. Gets Middle Eastern Art–Focused Gallery

In September, the Middle East Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit, will open a non-commercial gallery in the nation’s capital dedicated to to showing work by contemporary Middle Eastern artists. The MEI Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, titled “Arabicity|Ourouba” and curated by Rose Issa, will feature work by 17 artists, including Adel Abidin, Hassan Hajjaj, and Youssef Nabil.

Fabienne Levy to Open in September in Lausanne, Switzerland

Fabienne Levy, a freelance art adviser, is going into the gallery business, opening a space in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 27. It will be located next to the Plateform10 museum in the city, at 1003 Avenue Louis-Ruchonnet 6. Levy’s previously previously worked at Christie’s as an assistant in the photography department. The new enterprise will host six shows per year, with two public programs tied to each show.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Carpenters Workshop Hires Antonio Biagi

Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which has locations in London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, has hired Antonio Biagi as a sales associate at its Manhattan location. In his new role, Biagi will focus on the Latin American market. He has previously worked with the São Paulo–based Luciana Brito Galeria, leading the enterprise’s New York project space in Tribeca.

A Transatlantic Appointment

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has appointed Ann Dumas as consulting curator of European art. Dumas will continue in her current role as curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as she takes up her post at the MFAH in September, dividing her time and responsibilities between Houston and the British capital. She has been at the Royal Academy since 1999, and her curatorial credits at the institution include “Matisse in the Studio” (2017), “Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932” (2017), and “Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters” (2010).

Monday, June 24, 2019

Mohamed Bourouissa Heads to Blum & Poe

Blum & Poe gallery, of Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, now represents Mohamed Bourouissa in collaboration with Paris and London’s Galerie Kamel Mennour. Blum & Poe presented work by Bourouissa at Art Basel in Switzerland earlier this month, and he will receive a solo exhibition at the gallery’s Los Angeles space this fall. A solo show by the Paris-based artist, whose work takes the form of sculptures, drawings, photography, and films, will open in France as part of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in July.

Miami Artists Go National Through New Residency Program

The Miami-based nonprofit Oolite Arts (formerly ArtCenter/South Florida) has created a new initiative to send Miami artists to four residency programs across the country. Under the name “Home and Away,” the program will send grantees to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado; the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s space in Captiva, Florida; and Yadoo’s 400-acre home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Each group will be selected from a pool of applicants by different juries of curators. “Residencies can be a defining moment in an artist’s career, offering them the time and space to experiment,” Oolite CEO Dennis Scholl said in a statement. “We hope our artists will return to South Florida with new ideas and relationships that will further enrich their own work, and Miami’s cultural community.”

Art Encounters Biennial Artist List Announced

The artist list for the 2019 edition of Romania’s Art Encounters Biennial has been announced, for which 60 artists show work in the city of Timișoara from September 20 through October 27 of this year. Twenty of those artists are creating site-specific pieces commissioned for the biennial, which this year is curated by Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu. Among the artists participating are Peres Empire, the Otolith Group, Forensic Architecture, Ahmet Ogut, and Trevor Paglen.

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