Friday, April 16
Hepworth Wakefield Receives Major Gift of Painting and Drawings
Yorkshire collector Ronnie Duncan has bequeathed a major gift of art to the Hepworth Wakefield. The gift includes around 30 paintings and drawings by artists including Trevor Bell, Alan Davie, Terry Frost, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Roger Hilton. The gift was made in honor of the late Helen Kapp, a former director of the Wakefield Art Gallery who was responsible for building out its mid-century British art collection. A selection from Duncan’s gift to Wakefield, including five sculptures by Rachel Whiteread, is now on display.
Thursday, April 15
Artadia and 21c Museum Hotels Launch New Award for Artists
As part of a longterm partnership, the New York–based grant-making nonprofit Artadia and the 21c Museum Hotels are launching the 21c Artadia Award in Louisville, Kentucky, this year. The annual award will provide $10,000 in unrestricted funds to one artist in the Louisville metro area, and future award cycles are planned for Kansas City, Missouri; Durham, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. The open call application for the Louisville award will be open from May 15 to June 15, and the awardee will be named in July.
Pilar Corrias To Open Second London Space
The London-based Pilar Corrias Gallery will open a second space in the British capital on May 25. Located at 2 Savile Row, the 1,200-square-foot gallery is designed by the architectural studio Hesselbrand. The inaugural exhibition at the new gallery will feature works by Tala Madani.
Wednesday, April 14
Swiss Institute Names Three New Board Members
New York’s Swiss Institute has elected three new board members: Olivier Audemars, a member of the family that runs the watch company Audemars Piguet; Philippe Bertherat, a photography collector and former managing partner of the Pictet Group; and Latifa Echakhch, an artist representing Switzerland at the 2022 Venice Biennale. “This has undeniably been one of the most challenging years in recent memory for arts organizations worldwide, but the support that we have seen for the organization from our current board, and these three visionary new members, is nothing short of extraordinary,” Swiss Institute board chair Maja Hoffmann said.
Getty Adds New Board Member
Jaynie Miller Studenmund, the former chief operating officer for Overture Services, has joined the J. Paul Getty Trust board of trustees. Studenmund has focused on financial services, digital, data, and consumer businesses in her career. David L. Lee, chair of the Getty board of trustees, said in a statement, “Jaynie’s extensive leadership experience across many different fields will serve the Getty well. She has deep knowledge from service on both non-profit and corporate boards.”
Tuesday, April 13
Gallery Weekend Beijing 2021 Reveals Dates, Exhibitors
The fifth edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing will run from April 27 through May 2 at Beijing’s 798 Art Zone and five other various sites across the city. Thirty-seven galleries, nonprofit spaces, and independent institutions will present solo and group exhibitions, with first-time exhibitors including Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, Espace Louis Vuitton, Hua International, and SHIXIANG SPACE. Beijing-based critic and independent curator Bao Dong will curate this year’s Public Sector, which draws its theme from the concept of public space as a tool for cultural conversations.
Lyles & King Adds Catalina Ouyang to its Roster
New York gallery Lyles & King now represents Catalina Ouyang in collaboration with Make Room in Los Angeles. Ouyang’s interdisciplinary practice, which spans sculpture, installation, and time-based media, engages with themes of desire, oppression, and dissidence. Their work is currently on view at Real Art Ways and SculptureCenter. Ouyang will have their second solo show with Lyles & King this September.
Monday, April 12
Vivian Suter Wins 2021 Prix Meret Oppenheim
Artist Vivian Suter is among the recipients of the 2021 Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim, which honors the achievements in the fields of art, architecture and curation in Switzerland and beyond. Each award carries a cash prize of CHF 40,000 ($43,300). Suter, a Swiss-Argentinian painter, is known for her vibrant abstract canvases, which act as studies of the dense nature surrounding her Guatemala studio, as well as her inner self. Her work will be the focus of two solo exhibitions this year: in June at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and in November at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland, where she will have a retrospective. Fellow recipients are George Descombes for architecture and artist and curator Esther Eppstein for critique and exhibition.
Various Small Fires now represents Sean Raspet
Los Angeles–based gallery Various Small Fires now represents Sean Raspet in Los Angeles and Korea. He is also represented by Jessica Silverman (in San Francisco) and Société (in Berlin). Raspet’s work focuses on the potential of synthetic ecology and biology, especially in the context of preserving biodiversity. In recent years, he’s created artworks involving raw environmental materials like liquid chemical formulations, algae, and artificial atmospheres. Various Small Fires will present its first solo exhibition of his artwork in Los Angeles this July.
Turner Contemporary Appoints Five New Trustees to Board
Turner Contemporary in Margate, England, has added five new trustees to its board. They are Stephen Deuchar, former director of Art Fund in the United Kingdom; Lucy Edematie, former editor of the Margate Mercury; Peter Hawkes, senior partner at Furley Page LLP; Yasmin Khan, senior BBC journalist; and Keith Valentine, director of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.