San Francisco's Asian Art Museum Appoints New Curator


San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum has announced the appointment of Dr. Tianlong Jiao as the museum’s new curator of Chinese art, reports Artfixdaily. A specialist in Chinese archaeology and early Chinese art history, Jiao joins the museum after serving as the chief curator at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He also worked as chair of the anthropology department at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Jiao earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University, an MA in archaeology from the graduate school of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and a BA in archaeology from Beijing University. He begins his new post on September 15, 2014.

Lydia Yee Appointed Chief Curator of Whitechapel Gallery


Lydia Yee has been appointed chief curator of Whitechapel Gallery. Yee is currently a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, a role she assumed in 2007. Recent exhibitions at that institution included “Bauhaus: Art as Life,” 2013, “Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene,” 2011, and “Ron Arad: Restless,” 2010. She has also commissioned works by artists including Cory Arcangel, John Bock, and Geoffrey Farmer among others. Yee was formerly a senior curator at the Bronx Museum of Art and was the 2006 recipient of the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Said director Iwona Blazwick: “Yee has an incredible ability to bring key moments in art history to life, while illuminating the work of contemporary figures, and we look forward to welcoming her to the artist’s gallery for everyone.”

Major Gift of Artworks to Stanford University


Major gifts of work by Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jacob Lawrence have been given to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. Included are 3,600 of Andy Warhol’s contact sheets and corresponding negatives, given by the Andy Warhol Foundation; twenty-seven of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks, which have never been exhibited before and contain 1,400 to 1,600 drawings, given by his widow and children; and the largest collection of Jacob Lawrence’s work on the West Coast, donated by Gabrielle Reem and Herbert Kayden. Said director Connie Wolf: “These singular works by Diebenkorn, Lawrence, and Warhol will support new interdisciplinary approaches to twentieth century American art and culture here at Stanford, and I couldn't be more thrilled.”

James Turrell, Tod Williams, and Billie Tsien Among 2014 National Arts Medal Honorees


Mike Boehm reports in the Los Angeles Times that President Obama will be giving National Medals of Arts next Monday to artist James Turrell and architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, among others. Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker known for Gimme Shelter (1970), is also being recognized, as is Chicago arts patron Joan Harris. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will be honored as an institution that's “showcased the works of both established visionaries and emerging artists who take risks and push boundaries.”

North Carolina Museum of Art Receives $1.9 Million Grant


Yesterday, the North Carolina Museum of Art was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation for art education research, according to The grant comes just as the museum is preparing to begin construction next spring. The renovation will include an auditorium, classrooms, and a distance-learning center.

Met Fellow Named Curator at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum


Artdaily reports that Dr. Vanja Malloy will be the new curator of American art at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum. Malloy was previously the Chester Dale Fellow in the department of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her new role, she’ll research the collection, develop exhibitions, and propose new acquisitions.

Art Basel Asia Director Magnus Renfrew Steps Down


Magnus Renfrew has resigned as director of Art Basel Asia to become deputy chairman of Bonhams's Asia department and director of fine arts, reports Frederik Balfour of Bloomberg. Renfrew managed Art Basel’s 2013 and 2014 Hong Kong fairs. He will begin at Bonhams—where he worked for seven years, originally setting up the auction house’s first London Contemporary Asian Art sale in 2006—in September. Renfrew was the founding director of ART HK, which was acquired by Art Basel’s parent company MCH Group in 2011. Said Renfrew: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in the Asian art market and building up an Asian collector base.”

Goldsmiths to Build Museum


Goldsmiths has announced plans to build a public art gallery, located behind the University of London’s art department in a twentieth-century building, which formerly housed public baths, reports Hendrik Hansson of Artnet. In order to convert the space, the university needs to raise $3.41 million and is asking its alumni and professors—including Michael Craig-Martin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Anthony Gormley, Fiona Banner, Bob and Roberta Smith, Rebecca Warren, and Ceal Foyer—to donate works that will be auctioned by Christie’s next year. An architect for the project will be announced on July 28. Richard Noble, head of the university’s art department, states that the institution will provide a space for Goldsmith students to show their work alongside leading artists.

ICI Award Goes to Dimitris Daskalopoulos


Independent Curators International has announced that Greek entrepreneur and collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos will receive this year’s Leo Award, reports Nate Freeman of GalleristNY. The previous owner of the Greek company Viviartia and founder of the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Daskalopoulos is a member of the board of trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Leadership Council of the New Museum, and the Tate International Council, among others. His private collection comprises over five hundred works by 170 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, and Mike Kelley. Daskalopoulos will be presented with the award, which is named after dealer Leo Castelli, in the fall.