Friday, August 13
Nara Roesler Now Represents Elian Almeida
Nara Roesler, which maintains gallery spaces in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, now represents Brazilian artist Elian Almeida. His work addresses decolonialism, in particular the social performativity of the Black body. Almeida’s practice spans photography, video, and installation, but is primarily grounded in painting. Historical images and pop culture references populate his paintings, drawing a line from the past to contemporary Black Brazilian culture. Almeida’s first solo exhibition with the gallery will open on September 1 at its space in Rio de Janeiro.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Gifts $1 M. to the Met for Live Programming
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received an endowment of $1 million from the Athens-based Stavros Niarchos Foundation to support its Department of Live Arts, which launched in 2013. That department presents various live productions ranging from opera and dance to music that are inspired by works in the museum’s permanent collection. In a statement, Andreas Dracopoulos, Niarchos Foundation co-president, said, “MetLiveArts answers the question ‘Who are museums for?’ with a resounding ‘Everyone!’ It reminds us that museums, at their best, are vibrant civic spaces full of activity and life.”
Thursday, August 12
Performa Appoints Rashid Johnson as Board Chair
Performa, the New York–based performance art nonprofit known for its biennial, has announced that artist Rashid Johnson will be the next chair of the board of directors. Todd Bishop, former deputy director of external affairs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has also been named as the board’s treasurer. Johnson and Bishop will assume their new roles prior to the Performa 2021 Biennial, which is slated to take place this October across New York City. Johnson has served on Performa’s board since 2014 and previously collaborated with the organization during Performa 13 Biennial in 2013, where he debuted his first live performance.
The Naked Room to Represent Ukraine at 59th Venice Biennale
The Naked Room gallery in Kyiv will represent Ukraine at the 2022 Venice Biennale, which is scheduled to run from April 23 through November 27. For the exhibition, artist Pavlo Makov will present Fountain of Exhaustion, a series of wall mounted copper funnels that reference the scarcity of functional water fountains in his native Kharkiv in the 1990s. The exposition will be accompanied by archival materials detailing the history of the installation. The work was chosen by the curatorial group comprising Lizaveta Herman, Maria Lanko, and Borys Filonenko.
Moderna Museet Names New Curator of International Contemporary Art
The Moderna Museet in Sweden has appointed Hendrik Folkerts as curator of international contemporary art, a newly created position. Folkert, who is currently a curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago, will begin at the museum in October. He has previously worked for the Stedelijk Museum and the De Appel arts center in Amsterdam and was on the curatorial team of Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany, and Athens. Gitte Ørskou, the Modern Museet’s director, said in a statement, “Our museum has a long-standing history of hosting international artists for groundbreaking exhibitions, performances, and other presentations. … In his role, Folkerts will be important in bringing this legacy into the future.”
Wednesday, August 11
L.A.’s Nicodim Gallery Expands to New York
Los Angeles–based Nicodim Gallery will open a New York location in October at 15 Green Street in the city’s SoHo neighborhood. The inaugural exhibition will be dedicated to the work of emerging artist Simphiwe Ndzube, who is based in L.A. and Cape Town, South Africa. He had a solo show at Nicodim’s L.A. space earlier this year and is currently the subject of a survey at the Denver Art Museum. In a statement, gallery owner Mihai Nicodim said, “This new space will give us an opportunity showcase [our artists’] work and feed into the conversation happening alongside all the other amazing galleries in the neighborhood.”
Amon Carter Museum Receives Over 200 Photographs and Works on Paper
The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, has received a gift of more than 240 photographs and works on paper as a bequest from the estate of local entrepreneur, and collector Finis Welch, who died last year. The gift includes prints by Alfred Stieglitz, William Eggleston, Dorothea Lange, and Robert Motherwell. Other highlights are works on paper by Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Lewis Rubenstein, and Rufino Tamayo. Around 50 works from the gift will go on view at the Carter in the exhibition “Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection,” opening next February.
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Adds New Directors
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel gallery in São Paulo has announced the addition of four directors. Ana Paula Paclanotto and Luiza Calmon, former members of the gallery team will now be as sales directors. Paul Jenkins, previously a director of Gagosian gallery in New York and Rio de Janeiro, will be director of international sales, and Marilisa Cunha Cardoso is now director of operations.
Tuesday, August 10
New York’s ICP Names New Executive Director
The International Center of Photography in New York has appointed David E. Little as its new executive director, beginning next month. Little, who will succeed Mark Lubell, had been the director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College for the past six years. He has previously held positions at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In a statement, Little said, “Much as when ICP was founded almost 50 years ago, we continue to see first-hand how powerful socially and politically minded images can change the world.”
Monday, August 9
National Gallery of Canada Receives Support For Major Initiatives
The National Gallery of Canada has received funding from the Royal Bank of Canada to support three major initiatives. The first is “Re-Creation,” which will commission emerging and established Indigenous artists to create works inspired by traditional media, techniques, and practices; the first two artists to receive commissions as part of the program are Chief 7idansuu James Hart of the Stastas Eagle Clan and Lisa Hageman Yahjujanaas of the Raven moiety. The RBC Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund will support the acquisition of up to four works from diverse Canadian emerging artists over the next three years. The final program will sponsor of Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale. The initiatives have received a combined total of $900,000, ensuring their continuation through 2024. “The efforts of the National Gallery of Canada are invaluable, providing much-needed opportunities for diverse and specifically Indigenous emerging artists to be recognized and exposed to new audiences,” Mark Beckles, Royal Bank of Canada vice president, said in a statement.
Hong Kong Arts Development Council Members Resign
Three elected members of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council—Chris Chan, Adrian Chow, and Indy Lee—resigned from their positions last week after being labeled “troublemakers” by Chinese state-run newspapers, the Hong Kong Free Press reports. The government-funded council, which is responsible for allocating grants to various arts organizations and programs, was recently accused of giving money to arts groups that are seen as supportive of pro-democracy protesters, which could be seen as a violation of the city’s recent national security law. The three artists were elected to the council in 2016 by an overwhelming majority.