Friday, October 23
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Adds Mandy El-Sayegh to Its Roster
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, which maintains spaces in Paris, London, and Salzburg, now represents Mandy El-Sayegh in Europe alongside Lehmann Maupin in the United States and Asia. El-Sayegh works across a broad range of media, including layered sculpture, installation, painting, and sound and video. Her practice examines the deconstruction of bodily, linguistic, and political systems, often represented through the use of collaging disparate materials. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including the 13th Sharjah Biennial in 2017. El-Sayegh will have her first solo exhibition at Ropac’s Paris space in fall 2021.
Jean Hamon, French Millionaire Collector, Has Died at 85
Jean Hamon, a French millionaire property developer and arts patron, died on October 18 at the age of 85. Since his first acquisition in 1974, Hamon amassed a renowned art collection which focused on works by artists in the Free Figuration and New Realist movements. Hamon, who was listed on the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list from 1998–2004, gained notoriety for his role in the Hamon Foundation affair, a French political scandal in the early 2000s. At the time, Hamon planned to build a modern art museum on Île Saint-Germain at Issy-les-Moulineaux in a suburb of Paris. He donated around 200 paintings and sculptures (valued at nearly €8 million) to the region’s general council to form the museum’s foundational collection, but the project collapsed after Hamon, the deputy mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux, and the leader of the general council were investigated for the embezzlement of public funds. All three were indicted for their involvement.
Museum of Arts and Design Appoints Interim Director, Two Board Members
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York has appointed Terry Skoda as interim director, effective immediately. Skoda joined the museum in January 2019 after a 15-year-tenure at the New York Botanical Garden as executive vice president for external affairs. The museum has also added two new members to its board of trustees: collector Lorin Gu, founder of the Recharge Capital and Recharge Foundation, and Philadelphia-based art patron Alexander Mason Hankin.
Bradley Ertaskiran Adds Dawit L. Petros to its Roster
Bradley Ertaskiran in Montréal now represents Dawit L. Petros. Petros’ first solo exhibition with the gallery is slated to open in September 2021 and a selection of his works will be presented during Art Toronto, which runs from October 28 through November 8. Petros, an Eritrean-born, New York–based visual artist and researcher, centers migratory and postcolonial issues in his multidisciplinary practice. His work has been exhibited in the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., among elsewhere.
Thursday, October 22
Galerie Lelong & Co. Now Represents Tariku Shiferaw
Tariku Shiferaw, whose work appeared in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, has joined Galerie Lelong & Co. in New York, where he will have a solo exhibition in spring 2021. Shiferaw’s practice spans painting and installation, and his works explore mark-making and notions of perception and space. The artist is also represented by Addis Fine Art (with locations in London and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and his pieces have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Ohio, the Drawing Center in New York, and other institutions.
Toronto Biennial of Art Reveals Preliminary List of Artists for 2021 Edition
The Toronto Biennial of Art, whose second edition is set to run in the Canadian city from September 25 to December 5, has released a preliminary list of artists who will participate in exhibitions, programs, and residencies. Nadia Belerique, Judy Chicago, Sebastian De Line, Jorge González, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Brian Jungen, Waqas Khan, Vanessa Kwan, Ange Loft, Mata Aho Collective, Eric-Paul Riege, Camille Turner, and Syrus Marcus Ware are among the artists already named.
Joan Mitchell Foundation Names 2020 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients
The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the 2020 recipients of its annual Painters & Sculptors Grants, which awards 25 artists with $25,000 each in unrestricted funds. The recipients are: Zarouhie Abdalian, Natalie Ball, Rina Banerjee, Bahar Behbahani, Sarah Cain, Luke Luokun Cheng, Jesse Chun, Gabriel Dawe, Joey Fauerso, Colette Fu, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Linda Infante Lyons, Kahlil Robert Irving, Tomashi Jackson, Caroline Kent, Fred H.C. Liang, Melissa Melero-Moose, Julio César Morales, Demetrius Oliver, Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Arvie Smith, Edra Soto, Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum, Jordan Weber, and Didier William.
Wednesday, October 21
Rabih Mroué Wins 2020 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research
Rabih Mroué is the recipient of the 2020 Schering Stiftung Award for Artistic Research, which is presented by the Schering Foundation in collaboration with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. The award comes with a €15,000 (roughly $17,700) cash prize and a solo exhibition at KW; Mroué’s exhibition is slated to open on October 16, 2021. Mroué’s films, photographs, and plays examine the relationship between personal memory and official record, with a focus on the events of the civil war in Lebanon. “Mroué has contributed significantly to the meaning of artistic research today,” said the prize’s jury in a statement.
Galeria Nara Roesler Adds Rodolpho Parigi to Roster
Galeria Nara Roesler, of São Paul, Rio de Janeiro, and New York, now represents Brazilian painter Rodolpho Parigi. The gallery previously collaborated with the artist between 2007 and 2017, during which the gallery staged three solo exhibitions of the artist. Parigi’s practice blurs abstraction and figuration, and his paintings make references to dance and art history. His works are held in the collections of the Instituto Itaú Cultural, the Museu de Arte Brasileira da Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, and the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, among institutions elsewhere in Brazil.
Tuesday, October 20
Blum & Poe Now Represents Eddie Martinez
Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez has joined Blum & Poe, which maintains locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo. Martinez, whose semi-abstract paintings and sculptures incorporate a variety of materials, will have a solo exhibition with the gallery in Los Angeles in 2021. In recent years, the artist has shown work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, the Bronx Museum and the Drawing Center in New York, and other institutions. Blum & Poe will represent Martinez in collaboration with Mitchell-Innes & Nash and Perrotin.
SculptureCenter Names New Board Members and Officers
SculptureCenter in New York has named artist Carol Bove as chair of its board of trustees and Sanford Biggers as the board’s president. The artist Leslie Hewitt has been elected as a new trustee. Bove has served as a trustee at the institution since 2012 and Biggers has been a trustee since 2013. Last month it was announced that SculptureCenter’s director Christian Rattemeyer departed his post after 10 months.
David Kordansky Announces West Coast Representation of Richard Tuttle
David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles now co-represents artist Richard Tuttle with Pace Gallery. Tuttle’s practice spans painting, sculpture, drawing, and poetry, and he will have his first solo exhibition with David Kordansky next year. The artist’s experimental works can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and other institutions.
Fire Island Artist Residency Appoints Executive Director
The Fire Island Artist Residency in New York has announced the appointment of April Freely as its next executive director. Freely will start immediately, and she succeeds the residency’s cofounder, Chris Bogia, who stepped down in May and transitioned to the board of directors. Freely most recently served as program coordinator at the Vermont Studio Center, the largest arts residency in the country, and is a professor at Bard College.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Adds Lisa Williamson to its Roster
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, which maintains spaces in Los Angeles and New York, now represents Lisa Williamson, whose multimedia practice includes sculpture, painting and drawing. The artist will have a solo exhibition at the gallery’s Los Angeles location in 2021. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, and San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, among elsewhere.
Monday, October 19
Aliza Nisenbaum to Create NHS Worker Portraits for Tate Liverpool
For the Tate Liverpool in England, New York–based artist Aliza Nisenbaum create portraits of people who work in the health care field in Liverpool. The commission, which was organized by the NHS, includes two new large scale group portraits and 11 works on paper. The exhibition will run from December 15 through June 27, 2021. The commission will be on display alongside paintings created by Nisenbaum over the last five years, including London Underground: Brixton Station and Victoria Line Staff (2019), a mural created for the Brixton Underground station and a new film which focus on the creation of the NHS commission.
Banksy Unveils New Work in United Kingdom
The street artist Banksy has created a new mural depicting a girl hula hooping with a bicycle tire in Nottingham, England. The black-and-white work is situated near a real bicycle missing its back wheel. Banksy posted an image of the work on Instagram this past weekend.
Academy Museum Appoints Chief Artistic and Programming Officer
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is set to open in Los Angeles next year, has hired Jacqueline Stewart as chief artistic and programming officer. Joining the institution in January, Stewart comes from the University of Chicago department of cinema and media studies, where she teaches American film history; she is a scholar on African American cinema. In her new role, Stewart will oversee strategy and planning for the Academy Museum’s curatorial, educational, and public programs, including exhibitions, screenings, symposia, publications, workshops, and more.