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Tate and National Galleries of Scotland reinstate ties with Anthony d’Offay

Plus: Open letter calls for Whitney to remove Warren B. Kanders as board vice chair | and inaugural recipients of Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship announced

8 April 2019

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Tate and National Galleries of Scotland reinstate ties with Anthony d’Offay | The Times (£) reports that trustees at the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland have reinstated their working relationship with Anthony d’Offay, art dealer and creator of the Artist Rooms programme in the UK, who was in January 2018 accused of sexual misconduct by three women. At the time the museums, which jointly own the Artist Rooms collection, announced they would ‘suspend any further contact’ with d’Offay, who denied the allegations, ‘until these matters have been clarified’. A Tate spokesperson has now told the Art Newspaper: ‘We have not been informed of any formal police investigation and trustees have since resumed contact with him.’

Open letter calls for Whitney to remove Warren B. Kanders as board vice chair | An open letter calling for the Whitney Museum of American Art to remove Warren B. Kanders as the vice chairman of its board was posted to the blog of Verso Books on Friday. Kanders, who has been on the museum’s board since 2006, owns Safariland, the manufacturer of defence products including tear gas canisters that were used by US border patrol agents at the border with Mexico in November 2018. The letter, signed by more than 120 scholars and critics, refers to an earlier call for Kanders’ resignation, made to the museum administration by some 100 staff members at the Whitney last November.

Inaugural recipients of Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship announced | Frances Barrett, Giselle Stanborough and Sally Rees are the inaugural recipients of the Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, the largest grant available exclusively to female-identifying artists in Australia; each artist will receive $100,000 (AUSD) towards  the production of new installations that will be exhibited at three Australian galleries. Katthy Cavaliere was an Italian-Australian performance artist who died in 2012.

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