Friday, October 29
Cynthia Daignault Is Now Represented by Kasmin
Kasmin gallery in New York has added to its roster Cynthia Daignault, whose work is on view at the recently opened New Museum Triennial. Daignault paints images of landscapes that often deal with an array of political issues, including environmental crises and histories of violence. Her works in the New Museum Triennial feature grey-toned images of trees that loom over sites associated with death, among them the Angel Oak in Charleston, where some have claimed to see the ghosts of enslaved laborers. Daignault will continue to be represented by Night Gallery in Los Angeles. The Baltimore-based artist’s first show with Kasmin opens on November 18.
Carnegie Museum of Art Names New Curator of Contemporary Art
Liz Park has been appointed as the curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Park previously worked with the museum as associate curator of the 57th edition of Carnegie International in 2018, and has also organized exhibitions at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries at the State University of New York. She has curated exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including at Western Front in Vancouver, the Kitchen in New York, and Seoul Art Space Geumcheon.
Thursday, October 28
David Kordansky Adds Shara Hughes to Roster
David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles now represents Shara Hughes. Hughes is known for her lush and layered abstract landscapes. Natural motifs, such as running water and stippled night skies, are rendered in vibrant colors that reference color field paintings and Post-Impressionism. She is the subject of forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai and the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, and her work was recently shown at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Garden Museum in London, and Le Consortium in Dijon, France. Galerie Eva Presenhuber and Pilar Corrias will continue to represent Hughes.
Sprüth Magers Secures Worldwide Representation of Louise Lawler
With New York’s Metro Pictures getting ready to mount its final show, Louise Lawler, who has been on that gallery’s roster for decades, has gone all in at Sprüth Magers, which has long shown her photographs at its locations in Cologne, Berlin, and Los Angeles. A member of the Pictures Generation movement of the 1980s, Lawler is best known for her photographs of artworks as they are installed in galleries and collectors’ homes. These photographs consider the contexts in which art is exhibited and typically make prominent use of visual puns. Her current show at Sprüth Magers, which debuted at Metro Pictures earlier this year, features to photographs of Donald Judd’s Minimalist sculptures at the Museum of Modern Art that appear to have been taken after hours, when visitors were not allowed inside his 2020 retrospective.
Independent Art Fair Changes Dates, Heads Back to Former Home for 2022 Edition
The Independent art fair has announced two key changes for its forthcoming 2022 edition. After moving to the Battery Maritime Building and September for 2021 (to align with the new dates of the Armory Show), Independent will now take place May 5–8, 2022, and return to its previous home of Spring Studios in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The fair has also hired Sofie Scheerlinck to serve as its interim chief operating officer. Scheerlinck was previously the global managing director of TEFAF.
Lucía Vidales Is Now Represented by Karen Huber Gallery
Mexico City’s Karen Huber Gallery has added Lucía Vidales to its roster of artists. The Mexican painter depicts abstracted bodies in strange entanglements. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships for her work, including ones from the National Endowments for the Arts and Apex Art in New York. She recently had an exhibition at Proxyco gallery in New York.
Huntington Museum Receives Archives of Greene & Greene Architecture Team
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has been gifted the 6,000 item archive from the Greene & Greene architecture team. The archive includes drawings, photographs, notebooks, correspondence, and more from the Arts and Crafts movement architect-brother duo. The Arts and Crafts movement was a reaction to the increasing mass production of homes during the turn of the 20th century. Architects of this genre emphasized custom design, natural, local materials, handicraft, and visible, sturdy structure. The archive was gifted to Huntington by the Gamble House Conservancy, which oversees the 1908 American Craftsman home in Pasadena designed by Greene & Greene. Sandra Ludig Brooke, the director of the Huntington’s library, called the Greene & Greene archive an “important addition.”
Wednesday, October 27
Peter Doroshenko to Step Down as Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary
Peter Doroshenko, the executive director of Dallas Contemporary in Texas, is set to step down as the art space’s leader in May 2022, when his contract expires. In his 11 years there, Doroshenko has grown the budget five-fold, expanded bilingual learning programs, and overseen major exhibitions of work by Yoshitomo Nara, Eric Fischl, and others. Previously, he held roles at the Gateshead in the United Kingdom, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and others. A search for his replacement is currently underway. His departure comes six months after Dallas Contemporary faced controversy for firing an employee who encouraged the museum to make a statement about anti-Asian hate in light of the Atlanta Spa Shootings.
Almine Rech Now Represents Daniel Gibson
Almine Rech will now represent contemporary Mexican-American artist Daniel Gibson. Featuring natural imagery from florals to mountain tops, Gibson’s vibrant paintings are inspired by deserts landscapes of the American Southwest. Almine Rech held the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York this June. A second solo exhibition dedicated to his work will take place at the dealer’s Paris outpost in July 2022.
Tuesday, October 26
Kurt Kauper Is Now Represented by Miles McEnery
Miles McEnery Gallery in New York has added figurative painter Kurt Kauper to its roster. Kauper’s paintings depict celebrities, athletes, and politicians, only some of whom are real. These naturalistic portraits have an edge of unease to them, with his subjects’ genitalia sometimes left exposed and their gazes rendered cold and uninviting. Kauper, who was born in Indiana and now works in New York, has shown at the Whitney Museum, the Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum, and other institutions.
Monday, October 25
LACMA Receives Major Gift of Korean Art
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has received a gift of 100 works of Asian art from local patron Dr. Chester Chang and his son Dr. Cameron C. Chang. The collection is comprised of 95 Korean artworks, among them paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics, and furniture. Also part of the gift are several Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan artworks dating from the Three Kingdoms Period (220–280) to the mid-20th century. Among the highlights of the gift are a rare folding screen depicting Neo-Confucian diagrams relating to cosmology and Confucian social structures, landscape paintings from the Joseon dynasty, and Korean ceramic vessels from the 7th century. This is the second gift of artwork from the Chang family, following the donation of 50 works of Korean art between 2003 and 2007.
Rencontres de Bamako Delays 2021 Biennial by a Year
The Rencontres de Bamako biennial, a recurring showcase for African photography in Mali, has delayed this year’s edition by almost a year. “The health and wellbeing of our artists, team and visitors is an absolute priority for the biennale and informs this tough, but necessary decision,” the biennial wrote in a statement. Initially expected to open in November, the forthcoming edition of Rencontres de Bamako will now start on October 20, 2022, and run through December 20, 2022.
Simon Castets to Depart Swiss Institute as Director
With his second four-year contract coming to a close, Simon Castets will leave New York’s Swiss Institute as its director. He has led the art space since 2013 and will now become its executive chair. “Working alongside the artists included in our program, from exhibitions, to residencies, to live events, to education workshops, has been a privilege,” he said in a statement. A committee that includes Drawing Center director Laura Hoptman, Kunsthalle Basel president Martin Hatebur, and Swiss Institute trustees—among them artist Latifa Echakhch and publisher Michael Ringier—will lead a search for a new director.
French Ministry Names Artists Selected for Villa Albertine Residency
The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has revealed the artists selected for the inaugural cycle of a new residency program Villa Albertine. Headquartered in New York, the residencies span cities across the U.S., including Chicago to Houston to Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. The 80 international artists and creatives selected for the program proposed projects that examine the American landscape; 40 French partnering cultural institutions are lined up to eventually exhibit them. Among the first group of residents is (LA)HORDE, a three-artist collective working in New York City and Los Angeles. Art historian Anne Lafont’s project will focus on two American historical figures, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable and Marie Laveau, and French multidisciplinary artist Nicolas Floc’h will develop a photographic project centered around the Mississippi River. A full list of residents can be found here.