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The Mayor of London launches a new arts initiative, while the Getty Foundation pledges to preserve Eileen Gray's iconic Villa E.1027

Exterior view of Villa E.1027, 2015. Photograph: Manuel Bougot

Exterior view of Villa E.1027, 2015. Photograph: Manuel Bougot

  • The Getty Foundation has announced the grantees for the 2016 edition of its ‘Keeping It Modern’ initiative, which aims to preserve important modern architecture around the world. The nine recipients span nine countries, and include Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1072 villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera, Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in São Paulo, Brazil, and Wallace Harrison’s First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut. In total, the grantees will share a total of USD$1.3 million.
     
  • Zehra Doğan, artist, journalist, and editor of the feminist Kurdish news agency JINHA, has been arrested following the recent failed military coup in Turkey. Doğan stands accused of spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization, and samples of her recent art and writing is reportedly being used against her as evidence.
  • Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization based in New York, has appointed seven new members to its board of directors. The new additions include designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia, curator Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, artist Trevor Paglen, and Maura Pally, senior vice president of the Clinton Foundation.
     
  • British artist David Shrigley joined the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan last week to launch a new art-focused initiative, ‘#LondonIsOpen’, which will see artworks promoting community and tolerance displayed in a number of the capital’s tube stations. Shrigley, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013, joins the likes of Tania Bruguera, Gillian Wearing, and Jeremy Deller.
     
  • Seoul-based curator Daehyung Lee has been announced as the curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale. Lee, who organized the 2009 and 2010 editions of the ‘Korean Eye’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, will present a group exhibition of artists Lee Wan and Cody Choi, and the anonymous Korean journalist Mr. K.
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