ARTnews in Brief: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Now Represents Raphaël Barontini—and More from December 13, 2019
Friday, December 13
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Now Represents Raphaël Barontini
The Chicago-based enterprise Mariane Ibrahim Gallery has added Raphaël Barontini to its roster. The artist’s paintings, collages, tapestries, banners, and flags combine silkscreened and digitally printed images, and his works explore classical iconography, colonial history, and the visual culture of the French Caribbean. Barontini was recently named LVMH Métiers d’Art’s 2020 artist-in-residence, for which he will spend six months working at the Heng Long Leather Tannery in Singapore. Dealer Mariane Ibrahim said in a statement that Barontini’s work “is deeply connected to history. He chooses to confront it.” Barontini is also represented by The Pill in Turkey and Espai Tactel in Spain.
Etel Adnan Poetry Collection, Sontag Biography Nominated for PEN Awards PEN America, the nonprofit organization that supports freedom of expression and human rights by fostering literary contributions, has announced its longlist for its 2020 literary awards cycle. Among the nominees is Etel Adnan, the Lebanese-American artist best known for colorful abstractions which have been exhibited in numerous important art exhibitions and museums around the world, including Document 13 in 2012 and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her book Time, begun after the artist received a postcard from poet Khaled Najar, is nominated in the poetry in translation category, with translator Sarah Riggs up for consideration for the award, which comes with a $3,000 purse. Also nominated is Benjamin Moser’s biography of the writer and thinker Susan Sontag, Sontag: Her Life and Work, which is in contention for the $5,000 award for biography.
Thursday, December 12
Avery Singer Is Now Represented by Hauser & Wirth
A long-rumored move is now official: Avery Singer, the 32-year-old painter of figures that seem stuck between digital and analog worlds, has joined Hauser & Wirth, one of the biggest galleries in the world. Artnet News, which first reported the announcement, said that Singer is the youngest artist on the gallery’s roster. The international powerhouse will share representation of Singer with Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler gallery, which has long shown her work. Hauser & Wirth will bring Singer’s work to the Frieze Los Angeles art fair in February, and a full solo show is on deck for 2021.
White Cube Adds Estate of Bram Bogart to Roster White Cube gallery, which has spaces in London and Hong Kong, has added to its roster the estate of Dutch expressionist painter Bram Bogart, who died in 2012. The gallery will present a solo exhibition of Bogart’s paintings at its London location from January 29 to March 7. Known for his tactile canvases that shift between abstract and expressionist styles, Bogart was a prominent figure in the CoBrA movement. Bogart was also a pioneer of the Art Informel movement, and he represented Belgium, where he also held citizenship, in the 1971 Venice Biennale. His work can be found in the collections of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, among other institutions. Mathieu Paris, senior director at White Cube, said in statement, “As an important post-war European painter, Bogart is the perfect addition to the gallery as we further expand into representing artist estates.”
Wednesday, December 11
Armory Show Names Exhibitors for 2020 Edition
The Armory Show has announced the 178 exhibitors that will participate in its 2020 edition, which is scheduled to run from March 5 to 8 at Piers 90 and 94 on the Westside of Manhattan. Returning galleries include Victoria Miro (London and Venice), Sean Kelly (New York), and 303 Gallery (New York). Among the first-time participants are Carbon 12 (Dubai), Patron (Chicago), Antoine Levi (Paris), and Yavuz Gallery (Singapore). For this iteration, the fair will devote all of Pier 90 to curated presentations, with “Perspectives” (organized by Nora Burnett Abrams, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), “Focus” (by Jamillah James, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles), and “Platform” (by Anne Ellegood, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles). Find the complete list of exhibitors here.
Stan Douglas Venice Biennale Installation to Travel
The 2019 Venice Biennale just closed, and now works from the main exhibition are starting to travel. Among the pieces set to show elsewhere is Stan Douglas‘s video installation Doppelgänger (2019), which will go on view at David Zwirner gallery in New York and Victoria Miro gallery in London, in shows that open on January 16 and January 31, respectively. In the two-channel video, an astronaut and her doppelgänger are sent to two different planets; one is welcomed, and the other is treated as a potential foe. The exhibitions will mark the U.S. and U.K. premieres of the piece. —Alex Greenberger
FotoFest Biennial Reveals Artists for 2020 Edition
The 18th edition of the FotoFest Biennial in Houston, which runs March 8 to April 19, 2020, has named the artists who will show appear in its central exhibition. Curated by Mark Sealy, director of the London-based institution Autograph ABP, “African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other” will examine the relationships between contemporary life in Africa, the African diaspora, and the histories of colonialism and photography. Among the artists in the presentation are Faisal Abdu’Allah, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rotimi Fani- Kayode, Zanele Muholi, and Lindokuhle Sobekwa. The full list of artists can be found here.
Tuesday, December 10
Ruby City Appoints New Director Ruby City, a contemporary art center in San Antonio, Texas, has named Elyse A. Gonzales as director. Gonzales most recently served as acting director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, where she previously worked as curator of exhibitions and assistant director. Prior to her tenure there, Gonzales was assistant curator at Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She has organized exhibitions of work by Suzanne Lacy, Pablo Helguera, Ja’Tovia Gary, Roberto Benavidez, Stephen Westfall, and many others.
Monday, December 9
Shandaken: Governors Island Names New Cohort of Residents
The New York–based organization Shandaken Projects has awarded four artists and one collaborative group a year of free studio space on Governors Island in New York Harbor. Zalika Azim, Jonathan González, Heidi Lau with Future Host, Jeremy Sorese, and Coco Young will create new works exploring the history and ecology of the island to be presented in 2020. The residents were selected in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island through an open call. Shandaken Projects director Nicholas Weist said in a statement that “the free programs created by our residents will be significant contributions to the cultural landscape of this historic public site.”
High Museum of Art Will Be First U.S. Venue for Magnum Live Lab Photography Residency
Next year, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will host artists Carolyn Drake, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, and Mikhael Subotzky as part of the first U.S. iteration of its Live Lab photography residency, which is organized in collaboration with the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos. The process will start in March 2020 with a two-week period dedicated to photographing Atlanta and the surrounding area. The artists will edit their work on-site at the museum, and they will open their workspace to visitors at select times. The residency will conclude with an exhibition of their work, which will be on view at the High from March 28 to April 19. Gregory Harris, assistant curator of photography at the High, said in a statement, “It will be thrilling to see Atlanta through the lenses of these artists.”
2019 NADA Artadia Awardee Announced in Miami
Artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, who showed work with the San Juan–based gallery Embajada at NADA Miami last week, is the recipient of the 2019 NADA Artadia Award, which comes with an unrestricted grant of $5,000. Lind-Ramos is known for his assemblages that incorporate found materials and examine Puerto Rico’s past and present, and his work was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. He was selected for the NADA Artadia Award by a jury that included Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and Gean Moreno, curator of programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami.
Princeton University Art Museum Appoints Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions Chris Newth has been named associate director for collections and exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey. Newth, who will join the museum on January 27, previously served as senior director for exhibitions strategy and gallery display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “I look forward to partnering with the inspired leadership, curatorial and education teams at Princeton, particularly at this auspicious period of dynamic change, to deliver profound experiences with visual art to our visitors,” Newth said in a statement.
Barry Art Museum Names Manager of Education and Engagement
The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University in Virginia has appointed artist and educator Charlotte Potter Kasic as its new manager of education and engagement. She will join the museum in January 2020. Kasic was the founding Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and has served as the executive director at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. Jutta-Annette Page, executive director of the Barry Art Museum, said in a statement, “Her career focus on developing inclusive strategic programs for diverse audiences will, again, enrich the arts of Hampton Roads at large.”