Friday, July 23
Cécile Giroire to Lead Louvre’s Greek and Roman Art Department
The Louvre in Paris has appointed Cécile Giroire to lead its department of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. She has worked in the storied department since 2003, most recently as chief heritage curator and assistant to the director. She succeeds Françoise Gaultier, who had led the department in 2013.
Thursday, July 22
Longtime Phillips Collection Director to Step Down
Dorothy Kosinski, who has directed the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. for 15 years, will leave her post at the end of 2022. During her time at the museum, she significantly grew the Phillips Collection’s endowment and expanded the collection by 3,000 objects. And, in what was then a rarity for a U.S. museum, she launched a chief diversity officer position at the museum, bringing on Makeba Clay as the first person to hold it in 2018. In a statement, Kosinski said, “We have accomplished extraordinary work that has transformed the Phillips while maintaining its distinctive character as an intimate, experimental space. The Phillips is now more than ever an innovative and nimble organization, a museum poised for future challenges.”
Pilar Corrias Now Represents Kat Lyons
Pilar Corrias in London has added New York–based painter Kat Lyons to its roster. Lyons work reimagines the natural environment as belonging to an unfamiliar dimension. In 2019, she had a show at New Image Art in Los Angeles, and her work appeared in recent group exhibitions at Deli Gallery in New York and Galerie Kornfeld in Berlin. An exhibition of Lyons’s new body of work will be presented at Pilar Corrias this December.
Contemporary Jewish Museum Names Executive Director
The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco has announced that Chad Coerver has been named executive director. Coerver will begin in his new role at the CJM on September 1. He currently serves as the chief education and community engagement officer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he is responsible for developing digital programming and deepening engagement for a diverse museum community. During his 20-year tenure at SFMOMA, he has worked in wide-range of roles spanning publications, education, and design.
Wednesday, July 21
Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley to Be Honored at LACMA Gala
With their portraits of the Obamas currently travel across the U.S., painters Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley will be honored alongside filmmaker Steven Spielberg at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art‘s Art+Film Gala. The Art+Film Gala is one of the biggest museum-organized parties of its kind in the U.S. This year, it is slated to take place on November 6, one day before Sherald and Wiley’s Obama portraits travel to LACMA.
Five U.K. Museums Shortlisted for £100,000 Prize
The Art Fund, a British arts charity, has revealed the five nominees for its 2021 Museum of the Year, which comes with £100,000 ($137,000). The museums nominated this year are the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland; Experience Barnsley in England; Firstsite in Colchester, England; the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds, England; and Timespan in Helmsdale, Scotland. Art Fund director Jenny Waldman said of the nominees, “Their resilience is nothing short of heroic.”
Armory Show Names Participating Artists for Platform Section
The Armory Show, which will run from September 9–12 at its new home at the Javits Center in New York, has named the artists who will stage large-scale installations as part of its Platform section. Titled “Can you hear the fault lines breathing?,” the section is organized by Claudia Schmuckli, curator-in-charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Featured in it will be works by Diana Al-Hadid, Julian Charrière, Tau Lewis, Grayson Perry, Michael Rakowitz, Cammie Staros, Yinka Shonibare, and the late Benny Andrews, whose monumental painting Circle (1973) will be shown by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. In a statement, Schmuckli said, “In a world in the grip of climate change and haunted by biological and social viruses that are decimating populations and dividing societies, this year’s Platform seeks to capture the breadth of the fault lines that currently define our experience of existence.”
Forman Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Foundation Name Winners of Inaugural Art Works Grants
The Forman Arts Initiative and the Philadelphia Foundation have named the winners for its new Art Works initiative, a five-year grant program that will provide $3 million to Philadelphia-based emerging artists and community-based organizations. The winning artists, who receive two-year unrestricted grants of $10,000 each year, are José Ortiz-Pagán, Jorge Rullán Fantauzzi, Sabriaya Shipley, and Tshay Williams. The winning organizations, which receive two-year unrestricted grants of at least $50,000 each year, are Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Big Picture Alliance, BlackStar, Twelve Gates Art, and Scribe Video Center. The Forman Arts Initiative is a new Philadelphia-based organization founded by ARTnews Top 200 Collectors Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice that partnered with the Philadelphia Foundation to launch Art Works. In a statement, Rice said, “These artists and organizations are creating work that puts Philadelphia in a class by itself, and they represent of our city’s deep and diverse creativity.”
Tuesday, July 20
Danielle Dean Receives Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award
The New York Foundation for the Arts has announced that Los Angeles and San Diego–based artist Danielle Dean was selected as the 2021 recipient of a $7,000 cash grant awarded through Tomorrowland Projects Foundation, which supports multidisciplinary artistic and scientific efforts that incorporate new technologies. The funds will support the creation of “Amazon,” a collaborative multi-disciplinary project including a video installation that will premiere at Tate Britain in London and a live performance for Performa 21 in New York, both slated to debut later this year.
SF Camerawork Names New Executive Director
SF Camerawork has announced the appointment of curator Olivia Lahs-Gonzales as its new executive director. Lahs-Gonzales joins the Bay Area photography center from St. Louis, where she was director and curator of the Sheldon Art Galleries for almost 20 years. Prior to her time at the Sheldon, Lahs-Gonzales was assistant curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum for nine years.
Monday, July 19
Alexandre Gallery to Open Second New York Space
New York’s Alexandre Gallery will open a second location in the city. Located in the Lower East Side at 291 Grand Street, where James Cohan Gallery used to be, the new space will open on September 9 with an exhibition of Lois Dodd. Alexandre’s Upper East Side location will transition to primarily focusing on the gallery’s secondary market sales, in particular that of the Stieglitz Group.
Royal Museum of Ontario Gets $1 M. from Korean Cultural Department
South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has given the Royal Museum of Ontario in Toronto $1 million in funding as part of a five-year partnership. The funding will go toward a Korean art curatorial position at the museum, as well as public programming and research initiatives. “With this new partnership, I look forward to further cultural exchanges between Korea and Canada,” said Sungeun Lee, director of the Korean Cultural Centre Canada.
NADA to Partner with Foreland for Upstate New York Exhibition
The New Art Dealers Alliance will partner with Foreland, an 85,000-square-foot arts venue in the Hudson Valley, to mount a new exhibition in Catskill, New York. Running August 28–29 as part of Upstate Art Weekend, the show will feature work from over 80 NADA-member galleries, displaying work by more than 100 artists. Participating galleries include New York’s Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Dubai’s Carbon 12, Los Angeles’s Luis De Jesus, Chicago’s Document Gallery, Guatemala City’s Proyectos Ultravioleta, and many more. (The full list of participating galleries can be found here.)
UTA Signs Glenn Kaino
Just weeks after joining Pace Gallery’s roster, Glenn Kaino has gotten representation with UTA for film and television projects. Kaino recently co-produced the play In & Of Itself with his longtime collaborator Derek DelGaudio, who created the work. The play was recently adapted for a film version that premiered on Hulu. Kaino also recently released a documentary, With Drawn Arms, about U.S. Olympian Tommie Smith, who raised his first at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. In a statement, UTA partner Andrew Cannava said, “This is just the tip of the iceberg for Glenn’s next chapter. We look forward to creating platforms that help make it possible for him to continue translating his conceptual work into longer-form ventures widely available for people to experience.”