Thursday, November 4
Adams and Ollman Now Represents Kinke Kooi and Mariel Capanna
Adams and Ollman gallery in Portland, Oregon, has added to its roster two artists: Kinke Kooi and Mariel Capanna. Kooi, who is based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, creates paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works that merge the human form with organic elements. Capanna, who is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, makes paintings that attempt to create still images of people and objects in motion.
Wednesday, November 3
Martos Gallery Adds Rafael Sánchez to its Roster
Martos Gallery in New York now represents Cuban artist Rafael Sánchez. Working in video, performance, drawing painting, sculpture, and photography, Sánchez explores the concepts of loss and transformation. His paintings often feature ethereal figures amid sparse landscapes; meanwhile, in his performances and sculptures, inert objects are set into motion. A Sánchez exhibition will open at the gallery in January 2022, coinciding with his first museum presentation at the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts.
Pérez Art Museum Miami Names Luke Palacio Board President
The Pérez Art Museum Miami has appointed Luke Palacio as the president of its board. Palacio is managing director and head of Citi Private Bank for the American Southeast. Palacio has been on the board of PAMM for a decade. The museum also appointed seven new trustees: Julia M. Brown, Andrew Carton, Chelsea Hirschhorn, Victoria Rogers, Juan Toro, Daniel de la Vega, and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson.
Atlanta Nonprofit to Give $6 M. in Funding to Southern BIPOC Arts Organizations
The Atlanta-based nonprofit South Arts has partnered with the Ford Foundation to provide $6 million in funding to BIPOC arts and cultural organizations in the American Southeast over the next four years. The Ford Foundation has pledged $3 million for the new program as part of its “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative, which focuses on historically underfunded arts communities in the U.S. The funding will go to 12–15 organizations between May 2022 and March 2025. The recipients will receive a general operating grant of up to $300,000, project grants of up to $7,500, and other forms of funding. Susie Surkamer, South Arts’s president and CEO, called the initiative “a turning point for the arts in the South
Tuesday, November 2
ICA LA Receives Foundation for Contemporary Arts’s $40,000 Ellsworth Kelly Award
This year, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts‘s annual Ellsworth Kelly Award has gone to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which will receive $40,000 from the New York–based organization in support of a Barbara T. Smith survey in 2023. Smith’s work has received overdue attention in recent years for the way it has dealt with technology, spirituality, and sexuality. Since the ’60s, she has been producing performances, conceptual works, drawings, prints, collages, and more. Jamillah James, a co-organizer of the current New Museum Triennial and the curator of the Smith survey, called the artist a “central figure in the history of performance art in and beyond Los Angeles” in a statement.
Lehmann Maupin Hires Metro Pictures Senior Director
With Metro Pictures set to wind down operations after its next show, Lehmann Maupin has hired that vaunted New York gallery’s senior director. Allison Card, who has been with Metro Pictures since 2001, will now serve as senior director at Lehmann Maupin, which has spaces in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and London. She will be based at Lehmann Maupin’s New York location, where she will focus on bridging the gallery’s artist liaison and sales departments.
Denniston Hill Names Executive Director
Denniston Hill, a nonprofit artist-led organization in upstate New York, has named Megan Steinman as its first full-time executive director. Steinman joins Denniston Hill following five years as founding director of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles. In a statement, board member Lawrence Chua said, “As Denniston Hill reimagines the role of a cultural institution in the 21st century and celebrates seventeen years of evolution in decolonial practice, we recognize in Megan the complementary passion for experimentation alongside a producer’s sensibility.”
Pérez Foundation Names 2021-2022 CreARTE Grantees
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation has named the grantees for the second edition of the Pérez CreARTE Grant program, with $3.2 million in funds going to 25 nonprofit cultural organizations across Greater Miami. The grants, which range up to $200,000, will be distributed over the next two years to help expand access to arts education in diverse communities; ensure every community has a meaningful hub for art; and encourage the creation or deepening of artist fellowships and resident programs. This cycle’s grantees include Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami Book Fair, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, and the Fountainhead Residency.
Monday, November 1
Nguyễn Trinh Thi Wins $100,000 Prize for Asian Moving-Image Art
The first winner of the Han Nefkens Foundation‘s $100,000 award for moving-image art by Asian artists has gone to Nguyễn Trinh Thi, a Hanoi-based filmmaker who is among the artists expected to show at Documenta 15 in Kassel, Germany, next year. Nguyễn’s work is focused on the collective conscience of Vietnam and often makes use of appropriated materials. Through the award, which is also supported by the M+ museum in Hong Kong, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and the Singapore Art Museum, Nguyễn will produced a new screen-based work. Also up for the award were Ugay Alexander and Wang Tuo. “Thank you so much for creating such a generous commission for Asia and Southeast Asia, where non-commercial experimental art practices still receive so little acknowledgement and attention,” Nguyễn said in a statement.
California African American Museum Names Deputy Director
Isabelle Lutterodt will be the new deputy director of California African American Museum in Los Angeles, beginning December 2. She was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Since 2015, Lutterodt has been the director of Barnsdall Art Park, which includes the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. In a statement, CAAM’s executive director Cameron Shaw said, “Her deep experience leading civic art institutions combined with her commitments to contemporary art, local history, and community engagement will undoubtedly serve CAAM well, as we strive to engage with even wider audiences in Los Angeles, the West, and beyond.”
Gypsum Gallery Now Represents Huda Lutfi
Gypsum Gallery in Cairo has added Egyptian artist Huda Lutfi to its roster. A trained cultural historian and self-taught artist, Lufti is known for her collages and installations, which make use of historical references and female archetypes to comment on popular culture. Heavily made-up mannequins and dolls, reminiscent of ones used in local traditions in Egypt, often appear in her art alongside allusions to the region’s spiritual and mythic pasts. In the process, she critiques patriarchal systems which deem women as disposable. Her work is part of collections worldwide including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum in London, the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, and Newfields in Indianapolis.