Rick Bartow, renowned Native American artist and musician of Wiyot and Yurok heritage, died on April 2, 2016 in his hometown of Newport, Oregon. Interested in art from a young age, Bartow later studied art at Western Oregon University where he graduated in 1969. He was subsequently drafted into the army and served in the Vietnam war until 1971. He is known for creating works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, print, etching, monotype, ceramics, mixed media and painting with works in many national collections, including Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; and the Peabody Essex Museum, Sussex, Mass. Rick Bartow was 69 years old.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced the acquisition of a new space for contemporary art to be housed in a former Kraft Foods factory building in downtown Bentonville, Ark. The 63,000-square-foot building will house exhibition space dedicated to visual art, performance, music, film, theatre, and multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence programs. Wheeler Kearns Architects of Chicago were selected to transform the now-defunct factory building into a multi-venue facility, located just 1.5 miles south of the museum’s main campus. Future plans also include collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) to develop contemporary art programs and residencies to take place in the new building, scheduled to open in 2018.
The Getty Foundation recently announced the second round of grants, totaling $8.45 million to 43 visual and performing arts institutions throughout Southern California, related to the regional collaborative event, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America set to begin September 2017. The grants were formally announced in downtown Los Angeles at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral with numerous speakers including foundation director Deborah Marrow, who led a panel of speakers participating in LA/LA, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Chon Noriega, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, and Dan Cameron who each spoke about their projects for LA/LA. Although the primary focus of the collaboration will be modern and contemporary art, the exhibitions will survey the legacy of artistic production throughout Latin America and the related diaspora, reaching back to 1000 BCE.
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford has been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale, organized by the director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Christopher Bedford. Bradford is also currently engaged in the installation of a site-specific work for the new US embassy in London incorporating the entire text of the US Constitution spanning 32 canvases.
Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue announced Dan Finsel and Mariah Garnett as recipients of the 2016 Los Angeles award, giving each artist $10,000 in unrestricted funds. This year’s jurors, Jarrett Gregory, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mark Beasley, Curator at Performa, New York and Kris Kuramitsu, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles. Both Finsel and Garnett are eligible for the inaugural national edition of the award to be presented at the end of 2016.
The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Foundation has announced its 2016 Fellowship Awards to 178 artists, scholars and scientists working in the United States and Canada. The recipients of the 92nd iteration of the award were selected on the basis of past achievement and “exceptional promise of future accomplishment.” Awardees in the Fine Arts include George Legrady, Simone Leigh, Helen O’Toole, Coleen Sterritt, Liz Young and Andrea Zittel.
The recently reopened University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archiveannounced the appointment of Kathryn MacKay to the position of associate film curator. In related news, BAMPFA announced the dedication of a new Asian art study center in the name of late professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and influential scholar James Cahill (1926–2014).
The University of Denver art collection has nearly doubled in monetary worth after receiving a gift 120 artworks valued at $10 million from the collection of Mr. John Madden. The Madden Collection broadens the scope of the museum’s permanent holdings bringing a variety of periods and artistic styles from the 19th century through the present, ranging from Thomas Moran through Robert Raushenberg to Viola Frey and Hung Liu.
The Tacoma Art Museum announced the bequeathal of 225 works of painting, sculpture and studio glass with a focus on Northwestern artists from the collection of Becky Benaroya and her late husband Jack Benaroya. The donation includes funding toward a new gallery to house the collection, an endowment towards its future care and a dedicated curator. The 7,390 square-foot addition, to be designed by Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig, is set to open in 2018.