BENTONVILLE—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art today revealed plans for an expansion designed by Safdie Architects. Adding nearly 100,000 square feet, the expansion will increase the size of the current facilities by 50 percent, allowing the museum to showcase its growing collection and welcome more visitors to experience the power of art, in an inclusive environment.
Acclaimed Georgia Artist, Winfred Rembert has died
NEW HAVEN—Renowned Georgia artist died at 75 in his home in New Haven, Connecticut. His artwork, painted on carved and tooled leather, displays memories of his youth—Black life in the Jim Crow South. Rembert was born in Americus, Georgia, in 1945. After surviving a near-lynching and seven years in prison, he and his family migrated north. There he began turning painful memories into leather and gained national acclaim.
NEW YORK—The New Museum announces the 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” on view from October 27, 2021 to January 23, 2022. Installed throughout all of the Museum’s galleries, the fifth iteration of the Triennial brings together works across mediums by forty artists and collectives who are living and working in twenty-three countries, including southern artists Erin Jane Nelson and Krista Clark. The exhibition is co-curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, and Jamillah James, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA).
NEW YORK—The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding for Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists. In all, 49 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 73 different academic institutions, 28 states and 2 Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 31 to 85. Close to 60 Fellows have no full-time college or university affiliation.
ATLANTA—The High Museum of Art expands its collection of American self-taught art with a gift of 47 works by Southern self-taught artists from Atlanta collectors Harvie and Charles (“Chuck”) Abney. The paintings, sculptures and drawings, which will be followed by 26 works to be bequeathed to the High, are by more than a dozen of the most widely celebrated self-taught artists, including Lonnie Holley, Howard Finster, Ronald Lockett and Minnie Evans. The gift also includes one of the largest and finest private collections of work by Atlanta artist Nellie Mae Rowe, which will strengthen the Museum’s holdings of her work.
SAVANNAH—After six years of being a hub for the Savannah arts community, Sulfur Studios has created ARTS Southeast to expand their reach to the greater Southeastern region. ARTS Southeast, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make Savannah a destination for art and culture in the Southeast by supporting established and emerging artists and engaging a diverse community with creative programming by developing awareness and appreciation of the arts.