AwardsInstitutions 08-11-2017

November 8 | The Yale School of Art launches new initiative at the crossroads of arts & social justice

The oldest university for the arts has announced the launch of a new program aiming to support projects at the crossroads of arts and social justice. In other news, Cuba’s government has arrested yet another artist.

The Yale School of Art launches new initiative at the crossroads of arts & social justice

The institution has announced that it will establish a new initiative dedicated to art and social justice. The $750,000 program, funded by an anonymous Yale alumnus, will help establish scholarships, fund research projects and other academic resources across the graduate school of art, as well as lectures and talks.

Marta Kuzma, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale School of Art who will lead the project, has said: “this gift represents a level of generosity that enables the Yale School of Art to address one of the most important issues in society today—equity in graduate level education within which personal or social circumstances, race, gender, ethnic origin, or economic background, might in no way serve as an obstacle to higher learning”. More via artnet.





The Cuban government arrests another artist

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and his partner, curator and art historian Yanelys Nuñez Leyva were arrested on Monday by Cuban authorities for “illicit possession of construction materials.”

The reason behind the arrest is the couple’s involvement in the #00Bienal de La Havana, an independent event organized in lieu of the 13th Havana Biennale, which was postponed to 2019 following the damages provoked by Hurricane Irma. The artist was arrested as he was about to give a press conference. Read more on Hyperallergic.




Photographer Katrin Koenning joins East Wing gallery

The German, Australian-based artist, who is “interested in our physical and emotional connection to place, as well as our relationship to environment and the vernacular”, joins the Dubai-based gallery, which specializes in photography.

Koenning’s photographs have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Marie Claire Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, Der Spiegel Magazine, National Geographic and The New Yorker. She has also published her first book — Astres Noirs (Chose Commune) last year, which will be presented in East Wing’s booth at Paris Photo this week.  More via the gallery.


© Katrin Koenning




Linda Sanchez wins the Bourse Révélations Emerige 2017

Sanchez was chosen among fellow shortlisted artists Mali Arun, Laetitia de Chocqueuse, Marcel Devillers, Jérôme Grivel, Alice Guittard, Luke James, Fabien Léaustic, Alice Louradour, Gwilherm Lozac’h, Eva Medin, Apolonia Sokol, and Linda Sanchez.

Her work — and those of the shortlisted artists — will be on show at Villa Emerige until November 30, and the artist will benefit from a studio space as well as from a €15,000 grant, which will allow her to have her first solo exhibition at Galerie Papillon in 2018. The Istanbul-based gallery The Pill, a partner of the initiative, has chosen artist Alice Guittard for a solo show at their space, and it will also feature a group show of works by all shortlisted artists. Read more here.


Linda Sanchez - Colonie, 2017

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