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ARTnews in Brief: Phillips Taps New Head for 20th-Century & Contemporary Art in Europe and More from July 19, 2019

Jenny Holzer, For New York City.

Jenny Holzer, For New York City , 2004.


Friday, July 19, 2019

Phillips Taps Sotheby’s Talent to Head 20th-Century & Contemporary Art in Europe

Phillips has named Olivia Thornton, who previously served as senior director in Sotheby’s contemporary art department, as head of 20th-century and contemporary art in Europe. She began her career at Sotheby’s in 2006, and she became head of day sales in 2011. She will be based in London.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Artadia Names 2019 Chicago Awardees

Artists Bethany Collins and Brendan Fernandes, whose work is included in the Whitney Biennial, are the recipients of Artadia’s 2019 Chicago awards. Each awardee gets $10,000 in unrestricted funds, and the artists’ works will be featured in Artadia’s booth at the Expo Chicago fair in September. Collins and Fernandes were selected from a group of five finalists that also included Assaf Evron, Caroline Kent, and Alice Tippit. Romi Crawford, Artadia juror and associate professor of visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said of the awardees, “Fernandes and Collins’ work, at this stage in their careers, compellingly communicates their talents, as well as their zeal for pushing the bounds” of art and its reception.

CCS Bard Names New Senior Academic Adviser

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has appointed Nana Adusei-Poku as its new senior academic adviser and Luma Foundation Fellow. In her new role, Adusei-Poku, who previously served as a visiting professor at the Cooper Union in New York, will help oversee CCS Bard’s curatorial and publishing programming, and work with staff to design new curricula. In a statement, Lauren Cornell, the graduate program director at CCS Bard, called Adusei-Poku “an exception scholar, curator, and teacher.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Aldrich Names Education Director

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, has hired Namulen Bayarsaihan as director of education. Bayarsaihan previously served as director of creative operations at the Hartford-based nonprofit Real Art Ways. In her new role, she will develop public programs for Aldrich visitors and forge partnerships with schools and community organizations. She said in a statement that the Aldrich “pulses with prescient and explorative art and connects people, young and old, to each other, artists, and ideas. I am honored to commit my energy and collaborative spirit to this special place.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

New Curator for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Jochen Wierich has been hired as the curator of sculpture and sculpture exhibitions at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a 158-acre art and horticulture center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The organizer of the recent traveling show “Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape,” Wierich has previously held positions at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

Pace/MacGill Moves to Pace’s New Headquarters

Pace/MacGill, a Pace gallery outpost on 57th Street in New York that specializes in photography, will move to the gallery’s new headquarters at 540 West 25th Street in Chelsea. The transition to the new location will be overseen by its founder, Peter MacGill, who founded it alongside Arne Glimcher and Dick Solomon. For Pace/MacGill’s inaugural show in Chelsea, a selection of black-and-white portraits by Peter Hujar will be displayed beginning on September 14.

ICA London Appoints New Managing Director

The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London has named Kerry Bishop as its new managing director. Bishop, who will take up her new post on September 4, has been the chief operating officer of the Frieze art fairs since 2013, and has overseen the strategy of its programming, including the launch of its Los Angeles edition earlier this year. Stefan Kalmár, the ICA’s director, who is now at work on the 2020 edition of Manifesta in Marseilles, France, said of Bishop in a statement, “Kerry brings her invaluable experience and skills at the right time to the right place, ensuring the ICA’s financial and organizational growth as well as its continuous leadership at the very forefront of radical contemporary arts practices and discourse.”

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tate Names New Chief Operating Officer

Tate, which has museums in London, Liverpool, and St. Ives, has hired Victoria Cheetham to be its chief operating officer. Cheetham most recently worked as executive director of arts at the Southbank Centre in London, where she had been a member of the executive team since 2010. She has previously held senior roles at the Barbican Centre in the capital city. Maria Balshaw, director of Tate, said of the new COO in a statement, “Her enthusiasm for Tate, combined with her outstanding skills and experience in the arts, will be invaluable in the coming years as we take Tate forward into a new era.”

Creative Time Gala to Honor Jenny Holzer

The New York–based organization Creative Time is set to honor Jenny Holzer at its 2019 annual gala, which takes place on October 24. Former honorees have included artists such as Kara Walker, Vik Muniz, Pedro Reyes, and Julian Schnabel. Holzer has collaborated with Creative Time before, notably for a two-part, text-based presentation in 2004 that included the pieces For the City and For New York City: Planes and Projections. Those works, respectively, saw Holzer’s “Truisms” emblazoned on banners that flew behind a squadron of planes and a selected series of quotes from renowned poets projected over different areas of New York City.

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