This is the latest edition of BA’s digest of Southern contemporary art news-in-brief.
The Whitney Museum of Art announced that in the past six months it has acquired 300 pieces, representing sixty new artists in the permanent collection. Of those additions, there are few southerners, and even fewer works by those who remained in the South over the course of their careers. The new additions include Jasper Johns, Deborah Perry, Walter Price, Emma Amos, Ed Clark, Roe Ethridge, Teresita Fernandez, and Park McArthur.
BENTONVILLE— Crystal Bridges announced that Austen Barron Bailley will become the museum’s chief curator, effective July 15. Bailley was previously the curator of American Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
ST. PETERSBURG— The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, announced expansion plans to grow the footprint of the museum by 20,000 square feet of digital and virtual reality programming. As director Hank Hine told ArtNews: “Our motivation is the change in our culture and the way that digital technologies are integral to peoples’ experience of almost anything,” Hine said of the museum’s plans. “There has to be an adjustment to the way people experience art.”
HAVANA — As the Havana Biennial kicked off April 12, artists and journalists have been detained, sanctioned or similarly harassed under decree 349, which prohibits cultural activity independent of the state. Outspoken activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been arrested and has not resurfaced since the arrest on April 12th, and Cuban American artist Coco Fusco was denied entry into Cuba for the second time. Many artists have stated they would not participate in the Biennial.
BUENOS AIRES — Outside the bustling of the arteBA festival, several exhibits are opening, focusing on younger artists working in Argentinian provinces and rural countrysides. The first Yungas project — named for the Yungas, a forested area in the Northern Andes, focuses on artists still training in areas like sculpture, painting, video and performance art as well as other cultural administrators and workers. The Yungas Project is on view until June 6th.
COLUMBIA — Mississippi artist Rory Doyle was awarded with the Southern Prize this week in Columbia, South Carolina. Open to visual artists in the nine southern states served by the South Arts organization, the prize includes $25,000 and a two week residency at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia. Rory Doyle is a photographer whose work documents the “Delta Hill Riders”, African American cowboys in the Mississippi Delta. Florida sculptor Amy Gross won the finalist prize, a $10,000 cash award.