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Schnabel investigation delayed in Spain due to truckers’ strike – An exhibition of 23 paintings by Julian Schnabel at the Centro de Arte Comporaneo in Málaga, which was due to open today, has been postponed as the museum has not yet received the majority of the works due to a truckers’ strike in Classes. The union began striking on March 14 amid rising fuel prices in the country. (ART news)
Tommy Kha’s Elvis portrait relocated to airport – Memphis International Airport has reinstalled a self-portrait of artist Tommy Kha as Elvis after airport officials removed it earlier this week, sparking censorship allegations. Authorities said they received “a lot of negative feedback from Elvis fans” but also heard from many people unhappy with the takedown. “We apologize to Tommy for the effect this ordeal has had on him,” the airport chairman said. (Hyperallergic)
Anna Delvey plans her artistic career behind bars – The group exhibition “Free Anna Delvey” opened last Thursday with a crowd of 150 people and a rock band performance. The show’s star, Anna Sorokin (her real name), called her curator and ICE detention aide and chatted with the attendees on loudspeaker. She is planning a forthcoming solo exhibition. “It’s ironic,” Sorokin said, “how after failing so publicly trying to build ADF [the Anna Delvey Foundation] a few years ago, people are much more interested in hearing my voice now than they were in 2017.” (New York Times)
Politics take center stage in Ai Weiwei’s operatic debut – The Chinese artist-activist tries his hand at Italian opera. After a two-year pandemic delay, Ai finally staged his own version of Puccini Turandot at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The production included footage referencing his documentary films about the Hong Kong protests, the Wuhan lockdown and the plight of refugees. (FinancialTimes)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Pilar Corrias now represents Manuel Mathieu – The London gallery will present a new set of works by the Montreal artist on April 28. Born in 1986 and raised in Haiti, Mathieu explores his cultural roots and experience of migration through works in a range of media. (Press release)
Ilana Savdie joins the White Cube – Savdie will be jointly represented by Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles and White Cube in London. The Barranquilla, Colombia-born, New York-based painter cites influences ranging from Helen Frankenthaler to Carnival. His first exhibition with the gallery opens July 6 at White Cube Bermondsey. (Press release)
Christie’s Poaches Old Master Specialist From Sotheby’s – Andrew Fletcher, a nearly 20-year veteran of Sotheby’s Old Masters department, is heading to Christie’s, where he will serve as global head of the division. He will be based in London. (ART news)
Baltimore Museum of Art appoints interim trustees – Christine Dietze, COO of the BMA, and Asma Naeem, its chief curator, will serve as interim co-directors following the departure of Christopher Bedford on June 3, 2022. Bedford is heading to the West Coast to become the director of the San Francisco Museum of the Modern Art. (Press release)
Janelle Zara Wins A&E Journalism Award – Artnet News contributor Janelle Zara has won a 2022 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award from the LA Press Club for an article published in Artnet News: “Britney Spears, Allegory of the 20th Century? How the misunderstood pop star inspired visual artists as an early avatar. The judges praised the piece for “a clever insight into how a pop culture icon influences art [that] connects on a deeper, more human level than mere observation. (Press release)
A monumental light installation arrives at a historic Spanish monastery – Madrid architects Manuel Bouzas and Santiago del Aguila have created a monumental light installation, Lucerne, at the Puríssima Concepció monastery in Tortosa, Spain. A feast for the eyes, the room appears as if it is embedded in the main patio of the building. (Designboom, instagram)
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