Wednesday, November 25
Alison Jacques Gallery Adds Sophie Barber to Roster
London’s Alison Jacques Gallery now represents artist Sophie Barber, who was born in 1996 and is currently based in Hasting, England. The gallery will mount a solo show of the artist’s work next September. Earlier this year, Barber had her first institutional show, titled “The Greatest Song a Songbird Ever Sung” and curated by Sarah McCrory, at Goldsmiths CCA in London. Barber works primarily in painting and is known for depictions of circus tents, bird hides, and dens on unstretched canvas that reference the Sussex coastline where she lives and works. In a statement, gallery founder Alison Jacques said, “Sophie is a young, ambitious artist with a distinctive visual language. She has the unique ability to distil her interests and immediate surroundings into paintings that communicate with their art historical precedents while also feeling joyously contemporary.”
Bruce Silverstein Gallery Now Represents Ahmet Ertuğ
Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York has added Turkish photographer Ahmet Ertuğ to its roster. Currently on view in the gallery’s online viewing room is “Ahmet Ertuğ: Photographs, 1978–2020,” a solo exhibition of color photographs spanning Ertuğ’s career. The show, which runs through January 9, marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Ertuğ’s best known images depict architectural details from iconic structures worldwide and have been exhibited at institutions including Couvent des Cordelier and La Conciergerie in Paris, as well as the Ephesos Museum in the Kunst Historiche Museum in Vienna.
Tuesday, November 24
Six Artists Split Film London Jarman Award
The six artists shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award, which comes with £12,000 (about $16,000) and recognizes artists creating moving image works in the United Kingdom, will split the prize money. The decision was made by the artists, Film London, and the award’s jury as an acknowledgement of the economic hardships many artists are facing as a result of the pandemic. The artists and collective shortlisted for the award this year are Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Project Art Works, Larissa Sansour, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, and Jenn Nkiru.
Outsider Art Fair Organizes Citywide New York Edition
The Outsider Art Fair in New York will hold its first-ever citywide edition across various gallery locations from January 28–February 7, 2021. In addition to its online viewing room, the fair will offer thematic exhibitions at Hirschl & Adler, Salon 94 Freemans, Shin Gallery, Andrew Edlin, and other locales yet to be announced. The Outsider Art Fair will also have a presentation curated by cartoonist, painter, designer, and musician Gary Panter that will be on view at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village.
Monday, November 23
Met Appoints First Chief Diversity Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has appointed Lavita McMath Turner has been named the institution’s first chief diversity officer. McMath Turner joins the Met from Stella & Charles Guttman Community College in New York, where she served as assistant dean for equity, inclusion, and experiential learning. In her new role, she will oversee the implementation of the Met’s anti-racism and diversity plan, which includes new approaches to hiring and curatorial programming. She will begin at the Met in January. Daniel Weiss, CEO and president of the Met, said in a statement, “Turner has an exceptional record of success promoting equity throughout her career in cultural and higher education institutions, and she will be a key partner in helping The Met evolve into a more inclusive place to work, visit, and learn.”
MOCA Toronto Receives $1 M. Gift for Exhibition Program
An anonymous donor has given Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in Canada a gift of $1 million to benefit the museum’s exhibition program. The institution is currently closed because of the pandemic but plans to reopen with an exhibition of work by Canada-born, Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga, who recently won the 2020 Marcel Duchamp Prize. MOCA Toronto also announced that it will mount “Greater Toronto Art 2021,” a survey of the contemporary art scene in the city due to open in 2021. In a statement, Kathleen Bartels, the museum’s executive director, said, “This significant contribution to the Museum will provide much welcome support for an exciting and ambitious series of new projects and partnerships on the horizon.”
SFMOMA Elects Five New Trustees
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has elected to its board of trustees Ty Ahmad-Taylor, vice president of business product marketing at Facebook; financier Deryck Maughan; Ivette Caldera Esserman, who oversees investments for the Esserman Family Foundation; and Tyson Clark, a general partner at Google Ventures. The institution has also named Hung Liu as artist trustee. The five new trustees will all serve three-year terms.
Night Gallery Now Represents Andrea Marie Breiling
Andrea Marie Breiling, whose vibrant abstract paintings are informed by the Action Painting and Color Field movements, has joined Night Gallery in Los Angeles. The artist’s work will figure in the gallery’s presentation at the 2020 edition of the NADA Miami art fair. She has previously had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Achenbach Hagemeier in Düsseldorf, and other venues.