On Monday, artist Hurvin Anderson was announced as the winner of the first commission by the UK’s Government Art Collection (GAC), as part of TenTen, a new ten-year initiative produced jointly with Outset Contemporary Art Fund. His limited edition print, Still Life with Artificial Flowers, will be shown in diplomatic buildings across the world. In museum news, MOCA Cleveland named Courtenay Finn as its new chief curator, joining from Colorado’s Aspen Art Museum where she has served as senior curator since 2014; and in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk’s chief curator Bart van der Heide announced he would leave the museum on 1 November, though the terms of his departure remain unclear. It’s not just curators migrating these days, but the actual collections too: the Frick Collection in New York said it is looking into moving its collections to the Met Breuer’s building (which the Met has been leasing from the Whitney Museum to host its contemporary art programme), while the Frick’s home undergoes a major $160 million two-year expansion by Selldorf Architects, scheduled to start in 2020. The possible sublet (pending public approval of the Frick’s building plan) would save the Met $45m, according to the museum’s president and chief executive Daniel H. Weiss.
On Tuesday, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation has announced the recipients of 53 new grants (worth over 600,000 USD) in support of projects that ‘foster critical discourse in architecture’. See the full list here. Madrid’s Prado Museum will receive $35 million from the Spanish government towards a major expansion project. Led by architects Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio, the refurbishment will add 2,500-square-metre of exhibition space.
On Wednesday, The National Portrait Gallery of Australia named Karen Quinlan as its new director. Quinlan comes to the institution from the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria. Belgian gallerist Tim Van Laere announced the construction of a second, brand-new 1000 square-metre gallery in the Nieuw Zuid district in Antwerp, due to open in Spring 2019. Meanwhile, Sharjah Biennial revealed the list of participating artists for its 14th edition, scheduled to run from 7 March to 10 June 2019. Curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons under the title Leaving the Echo Chamber, this edition will feature nearly 90 artists from around the globe and over 60 new commissions.
On Thursday Chisenhale, London, announced its four 2019 shows, which will feature commissions by Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El-Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Deutsche Bank has opened a new cultural centre in Berlin’s Palais Populaire, which will host its collection of 55,000 works of art as well as a programme of exhibitions, talks, concerts and workshops.
On Friday Marian Goodman announced that the gallery would act as the worldwide representative of Nan Goldin (and will mark the start of the relationship with a presentation of the photographer's work at the Frieze Art Fair next week). Stadtmuseum Berlin has announced the winners of its two annual Hannah Höch awards: Christiane Möbus will receive the $94,000 Hannah-Höch-Preis, while Sunah Choi has been awarded the $29,000 advancement award. The Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev have announced the finalists in its biannual $100,000, Future Generation Art Prize as Alia Abdal Figueroa (33 – Kuwait), Monira Al Qadiri (35 – Senegal), Yu Araki (33 – Japan), Korakrit Arunanondchai (31 – Thailand), Kasper Bosmans (28 – Belgium), Madison Bycroft (31 – Australia), Gabrielle Goliath (34 – South Africa), Rodrigo Hernández (34 – Mexico), Laura Huertas Millán (35 – Columbia), Marguerite Humeau (31 – France) Eli Lundgaard (28 – Sweden), Taus Makhacheva (35 – Russia), Toyin Ojih Odutola (33 - Nigeria), Sondra Perry (31 – United States), Gala Porras-Kim (33 – Columbia), Emilija Skarnulyte (31 – Lithuania), Jakob Steensen (31 – Denmark), Daniel Turner (35 – United States), Anna Zvyagintseva (32 – Ukraine) and artist collectives Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Cooking Sections. Zvyagintseva was the winner of the national PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2017, which guarantees her shortlisting here. In Berlin gallery Gillmeier Rech announced that it was to close after five years, while the ten-year-old Exile gallery is giving up on the city for Vienna.
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