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Paris’s Musée Dapper to close in June

Plus: Dana Lixenberg wins Deutsche Börse photography prize | Phillips’s Matt Carey-Williams to join Blain Southern | Lord Browne of Madingley appointed Courtauld Institute chairman | and recommended reading

22 May 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Paris’s Musée Dapper to close | The Musée de la Fondation Dapper in Paris’s 16th arrondissement is to close its doors next month, citing high maintenance costs and low attendance figures, reports Le Figaro (French language article). The museum was opened by the Dapper Foundation in 1986 as a space for exhibitions of African and Caribbean art. In a statement, director Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau said that the closure and sale of the premises would allow the foundation to pursue its international cultural activities and invest in other spaces.

Dana Lixenberg wins Deutsche Börse photography prize | Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg has been awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize for a series of portraits she took of residents of the Imperial Courts social housing project in Los Angeles. Lixenberg began the project in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and has revisited the site frequently over the intervening decades, publishing a book of photographs in 2015. Lixenberg wins £30,000 in recognition of her achievement.

Phillips’s Matt Carey-Williams to join Blain Southern | Matt Carey-Williams, Phillips’s deputy chairman for Europe and Asia, is to take up a directorship at private gallery Blain Southern in September, reports the Art Newspaper. The move marks a return to the gallery world for Carey-Williams, who joined the auction house from White Cube in 2015.

Lord Browne of Madingley appointed Courtauld Institute chairman | The Courtauld Institute of Art has announced that businessman and philanthropist Lord Browne of Madingley is to take up up its chair as of September. Browne has previously served as a trustee of the British Museum and since 2007 has been chairman of trustees at the Tate, a post from which he is to step down this summer.

Recommended reading | Artist and writer Alex Melamid has written a divisive piece for Time in which he reasons that the rise of political populism can be linked to the modern avant-garde’s perceived ‘child-like narcissism’. Can it? Artnet Newss Ben Davis doesn’t think so, criticising Melamid’s argument as ‘fake news disguised as real talk’. Elsewhere, art dealer Pearl Lam enjoys lunch with the FT and the LA Times’s Deborah Vankin talks to John Baldessari about his new exhibition.

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