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Kerry James Marshall mural withdrawn from Christie’s auction

5 November 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Kerry James Marshall’s mural withdrawn from Christie’s auction | A mural by Kerry James Marshall called Knowledge and Wonder (1995) and originally created for the Chicago Public Library has been withdrawn from a Christie’s New York auction, scheduled to take place on 15 November. Last month, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, announced that the sale proceeds (estimated to be up to $15 million) would go towards upgrading the city’s Legler Library. However, after considerable criticism from museum officials, politicians, and local publications, Emanuel has revoked the decision to sell the work.

Sally Tallent appointed director of New York’s Queens Museum | The Queens Museum in New York has announced that the former director of the Liverpool Biennial, Sally Tallent, will become its new president and executive director. Tallent served as the Liverpool Biennial’s director for several years and was previously Head of Programs at Serpentine Gallery, London. The New York Times reports that Tallent’s appointment to the Queens Museum comes after the controversial resignation of Laura Raicovich in January, who clashed with the museum board after a dispute about an Israeli-sponsored event.

Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2018 awarded to Trevor Paglen | The American artist and author Trevor Paglen has been awarded $45,000 as part of the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2018, a biannual award that recognises artists who ‘blur the lines’ between technology, art, communication and performance. Paglen’s multi-disciplinary work encompasses investigative journalism, visual art, science and explores the purpose of technology in contemporary culture. His work will be exhibited at the Nam June Paik Art Centre in 2019.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 announces shortlist | The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 has announced its shortlist, which includes Laia Abril, Susan Meiselas, Arwed Messmer and Mark Ruwedel. The £30,000 annual prize, in collaboration with The Photographer’s Gallery, is awarded to an artist contributing to the field of photography over the past year in Europe. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at The Photographer’s Gallery, London on 16 March 2019.