Briefing

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and David Adjaye join the Serpentine Galleries board; former students of Tisch School of the Arts Asia file lawsuit

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Curses, 2011. Courtesy: the artist and Serpentine Galleries, London

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Curses, 2011. Courtesy: the artist and Serpentine Galleries, London

  • Artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and architect David Adjaye, who designed the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, have been appointed to the board of London’s Serpentine Galleries. At a press conference, Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director, and Yana Peel, who became CEO in April, said that the appointments were made in accordance with the organization’s new direction, one that will see greater emphasis placed on artists.
     
  • Three former students of New York University’s now-defunct Tisch School of the Arts Asia have filed a class action lawsuit against the institution over its now-defunct Singapore art school, stating that they were victims of an ‘educational scam’. NYU advertised the program as an extension of its New York Tisch location, which would deliver the same quality of education, however, the students claim that: ‘Except for the cost of tuition, Tisch Asia never lived up to [that] level’.
     
  • Bangladesh-born artist Rana Begum has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Abraaj Group Art Prize. Begum will be awarded USD$100,000 to develop her ‘dream project’. The Abraaj Group also announced the shortlisted artists, each of whom will be awarded USD$10,000: Doa Aly, Sarah Abu Abdallah, and Raha Raissnia.
     
  • France’s minister of culture and communication Audrey Azoulay has pledged to significantly increase funding to French museums in 2017. This hike, which will be implemented next year, will see governmental cultural funding increase by 6.6% to hit €2.9bn, the largest amount of government money promised for the arts in the country’s history.
     
  • The fourteenth edition of Frieze London opened to the public yesterday, showcasing over 160 galleries from thirty countries. It is accompanied by the fifth instalment of Frieze Masters, which features more than 130 modern and historical galleries from around the world, and includes art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century. For more information about this year's fairs and links to ticket sales, click here.

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