April 2, 2015: Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Annual $100,000 Prize & Van Doren Waxter Now Represents Hedda Sterne Foundation
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Today’s Notable News
Texas’s Nasher Sculpture Center has created an annual $100,000 prize for sculpture, around which the institution also plans to debut new programming. The judges for the prize’s first edition—open to artists from all countries—will include 2015 Venice Biennale director Okwui Enwezor and Nasher’s founding director Steven Nash. (via the New York Times)
Yesterday, the Honolulu Museum of Art surrendered seven Indian artifacts found to have been looted from temples and other Buddhist sites and imported into the States illegally by dealer Subhash Kapoor. The museum was unaware of the items’ provenance and was quick to cooperate with officials in what is a larger, multi-institutional investigation. The artifacts are now in the custody of U.S. immigration and customs officials and will be returned to India at a later date. (via Fox News)
Research into some 600 exhibitions at 68 museums has shown that close to one-third of U.S. solo museum exhibitions from 2007 to 2013 were dedicated to artists represented by the same five galleries. Whether this statistic is due to a correlation in the types of artists galleries and museums have an interest in featuring, or to the better funding and resources that often come from top galleries when staging a museum show, remains to be determined. (via The Art Newspaper)
Hito Steyerl—who currently has a solo show at Artists Space in New York and will feature in Germany’s Venice Biennale pavilion this year—has been named as the winner of the inaugural edition of the £25,000 EYE Prize. Amsterdam’s EYE museum recently created the award, which is intended to recognize and support artists working mainly in the medium of film. (via ARTnews). To read more about Steyerl’s work, check out Artsy’s interview with the artist.
The Getty and LACMA have announced the dates of their long-anticipated joint retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe, which will build on the institutions’ smaller exhibitions from 2012; the show will run at the Getty from March 15th through July 31st, 2016, and at LACMA from March 20th through July 31st. From Los Angeles, the show will go on to tour at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (from Aug. 29th) and Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as a yet-to-be-announced third location. (via the LA Times)
Rhode Island’s Newport Art Museum has announced that its new executive director will be Norah Diedrich, who served as executive director at the Evanston Art Center after a tenure as head of public programming at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and is also a photographer and educator. (via Providence Journal)
The Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, Canada, has received a donation of half a million dollars from T-D Bank Group, which it will put toward its ongoing plans to build an Inuit Art Centre. The new building will house the museum’s public collection of over 13,000 pieces of contemporary Inuit art, the largest in the world. (via Winnipeg Free Press)
The Hedda Sterne Foundation is now represented by New York’s Van Doren Waxter Gallery, with an exhibition of the late artist’s work to begin today. When she passed away in 2011, Stern was 100 years old and had been the only woman in Life’s 1951 photograph of the American abstract expressionists, despite choosing not to identify herself as part of the group while she was alive. Betty Parsons had been her dealer for over 20 years. (via ARTnews)
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Via @nashersculpturecenter: “Announcing the creation of the Nasher Prize for sculpture, an annual international award that will be presented to a living artist in recognition of a significant body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form.”
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“Visitor figures 2014: what do we want? Immersive installations by unfamiliar artists” (via The Art Newspaper)
“Indiana Art Museums Denounce Homophobic Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (via artnet News)
“Skinny-dipping in the void: the day I toured James Turrell’s art show naked” (via The Guardian)
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