Friday, October 2
Newark Museum of Art Delays Reopening After Staffer Tests Positive for Covid-19
The Newark Museum of Art in New Jersey, which had been set to reopen to the public after a months-long closure on October 10, has pushed back its reopening date after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. The limited staff who had been working at the museum have been sent home to quarantine; the institution is now set to reopen to the public at 25 percent capacity on November 7.
Gray Wielebinski Joins Hales Gallery
Hales Gallery, which maintains spaces in London and New York, has added artist Gray Wielebinski to its roster. Wielebinski’s practice examines the intersections of gender, identity, and societal frameworks, often to consider the ways power functions. Their work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library & Archives.
Thursday, October 1
Pace Gallery, Acquavella Galleries and Sotheby’s to Open Seasonal Spaces in Florida
Pace Gallery, Acquavella Galleries, and Sotheby’s will open seasonal gallery spaces in Palm Beach, Florida. The new locations are slated to open in the Royal Poinciana Plaza, a high-end outdoor shopping center, in early November and operate through spring 2021. Pace will inaugurate its space with a show of work by James Turrell; Acquavella will open with the group exhibition “Masterworks: From Cézanne to Thiebaud”, which is currently on view through October 16 in its New York location; and Sotheby’s will present paintings by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, in addition to Rolex timepieces and midcentury furniture.
Wednesday, September 30
James Cohan Now Represents Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
James Cohan gallery in New York has added Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who died in 2019, to its roster. In her sculptures, paintings, and drawings, Farmanfarmaian created intricate geometric shapes and formations. Best known for her mirrored works comprising dizzying mosaics of reflective glass, the artist’s career spanned six decades, and her art has been exhibited at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates in recent years. James Cohan will present a two-part solo exhibition of the artist’s work in January 2021.
Clore Duffield Foundation Gives $3.2 Million to U.K. Arts Organizations
The Clore Duffield Foundation, which is run by philanthropist Vivien Duffield, has given £2.5 million (about $3.2 million) in Covid-19 relief grants to 66 arts organizations in the United Kingdom. The funds will go towards educational and community programming at the institutions, and Duffield told the Art Newspaper that the money will “help the institutions take the necessary precautions, and where possible start their learning programs in person.”
New York’s Proxyco Gallery Relocates to New Lower East Side Space
Proxyco Gallery in New York has relocated from 168 Suffolk Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side to a new space at 121 Orchard Street. The gallery, which opened in 2017 with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists from Latin America, will inaugurate the new space this October with an exhibition of work by Claudia Peña Salinas.
Tuesday, September 29
Xavier Hufkens Now Represents Sayre Gomez
Sayre Gomez, who creates photorealistic paintings known as “X-scapes,” has joined Xavier Hufkens gallery in Brussels. Many of Gomez’s paintings are inspired by the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and his practice also spans sculpture, video, and installation. The artist’s work can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Arsenal Contemporary in Montreal, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami.
Monday, September 28
Ulrike Müller Awarded 2020 Prize of the Böettcherstraße in Bremen
Ulrike Müller is the recipient of the 2020 Prize of the Böettcherstraße in Bremen, Germany, which carries a cash prize of €30,000 ($35,000). The award honors one German visual artist each year. Müller, who is based in New York and is known for her abstractions, was selected from 10 nominated artists by a jury comprised of Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne; Stephanie Rosenthal, director of the Gropius Bau in Berlin; artist and scholar Christoph Ruckhaeberle; and Susanne Titz, director of the Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach. In a statement the jury said, “Her work is one of the most rigorous in the current field of feminist and queer artistic discourse.” Works by Müller and the other nominees will remain on view at the institution until November 1.
David Zwirner Hires Ebony L. Haynes as Director for New Gallery
David Zwirner has enlisted gallerist Ebony L. Haynes, who has been a longtime director at Martos Gallery in New York, to lead a new gallery in Manhattan. According to the New York Times, which first reported the news, Haynes intends to employ an all-Black staff at the new enterprise, which is set to open next year and has not yet announced a name or specific location. “There aren’t enough places of access—especially in commercial galleries—for Black staff and for people of color to gain experience,” Haynes told the Times. “I want to make sure that I provide a space full of opportunities and encourage them.”
Bombas Gens Centre d’Art Names New Artistic Director
Sandra Guimarães has been appointed as artistic director of the Bombas Gens Centre d’Art in València, Spain. Guimarães has previously worked as curator at the Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal, and as the founding director of programs and chief curator at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Canada. She said in a statement that, as she takes the helm of the institution, “museums should act and show why they are necessary more than ever.”