Rio de Janeiro has been named UNESCO's World Capital of Architecture.
Photo: Creative Commons

Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief

Here’s the week’s news you need to know, from UNESCO's new World Capital of Architecture to artist Mark Bradford's project for Frieze L.A.

Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.

1. New Museum Union Votes to Join Local 2110

The staff at New York’s New Museum voted in favor of unionizing on Thursday. The United Auto Workers group Local 2110, which the New Museum union will join, is also responsible for unions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New-York Historical Society, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Museum of Tomorrow

2. UNESCO Names Rio De Janeiro World Capital of Architecture

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was named the first World Capital of Architecture by UNESCO. Established in collaboration with the International Union of Architects, the newly designated city will host an international forum concerning issues of architecture, urban planning, and culture starting in 2020.

3. Artists Lorna Simpson, Ed Ruscha, and Mary Beard to Receive Getty Medal

The J.Paul Getty Trust announced its decision to award the Getty medal to artists Lorna Simpson and Ed Ruscha and classicist Mary Beard for significant contributions in their respective fields. The list of former recipients includes Frank Gehry, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Gund, and Richard Serra.

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4. Art for Justice will Partner with artist Mark Bradford for Frieze L.A.

For Frieze art fair’s inaugural Los Angeles edition, artist Mark Bradford will present a large-scale image of a police body camera entitled Life Size. The work will be sold as a limited-edition print series, with all proceeds going directly to the Art for Justice Fund.

5. Foundation for Contemporary Arts Names 2019 Grantees

Eighteen artists will receive an unrestricted $40,000 grant in 2019 from the New York-based nonprofit Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The five grantees in the visual arts category were Trisha Donnelly, Joseph Grigely, Andy Robert, Mika Tajima, and Clarissa Tossin.

California State University, Los Angeles.
California State University, Los Angeles has received a $1 million grant from Hauser & Wirth Photo: Wikimedia Commons

6. Hauser & Wirth Donates $1 Million to California State University Film Program

Mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth has made a donation of $1 million to California State University in Los Angeles, a grant intended to encourage diversity in its film program. The funds will support a new course called “Community Impact Media,” to be distributed over the course of five years in increments of $200,000 each.

Cover: Rio de Janeiro has been named UNESCO's World Capital of Architecture.
Photo: Creative Commons


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