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Brian Kennedy appointed director of Peabody Essex Museum

Plus: Don Nice (1932–2019) | Art Basel and UBS publish global art market report | and recommended reading

8 March 2019

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Brian Kennedy appointed director of Peabody Essex Museum | The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, has named Brian Kennedy as its new director and CEO. Kennedy, who has been the director of the Toledo Museum of Art since 2010, will take over from Dan Monroe, who announced his retirement last year after 26 years as director of the museum.

Don Nice (1932–2019) | The painter Don Nice, whose style contained elements of Hudson River School landscape painting, naturalism and Pop art, has died at the age of 86. In 2018, Nice received the Lee Krasner Award for lifetime achievement. His work is held by public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Art Basel and UBS publish global art market report | The third edition of Art Basel and Swiss bank UBS’s Global Art Market report has been published. It finds that the market grew in 2018 for the second year running, with sales reaching $67.4bn compared to $63.7bn in 2017. Among the other findings of the report were that 2018 was the most successful year for US dealers on record, and that a higher proportion of sales are being made at art fairs.

Recommended reading | In Frieze, María Gainza considers how artists and galleries in Buenos Aires have been adapting to an unstable political and economic climate. In Artforum, Naeem Mohaiemen discusses how his training in anthropology has shaped his political documentaries.

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