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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.