Cases of artistic censorship increase and Jeff Koons returns to London: a round-up of the latest art news

  • Ellsworth Kelly is to be posthumously presented with the J. Paul Getty Medal, an award established to ‘honor extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts’.
  • New York galleries Anton Kern and Andrew Kreps are collaborating on a temporary space in San Francisco. The project, which will take up residence at 1275 Minnesota Street, is scheduled to open on 28 April. 
  • Jeff Koons will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, London, this coming May. The major survey, which will feature paintings and sculptures from 1979-2014 and will be curated by Hirst himself, is Koons’s first in the UK since 2009.
  • German collector Julia Stoschek will open a satellite space in Berlin this coming June. Reflecting Stoschek’s interest in new media, the inaugural exhibition will include works by Ed Atkins, Jon Rafman and Hito Steyerl.
  • Freemuse, a Copenhagen-based organization that defends the freedom of speech within the arts, has published a report stating that cases of artistic censorship increased significantly in 2015.

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