Thursday, May 6
Wexner Center Names Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions
Kelly Kivland has been appointed the chief curator and director of exhibitions for the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus, beginning August 2. Kivland joins Wexner from Dia Art Foundation in New York, where as curator she oversaw exhibitions, developed public programming and led commissions.
Alison Jacques Gallery Now Represents Veronica Ryan
Veronica Ryan, who is known for her sculptural assemblages inspired by nature, has joined Alison Jacques Gallery in London, which will represent her alongside New York’s Paula Cooper Gallery. The artist will have her first solo exhibition with Alison Jacques in 2022. Other upcoming projects for Ryan include a commission at the Hepworth Wakefield in Leeds set to debut this month and a new public artwork that will be unveiled in London this fall as part of the Windrush Commission.
Wednesday, May 5
2021 Sobey Art Award Announces 25 Longlisted Artists
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have announced the 25 artists longlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Award, which celebrates the careers of emerging Canadian artists of all ages. In addition to the $100,000 prize awarded to the winner of the 2021 award, each of the four shortlisted artists will be awarded $25,000, and $10,000 will be awarded to each of the 20 longlisted artists. For the full list of artists in consideration, click here.
Tuesday, May 4
Edward Tyler Nahem Relocates New York Gallery
Edward Tyler Nahem has relocated to 980 Madison Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side. The new space will be inaugurated on May 8 with a group show that includes work by Joan Mitchell, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, and George Condo. The relocation coincides with the appointment of Roxana Bruno as the gallery’s new senior director. Based between Miami and New York, Bruno previously worked at Dickinson, Phillips, and Gagosian.
Skirball Cultural Center Names New Museum Director
The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has named Sheri Bernstein, who was most recently vice president of education and visitor experience at the institution, as museum director. Succeeding Robert Kirschner, who has served as museum director since 2008, Bernstein will take up the role on July 1. The Skirball has also hired Reuben J. Sanchez as chief financial officer and Pamela Kohanchi as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.
Boijmans Appoints New Curator of Decorative Arts and Design
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has appointed Sue-an van der Zijpp as its new curator of decorative arts and design. She succeeds Mienke Simon Thomas, who served in the role since 1993. At the Museum Boijmans, she will oversee the development of exhibitions as well as the preservation of the the collection. She joins the institution from Groninger Museum, where she served as curator of contemporary art, design and fashion.
Pilar Tompkins Rivas Joins Mike Kelley Foundation Board
Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator and deputy director of curatorial and collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, has joined the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts‘s board of directors. Tompkins Rivas has previously served as director and chief curator at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College. Claire Peeps, acting board chair at the Mike Kelley Foundation, said in a statement, “Pilar is such an important figure in both the Los Angeles arts community and the broader art world.”
Monday, May 3
Almine Rech Now Represents Alejandro Cardenas
Almine Rech, which maintains spaces in Paris, New York, Brussels, London, and Shanghai, now represents the Chilean artist Alejandro Cardenas in Europe, the United Kingdom, New York, and China. Cardenas, who lives and works in Los Angeles, creates paintings and sculptures that present his signature humanoids—thin and angular with alien expressions—within a sci-fi future. Almine Rech hosted its first Cardenas show at its New York space in January 2021. His work is currently featured in the group show at Almine Rech New York, “Salon de Peinture”, on view from until June 5. His second solo exhibition, featuring new paintings and works on paper, will take place at Almine Rech’s Paris gallery from June 30 through July 31.
The Bass Appoints Six Board Members
The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, has added six new members to its board. They are the actress and designer Barbara Becker; Michael Collins, founder and director of Director of Surlet Inc.; Doug Kimmelman, senior partner of Energy Capital Partners; Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the mentoring program Honey Shine Inc.; philanthropist Dan Och; and Oscar Seikaly, CEO of NSI Group.