Protests in Australia over cuts to culture funding; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to open a new London space

  • Artists and art workers in Australia have taken to the streets to protest the government’s cuts to the culture sector. Since 2013, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sanctioned cuts of over AUD$300 million (around GBP£170 million) from the national arts budget. Australians vote in a general election tomorrow; opinion polls suggest Turnbull will remain in office.
  • Independent Curators International have awarded gallerist Marian Goodman the 2016 Leo Award, which celebrates exceptional contributions to the field of contemporary art. Renaud Proch, executive director of ICI, said: ‘We’re proud to honour Marian Goodman for her steadfast support of so many of the artists who move us, impact society, and help us make sense of the world in which we live.’ Goodman opened her eponymous gallery in 1977 with the first exhibition of Marcel Broodthaers in the US.
  • Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will open a new gallery in London in spring of 2017. The space, dealer Thaddaeus Ropac’s third European outpost, will occupy five floors of an 18th century mansion in Mayfair. 
  • One of the venues due to be used for this year’s Liverpool Biennial which opens next week has been targeted by arsonists. The Wolstenholme Square saw mill was going to house Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey’s video, Dream English Kid, a work which will now be shown at the Camp and Furnace warehouse space.
  • New York’s Chapter NY gallery is set to relocate from Henry Street on the Lower East Side to a larger space at 249 East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets. The new space will open in September with a solo exhibition of work by Paul Heyer.

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