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Guelph Treasure case to be heard by a US federal court

Plus: Kathy Noble joins Performa as a curator | Hauser & Wirth hires Christie’s veteran Liberté Nuti | Winners of Dulwich Pavilion 2019 contest announced | and Jacqui Hallum wins the John Moores Painting Prize 2018

12 July 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Guelph Treasure case to be heard by a US federal court | A federal court’s decision that a claim for the Guelph Treasure be tried in the US has been upheld by an appeals court in Washington, D.C., The Art Newspaper reports. The Guelph Treasure is a collection of 42 medieval works currently at the Museum of Applied Art in Berlin. A claim made against the Prussian Cultural Foundation (SPK), which oversees the museum, and the German federal government, by the heirs of three Jewish art dealers alleges that the dealers were coerced into selling the objects to Hermann Goering at only 35 per cent of their value. A lower court ruled in March 2017 that the case would go to US court, a decision that was appealed by the SPK and the federal government of Germany who argued that US courts have no authority over the dispute. The German government has since been removed as a defendant by the appeals court that upheld the decision. This is one of the first cases affected by the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act, which helps victims of the Nazi regime file restitution claims in the US.

Kathy Noble joins Performa | Kathy Noble has joined Performa, the New York-based performance art nonprofit, as curator and manager of curatorial affairs. The newly created role will involve overseeing Performa’s year-round programming, books and citywide biennial, currently scheduled for 2019. Noble has previously worked as an interdisciplinary curator at Tate Modern where she organised performance art programming including the ‘Tate Modern Live’ series. She also curated the inaugural edition of ‘Art Night’ in London in 2016. Nobel has commented, ‘Performa’s way of working with artists, and with New York, is entirely unique, and I’m excited to develop new work that connects with the city’s communities.’

Hauser & Wirth hires Christie’s Liberté Nuti | Christie’s Liberté Nuti will join Hauser & Wirth as international senior director of Impressionist and Modern art after more than 20 years as director of the same department at Christie’s. President Iwan Wirth explained to artnet that the gallery has an adventurous ‘primary market programme and traditionally that was supported by more conservative second market’, which is why they are keen to expand their 20th-century programme. In her new role, Nuti will cultivate relationships with collectors and advise the gallery’s 26 artist estates, which include those of Eva Hesse and Arshile Gorky. She will be based in London and takes up her post in October.

Pricegore and Yinka Ilori win Dulwich Pavilion 2019 contest | The winner of the London Festival of Architecture’s (LFA) contest for a second pavilion outside the Dulwich Picture Gallery is the architectural practice Pricegore and the artist Yinka Ilori. Their winning proposal, Colour Palace, is inspired by Dutch wax prints found in a Lagos market, and will be constructed in time for next year’s festival in June 2019. The contest received 150 applications for the task of designing a ‘temporary welcome space’ featuring a cafe or bar. The proposals were judged by a panel of industry experts including the architect Mary Duggan and the Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright.

Jacqui Hallum wins the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 |  Jacqui Hallum is the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 for her painting King and Queen of Wands (2017), which will be exhibited at this year’s Liverpool Biennial. Hallum’s painting was selected from more than 2,700 entries and the artist will receive a prize of £25,000. The panel of jurors included artists Monster Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid and Bruce McLean, and the curator Jenni Lomax. The prize is awarded every two years and is currently celebrating its 60th year.

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