It was announced over the weekend that Nan Goldin – the celebrated photographer whose recent protests against the Sackler family's patronage of institutions including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, have gained headlines – has joined Marian Goodman gallery. On the other side of the world, the Sapporo International Art Festival announced its curators for the 2020 edition: Taro Amano, chief curator of Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Azamino, will be curator of contemporary art, while Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszyckais curates the media art section of the festival. The theme of the triennial will be announced next summer.
In the latest scandal around sexual abuse in the arts, the French photographer whose alleged abuse of several women led to the postponement of the 2018 Nobel prize in literature, Jean-Claude Arnault, was convicted of rape by a Swedish court on Monday and sentenced to two years in prison. Arnault is married to the poet Katarina Frostenson, one of eighteen members of the Swedish Academy, and bitter divisions over how to handle the accusations led to the deferment of the prize (two laureates will be announced in 2019).
In London, Hadeel Ibrahim has been elected chair of the Institute of Contemporary Art. Ibrahim is the founding director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (established in 2006), which supports leadership and governance in Africa. She is also currently on the board of the Clinton Foundation, the Africa Centre in New York, and on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. In a statement, Ibrahim said: ‘I am honoured to be assuming the chair of the ICA as it enters into what feels like its Renaissance, thanks to the thoughtful guidance of our outgoing chair Donald A. Moore and the inspired leadership of our director Stefan Kalmár… Today, as society faces myriad social, cultural, political and economic challenges there could be no better moment for the ICA to find itself once again at the heart of cultural life in London.’
On Wednesday the National Gallery of Canada opened the exhibition for this year's Sobey Art Award, showing the work by finalists Joi T. Arcand, Jordan Bennett, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Jon Rafman. The winner is announced 14 November. The opening day of the Frieze London was marked by the news that works by Sonia Boyce, Giorgio Griffa, Claudette Johnson and Johanna Unzueta have been purchased for the Tate collection through the Frieze Tate Fund, a £150,000 kitty supported by Endeavor, the art fair's parent company.
On Friday, South African collective Chimurenga was announced as the winner of the 2018–20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The $25,000 prize, awarded biennially by the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, was recently renamed following a gift from the New York dealer Jane Lombard. Another winner this week is Hong-Kongese artist Wong Ping, who was awarded the inaugural Camden Arts Centre Emerging Arts Prize at Frieze. Ping was selected among 33 presentations in the London fair’s Focus section for his solo on Edouard Malingue’s booth and will receive a major exhibition at Camden Arts Centre within the next 18 months. Artists Enrico David, Liliana Moro and the late Chiara Fumai will represent Italy at the 2019 Venice Biennale. They were selected by the artistic director of the Fiorucci Art Trust, Milovan Farronato, who will serve as curator of the pavilion.
Meanwhile JPMorgan Chase has announced a major $300,000 philanthropic investment in the Rebuild Foundation, a nonprofit run by artist Theaster Gates which fosters community-building through the arts in Chicago’s South Side. The funds will go towards the final phase of the renovation of the St. Laurence School, which will offer residencies for artists, education programming, and other resources. Read Mark Rappolt on the complex socio-political system at play in Theaster Gates’ practice.
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