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Houston, Texas-based artist Rick Lowe (right) is now represented by Gagosian. His first solo exhibition with the gallery is planned for fall 2022 at Gagosian New York. The founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, over the past two decades, Lowe has led collaborative, community-based, art-driven projects focused on equity and justice. In 2018, he returned his attention to his own work, which spans painting, drawing, and installation. Recent abstract paintings by Lowe were featured in “Social Works,” the group exhibition at Gagosian New York that was curated by Antwaun Sargent. The artist’s work will also appear in “Social Works II,” the show’s sequel, opening Oct. 7 at Gagosian London. On Sept. 29, today, Lowe is inaugurating the third season of Gagosian’s Artist Spotlight series.

Nigerian artist Ifeyinwa Joy Chiamonwu joined Jack Shainman Gallery. Easily mistaken for photographs, her hyperrealistic drawings celebrate the history, traditions, and cultural values of her Igbo heritage. Her first exhibition with Jack Shainman opens in January 2022 in New York. The presentation will be her first solo show anywhere. Chiamonwu lives and works in Anambra, Nigeria.

Greene Naftali announced its representation of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Steffani Jemison. Her multidisciplinary, conceptual, and research-based practice is informed by literature, ethnomusicology, and the history of cinema. The gallery said Jemison “is perhaps best known for her lush video portrayals of highly skilled performers, whose spellbinding physical feats pose the questions at the heart of Jemison’s own practice. ‘How do we move? How are we moved by each other? And how do we have the courage to pour ourselves into another without fear of depletion?’” The artist’s first exhibition with Greene Naftali opens Nov. 4 in New York.

IMAGE: Above right, Artist Rick Lowe. | Photo by Brent Reaney



The Dia Art Foundation in New York has hired Jordan Carter (left) as curator. He is joining Dia from the Art Institute of Chicago where he serves as associate curator of modern and contemporary art. “I look forward to contributing to Dia’s mission of championing and expanding the histories and legacies of Minimal and Conceptual art of the 1960s and ’70s, and engaging living artists in sustained and meaningful ways that extend these stakes and dialogues into the twenty-first century,” Carter said in a statement. He starts in December.

Waduda Muhammad is the new development manager at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (known as Atlanta Contemporary). Her appointment is effective immediately. An Atlanta-based arts administrator with more than a decade of experience, Muhammad’s previous roles include serving as interim director of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery at Georgia State University.

In response to demands from students and faculty to diversify the faculty and curriculum at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the school hired 10 new professors who are teaching in a range of disciplines: architecture, sculpture, digital + media, graphic design, and liberal arts. The action is part of a RISD cluster hire initiative called Race in Art & Design.

IMAGE: Above left, Curator Jordan Carter. | Photo by Lori Sapio


Clockwise, from top left, The new RISD faculty members are Shiraz Abdullahi Gallab, Jameka Hartley, Jess Myers, Jacqueline Shaw, Naimah Pétigny, Christopher Roberts, Derrick Woods-Morrow and Mariela Yeregui. | Courtesy RISD

Honors & Awards

The shortlist for 2021 Future Generation Art Prize has been announced. The list of 21 artists includes Wendimagegn Belete (Ethiopia), Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe), Rindon Johnson (United States), Bronwyn Katz (South Africa), Paul Maheke (France), and Frida Orupabo (Norway). Their work is included in an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine, through Feb. 27, 2022. The winner will be announced in December and receives $100,000—a cash prize of $60,000 and $40,000 to support their practice.

American sculptor Cameron Clayborn (right) won the 2021 Baloise Art Prize. A native of Memphis, Tenn., he earned an MFA from Yale University in May. The CHF 30,000 ($32,500) award is given to two artists whose work is on view in the Statements section at Art Basel in Switzerland. Clayborn’s work was presented by Simone Subal Gallery of New York.

Chicago-based artist Amanda Williams received a 2021 Women in Architecture Award from Architectural Record. Awarded in five categories she was recognized as a New Generation Leader.

IMAGE: Above right, Artist Cameron Clayborn. | Courtesy Baloise Art Prize


On Oct. 1, at Christie’s New York, Dread Scott is offering “White Man for Sale,” a conceptual NFT project. The sale concludes the performance of the Brooklyn-based artist’s conceptual work and coincides with his first solo gallery exhibition in more than 20 years. “We’re Going to End Slavery. Join Us!” is on view at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York through Dec. 18, 2021.


Wherewithal Grants support visual artists in the Washington, D.C., area. Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the grants are managed by the Washington Project for the Arts. Up to 12 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded. Application deadline is Oct. 18, 2021. | More Info

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has a slate of open positions across departments, including assistant/associate objects conservator, curatorial assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints, and deputy general counsel. | More Info


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