October 2022: News roundup

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, where the Hugo Boss Prize exhibitions were staged. Photograph by David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.


The Hugo Boss Prize: No More.

The Hugo Boss prize, a biannual award brought by The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and fashion house Hugo Boss, has been discontinued. Since 1996, principal contemporary artists of any age, nationality and medium, were provided the chance to win a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), and $100,000 cash prize. The first recipient was Matthew Barney (1996), and final one, Deana Lawson in 2020. Leah Heister Burton, the museum’s deputy director and chief advancement officer, revealed that the Guggenheim does not have any current plans to replace the prize with another. “The Hugo Boss Prize was unique and we would never look to replicate it,” she said.

Morgan and Marvin Smith, Untitled, [Marvin and Morgan Smith and Sarah Lou Harris Carter], 1940 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library Photograph © Morgan and Marvin Smith.
A New Exhibition of Black Studio Photographers and their 19th-20th Century Portraiture Works

The New Orleans Museum of Art has introduced a new exhibition, Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers, highlighting the African American portraiture industry from the 19th to 20th century. This show is the first of its kind and of the over 170 prints included, many have rarely–if ever–been seen on display and were sourced from various archives and museums. “Marginalized histories and marginalized objects go hand in hand, because if you don’t expand the types of photographs that you show in an art museum then you won’t be able to include all of those histories,” Russell Lord, the museum’s photography curator says. Daguerreotypes, panoramic photographs, tintypes, hand-painted gelatin silver prints, and even the works of a woman-owned studio belonging to Florestine Perrault Collins, are included in the curation. The exhibition will be on view to the public from September 16th, 2022 to January 8th, 2023.

Florida Museums Reopen After Hurricane Ian, Some Offering Their Power Resources to Locals

Hurricane Ian, a category 4 storm, made landfall in Florida last week; this week, art institutions and museums in the sunny state are opening up again. Floodwaters are still prominent in some areas and hundreds of thousands of citizens have been left without power. With this in mind, museums such as The Tampa Museum of Art, have reopened and offered their space to the public as an escape from the tropical storm’s damage. Anyone who lost power in the local area is welcome to relax in the institution and utilize the building’s free Wi-Fi and power outlets for the charging of personal electronic devices. Other Florida establishments to have reopened: the Perez, the Norton Museum of Art, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Meg Onli, left, and Chrissie Iles. PHOTO BRYAN DERBALLA

Curators of 2024 Whitney Biennial: Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli

Popularly observed curators Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli are set to oversee the selections of the 2024 Whitney Biennial. Their exhilarating shows have been noted for the conceptual art subject matter that is less approached by other curators. Iles has curated in the past for the Whitney, at times focusing on how films and other digital works were created by artists who utilized the medium as a mode of creative expression and experimentation. This will be Onli’s first biennial, however in the past she’s overseen Los Angeles’ the Underground Museum, and curated for the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia. The independent curator has also been noted for her show Colored People Time at ICA, which explored “the banal and everyday ways in which the history of slavery and colonialism permeates the present and impacts the future.”

Christie’s Introduces Their New NFT Platform, Christie’s 3.0

Christie’s 3.0, the new NFT platform by the world renowned auction company, Christie’s, has launched. Interested buyers now have the purchasing ease of simply connecting their wallets to the platform and bidding on NFTs–the functionality is similar to other NFT marketplaces. Christie’s hopes this will expand their scale of digital art, increase the frequency of auctions featuring emerging artists, and boost their business with more artists and collectors. The first auction will feature the video works of 18-year-old artist Diana Sinclair.

The recently unearthed statue of Hercules. COURTESY GREEK MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS

Ancient Hercules Statue Discovered at Excavation Site in Greece

An archaeological site in Greece excavated pieces of an ancient Hercules statue in what was once the city of Philippi. Approximately from the 2nd century C.E., researchers at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AuTH) discovered the artifact and were led by Natalia Poulos, a professor at AuTH. Colleagues Anastasios Tantsis, Emeritus Professor Aristotle Menzos and 24 students also took part in the discovery. It is believed that the statue once adorned a building or structure from the late Byzantine period (8th or 9th century C.E.).

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