January 27, 2015

2015 Joyce Award Recipients Announced

Ride It Sculpture Park, Detroit

Four partnerships between artists of color and arts and cultural organizations in the Great Lakes region are recipients of 2015 Joyce Awards. The cash awards of fifty thousand dollars each will go to collaborations in Detroit, Chicago, and the Twin Cities. The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has given out more than $2.4 million since the program began in 2003.

On to the winning projects: Sanford Biggers will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, Nari Ward will work with Detroit’s Power House Productions, Helado Negro will collaborate with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s “Liquid Music Series,” and Sandra Delgado will team up with Chicago’s Teatro Vista.

January 27, 2015

Artists Selected for UAE Pavilion at 2015 Venice Biennale

Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi

Fourteen Emirati artists will be appearing in a show titled “1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates” in the UAE's pavilion at the upcoming Venice Biennale. They were selected by Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the United Arab Emirates national pavilion at the fifty-sixth Venice Biennale, according to Michael H. Miller at Artnews.

Ahmed Al Ansari, Moosa Al Halyan, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah, Salem Jawhar, Mohammed Kazem, Dr. Najat Meky, Abdulraheem Salim, Hassan Sharif, Obaid Suroor, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, and Abdulrahman Zainal are the artists who’ll be appearing in the UAE’s pavilion.

January 27, 2015

Aaron Betsky Named Dean of Architecture School at Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has selected Aaron Betsky as the new dean of its architecture school, according to the New York Times' Robin Pogrebin. Betsky left the Cincinnati Art Museum last year, where he worked as the director. The school faced the loss of its accreditation last year because it wasn’t separately incorporated from the foundation—so the board approved the separation of the two entities—as long as fundraising goals were met. Betsky should have plenty of experience, having raised more than eighty million dollars over his eight years at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

“The school does have to grow, not just in terms of student numbers, but also in terms of its capacity and its academic excellence,” Betsky said. “We have to keep proving that this is the best experimental-architecture school in the world.”

January 26, 2015

NYFA Announces Artists’ Fellowship Winners for 2014

Coco Fusco.

The New York Foundation for the Arts has announced their list of Artists' Fellowships awardees for 2014. The awards are given out across five categories, including crafts/sculpture, digital/electronic arts, nonfiction literature, poetry, and painting/drawing/book arts. This year's recipients include Coco Fusco for nonfiction literature, Kako Ueda in crafts/sculpture, and Gary Panter in painting/drawing/book arts. For a full list of awardees and finalists see the NYFA website here.

January 26, 2015

Edgar Froese (1944–2015)

Edgar Froese.

The Agence France-Presse via Artdaily reports that Edgar Froese, a pioneer of electronic music and member of the band Tangerine Dream, died last Friday. Froese was born in the Russian city of Sovetsk in 1944 but grew up in Germany. He studied art and trained as a sculptor in West Berlin, and became inspired by an early encounter with the surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1967 when he was invited to perform at Dali’s villa in Spain with another band. The British radio host John Peel gave Tangerine Dream its first airplay and shortly thereafter, Richard Branson signed the band to his newly founded Virgin Records. Tangerine Dream’s records, along with Kraftwerk’s innovations in Düsseldorf, became a foundational influence on the later emergence of varied sub genres of electronic music.

January 26, 2015

Abraham Cruzvillegas Selected for Tate Modern's Inaugural Hyundai Commission

Abraham Cruzvillegas, The Autoconstrucción Suites, 2013.

The Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas has been chosen for the Tate Modern's first Hyundai Commission, reports Annelise Cooper at Artinfo. Cruzvillegas's installation opening next October 13 will be the next in a series of site-specific works that fill the museum’s Turbine Hall space. Best known for his sculptural works made from local found objects and materials, Cruzvillegas was a key figures of a new wave of emerging conceptual artists in Mexico during the 1990s and 2000s.

January 26, 2015

Artist and Curator Announced for the Swiss Pavilion at 2015 Venice Biennale

Pamela Rosenkranz.

Henri Neuendorf reports at Artnet that the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has announced Pamela Rosenkranz as the exhibiting artist at the Swiss Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will be curated by Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany since 2013. Pfeffer has also previously served as chief curator of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, as well as a curator at MoMA PS1 in New York. Rosenkranz and Pfeffer last worked together on the exhibition “Speculations on Anonymous Materials” at the Fridericianum Kassel.

January 24, 2015

Theaster Gates, Winner of This Year’s Artes Mundi Prize, to Share Award Money

Theaster Gates, A Complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth, or When We Believe, 2014.

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, upon receiving the $60,000 Artes Mundi prize on Thursday night, announced that he’d be sharing the prize money with the nine shortlisted nominees to the award, according to the New York Times’ Christopher D. Shea. Gates received the prize in recognition for his piece A Complicated Relationship between Heaven and Earth, or When We Believe, 2014, currently on view at the National Museum in Cardiff. Past prize winners include Teresa Margolles, Yael Bartana, N.S. Harsha, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and Xu Bing. The nine other nominees who’ll now be receiving a part of Gates’s cash: Carlos Bunga, Omer Fast, Sanja Ivekovic, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sharon Lockhart, Renata Lucas, Renzo Marten, and Karen Mirza with Brad Butler.

January 23, 2015

Prospect New Orleans Announces New Artistic Director

Trevor Schoonmaker.

Curator Trevor Schoonmaker will be the artistic director for the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, in 2017, reports Charlotte Burns in the Art Newspaper. Currently the chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina, Schoonmaker has previously organized such exhibitions as “Black President,” which focused on the influence of Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Kuti and traveled to the New Museum in New York in 2003, the Barbican Center in London, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2004. Schoonmaker is taking over the position from Franklin Sirmans, who was appointed after the departure of Prospect’s founding curator, Dan Cameron. Cameron left after Prospect's second edition in 2011, and the board decided to split the functions of artistic director and executive director, appointing a new artistic director for each edition. The board has also voted this year to officially move to a triennial, rather than biennial, schedule.