Friday, June 25
Kurt Tong Wins $87,000 Photography Award
Artist Kurt Tong has won the 2021 Prix Élysée, an award given to an emerging photographer by the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, in partnership with the watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier. The award’s CHF 80,000 ($87,000) purse will support Tong’s project Dear Franklin, which exhumes the history of a friend of the artist’s neighbor, who was flung between China, Hong Kong, and San Francisco by an array of political forces. “Kurt is using a mixture of fiction and historical events to discuss problems surrounding us today: forced migration, civil wars, and the effects that these events have on the individual,” the jury said in a statement.
Los Angeles Gets Its First Gallery Weekend
The Gallery Association Los Angeles (GALA), which formed last year and consists of some 70 galleries across the city, will launch Gallery Weekend Los Angeles. The first edition is set to run from July 28 to August 1, and will highlight the programs at the organization’s member galleries as well as nonprofit and alternative spaces throughout Los Angeles. (The association’s website galleryplatform.la will host an interactive map showing all of the participating exhibitions.) In the press release announcing the news, GALA said that the weekend “is locally-organized and dedicated to the impact that Los Angeles-based galleries contribute towards the city’s cultural community.”
Thursday, June 24
UCCA Names Holly Roussell Curator
The UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing has appointed Holly Roussell as curator. Roussell has worked as an independent curator for nearly a decade, organizing shows for the Rencontres d’Arles photography biennial in France, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, among other institutions. “It is my hope that my varied expertise in exhibition-making and my scholarly research in contemporary Chinese art history and international contemporary photography will complement existing strengths on the team,” Roussell said in a statement.
Wednesday, June 23
James Cohan Adds Christopher Myers to Roster
The New York–based gallery James Cohan now represents Christopher Myers. He will have his first solo exhibition with the gallery in February 2022, and the gallery will show his work in London this October as part of Frieze’s new No. 9 Cork Street initiative in the city’s tony Mayfair district. Myers is best known for his textile-based works that look at highlighting under-known histories, particularly those of people from the African diaspora. He is also a writer with pieces published by the New York Times, and he is currently at work on a book about issues of censorship around the world. His theatrical work Fire in the Head: The Journals of Vaslav Nijinsky will premiere at the Crossing the Line Festival in New York later this year, and King Leopold II, a collaboration with Kaneza Schaal, will debut at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis next January.
UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center Receives Grant for Research Related to Raphael Montañez Ortiz
Artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz has gifted $1.45 million to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center to support research and scholarship into his work. It is the largest gift in the CSRC’s history. The newly established Raphael Montañez Ortiz Endowed Fund will allow for the production of publications, exhibitions, programming, and fellowships related to the artist’s extensive papers and archive, which he donated to UCLA in 2015. Montañez Ortiz is best known as a leading figure of the Destructivist movement of the 1960s, of which his part-concert, part-destruction of a piano is emblematic. He was also the founder and first director of El Museo del Barrio in New York, which will mount a retrospective of the artist next year.
Lyles & King Adds Kathy Ruttenber to its Roster
Lyles & King in New York now represents multidisciplinary artist Kathy Ruttenberg. Her practice spans sculpture, painting, and animation. Over the last four decades her focus has shifted toward sculpture, with recent bodies of work including monumental bronze pieces and small-scale ceramics that explore themes of ecofeminism, animal liberation, and sexuality. Her first solo exhibition with Lyles & King is slated for 2022.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Gives Out $3.35 M. in Grants
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded $3.35 million in grants to 137 artists and organizations. Among those who received grants are Olga Balema, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Sharon Lockhart, and Asim Waqif. The Whitney Museum in New York, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre Pompidou also received funding. A full list of awardees is available on the foundation’s website.
Inês Grosso Named Chief Curator of Serralves Museum
The Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, has hired Inês Grosso to be its next chief curator. She is currently the head of international programming at the MAAT-Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon and previously held worked at Brazil’s Inhotim Institute. In a statement, Serralves Museum director Philippe Vergne said, “Her curatorial expertise, her knowledge of museums needs and priorities, her collegial understanding of artist, and her commitment to inclusivity are truly impressive.”
Eyebeam Adds Two Directors to Board
Salome Asega and Rufaro Makanda have joined the board of directors of the New York–based arts nonprofit Eyebeam. Asega is an artist and researcher who was a 2015–16 resident at Eyebeam. Makanda, who will be the board’s treasurer, is an investment banking vice president at Bank of America. Earlier this year, the organization announced that it would restructure its influential residency program by allowing past residents to select subsequent cohorts of artists and making use of an open-call system. In a statement, board chair Joe Versace said, “As we de-center Eyebeam and hand authority over to artists so that they may enliven a more humane digital realm, we look forward to the vision, advice, and guidance of our newest leadership.”
Tuesday, June 22
Saint Louis Art Museum Names New Director
The Saint Louis Art Museum has appointed Min Jung Kim as its new director, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 142-year history. She will take her post later this summer. Kim currently is the director and CEO of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. Prior to leading that museum, she served worked at the Guggenheim Museum in New York for over a decade as its director of content alliances. “I am excited to build upon the museum’s strong foundational base, get to know and partner with the diverse communities of St. Louis, and work with the talented team of the Saint Louis Art Museum in taking the institution to even greater heights,” Kim said in a statement.
Jarman Award Reveals 2021 Shortlist
The Jarman Award, an annual art prize honoring United Kingdom–based artists who make moving-image work, has revealed its shortlist for 2021. The artists nominated this year for the £10,000 ($13,900) award are Adham Faramawy, Georgina Starr, Gary Oliver, Jasmina Cibic, Larry Achiampong, and Sophia Al-Maria. Adam Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said in a statement, “Under the extremely difficult circumstances that the past year has presented, it is both impressive and inspirational that these artists have continued to create and show work that questions, challenges and shapes the world around us.”
Monday, June 21
L.A.’s Regen Projects Hires Former MOCA Curator as Director
The Los Angeles–based gallery Regen Projects has hired two directors: Bryan Barcena and Stephanie Dudzinski. Barcena was most recently an assistant curator and manager of publications at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where he organized exhibitions of Gala Porras-Kim and Mona Hatoum, as well as an acclaimed Anna Maria Maiolino retrospective that opened as part of the Getty-funded Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA in 2017. Dudzinski has previously worked at some of the world’s leading galleries, including Gagosian, Sadie Coles HQ, and Cherry and Martin.
Paris’s Mor Charpentier to Open in Bogotá
The Paris-based gallery Mor Charpentier will open a new space in Bogotá, Colombia, in the city’s Teusaquillo neighborhood. Founded in 2010 by dealers Alex Mor and Philippe Charpentier, the gallery is among France’s most respected art spaces and represents 28 artists, including Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Paz Errázuriz, Teresa Margolles, Carlos Motta, Uriel Orlow, and Liliana Porter. In a statement posted to Facebook, the gallery said, “The city of Bogotá has always held a special place for us, from its bustling contemporary art scene to its fascinating history, it has often felt like a second home for Mor Charpentier.”
Untitled, Art Details 2021 Edition in Miami Beach
The 2021 Miami Beach edition of the Untitled, Art fair will take place December 1 through 5. For this year’s fair—the 10th one held by Untitled in Miami Beach—Omar López-Chahoud will serve as artistic director. He will work in collaboration with Natasha Becker, curator of African art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco; Miguel A. López, former co-director and chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica; Estrellita Brodsky, collector and philanthropist; and Jose Falconi, lecturer of Latin American art and architecture at the University of Connecticut. The list of participating galleries and related programming will be released in the coming months.