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Thomas P. Campbell joins board of directors at LA’s Broad

Plus: Theaster Gates wins $100,000 Nasher Prize | and Massachusetts Cultural Council calls for Berkshire Museum to stop sale

21 September 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Thomas P. Campbell joins board of directors at LA’s Broad | Thomas P. Campbell, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and recent recipient of the Getty Museum and Rothschild Foundation fellowship, is one of four new board members at the Broad in Los Angeles, it was announced yesterday. Joining Campbell as new trustees of the contemporary art museum, which celebrates its two-year anniversary this week, are Deborah Kanter (chief legal counsel for the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation) and Joanne Heyler (founding director of the Broad museum), as well as former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing. These additions have doubled the size of the institution’s board, whose founding members are Eli Broad, Robert Tuttle, Bruce Karatz and Jay Wintrob.

Theaster Gates wins $100,000 Nasher Prize | The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas has awarded the 2018 edition of its sculpture prize to American artist Theaster Gates, it was announced this week. The $100,000 prize, now in its third year, is presented annually to a living artist whose work ‘elevate[s] the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities’; previous winners were Doris Salcedo and Pierre Huyghe. Gates will receive his Renzo Piano-designed award at a ceremony in Dallas on 7 April 2018. Read Jonathan Griffin’s recent interview with the artist here.

Massachusetts Cultural Council calls for Berkshire Museum to stop sale | The Massachusetts Cultural Council has added to the calls for the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to cancel its planned sale of 40 works from the museum’s collection, the local Berkshire Eagle newspaper reports. In a statement, the state agency argued that according to its own and two other independent analyses, the museum’s financial circumstances are not as dire as it claims. The statement urges the institution ‘to reverse its decision to sell these artworks and explore alternatives to stabilize its finances and generate community support for its new vision.’ The museum’s board has responded with its own statement describing the council’s lack of support as ‘deeply disappointing’ and affirming its intention to go ahead with the sale.

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