AwardsInstitutions 30-03-2017

March 30 | Britain’s Turner Prize changes the rules

In today’s news, the art world business runs as smoothly as usual, except for the Centre Pompidou, whose 40th anniversary dinner party was postponed due to strike action.

The Turner Prize abolishes age limit

The Turner Prize has announced that it is eliminating the age-restriction on competition entry. Previously only artists under fifty were eligible for the contemporary art award.

Another alteration will see the judging parameters extended. Where artists were previously judged only on the work for which they were nominated, the selection panel will now also take into consideration works created for the Prize exhibition. Director of Tate Britain and chair of the Turner prize jury Alex Farquharson explained to the Guardian, “we want to acknowledge the fact that artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any stage.”


Helen Marten, 31, based in London, won last year's Turner Prize, 2016. © Tate



Centre Pompidou postpones 40th Anniversary Party

Due to strike action, Le Centre Pompidou closed yesterday in Paris. The closure saw the museum’s a VIP dinner, which was to be held in the gallery in honor of the museum’s 40th birthday, cancelled and rescheduled for April 25.

Tables for the dinner were priced at roughly $9,700, and stood as one of the Friends of the National Modern Art Museum’s major fundraising efforts. Details via Le Figaro


Le Centre Pompidou's 2014 dinner. Photo credit, Luc Castel



Anna Erickson leaves Hauser & Wirth to set up art advisory firm AKE ART

After five years serving as Director of Hauser & Wirth’s New York branch, Erickson has parted ways with the company in order to set up her own art advisory firm AKE ART limited.

Whilst details of the move are not known, her six year tenure at the Gagosian Gallery NY is sure to stand her in good stead. Info via BAER FAX



Portland’s Disjecta Contemporary Art Center appoints new Executive Director

Blake Shell, the current director and curator of Art Gym and the Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University, will become Disjecta Contemporary Art Center’s new executive director in Portland, Oregon. Shell succeeds Disjecta’s founder Bryan Suereth, who was dismissed by the board over conflicts of leadership this January.

With over fifteen years of experience directing nonprofit galleries, the board of directors cited “her ability to increase resources as complementary to Disjecta’s innovative Curator-in-Residence and Biennial exhibition programs.” Details via The Portand Mercury


From left to right: Blake Shell © Marylhurst University, the upcoming exhibition at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, "CiR Reception- Sensory Gymnastics."




Getty acquire another substantial archive, the architect Frank Gehry

The Getty Research Institute announced today that it has acquired architect Frank Gehry’s archive. The body of work is comprised of materials from his early graduate days in the 1950s to his 1988 competition entry for the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Details via The Architect’s Newspaper.

The Getty Research Institute has acquired Frank Gehry's archives. Photo courtesy of Frank O. Gehry
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