Fulya Erdemci has been appointed curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, to take place Sept. 14–Nov. 10, 2013. A curator and writer living in Istanbul and Amsterdam, she organized the Turkish pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale. Installed in the Arsenale, it featured a room full of colorful, hissing pipes—a water purification system—by Ayse Erkmen. Since 2008 Erdemci has been director of SKOR (Stichting Kunst en Read more
Timothy Potts has been named director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, effective Sept. 1. Potts, a native of Australia, has been head of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, since 2008. Prior to that, he was director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth for nearly 10 years. A specialist in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, he served Read more
Lillian Bassman, postwar fashion and fine art photographer, died on Feb. 13 in Manhattan, age 94. She was noted for bringing a personal touch to her images, staging shoots in a friend's apartment and other domestic settings, and putting her models at ease by relating to them as a fellow woman, not an objectifying eye. In the 1940s and '50s, when agencies didn't allow their Read more
When it opened in 2001, the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center was a scrappy contemporary art center amidst the tony 16th arrondissement of Paris. For a time, it was a successful laboratory, hosting exhibitions by such artists as Erwin Wurm and Christoph Büchel. But following organizational discord, it lost some steam. The center occupied about a third of a 237,000-square-foot building erected for the Read more
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