January 11 | Will London’s Tate get its first female director?
A new face for the Tate, as the museum looks set to welcome its first female director, and an old one for the Tuvalu Pavilion, which will welcome back artist Vincent J. F. Huang.
First female director at Tate?
Maria Balshaw is set to replace Nicholas Serota as the new director of Tate.
Balshaw is the director of Manchester’s galleries and has been a driving force behind the cultural renaissance the city has enjoyed in the past ten years. She was tipped as a favorite ever since Serota decided to step down in September 2016 after 30 years at the helm, and has now been chosen by the Tate trustees. Her name has been put forward to the government and it still needs to be formally agreed by the prime minister, Theresa May. A final decision is expected to come at the end of next week. Read the full story on The Guardian.
La Maison Rouge, the Paris art institution which was opened to the public in 2004 by the collector Antoine de Galbert, will close its doors in 2018.
The huge, 14,000-square-foot space — located next to Bastille — attracted 100,000 visitors each year. Numerous independent curators were invited to the institution to pursue diverse artistic research, made possible by private collections. The reason for this decision is as yet unkown, as are de Galbert's plans for the future. More information (in French) via Libération.
Taiwanese-born artist Vincent J. F. Huang will represent the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu for a second time at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Hung’s art draws attention to the current climate change crisis. In 2015, he flooded the pavilion, giving visitors a sharp reminder of the immediate effect rising sea levels will have on the Island of Tuvalu, and indeed on the biennial’s host city. This year, Hung will create an installation that provides a site for storytelling. More information on ARTnews.
Tuvalu Pavilion, photo by Alex John Beck © Artsy
Museum MACAN to open in November
Indonesia’s new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MACAN), located in the capital city of Jakarta, announced today that it will open to the public in November 2017.
The museum’s opening will coincide with the city’s biennale and the Biennale Jogya, which takes place in the neighboring city of Yogyakarta. Prior to its opening, Museum MACAN will run a series of free weekend previews, beginning in March. Titled “First Sight,” the series will include performances by both Indonesian and international artists. Museum MACAN’s director Aaron Seeto said that First Sight “will highlight the creativity of Indonesian artists and their international counterparts.” ARTnews has further details.
NADA announces 2017 exhibitors
The New Art Dealers Alliance have released the exhibitor list for the 2017 edition its New York art fair.
This year, the fair will run parallel to the Armory Show rather than Frieze New York, opening on March 2 in its new location at Skylight Clarkson North in west SoHo. Of the 100 exhibitors that will show work at NADA New York this year, 30 are newcomers to the fair. The fair has also announced that its NADA x Exhibitionary International Gallery Prize will go to Puerto Rican gallery Agustina Ferreyra, which plans to show work by Cristina Tufiño at its stand. Find all the details on ARTnet news.