Friday, July 2
Minneapolis Institute of Art Acquires Theodore Roszak Trove
The estate of Theodore Roszak has given the Minneapolis Institute of Art more than 800 works on paper by the artist, who is known for his semi-abstract works resembling science-fictional creatures. New York’s Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, which represents Roszak’s estate, facilitated the gift. Robert Cozzolino, the museum’s paintings curator, said in a statement, “This generous gift will help Mia to tell a more dynamic story of modernist drawing and sculpture in the United States, especially because Roszak was a tireless innovator open to new forms and techniques.”
NEW INC Names New Director
Salome Asega will be the next director of the New Museum’s cultural incubator NEW INC. She will start in her post on July 26. For the past four years, Asega has been inaugural New Media Art Research Fellow for Creativity and Free Expression (CFE) at the Ford Foundation, where she funded research that looked at the intersection between art and technology, and convened a two-day conference on art an AI. In a statement, New Museum director Lisa Phillips said, “Salome is the next generation of leadership and a role model for the interdisciplinary nature of the future of work.”
Rabkin Foundation Names 2021 Recipients for Arts Journalism Awards
The Portland, Maine–based Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation has named the eight arts journalists who will receive the organization’s annual Rabkin Prizes, which comes with $50,000 per grantee. The winners are Aruna D’Souza, John Yau, Raquel Gutierrez, Jarrett Earnest, Mark Lamster, Yinka Elujoba, Jennifer Huberdeau, and Jasmine Weber. The jurors for this year’s awards were Melissa Harris, a journalism professor at Columbia University, and Mary Louise Schumacher, the former chief art critic of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
ICA Boston Adds Four Trustees
The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston has added four new board members. Those four trustees are Deval Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts; Emmett G. Price III, an expert on music of the African Diaspora and the Black Christian experience; Leslie Riedel, a design consultant and philanthropist who advocates for racial equality, first-generation college students, and children’s mental health; and Nicole Zatlyn, a portfolio manager at Boston-based MFS Investment Management.
Future Fair Names Exhibitor List for Inaugural Fair
The forthcoming Future Fair has named the list of exhibitors for its inaugural first edition, slated to run during Armory Week in September at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea. The 34 participating galleries—50 percent of which are women-owned and more than 25 percent of which are BIPOC-owned—include Chicago’s Western Exhibitions, New York’s Proposition, Los Angeles’s Tyler Park Presents, Istanbul’s Pill, and TERN in Nassau, the Bahamas.
Thursday, July 1
Artist Christina Quarles Joins L.A. MOCA’s Board
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has added L.A.–based artist Christina Quarles to its board of trustees. She joins fellow artist-trustees Mark Bradford, Mark Grotjahn, and Barbara Kruger, and will replace photographer Catherine Opie on the board. In a statement, Quarles, who recently joined the roster of Hauser & Wirth, said, “I am so proud and happy to be joining MOCA’s Board at this significant moment, as Los Angeles begins to reopen and we embrace the ever-rising standards of accountability, transparency, and inclusion.”
[Christina Quarles discusses the intricacies of figuration and selfhood.]
BAMPFA Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art to Depart
Apsara DiQuinzio will depart the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California as its senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the end of August. DiQuinzio began at BAMPFA in 2012 and was named senior curator in 2017. She is currently at work on the hotly anticipated survey “New Time: Art & Feminisms in the Twenty-First Century,” which is due to open in August. A release announcing DiQuinzio’s departure did not state where she was headed after BAMPFA.
Yale University Art Gallery Hires Met Curator for Prints and Drawings Post
Freyda Spira, who was formerly an associate curator in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s prints and drawings department, has been named curator of prints and drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. At the Met, she has organized shows devoted to Renaissance prints and drawings, and she is currently at work on a show of 19th-century Danish art co-organized with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She begins at the Yale University Art Gallery on July 1.
Google, Aperture Partner for Photo Fund
Google’s Creator Labs and the photography-focused nonprofit Aperture have teamed up to launch the Creator Labs Photo Fund, which will give $5,000 grants to 20 U.S.-based artists who work with photography. The fund is aimed to help artists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. Artists can apply to receive funds via an open call.
Proxyco Adds Lucía Vidales to Roster
The New York–based gallery Proxyco now represents artist Lucía Vidales, who is based in Monterrey, Mexico. She had her first New York solo show at the gallery in March, and she has also exhibited at Peana in Monterrey, Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo, and other venues. Her paintings present images of the body, often in the form of fragmented limbs, as meditations on histories of colonization.
Blum & Poe Adds Kenjirō Okazaki to Roster
Kenjirō Okazaki, a Tokyo-based artist and critic, has joined the roster of Blum & Poe gallery, which has spaces in the Japanese capital as well as Los Angeles and New York. Okazaki is known for his abstractions that are concerned with explorations of time and space; they draw influence from the work of artists like Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Paul Klee, Tomoyoshi Murayama, Saburo Hasegawa, and John Cage. He is set to have a solo show at Blum & Poe’s L.A. gallery in July.
Various Small Fires Now Represents Alexander Harrison
Various Small Fires, a gallery with locations in Los Angeles and Seoul, has added Alexander Harrison to its roster. The artist recently had an exhibition with the gallery last April and has a planned solo show at Kasmin gallery in New York in fall 2022. Harrison is best known for his paintings that merge his autobiography with various histories of the South.
Wednesday, June 30
Tokyo Olympics Gets Cultural Hub
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which are set to open in the Japanese capital next month after being delayed by a year because of the pandemic, will be accompanied by a new cultural hub called Olympic Agora. Running from July 1 to August 15 and located in the city’s historic Nihonbashi district, the venue will feature installations by Japanese artists Rinko Kawauchi and Makoto Tojiki, a participatory work by Montreal-based studio Moment Factory, an exhibition of objects from the Olympic Museum’s permanent collection in Switzerland, and a newly commissioned, site-specific sculpture by French artist Xavier Veilhan. That piece, titled The Audience, will be a permanent installation at the site. The Agora will also host an exhibition of work by six former Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are currently artists in residence. They are Ciara Michel (Great Britain, Volleyball, London 2012), Slaven Dizdarević (Slovak Republic, Track and Field, Beijing 2008), Kelly Salchow MacArthur (USA, Rowing Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004), Gregory Burns (USA, Swimming, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, and Sydney 2000), Roald Bradstock (Great Britain, Track and Field, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988), and Hannah Wilkinson (New Zealand, Football, London 2012 and Rio 2016).
Self Help Graphics Gets $4 M. Grant from California State Budget
Self Help Graphics & Art, the vaunted print studio based in L.A.’s Boyle Heights neighborhood that focuses on supporting Chicanx and Latinx artists, has received a $4 million allocation as part of California’s state budget. The funds will be used to help the nonprofit pay for the purchase and renovation of its building. In a statement, Self Help executive director Betty Avila said, “Self Help, like many of our peers, has spent the majority of its trajectory as a deeply under-resourced and undercapitalized artistic gem of Los Angeles. This infusion of support will be transformational and will help provide the creative home our community deserves.”
[Read a conversation between Self Help executive director Betty Avila and ICA LA curator Jamillah James.]
Philippines Details 2022 Venice Biennale Pavilion
Artist Gerardo Tan, musicologist Felicidad A. Prudente, and weaver Sammy Buhle will represent the Philippines at the 2022 Venice Biennale in Italy. Their exhibition, titled “Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana” (“All of us present, This is our gathering”), will be curated by artists Yael Buencamino Borromeo and Arvin Jason Flores. It will focus on how sound and textiles transmit cultural values.
High Museum Receives $3.1 M. Grant in Support of Conservation
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has been given a $3.1 million grant by the Sarah Giles Moore Foundation, whose namesake was formerly a board member at the institution. It is one of the largest grants the museum has ever received from a foundation, and it will support the institution’s conservation efforts.
Patron Adds Jamal Cyrus and Noé Martinez to Roster
Chicago’s Patron gallery now represents Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus and Mexico City–based artist Noé Martinez. Cyrus, who had his first solo exhibition with Patron in April, is known for creating a wide-ranging, research-driven body of work in various media that looks at Black political movements, the reciprocal flow of ideas within the African Diaspora, and the blues tradition. Martinez, who had a solo show at the gallery last September, creates work in photography, sculpture, textiles, and installation that reflect on the impacts of colonial histories across generations, in particular on communities today.
Tuesday, June 29
Philadelphia Museum Names First-Ever DEIA Director
Alphonso Atkins, Jr. will be the first-ever deputy director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Currently chief diversity officer and special assistant to the chancellor of equity and inclusion at the University of South Carolina, Atkins will work with officials at the museum to promote diversity through exhibitions and programming. He is set to start in August at the museum, which last year faced controversy over the way it responded to Black Lives Matter protests. “The PMA is inextricably linked with the identity of Philadelphia, and as the city evolves, so too must the museum,” Atkins said in a statement.
Warhol Foundation Gives $3.8 M. to 50 Museums and Arts Organizations
The New York–based Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will give out $3.8 million to 50 arts organizations in the United States and Canada. This award cycle is different from others in that the grantees can use up to 50 percent of their funds toward administrative expenses, marking an attempt to help these institutions in their recovery from the economic impact of the pandemic. The grants range from $35,000 to $120,000. Among those receiving funds are the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Mountain Times Art in Montana, the Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought in New Orleans, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Orange County Museum of Art. (The full list of recipients is available here.) In a statement, Warhol foundation president Joel Wachs, said, “The Spring 2021 grantees are taking this extended moment of disruption to business-as-usual to revisit and revise their approaches to supporting artists and communities. This is a time for deliberate movement towards more equitable structures inside and outside the art world.”
Wexner Center Names 2021–22 Artist Residency Recipients
The Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University has named the recipients of its 2021–22 Artist Residency Awards. They are Carlos Motta in visual arts; Hope Ginsburg and New Red Order in film/video; Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Abby Zbikowski in performing arts; James Dennen, Jennifer Harge, Awilda Rodríguez Lora, and Norah Zuniga Shaw in performing arts (virtual); and Kari Gunter-Seymour, Tala Kanani, Sa’dia Rehman, and Jonna Twigg in learning and public practice. The learning and public practice residents are four Ohio-based artists who will work with the museum to create public and school programs. In a statement, Wexner executive director Johanna Burton said, “The Wex’s strong history of offering support for artists during the ideation phase of projects has allowed for particularly intimate—and often longstanding—relationships. At this crucial juncture, we are delighted to deepen even further the center’s commitment to artists, whose work has the ability to inform and transform the world in real time.”
NXTHVN Names 2021–22 Artist and Curatorial Fellows
NXTHVN, an art center founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2017 by artist Titus Kaphar in collaboration with Jason Price and Jonathan Brand, has named the artist and curators participating in its 2021–22 fellowship cycle. Over the past few years, the fellowship program at NXTHVN has garnered the attention of the national art world; Gagosian gallery, which represents Kaphar, began endowing the program in 2020. Artists participating in this cycle include Layo Bright, John Guzman, Alyssa Klauer, Africanus Okokon, Daniel Ramos, Warith Taha, and Patrick Quarm. Marissa Del Toro and Jamillah Hinson will become curatorial fellows.
Warhol Museum Board Elects New Vice Chair
The advisory board for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has named Jim Spencer to be its new vice chair. He has been a member of the museum’s advisory board since 2016. A Pittsburgh native, Spencer has led a range of companies in the power industry over the past 35 years and is currently the managing partner of Exus North America Management Partners, a global asset manager focused on renewable energies.
Monday, June 28
Kasmin Now Represents Estate of James Rosenquist
The estate of James Rosenquist is now represented in the United States by New York gallery Kasmin. The gallery will stage a major show of the late Pop artist’s work in 2022. Rosenquist, who died in 2017, will continue to be represented by Thaddaeus Ropac, which has locations in London, Paris, Salzburg and Seoul. One of Pop’s quintessential artists, Rosenquist is known for his canvases that comment on postwar consumerism, pop culture, and other hallmarks of Americana and pulsate with humor. The artist has had major retrospectives at the Whitney Museum in New York (in 1972), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2003–04), and, most recently, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2017).
Estate of Karlo Kacharava Heads to Modern Art
London’s Modern Art gallery now represents the estate of Karlo Kacharava, a Georgian artist and poet who died in 1994. Though he only lived to be 30, Kacharava worked prolifically, producing 1,200 paintings in his lifetime. These surrealist tableaux were often focused on the political state of the Eastern Bloc, with an eye toward the failed utopian dreams of pre-Soviet Tbilisi. Artist Sanya Kantarovsky (who is also represented by Modern Art) and curator Scott Portnoy will team up to curate the gallery’s first exhibition of Kacharava’s work in October.
YoungArts Names Artistic Director
The Miami-based arts nonprofit YoungArts, which looks to support the burgeoning artistic careers of high school students, announced that Lauren Snelling will now be the organization’s artistic director. Since 2018, Snelling has been the senior director of alumni relations at YoungArts. The organization also announced that Rebekah Lanae Lenge has been promoted to deputy director and that Tanya Reid will be vice president of finance. In a statement, YoungArts executive director Jewel Malone said, “Today, as YoungArts enters its 40th year as the only organization that supports artists across the performing, visual and literary arts and at all stages of their careers, we understand it is time to make organizational changes that will match our growth, increasing our ability to support artists and their creative process.”