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De Re Gallery to Open in LA on May 15

With the recent additions of Gavlak and Wilding Cran galleries, the Los Angeles art scene seems to be expanding every week. Now, there will be another new kid on the block with the opening of De Re Gallery on May 15. Located at 8920 Melrose Avenue in the West Hollywood design district, the gallery is just blocks from the Pacific Design Center.

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Jerusalem Season of Culture Announces Program for Summer 2014

Highlights for this year’s Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC) were announced this morning, April 23. The citywide program of visual and performance arts will run throughout the summer, from July 10 to September 12.

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Steve McQueen to Show New Works in London

An exhibition of new work from Steve McQueen is set to open at Thomas Dane Gallery this October. The show has been timed to mark the tenth anniversary of McQueen’s “Into This World,” which was his inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2004. The focal point of the exhibition, which will run October 14 to November 15, will be ”Ashes,” a new film commission that will have its European debut. The gallery claims the work “delivers the viewer into a highly sensory space with the potential for epiphany or self-revelation.”

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Adrian Piper to Stage Participatory Piece at Elizabeth Dee

From May 3 to 31, legendary conceptual artist Adrian Piper will stage a participatory group performance at Elizabeth Dee in Chelsea. Titled “The Probable Trust Registry,” Piper’s project will install three “corporate reception environments” in the main gallery. Above each desk, three different statements are affixed to the walls: “I will always be too expensive to buy,” “I will always mean what I say,” and “I will always do what I say I am going to do.” Visitors to the gallery will be invited to sign one such “Personal Declaration” and at the end of the exhibition all declarations will become part of Adrian Piper’s APRA Foundation Berlin’s confidential inventory and sealed to the public for 100 years. Bound photocopies of all of the declarations will also be sent to all of the signatories of each specific statement.

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High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts

Not long after SFMOMA revealed that it would be launching a new photo center in 2016, another museum has also shown a serious commitment to its photography department. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced this morning that it has received four major gifts, totaling $4 million, that will each contribute significantly to the expansion of its photography department and collection.

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YBCA Awards Residency to Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) has named collaborators Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman as the recipients of its second annual artist residency award. Awarded in collaboration with Bay Area-based online magazine Art Practical, the prize includes $10,000, a three-month residency, a profile in the magazine, and support for the development of a public program. For their residency, the pair plans to expand their storytelling platform and animated film “Living Condition,” which deals with the experiences of families of death row prisoners.

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Noguchi Museum Gives Inaugural Award to Foster and Sugimoto

At its annual spring gala next month, the Noguchi Museum will hand out the very first Isamu Noguchi Awards to British architect Norman Foster and Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. Established to “recognize like-minded spirits who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” the awards will be presented by Japan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Motohide Yoshikawa, on May 13.

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Maria Brito Wants You to Take a Kenny Scharf Clutch to Frieze

With Frieze New York just around the corner, interior designer and art collector Maria Brito has designed a series of  limited edition clutches that feature the work of Erik Parker, Kenny Scharf, and Carlos Rolon/DZINE. SoHo boutique Kirna Zabete will sell the $895 bags in store and online beginning May 8 (not coincidentally the same day Frieze opens to the public). Each bag will be sold in an edition of 20. Brito says she is working with artists to develop more artsy clutches to come.

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Awol Erizku Curates First Show of Yale MFA Artists of Color

Rising star Awol Erizku, who we profiled back in 2012, has attained plenty of art world accolades over the past few years, the latest of which is graduating from the Yale School of Art’s MFA program. Before he departs New Haven, Erizku has curated a show of all of the artists of color currently in the program, something he says has never been done before.

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Forum Gallery’s Robert Fishko Fires Back at McKenzie Suit

At the end of March we reported that Richard McKenzie, a collector and the founder of the arts non-profit Seven Bridges Foundation, had filed two lawsuits against Robert Fishko, the director of the Forum Gallery in New York. The first suit, filed in federal court in New York, seeks to recover $3.8 million in what McKenzie’s lawyer Eric Grayson referred to as “overcharges and inflated pricing” on artworks McKenzie purchased from Fishko over the years. The second, filed in Connecticut, concerns a Renoir sold to McKenzie by Fishko that McKenzie now says is a forgery. McKenzie claims that Fishko orchestrated a meeting in a dark Parisian apartment with a desperate woman willing to unload an undiscovered Renoir for $325,000.

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