Nicelle Beauchene Gallery Now Represents James Miller—and More from April 23, 2021

Friday, April 23

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery Now Represents James Miller
The Brooklyn-based painter James Miller has joined Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York, where he will have a solo exhibition in 2022. Miller explores movement, light, and shadow in his abstracted works, for which he draws on the history of photography and light-based media. The gallery will also present new work by the artist at Frieze New York in May.

Self Help Graphics & Art Appoints Master Printer/Assistant Director of Printmaking Program
Self Help Graphics & Art in Los Angeles has named artist and printmaker Dewey Tafoya as its next master printer and assistant director of the professional printmaking program position, beginning May 3. In his new role, Dewey will oversee community outreach, artist mentoring, and publications through the printmaking program.

Peter Van de Moortel.

Thursday, April 22

Peter Van de Moortel Named Chief Conservator at Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, has appointed Peter Van de Moortel as chief conservator. Van de Moortel previously served as the former associate conservator for paintings at the Kimbell Art Museum. Prior to joining the Kimbell, Van de Moortel was a fellow in the conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also overseen the preservation and conservation of works at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and other institutions and private collections.

Wednesday, April 21

Patron Gallery Moves To New Chicago Space
The Chicago-based gallery Patron has moved to a new location in the Windy City. The 5,000-square-foot space at 1612 West Chicago Avenue, in the city’s West Town gallery district, is within walking distance of galleries such as Rhona Hoffman and Mariane Ibrahim. The new space opens on April 22 with a solo exhibition of work by Jamal Cyrus.

Bamako Encounters Announces 2021 Curatorial Team, Theme
The Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography in Mali has announced the curatorial team and theme for its upcoming 13th edition, which will run from November 20, 2021 to January 20, 2022. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung will return to the biennial as its artistic director. His curatorial team will include Akinbode Akinbiyi, artist and independent curator; Meriem Berrada, artistic director of Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech; Tandazani Dhlakama, assistant curator at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town; and Liz Ikiriko, artist and assistant curator at Art Gallery York University in Toronto. This edition of the exhibition will carry the theme “Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono: On Multiplicity, Difference, Becoming, and Heritage,” and it will “pay a powerful tribute to the spaces in between, to that which defies definition, to phases of transition, to being this and that or neither and both, to becoming, and to difference and divergence in all their shades,” according to a press release. “Maa ka Maaya ka ca a yere kono” translates to “The persons of the person are multiple in the person,” and is drawn from a 1972 statement by Malian writer and historian Amadou Hampâté Bâ. The curators will also include selections from an open-call in the exhibition.


Kurimanzutto Adds Roberto Gil de Montes to its Roster
Kurimanzutto, which maintains spaces in Mexico City and New York, now represents Roberto Gil de Montes. Mexico-born and Los Angeles–raised, Gil de Montes creates irreverent, symbolic scenes about the mundanity of everyday life. His work spans painting, photography, sculpture, and ceramics, and it often draws on Mexican traditional art and popular culture. Kurimanzutto will be debuting new paintings by Roberto Gil de Montes at Frieze New York from May 5 through 9.

ARTnews in Brief: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Tuesday, April 20

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Now Represents Sherrill Roland
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York has added artist Sherrill Roland to its roster. Roland’s interdisciplinary practice addresses themes of innocence, identity, and community within the context of the American criminal justice system. Roland spent 10 months in prison following a wrongful conviction, and after his exoneration, he turned to drawing, sculpture, and performance to process the cost of the experience. A recipient of the Creative Capital Award earlier this year, his work has shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among elsewhere. He will have his first solo exhibition with Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in 2022.

ChertLüdde Now Represents Tyra Tingleff 
ChertLüdde gallery in Berlin now represents painter Tyra Tingleff. Living between Oslo and Berlin, Tingleff creates abstract paintings that emphasize movement and bold color. Solo and group exhibitions have been held at SALTS in Basel, the Kunsthall Oslo, RH Contemporary Art in New York. She will be exhibiting a group of paintings at the ChertLüdde showroom for Gallery Weekend 2021.

Marianne Boesky Gallery Now Represents Celeste Rapone
Marianne Boesky Gallery, which has locations in New York and Aspen, now represents Celeste Rapone in partnership with Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago and Josh Lilley in London. Rapone’s paintings, which feature figurative and abstract elements, meditate on “the humor, anxieties, and complexities of contemporary life,” as Boesky put it in a statement. The gallery will present the artist’s work at the upcoming editions of Art Basel in Switzerland and Miami Beach.

Monday, April 19

Magdalena Campos-Pons Awarded Pérez Prize
The Pérez Art Museum Miami has awarded Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons its third annual Pérez Prize, which carries an unrestricted $50,000 award. A descendant of Nigerians who were brought to Cuba as slaves during the 19th century, Campos-Pons’s work centers themes at the intersection of race, religion, gender, and shared histories. Her practice spans photography, painting, sculpture, film, video, and performance. Campos-Pons most recently spearheaded When We Gather, a multi-part project by seven women artists of color responding to the historic election of Kamala Harris as the first woman of color to be Vice President. Inspired by the Yoruba religious rituals of her childhood, the work captures the artist’s interest in the traditions and rituals of her ancestors.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in 'When We Gather'.
Magdalena Campos-Pons in When We Gather.

American Folk Art Museum Receives Gift of Portraits 
The American Folk Art Museum in New York has received a promised gift of two portraits by John Brewster Jr. from trustee Karin Barter Fielding and her husband, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, in honor of AFAM’s 60th anniversary. Brewster, a deaf itinerant painter, captured scenes from America in a style that became widely adopted in New England. The portraits depict Deacon Benjamin Titcomb and his Wife Ann Pearson Titcomb, residents of Maine. These are the first portraits by Brewster to enter the museum’s collection, following the solo exhibition of the artist, “A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster Jr.”

ARTnews in Brief: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
John Brewster, Jr., a portrait of Ann Pearson Titcomb, ca. 1798, oil on canvas.COURTESY AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM

Company Gallery Will Move to New Space This Fall
Company Gallery in New York will move to a new space at 356 Broome Street in September. The new gallery will open with an exhibition of work by the late filmmaker and artist Barbara Hammer curated by Tiona Nekkia McClodden, who appeared on ARTnews‘s 2021 Deciders list.

Labor Board Sides with Portland Museum in Union Proceedings
The National Labor Relations Board has said that members of the security department at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine counted as security workers and therefore were ineligible to join a proposed union at the the institution. A vote on unionization had been set for December, but it was delayed after the museum claimed that some workers who had taken part in unionization efforts could be considered ineligible. Votes cast by eligible employees in December will now be counted.

Taymour Grahne Projects to Open Second London Space
The London-based gallery Taymour Grahne Projects, which focuses on emerging, mid-career, and historically overlooked artists, will open a second space in the British capital in May. Located in Notting Hill, the two-floor space is a 15-minute walk away from the gallery’s first location, which opened in September. The inaugural exhibition at the new space will showcase work by London-based artist Evie O’Connor.





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