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Zeitz Museum Director Koyo Kouoh Looks to Transform South Africa’s Art Scene

The following is one of several extended looks into figures and institutions selected for “The Deciders,” a list of art-world figures pointing the way forward developed by ARTnews and special guest editor Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean. See the full list in the Winter 2020 issue of the magazine and online here.

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town,... | Read More

With Big MoMA Retrospective Looming, New York Prepares for Donald Judd Mania

The Museum of Modern Art’s forthcoming Donald Judd retrospective is a major event, not least because it is the first sweeping show of its kind in America since 1988. And with anticipation mounting for an exhibition opening in March, other major New York institutions are revealing plans to host Judd-related shows and presentations during the MoMA retrospective’s run.

This... | Read More

Zineb Sedira Becomes First Algerian Artist to Represent France at Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale announcements are rolling in at a steady pace. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Stan Douglas would represent Canada at the storied exhibition. Now, France has picked Zineb Sedira, a London-based artist who is known for her photographs and video installations, for its pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale. The news was first reported by the French newspaper Le... | Read More

Sales of Fake Prints on the Rise, Fire at New York Museum, and More: Morning Links from January 27, 2020

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Hong Kong

In a letter to Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler, 24 galleries have asked for a 50 percent reduction on booth fees at the fair’s upcoming Hong Kong edition, among other concessions, as protests continue. [ARTnews]

Meanwhile, Hong... | Read More

Top Galleries Release Letter to Art Basel Hong Kong Calling for Concessions Amid Political Turmoil

Twenty-four galleries, including prominent enterprises such as Lévy Gorvy, Lisson Gallery, and Paula Cooper, have sent a letter to Art Basel global director Marc Spiegler and Adeline Ooi, the fair’s Asia director, expressing concerns over the precarious political and financial situation surrounding the 2020 Hong Kong edition.

“Many people who normally attend the fair have... | Read More

Artist-Attorney Ragen Moss Treats Legal Language as a Sculptural Material

Ragen Moss: Senior Lender (with Mezzanine Lender, with Heart), 2019, acrylic, polyethylene, aluminum, and steel hardware, 53 by 30 by 22 inches; at Bridget Donahue.

Los Angeles–based artist Ragen Moss creates sci-fi-ish sculptures in which biomorphic forms made of clear polyethylene contain organlike objects and... | Read More

‘Everything Was a Muse to Him’: A Jacob Lawrence Expert on a 1944 ARTnews Profile of the Artist

Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) was one of the deftest documentarians of African-American life in the United States, and over the next few years, people across the country will get a chance to see one of his greatest series of paintings, “Struggle: From the History of the American People” (1954–56), united in full for the first time. With the series’ nationwide tour kicking off at the... | Read More

Jacob Lawrence on His Understated, Groundbreaking Pictures of African-American Life, in 1944: From the Archives

Although Jacob Lawrence is best known his groundbreaking “Migration of the Negro to the North During World War I” series, which is now partly on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he worked prolifically. This month, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is shining a light on Lawrence’s 1954–56 series “Struggle: From the History of the American... | Read More

United States Artists Names 2020 Recipients of Coveted Fellowships, Including Howardena Pindell, Martine Syms, Cameron Rowland

Fellowships from the Chicago-based organization United States Artists count among the most coveted grants of their kind in America. To receive a fellowship from the organization is a sign of distinction, with recipients over the past few years including Lynn Hershman Leeson, Wu Tsang, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and many more whose work is now shown widely around the world.

On Wednesday,... | Read More

Performance Space New York Announces Radical Artist-Led Restructuring

Performance Space New York, founded in an abandoned school in the East Village in 1980 and a downtown destination for outré art ever since, announced a radical restructuring for the coming year, with duties related to running the organization handed over to a group of artists chosen to take the charge.

“The artists have received keys to the spaces, have moved into our business... | Read More

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