Friday, January 17
P.P.O.W Gallery Now Represents Gerald Lovell
P.P.O.W gallery in New York has added Atlanta-based painter Gerald Lovell to its roster. The artist is known for his vivid portraits drawn from semi-candid photographs. A selection of Lovell’s paintings were featured in the 2019 group exhibition “Do You Love Me?” at P.P.O.W.
Thursday, January 16
Association of Art Museum Directors Selects 10 U.S. Institutions for 2020 Internship Program
The Association of Art Museum Directors has chosen 10 member art museums across the U.S. that will host its 2020 cohort of paid college interns. The selected institutions include the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia, the Jewish Museum and the Noguchi Museum in New York, the RISD Museum, and the Frist Art Museum in Tennessee. Each institution will work with a student over the course of 12 weeks. Internships at these various institutions focus on different aspects of museum work, from curating to marketing.
Wednesday, January 15
Frieze Names New Chief Executive Officer
Frieze, a company that operates a magazine and art fairs in London, New York and Los Angeles, has appointed Simon Fox as its chief executive officer. Fox, who will assume his role on April 2, joins Frieze from the British media group Reach plc, where he served as chief executive. Fox has also held senior positions at media and retail organizations including HMV Group, Waterstones, and Guardian Media Group. In his new role he will work closely with Frieze’s founders and senior team to grow the its brands and market presence. Frieze cofounders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover said in a statement, “We feel confident that he will provide excellent leadership and are looking forward to working with him in this next phase of Frieze’s development.”
Cindy Sherman Wins 2020 Wolf Prize
American photographer Cindy Sherman is the recipient of the 2020 Wolf Prize in Art, which carries a cash award of $100,000. Now in its 42nd year, the annual Wolf Prize honors scientists and artists from around the world for “achievements in the interest of mankind”. Past recipients in the Art category include Marc Chagall, Louise Bourgeois, Anselm Kiefer and Bruce Nauman.
Skirball Center Founding President Announces Retirement
Uri D. Herscher, founding president of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, will retire from his post on June 30. He will be succeeded on July 1 by attorney Jessie Kornberg, who runs the nonprofit public-interest law firm Bet Tzedek. Kornberg has experience working on legal issues facing low-income families, and she has collaborated with the Los Angeles Community Action Network, Homes for the Homeless, and the Institute for Children and Poverty for previous projects.
RxART Adds New Board Member
The nonprofit organization RxART, which commissions art projects for hospitals around the U.S., has added Heather Hasson, cofounder and co-CEO of the medical apparel brand FIGS, to its board. FIGS oversees the Threads for Threads initiative, which donates scrub sets to countries around the world.
The Newark Museum of Art Names CFO & Deputy Director of Infrastructure
Sayaka Araki has been appointed chief financial officer & deputy director of infrastructure of the Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey. In her new role, she will oversee the museum’ s strategic business plan in addition to monitoring the institution’s financial performance. Araki joins Newark from the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York, where she served as chief financial officer.
Tuesday, January 14
Frieze New York Announces Exhibitors for 2020 Edition
The 2020 edition of the Frieze New York art fair, which is set to run from May 7 to 10 on Randall’s Island, will bring together 200 exhibitors, including blue-chip outfits like Pace Gallery, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, and David Zwirner. Participants in the fair include Goodman Gallery, Victoria Miro, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, White Cube, 303 Gallery, Luhring Augustine, and Matthew Marks Gallery. Frieze New York will also feature a new section, titled “Chicago Tribute,” that will pay homage to artist communities in the Windy City. Its “Spotlight” section will explore work by avant-garde pioneers of the 20th century, the “Focus” section is dedicated to midsize exhibitors that have been operating for 15 years or less. “Diálogos” focuses on Latin American, Latino, and Latinx artists, and “Frame” will showcase solo projects presented by emerging galleries that have been open for 10 years or less. The full exhibitor list can be found here.
Kohn Gallery Now Represents Sophia Narrett
Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles has added the New York-based artist Sophia Narrett to its roster. Known for her elaborate embroidered canvases that explore gender and notions of intimacy and identity, Narrett will have her first solo exhibition in L.A. with the gallery in September 2020. The artist has previously exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and other venues. She was awarded the 2019 Galerie Emerging Artist Award, and she was a finalist for the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2019 Burke Prize.
Monday, January 13
Sean Kelly Now Represents Su Xiaobai
Su Xiaobai, one of China’s most prominent contemporary painters, has joined Sean Kelly gallery, which maintains spaces in New York and Taipei. Su is best known for his abstract works whose layers of lacquer and oil paint invokes traditional Eastern practices and Western modernism. Su’s paintings have been featured in international solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, the Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany, and the Shanghai Art Museum, among others.
The National YoungArts Foundation Names Recipients of Jorge M. Pérez Award
Artists Ilana Harris-Babou and Mateo Nava are the recipients of the National YoungArts Foundation’s 2020 Jorge M. Pérez Award, which recognizes outstanding mid-career and emerging artists. The award is funded by the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, and winners are selected by Pérez—a storied patron and founder of the development firm The Related Group—and the firm’s art director, Patricia García-Vélez Hanna. Known for video-based work that explores the myth of the American dream, Harris-Babou has exhibited at New York’s Jewish Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Nava’s multidisciplinary practice spans paintings, drawings, collage, and sculpture with a focus on pattern and iconography in dialogue with Latin American visual tradition, and he is currently an artist-in-residence at Miami’s ProjectArt. The two artists will split an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize.
Venus Over Manhattan Adds the Roger Brown Estate
New York’s Venus Over Manhattan gallery has added to its roster the estate of American painter Roger Brown, who died in 1997. Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago will also continue to work with the artist’s estate. A key figure of the Chicago Imagist school, which rejected the era’s dominant Minimalist and Conceptual trends, Brown created vivid, irreverent paintings that often skewered pop culture, politics, and religion. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, among many others. A survey of Brown’s work was recently on view at Venus Over Manhattan through January 11.
Gray Gallery Appoints New Partner in New York
Gray gallery, which maintains spaces in Chicago and Manhattan, has named Sharon Kim as a partner in New York. Kim will join the gallery this summer after 26 years at Christie’s, where she most recently served as international director of Impressionist and modern art. She has previously worked as head of day and works on paper sales and as senior vice president of Impressionist and modern art at Christie’s in New York. In her new post, Kim will work with Gray’s principals Valerie Carberry and Paul Gray.