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The J. Paul Getty Museum Acquires a Pastel by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired the greatest pastel by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, one of the leading women artists in 18th-century Europe. The work was purchased at auction at Christie’s in Paris on June 16.
Portrait of Madame Charles Mitoire with Her Children (1783) depicts a fashionably dressed woman with her two young sons. Well-known in Parisian art circles, Madame Mitoire was the granddaughter of Carle Vanloo, a famous artist who had been First Painter to French king Louis XV. Though its composition echoes traditional representations of the Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist, the portrait radically signals the modernity of its subject and her approach to motherhood.
The Getty Museum has created a video to further explain this work, which can be watched here.
Esker Foundation Launches a New Space
Esker Foundation opens a new space on the 4th floor called “Bridge: a space dedicated to young people.” The first two exhibitions to be presented in this space are: “Thinking of You” and “Unmasking Imagination.”
“Thinking of You” explores writing, connection and memory through the process of making postcards for friends and family. Led by Yolkless Press, youth artists synthesized text and images to create two-colour Risograph prints- a hybrid digital and analogue printing method that can be described as “silkscreen meets photocopier.”
For “Unmasking Imagination,” over thirty children participated in Esker’s inaugural spring break art camps, and some of their artwork is displayed in “Bridge” alongside their portraits photographed by Katie Green, a local artist who collaboratively developed this workshop with YW Calgary’s Mindful Moments program.
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Announces the Recipients of their 2021 Digital Changemaker Grant
The Thoma Foundation is thrilled to announce the recipients of the inaugural Digital Changemaker Grant, an initiative to support medium-sized cultural organizations reimagining the role and use of technology in achieving their missions. The Digital Changemaker Grant will support five cultural organizations with grants of $100,000 each based on the merits of their application proposals: Asia Society Texas Center, Flagstaff Arts Council, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Snow City Arts.
Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Collection Acquires a Digital Art Installation by Cory Arcangel
Super Mario Clouds is Cory Arcangel’s groundbreaking digital art installation that plays a hacked version of the 1985 video game Super Mario Bros. on an original Nintendo console, split across three video displays.
Arcangel famously hacked the game’s code to turn its vintage computer graphics into a landscape artwork, showing serene clouds endlessly scrolling through a blue sky. Super Mario Clouds is considered a masterwork in the field of digital art for the way Arcangel elevated software hacking to high art, paving the way for generations of rebellious artists to confront and change the proprietary digital products that pervade our lives. Whitney Museum of American Art curator Christiane Paul called it “a new manifestation of Pop art”—this artwork is essentially the Warhol soup can for Generation X.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Acquires a New Photographic Work, “Rainbow,” by the Artist Augusto Alves da Silva
The CAM Collection (Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian) acquires a new photograph Rainbow by Augusto Alves da Silva, who was nominated for the BES PHOTO 2006 award. The image was captured in 2001, in Iceland, on the same trip on which he photographed part of the Shelter series (a series of 35 photos taken in Portugal and Iceland).
The Constant Foundation is celebrating ‘Constant101’
Amsterdam, With the project Constant 1 0 1 Fondation Constant celebrates the fact that visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920-2005), known as Constant, was born 101 years ago. In the period from July 2021 to July 2022, Fondation Constant develops a multidisciplinary program of projects in collaboration with Dutch museums, presentation institutions, archives, individual makers and educational institutes. Where 100 years stands for a completed period that is looked back on, 101 stands for the transition to the next 100 years: See their new site and program here.
The Broad Acquires a New Work by Kara Walker
Los Angeles’ The Broad has added a new work to their collection by the African American artist Kara Walker. Walker created The White Power ‘Gin I Machine to Harvest the Nativist Instinct for Beneficial Uses to Border Crossers Everywhere in 2019, shortly before COVID-19 swept the world. It’s prescient with several medical references: a figure in a hazmat suit on the left, a nurse in a white dress on the right, and a body connected to tubes in the center. To find out more about this work, watch here.
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Debuts a New Exhibition Space to Display their Digital Art Collection
The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation announces the opening of a new 3,500 square-foot space for experiencing contemporary art in the Santa Fe Railyard District. Art Vault is dedicated to sharing the Foundation’s world-class collection of digital, electronic, virtual, and new media artworks, curated in thematic exhibitions.
Featured exhibitions will include emerging and mid-career artists alongside internationally renowned pioneers of video sculpture, self-taught computer artists, and influential digital timebased media artists. Large-scale digital and video installations invite viewers to broaden their understanding of technology with innovative perspectives on the human experience. Art Vault will take the place of The Thoma Foundation’s Art House, at 231 Delgado Street in Santa Fe, which will transition to the Foundation’s main office location.
Arts Patron Lonti Ebers Announces the Opening of the Amant Foundation on June 5th
Arts patron Lonti Ebers has announced that her sprawling 21,000-square-foot compound in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s East Williamsburg section will open as an arts destination and cultural hub on June 5. The Amant Foundation, which covers four buildings on Grand and Maujer streets, was designed by the architecture firm SO-IL, and includes art galleries, a bookstore and cafe, offices, art studios, and a performance space.
Ebers, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and board member of the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College, embarked on a seven-year effort to create an institution where artists can make art.
Terra Foundation for American Art Announces the Recipients for their “Re-envisioning Permanent Collections” Grants
The Terra Foundation for American Art announces the awarding of nearly $2.5 million in grants to 35 arts and cultural organizations in the United States. These grants support projects through the foundation’s new two-year exhibition grant initiative, “Re-envisioning Permanent Collections: An Initiative for US Museums.”
The Terra Foundation established this grant initiative to encourage museums to delve more deeply into their collections to reveal a fuller multiplicity of artworks and voices that have shaped, in the past and up through the present, the artistic and cultural heritage of the US. The grants support permanent collection reinstallation planning and implementation as well as the development of temporary exhibitions drawn from museum collections. The foundation’s commitment to prioritizing equity and inclusion and to evolving the field of American art at large extends beyond artistic content and encompasses support for new, more inclusive models of research, interpretation, and collaborative engagement in exhibition planning and development.
For a full list of the grantees, click here.
Eli Broad, Whose Generous Patronage Transformed the Cultural Landscape of Los Angeles and Brought the Arts to Many, Dies at the Age of 87
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Eli Broad, who is the only person to found two Fortune 500 companies in different industries and who co-founded with his wife Edye the contemporary art museum, The Broad, died April 30, 2021, at the age of 87.
Most significantly, Broad chose Grand Avenue for the home of the museum he co-founded with Edye, The Broad. The Broads had spent nearly 50 years building one of the world’s most significant collections of postwar and contemporary art, and had always wanted to bring contemporary art to the widest possible audience. In August 2010, Broad announced that they would build a new contemporary art museum to fulfill this philanthropic commitment—the first entirely new art institution to be built in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years.
UCCA Announces Appointment of Peter Eleey as Curator-at-Large
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art announced that Peter Eleey has joined UCCA as Curator-at-Large. Eleey will advise on the development of the museum’s exhibitions and programs as UCCA expands to Shanghai next month and continues its work at UCCA Dune, which opened in Beidaihe, Hebei province in 2018. Eleey will collaborate with the UCCA team to further elaborate its curatorial direction and process. He will also periodically organize exhibitions at UCCA and work to expand the museum’s program and partnerships from his base in New York.
The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Acquires a Video by the Artist Mary Maggic
The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst adds a video, “Housewives Making Drugs” (2017) by the artist Mary Maggic to their collection. “What if it was possible to produce estrogen in the kitchen?” — this question is explored in artist Mary Maggic’s video work “Housewives Making Drugs” (2017). In this fictional online tutorial Jade Phoenix and Jade Renegade demonstrate how everyone who cannot or does not want to afford expensive hormone treatments can extract estrogen on their own. The work is part of Mary Maggic’s larger project “Open Source Estrogen”, a collaborative and interdisciplinary research venture combining biohacking with speculative design. The project calls into question the ostensible neutrality of science and spotlights the ways in which the sexual hormone estrogen is misused for the exercise of biopolitical power.
Hans Rasmus Astrup 1939 – 2021, founder of Astrup Fearnley Musset in Norway
Progress Requires Pictures: An Exit Interview with Chris Boot, director of Aperture NY.
Aperture’s executive director, who steps down in May 2021, speaks about his career in photography and how images impact our lives beyond the appreciation of art. Read the article here.
Two years ago we had the great pleasure of making this interview with him in New York.
David Hurn donates works from his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation Collection.
David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Foundation.
The Beatles in EMI Studios examining the script of the film ‘A Hard Days Night’, London, England, 1964 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos.
Getty and the City of Los Angeles have Launched the Los Angeles African American Historic Places Project to Identify, Protect and Celebrate African American Heritage Within the City
Over the next three years, the project will work with local communities and cultural institutions to more fully recognize and understand African American experiences in Los Angeles. The work aims to identify and help preserve the places that best represent these stories and work with communities to develop creative approaches that meet their own aims for placemaking, identity, and empowerment.
The project is led by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) within Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning, which is responsible for the management of historic resources within the city. A robust community engagement program will create a space for meaningful input and local partnerships, drawing upon community-based knowledge of lesser-known histories. For more information about the project, click here.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Reveals Plans for Major Expansion Designed by Safdie Architects
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art revealed plans for an expansion that will increase the size of the current facilities by 50 percent. Adding nearly 100,000 square feet to the 200,000-square-foot facility, the expansion will allow the museum to showcase its growing collection and welcome more visitors to experience the power of art, in an inclusive environment.
Ten years after completing the original design for the museum, Safdie Architects has returned to create a seamlessly integrated expansion that resonates with the existing pavilions and outdoor spaces. New structures will house additional galleries, educational facilities, event spaces, a café, and new indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. Extending the long-term partnership between Crystal Bridges and Safdie Architects, the design continues the deep integration of art, architecture, and nature that has become synonymous with Crystal Bridges.
The project is currently in the design development phase with construction commencing in early 2022 with the goal of completing construction in 2024.
The Getty Museum Acquires Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia (ca. 1627)
The Getty Museum announced that they had just acquired Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia from an unknown seller. According to the Getty’s blog, “Recently rediscovered after having been in private collections for centuries, the painting represents the artist at the height of her expressive powers and demonstrates her ambition for depicting historical subjects, something that was virtually unprecedented for a female artist in her day.” The painting will be on display when the Getty reopens, which is planned for mid-April. For more information on the Getty Museum’s new acquisition, click here.
Artribune Interviews Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the Founder of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
In an interview with the Italian art newspaper, Artribune, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo talks about collecting art during a pandemic. She mentions her recent acquisitions, including: works by Luiz Zerbini, Ana Elisa Egreja, Victor Man, Ambera Wellmann, Pia Krajewski, Manuele Cerutti, and David Czupryn. For the full interview in Italian, click here.
Jeremy Deller mints his first NFT: here is his advice for other artists
The British artist has entered the fray of crypto collectibles, collaborating with The Art Newspaper to auction an NFT for charity. How will an established artist fare in this brave new world? Read the article here
We felt that this article was not only insightful for artists but also very useful for any Art Foundations interested in acquiring NFT’s.
El País Interviews Helga de Alvear on the Occasion of the Opening of Her New Museum in Cáceres, Spain
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper, El País, Helga de Alvear talks about her life, the start of her career in the Spanish art world, and the opening of her new exhibition space. Find the interview in Spanish here.
Glenstone Museum Gifts Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
As part of Glenstone Museum‘s collection, Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock (2013) has been on loan to the National Gallery of Art since 2016. Glenstone has turned this loan into a permanent gift, in honor of the National Gallery’s 80th anniversary and in recognizing the resilience of the American people during COVID-19.
The Fondation Giannada in Martigny received an important drawing by Sam Szafran.
An exceptional donation from the famous French curator and art historian Daniel Marchesseau by Sam Szafran, “Staircase-City” watercolor on silk, 2012 (260 x 140 cm), one of the artist’s last works, enters the collection of Fondation Giannada in Martigny (CH).
The Calder Foundation has Created an Online Archive of all of Alexander Calder’s Works
The Calder Foundation has just published an online archive of all of Alexander Calder’s works, freely accessible to the public, including hundreds of photographs, documents, works of art and other material, many of which have rarely been seen.
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Acquires a New Work
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter adds a new work by the artist Ragna Bley to its collection. Bley (b. 1986 Sweden) is representative of the young Norwegian generation working with abstract painting, a painterly tradition that is at the core of the Henie Onstad’s collection. Henie Onstad wants to emphasize Bley’s fearless attitude towards large formats, and her experimental approach towards the painterly universe. “High Point Glow” was originally shown at Bley’s critically acclaimed exhibition at Malmö Konsthall in 2020.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Awards Grants to 27 New York City Based Cultural Organizations, Including CUE Art Foundation
For more than 25 years, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has advocated for access to arts and culture as well as social justice causes, and over the last six years has implemented an open call grantmaking process which has been in direct dialogue with the art and social justice field. The Rubin Foundation has been committed to supporting New York City-based nonprofit organizations whose work enacts change through community engagement, civic participation, and public discourse. Rubin Foundation grants will provide direct support to exhibitions, educational programs, activist initiatives, artists’ projects, publications, and general operating support.
For CUE Art Foundation, this grant will enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of supporting emerging and underrepresented artists through Open Calls.
The LAM Acquires New Work
The LAM has added a new artwork, Echoes, by the Belgian artist Luth Lea Roose (1984) to their collection.
Echoes is a spectacle of light and everyday beauty. With the second-hand tea towels, one will see things that are normally invisible and discover new layers behind everyday life objects. Everyone has a tea towel and we see it everyday, but no one truly looks at it. Until now. In Echoes, Luth Lea reveals hidden layers through light. Patterns, new colors, and movement arise. A towel is no longer a towel. It becomes magical.
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao Installs One of Lucio Fontana’s Works in Its Atrium
For the next three years, visitors will be able to enjoy the installation of a stunning work by Lucio Fontana in the Museum Atrium. Neon Structure for the Ninth Milan Triennial (1951/2019) is a large light sculpture that captures an expressive drawn line frozen in the air and it is considered one of the most representative and iconic Fontana work. This installation was co-organized with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
In 2019, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao presented an exhibition, “On the Threshold,” of Lucio Fontana’s works.
New Acquisitions to the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Collection
The Thoma Foundation has acquired new works including this striking image of Our Lady of Loreto, which depicts one of the most important Black Madonnas of Europe. While devotion to the Virgin of Loreto was promoted by the Jesuit order, images are relatively unusual in the Spanish Americas, though some examples are found in Mexico. While most Spanish American works depict the Virgin with pale white skin, the Thoma work is distinctive in retaining the bronze skin tone of the original statue in Italy. To explore their collections, click here.
Image: Unidentified artist, Our Lady of Loreto, 17th-18th century, oil on canvas. In the Thoma Art Foundation Collection.
The J. Paul Getty Trust Is Prompting a $38.5 Million Fund to Help Small Los Angeles Arts Organizations
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the J. Paul Getty Trust initiated a $10 million fund to support Los Angeles-based nonprofit museums and visual arts organizations. Administered by the California Community Foundation (CCF), the fund awarded $2 million in emergency relief grants to 80 diverse small and mid-sized arts organizations across Los Angeles County in spring 2020.
At the same time the Getty began to work with foundations across LA to create a pooled fund to support the entire arts sector, including the performing and literary arts. This effort soon attracted national funders to join them. The result is the $38.5 million LA Arts Recovery Fund, the largest-ever pooled private investment for LA arts nonprofits in Los Angeles County. Grants are administered by CCF and will provide significant flexible operating support for a minimum of two years to a select number of small and mid-sized LA County arts organizations with projected annual operating budgets of $10 million and below prior to March 2020. Grants will be announced in May 2021.
For more information, click here
Udo Kittelmann has been named the new Artistic Director for Museum Frieder Burda
Udo Kittelmann: “I’m very much looking forward to my new future task, which I will tackle together with Henning Schaper, Patricia Kamp and the great team at the museum. ” With Udo Kittelmann, who has long been associated with the Frieder Burda Foundation as a member of the Board of Trustees and who has realized some outstanding exhibitions, including those with Andreas Gursky and Pierre Soulages, we have been able to win over a nationally and internationally renowned personality and exhibition maker.
Museum revolution: 100 French directors call for ‘essential’ reopening
Around 100 leading figures in the French art scene have published an open letter calling on the culture minister Roselyne Bachelot to lift Covid-19 restrictions on the country’s galleries and museums, allowing them to reopen “as widely and as soon as possible”. The Change.org petition, launched by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, has garnered more than 2,000 signatures in two days.
Signatories include Emma Lavigne, the president of the Palais de Tokyo; Maja Hoffmann, the founder of the Luma Foundation; Quentin Bajac, the director of the Jeu de Paume; Nicolas Bourriaud, managing director of Montpellier Contemporain; Chiara Parisi, director of the Centre Pompidou Metz; Bice Curiger, director of the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles and Jean-François Chougnet, president of the Mucem in Marseille.
Read further with the Art Newspaper here.
Terra Foundation for American Art provides a Grant to the Block Museum of Art
The Block Museum of Art will receive a $105,000 grant from our members, Terra Foundation for American Art to fund an Indigenous art exhibit slated to open in Jan. 2024. The museum outlined in a grant proposal a process for robust engagement with the Chicago Native American community.
This grant is part of a larger commitment by Terra Foundation for American Art to support the “America’s Cultural Treasures” a commitment from Five Foundations of $16 Million to Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous Arts Organizations.
Photo: Sky Hopinka
Sarah Meister Named Next Executive Director of Aperture, NY.
Aperture Foundation’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Sarah Meister has been selected as its next Executive Director. She will begin her new role in May 2021.
We had the great pleasure of visiting Aperture and interviewing the then Director Chris Boot, watch our interview here and hear about his Key Artwork by NAN GOLDIN, “BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY” here.
New Acquisition to the Astrup Fearnley Collection
The Astrup Fearnley Collection has acquired a new work by the artist Nicole Eisenman, “Destiny Riding Her Bike”, 2020.
Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965) is a key figure in contemporary American painting and sculpture, with characteristic works that shift between abstraction and the figurative depiction of social groups. On 5 February 2021, Astrup Fearnley will present the exhibition “Nicole Eisenman – Giant Without a Body,” an in-depth look at her artistic practice from 2006 to the present. This will be the artist’s most comprehensive solo presentation in Europe to date, and the work acquired for the collection was commissioned specifically for the exhibition. ⠀
Nicole Eisenman, “Destiny Riding Her Bike”, 2020. © Nicole Eisenman. Image courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum appoints a New Deputy Director and Chief Curator
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has appointed Naomi Beckwith as Deputy Director and Chief Curator; she will join the Guggenheim in June from Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Beckwith will oversee collections, exhibitions, publications, and curatorial programmes and archives while playing an instrumental role in shaping the museum’s vision.
Sara Piccinini has been named as Collezione Maramotti’s New Director.
Working with the Collection since 2007, Sara Piccinini has been appointed Director of Achille Maramotti’s impressive art collection, which is housed in his company, Max Mara’s, former premises in Reggio Emilia. See Artribune’s full interview with the New Director (in Italian), here.
LAM has been nominated for the EMYA2021 – European Museum of the Year Award
The LAM museum has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2021. The award is the oldest and most prestigious museum prize in Europe. New or existing museums with major innovations can compete for the title.
Director Sietske van Zanten: ‘The nomination is a wonderful recognition for our innovative museum concept in which not art but the visitor is central. Here we make non-museum enthusiasts in particular enthusiastic with and for art.
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA (b. 1962, UK) has been awarded the 2021 Whitechapel Art Icon award, supported by Swarovski Foundation.
We are delighted to share this wonderful news with you. Click here to find out more information about the Yinka Shonibare Foundation and the work they are doing both in the UK and in Nigeria.