This Week’s 10 Most Important Art News Stories

Catch up on the latest art news with our rundown of the 10 stories you need to know this week.

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The Guggenheim Museum has revealed the shortlist for the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize: Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens, Wael Shawky, and Anicka Yi. The winner will be announced in the fall of next year, and will receive $100,000 and an exhibition at the Guggenheim. (via ARTnews)


02

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) has announced its official opening date, set as May 14th, 2016. The museum has been undergoing a $610-million, 10-story expansion for seven years. (via designboom)


03

Bartholomew Ryan, a curator at the Andy Warhol Museum, has suddenly left his position after only five months. Ryan explained: “The single artist museum concept was just not for me.” (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


04

On Monday, Vincenzo Chilone’s A Regatta on the Grand Canal was sold as restitution to the family of Anna Jaffé, who have been working for the past seven decades to find the collection of 200 artworks that was seized from her in World War II. It is the tenth painting to surface since the collection disappeared in 1943. (via the New York Times)


05

Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has been convicted of “insulting sanctities” and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes for his films. The award-winning filmmaker’s film “Writing on the City” explored 30 years of Iranian political graffiti. Karimi’s case mirrors recent convictions of other artists and journalists in Iran who have expressed criticism of the power structures. (via Associated Press)


06

Thelma Golden is this year’s winner of the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, granted by Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Golden is currently the Studio Museum in Harlem’s director and chief curator. (via the New York Times)


07

Alberto Burri’s massive land art piece, Grande Cretto (2015), has been completed after 30 years of construction. It opened to the public on October 17th. The work, which is a memorial to the destroyed town of Gibellina, was begun in 1985. (via The Art Newspaper)


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The winner of this year’s $50,000 Calder Prize is British sound and installation artist Haroon Mirza. Sponsored by New York’s Calder Foundation, the prize offers a residency at the Atelier Calder as well as the placement of an artwork in a major public collection. (via The Art Newspaper)  


09

After his passport was suddenly returned earlier this year, Ai Weiwei has been granted a three-year German visa. The Chinese artist will be taking a position at Berlin’s University of the Arts as a professor. (via ARTnews)


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Cuban artist Danilo Maldonado, who goes by El Sexto, has been freed after spending 10 months behind bars without charges. Maldonado was arrested after an attempt to release two pigs, marked with the names of Raúl and Fidel Castro, as a piece of protest performance art. International human rights groups have been asking for the artist’s release for months, calling it a violation of freedom of expression. (via The Guardian)


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