ARTnews in Brief: Lisson Gallery Now Represents Joanna Pousette-Dart—and More from February 4, 2020 – ARTnews

Tuesday, February 4

Lisson Gallery Now Represents Joanna Pousette-Dart
Lisson Gallery, which maintains spaces in London, New York, and Shanghai, has added New York–based painter Joanna Pousette-Dart to its roster. Pousette-Dart is known for her shaped paintings inspired by Islamic, Chinese, Mozarabic, and Mayan art, among other traditions, and her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and elsewhere. A solo exhibition of the artist’s recent work will open at the gallery’s 10th Avenue location in New York on February 29.

Spring/Break LA Reveals Exhibitor List for 2020 Edition
The Spring/Break Art Show has named the participants in its second Los Angeles fair, which will take place at Skylight Row DTLA from February 14 to 16. The show, which takes up the theme “In Excess,” will feature presentations by BA Contemporary Art, Chandran Gallery, Cortney Stell, Desert Center, Gas Gallery, IV Gallery, Jason Ramos, Khang Nguyen, New Arts Foundation, Outback Arthouse, Secret Project Robot, and Transfer LA, among other curators and enterprises. The full list can be found here.

International Museums Organization Commends Artists’ Role in Aichi Triennale Protests
One of the most closely watched controversies of 2019 was the closure of a section of Japan’s Aichi Triennale that dealt with instances of censorship in the country, with a majority of the participating artists circulating an open letter against the alleged censorship of the show, and some pulling their works from the exhibition in solidarity. One of the main points of contention was the inclusion of a sculptural work by Korean artist-duo Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung that referenced the history of ianfu, or comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. (The issue is still contentious in Japan.) Now CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) has issued a statement praising the artists and curators for their work to restore the closed part of the exhibition and to protect “the autonomy of the Triennale from political pressure,” according to the statement. “Their efforts to secure this reopening, even for a short period of six days before the scheduled closing date, reflect the symbolic importance of the exhibition reopening as a statement of opposition to political pressure.” CIMAM noted that the controversy “actively demonstrates the significance of education programmes and public debate within the contemporary art field.” —Maximilíano Durón

Monday, February 3

He Art Museum Delays Opening Over Concerns of Coronavirus
The forthcoming He Art Museum, which is located in the Shunde district of Foshan, China, and is part of the larger metropolitan area that includes Hong Kong, will delay its opening, which was originally scheduled for March 21. Amid uncertainty over the ongoing coronavirus, which has over 17,000 cases worldwide and 362 deaths, the majority of which have been in China, the museum said that the “health and safety of HEM’s staff, construction workers, artists, future visitors, and international collaborators are of top priority” and that postponing the opening, along with architectural tours of the museum later this month, became necessary to “minimize the risks of transmission.” The museum has not yet announced a new opening date. The He Art Museum was founded with the intention of mounting exhibitions of Chinese art, with an emphasis on the region’s important Lingnan School, alongside shows of international art as a way to “change the local art ecology and provide local artists more opportunities and possibilities,” as its director Shao Shu recently told ARTnews. —Maximilíano Durón

Veteran Artists Decry MoMA’s ‘Toxic Philanthropy’ in Open Letter
In an open letter, 45 artists who formerly served in the American military called out the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its board members’ alleged involvement in “war and prison profiteering.” The letter, which was first reported by Hyperallergic, accuses the museum of “toxic philanthropy,” and urges the museum to cut ties with trustees whose business dealings potentially tie them to private prisons and American intervention abroad. The letter was written on the occasion of “Theater of Operations The Gulf Wars 1991–2011,” an exhibition at MoMA PS1, its sister institution in Queens, that focuses on wars in Iraq, which has previously been the subject of protest. “If MoMA truly celebrates ‘creativity, openness, tolerance and generosity,’ as stated in its mission, MoMA will recognize the hypocrisy in displaying the work of dispossessed peoples—Iraqis in this case—while continuing to profit, if indirectly, from the bloodshed and misery of those very people,” the letter reads.

Object & Thing Details Presentation at Independent Art Fair
Object & Thing, which had its inaugural edition in Brooklyn in 2019, has named the 17 Independent Art Fair exhibitors and nine international design programs who will show works at its special presentation at the New York event in March. The show will include contributions from Air de Paris, Chapter NY, Karma, Night Gallery, New Museum, and other institutions. Dorothy Iannone, Dike Blair, and Martin Puryear are among the artists whose pieces will be on view. The exhibition is organized by Abby Bangser, founder of Object & Thing, and Rafael de Cárdenas, artistic director of Object & Thing, which will return to New York in May.

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