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Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel resigns

Plus: Robert Therrien (1947–2019) | and shortlist for Film London Jarman Award announced

18 June 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel resigns | Yana Peel has stepped down as CEO of Serpentine Galleries, after controversy surrounding her connections to the cybersecurity firm NSO Group. Last week the Guardian reported that Peel is an indirect owner of one-third of the private equity firm Novalpina Capital, co-founded by her husband Stephen Peel, which in March of this year bought a controlling stake in NSO Group. The original report is now the subject of a legal complaint by Peel, who issued a statement this morning declaring that ‘the work of the Serpentine […] cannot be allowed to be undermined by misguided personal attacks on me and my family’.

Robert Therrien (1947–2019) | Robert Therrien, the American artist whose monumental sculptures of commonplace objects have appeared in the interiors of museums across the world, has died at the age of 71. Born in Chicago, Therrien moved with his family to Palo Alto in 1954, remaining in California for the majority of his life. His death was announced by Gagosian gallery in a statement that described his studio as ‘a fabled fixture in downtown Los Angeles [that…] straddled the line between fantasy and reality, like much of his work’.

Shortlist for Film London Jarman Award announced | Film London has released the shortlist for its annual Jarman Award. Cécile B. Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Hetain Patel, Imran Perretta, and Rehana Zaman have all been nominated for the £10,000 prize, which will be presented at a ceremony at the Barbican on 25 November. Inspired by the film director Derek Jarman, the award ‘celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers’, with previous winners including Laure Provost, Elizabeth Price, Monster Chetwynd, and Luke Fowler.

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