December 18, 2014

Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker Named Curators of “Made in L.A. 2016”

Left: Aram Moshayedi. Right: Hamza Walker.

Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker of the Renaissance Society have been named cocurators of “Made in L.A. 2016” Moshayedi joined the Hammer in 2013 as curator and Walker has acted as the director of education and associate curator of the Renaissance Society since 1994. The third edition of the Los Angeles biennial will be on view from June to September of 2016, with an artist list to be announced in early 2016. Said Hammer director Ann Philbin: “Following the successes of our first two installments, we are delighted to announce the curatorial team for 2016–our own Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Chicago-based Hamza Walker–bringing together rich regional and national perspectives to the next biennial. We are thrilled to be working with them and looking forward to the summer of 2016.”

December 18, 2014

Sean Lynch to Represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale

Sean Lynch will represent Ireland at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The artist will present new work that will trace a journey from “myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain” and bring together public art at regional airports, abandoned quarries, and the mythical water deities appearing on banknotes, among other subjects via sculpture, video, and archival elements, reports Artlyst. Titled “Adventure: Capital,” Lynch's project will explore notions of value and the flow of capital through an anthropological lens.

December 18, 2014

India and Pakistan to Collaborate for Venice Biennale 2015

Palazzo Benzon

The Gujral Foundation has announced that India and Pakistan will be collaborating on “My East is Your West,” a collateral event which will provide a platform for artists from the two countries. (The Indian subcontinent does not currently see any official state representation at the Biennale.) The upcoming exhibition will take place at Palazzo Benzon in the center of the city, and will feature work by Shilpa Gupta from India and Rashid Rana from Pakistan. The exhibition’s been conceived by Feroze Gujral, director and founder of the Gujral Foundation, and Natasha Ginwala, curatorial advisor and curator of public programming.

December 18, 2014

Hannah Rothschild Named Chair of National Gallery in London

Writer and documentary filmmaker Hannah Rothschild has been named chair of the National Gallery in London, making her the first woman to appointed to the post in the institution’s history. Rothschild has been on the board since the 2009 and will succeed Mark Getty, reports Lorena Muñoz-Alonso of Artnet. Rothschild os known for documentaries including The Jazz Baroness (2009) and Keeping up with the Medici (1998). Said director Nicholas Penny: “Hannah Rothschild has defended the National Gallery interests and supported its ambitions with energy and imagination. She will be an exceptionally committed chair.” Rothschild will assume her new post in August of 2015.

December 18, 2014

Dennis McFadden Named Director of Academy Art Museum

Dennis McFadden has been named the next director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, effective February 1. McFadden most recently acted as executive director of the Atwood House Museum in Chatham in Massachusetts, which includes a collection of fine and decorative arts and extensive archival holdings, reports the Star Democrat. Said the museum's chairman: “Dennis is a serious scholar who has an extensive background in managing staff and volunteers in numerous arts organizations. He comes to us as a seasoned and serious professional who will lead the museum in continuing to enhance the important cultural landscape of the Eastern Shore.”

December 17, 2014

Curator of European Art to Leave Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Edgar Peters Bowron with Rembrandt's Portrait of the Artist, 1665

Edgar Peters Bowron, the Audrey Jones Beck curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be retiring after nearly two decades at the job. The museum’s director, Gary Tinterow, announced the news today. Bowron oversaw the museum’s collections of European old masters, Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, and European art from the Middle Ages.

“A leading specialist in Roman painting of the eighteenth century, Pete organized memorable exhibitions in his area of expertise, including a presentation of major works by Pompeo Batoni in 2007,” said Tinterow. “Many of us look forward to the forthcoming publication of his definitive catalogue of Batoni’s work, to which Pete has devoted the last years of his tenure at the museum. I am very proud that the museum has been able to support this important contribution to scholarship.”

December 17, 2014

Lisa Oppenheim Wins Israel Museum’s 2014 Shpilman Prize

Artist Lisa Oppenheim has been named winner of the Shpilman Prize, which is awarded once every two years in recognition of excellence in photography. Chosen out of 160 applicants from twenty-eight countries, Oppenheim is the third recipient of the prize, which comes with $45,000. The monetary award will help support her ongoing project Imprint (Shroud of Turin). It's a big year for Oppenheim, who several months ago was also the recipient of the photography prize offered by the Art Gallery of Ontario, as reported here.

December 17, 2014

Hammer Museum Partners with Nonprofit Art + Practice

The Hammer Museum announced that it will be partnering with the nonprofit Art + Practice, cofounded by artist Mark Bradford, arts patron Eileen Harris Norton, and Allan DiCastro. The partnership will yield a new community arts center on Degnan Boulevard in Los Angeles, set to open in February of next year. The Hammer will stage exhibitions in the space, and provide additional support, and Art + Practice will also team up with the RightWay foundation to reach out to the foster youth population in South Los Angeles, providing counseling and job training. Other features offered will be a bookstore and lecture space, in collaboration with Eso Won Books (a longstanding bookstore with a focus on African-American literature), and artists’ studios, which will be made available to three artists in residence.

December 17, 2014

KORN (1976–2014)

Jeffrey Vanchiro, a graffiti artist whose tag—a stylized version the letter “K”—has turned up around New York City since the 1990s, has passed away. The street artist went by the name KORN and was active in a group called Smart Crew, whose work also later appeared in Klughaus Gallery and in various projects around the world. Later in his life, Korn also became a high-profile Brooklyn Nets fan, galvanizing crowds at Barclay Center games in New York. After being ejected from a game earlier this month, Vanchiro’s mental state rapidly deteriorated, according to reports, and several days later he fell out a window at his father's house.