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Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion goes to Kenneth Frampton

Plus: Cache of James Castle drawings discovered in artist’s home | SALT Beyoğlu reopens after two-year hiatus | and Sam Francis’s catalogue raisonné made available online

19 April 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement goes to Kenneth Frampton | British architect, historian and writer Kenneth Frampton has been named as the next recipient of the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award, to be presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale next month. The president of the Biennale, Paolo Baratta, praised Frampton’s influential writing on modern architecture, saying that the award this year was ‘a recognition of the importance of the critical approach to the teaching of architecture’.

Cache of James Castle drawings discovered in artist’s home | Eleven previously unknown drawings by outsider artist James Castle (1899–1977) have been found hidden in Castle’s home in Boise, Idaho. The city of Boise acquired the house in 2015, discovering the works a year later while carrying out renovation and expansion work in preparation for the building’s reopening later this month as a cultural centre for exhibitions and artist residencies. According the the New York Times, the works were found concealed in wall cavities in the living room and bedroom of the property.

SALT Beyoğlu reopens in Istanbul after two-year hiatus | Contemporary art space SALT Beyoğlu has reopened in Istanbul, more than two years after closing its doors in January 2016, with a survey of the work of artist duo Aydan Murtezaoğlu & Bülent Şangar. At the time, the organisation cited ‘technical reasons’ for the closure, although various media reported governmental pressures as a motivating factor (former director Vasif Kortun has denied these claims). Meriç Öner, former associate director, was named SALT’s new head of research and programmes last year.

Sam Francis’s catalogue raisonné made available online | The first volume of abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis’s catalogue raisonné was made available digitally yesterday. It will be free to access for a limited time, and follows the publication of the print version by University of California Press in 2011.

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