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2017 Stirling Prize goes to Hastings Pier

1 November 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

2017 Stirling Prize goes to Hastings Pier | The winner of RIBA’s 2017 Stirling Prize for best new building in the UK was announced last night, with the accolade going to Hastings Pier. For two years before its reopening in spring 2016, the historic site in East Sussex, first built 1872 and mostly destroyed by a fire in 2010, underwent a multimillion pound redevelopment, orchestrated by London-based studio dRMM Architects. For this year’s prize the rebuilt pier, nicknamed the ‘Plank’, beat five other shortlisted projects, including the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) and Juergen Teller’s west London photography studio (by 6a Architects).

Richard Hambleton (1952–2017) | Canadian street artist Richard Hambleton, famed for his signature ‘Shadowman’ paintings that appeared in the early 1980s in downtown Manhattan, died on Sunday aged 65. At the height of his career Hambleton was a central figure in New York’s underground graffiti scene alongside friends and collaborators such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. More recently he was the subject of a documentary directed by Oren Jacoby that premiered in April 2017, and his work is included in ‘Club 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983’ a forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Grundy Art Gallery names Paulette Terry Brien as new curator | The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool has named Paulette Terry Brian its new curator. Terry Brien, co-founder and co-director of Salford-based contemporary art gallery The International 3, will replace Richard Parry, recently appointed new director of Glasgow International, as head of the Blackpool institution.

Simone Leigh wins $50,000 Studio Museum in Harlem prize | New York-based artist Simone Leigh has been awarded the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, it was announced at the museum’s 2017 gala on Monday night. The $50,000 prize, now in its eleventh year, is awarded annually to an ‘African-American artist of great innovation and promise’; past winners include Derrick Adams, Lorna Simpson, and Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Leo Xu and Jennifer Yum will co-direct David Zwirner in Hong Kong | David Zwirner gallery’s Hong Kong outpost is set to open in January 2018, with new co-directors Leo Xu and Jennifer Yum at the helm, it was announced today. Xu, founder of Leo Xu Projects in Shanghai, will be closing his gallery to assume the new position at David Zwirner. Yum, meanwhile, moves to Asia from New York where she was vice president and head of day sales in the post-war and contemporary art department Christie’s auction house. The inaugural exhibition at David Zwirner Hong Kong will be a solo presentation of new work by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans.