April 25, 2014

Michael Glawogger (1959–2014)

The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger, who focused on documentaries that depicted subjects living in atrocious situations, has passed away, according to Douglas Martin in the New York Times. Glawogger first received renown for Megacities, 1998, a film interleaving scenes from the lives of various poverty-stricken residents of Mumbai, New York, Mexico, and Moscow. The film turned out to be the first part of a trilogy, followed by Workingman’s Death, 2005, and Whore’s Glory, 2011. Throughout his life, the director won numerous awards, including London Film Festival’s Grierson Award (for Workingman’s Death); the Austrian Film Award for best documentary (for Whore’s Glory); and the award for best screenplay at the Ghent Film Festival for Slumming, 2006.

April 24, 2014

Frederick Janka Leaves Sculpture Center for MCA Santa Barbara

Frederick Janka has been appointed director of development at the MCA Santa Barbara. Janka is currently associate director at the Sculpture Center. Prior to joining the Sculpture Center, he developed membership and produced member only and public events for the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), including special programs for the NADA Art Fair Miami Beach from 2008 to 2010. He previously worked as gallery director at John Connelly Presents and has produced exhibitions and projects in Mexico City, New York, and Southern California.

April 23, 2014

Folk Art Museum to Open Space in Queens

The American Folk Art Museum, New York, plans to open an additional space in Queens, reports Javier Pes of the Art Newspaper. The new location, near the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, will house the museum’s collection and library, improving access for researchers. News of the addition comes during the current demolition of the Folk Art Museum’s former home on West Fifty-third Street in midtown Manhattan by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for the expansion of its galleries.

April 23, 2014

Tony Shafrazi, Lehmann Maupin, and Stephen Haller Galleries Will Lose Building

The owner of 540-544 West Twenty-sixth Street, New York, will demolish the site’s current building, which is home to Tony Shafrazi, Lehman Maupin, and Stephan Haller galleries, reports Zoe Lescaze of GalleristNY. The plan will create a new two-story building with 130,000 square feet of commercial, office, and community facility space, forcing the galleries to relocate. Alan Shmaruk, cofounder and partner at the Manhattes Group, will codevelop the property. The building’s previous tenants have not yet released word of their new locations.

April 22, 2014

Winners of 2014 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award Announced

Winners of the 2014 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, which provides grants to curators in partnership with a museum or nonprofit exhibition space, have been announced. Andrea Grover will receive $150,000 for “Radical Seafaring,” which will be mounted at the Parrish Art Museum. Ruth Estévez and Sohrab Mohebbi have been awarded $115,800 for “Hotel Theory,” to be exhibited at REDCAT, California Institute of Arts, and Christian Larsen is receiving $150,000 for “Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic To American Modern” which will show at the Wolfsonian at Florida International University. The curators will also be able to offer living-artist stipends to compensate artists whose existing work will be included in the exhibitions. The foundation’s selection was determined by a jury including Jennifer Gross, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Kristine Kuramitsu, an independent curator based in California, and Steven Matijcio, curator at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.

April 22, 2014

High Museum of Art Receives $4 Million

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has received a series of gifts totaling nearly $4 million to fund photography initiatives. Former Coca-Cola president Donald Keough and his wife Marilyn provided $2 million to endow a curator position that is currently held by Brett Abbot. Atlanta-based photographer Lucinda W. Bunnen has given funds to establish a dedicated space for photography in the museum’s permanent collection. Atlanta-based artist and Hagedorn Foundation Gallery owner Paul Hagedorn has given $500,000 for acquisition initiatives, while $400,000 has been donated by the Yellowlees Family to strengthen the museum’s collection of Southern photography.

Said director Michael E. Shapiro: “These landmark gifts represent a transformational moment for photography at the High. Photography is our fastest growing area of collecting, research, and programming, and these gifts will ensure that the High can continue our commitment to new scholarship and commissioning new works by living artists. We hope that these significant gifts inspire others to support our photography programs and the growth of our collection.”

April 22, 2014

Recipients of the Doris Duke Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Creative Capital have announced recipients of the inaugural Doris Duke Impact Awards, which grant $80,000 to each awardee. Winners for the third edition of the Doris Duke Artist Awards, which comes with $275,000, have also been announced. It's all part of a ten-year initiative aiming to invest in artists by offering flexible, multiyear funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts.

Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18,100,000 to artists in the fields of jazz, dance, and theater. Said Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the foundation: “This year's roster of Doris Duke Artists is an extraordinary group, representing a wide range of artistic styles, ages, communities, and experiences. We're honored to recognize their singular achievements and their continuing influence on their respective fields, and to offer them this extraordinary commitment of time and money.”

Winners of the 2014 Doris Duke Awards are as follows:

April 21, 2014

Pearl Paint Closes

Pearl Paint, that iconic Canal Street establishment frequented by New York artists for decades, has closed its doors, reports Carl Glassman in the Tribeca Trib. The store opened on Church Street in 1933, selling house paint, and for the past fifty years had operated out of its five-story, red-trimmed building at 308 Canal Street. A longtime salesperson told Glassman, “They just broke up a whole family unit here—people I've been working with for years. [It’s] like the people running this place don’t even understand its history and the artists who shopped here.” While branches of Pearl Paint still exist in other cities, the Canal Street site has figured in countless histories of New York artists' practices. Artist Martin Wong once worked there as a clerk. Everyone from Marilyn Minter and Jean-Michel Basquiat bought supplies there. And in the book Painting Below Zero (2009), James Rosenquist—writing about the difficulty of executing ideas in New York—fondly referred to Pearl Paint as “that damn art-supply store.”

April 21, 2014

Robert Olsen (1969–2014)

Artist Robert Olsen has died in his parents’ home in Citrus Heights, California, reports David Colker of the Los Angeles Times. Born in 1969 in Turlock, Olsen graduated from high school in Germany. He earned his BA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, in 1998 and his MA from UCLA in 2002. While in school, Olsen had his first solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, where he exhibited paintings that depicted bus shelters, soda machines, and parking meters and that evoked comparisons to paintings by artists Edward Ruscha and Edward Hopper. Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel wrote that Olsen's paintings “allow a hushed silence to descend upon ordinary things.”