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Mary Boone announces she will close her gallery

Plus: Ghana to present first national pavilion at Venice Biennale | A third of Armory show exhibitors relocated after safety concerns | and recommended reading

25 February 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Mary Boone announces she will close her gallery | Artnews reports that art dealer, Mary Boone, will close her eponymous New York gallery after being found guilty of two counts of tax fraud on 14 February. Charged with filing false tax returns and claiming personal expenditure tax-deductible business expenses, Boone has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, starting in mid May. The gallerist who told Artnews,‘I have had 49 wonderful years in the art world’ will hold two final exhibitions of work by Julia Wachtel (Chelsea) and Derrick Adams (5th Avenue) from March to April.

Ghana to present first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale |  Ghana will present its first national pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. With UK-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye designing the pavilion, curator Okwui Enwezor will act as ‘strategic advisor’ for the inaugural show, which includes artists John Akomfrah, El Anatsui and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye among others. The Ghana pavilion – titled ‘Ghana Freedom’ after E.T. Mensah’s song of that name – will be curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim and located in the Artiglierie of the Arsenale.

A third of Armory show exhibitors relocated after safety concerns | Due to fears over building safety, a third of the Armory Show’s exhibitors have been moved from New York’s Pier 92, reports Art News. The emergency relocation has also resulted in the postponing of its sister fair, Volta.

Recommended reading | Laura Cumming in the Guardian gives five stars to ‘Elizabethan Treasures’ at the National Portrait Gallery in London | Farah Nayeri in The New York Times reports on a recent debate about colonialism at the La Colonie cultural centre in Paris including artist Kader Attia.

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