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A SHORTER LIST. The Smithsonian narrowed the possible sites for the next National Latin American Museum and Smithsonian American Women’s History Museumthe Washington Post reports. Of the more than two dozen originally proposed, four remain: three are undeveloped parts of the national malland one is the Arts and Industries buildingwhich was also in the running to house the National Museum of African American History and Culture . (This instead has its own dedicated building designed by David Adjaye, who Greg Tate reviewed for ART news in 2017.) Under legislation passed by Congress, the Smithsonian Board of Trustees has until the end of the year to choose the sites.
VIVIAN HEWITT, A MAJOR COLLECTOR OF BLACK ART, died late last month at the age of 102 in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. With her husband, John Hewitt Jr.who died in 2000, she amassed a collection of hundreds of works including Romare Bearden, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, and lesser-known personalities. Remarkably, she and her husband did this while working as a librarian and a teacher (and later a journalist) respectively. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina, acquired 58 of their pieces which were purchased by Bank of Nations. Besides being a dedicated collector, Hewitt enjoyed connecting artists. “She brought us together” Anne Tanksley says the newspaper.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ITEMS. First, the good news: Archaeologists have discovered a 500-year-old Inca-era tomb while digging under a worker’s house in central Lima, Peru. Reuters reports. Now the bad: Raging fires in Arizona put Native American artifacts at risk, says the Washington Postand in Iraq, a dam currently under construction could flood the ancient city of Ashur and displace 250,000 people, some experts say, the art diary reports.
MOVING. Sebastien Cichockithe chief curator of the Warsaw museum modern Art Museumwill organize the next EVA International biennial in Ireland, in 2023, ArtReview reports, and Chelsea Pierce was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, by ArtDaily.
Next year, London dealer Timothy Taylor will open a 6,000 square foot space in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, where galleries have flocked in recent years. It will replace the modestly sized townhouse Taylor has operated at Chelsea since 2016. [ARTnews]
As part of its 200th anniversary celebrations in 2024, the national gallery in London will lend some of its most prized art for the first time, with works by monnet, Renoir, Constableand others landing at 12 institutions across the UK. [BBC News]
More news on the national galleryof the bicentenary in 2024: It will stage a large Vincent Van Gogh exhibition centered on the artist’s time in Provence, France, with no less than 50 works. It would be the largest van Gogh exhibition in the country since the Royal Academyhit release of 2010. [The Art Newspaper]
The biannual based in Cardiff, Wales Artes Mundi prize, which honors socially engaged artists and is endowed with £40,000 (about $48,800), named its latest shortlist: Rushdi Anwar, Caroline Caycedo, Ali Farid, Naomi Rincon Gallardo, Taloi Havini, Nguyen Trinh Thiand Mounira Al Solh. [ArtReview]
HONG KONG BRAND the 25th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China next month, and the South China Morning Post has an article on how the art scene changed at that time and how it has changed in recent years. “I can’t begin to think about going back to the old days of attending openings during Art Basel week and so on,” one artist told the newspaper. “How can we go back to this when the traumas of 2019 are unprocessed and the memories of tear gas at Wan Chai, just outside the art fair and auctions, are still fresh? ” [SCMP]