Artadia Reveals 2021 Los Angeles Awardees—and More from March 19, 2021

Friday, March 19

Artadia Reveals 2021 Los Angeles Awardees
The nonprofit grant-making organization Artadia has named Adee RobersonPaul Sepuya, and Sichong Xie as its 2021 Los Angeles awardees. Roberson and Sepuya will each receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds, and Xie will get an unrestricted $25,000 prize as the Marciano Art Foundation Artadia Awardee. The awardees were named following a jury process and virtual studio visits conducted by Taylor Renee Aldridge, visual arts curator at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and Beth Malone, an independent curator and the executive director of the arts nonprofit Dashboard in Atlanta.

Thursday, March 18

Timothy Taylor Now Represents Chris Martin
Timothy Taylor, a gallery with spaces in London and New York, will now represent artist Chris Martin in collaboration with David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Over the past four decades, Martin has become known for his paintings using bold hues. Folk music, the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, and the poetry of Allen Ginsburg have also been reference points for his photographic collages. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin. Timothy Taylor will present an exhibition of new paintings by Martin at its London space in May 2022.

Artist Turi Simeti Has Died at Age 91
Turi Simeti, who is best known for his minimalist paintings, has died at age 91. The news was announced by Simeti’s gallery, Almine Rech. The artist was born in Sicily in 1929, and he first exhibited his art alongside the work of artists associated with the “Art Informel” movement of the 1940s and ’50s. When Simeti moved from Rome to Milan in the ’60s, he began making the works he would become widely recognized for: monochromatic canvases with mysterious, protruding elements. In recent years, the artist had solo exhibitions at the Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro in Italy, Leeahn Gallery in Seoul, Almine Rech in Brussels, and other venues.

Erin Cluley Gallery Opens Second Location
Erin Cluley Gallery has announced the the launch of Cluley Projects, its second location in Dallas. The space will open April 17 with an exhibition of work by Dallas-based artist Xxavier Edward Carter. The Dallas location will focus on regional artists lacking representation and will dedicate exhibition space to independent curatorial projects. Artists from Erin Cluley Gallery’s main roster will also have the opportunity to showcase more experimental bodies of work in the space.

Whitney Restaurant Untitled to Shutter
Untitled, the Union Square Hospitality Group restaurant that has been attached to the Whitney Museum for just under a decade, will permanently shut down, according to a report in Curbed. The museum will convert the space into a pop-up restaurant for grab-and-go prepared foods called the Whitney Cafe.

Barbara Davis Gallery Now Represents Anna Mavromatis
Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, Texas, has added artist Anna Mavromatis to its roster. Mavromatis, who centers printmaking in her practice, is best known for her intricately rendered monotypes, collages, and mixed media works that take the form of dresses.

Wednesday, March 17

Naudline Pierre Joins James Cohan
Painter Naudline Pierre has joined the New York–based gallery James Cohan, where she will have a solo exhibition in April 2022. Pierre’s paintings vibrant figurative paintings are often informed by mythological and fantastical subjects. The artist, who participated in the 2019–20 Studio Museum in Harlem’s artists-in-residence program, also frequently draws inspiration from Renaissance compositions. She will open her first solo museum exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in September, and in October, she will show work at the Prospect New Orleans biennial.

Naudline Pierre, 'A Timely Rescue,' 2019-20, oil on canvas.
Naudline Pierre, A Timely Rescue, 2019-20, oil on canvas.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JAMES COHAN

Deli Gallery Now Represents Ficus Interfaith
Deli Gallery in Brooklyn now represents Ficus Interfaith, a collaboration between artists Ryan Bush and Raphael Martinez Cohen. The research-based sculptural project has previously exhibited work at Deli Gallery, Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, Incident Report in Hudson, New York, and other venues.

Denny Dimin Gallery Now Represents Sheida Soleimani 
Denny Dimin Gallery, which has spaces in New York and Hong Kong, has added Sheida Soleimani to its roster. The daughter of political refugees who fled Iran in the mid-1980s, Soleimani works at the intersection of art and activism. Her practice melds sculpture, collage, and photography, and references the complexities of Iran’s current sociopolitical affairs. Soleimani, who is based in Providence, Rhode Island, first exhibited with Denny Dimin in 2020, following presentations with Edel Assanti and Harlan Levey Projects.

Various Small Fires Adds Gina Beavers
The Los Angeles–based Various Small Fires now represents Gina Beavers in Asia, following a solo exhibition of her work at the gallery’s Seoul branch. She will retain representation with Marianne Boesky Gallery, of New York and Aspen. Beavers’s visceral paintings appropriate imagery from social media—makeup tutorials, celebrity snapshots, and “food porn,” most recently—to comment on the strange nature of digital content. Her work has been shown at MoMA PS1 in New York, GNYP Gallery in Berlin, and Michael Benevento in Los Angeles.

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal.COURTESY LAURENT CHALET 

Tuesday, March 16

Pritzker Architecture Prize Names 2021 Recipients
The 2021 winners of the annual Pritzker Architecture Prize are Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, who are best known for their work on public housing and sustainable designs. In their work, the two architects follow the mantra “Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!” The Pritzker Prize is the most coveted award of its kind; it comes with $100,000.

Expo Chicago Announces Exhibitors and Virtual Program 
Expo Chicago has announced the exhibitors for its online edition, which will run from April 8 through 12. The online fair will feature 81 local, regional, national, and international exhibitors, as well as a virtual program of panels, lectures, and performances. Exhibitiors include Kasmin (New York), 68projects (Berlin), Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago). A full list can be found here.

Smack Mellon Appoints Curator and Director of Exhibitions
The Brooklyn-based arts nonprofit Smack Mellon has named Rachel Vera Steinberg curator and director of exhibitions. Steinberg served as director of the artist-run nonprofit SOHO20 Artists Inc. in Brooklyn from 2015 to 2018, and prior to that she was assistant director at the since closed NURTUREart Gallery, another nonprofit in Brooklyn. Steinberg is also the cofounder of the online platform Blade Study.

Garrett Bradley, 'Time', 2020.
Garrett Bradley, Time, 2020.COURTESY AMAZON 

Monday, March 15

Garrett Bradley’s Time Nominated for Academy Award
Time, a critically acclaimed documentary by artist Garrett Bradley, has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Bradley, who recently joined Lisson Gallery, is currently the subject of a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art co-organized with the Studio Museum in Harlem. Time focuses on Fox Rich, an abolitionist activist, and her attempts to get her husband out of prison; Bradley won the directing award for it at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Longtime Director of Kimbell Art Museum’s Conservation Department to Leave
Claire M. Barry will step down as director of the conservation department of Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum at the end of this month. Barry will continue to collaborate with the museum on a consultative basis before transitioning to the position of director of conservation emerita on April 1. Barry helmed the Kimbell’s conservation team for over 30 years, launching an initiative that saw a collaboration between the Kimbell and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art during that time.

San Diego Art Institute and Lux Art Institute to Merge
The San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, California, and the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California, have revealed that they will merge to form the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego. Opening in September, the museum will span both institutions’ campuses and it will be helmed by Lux Art Institute director Andrew Utt. According to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the ICA San Diego will have an annual budget of $1.6 million.

König Galerie Now Represents Mona Ardeleanu
Artist Mona Ardeleanu has joined König Galerie in Berlin, where she will open a solo exhibition on April 29. Ardeleanu is known for her painted fabric works that take on illusionistic, sculptural forms. The announcement follows news that the dealer Johann König will inaugurate a new space in Seoul this spring.




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