23 SEP 16 News


Vincent Fecteau and Mary Reid Kelley are awarded MacArthur genius grants; Ulay victorious in court case against ex-partner Marina Abramović

23 SEP 16 in News

Vincent Fecteau, Untitled, 2008, papier-mâché, acrylic paint, burlap and balsa wood, 29 x 56 x 46 cm. Courtesy: Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin, greengrassi, London, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, and the artist

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago has revealed the 23 recipients of its annual genius grants, which recognize creative individuals in a variety of disciplines and come with USD$625,000 paid over five years. This year’s list includes artists Vincent Fecteau and Mary Reid Kelley, art historian and curator Kellie Jones, and writer Maggie Nelson.
  • Marina Abramović's ex-partner and former collaborator Ulay has claimed victory in a legal battle that began after he claimed the celebrated performance artist was acting in violation of a contract pertaining to their joint works. A Dutch court has ruled that Ulay is entitled to royalties of 20% net on the sales of their works, and has subsequently ordered Abramović to pay €250,000 in reparations.
  • A fire broke out at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon, with 45 fire fighters remaining to fight the blaze until the following morning. By Thursday afternoon the fire had subsided, but the extent of the damage remains unknown. The institution, which teaches fine art and architecture at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level, stands on Skeppsholmen Island alongside the Moderna Museet.
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is schedule to open next year, has appointed Manuel Rabaté as its director, handing the deputy directorship to Hissa Al Dhaheri. Since 2013, Rabaté has been the director of French consortium Agence France-Muséums, and has previously worked with the Musée du Quai Branly and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, while Al Dhaheri was previously head of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.
  • In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in England in 1967, six ‘historic LGBT venues’ are being recognised for reflecting the country’s ‘queer history’. The ‘Pride of Place’ landmarks include the grave of writer and musician Amelia Edwards, and the houses of Benjamin Britten, Anne Listerand Oscar Wilde.
  • The winners of the 2016 Prudential Eye Awards, which supports emerging Asian artists, have penned an open letter claiming that they have faced ‘unexpected and disrespectful’ treatment from the award representatives. In addition to a selection of artworks not being returned following an exhibition held in honour of the finalists, Shumon Ahmed, Huang Po Chih, Manish Nai, Nguyen Trinh Thi, and Svay Sareth claim that they have been ‘repeatedly ignored and/or lied to regarding our payments.’