Thursday, December 31
Art Düsseldorf Fair Postponed Again
The Art Düsseldorf fair has been delayed once more, according to the German news agency dpa. The fair was originally expected to take place in November 2020 and was pushed to April 2021 because of Covid-19. The forthcoming edition’s new dates will be announced at the beginning of 2021.
Wednesday, December 30
Saudi Arabia’s National Museum Names New Director
Laila Alfaddagh has been appointed as the next director of Saudi Arabia’s National Museum. Alfaddagh has previously worked as secretary and head of exhibitions at the the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Saudi Arabia, playing a key role in the establishment of the Ithra Art Prize.
Tuesday, December 29
Dallas Museum of Art Names Anne R. Bromberg Curator Emerita
Anne R. Bromberg, who has worked at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas since 1962, has been named curator emerita at the institution. During her time at the institution, Bromberg has served as a lecturer, head of the education department, and curator of ancient and Asian art, playing a crucial part in growing the DMA’s Asian art collection. Among her curatorial credits is the 2019 exhibition “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō,” which featured prints by the 19th-century Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige.
Monday, December 28
National Gallery of Art Acquires 40 Works from Souls Grown Deep
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization focused on Black artists of the American South, has given 40 works to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Included in the acquisition are works by 21 artists, including nine pieces by the Gee’s Bend quilters, three sculptures by Lonnie Holley, and seven pieces by Thornton Dial. Also in the group are four sculpted heads by James “Son Ford” Thomas that had been on view in the National Gallery’s 2018 show “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.”
Portland Art Museum Names Asian Art Curator
Jeannie Kenmotsu will be the Portland Art Museum‘s new Asian art curator. Kenmotsu has been at the Oregon institution since 2017 and was most recently the interim head of its Asian art department. At the Portland Art Museum, she has curated exhibitions focused on female Japanese printmakers during the postwar era and Japanese prints featuring actors.
Collectors Anne and Robert Levine have gifted the High Museum of Art in Atlanta a collection of 114 wooden sculptures by self-taught artists. Included in the gift are a gilded bust of Abraham Lincoln, a diorama of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s cabinet, and more. Works in the collection span four centuries, and High Museum folk and self-taught art curator Katie Jentleson said that the collection “is incredibly important for us, just because it fills in this kind of gap that we had for historical folk art.”