Friday, July 30
Riga Biennial Names Chief Curator
The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art has announced the appointment of René Block as chief curator for its 2022 edition, slated to run from July 15 through October 2. Block has worked as an independent curator for over 50 years. He has served as director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, and he has organized several biennials, including the Belgrade October Salon (2006), the Gwangju Biennale (2000), the Istanbul Biennial (1995) and the Biennale of Sydney (1990). In 2008 he cofounded the Kunsthalle 44 Møen in Denmark, where he currently serves as artistic director. Block will be joined in Riga by Nico Anklam, who will act as associate curator.
Andrew Kreps Gallery Now Represents Henry Shum
Henry Shum, a Hong Kong–based artist who makes figurative paintings focused on memory, has joined the roster of New York’s Andrew Kreps Gallery. Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, where Shum had a show last year, will also represent the artist. With just one solo exhibition to his name, Shum will be represented at Andrew Kreps alongside artists like Andrea Bowers, Corita Kent, and Hito Steyerl. He is slated to have his first show with his new gallery in the fall of 2022.
Thursday, July 29
Gladstone Gallery Opens L.A. Office
Gladstone Gallery, which has spaces in New York and Brussels, has revealed plans to open an office in Los Angeles. Barbara Gladstone, the gallery’s founder, said in a statement that the move was an attempt to accommodate the gallery’s artists based in the city, including Arthur Jafa, Shahryar Nashat, and Frances Stark. “There is a palpable energy and remarkable community of artists, curators, writers, and collectors in the area that we very much hope to connect with in-person more regularly,” said Gladstone Gallery partner Caroline Luce, who will oversee the office.
Endeavor Impact, Art for Justice Announce Inaugural Frieze Impact Prize
Frieze Los Angeles has announced the winners of the inaugural Frieze Impact Prize, a new award launched in collaboration between Art for Justice and Endeavor Impact that awards three artists $25,000 each to create an artwork that engages with the movement to end mass incarceration in the United States. The winners are visual artist Dread Scott, whose incisive work engages with the U.S.’s racist histories; Mary Baxter, a Philadelphia-based artist who creates socially conscious music, film, and visual art through an autobiographical lens; and Maria Gaspar, an interdisciplinary artist whose work negotiates the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance.
Proyectos Monclova Now Represents James Benjamin Franklin
Proyectos Monclova in Mexico City now represents Detroit-based visual artist James Benjamin Franklin. In his sculptural paintings, bright swaths of color and textures overlap to create a kinetic composition. His work often mediates on the creative process, in particular the possibilities of painting. His art has been shown at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. Franklin is currently the subject of a solo exhibition at Proyectos Monclova and will have a show at the KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, slated to open this fall.
Wednesday, July 28
Guggenheim Appoints Chief Culture and Inclusion Officer
The Guggenheim Museum in New York has appointed Ty Woodfolk as chief culture and inclusion officer, beginning in September. Woodfolk joins the Guggenheim from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, where he served as director of human resources, diversity, and inclusion. Before that, he held the post of director of human resources at the Houston Ballet Foundation in Texas. In his new role, he will oversee the implementation of the Guggenheim’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion action plan, while developing new strategies to improve employee culture. The museum also announced that it had promoted Trish Jeffers to deputy director of human resources; she is currently interim director of human resources.
Frankenthaler Foundation Awards $5.1 M. to Institutions for New Climate Initiative
The New York–based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has given $5.1 million to nearly 80 institutions as part of its new Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, which is intended to support energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Among those receiving funds are the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico; the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters annex, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. A full list of grantees can be found here.
Sarah Rifky Named Senior Curator at ICA VCU
The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has named Sarah Rifky senior curator and director of programs. Rifky has worked as a curator and educator for over a decade, organizing the Jogjakarta Biennale in 2013 and serving on the curatorial team for Documenta 13 in 2012. Additionally, the museum announced that Amber Esseiva, who organized the ICA VCU’s current Kandis Williams show, has been named curator.
König Galerie Now Represents Conny Maier
König Galerie, which maintains spaces in Berlin, London, and Seoul, now represents painter Conny Maier. In her paintings, alienated, expressive figures rendered in bold colors interact with the environment, drawing attention to what she calls “the battle between humanity and nature” and social inequality. Maier is one of three artists who won the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year Award in 2020. As part of the prize, her work will be shown in the group exhibition “Artists of the Year” at Palais Populaire in Berlin in this fall. She will also have her second solo exhibition at König Galerie this summer in the gallery’s Seoul space.
Tina Kim Gallery Now Represents Mire Lee
Tina Kim Gallery in New York now represents Mire Lee, a multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam and Seoul. Her installation-based practice is centered on biomorphic structures which challenge the societal norms of desire and sexuality, and often incorporate kinetic and entropic elements. Lee is a nominee for the Future Generation Prize 2021, and her work is currently on view at Het HEM in Zaandam. Her work will be presented in a two-person exhibition at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin in the fall of this year, and in 2022, Lee will be the subject of a solo presentation at Kunstmuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands.
Tuesday, July 27
ADAA Art Show Names Exhibitors for 2021 Edition in November
The Art Dealers Association of America has announced the 72 galleries that will participate in the upcoming edition of its ADAA Art Show, scheduled to be held November 4–7, with a VIP preview on November 3, at its traditional home at the Park Avenue Armory. (Earlier this year, the fair announced that it would permanently move its dates from February to November.) Among the highlights planned for the fair, which will also include the launch of a new online hub to accompany the fair at TheArtShow.org, are photographs by the late Tseng Kwong Chi at Yancey Richardson, tapestries by Melissa S. Cody (Navajo) at Garth Greenan Gallery, paintings by Wadsworth Jarrell and garments and sculptures by Jae Jarrell at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, and work by Benny Andrews at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. The full list of exhibitors can be found here.
Seattle Art Fair Announces 2022 Dates
The Seattle Art Fair will return in 2022 after its past two editions were canceled because of the pandemic. Typically taking place each August since 2015, with recent editions boosting over 100 exhibitors, the fair is set to open on July 21 and run through July 24 at the city’s Lumen Field Event Center. The fair is now fully owned by AMP Events, which has served as a co-producer of the event since its founding; it takes over ownership from Vulcan, the family office company of late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, which shuttered its Arts + Entertainment division last year.
Singapore Selects First Female Artist-Curator Team for National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Artist Shubigi Rao and curator Ute Meta Bauer will represent Singapore at the 2022 Venice Biennale, marking them the first female artist-curator team to do so. The exhibition is slated to April 23 through November 27, following a postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rao, who was born in Mumbai and is based in Singapore, is known for her long-running multidisciplinary installations that enlist books, drawings, and video technologies. She has exhibited widely at biennales and art institutions, and is also curating the fifth Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Bauer is the founding director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, as well as a professor at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media.
Galeria Nara Roesler Now Represents André Griffo
Galeria Nara Roesler, which maintains spaces in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, now represents visual artist André Griffo in collaboration with Galeria Athena in Rio de Janeiro. Griffo’s paintings and installations focus on the violence at the root of colonialism, often through the juxtaposition of disparate materials and historical references. His work is currently included in the group exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler’s New York space. In 2022, the artist will present his first solo exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler’s São Paulo space.
Monday, July 26
JTT Now Represents James Yaya Hough
James Yaya Hough, a Pittsburgh-based artist whose work focuses on the realities of being incarcerated in the U.S., is now represented by New York’s JTT gallery, where he currently has his first solo show. Having been convicted for murder at age 17 in Pennsylvania, Hough was released in 2019 after a judge ruled that it is unconstitutional to imprison youths for life in the state. His frenzied drawings depict forms of desire experienced while in prison, and a series of paintings made during a residency at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office envision the people who make up the criminal justice system. His work appeared in Nicole R. Fleetwood’s 2020 MoMA PS1 show “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” and he is set to show work in connection with the 2022 Carnegie International.
Art Institute of Chicago Hires Grace Deveney as Associate Curator
Grace Deveney has been named an associate curator in the Art Institute of Chicago‘s photography and media department. Currently an associate curator on the Prospect New Orleans triennial (set to open in October), Deveney was formerly an assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a research assistant at the Art Institute of Chicago. She started in her new position earlier this month.
Norval Foundation and Sovereign Art Foundation Launch Prize for African Artists
The Norval Foundation, a contemporary art museum in Cape Town, and the Sovereign Art Foundation have announced the launch of the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, an annual award outstanding contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora. The competition will culminate in an exhibition of 30 shortlisted artists at the Norval Foundation that is due to open on January 26. The first prize winner will receive a cash award of 500,000 ZAR ($33,700) and a solo exhibition at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town. An additional cash prize of 25,000 ZAR ($1,700) will be given to the finalist who wins an audience vote.