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Thomas P. Campbell awarded Getty Rothschild Fellowship

Plus: Six former officials sentenced in South Korea for blacklisting artists | Artist Pension Trust criticised for levying storage fee | Sam Durant awarded deCordova Sculpture Park’s Rappaport Prize | and recommended reading

28 July 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Thomas P. Campbell receives Getty Rothschild fellowship | Former Metropolitan Museum director Thomas P. Campbell has been awarded the second annual Getty Rothschild fellowship. Campbell, who stepped down from the Met in June, says he will devote the time to examining ‘the fundamental question of where the cultural sector is heading as it responds to various geo-political, economic and digital challenges’. He will split his time between Los Angeles and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

Six South Korea officials sentenced to prison for blacklisting artists | Six officials who were part of Park Geun-hye’s discredited government have been sentenced to prison in South Korea, after being found guilty of blacklisting artists critical of the former administration. Prosecutors suspect that as many as 9,000 artists may have been deemed ineligible for government funded programmes as a result of the profiling.

Artist Pension Trust criticised for levying storage fee | The Artist Pension Trust, an initiative created to provide financial stability for artists in the future, has been criticised for its decision to introduce a monthly fee for storage of works contributed by participating artists. According to ArtNet, the charge may add as much as $1m to the Trust’s annual revenue stream, but some participating artists have considered either cutting ties with the trust or destroying work they cannot afford to store.

Sam Durant wins deCordova Sculpture Park’s Rappaport Prize | Artist Sam Durant has been awarded this year’s Rappaport Prize, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s annual award for contemporary artists with a ‘strong connection to New England’. Durant, who was born in Massachusetts but now lives in Los Angeles, was praised for his ‘thoughtful and timely exploration of social justice and civil rights’.

Recommended reading | In the Daily Telegraph, Alastair Sooke laments the closure of Edinburgh’s Inverleith House as a dedicated contemporary art gallery, and warns that the city’s annual art festival risks slipping into ‘terminal irrelevance’. In New York, Jerry Saltz gets a tour of the first phase of renovations to MoMA in the company of architect Elizabeth Diller. Despite some major reservations, he concedes that the ‘next version of the museum is going to be the best version we’ll get for a while’. In the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl looks back at the cancelled plans to create a memorial to the victims of the Utoya massacre in Norway.

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