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ART SPONSORSHIP AND COLLECTOR NANCY LANE, the Workshop Museum in Harlemthe oldest director, passed away last week at the age of 88, the New York Times reports. Way, Sam Robert writes, “was one of the few black women in the 1970s to rise through the corporate ladder,” working at National Urban League, Chasing Manhattanand Johnson & Johnson , where she was the first woman to serve as vice president of human resources, in 1976. She joined the Studio Museum’s board of trustees in 1973, after volunteering, and remained there until her death. Explaining how she first got involved, she once said“I saw a TV show about the artist-in-residence program. It was so exciting! After seeing that show that morning, I came to the museum, introduced myself to Ed Spriggs [its then director ]and said, ‘Tell me, what can I do to help you?’ »
DELFINA ENTRECANALES, the London-based philanthropist who has provided free or subsidized studio space to over 400 artists as part of the Confidence Studio Delfinaa program she started in 1988, has died aged 94, ArtReview reports. the art diary shares the amazing statistic that Entrecanales provided the space for more than a dozen Turner Prize –nominated or award-winning artists. In 2006, she closed the trust and launched the Delfina Foundation, which facilitates residencies on specific themes. She made a point of not accepting gifts of works from artists she supported. “I don’t collect art, I collect artists” she explained in a BBC interview quoted by TANNING.
UNESCOit’s World Heritage Committee said at least 53 cultural sites in Ukraine, including museums and religious buildings, were damaged during the Russian invasion. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for June in Kazan, Russia; Ukraine has requested that he be transferred to Lviv in western Ukraine. [The New York Times]
SCI-Arc– the Architectural Institute of Southern California in Los Angeles – has placed two top professors on administrative leave amid allegations of abuse of power. Audrey Wachs reports that “many current and former students describe ‘the school’s culture’ as nepotistic and exploitative”. [The Architect’s Newspaper]
the FRONT Cleveland International Triennial for Contemporary Art commissioned the artist Julie Mehretu to create a giant mural, which will be completed in 2023. Mehretu is also hosting a show at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of this year’s FRONT, which opens in July. [Cleveland.com]
the American Academy in Rome– the esteemed residency program for artists and scholars in the capital – appealed to scholars Aliza Wang as its next director. Wong, professor of history at Texas University of Technology in Lubbock, is the first person of color to hold the office. [The Art Newspaper]
Artist Hunt Slonem signed a five-year lease on a 37,000 square foot building in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood that he plans to use as a studio. Slonem moves to the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. [The Real Deal]
The Art World Symposium Talking Galleries running today and tomorrow Morgan Library and Museum At New York. ART news Chief Editor Sarah Douglas will speak with the curator Maria Lanka on the co-organization of the Ukrainian pavilion during the next Venice Biennale; ART news Senior Writer Maximiliano Duron will speak with four dealers—Nicole Calderon, Kibum Kim, Alex Logsdailand Nicholas Vassel—about the next generation of galleries. [Talking Galleries]
jim carrey said he was “probably” retiring from acting, but not giving up on art. “I really love my quiet life, and I really love putting paint on canvas, and I really love my spiritual life,” he said. [Page Six]
TERMS OF ART. In the art diary, Karen Chernick at a remarkable story about lawyer and patron Harry Torczyner. Unhappy with the sight of his New York office, Torczyner asked René Magritte make a painting to block it. A note he sent to the surrealist is one for the ages. It reads in part: “May I express a secret wish that this painting represent a new path on which the Master would happily venture, knowing that he must please only himself and that he is in his complete discretion to be indiscreet.” the final work shows a large rock, surmounted by a castle, floating in front of clouds. Despite the flexibility of his order, Torczyner apparently asked for the color of the sky. [The Art Newspaper]