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Leading Canadian Architect Launches $100,000 Prize

Leading Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama has initiated a $100,000 prize for international architecture. The Moriyama RAIC International Prize, which will be helmed by 84-year-old Moriyama and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, was announced last week. Their ambition is “to raise the stature of RAIC internationally,” Moriyama said. “And by doing so we should raise the stature of Canada architecturally and culturally – and then motivate Canadian architects to reach greater heights.”

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Recess Benefit is All About the Art

Last night, Soho artists’ workspace Recess celebrated their five-year anniversary with a benefit at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. Current Whitney Biennial artist Jacolby Satterwhite, Pioneer Works founder and party staple Dustin Yellin, Artlog founder Manish Vora, and many other young tastemakers were in attendance.

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Abramovic Among 100 Most Influential People

What do Vladimir Putin, Charlie Rose, Beyoncé, and Marina Abramovic have in common? They all made TIME magazine’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Abramovic’s entry, which is written by James Franco (who else?), refers to the 67-year-old artist as the “presiding deity of performance art.”

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Where is Richard Prince’s Rasta-Apocalypse Novel?

We’re not alone in appreciating the prose stylings of Richard Prince in his recent press release for a post-lawsuit exhibition of the “Canal Zone” paintings (opening May 8 at Gagosian uptown). But reading Prince’s gnarly description of the backstory to these works — which he seems to envision as a sort of film, unspooling in his own mind—we were left yearning for a novel, something that marries a sick Kathy Acker-esque plot with Prince’s own subdued, weirdo-beatnik rhythms.

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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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