June 1, 2012

Sotheby’s and Teamsters Local 814 Reach Deal, Ending Ten-Month Lockout

After a ten-month lockout Sotheby’s and Teamsters Local 814, the union representing the auction house’s forty-two art handlers, reached a deal that raises wages 1 percent each year, increases the starting salary to $18.50 an hour, and maintains workers’ benefits, reports Daniel Massey of Crain’s. Last month Sotheby’s replaced its law firm, Jackson Lewis, with Proskauer, which represented the National Football League during the lockout last year: “Ever since that change happened, they wanted to bargain,” said Jason Ide, president of Teamsters. “We had a breakthrough. We weren’t hearing, ‘Take it or leave it,’ but, ‘Let's work towards a resolution.’” Ide added that “the most important thing is these guys are going back to work. They love being art handlers. They got into this line of work because they care about art and taking care of it.”

June 1, 2012

Twombly Museum and Educational Center to Open in New York

Carol Vogel of the New York Times reports that the Cy Twombly Foundation is set to open a museum and education center in New York. On Tuesday, the foundation purchased a twenty-five-foot-wide Beaux Arts mansion at Nineteen East Eighty-second Street for $27.5 million. Nicola Del Roscio, a longtime companion of Twombly’s and president of his foundation, stated that the artist is “a towering figure of American art. It is only fitting that there should be a permanent space in New York dedicated to his achievements.”

May 31, 2012

Leslie-Lohman Museum Receives $10 Million Gift

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has received two major gifts in excess of $10 million, the largest donation ever received by any LGBT arts organization. A gift of $8.8 million was made by Charles W. Leslie in memory of his longtime partner Fredric D. Lohman. This is joined by several other donations, including $ 1.5 million from the estate of Marion Pinto, an artist and longtime friend and supporter of Leslie-Lohman. Jonathan D. Katz, president of the museum’s board of directors remarked, “We’re excited to be presenting exhibitions that finally acknowledge important artists like Paul Thek fully in the round, and this major gift will enable us to continue to exhibit high quality shows for a long time to come.”

May 31, 2012

Cécile B. Evans Wins Emdash Award

Frieze has announced that the winner of the Emdash Award 2012 is the Berlin-based Belgian and American artist Cécile B. Evans. Evans’s project is an audio guide to Frieze London as well as a “holographic host” who appears throughout the fair. The audio guide features notable figures from the realms of politics, pop culture, science, and media describing the works on view in a subjective manner. Sarah McCrory, curator of Frieze Projects, commenting on the announcement said: “Cécile B Evans’s proposal for Frieze London will allow visitors an alternative way in to both the fair and the process of viewing art. Her intervention will take place not in the fabric of the fair but in the audience’s experience, which makes it a project I am really excited about.”

May 31, 2012

Richard Tuttle Selected as Artist in Residence at Getty

GalleristNY reports that Richard Tuttle has been selected as the Getty Research Institute artist in residence and as one of the participants in its Scholars Program, an annual initiative that brings together forty-five people to conduct research under a certain theme. This year’s theme is “color.” Tuttle will work on his project, called “Researching Research,” from September 2012 to June 2013.

May 31, 2012

Bill Culbert to Represent New Zealand at Venice Biennale

Artist Bill Culbert has been selected to represent New Zealand at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Culbert is a sculptor, photographer, and installation artist. The New Zealand pavilion will be at Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà (La Pietà) on the Riva degli Schiavoni, which is a bigger space than their last venue. New Zealand arts council chair Alastair Carruthers said, “The venue worked very well for the New Zealand presentation in 2005 and it is exciting that for 2013 we have been able to secure a larger exhibition complex, allowing Bill to respond to and create a journey through some very different spaces, and extending New Zealand’s presence to the busy edge of the Grand Canal.” New Zealand has exhibited at the Venice Biennale since 2001 and last featured work by Michael Parekowhai.

May 30, 2012

Catherine de Zegher to Curate Moscow Biennale

Catherine de Zegher has been named curator of the next Moscow Biennale, notes Baibakov Art Projects’ blog via GalleristNY’s Andrew Russeth. The director of the Drawing Center in New York from 1999 to 2006, Zegher is cocurator of the 2012 Sydney Biennale, and is also responsible for Australia’s pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. She was also a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art’s department of drawings, where she helped organize “On Line,” 2010–11.

May 30, 2012

Tate Receives Major Donation

Carol Vogel reports in the New York Times that the Tate in London has received a major gift of nine pieces by various twentieth-century artists from philanthropists Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker, of Salzburg, Austria. “The gift was an initiative from the Stoutzkers,” said Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate. “They don’t receive any tax benefit from this gift but in the current climate they were very keen to make it public because they wanted to encourage others to give works to the national collection.” The Stoutzkers’ gift includes works by David Hockney, Lucian Freud, and Rachel Whiteread.

May 30, 2012

Renaissance Society’s Executive Director to Step Down

Shia Kapos reports in Crain’s Chicago Business that Susanne Ghez will be stepping down from the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago next January. As the executive director for over forty years, Ghez has been responsible for curating over 150 shows. Under her lead, the budget has grown from $25,000 to $1.7 million. According to Kapos, Ghez said it was time for her to move on: “We've had a lot of wonderful exhibitions and I’ve met and worked with a lot of wonderful people . . . . There may be another chapter. An epilogue.”