November 23 | Jenni Lomax to step down from Camden Arts Center
In today’s news, London loses one great asset but gains another, Canada continues to be the trailblazing, welcoming country it’s always been, and art patron Victor Pinchuk becomes embroiled in dubious affairs.
Jenni Lomax has announced she is leaving London’s Camden Arts Center after 26 years as director.
During her Tenure, Lomax did much to raise the profile of the institution, giving artists such as Valie Export and Marlene Dumas their first solo UK shows. Lomax’s departure follows the Camden Arts Center’s 50th birthday celebrations and an auction held at Christie’s to support the center’s residency programs. The search for a replacement will begin at the start of 2017. More on The Art Newspaper.
The Photography Show in New York returns in 2017 with an expanded program, more international galleries and more than 40 new participants overall.
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) has announced today the list of participating galleries to the fair, which includes See+ Gallery in Beijing, the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York and Antwerp’s Gallery Fifty One. The event will be hosted at Pier 94 in New York from March 30 through April 2. See press release.
During their “Syria: A Living History” exhibition, The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto are offering free admission to all Syrian newcomers to Canada.
The initiative is led by Aga Khan’s director and CEO Henry Kim, who said the museum ‘wants Syrians… to understand that they are a vital part of the cultural mosaic of Canada.” It follows existing efforts made by Berlin museums to welcome refugees and immigrants. The show features historical artifacts from a range of different collections, and explores exchange between Syria and other ancient cultures. The exhibition opens today and runs through February 26, 2017. Read more on Artforum.
London’s Design Museum, founded in 1989, reopens in its shiny new Kensington home tomorrow.
The new space, formerly the 1960s Commonwealth Institute building, has been beautifully renovated by John Pawson. It boasts three times the floor space of the old museum, and contains three exhibition spaces, a library and archive, learning spaces and a designers-in-residence studio. The additional space means much more of the museum’s vast permanent collection will be on display. Admission is free to all. Timeout has more.
The Hervé Lancelin gallery in Luxembourg now represents French artist François Malingrëy.
Malingrey received the Prix de Conseil in 2015 for his large-scale, realist canvases, in particular his painting La Regardeuse. After this success his work went on show at the Palais de Tokyo from December 2015 through January 2016. Malingrëy will continue to be represented in France by his Parisian gallery T&L.
Sara Friedlander, formerly Vice President and Head of the Evening Sale in the Post-War & Contemporary department at Christie's New York has been promoted to head of the department.
It has been revealed that Victor Pinchuk, founder of Kiev’s PinchukArtCentre, donated a gift of $150,000 to Donald Trump’s charitable foundation.
The news emerges after the Trump Foundation became implicated in illegal “self-dealing,” and was investigated by the IRS. A spokesman from PinchukArtCentre said the gift was made following an agreement that for Trump to speak — via video link — to a conference Pinchuk organized in September 2015. More via The Washington Post.