July 19, 2013

LA Times Responds to Jori Finkel’s Dismissal, Ignites More Protests

The Los Angeles Times has responded to the protests regarding the dismissal of art reporter Jori Finkel, which erupted last week after directors of fifteen Southern California museums signed a letter demanding her reinstatement. Editor Davan Maharaj issued a letter that Dan Duray of the New York Observer reposted. Maharaj avoids any mention of Finkel (with the exception of thanking directors for their letter regarding her departure) instead choosing to discuss how deeply the newspaper values Los Angeles as an artistic center while reaffirming its commitment to arts reporting (“we devote more staff resources to the arts than almost any other general news organization in the country”). Duray reports that since Maharaj’s response support for Finkel’s reinstitution has grown—an online petition has collected fifteen hundred signatures of individuals including artists John Baldessari and Doug Wheeler. Said Baldessari of Finkel’s departure: “It’s a gigantic loss.”

July 19, 2013

Gloria Groom Named First Senior Curator at ICA Chicago

Gloria Groom has been named the first senior curator at the Institute of Chicago, reports Artdaily. Groom began at the museum in 1984 as an assistant and in 1988 assumed the role of curator, overseeing the museum’s nineteenth century painting and sculpture collection. Said director Douglas Druick: “I have worked closely with Gloria for many years and have seen her creativity, intelligence, energy, and curatorial acumen. Her stewardship of the Art Institute’s collection of French nineteenth-century painting and sculpture has distinguished the museum nationally and internationally, allowing us to present such exhibitions as her current ‘Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,’ a collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This exhibition is just the latest of Gloria’s many achievements, but it exemplifies her talents as a scholar and a colleague.”

July 18, 2013

Ada Ciniglio Appointed Executive Director of ArtTable

ArtTable, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s careers in the visual arts, has appointed Ada Ciniglio as its executive director, reports Andrew Russeth of GalleristNY. Ciniglio had been serving as the organization’s acting director since July 2012 and has previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pratt Institute, the Drawing Center, and at High 5—a group that distributes discounted tickets for arts events to students. In 2007, she earned the “Arts Manager of the Year” honor from New York’s Arts and Business Council for her leadership at High 5.

July 18, 2013

AMOA-Arthouse Renamed The Contemporary Austin

AMOA-Arthouse, Austin, has announced today that its museum and art school are together being renamed the Contemporary Austin, marking the institution’s new exhibition focus of contemporary art. Inaugurating the Contemporary’s new program will be the work of Liam Gillick and Marianne Vitale, on display from September 21, 2013, through January 5, 2014. The two artists will have work exhibited at the museum’s nine-thousand-square-foot building in downtown Austin, the Jones Center, and at its twelve-acre lakeside estate, Laguna Gloria.

July 18, 2013

The Bessie Awards Announce 2012-13 Nominees

The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) announced today the forty nominees for its 2012-13 season. The Bessies were established in 1983, named after dance teacher Bessie Schoenberg, to recognize work in choreography, performance, music composition, and visual design. Award categories include outstanding production, outstanding performer, outstanding visual design, outstanding composition or sound design, and outstanding revived work, two of which were awarded during the nominee press conference: Choreographer Darrell Jones was named the recipient of the juried Bessie award for his work Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only), and choreographer Joanna Kotze received the outstanding emerging choreographer award for her work It Happened It Had Happened It Is Happening It Will Happen. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Apollo Theater in New York.

July 17, 2013

Alejandro Puente (1933–2013)

Alejandro Puente has passed away, according to sources close to the Argentine artist. In the early 1960s, Puente participated in the Buenos Aires avant-garde scene affiliated with the Instituto Di Tella. With César Paternosto, he mounted an exhibition at Lirolay Gallery of work that eventually prompted art critic Aldo Pellegrini to coin the term geometría sensible (sensible geometry), according to Pablo Accinelli in Arte Al Dia. By 1970, the artist was included in the landmark 1970 exhibition “Information,” curated by Kynaston McShine at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Puente received numerous honors, including the National Di Tella Award in 1966, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967.

July 17, 2013

Bonnie Clearwater Named Director of Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

Bonnie Clearwater has been named director of Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Clearwater was most recently the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, where over the past eighteen years she developed a program that has given artists including Mark Handforth, Hernan Bas, Jonathan Meese, Roxy Paine, Matthew Ritchie, Cory Arcangel, Inka Essenhigh, and Anri Sala their first solo museum exhibitions in the US. In addition to her new role at the Fort Lauderdale museum (where she will be responsible for expanding its exhibitions, public programming, and educational initiatives) Clearwater will continue to consult at MoCA North Miami as curator of its upcoming Tracey Emin exhibition. Previously, Clearwater has also served as curator for Leonard Lauder’s collection and program director of the Lannan Foundation in Los Angeles. An expert on Rothko, she curated at the Rothko Foundation in New York City.

July 17, 2013

Alex Colville (1920–2013)

The Canadian painter Alex Colville has passed away, according to Cassandra Szklarski of the Globe and Mail. Colville’s scenes of everyday life appeared in museums and galleries, but also on postcards and coins. “From the early 1950s,” writes Szklarski, “Colville became closely associated with the American ‘regionalist’ school of painting exemplified by Andrew Wyeth, as well as the American Precisionists of the 1930s.” The painter saw his works collected by the National Gallery of Canada, and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1967. He served as visiting professor at University of California in 1967, and sat on boards including those of the Canada Council and the National Gallery of Canada. From 1981 to 1991, he served as chancellor of Nova Scotia’s Acadia University. “I see life as inherently dangerous. I have an essentially dark view of the world and human affairs,” Colville once said while discussing his work. “Anxiety is the normality of our age.”

July 17, 2013

Jill Magid and Alexander Provan Win 2013 Vera List Fellowships

Artist Jill Magid and writer Alexander Provan have been named 2013–15 Vera List fellows. Selected for their work’s advancement of the discourse on art and politics, the two fellowship winners will draw on the academic resources of the New School, collaborate with students, and bring their work to the public through the Vera List Center’s public programming. An artist who’s staged solo shows at Tate Modern and the Whitney Museum among other venues, Magid will work on The Barragán Archives, a multimedia examination of Pritzker-prizewinner Luis Barragán. The editor of Triple Canopy, Provan intends to research the notion of standards and develop a book of essays on the topic.