august 2016 newsletter

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The Broad museum, Los Angeles, announced the acquisition of 29 artworks during its first year of operation, with more than a third of the new work acquired by Los Angeles artists. Included in the acquisition are works by 1980s Pictures Generation artists Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine and Ericka Beckman; a pair of new paintings from Thomas Houseago, and additional works by Mark Grotjahn and Andreas Gursky. In addition, six new artists were added to the Broad collection, known for the depth of its collecting activities, including Tauba Auerbach, Alex Israel, Oscar Murillo, and Jonas Wood. (7/29)

The Honolulu Biennial Foundation has announced Ngahiraka Mason as curator for the inaugural edition of the event. Mason, Director of the Mori Art Museum, collaborated with the biennial curatorial director Fumio Nanjo, director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, to develop the title, “Middle of Nowhere,” and select the participating artists from the across the state of Hawaii and the region, including participants from New Zealand, Samoa, Japan, and Australia. The Honolulu Biennial will be held March 8 to May 8, 2017 at multiple sites including, Honolulu Hale, Foster Botanical Garden, and McCoy Pavilion, among others. An initial list of participating artists, including Hawaiian artists Les Filter Feeders, Charlton Kupa’a Hee, and Yayoi Kusama of Japan. The full list of artists will be announced in the fall. (7/28)

516 ARTS, the newest partner in the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has announced the 2016 recipients of the inaugural Fulcrum Fund award. The program launched in March with a call for proposals, from which the guest jurors selected 11 proposals to receive a total of $50,000 from the 89 proposals from artists working within an 80-mile radius around Albuquerque that were submitted. The artists awarded were: Russell Bauer, Sheri Crider, Bradford Erickson, Roberto Espinosa, Jane Gordon, Aryon Hopkins, Candice Hopkins, Marya Jones, Billy Joe Miller and of Albuquerque, Ginger Dunnill of Glorieta and Daisy Quezada of Santa Fe. The 2016 jurors were: Romi Crawford PhD, Al Miner, and Joey Reye. (7/28)

Nasher Sculpture Center acquires collection of works by artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), including works comprised of sculpture, photography, and video by the highly influential Cuban-American artist. The acquisition was made possible through the Kaleta A. Doolin Acquisitions Fund for Women Artists, which includes Mendieta’s 1975 film Silueta Sangrienta (Spanish for “bleeding silhouette”) is part of her Silueta (silhouette) series, a pair of Untitled (Mayora) photographs from 1982, and Untitled, a wood and gunpowder sculpture from 1985. (7/26)

Detroit Institute of Arts has announced a three-year multimillion dollar campaign to collect and exhibit African American art, and well as use the funding to support artist commissions, community partnerships, staff development, and internships. The initiative is led by museum director Salvador Salort-Pons, who aims to make DIA more culturally relevant to Detroit’s African American population. Representing this commitment and effectively launching the campaign is the acquisition of mixed-media sculpture, Bird, (1990) by New York-based, contemporary African-American artist David Hammons. The newly acquired work, estimated to cost at least one million dollars, is one of the most expensive works acquired by the museum in nearly two decades and is scheduled to go on display in the fall. (7/21)

Jeff Arnal appointed Executive Director of Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center steps into his role one month after the completion of a three-year, two-phase renovation and expansion project of the center led by artist and designer Randy Shull and J. Richard Gruber, PhD, director of the newly launched Architecture + Design Institute. Arnal, who begins on August 1, will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and further developing the institution’s programming and resources. (7/21)

Renderings for the $25 million dollar expansion of the Asian Art Museum, by Thai architect Kulapat Yantrasast of New York and LA firm wHY, have been unveiled, as reported in Curbed.com. The project includes a 12,000-square foot special exhibition pavilion and update to existing and education spaces for the museum, currently celebrating its 50th year of operation. The alterations to the historic building will first have to be approved by the city’s Architectural Review Committee before commencing with the construction scheduled for 2017. (7/21)

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) announces recipients of the 2016 National Artist Fellowship Award. Established in 2007, NACF began its granting program in 2010 and selected 16 artists in five categories (Artistic Innovation, Literature, Music, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts) selected from a national open call of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artist applicants for its sixth annual award. Recipients for Visual Arts: Luzene Hill (Eastern Band Cherokee), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota), Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and in Visual Arts in Painting Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee, Yakama) and Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo). (7/20)

Julian Brooks has been appointed senior curator and head of the drawings department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Brooks has served as curator of drawings at the museum since 2004, and succeeds outgoing Lee Hendrix, who retired at the end of June following a 32-year career at the Getty. (7/19)

The Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has appointed Carrie Morgan as its new curator of academic programs. Morgan previously worked at the Moriarty Art and Design Library at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (7/15)

The Contemporary Austin announces the new biannual Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, which awards its recipient with $100,000, a solo show, and a publication funded by the museum. The award is open to artists of any age or nationality, working in any medium, with first winner will be announced this fall, with an exhibition already slated for early 2018. (7/14)