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LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHER CATHERINE OPIE has been named chair of the UCLA Art Department, and will not pursue another term on the Board of Directors of UCLA. Museum of Modern Art in town, the LA Times Reports. Opie succeeds Andrea Fraser, who has held the position since 2018 (and who recently A conversation with an artist colleague Lorraine O’Grady in ARTnews ). Opie said in an interview with the Time that it will focus on dealing with student debt. For “continued security of the purses,” she wants to “bring in at least $ 10 million” over the next three years. “LA is an increasingly expensive city to live in,” she said, explaining that there are “problems at UCLA with hungry students. Some students sleep in their cars.
THE POLICE IN PORTUGAL HAS STOPPED the art collector Joe berardo on charges of money laundering and fraud, Reuters reports, an escalation of its legal problems in recent years. Authorities allege Berardo transferred works of art to a trust in order to avoid creditors. He and a lawyer who was also arrested did not comment on the allegations. Berardo is the founder of the Coleção Berardo Museum in Lisbon, which showcases great modern and contemporary works of art that he collected through a company known as Berardo Collection Association. In 2019, the Art journal reported, three banks complaint filed recover nearly a billion euros (about $ 1.19 billion) in debt from him. “The banks seized the art collection of the Museu Colecao Berardo in Lisbon in 2019 as a guarantee and handed over the safeguard of the works to the State”, Reuters reports.
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Italian artist, architect and designer Umberto Riva, who designed famous residences and domestic rooms, and who frequently collaborated with the Triennale di Milano, has died. He was 93 years old. [Wallpaper]
Mark Johnson, who ran the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama for more than 20 years, from 1994 to 2017, developing a sculpture garden and opening an educational wing, has died. [Montgomery Advertiser]
Big names are joining the board of trustees of the future National Museum of Latin American in Washington, DC, including actresses Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria and chef José Andrés. [The Washington Post]
Thomas Gainsborough’s story Blue boy (ca. 1770) will be on loan to the National Gallery in London next year, marking his return to the UK for the first time in 100 years. It is sent by the Huntington Library, the Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, whose founder, Railroad Baron Henry E. Huntington, purchased it in 1922 from merchant Joseph Duveen . [ARTnews]
FEW PEOPLE ARE SO RELIABLY CITABLE as Frank Gehry. In a meeting with Dezeen, linked to the opening of its fantastic tower for the Luma Arles art complex in France, the 92-year-old architect has covered a lot of ground in his typically lapidary fashion. What does he think of the economic boom that accompanied the opening of his Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain in 1997? “People always tell me how I changed the city,” he said. “I didn’t want to change the city, I just wanted to be part of the city.” Asked about the environmental profile of the Luma building, he explained, “I answer every fucking detail of the time we spend with the people we live with, in this place.” [Dezeen]
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