James Richards will represent Wales at Venice and Yuri Pattison wins the Frieze Artist Award

  • Cardiff-born, Berlin-based artist James Richards will represent Wales at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Curated by Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre, the solo presentation follows Richards’s inclusion in Massimiliano Gioni’s 2013 Venice Biennale exhibition, ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’. The video he showed, Rosebud (2013), earned Richards a nomination for the Turner Prize in 2014.
  • A member of Ai Weiwei’s studio, Lu Hengzhong, was briefly detained by police while filming the evacuation of the Idomeni refugee camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia. Lu was documenting the forced evacuation of the camp for Ai, who is making a film about the refugee crisis due for release in 2017.
  • Eva Birkenstock has been named as the new director of the venerable Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Dusseldorf. Birkenstock has been a curator at Kunsthaus Bregenz since 2010 and will take over from Hans-Jürgen Hafner in September. (German)
  • Rome has issued a plea to companies, wealthy philanthropists and its own citizens to help restore its iconic historic sites. Requiring €500 million, Francesco Paolo Tronca, the government-appointed official who has been running the city since the end of last year, stated: ‘We need help to ensure Rome continues to be a reference point in terms of beauty for the whole world.’
  • Yuri Pattison has been announced as the winner of this year’s Frieze Artist Award. The London-based artist will collect information from the 2016 edition of Frieze London in October and display it using a network of monitors throughout the fair. The award is an open submission organized by Frieze Projects, the fair’s non-profit programme, curated this year by Raphael Gygax.

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