Friday, April 30
Glasgow International Details 2021 Edition
The ninth edition of the Glasgow International, which will take place throughout the Scottish city from June 11–27, will feature work by over 100 artists, including Martine Syms, Carol Rhodes, Sam Durant, and others. The festival will encompass exhibitions, events, talks, and performances across 30 spaces in the city and online.
Thursday, April 29
François Ghebaly To Open New York Space
The Los Angeles–based gallery François Ghebaly will open its first space in New York on May 7. Located at 389 Grand Street on the Lower East Side, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in New York, titled “The Future in Present Tense,” will feature works by Kelly Akashi, Neïl Beloufa, Candice Lin, Patrick Jackson, Christine Sun Kim, and other artists.
Toledo Museum of Art Names First Director of Belonging & Community Engagement
Rhonda Sewell has been appointed the first director of belonging & community engagement at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Sewell joins the museum from the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, where she served as the director of governmental and external affairs. Prior to her 15 years at the library, she worked as a journalist for the Blade, and was also an adjunct instructor in ethnic studies and mass communications at Bowling Green State University. She is the current president-elect of the Arts Commission board of trustees.
Yossi Milo Gallery Now Represents Shikeith
The artist and filmmaker Shikeith, whose practice spans film, sculpture, photography, and installation, has joined Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, where he will have his first exhibition in 2022. Shikeith’s work focuses on queerness and notions of Black masculinity, and he is currently presenting a solo exhibition at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, April 28
Theme Park Ordered to Destroy Chris Burden ‘Urban Light’ Imitation
According to a report by Artnet News, the Indonesian theme park Rabbit Town has been ordered by a court to destroy its imitation of Chris Burden‘s iconic LACMA installation Urban Light because it violates copyright law. The enterprise reportedly has 30 days to remove its copycat installation and publicly apologize to the artist’s estate.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Education Center Adds Nine Board Members
The New York–based Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Education Center has added nine new members to its board of directors. They are Veronica Relea, a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins who will serve as chair of the board; Anisha Steephen, a strategic leader in community development finance; Beatriz De La Torre, managing director of housing and homelessness at Trinity Church Wall Street; Diego Leonardo Robayo, public relations manager to the Historic Districts Council; Guido Hartray, a founding partner of Marvel Architects; Urayoán Noel, associate professor of English and Spanish and Portuguese at New York University; Jorge Vazquez, director of the Power and Democracy Program at the Advancement Project’s National Office; Richard Morales, community partnerships manager at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and former manager of public programs at El Museo del Barrio; and Annya Ramírez-Jiménez, director of Marvel Architects.
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County Appoints Chief Strategy and External Relations Officer
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County has been named Shana Mathur to the newly created position of chief strategy and external relations officer. Mathur will join the Museums in July 2021. From 2008 to 2018, she served as chief marketing officer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, where she oversaw marketing, sales, and customer experience. Until 2020, she was was an independent consultant to cultural nonprofits in San Francisco.
Tuesday, April 27
North Carolina Museum of Art Appoints Curator of American Art
The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has appointed Lauren Applebaum as its next curator of American art, beginning May 3. Applebaum joins from the Toledo Museum of Art has appointed Lauren Applebaum, where she served as associate curator of American art. During her tenure, she oversaw various acquisitions, including Bisa Butler’s quilted portrait of the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, as well as a group of works by artists including Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and Ronald Lockett given to the museum by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk Details 2021 Edition
The Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk in New York will take place on May 15. Participating galleries in this year’s edition include Acquavella Galleries, Franklin Parrasch, Gagosian, Lévy Gorvy, Skarstedt Gallery, and Van Doren Waxter, among other enterprises. (ARTnews is the media sponsor for the Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk.) For the full list of galleries and events, click here.
Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation Launches Second CreARTE Grants Program
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation has launched an open call for its second Pérez CreARTE Grants Program, which was established in 2019. The foundation will award over $1.5 million to cultural organizations in the greater Miami area. This grant cycle will focus on arts access, arts education, and artist fellowships and residencies.
Monday, April 26
Anton Kern Gallery Now Represents Hein Koh
Hein Koh, whose paintings, drawings, and sculptures often feature anthropomorphized foods, flowers, and other objects, has joined Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Koh often imbues her work with a quirky sense of humor, and her pieces have addressed feminism and selfhood. The artist has previously shown work at Rockefeller Center, Marvin Gardens, and other outfits.
Winners of 2021–2022 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships Named
The American Academy in Rome has named the winners of the 2021–2022 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships. The 35 American and 5 Italian artists and scholars being recognized will each receive a stipend, studio, and room and board at the Academy’s campus in Rome, beginning in September 2021. Among the artists who won are Firelei Báez, Autumn Knight, Eric N. Mack, Daniel Joseph Martinez, La Nietas de Nonó (Mapenzi Chibale Nonó and Mulowayi Iyaye Nonó), and William Villalongo. Additionally, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, associate director for conservation and research at the Whitney Museum in New York, was awarded in the historic preservation and conservation category.
Casey Kaplan Now Represents Cindy Ji Hye Kim
Artist Cindy Ji Hye Kim, whose paintings often feature trompe l’oeil effects and draw on animation, biblical art, 20th-century propaganda, psychoanalytic theory, and other sources of inspiration, has joined Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York. The artist is currently the subject of a survey at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is on view through September 12, and her work has previously been shown at Various Small Fires in Seoul, the Kitchen in New York, and other venues. She will have her first solo exhibition with Casey Kaplan in 2022.
FotoFest Reveals Details for 19th Biennial
FotoFest has announced the dates, curators, and curatorial focus of the 19th edition of the photography biennial, which will take place in Houston, Texas, from September 24–November 6, 2022. The event will be curated by Amy Sadao, the former director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; Steven Evans, executive director of FotoFest; and Max Fields, FotoFest associate curator and director of publishing. Its focus will be how contemporary image production and circulation influences global social and political movements. More than 100 Texas-based art spaces and commercial venues will participate in the event.
Ilana Savdie Joins Kohn Gallery
Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles now represents Ilana Savdie, who creates large-scale, vibrant paintings that blur the line between figuration and abstraction. The gallery will show new work by Savdie at Frieze New York in May, and the artist will have a solo exhibition with the enterprise in November.